Your Guide to 2018 St. Louis Fairs and Festivals this Spring and Summer
From Late March through Labor Day, you’ll find special events in St. Louis that include fairs and festivals for culture and music lovers, craft beer enthusiasts, and more. Here are the 2018 St. Louis Fairs and Festivals this Spring and Summer to check out on your next visit.
St. Louis Earth Day Festival | April 21-22, 2018
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 21 – 22, 2018
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 4 – 5, 2018
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 5, 2018
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 11 – 13, 2018
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 25 – 27, 2018
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 25 – 28, 2018
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 26 – 28, 2018
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.
Shakespeare Festival: Romeo & Juliet | June 1 – 24, 2018
Romeo and Juliet returns to Shakespeare Glen for the first time since our inaugural season. The 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet will be directed by Elena Araoz, a rising star in American Theatre. The show goes on every night at 8 p.m., except Tuesday. Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Central West End Cocktail Party | June 9
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.
The Muny’s Centennial | June 11 – August 12
The Muny opens its 100th season with a show that “gives you not only the heart of the last century of the American musical but also the history of us as people,” says artistic director Mike Isaacson. In Jerome Robbins’ Broadway—revived for the first time since 1990, with delighted producers and heirs granting permission because they thought no one would ever tackle this tour de force again—flappers do the Charleston, World War II sailors turn ballet rowdy, gangs and lovers take over the West Side, Peter Pan soars, and a Jewish father does the Bottle Dance. St. Louisans will be reliving the times they saw all these shows, further layering the experience. The season’s arc ends (where else?) with Meet Me in St. Louis.
Taste of Downtown STL | June 16 – 17
Taste of Downtown STL highlights the many restaurants in Downtown St. Louis during a free admission outdoor festival with some of the best restaurants in Downtown St. Louis paired with drinks, artists, and unique retailers. There is also a local music showcase on the main stage and special experiences with local chefs for patrons to enjoy.
Pridefest St. Louis | June 23 – 24
PrideFest St. Louis is one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region. The theme for 2018 will be “Community Proud,” reflecting the organization’s efforts to engage more fully with the community. In 2017, over 300,000 people attended the festival and it had an unprecedented number of vendors and parade entries.
Fair Saint Louis | July 4, 6, and 7
Fair Saint Louis 2018 returns to its home at the Gateway ARch on July 4, 6 and 7. The annual festival will include fun and exciting elements that fair-goers have grown to love over the 37 years of the festival including great music, food, family activities, the return of the world famous air show, and of course nationally recognized fireworks displays each evening. This year, the Fair will also include new elements and themes highlighting the historic renovations that transform the visitor experience at the Arch.
St. Louis Brewers Guild: Heritage Festival | July 14, 2018
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 in Forest Park.
World’s Fair Heritage Festival | August 17, 18, and 19
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 25 – 26
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 | August 31 – September 1 – 2
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 – 3
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.
24rd Annual Saint Louis Art Fair | September 7 – 9
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 8 – 9
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 2017 lineup featured artists like Weezer, Snoop Dogg, Cage the Elephant, Huey Lewis & The News, and many more.
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