Forest Park

HIV Awareness, Testing
11:07 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Activists Hope World AIDS Day Will Be Record Breaking In St. Louis

Credit wakeuppune.org

Before sunrise on Monday morning Dec. 1, Art Hill in Forest Park will glow with a special message for World AIDS Day.

A group called AIDS on Art Hill plans to work all night setting out and lighting 13,000 candles in bags to spell out the word “AIDS.” Aaron Laxton came up with the idea. He said the effort is designed to draw attention to a disease for which there is still no cure.

“It will be a huge spectacle,” Laxton said.

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Shakespeare Festival
12:06 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Shakespeare Festival To Present Impassioned ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ In 15th Season

Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Roman leader Marcus Antonius of Rome and Queen Cleopatra of Egypt are perhaps history’s most famous lovers, a couple whose passion changed the course of history.

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St. Louis 250th Birthday
9:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hot Air Helps The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Stay Afloat

Pilot Roy Caton checks his balloon for security before taking off on a flight.
Credit Shula Neuman/St. Louis Public Radio

On the third weekend of September, St. Louisans turn their gaze skyward in the hopes of glimpsing a charming sight: dozens of multi-colored hot air balloons floating across a clear blue sky. It’s the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, a 42-year-old tradition in St. Louis that has been kept alive thanks to the friendship and generosity of four men.

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Cityscape
2:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

LouFest Returns To Forest Park

Justin Johnson and William Godfred of Pretty Little Empire perform Thursday at St. Louis Public Radio. The band will perform Sunday at LouFest.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

LouFest returns for its fifth year at Forest Park this weekend.

The festival features big-name headliners Outkast, Cake and Arctic Monkeys, as well as local groups, including Old Salt Union, Big Brother Thunder and The Master Blasters, and Pretty Little Empire.

On Friday, we talked to LouFest founder and organizer Brian Cohen and two members of Pretty Little Empire: Justin Johnson and William Godfred. 

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Water Fountains
3:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Forest Park Forever Unveils New Park Signs And Additional Renovations

President & Executive Director of Forest Park Forever Lesley Hoffarth and Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Gary Bess unveil the new signs.
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Forest Park will be getting a face lift over the next few months as the park adds new signs, improved water fountains and more bike racks. That’s according to an announcement made by Forest Park Forever on Tuesday.

The group also said the park will be heating three of its bathrooms to accommodate park goers year round. Paths and trails will be improved to make these bathrooms more accessible as well.

Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director of Forest Park Forever, says the upgrades were prompted by complaints and recommendations made by visitors.

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Fair St. Louis
8:10 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue

Fair St. Louis Foundation Executive Director Lori Thaman addresses reporters during a press conference Monday.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Final plans for Fair St. Louis are taking shape as the event moves to Forest Park this weekend for the first time in its 34-year history.

The park has been a busy scene this week as work crews prepare stages, concession stands, canopy tents, and generators for the event that organizers expect to draw 35,000 to 50,000 visitors each day. The weekend’s July Fourth celebrations will include a parade, 20 free concerts, nightly fireworks displays and other entertainment.

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Fair St. Louis
10:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police

This summer marks the first time Fair St. Louis will be on Art Hill.
(via Flickr/Tyson Blanquart)

Fair St. Louis’s move to Forest Park this year is presenting the St. Louis Police Department with some unique challenges. That's according to police chief Sam Dotson, who expressed his concerns at a police board hearing Thursday. 

This is the first time the annual Fourth of July celebration will take place in the city's largest park. Dotson said the logistics of the fair have taken more time than he would like.  But he said it's important to make sure the plan to keep everyone safe is airtight, especially this first year.

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LouFest
12:01 am
Tue May 13, 2014

St. Louis’ LouFest Lineup Features OutKast, Cake, Matt And Kim

Outkast
Outkast.com

St. Louis’ LouFest has unveiled its complete lineup for the Sept. 6-7 music weekend.  

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Fair St. Louis
5:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry To Headline Fair St. Louis' Foray Into Forest Park

Bonnie Raitt
Provided by Fair St. Louis

Fair St. Louis gave the area “something to talk about” today with an announcement that Bonnie Raitt is among the top acts for this year’s Fair St. Louis. The Fray and The Band Perry round out the list of headliners for this year’s annual Fourth of July festival.

The Band Perry will play Thursday, July 3 at event, which moves to Forest Park this summer because of construction at the Arch Grounds.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
4:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant

Side view of St. Louis Art Museum's Panorama restaurant in the new East Wing
Credit Provided by the Art Museum

Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.

The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.

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