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Save the Date for Festival of the Little Hills


Festival of the Little Hills [archive photo]

Vous êtes invités à la Fête des Petites Côtes – you’re invited to the Festival of the Little Hills, now in its 49th year of celebrating St. Charles.

This year’s Festival is from Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 19. The Festival is open from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m on Sunday.

The Festival was founded in 1969 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the City of St. Charles, which was originally named Les Petites Côtes [The Little Hills] by Louis Blanchette, the French-Canadian explorer who established the settlement in 1769.

Over the years, this beloved event has grown from a humble get-together on S. Main Street to a fun-filled festival that encompasses North and South Main Street and Frontier Park, attracting 250,000 to 300,000 people over its three days.

Handcrafted wares, mouthwatering food

Expect entertainment for all with the Festival’s traditional slew of live performances, artisans, delicious food and fun activities.

Throughout more than 300 artisan booths, attendees can peruse handcrafted items, including wood carvings, pottery pieces, paintings, metalwork, home décor items, quilts, jewelry, candles, soaps and more. These booths represent hand-selected artisans from across the country, some of whom have brought their wares to Festival of the Little Hills for decades.

Food options at the Festival include burgers, steak sandwiches, bratwursts, chicken kabobs, barbecue, and roasted corn on the cob and, of course, kettle corn, funnel cakes and other sweet treats to snack on while wandering among the vendor booths.

Live performances, Kids Korner and more

Musical acts are scheduled all weekend for the Main Stage in Frontier Park at Riverside Drive and First Capitol Drive.

Friday, Aug. 17

4:45-5:45 p.m. King Benny

6:45-9:45 p.m. Trixie Delight

Saturday, Aug. 18

10-11 a.m. Municipal Concert Band

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Connor Low Jazz Trio

1-2 p.m. The Driftaways

2:30-3:30 p.m. The Lone Rangers

4-5 p.m. Borderline

6-9:45 p.m. Dr. Zhivegas

Sunday, Aug. 19

Noon-1:15 p.m. Municipal Jazz Band

2-3 p.m. 4th Street Band

3:15-4:30 p.m. Catfish Willie

On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free children’s activities take place under the tent in Frontier Park. Kids of all ages enjoy the always popular Illinois-Missouri Tractor & Engine Club, which is scheduled to display old time engines and machines at the Festival. There also will be street entertainers located around the festival area and, as a special treat, the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum will display its replica keelboat in Frontier Park during the Festival.

Festival of the Little Hills [website photo]

Shuttles, parking and pets

Free shuttle service is available from 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Shuttles run from four locations – St. Charles West High, located at 3601 Droste Road; EPC [Executive Personal Computers], located at 3941 Harry S. Truman Blvd. [at Interstate 70 and Cave Springs]; CubeSmart, located at 2661 Veterans Memorial Parkway [next to Chuck E. Cheese] and Duchesne High, located at 2550 Elm St. [Saturday and Sunday only]. A handicapped shuttle also will be available from EPC.

Check the Festival website [www.festivalofthelittlehills.com] for more event information including restrictions for commercial, RV and trailer parking during the weekend.

No pets, please

Per city ordinance, pets other than service animals are not allowed in Frontier Park during the festival. Pets are permitted on the Katy Trail, however, as it is a Missouri state park.

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