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The St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival & Games returns to Forest Park!
We're celebrating our 7th year, as well as our first year as a Federal Non Profit, 501c3. We are bringing back the FREE 3 DAY festival to Forest Park at the Upper Muny Lot September 2-4, 2022!

Our Mission

The Mission of the St. Louis World's Fare Heritage Festival & Games

The mission of the St. Louis Worlds Fare Heritage Festival is to honor the major achievements that occurred in St. Louis during the 1904 World's Fair, while celebrating our talents today. With the help of supporting schools and charitable organizations, we aim to educate and bring together the people of the region. As we build our community of the future, we work to know our past, both good and bad, so that we can move forward together.

History

Introduction of the Festival!

The St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival was created to help keep alive the grand legacy of the City’s international past accomplishments, while finding new creative ways to support the City’s talented communities of today.

The Festival’s name is meant to have the word “Fare” in it as a pun, for two reasons, one this festival is not trying to be the event from 1904 as nothing will ever replicate it and two the Festival is a St. Louis Food Fare event. The City’s historical International cuisine identity dates back to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where chefs and cooks were brought in from all corners of the world to showcase their traditional foods in a time of no TV, and no radio.

This event gave St. Louis a deep knowledge in the diverse foods from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and other parts of the world. International Notoriety came to the city when many food fare inventions were made or claimed in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair such as the hot dog bun, cotton candy, the ice cream waffle cone and many others.

Today, the St. Louis World’s Fare Festival features the region’s best Food Trucks with a focus on diversity being represented on an annual basis. Forest Park was the actual location of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and was gifted the Art Palace now known as the St. Louis Art Museum, the only remaining building from the 1904 World’s Fair.

This Festival is designed to celebrate the City’s Heritage through educational programs while uplifting the Region's talent of today through art, food, music, and dance. The Festival averages over 25,000 visitors over 2 ½ days from across the region.These guests discover local artists, entertainers, and favorite food trucks while learning about the city’s heritage. All of this with the historic Forest Park background which has been voted “Best City Park in America” -USA Today, 2016 and is consistently voted in the top 5 annually.

The History of the Greatest Event the World Had Ever Seen!
This heritage festival is an important part of St. Louis’ cultural history as it celebrates the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and the III Olympiad. These three incredible events converged together in St. Louis at the same time and created an unprecedented Global Event by fusing together to create the greatest event on earth to that date. People traveled from all over the world to see the wonders in St. Louis. A city leading the New World in new technologies and creating an information highway that was a marvel in its time, making St. Louis a Modern Beacon of light in the New World. The three events that converged in St. Louis at the same time all had their own funding, support and motivations.

  1. The 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair was an established international event and St. Louis was competing to have it’s version of the Fair be larger than the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.

  2. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition took place to celebrate the golden achievement of the US Government’s purchase of the largest territory purchase in History from the notorious French leader Napoleon Bonaparte. The land was explored successfully by two of the country's biggest heroes of the time, Lewis & Clark.

  3. St. Louis was able to be the host to III Olympiad, the first Olympics ever to be held outside of Europe, which made it the first English speaking Olympics in History.

Awards & Accomplishments

The St. Louis World’s Fare Festival’s Merits and Accomplishments
  • Received a City of St. Louis Resolution from the President Board of Aldermen, signed unanimously by the board of Aldermen acknowledging the work and accomplishments of the St. Louis World’s Fare team.

  • RFT’s top 75 things to do in St. Louis over the summer

    2019
  • Mayor of St. Louis Declared that the StL World’s Fare Festival was one of the city’s best events

    2019
What’s New in 2022 For St. Louis World’s Fare Festival

It will be The region’s newest holiday festival, featured on Labor Day weekend in Forest Park, with New festival partnerships with the RFT, Alliance Credit Union, and Sauce Magazine. New features include free secure parking for guests, VIP packages available with a reserved parking, and National Musical performances.

Also new on Sunday at the Main Stage there will be a Closing Ceremony with awards. The awards will be from the festival’s competitions that were held over the weekend known as the Bar Olympics.

The Bar Olympics is designed to raise money for local charities and is intended today to be a fun way to raise awareness of the III Olympiad that was held in St. Louis.

St. Louis World's Fare Departments

The St. Louis World's Fare Heritage Festival & Games

Paint Louis | Graffiti Wall

The St. Louis World’s Fare Festival has been featuring the Paint Louis Graffiti Wall since year one and gives local artists opportunities to be featured live at the festival. Having graffiti artists at the festival gives festival goers an opportunity to learn about the art form. This is sponsored by Paint Louis which takes place at the Mural Mile, a 52 ft. tall flood wall along the Mississippi River. The Mural Mile is located along the Riverfront between Victor and Chouteau Avenues, south of the Gateway Arch. Started in 1997, the project became an annual event held every Labor day weekend. Organized by the organization Paint Louis, more than 250 graffiti artists from around the country came to St. Louis to add to this mural on the Mississippi River floodwall.

Staff & Volunteers

STLWF Crew

Davide Weaver

President, Co-Founder, Co-Festival Director, Marketing Director, Sponsorship Team
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Mike Landau

Co-Founder, Co-Festival Director, Music Director, Sponsorship Director
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Stephanie Keil

Co-Festival Director
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Michal Caldwell

Web Site & Graphic Design Director
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Departments

Jaclynn Rowell

World Business Expo Director
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Sarah Anderson

Assistant Manager
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Ann Johnson

Lighting Director
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Greg Robinson

Volunteer Coordinator

Michelle Lewis

Artist Village Director
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Lisa Obrock

Lisa Obrock Special Projects Director
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Gina Taylor

Secretary
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Douglas Stone

Representative of the 1904 World’s Fair Society
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Sonny Metcalfe

Historic Shuttle Tour Co-Director
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