Fair Saint Louis Returns to Forest Park July 2 – 4

Friday June 19, 2015

p1054739280-5The 35th Annual Fair Saint Louis Celebration is back at Art Hill in Forest Park this year. America’s biggest birthday party will return to Forest Park on Independence Day weekend, opening Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. through Saturday, July 4, 2015. The fair will feature local and national entertainment, family activities, and musical performances.

The Veiled Prophet Organization’s legacy from 1981 lives on today, with new additions including a STEAM exhibit, zip lining rides on Lagoon Drive (open until 10 p.m.) and more. After the momentum of St. Louis’ 250th birthday last year, you don’t want to miss this year’s celebration. From the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of the World’s Fair which took place in Forest Park in 1904 to the annual St. Louis Exposition that took place from 1856 to 1902 in what is now Fairground Park, it is clear that St. Louis knows how to party.

Fair Saint Louis is free. Performances on the main stage will begin at various times with evening performances preceding a fascinating fireworks display that will start at 10:00 p.m. closing each night at the fair. The 2015 Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run will take place Saturday morning July 4 at 7:00 a.m. followed by the 133rd annual VP Parade at 9:45 a.m. The evening main stage performers are: Thursday, July 2: Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Parmalee, and Chris Young; Friday, July 3: Blondie and Melissa Etheridge; Saturday, July 4: Morris Day and the Time, and Kool & the Gang.

The STEAM exhibit, the Wake Challenge watersports show & zip lining will be available daily during the fair. The new STEAM exhibit features interactive family entertainment that encourages science, technology, art, engineering, and math educational initiatives for children. On Friday and Saturday, the fair will start at noon and stunt cyclist Chris Clark will perform. Singer/songwriter, Noah Guthrie, will take the stage on Friday and there will also be a salute to the troops before Friday’s evening performance.

More acts have been added on the original line up including Hip Hop pioneer MC Lyte, the platinum selling artists of Tony! Toni! Tone and the local band Dirty Muggs which are all scheduled to perform before Saturday’s evening performance.

Have a iPhone or Android? Download the mobile app to get the latest information on the Festival before you arrive.

Here’s a run down of the weekend schedule:

Thursday, July 2

Friday, July 3

Saturday, July 4

With large crowds expected for the fair, parking is always a concern. Some key things to know: there is no street parking allowed in Forest Park or in the neighborhoods surrounding the park. You can park at many of the lots inside Forest Park, but the cost is $20 a car. There will be some free parking at nearby lots at Washington University and Forest Park Community college. Shuttles will be running in the park and from nearby Metrolink stations to get everyone to and from Art Hill.  If you’re looking for an alternative to driving, Metrolink will be offering a convenient way to the fair. Fair organizers have a detailed plan for parking and transportation including the best traffic routes for getting around. For detailed information, see Fair St. Louis Maps and Parking.

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