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.
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.
The Main Stage features a diverse lineup of entertainment with a National Music Act to draw guests from around the region that will be backed up with dance, music, and cultural performances from regional entertainers.
An interactive wonderland packed with games, family activities, entertainment, arts & crafts for all to enjoy!
Our Food Truck Row is Always a big hit! We’ve hosted many of The City’s best food trucks including Farmtruk, Bombay Food Junkie, Pie Oh My, Que Sazon, Mission Taco Food Truck, Lion’s Choice and Revel Food Kitchen. There is always a great variety of food fare @ the Fare.
This unique Artistic Village features 20 live artists, 30 Artists Booths, and multiple large scale paintings and art installations. Many acclaimed local artists such as Jason Spencer, William Lobdell, Billie Bill, Raven Fox, and Phil Jarvis have been Featured.
The 1904 World’s Fair Society joins us in highlighting the history of the 1904 World’s Fair. This great organization will be sharing knowledge of the 1904 World’s Fair through discussions, and sharing artifacts & memorabilia from the actual 1904 World’s Fair!
Local businesses are highlighted here as they sell & share their products and innovations.
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.
The Backyard Games is a St. Louis World’s Fare Festival Tradition that gives Festival goers an opportunity to take some time and enjoy Forest Park and the festival. Playing with their friends and family in some favorites, like corn hole, washers, badminten, kite flying, 10 yard dash lanes, giant Chess & regular size chess, table tennis, foos ball, beer pong (must be 21 to play), and giant Jenga! Better yet, it's FREE to get in the Festival and FREE to play.