By Alexandra Hill
Do you like history? Live music? Street food? Artisan crafts? If so, you need to head to the Festival of the Little Hills in historic Saint Charles. A summer staple since 1971, the annual Festival runs Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18 but with one notable change.
The Festival will be held on Riverside Drive, in the 300 to 500 blocks, between S. Main Street and Frontier Park, which remains closed as a result of earlier flooding.
The fun begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 and continues through 10 p.m. From 4:45-6:45 p.m., blues and rock band King Benny performs on the main stage. At 7:45 p.m., Accolade takes the stage.
On Saturday, Aug. 17 the festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with a full day of music, food and fun, including the opportunity to shop at approximately 300 artisan and craft booths. Festival of the Little Hills is widely recognized as one of the region’s premiere craft events, showcasing both local and regional artists with a wide array of offerings from paintings and photography to candles and soaps to clothing and jewelry to metal works, pottery, woodworking and more.
Approximately 50 food vendors have “street food” for sale as well as casual cuisine. Other vendor booths will give participants a chance to get to know better area businesses and organizations.
From 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, the St. Charles Municipal Band performs on the main stage. The local favorite is followed by The Tub Thumpers from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and reggae rock band The Driftaways from 2-4 p.m. Country group Borderline will take the stage at 4:45-6:45 p.m. and the Platinum Rock Legends will close out the night from 7:45-9:45 p.m.
Sunday brings more music, food and shopping from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The St. Charles Municipal Band returns to the main stage at noon and plays until 1:15 p.m. The 4th Street Band performs from 2-3 p.m., and last, but not least, southern rock band Catfish Willie finishes off the festival’s musical lineup from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Free shuttles make getting to and from the Festival easy and convenient. Shuttle stops are: Duchesne High School, 2550 Elm St.; St. Charles West High, 3601 Droste Road; Executive Personal Computers, 3941 Harry S. Truman Blvd.; and CubeSmart Self Storage, 2661 Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Shuttles will drop Festival guests at the intersections of North Main and Adams streets and Boone’s Lick Road and Riverside Drive. Both the drop-off location at North Main and Adams and the Executive Personal Computers location are accessible for guests with disabilities.
For additional details, visit festivalofthelittlehills.com.