The first weekend in August promises temperatures in the low- to mid-80s with low pollen counts; and metro-east communities are poised to take advantage with outdoor activities. Allergic to the sun? We've found a couple things indoors for you, too.
1. Mascoutah Homecoming
"Thank a Farmer" at the parades, enjoy carnival rides and a tractor pull and car show, and eat while enjoying live music. This weekend's homecoming -- the town's 87th such event -- lasts through Sunday at Scheve Park in Mascoutah and is free to all comers.
Go to http://www.mascoutahhomecoming.org/ for complete homecoming information.
2. Archaeology Day
See a dig site, watch crafters at work and try your hand hurling an atlatl from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville off Interstates 55-70 and 255.
Archaeologists will be on hand at a dig site that they have been working since May to explain their findings and expectations. A flint knapper and plant usage expert also will be at the event, which is good for all ages and free.
3. 'Beauty in the Beast'
It's supposed to be a lovely weekend outside, but those craving culture indoors can attend "Beauty in the Beast," an ongoing art exhibit at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton. The Jacoby is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for the beastly exhibit, featuring nearly 100 pieces by regional artists specializing in paintings, ceramic, sculpture, photo and more. Go to http://jacobyartscenter.org/ for more information.
4. Musical Inspiration
Feeling Blue? Need some inspiration? Country music's LeAnn Rimes will be at The Pageant with Erin Bode at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $33; and all ages are welcome at the show. The Pageant is at 6161 Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis.
5. Civil War Exhibit
Miss much of the free fun on Saturday? The Mascoutah Heritage Museum is open on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The historical society gathered "Stories You Haven't Heard Before" to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War; the exhibit includes artifacts, images and documents. Go to www.mascoutahheritagemuseum.org for more information.
To find more things to do across the region, go to www.bnd.com/events/.