Your Guide to 2020 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 2020 St. Louis Fairs and Festivals this Spring and Summer to check out on your next visit.
Online St. Louis Earth Day Festival | April 18-26, 2020
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.
St. Louis Microfest | May 1 – 2, 2020 – CANCELLED
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 2, 2020 – CANCELLED
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.
Laumeier Online Art Fair | May 8 – 10, 2020
Laumeier’s Online Art Fair is being launched in response to the cancellation of Laumeier’s 33rd Annual Art Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online version of this beloved event will benefit Laumeier Sculpture Park as well as dozens of artists from around the country.
Saint Louis County Greek Fest | May 22 – 25, 2020 – CANCELLED
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 23 – 25, 2020 – CANCELLED
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 4 – 28, 2020 – CANCELLED
Join Circus Flora’s for their 34th Season featuring “The Trial of the Century.” As Circus Flora’s storytellers will describe, malfeasance and misconduct have occurred in the circus tent. But all the witnesses saw something different, and all the evidence points to contradictory conclusions. Sound like the perfect family entertainment? Maybe not. But, with Circus Flora assigned to the case, the Big Top becomes the courtroom, acrobats the evidence, and you yourself the jury!
Central West End Cocktail Party | June 13, 2020 – CANCELLED
Join the Central West End for their 5th Annual Cocktail Party. The CWE is home to 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 Boulevard. Each year, the CWE pays tribute to this very important anniversary and celebrates the neighborhood history in style!
Fair Saint Louis | July 2 – 4, 2020 – CANCELLED
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.
The Muny 102 | July 20-August 30, 2020 – CANCELLED
The Muny’s 102nd season gets under way on June 15th and runs through August 16th. This season includes premieres of Sweeney Todd (July 6-12) and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (July 14-20), Midwest regional premiere of On Your Feet! (August 1-7) and return of beloved favorites The Sound of Music (July 23-29), Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (June 24-July 2), Chicago (June 15-21) and more.
Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing | August 12-September 9, 2020 – CANCELLED
For the 20th Annual free production in Forest park, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents “Much Ado About Nothing.” Set in Messina, the play begins as Don Pedro’s army returns after a victory. Benedick, a gentleman soldier, resumes a verbal duel with Beatrice, the niece of Messina’s governor, Leonato. Count Claudio is smitten with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. After Don Pedro woos her in disguise for Claudio, the two young lovers plan to marry in a week. To fill in the time until the wedding, Don Pedro and the others set about tricking Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love with each other. Meanwhile, Don Pedro’s disgruntled brother, Don John, plots to ruin Hero and halt her wedding. Claudio believes Don John’s deception, is convinced Hero has a lover, and, at the wedding, brutally rejects her.
Grub and Groove | August 15, 2020 – CANCELLED
Visit Francis Park for the 9th 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.
Pridefest St. Louis | August 15-16, 2020, 2020
PrideFest St. Louis is one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region. Held in the green spaces outside of Soldiers Memorial, Market Street between North Tucker and North 15th. Festivities start at 11 am on both days. Grab some food and take in some entertainment. Don’t miss the Pride Parade down Market Street, starting Sunday at noon.
Let Them Eat Art | August 21, 2020 – CANCELLED
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.
Taste of Maplewood | August 22, 2020 – CANCELLED
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!
Virtual Festival of Nations | August 26 – 30, 2020
We are excited to share our updated website, a resource designed to continue Festival of Nations virtually in a world where COVID-19 has put the kibosh – at least for this year – on hosting one of St. Louis’ most popular festival traditions onsite. Since its reintroduction in 2001, Festival of Nations has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each August to shady Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. There, diverse audiences have explored a cornucopia of multicultural experiences, from dance, to music, to food, to crafts, and more.
Japanese Festival | August 31 – September 2, 2020 – CANCELLED
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.
World’s Fair Heritage Festival | September 4 – 6, 2020
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.
Schlafly Art Outside Festival | September 4-6, 2020
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.
Virtual Saint Louis Art Fair | September 11 – 13, 2020
The Saint Louis Art Fair (SLAF) presented by Centene Charitable Foundation has been working diligently to move art forward with the health and safety of artists, volunteers, and the public as its top priority. The Cultural Festivals Board of Directors announced today that the Saint Louis Art Fair on the streets of Clayton has been cancelled for 2020.
“There will be a 2020 Virtual Saint Louis Art Fair bringing lively, inspiring arts online and into people’s homes,” announces Executive Director Sarah Umlauf. “The virtual experience will provide browsers and buyers the opportunity to meet outstanding artists, see their work, and hear their stories. Attendees locally and from around the country will be able to virtually shop the juried art from Sept. 11-13.” Many highlights of the event will remain: SLAF virtual visitors can expect to visit the online art booths, enjoy online performances by a variety of musicians, participate in special Creative Castle activities for children, and celebrate our annual commemorative print.
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