Top 19 Fairs and Festivals this Spring and Summer in St. Louis
From early April through Labor Day, you’ll find special events in St. Louis that include festivals for culture and music lovers, craft beer enthusiasts, and more. Here are 19 fairs and festivals to check out on your next visit to St. Louis:
St. Louis Earth Day Festival | April 22-23, 2017
Learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations; meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values; catch local musical acts and performance art; participate in a number of hands-on educational activities; and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian and vegan options.
Missouri Botanical Garden: Chinese Culture Days | April 22 – 23, 2017
A 70-foot dragon and lion dancers open this springtime celebration that includes a Grand Parade and acrobatics, square dances, tea and cooking demonstrations, traditional artwork and authentic regional cuisine. Enjoy special tours and activities in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese
St. Louis Microfest | May 5 – 6, 2017
Join beer-lovers from everywhere in a tasting of over 100 international and craft beers at the Annual St. Louis Microfest. The festival includes live music, a silent auction, tastes from 75 breweries, food and fun!
Cherokee Cinco de Mayo | May 6, 2017
The festival features authentic food, drinks, music, entertainment, art and merchandise. The People’s Joy Parade presented by Community Arts and Movement Project will begin at its traditional time of 1:11 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Art Fair at Laumeier | May 12 – 14, 2017
A nationally acclaimed fine art and crafts fair featuring 150 artists from across the country displaying original works in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood. There will also be regional food vendors, a wine garden, and live music throughout the weekend.
Schlafly Art Outside Festival | May 26 – 28, 2017
An alternative juried and invitational art fair dedicated to showcasing local art. Art Outside is not an ordinary fair, but one that features quality and affordable art, music, and plenty of tasty food and drink from Schlafly Beer.
Saint Louis County Greek Fest | May 26 – 29, 2017
Authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music, authentic Greek folk dancing, Agora Marketplace, church tours, kids’ corner and more.
St. Louis African Arts Festival | May 27 – 29, 2017
This African Arts Festival includes an African marketplace, African arts and crafts, health village, jewelry, clothing, oils, African films, authentic foods, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations and more.
Gypsy Caravan | May 29, 2017
The Midwest’s largest flea market and antique and crafts fair featuring hundreds of vendors to benefit the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s Tale | June 2 – 25
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis gives free performances in June in Forest Park. This year’s play is the Winter’s Tale and is considered to be one of a group of Shakespeare’s plays defined by their tragic undertones and simultaneous use of straightforward comic situations. While this is the first time the Festival will be featuring this play as its mainstage show in Forest Park, The Winter’s Tale was adapted for the 2013 Shakespeare in the Streets production Old Hearts Fresh written by Festival playwright-in-residence Nancy Bell and performed in The Grove. The show goes on every night at 8 p.m., except Tuesday. Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis Brewers Guild: Heritage Festival | June 3, 2017
The Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is the premiere showcase of the St. Louis beer scene. This festival features over 100 styles of beer from over 50 greater STL area breweries, as well as exclusive brewery collaborations and home brew club tastings, live music and great food all in an idyllic setting beneath the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River. Our Evening Session will close out with a fireworks display over the Mississippi River!
Central West End Cocktail Party | June 10
Join the Central West End as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of what many have claimed as the first cocktail party on record – Held in 1917 by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. in her home at 4510 Lindell. Festival goers will enjoy live entertainment, a spirited cocktail competition and of course delicious food and drinks from participating CWE bars and restaurants.
Pridefest St. Louis | June 23 – 25
PrideFest St. Louis is one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region. The theme for 2017 will be “Community Proud,” reflecting the organization’s efforts to engage more fully with the community. In 2016, over 250,000 people attended the festival and it had an unprecedented number of vendors and parade entries.
Fair Saint Louis | July 2 – 4
Fair St. Louis is one of the biggest events of the summer. The fair offers a chance to celebrate Independence Day with music, food, kids activities and fireworks. The fair will once again be held at Art Hill in Forest Park. Previous years headlines include Lee Brice, Sammy Hagar and Flo Rida and others.
World’s Fair Heritage Festival | August 18 – 20
St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival will bring a mash up of activities and entertainment as we celebrate our St. Louis community through music, art, history, business, and local culinary hotspots. This FREE event will bring an eclectic assortment of local musicians, performers, artists, food trucks, and businesses to the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park highlighting all the wonderful diversity, history, and creativity our city has to offer.
Festival of Nations | August 26 – 27
Three stages of non-stop dynamic music and dance performances by traditional ethnic artists, world music favorites and the finest traditional acoustic music and song. From Spanish flamenco to a Vietnamese lion dance, from thundering drums to Irish harp, there is something for every taste.
Big Muddy Blues Festival | September 2 – 3
The Big Muddy Blue Festival provides a platform for a wide range of artists who represent extensions of the Blues genre, such as, soul, R&B, rockabilly, gospel and jazz. Big Muddy is the region’s largest Blues music event features over 18 hours of music and scores of bands on multiple stages throughout the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing, while boasting the Big Muddy (Mississippi River) itself as the iconic river backdrop for the weekend.
Japanese Festival | September 1 – 4
Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.
23rd Annual Saint Louis Art Fair | September 8 – 10
Visual artists from across the nation exhibit an unprecedented selection of the highest quality, original works of art along with three stages of entertainment, educational hands-on activities for children, culinary treats from St. Louis’ finest restaurants and much more.
Loufest | September 9 – 10
With a general admission pass to Loufest, you’ll receive admission to Forest Park for the two days of the Festival, including: 30+ Bands on Four Stages, Nosh Pit Food Court, LouFest Market Square, LouKids. The 2016 lineup featured artists like LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Band of Horses, Big Gigantic, The Kills, Buddy Guy, Shakey Graves, and many more.