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Annual St. Louis Art Fair kicks off this weekend for the 29th year in Clayton

Get ready to celebrate at this year’s St. Louis Art Fair kicking off Friday in Clayton. The event starts at 5 p.m.

CLAYTON, Mo. — Mark your calendar! The Centene Charitable Foundation (SLAF) is presenting the St. Louis Art Fair’s 29th year in Clayton Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. 

The event is also being produced by Cultural Festivals, a non-profit organization located in Parkway Tower.  

“The St. Louis Art Fair is a nationally juried fine art and fine craft show consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top fine arts fairs,” according to a media alert. 

This three-day free celebration of art attracts thousands of art enthusiasts from across the region to a space filled with beautiful art from 182 artists. 

Operations and Programming Director, Tracey Morgan, described the fair, as a "very big deal."

"We run from Brentwood all the way down to Forsyth and Bemiston. I'd say that's about four or five big, large blocks, and there's plenty of things to do for everybody. There's art everywhere, there's food, there's music, so there'll be a lot going on," she said.

Morgan said there's something for the whole family to enjoy!

"You can expect to see so much art, so many different cultural experiences. We have a performing arts stage that will host a lot of local, cultural performances. We have our newly independent artists stage at Brentwood and Forsyth, where we'll have really local people coming in to perform," she said.

You can plan on enjoying live music, local restaurant food samplings, children’s activities and more. There will be three performance stages for live music:

  • The main stage will feature indie rock, jazz, funk and blues entertainment. The performer line-up includes artists like The Burney Sisters, Retro Boogie and many more.

  • The performing stage will feature DJs, yoga, and include the St. Louis Stay Stitchers Artists Collective. This aspect of the event is supported by the William T. Kemper Foundation. 

  • The independent artist stage will showcase local talent such as comedians.

For information on the full schedule, click here

For details on how to get around the event and find where drinks, food, and restrooms are click here.

Food:

  • Steve’s Hot Dog’s

  • The Capital Grille

  • Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery

  • Sedara Sweets and Ice Cream

  • Pappy’s 

  • Hacienda

Also, kids can enjoy the Create Castle area where there will be hands-on activities for them to learn about the arts and get encouraged to explore their creativity.

The event will also have interactive artistic experiences including custom-led tours to help you meet artists. Not to mention, event planners added huge floral installations and chalk art creations this year. 

There are plenty of different ways to park throughout the weekend and it's all free. Parking meters in downtown Clayton are free the whole weekend. Also, you can park at Centene, which is off of Forsyth, and there's a free shuttle.

There are several road closures and you can see them here on St. Louis Art Fair's interactive map.

Executive Director, Sarah Umlauf, said the fair stretches over seven blocks of downtown Clayton, so all of those roads are closed, since the vendors and artists are taking them over.

Those closures include parts of Forsyth, Maryland and Brentwood Avenues.

Umlauf said there's still plenty of ways to pass through. 

"Maryland Avenue to the north, you can take that east to west. North and south you can take Hanley Road or you can take South Brentwood Blvd," she said.

 Dates and Times:

  • Friday, Sept. 9 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit saintlouisartfair.com.

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