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Festivals- Celebrate with Us

There is no shortage on celebrations in St. Charles County. When seasons shift and holidays approach, the region almost always has a special event, festival or tradition to mark the occasion.

St. Charles Riverfest

Parades are synonymous with summer, and the St. Charles Riverfest offers one in the morning to kick off the day during its festival weekend. This July event has food, beverage and product vendor booths on hand, as well as fireworks and live music at night.

Festival of the Little Hills

Crafts, specialty food and entertainment fill historic Main Street and Frontier Park in St. Charles for three days every August during the Festival of the Little Hills, also known as Fte des Petites Ctes. Hundreds of crafters and free shuttles are on hand for this popular event. The Festival of the Little Hills Scholarship Foundation awards multiple $1,000 scholarships annually.

St. Louis Renaissance Faire

The St. Louis Renaissance Faire is a longstanding event that brings the adventure, excitement and spirit of the renaissance to life. Set in a wooded, 16th-century French village called Petit Lyon, the festival showcases interactive characters, jousting knights, village shops with crafts and artisan demonstrations, as well as comedy, music and magic performances. For kids, there’s also a petting zoo, games and free activities. For adults, there’s beer, wine and mead at three pubs.

Daniel Boone Homebrew Festival

Raise your glass for a taste of local homebrews and breweries at the historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park in Defiance. Guests 21 years and older are invited to enjoy beer samples, live music, and food for purchase.

Celebrate St. Peters

Each September, attendees flock to Celebrate St. Peters to check out several bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, craft booths, free kids’ activities, fireworks and vendors. The event includes a race around the lake at 370 Lakeside Park, as well as a fun run/walk.

Oktoberfest

Grab a stein and head over to the St. Charles Oktoberfest, which – don’t be fooled by the name – takes place in September. Located in beautiful Frontier Park off Riverside Drive, sandwiched between the Missouri River and the downtown, attendees can view or participate in a parade, brat-eating contest, charity walk, wiener dog race, fun run and vintage car show. Bands from Germany as well as local musicians provide entertainment.

Legends & Lanterns: a “Spirited” Journey through Halloween History

This festival offers the vintage charm from Halloweens past, from the early 1900s, to the historical customs of the Druids and Victorians, to the ethereal depictions of American ghost stories and Brothers Grimm fairy tales. This family-oriented event is a cross between silly and macabre and encourages attendees to get into the “spirit” for All Hallow’s Eve. The festival features scarecrows, hayrides through history and ghostly guests on historic Main Street.

Blessing of the Fleet/Parade of Boats

This annual boat parade and blessing in Portage des Sioux is 60 years strong and counting. The event draws many spectators as the “Upper Pool” and “Lower Pool” parades wind along and eventually merge, culminating at the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine. Many boats are decorated as teams compete for prizes based on the year’s theme.

Christmas Traditions

Experience the holiday traditions of yesteryear during this annual St. Charles festival, where Victorian carolers sing Christmas favorites and classic characters from holiday legends around the world visit. Festivities run from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

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