Fair Saint Louis

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Pilot John Mohr flies his 1943 Boeing-Stearman PT-17 at the 2012 Fair Saint Louis.

Established in 1878 and reconstituted in 1981, the Veiled Prophet Fair, nominally the Fair Saint Louis starting in 1992, is an annual festival held during the July 4 holiday in downtown St. Louis, Missouri at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. In 2014, the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the events will be in Forest Park on Art Hill instead, due to construction at the Arch.[1] The event drew approximately 250,000 people to Forest Park - more than any event in more than a century.[2][3] Some call it "America's largest birthday party". The event showcases a variety of attractions, educational activities, a barbecue competition, stages featuring popular entertainers, and an enormous fireworks display held nightly.


Known as the "Veiled Prophet Fair" (or sometimes just "VP Fair") to the public, and officially prior to 1992, Fair Saint Louis was organized by the Veiled Prophet Organization, a secret society of prominent St. Louisans who also put on the "Veiled Prophet Ball", a debutante ball held annually in December, as well as the Veiled Prophet Parade, which usually kicks off Fair Saint Louis. [1]

2014 Music Schedule[edit]

The 2014 Fair St. Louis Musical Schedule[4] is as follows. Unlike in previous years, there will be no airshow at Fair St. Louis in 2014. The fair got off to a smooth start on July 3.[5] Fair St. Louis schedule (.PDF)

July 3[edit]

July 4[edit]

July 5[edit]

2013 Music Schedule[edit]

The lineup for the 2013 Fair St. Louis Musical Schedule was as follows:[6]

July 4[edit]

July 5[edit]

July 6[edit]


  • Spencer, Thomas M. The St. Louis Veiled Prophet Celebration: Power on Parade, 1877-1995 (University of Missouri Press: 2000). [2]

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Coordinates: 38°37′27″N 90°11′01″W / 38.62428°N 90.18368°W / 38.62428; -90.18368