Your Guide to 2019 St. Louis Fairs and Festivals this Spring and Summer

Monday March 11, 2019

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 2019 St. Louis Fairs and Festivals this Spring and Summer to check out on your next visit.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival
St. Louis Earth Day Festival

April

GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend | April 6 – 7, 2019

As the largest competitive fitness event in Missouri, this popular family fitness weekend attracts more than 25,000 participants and includes races for all ages and fitness abilities. The weekend includes a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K, 5K, children’s fun runs, and more!  As a St. Louis original, participants enjoy St. Louis-themed finish line food, top quality race shirts, great-looking finisher medals for all participants and a post-race party with a local band.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival | April 27-28, 2019

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 27 – 28, 2019

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.

Art Fair at Laumeier this weekend in St. Louis
Art Fair at Laumeier

May

St. Louis Microfest | May 3 – 4, 2019

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 4, 2019

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.

Taste of Maplewood | May 18, 2019

The festival is a culmination of Maplewood and Richmond Heights’ most renowned restaurants, beloved boutiques, and unique specialty stores.  In its 10th year the event’s vibe is distinct and unmistakable, radiating the culture and character of the businesses in the area. In addition to the food and libations, visitors will enjoy live entertainment on two stages, and much more!

Art Fair at Laumeier | May 10 – 12, 2019

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 – 26, 2019

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 24 – 27, 2019

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 25 – 27, 2019

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.


Circus Flora

June

Shakespeare Festival: Love Labor’s Lost | May 31 – June 23, 2019

A comedy from Shakespeare’s lyrical period (see also Romeo & Juliet) is set for the mainstage of the Shakespeare Festival. In Love’s Labour’s Lost, Tom Ridgely’s directorial debut, the Princess of France sets out on a diplomatic mission to Navarre, but its young king has vowed not to see women. “The Bard’s insights into the different ways men and women love and want to be loved have never felt so contemporary,” Ridgely says, noting that Navarre’s park setting is perfect for Forest Park.

Circus Flora | June 6 – 30, 2019

Join Circus Flora’s for their 33rd Season for an unbelievable mix of excitement, charm, daring, and comedy as they assemble a troupe of the best circus acts and storytellers, all in the intimate Big Top setting. A trip to the grocery store is not usually the most exciting part of our day.  But the market is a place of intrigue and excitement in “The Caper in Aisle 6.” An ancient and powerful substance, long thought to be gone from the Earth, is found in the unlikeliest of places: aisle six of the local grocery store.  What secrets does aisle six hold, and what adventures will it set in motion?

Central West End Cocktail Party | June 8, 2019

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 101 | June 10 – August 11, 2019

The Muny’s 101st season gets under way on June 10th and runs through August 11.  The Muny will be the first in the U.S. to produce the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning international sensation Kinky Boots and will welcome back spellbinding Muny favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  The 101st season includes Guys and Dolls (June 10 – 16), Kinky Boots (June 19 – 25), 1776 (June 27 – July 3), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (July 8 – 16), Footloose (July 18 – 24), Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon (July 27 – August 2) and Matilda (August 5 – 11).

Pridefest St. Louis | June 29 – 30, 2019

PrideFest St. Louis is one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region.


Fair Saint Louis on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

July

Fair Saint Louis | July 4 – 6, 2019

Celebrate our nation’s independence with something for everyone at Fair Saint Louis! A free admission festival under the iconic Gateway Arch featuring concerts, firework displays and more.

Let Them Eat Art | July 12, 2019

Maplewood’s whimsical tribute to Bastille Day.  This neighborhood event features live art demonstrations by regional artists, live music, and food & drink by Maplewood’s award-winning food purveyors.  Let Them Eat Art is not an art fair; it’s a celebration of making art and enjoying art in the shops and on the streets of Historic Downtown Maplewood. Get a preview of the event with Maximize St. Louis.


Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park

August

Blues at the Arch | August 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2019

On the first four Fridays in August, starting at 6 p.m., The Gateway Arc Park foundation fills North Gateway near Laclede’s Landing with the sounds of world-renowned blues artist.  Last year’s line up included Dexter Allen and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, dubbed by Rolling Stone the future of blues Music.  This event also includes food vendors and lawn games.

Grub and Groove | August 10

Visit Francis Park for the 8th Annual Grub & Groove, a free event presented by Alliance Credit Union full of fun for the entire family. Eat food from 13 local restaurant vendors, visit the 4 Hands Brewing Company Draft Experience, play in the Spectrum Brands Kids Zone, cool off with a frozen drink from Tropical Liqueurs, or just enjoy the afternoon listening to local musicians.

World’s Fair Heritage Festival | August 16 – 17, 2019

St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival will bring a mashup 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 24 – 25, 2019

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 30 – September 1, 2019

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 at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Japanese Festival

September

Japanese Festival | September 1 – 3, 2019

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.

Annual Saint Louis Art Fair | September 6 – 8, 2019

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.

We hope you enjoy your stay in St. Louis. Make sure to share your St. Louis photos with us using #ExploreStLouis, you could be featured on our social page here.  For more St. Louis Fairs and Festivals and more this spring and summer, check out our events calendar.

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