Fair Saint Louis 2011
America's Biggest Birthday Party!
|Thousands of St. Louisans and their guests will descend upon the grounds of the Gateway Arch during the July 4 weekend to celebrate what Mayor Francis Slay calls “America’s Biggest Birthday Party.” The event runs July 2-4. As the name suggests, Fair Saint Louis is produced by St. Louisans for St. Louisans. Admission is free. From Grammy-winning musicians and air shows to food and fireworks, Fair Saint Louis 2011 has something for everyone.
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July 01, 2011The following is a list of events on the grounds of the Gateway Arch during the July 4 weekend.
Saturday, July 2
10 a.m. - 134th Veiled Prophet Parade
Recognized as one of America's most unique parades, the Veiled Prophet Parade begins at 4th and Washington and will wind through downtown St. Louis for almost two hours. The theme for this year's parade is "A Night Out." Greg Smith will serve as this year's grand marshall.
12 p.m. - Festival and K-Town Kids Zone Open
Located on the south end of the Arch festival grounds, the Ameren Missouri K-Town Kids Zone is the place to be for free performances and hands-on activities for the whole family. On Saturday, performers will include the Purina Incredible Dog Team, The Muny Teens and Fazio's Frets and Friends - The Termites.
12 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. - Air Show
The Fair Saint Louis Air Show features appearances by military assets and performances from some of the top air show performers in the country. It will be a spectacular and patriotic display of aerial acrobatics. Check the air show performance times and grab a spot on the Arch grounds for the action and excitement.
2 - 4:30 p.m. - Local Bands
Local unsigned bands will have the opportunity to perform on the Budweiser Main Stage. An inaugural music video contest aims to highlight the outstanding amateur local music talent in the St. Louis region and will award three winners the opportunity to play one date of the festival.
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7 p.m. - Steve Miller Band
Join all-American music legend, The Steve Miller Band, live under the Arch! Dance the night away with performances of the band's greatest hits, as well as songs from the band's newest album, "Let Your Hair Down." Having recorded 28 albums in his career, Steve Miller said his latest album is the record he always wanted to make.
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks
A Fair Saint Louis tradition, spectacular fireworks will conclude each evening. The festival closes at 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 3
11 a.m. - Festival and K-Town Kids Zone Open
Located on the south end of the Arch festival grounds, the Ameren Missouri K-Town Kids Zone will continue on Sunday. Performers will include the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, the Purina Incredible Dog Team, the Ashleyliane Dance Company, The Muny Kids and Surprise, It's Plastic! Presented by the Saint Louis Science Center.
11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. - Air Show
The Fair Saint Louis Air Show continues with high-flying entertainment on Sunday.
1:30 - 4 p.m. - Local Bands
Local unsigned bands will take to the Budweiser Main Stage on Sunday.
8 p.m. - Maroon 5 (and PJ Morton)
Last year, this American pop rock Los Angeles quintet released its third studio album, "Hands All Over." Performing favorite hits under the Arch, Maroon 5 is sure to get St. Louisans on their feet. Opener PJ Morton will perform at 6:45 p.m.
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks
More fireworks will light up the sky on Sunday.
Monday, July 4
11 a.m. - Festival and K-Town Kids Zone Open
On Monday, performers will include the Purina Incredible Dog Team, Ashleyliane Dance Company and Motion Magic Presented by the Saint Louis Science Center.
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 - 6 p.m. - Local Bands
Local unsigned bands will again take to the Budweiser Main Stage on Monday.
1:30 p.m. - Air Show
The Fair Saint Louis Air Show continues with high-flying entertainment on Monday.
8 p.m. - Montgomery Gentry
Celebrate Independence Day under the Gateway Arch with a country duo who is on top of their game. Performing on the national stage for over a decade with more than 20 chart topping singles, Montgomery Gentry can look back on one of the country's most impressive legacies. Their anthems, like "My Town" and "Hell Yeah," are indelible parts of the American country music landscape.
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks
Fair Saint Louis will conclude with a spectacular fireworks on Monday.
Free Summer Concerts - July 15, 16, 22 & 23
The tradition of free live music on the Arch grounds continues in July with the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert series. The concerts span two July weekends, each starting at 8 p.m. Openers, however, begin at 6 p.m.
Hip-hop trio Bell Biv DeVoe kicks off the series July 15, promoting its new album to be released in August.
Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw performs the following night.
The next weekend, singer, songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo' brings the Delta blues to the Arch grounds July 22. The rock band the Barenaked Ladies close the series July 23.
The concerts end each night with a fireworks display, beginning at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks last about 20 minutes.
Fair Saint Louis Metro Transit Schedule
Fair Saint Louis visitors can avoid massive traffic jams, blocked highway exits, closed St. Louis streets, and paying for parking by taking Metro Transit to the popular three-day celebration.
Extra MetroLink trains will be operating to accommodate the large crowds on Saturday, July 2, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 so fairgoers can conveniently get in and out of downtown St. Louis. Each evening, even more trains will be running to bring visitors to the fair for the nightly entertainment and fireworks shows and then back home afterwards.
Cardinals fans going to the 5:15 p.m. game on July 4 should also consider taking Metro to avoid the traffic jam.
Ticket agents will be assisting customers at various MetroLink stations on the alignment during the long holiday weekend. Metro employees will also be on hand to help customers starting at 6 p.m. each night at select MetroLink stations.
Metro's Fair Saint Louis Transit Services include the following:
Saturday, July 2, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4
DAYTIME: MetroLink will operate every 15 minutes on the Red and Blue lines from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. resulting in a train stopping every 7 to 8 minutes between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations.
EVENING: Starting at 6 p.m., MetroLink will operate every 12 minutes on the Red and Blue lines with trains arriving every 6 minutes between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations.
Saturday, July 2 - Parade Reroutes and Downtown Trolley Shuttles
MetroBus will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. Due to the Veiled Prophet Parade on Saturday, bus routes serving downtown St. Louis will be rerouted from 10 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. when the streets reopen following the parade. Signs will be posted at affected bus stops.
Metro Fair Saint Louis Schedule
To help MetroBus customers get to where they need to go during the major street closures, the #99 Downtown Trolley will be rerouted and used as a shuttle during the parade. One shuttle will take passengers back and forth on Olive from Leffingwell and Olive, to Tucker and Olive. This shuttle will operate every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A second shuttle will provide service on Washington from Beaumont and Washington, to 14th Street and Washington, to 14th Street and Cass, to 9th and Cass, and back. That shuttle will operate every 40 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From both shuttles, passengers can transfer to other routes going to the Civic Center Transit Center.
The #99 Downtown Trolley will go back on its regular route after the parade. Maps of the shuttle routes as well as information about MetroBus reroutes during the parade can be found at www.metrostlouis.org.
Sunday, July 3: MetroBus will operate on a regular Sunday schedule.
Monday, July 4: MetroBus will operate on a regular Sunday schedule.
In St. Louis County, fairgoers may park free in park-ride lots located at the North Hanley, UMSL South, Rock Road, Wellston, Delmar Loop, Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44, Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Brentwood I-64 MetroLink Stations.
Metro Customer Information
For additional information about MetroBus or MetroLink service for Fair Saint Louis and the 4th of July holiday weekend, visit www.metrostlouis.org or call Metro Transit Information, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 314-231-2345. Transit Information will be closed on July 4.
A one-way fare on MetroLink is $2.25 for adults and $1.10 for seniors, children ages 5-12, and customers with disabilities. A one-way fare on MetroBus is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors, children ages 5-12, and customers with disabilities. Children younger than five ride free on MetroBus and MetroLink. A Metro One-Day Pass provides unlimited rides throughout the entire Metro system on MetroLink and MetroBus. The Metro One-Day Pass is $7.50 for all customers, including adults, seniors, children ages 5-12, and customers with disabilities.
Central West End Fourth of July Parade
The Central West End Fourth of July Parade will be on Monday, July 4, at 9 a.m., beginning at Euclid and McPherson. There will be refreshments and a visit from the St. Louis Fire Department with its truck.