St. Louis Earth Day Festival: This annual St. Louis and Forest Park tradition attracted a record crowd of 50,000 to the Muny grounds in April. The family-friendly event included local musical acts and performance art,hands-on educational activities, diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian and vegan options, yoga classes for both adults and children, a rock climbing wall and a Metro Bus mural painting. Sustainability is such an important issue in Forest Park, making this annual event a special tradition.

Fair Saint LouisMore than 250,000 visitors came out for the second year of Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park, as the Arch grounds continue their enhancements and construction. There was great live entertainment, interactive attractions and magnificent firework displays. Visit Fair Saint Louis on Flickr to see more photos.

St. Louis Symphony Concert on Art Hill: SLSO maestro David Robertson led the orchestra through a lively set on Art Hill, overlooking the beautiful Emerson Grand Basin. Great music, bursts of fireworks — it’s no wonder this is a favorite annual event of so many St. Louisans. 

LouFest Music FestivalSeptember’s two-day LouFest festival brought a record number of music fans to Central Fields in Forest Park — roughly 50,000 people, 14,000 more than last year. Bands from around the country were met with ideal weather — and by an incomparable setting. It’s no wonder Riverfront Times readers this year voted LouFest the “Best Music Festival” in the region.

Great Forest Park Balloon Glow & Race: Another September tradition in Forest Park — crowds of families and friends watching bright, beautiful balloons lift off from Central Fields and head out across the region. While conditions this year for the Friday night Glow were too windy for light-up, Saturday was a treat for all involved. Most of the balloons taking off traveled along the Mississippi River, with some landing near the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in Missouri and Illinois.