By the time August rolls around, everyone is pretty much tired of the heat and humidity and looking for places to cool off. Charleston has so much going on this month indoors and out on the riverbank! The 16th season of “Live on the Levee” finishes up another terrific line-up of concerts on the Kanawha River. No matter the temperature, the breezes off the water and the cool music always makes for a refreshing evening.

The newly renovated Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center (CC&CC) will be hosting the country superstar Chris Stapleton and his “All American Road Show” tour. This tour has been selling out all over the country and tickets are selling fast for the Charleston show.

The WV Culture Center is the site for “Pageantry with Purpose: Celebrating 75 Years of the Miss West Virginia America Pageant”. This exhibit showcases not only crowns, gowns, and swimsuits of former Miss West Virginias, it focuses on the titleholders’ platforms and positive impacts the young women made on West Virginia. The Culture Center is also the venue for TWO “Mountain Stage” live shows this month. Our very own local native and country star, Kathy Mattea, will be the guest host of the Aug. 11 performance.

Downtown Streetfest is literally Canine Heaven during Dogfest. Capitol Street goes to the dogs with dog contests, dog pools, dog toys, much more!

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association Truck, local veterinarians, and rescue groups will be on hand with helpful info on caring for your fur baby and tips on rescuing a sweet pup in need of a good home. You can even get a one of a kind drawing of YOUR dog by local artists. There will be tables set up for activities for the kids and this is truly a family event. You may just want to leave your cat at home!

One of the most anticipated events all summer is the annual YWCA “Girls Night Out”. It is the largest women-only fundraiser in the greater Kanawha Valley. The proceeds from the event provide much needed shelter, services, advocacy, education, counseling, food, and other necessities for women and their families in desperate need of relief from abuse. The YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program has turned lives around for thousands of women and children in the area since its inception.

The “Charleston Distance Run”, America’s ONLY 15 mile distance run, celebrates its 46th annual event this month. The main focus for its creator, Don Cohen, was to run a race around the most famous landmarks in Charleston. It continues to attract runners from all over the globe.

It is true that school will be starting back up very soon and most vacations are now just happy memories. But, in “Hip, Historic Charleston”, the fun never stops!