Everything you need to know before heading to 2019 ‘Fair St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – America’s biggest birthday party, Fair St. Louis, will be held July 4- 6  at Gateway Arch National Park. Organizers are urging Fairgoers to plan ahead and arrive early. They announced a full schedule of each day’s events on Tuesday morning.

As previously announced, country music singer Brett youngR&B star Keith Sweat and rock band The Flaming Lips are set to close the three nights of America’s Biggest Birthday Party with performances on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage.

2019 Fair Saint Louis Schedule of Events:

Family-friendly Fair Saint Louis events and attractions include:

  • Boeing Air Show:

o   Thursday, July 4 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

o   Friday, July 5 at 5:00 p.m.

o   Saturday, July 6 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • Salute to the Troops presented by Express Scripts and Express Scripts Foundation military appreciation event: Saturday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m. on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage
  • Purina Festival Zone, featuring:

o   Performances by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team

  • Thursday, July 4: 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 5: 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 6: 2:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

o   All American Gymnastics & Super Ninja warrior course

o   Face painting

o   Rock climbing wall

o   Juggling Jeff

  • The Interactive Zone, featuring brands showcasing the latest products and samples. Exhibitors include Chevrolet, Diamond Resorts, Impact Dimensions, Maui Jim, Purina, Sprint, St. Louis Blues, Topgolf and more
  • STEAM Exhibit presented by xplor
  • Fireworks presented by Edward Jones cap off each night
  • An expanded variety of food and beverage refreshment options to satisfy all tastes. Fairgoers can choose from a variety of options, including:

o   Empanadas and arepas from El Fogon

o   Noodle bowls and rice bowls from Wok Hei Noodle House

o   Signature steak sandwiches and loaded tator tots from The Post

o   BBQ turkey legs from The Goods

o   Kabobs, spring rolls, crab rangoon and egg rolls from The Rice House

o   100% real fruit ice pops from Mempops (woman-owned business)

o   Sugar Chic Creamery ice cream truck (woman-owned business);

o   Much more!

  • Four #STLMade cellphone charging stations located at each beverage booth


  • A multitude of parking options are available throughout downtown St. Louis. A list of downtown parking locations can be found at getaroundstl.com.
  • Fair Saint Louis sells pre-paid parking options at $12 per day. Visit fairsaintlouis.organd click on “Pre-Paid Parking Options” at the bottom of the homepage to reserve a parking spot for any day of the Fair in one of the four select parking locations.
  • Biking to the Fair is a great option – self-park for bikes is available in Kiener Plaza.
  • Fairgoers can catch a cab at the dedicated Taxi Stand location at the southwest corner of Market and Broadway.
  • Ride share apps like Uber and Lyft are great options to get to and from the Fair grounds.
  • Be mindful of road closures around Gateway Arch National Park at this time – Walnut Street will be closed to traffic from both I-44 and the Poplar Street Bridge.


America’s Birthday Parade (formerly the VP Parade) will kick off at the intersection of 20thand Market streets in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed east on Market Street and end at Market and Broadway. This year’s theme is “We The People!”


Fairgoers are encouraged to check fairsaintlouis.org and the Fair’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@fairsaintlouis) pages for more updates and announcements leading up to the event. The FairSTL app is available to download for free.

Please note there are items you can and cannot bring into the fairgrounds, including:

  • Approved items: Blankets, small hand-held umbrellas, baby diaper bags, baby strollers and wagons, electric wheelchairs, one factory-sealed water bottle up to 1 liter, empty plastic water bottle, binoculars, service animals and portable/collapsible chairs.
  • Unapproved items: Alcoholic beverages, outside food, unsealed containers over 1 liter, coolers of any kind, large containers, pets, drones, professional recording and/or photography equipment and selfie sticks.

For the full list of what you can and can’t bring to Fair Saint Louis, visitfairsaintlouis.org/know-before-you-go. All items are subject to inspection. These guidelines are strictly enforced.


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