FAQ & KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
To help keep Fair Saint Louis a fun and safe experience for all, and to avoid delays entering the Fairgrounds, please review the following lists of permissible and prohibited items.
WHAT CAN I BRING TO THE FAIR?
Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
Baby Strollers & Wagons
Baby Diaper Bags
Electric wheelchairs (ADA Viewing area is accessible for electric wheelchairs)
One factory sealed water bottle up to 1 liter
Empty plastic water bottle
Pocket size/still camera equipment
ALL ITEMS SUBJECT TO INSPECTION – NO EXCEPTIONS
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED AT THE FAIR?
Glass or Metal Containers of any Kind
Unsealed Containers over 1 Liter
Coolers of any Kind
Illegal Substances of any Kind
Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters and Personalized Motor Vehicles (please note this does not include electric wheelchairs they are allowed)
Pop up tents
Professional Recording and/or Photography Equipment
(FSL defines professional lens cameras as a digital slr with a detachable lens)
Signs and/or Banners
GENERAL EVENT GUIDELINES:
- Entering this event constitutes implied consent of each event-goer to Fair Saint Louis’ use of his/her image and/or likeness incidental to any photographic, digital or video use, publication, display, transmission or recording of the event.
- No Unauthorized Vendors, Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Giveaways, Etc.
- Alcoholic Beverages may not be taken in or out of gates.
- Video Surveillance cameras are present.
Fair Saint Louis reserves the right to deny entry or remove anyone from the Fair in violation of these policies.
WHY HAS FAIR SAINT LOUIS RETURNED TO THE GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK?
With the completion of the renovations at Gateway Arch National Park and the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch on July 3, it’s only fitting that Fair Saint Louis returns to its original home. We are so thankful to Forest Park for providing us a wonderful home for the past four years, but we are ecstatic to help the Arch usher in this exciting new chapter and celebrate the opening of the new Arch experience.
Hosting Fair Saint Louis at its original home at the Arch grounds will allow fairgoers to experience chart-topping entertainment, family friendly activities, great food and drinks, the Boeing Air Show, and the spectacular fireworks show sparkling against the marvelous monument, while also enjoying firsthand the exciting changes at the Arch and the surrounding areas: the new museum, renovated park grounds and revitalized riverfront.
WHAT CAN FAIRGOERS EXPECT AT FAIR SAINT LOUIS 2018?
An unforgettable experience! Three days of world-class entertainment with concerts headlined by national-renowned artists on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage … with music that transcends across multiple genres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Other highlights include: The Boeing Air Show; An interactive Family Festival Zone; The Fairway, a unique, market-style shopping experience; a spectacular fireworks show that will light up the sky each night of the Fair; and much more.
IS FAIR SAINT LOUIS FREE?
Yes, Fair Saint Louis is a free event, thanks to the generous support of our many sponsors and partners and the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers, allowing the general public to safely enjoy all of the exceptional entertainment we offer as part of America’s Biggest Birthday Party.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR'S FAIR?
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 is also available to download in the App Store and Google Play.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU EXPECT TO ATTEND THE FAIR AT GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK?
While we can’t speculate about specific attendance numbers given the many factors that can impact those from year to year, we anticipate that attendance will be in line with our attendance in 2014-2017, where we estimated 200,000-300,000 people attended each year.
WILL GUESTS BE ABLE TO BRING IN THEIR OWN FOOD AND DRINK?
In keeping with the Fair’s standard, historical practices, fair patrons will not be allowed to bring their own food and beverages inside the designated Fair Saint Louis footprint where entertainment and activities will be staged. One of the great Fair traditions is the variety of food and beverage vendors who travel from all over the country to participate in America’s Biggest Birthday Party. The Fair will once again feature traditional favorites, including a variety of food and beverages, and, of course, ice-cold Budweiser, the sale of which will benefit local 501c3 charitable organizations.
WHAT ELSE CAN/CAN'T FAIRGOERS BRING INTO THE FAIR?
Fairgoers can bring blankets; umbrellas (small, handheld style); baby strollers and wagons; baby diaper bags; portable/collapsible chairs; regular-sized bags; one factory sealed water bottle up to 1 liter; empty plastic water bottle; binoculars; pocket-sized/still camera equipment; and service animals into the Fairgrounds. All items are subject to inspection.
Fairgoers cannot bring the following items into the fair: alcoholic beverages; glass, metal or unsealed containers over 1 liter; coolers of any kind; outside food; large containers; weapons of any kind; knives; explosives; illegal substances of any kind; drones; pets; bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or personalized motor vehicles of any kind; fireworks; professional recording and/or photography equipment (Fair Saint Louis defines professional lens cameras as a digital SLR with a detachable lens); selfie sticks; signs and/or banners.
Programming & Entertainment
WHAT PROGRAMMING CAN GUESTS EXPECT?
We’ll have something for everyone. The Fair will host fabulous entertainers each of the three nights on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage and the Edward Jones Fireworks, along with many returning Fair traditions. Additionally, the 2018 Fair will feature the return of the Boeing Air Show on July 4. Also expect exciting programming elements throughout the Fair, including the interactive STEAM exhibit presented by SCOPE; the Purina/Ameren Festival Zone; the Interactive Zone; The Fairway, a unique, marketplace-style shopping experience; the annual Salute to the Troops event on Saturday, July 7; and much more.
WHO ARE THE HEADLINERS FOR THIS YEAR?
This year we’ll be offering something for everyone with an all-star lineup on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage, including:
- Wednesday, July 4: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Amelia Eisenhauer
- Friday, July 6: Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, Dirty Muggs
- Saturday, July 7: Martina McBride, Cam, RaeLynn, Danielle Bradbery
WILL THERE BE ANY LOCAL ARTISTS THIS YEAR?
In additional to bringing national artists to St. Louis, we focus on highlighting outstanding local talent in our community and region, and this year we have the Missouri Air National Guard as well as Dirty Muggs in our lineup.
HOW CAN I GET VIP PASSES TO THE CONCERTS?
VIP passes are only available to sponsors or through various contests with our media partners. Our website, www.fairsaintlouis.org, has information about how individuals and companies can become a sponsor of Fair Saint Louis.
WILL THERE BE FIREWORKS?
Yes, indeed, and they will again be among the best in the country. We’ll be creating another custom, spectacular fireworks show sponsored by Edward Jones and framed by the Gateway Arch. Our fireworks display typically lasts 20-30 minutes, and nearby residents will have a front-row seat to one of the greatest fireworks displays in the country. The noise will be an acceptable level in keeping with standard Fourth of July celebrations.
WILL ANY OF THE ENTERTAINMENT OR PROGRAMMING BE BROADCAST OR LIVE STREAMED?
Due to artist restrictions, the musical acts will not be broadcasted or streamed live. The bands will be viewed on the Jumbo Tron screens during their performance which are on both sides of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage.
WILL THE 2018 FAIR INCLUDE AN AIR SHOW?
Yes! The Boeing Air Show will take place Wednesday, July 4, with performances at 12:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
ARE OTHER VENUES NEAR GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK OPEN DURING THE FAIR?
We expect most of the venues will remain open for some or all of the time; however, any modifications to business hours of nearby institutions will be noted on the appropriate organization’s website when/if a change is made.
In continually trying to make Fair Saint Louis more accessible we encourage you to contact us at email@example.com for any of your accessibility-related questions or comments. Additionally, if you have any questions about policies or our services please reach out to us.
During the Fair, information is available at each of the Info Booths located at entry gates 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Fair. Check in here to get your ADA questions answered and learn about any of our accessibility services.
Persons with disabilities and their service dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at Fair Saint Louis. Animals in Training and pets are not allowed and will be turned away. Due to large-scale animal service fraud, and for the protection of all Fair-goers, service animals must be screened and registered at the Info Booths immediately upon entry to the Fair. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the protocol regarding service animals. Please note, any service animal whose task is to provide protection, emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship, is not considered a service animal under the ADA and will not be allowed into the Fair.
- All service animals must remain by the handler’s side at all times and must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices and otherwise under the handler’s control. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
- All service animals must be housebroken.
- Care of the service animal is the sole responsibility of the owner, including clean up.
- Anyone bringing an animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury caused by the animal.
Fair-goers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing should contact email@example.com as soon as possible to acquire the interpreter schedule for Fair Saint Louis events. Fair Saint Louis has engaged a quality ASL interpreting agency to provide quality ASL interpreters for specific shows and an onsite interpreter for emergencies. There will be a designated area for persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage.
Fair Saint Louis does not provide connections to sound boards, hearing loop receivers, hearing aids, or captioning.
Wheelchairs and 3- or 4-wheel electric scooters are allowed and are reasonably accommodated. There is a charging station located in the accessible viewing area. The accessible viewing area is to the immediate north of the Front of House, consult map for exact location. Fair Saint Louis does not provide push services or wheelchair or scooter rentals.
Gateway Arch National Park is a large outdoor venue with some paved areas and some natural terrain. Attendance may require covering large distances over grassy, uneven, and sometimes muddy surfaces. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessible Restrooms will be available throughout the Fair and will be located at all restroom banks. Maps will be available in the Info Booths and throughout the Fair to show these locations.
ATMs and many of the concessions booths are fully accessible and located throughout the venue. Due to the topography of the Gateway Arch Park Grounds, some of the beverage locations are not fully ADA accessible. If assistance is required please confer with a Fair staff member or volunteer.
We have several First Aid locations that are noted on the event map. Professional medical staff can help you with your medical needs at all of these locations.
Fair Saint Louis has a variety of food vendors all of whom have broad menu options. For those with special dietary needs please contact us at email@example.com for further information.
Fair-goers who are blind or have vision impairments should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to discuss reasonable accommodations.
If you have any questions or comments not addressed above, please immediately contact us at email@example.com.
Safety at the Park
WHAT PROTOCOLS ARE BEING ENACTED TO ENSURE FAIRGOERS A SAFE FAIR EXPERIENCE?
Hosting a safe event for our fairgoers is the first priority of Fair Saint Louis. The Fair team is working closely with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis Fire Department, the National Park Service, and private security teams to ensure we have the appropriate levels of security for our fairgoers throughout the duration of Fair Saint Louis.
WILL THE FAIR HAVE A SECURE PERIMETER AND SECURITY CHECKPOINTS AT EACH ENTRANCE?
Yes. Hosting a safe Fair is our first priority. The Fair footprint will cover a designated area centered around Gateway Arch National Park, and several safety checkpoints will be stationed at each entrance. We worked with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and National Park Service officials and other partners on the number of entrances and security checkpoints.
WHAT ABOUT SECURITY IN THE PARK AT NIGHT?
Wherever the location, hosting a safe Fair is always the first priority. The Fair team is working closely with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the National Park Service, and private security teams to ensure safety remains its first priority.
WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR BAD WEATHER?
The Fair team is actively working with public emergency personnel and Park officials to ensure our inclement weather plan remains valid for this year.
WHEN AND WHERE IS AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY PARADE (VP PARADE)?
The 136th America’s Birthday Parade will be held in Downtown St. Louis and will kick off on Wednesday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m.
This year’s theme is “The US Experience” and the Parade will feature a procession of 130 units, including 17 major floats with live musical performances involving more than 300 singers and dancers, 8 giant helium balloons, community groups and military units. The celebration will also feature the 2018 Liberty Drum Challenge, one of the premier high school band competitions in the region with 12 local high school bands competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. If you can’t join in person, catch the live broadcast on KMOV – Channel 4 starting at 9:30 am.
More information about the parade is available at www.americasbirthdayparade.com.
Transportation & Parking
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO GET TO THE FAIR, AND WHERE CAN FAIRGOERS PARK?
Although car is a viable mode of transportation for fairgoers, MetroLink, biking or walking continue to be great options for getting to and from the Fair.
WHERE WILL GUESTS PARK?
Downtown St. Louis has a plethora of parking options. Fair Saint Louis offers pre-paid parking options for those who’d like to reserve a parking spot in advance. Click here to reserve a parking spot for any day of the Fair in one of the four Fair Saint Louis select parking locations.
Also, a comprehensive list of downtown parking locations can be found here.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARK USING THE FSL PRE-PAID PARKING OPTION?
The Fair Saint Louis pre-paid parking option is $12 per day. Click here to reserve a parking spot for any day of the Fair in one of the four Fair Saint Louis select parking locations.
ARE THE ANY SPECIFIC DETAILS RELATED TO PARKING AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT THAT YOU CAN SHARE AT THIS TIME?
As always, safety is our first priority and convenience is our second. For the past four years, we’ve demonstrated that if people take advantage of the information on the website, they will find we have plenty of ways to get to the park, including walking, cycling and mass transit, and we will have more than enough parking for people who want to drive. Fairgoers can expect another unforgettable experience at America’s Biggest Birthday Party.
There will be more than enough spots to accommodate everyone driving in to downtown St. Louis. While fairgoers are again encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation, Fair Saint Louis provides pre-paid parking options located downtown. Pre-paid parking is $12 per day and can be reserved by clicking here.
Based on its popularity last year, MetroLink will again play a key role in transporting fairgoers, and Metro will have additional trains running to accommodate fairgoers. Metro is asking fairgoers to access the Fair by using the Arch-Laclede’s Landing Station, which is in close proximity to Gate 3 of the Fair. This will help minimize waiting times and passenger congestion, and help make it as smooth as possible getting people back on the train after the Edward Jones fireworks show ends each night.
WHAT ARE THE TOPLINE THINGS I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING THIS YEAR?
• A multitude of parking options are available throughout downtown St. Louis. A list of downtown parking locations can be found here.
• Fair Saint Louis sells pre-paid parking options at $12 per day. Click here to reserve a parking spot for any day of the Fair in one of the four Fair Saint Louis select parking locations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD IMPROVEMENT OR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UNDERWAY AROUND THE PARK THIS SUMMER. - WILL THOSE EFFECT PARKING?
We’re aware of the projects underway near the park and have factored those into our planning. We demonstrated in previous years that, with advance planning, we were able to provide a variety of parking options with close proximity to the park, and keep traffic flowing to and from the venue. We will continue to work with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, National Parks Service, and appropriate agencies such as MODOT, Metro/Bi-State Development, and the City of St. Louis. We encourage the public to familiarize themselves with the plan and to do their part to help keep traffic flowing.
THE SECURE BICYCLE VALET HAS BEEN POPULAR . WILL THAT BE BACK IN 2018?
We will not be hosting a secured bicyle valet this year. However, we will have a bicycle self park station in Kiener Plaza.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMMODATE MOTORCYCLE DRIVERS' NEEDS FOR PARKING THIS YEAR?
For safety purposes, motorcycles are in same category as cars and trucks and will be accommodated in the same way.