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St. Louis EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.

From early January to mid-February, Soulard Mardi Gras shakes St. Louis out of its winter doldrums with colorful parades, a wiener dog derby, a Creole food fair and more. Soulard neighborhood restaurants and bars participate in the Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard , another popular February event where you can sample signature culinary creations, many of the Cajun and Creole variety.

St. Louis warms up to spring with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in early May, when both professionals and amateurs celebrate the art of tale spinning. Presentations of The Bard's plays are given during the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis , held at Forest Park from early May to late June. These free outdoor performances include dance, music and a plot synopsis.

May also celebrates another art form at the Art Fair at Laumeier . On Mother's Day weekend nearly 150 artists travel to Laumeier Sculpture Park to sell their works among the park's outdoor sculptures. You'll see a range of media, including clay, paper, wood, jewelry, glass and photography. Musical performances and art demonstrations enhance the festive atmosphere.

Fourth of July festivities send sparks flying during Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park , held over the July 4 weekend. The celebration attracts huge crowds of revelers with big-name entertainment, an air show, a parade and fireworks.

Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park is an August favorite. For 2 days St. Louisans honor and celebrate the city's ethnic diversity as the park becomes a showcase for traditional music and dance performances, fashion, craft displays and cuisine representing dozens of ethnic cultures.

Several events close out the summer, beginning in late August or early September with the 3-day Japanese Festival , held at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This time of year also brings the 2-day Big Muddy Blues Festival at Laclede's Landing. The Mississippi river provides a backdrop for performances by blues bands and other artists. In the suburb of Clayton, the Saint Louis Art Fair attracts artsy types for 3 days of art and entertainment. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race takes place in mid-September.

Soulard Oktoberfest , held in mid-October, is a celebration of German heritage that includes hearty fare like bratwurst, schweinshaxe and strudel, live music on four stages, dancing and a beer tent. There are also crowd-pleasing contests for bratwurst eating, stein holding and the strongest barmaid.

The Christmas holiday season kicks off in late November with Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park, which features thousands of twinkling lights.

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Travel Information

City Population

319,294

Elevation

585 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax rate in the city of St. Louis is 8.49 percent. The city's lodging tax is 14.9 percent and there is a rental car tax of 7.82 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(314) 231-1212

Time and Temperature

(314) 321-2222 or (636) 441-8467

Hospitals

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, (314) 747-3000; Missouri Baptist Medical Center (Town and Country, Mo.), (314) 996-5000; St. Alexius Hospital, (314) 865-7000; St. Anthony's Medical Center, (314) 525-1000; Saint Louis University Hospital, (314) 577-8000.

Visitor Information

I-270 and Riverview Dr. St. Louis, MO 63138. Phone:(314)869-7100

Air Travel

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (314) 426-7555 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Amtrak terminal, (800) 872-7245, is at 430 S. 15th St.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal, (800) 231-2222, is at 430 S. 15th St.

Taxis

Cab companies include St. Louis County Cab & Yellow Cab, (314) 991-5300 or (314) 993-8294; and Laclede, (314) 652-3456 or (314) 403-7000 (to request a taxi via text message). All cabs in St. Louis are on the meter system. Base fare is approximately $2 to $3.50 for the first mile, with a rate of $2 to $2.50 per mile. The base fare goes up $1 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge of at least $1 also is added to the fare, and there is a $4 surcharge for airport pick-ups.

Public Transportation

Metro, the public transportation system—which includes MetroBus, the MetroLink light-rail train and the Metro Call-A-Ride para-transit van service—transports passengers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The base bus fare is $2; $1 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). Exact cash fare is required. A MetroLink one-ride ticket is $2.50; $1.25 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). A 2-hour system pass (with transfers) is $3; $1.50 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities), or $4 from Lambert Airport. Weekly and monthly passes also are available. For route information, current fares and hours of system operation contact MetroTransit Information Mon.-Fri. 7-7; phone (314) 231-2345, or (618) 271-2345 in Illinois.

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