Guide to Fair Saint Louis 2014

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Fair Saint Louis

34th Annual Fair St. Louis

This year’s Fair St. Louis is being billed as the Fair Like Never Before, and it is certainly living up to the name. Festivities are moving from the Arch Grounds to Forest Park, where the city is celebrating both Independence Day and its 250th birthday with “America’s Biggest Birthday Party!” Admission is free. So come on down, grab some cotton candy, and have a blast. But before you go, check out a few of our tips to help you make the most of the 3-Day Fair. 

Getting There

The Fair St. Louis Foundation is strongly encouraging everyone to use MetroLink to get to Forest Park, using any of the 20 free Park and Ride lots along the MetroLink line and ending up at the two stations that are nearest the entrance to the fair: the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Skinker MetroLink Stations. Additional trains will be running over the course of the three days. There will also be bike valet stations near the entrance to the fair for anyone wanting to ride their bicycle.

During the festivities, the Fair St. Louis website will provide access to real time information on traffic and parking. They will also have an option to receive up-to-the-minute text announcements. Stay tuned to fairsaintlouis.org for information and updates.

Parking

For those who decide to drive, there will be several lots around Forest Park, including Washington University and St. Louis University that will have parking available. Location and cost of parking lots can be found on the maps for each of the recommended routes at fairsaintlouis.org/map-directions.

Parking within or adjacent to Forest Park will be $30 per car, and there will be no parking available on the streets inside the park.

Things to See and Do

Once inside the fair, get ready to be entertained! Rock your heart out between two musical stages. Enjoy concerts from acts like The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Gavin Degraw, En Vogue, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Fray, and much more.

You won’t want to miss exhibitions and shows from Circus Flora’s Flying Wallendas, Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club, Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders and many others.

The Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone has a wide variety of free, hands-on activities for kids and adults alike.

At 10:00 am on the morning of July 4th, kick off the big day with one of St. Louis’ favorite Independence Day traditions – The 132nd Annual VP Parade! It starts at the Muny on Theater Park Drive in Forest Park and ends at Probstein Golf Center. Click here to see the entire parade route.

There are plenty of events to participate in throughout the Fair from a family fun run, to Post Foods World Record Challenge, and a children’s parade through the zoo.

But what everyone really shows up for is the spectacular fireworks extravaganza that closes the show every evening. This year the display is custom made for the Forest Park venue and promises to blow everyone away.

Schedule:

July 3

Parade Town Stage

5 p.m. USAF Band of Mid-America’s Hot Brass Band

6 p.m. Children’s Parade through the St. Louis Zoo

6 p.m. Smash Band

Budweiser Main Stage

5 p.m. Wake Challenge featuring performances by the St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders (in the Grand Basin)

7 p.m. Thompson Square

8:45 p.m. The Band Perry

10 p.m. Fireworks over the Grand Basin

July 4

10 a.m. 132rd Annual Veiled Prophet Parade

Parade Town Stage 

12 p.m. 135th Army Band

12:45 p.m. Band Awards: Liberty Drum Competition

1 p.m. Roots of a Rebellion

2 p.m. Jake’s Leg

3 p.m. Ozark Mountain Daredevils

4:15 p.m. Bella & Lily

6 p.m. Cabaret Singers

7:45 p.m. Bedouin Spice Bellydancers

Budweiser Main Stage

1 p.m. Wake Challenge featuring performances by the St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders (in the Grand Basin)

3 p.m. Wake Challenge featuring performances by the St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders (in the Grand Basin)

4 p.m. Mary Lambert

5 p.m. Gavin DeGraw

6:15 p.m. Lake St. Louis Water Ski Demonstrations (in the Grand Basin)

6:45 p.m. Matt Nathanson

8 p.m. Circus Flora’s Flying Wallendas

8:30 p.m. Bonnie Raitt

10 p.m. Fireworks

July 5

Parade Town Stage

12 p.m. 135th Army Band

1 p.m. Dirty Muggs

2:30 p.m. En Vogue

4 p.m. Musiq Soulchild

5:45 p.m. Alma De Mexico

7:30 p.m. Fox Performing Arts

Budweiser Main Stage

1 p.m. Wake Challenge featuring performances by the St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders (in the Grand Basin)

3:30 p.m. Wake Challenge featuring performances by the St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders (in the Grand Basin)

6:30 p.m. The Neighbourhood

7:45 p.m. Circus Flora’s Flying Wallendas

8:15 p.m. Salute to the Troops

8:30 p.m. The Fray

10 p.m. Fireworks

Visit fairsaintlouis.org/events for a detailed schedule of all shows and events. We’ll see you there!

Guest Blogger Jackie Tucker, a freelance writer contributed to this blog.

 

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