The Scouted Calendar / August 2016

The arrival of August signals that summer is winding down, and while some might see that as somewhat of a disappointment, we look forward to the shift to a back-to-school mindset and the challenge to squeeze in as much fun as we can before the end of the season. Fortunately, our Scouted cities have plenty of events and activities to offer throughout the coming weeks, prompting us to fill our August calendar with everything from art exhibitions to jazz concerts to show-jumping competitions and more. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to next month:


August 9 – 14, the 46th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, which benefits the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, takes place at the Menlo Circus Club. Combining show jumping with evening entertainment and a luxurious shopping experience on vendor row (TSG Equestrian’s Equestrian Lifestyle Luxury Art, Katharine Page, and Stick & Ball will be participating), the horse show is a premier equestrian event that is not to be missed. {Find more excellent equestrian-themed businesses and events here.}


Always a destination to discover emerging artists, in August Ann Connelly Fine Art introduces Jen Pack, whose bold and colorful work mixes painting and weaving. According to Connelly, the artist spins and stitches together thread, chiffon, and cotton, then stretches them out on a wooden frame like a canvas, resulting in dreamy pieces that invite the viewer in to take a closer look. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Baton Rouge here.}


The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art invites guests to escape the heat with a cool jazz performance on August 5. “Jazz at the Bechtler: More and More Monk” features the Ziad Jazz Quartet performing music by the legendary Thelonious Monk; shows begin at 6 and 8 p.m. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charlotte here.}

Chicago, Illinois

Known for their collection of master drawings, the Art Institute Chicago celebrates not previously shown works acquired in the past quarter century in “Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions,” opening August 27. The exhibit is arranged chronologically, starting with 17th century masterpieces and leading up to inspiring and important works from the first half of the 20th century. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Chicago here.}


Tuesday, August 19, The Jackson Hole Center for the Arts hosts their annual benefit concert, this year featuring folk rock musician Brandi Carlile. Held in the Center’s intimate 500-seat Center Theater, the show is sure to be memorable, as well as the after party, which will be hosted by The Scout Guide Jackson Hole and take place in the lobby. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Jackson Hole here.}


Beginning on August 12, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Jean-Michel Basquiat’s personal observations, poetry, and sketches at the Pérez Art Museum. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is the first major exhibition to focus on these documents, which are accompanied by related works and large-scale paintings. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Miami here.}

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 27th annual Polo Classic—a not-to-be-missed event—takes place on August 7 in Maple Plain, Minnesota, with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. In addition to the main equestrian attraction, there will be a fashion show, live music, a hat parade, a classic car concourse, and more. Attendees should be sure to stop by the VIP tent, which will be hosted by The Scout Guide Minneapolis, where they’ll find copies of Guides from across the country as well as snacks and polo-themed drinks by BĒT Vodka. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Minneapolis here.}