The weather is finally warming up – time to stretch your winter legs and go outside! This also mean that fair & festival season is among us. There are so many great options right in your own backyard. Are you a foodie or a craft beer lover? There are perfect fairs for you! Do you like to explore different cultures or art? St Louis has that covered, too! Is music more your style? Don’t worry, there are events for you too.
Explorestlouis.com rounded up the TOP 19 Fairs + Festivals in St. Louis that will hold your attention long throughout the summer. We have included some of our favorites from their list below. To see the complete list, click here to be redirected to their website.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Let us know in the comments which event you are most excited about! Also – be sure to let us know if we forgot your favorite event. We may want to add it to our summer calendar!