America’s Biggest Birthday Party features top entertainment, zip line, human slingshot, market-style shopping area, world-class fireworks, and much more
ST. LOUIS (June 20, 2016)—As Fair Saint Louis nears, guests are urged to plan ahead and arrive early to get the most out of America’s Biggest Birthday Party on Saturday, July 2; Sunday, July 3; and Monday, July 4 in Forest Park.
“We have been hard at work to make this year’s Fair Saint Louis an incredible experience for our guests,” says Steve Pozaric, general chairman of Fair Saint Louis 2016. “As we work alongside the St. Louis City Police and Fire Departments, the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever to ensure that Fair Saint Louis is a safe and memorable event, we encourage fairgoers to arrive at the Fair early to enjoy its many events and activities, and to check fairsaintlouis.org or download the FairSTL app for the full lineup of fun before heading to the Fair. Everyone should be conscious of the weather, and plan accordingly by staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen.”
As previously announced, country music superstar Lee Brice, rock legend Sammy Hagar and The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, and multi-Platinum hip-hop recording artist Flo Rida are set to close the three nights of Fair Saint Louis.
Additional acts include: rocker Eddie Money; funk, soul and rock icon George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic; musical-comedy group Bobby Bones And The Raging Idiots, led by iHeartRadio nationally syndicated host Bobby Bones; country music duo LOCASH; the eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies Here Come the Mummies; up-and-coming country singer-songwriter Mo Pitney; New Orleans-based rockers Cowboy Mouth; and more.
The Fair Saint Louis gates in Forest Park open each day at 1 p.m. Popular family-friendly Fair Saint Louis events and attractions such as the zip line ($10 for riders), demonstrations by the Lake Saint Louis Water Ski Club, Salute to the Troops military appreciation event, the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone, and the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team all return for 2016. Fireworks presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Edward Jones will cap off each night.
New events to this year’s Fair include: The Fairway, a unique shopping experience that invites regional artisans and vendors to sell their products to fairgoers; a human slingshot thrill ride ($30 for riders); and a nighttime performance by the Golden Knights, the United States Army’s elite aerial parachuting demonstration team, immediately following the Lee Brice concert on July 2. Anheuser-Busch’s Buds and Burgers sampling will take place each night from 2 to 7 p.m. on Lagoon Drive, while supplies last (must be 21 and older).
A full schedule of each day’s events is available online at www.fairsaintlouis.org, as well as a complete listing of items fairgoers can and cannot bring into the event. Outside food and drink are not allowed.
A detailed transportation guide, which includes the best routes to Forest Park and parking locations in and around the park, is available on the transportation page at www.fairsaintlouis.org. On-street parking is not allowed in Forest Park during the Fair. Fairgoers should be mindful of street closures in and around Forest Park throughout the weekend.
MetroLink, biking and walking continue to be great options for getting to and from the Fair. MetroLink riders can access the Fair via Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Skinker stations, both of which are in close proximity to the entrance to the Fair.
Two bike valets and one bike self-park locations are available at Fair Saint Louis this year. Fairgoers can catch a cab at the dedicated Taxi Stand location on Skinker at Forsyth. Two free internal Forest Park bus shuttles will start each day at 12:30 p.m. and run in the park. A fee-based golf cart shuttle service will be available within Forest Park for fairgoers who need a little help getting to the fairgrounds once they have arrived at Forest Park (available until 11 p.m.).
Fairgoers are reminded that the Schnucks Freedom 4 Miler, organized in conjunction with the St. Louis Sports Commission, kicks off at Ballpark Village in Downtown St. Louis at 7 a.m on Saturday, July 2. The 134th Veiled Prophet Parade returns to its traditional location in the heart of Downtown St. Louis this year, starts at 9:30 a.m. on July 2.
Fairgoers are encouraged to check www.fairsaintlouis.org, and the Fair’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairsaintlouis), Twitter and Instagram (@fairsaintlouis) pages for more updates and announcements leading up to the event. The FairSTL app – powered by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch – is available to download for free in the App Store and on Google Play.
All weather-related Fair updates will be relayed to the public on an as-needed basis on the Fair’s social media channels and app, and via traditional St. Louis media outlets.
About the Fair St. Louis Foundation
The Fair St. Louis Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Fair each year and has donated numerous gifts to the St. Louis Community in conjunction with these events. Over the years, the foundation has contributed to the lighting of the Eads Bridge, the Mississippi River Overlook and the mile-long Riverfront Promenade, and was a partner in providing the Grand Staircases beneath the Arch as part of the National Park Service and to the irrigation system as part of Forest Park Forever.