Your Guide to a Loufest Weekend in St. Louis

Monday August 20, 2018

Loufest 2018 has been canceled – please visit for more information. 

There are a lot of weekends that make a visit to St. Louis extra special—Mardi Gras, Cardinals opening weekend, Fourth of July—but few can top LouFest weekend. Let’s talk about why this music festival (September 8-9, 2018) is not to be missed.

Location. Forest Park is one of the most beautiful and most celebrated parks in the country, making it the perfect backdrop for LouFest. Plus, it’s right in the middle of St. Louis, meaning its central to wherever you’re staying.

Timing. The festival always takes place in early September, which means there’s a good chance the weather will be perfect. Who wants to be at a festival in mid-July when it’s 90+ degrees outside? Not us.

The Music. Obviously a big part of a musical festival is the music, and LouFest aims to please. Over the years, artists have included Wilco, The National, The Killers, OutKast, Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg, and Huey Lewis, just to name a few. The year’s headliners include Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and alt-rockers Modest Mouse, plus the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., T-Pain, and Michael McDonald.

Loufest MusicBesides the big names, LouFest prides itself on showcasing some of the biggest up-and-coming bands around—and with four stages set up, there’s always something to listen to.

The Experience. There’s more to a great festival than a solid lineup of bands these days; it’s all about the experience. LouFest is all about supporting local and showing off the best of St. Louis.

Market Square is where you want to be if you’re looking for art, threads, or stylish accessories from local creatives and creators. This year, it houses 12 local pop-up shops, along with the LouFest merch store and a record shop.

No one wants to eat bad food, especially not at a festival. The Nosh Pit is home to over 20 of the best restaurants in St. Louis, ranging from Turkish food to freshly pressed juice, to tacos (oh, and St. Louis native Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack). The only disappointing part of the Nosh Pit is that you won’t be able to eat everything.

For the 21 and older crowd, LouFest offers two great experiences: Fizz & Folly and, making its debut, BrewFest. Fizz & Folly focuses on the craft cocktail experience, bringing six of St. Louis’ premiere mixologists together to create 24 incredible cocktails. More of a beer drinker? BrewFest is the place for you. St. Louis is home to over 60 (!) craft breweries, and BrewFest will be home to nearly 20 of them, including 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, and Schlafly.

Loufest KidsGot kids? Perfect! LouKidz has all the essentials of kiddie entertainment in one spot. That means a bubble bus, face painters, a bounce house, all sorts of kid-tailored performances, and more. Best of all, LouFest is free for kids 12 and under if they’re with a ticketed adult.

If you really want to experience the best LouFest has to offer, you could splurge on their VIP or Platinum tickets. That means gourmet happy hours from some of St. Louis’ top restaurants, a dedicated VIP viewing area on the side of the stage, and access to the VIP lounge, which is complete with complimentary drinks, food, and air conditioned restrooms.

There you go, LouFest in a nutshell. For tickets or more information, just head over to See you in September!

Written by: Olio City in partnership with Explore St. Louis

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