Annual Free Event in St. Peters

Celebrate St. Peters kicks off fall in style

Annual free event features a carnival, live music and fireworks at 370 Lakeside Park

Want to kick off fall 2016 with a weekend of free entertainment from your favorite classic rock bands, carnival rides, family shows, nearly 70 vendors, free parking and tons of fun for your entire family? Then check out Celebrate St. Peters 2016 on Sept. 16 and 17.  Enjoy fantastic live music, food, kid’s activities, the beautiful sun setting over the lake and fireworks at 370 Lakeside Park.   

Event admission, parking and shuttles to and from parking lots are free.  New this year is the start time for Main Stage entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m.  You’ll want to remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy these concerts under the stars.

“We’re really looking forward to enjoying great live music from exciting bands and affordable fun for the entire family at 370 Lakeside Park,” said St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. “Celebrate St. Peters has quickly grown into a great community celebration. We hope to see you there!”

The party at 370 Lakeside Park begins Friday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. and ends on Saturday night, Sept. 17, with fireworks and a spectacular show by Randy Bachman.

Friday night entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring two classic rock favorites, Firefall and Orleans presented by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine and The Big 550 KTRS.  Firefall returns with their classics like “Just Remember I Love You” and “You are the Woman,” and Orleans makes their first St. Peters appearance with hits including “Dance With Me” and “Still the One.”

KSHE 95 presents the Main Stage entertainment on Saturday night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with local favorites Rogers and Nienhaus.  This talented duo has performed with The Byrds and other classic rock and country artists.  After a fabulous fireworks display over the lake, Bachman and his band take the Main Stage with hits from his days as a founding member of both The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO).  He’s the man behind big hits like “Takin’ Care of Business,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “American Woman” and “These Eyes.”

A 14 ride carnival, including a giant Ferris wheel with food and games for all ages, will have sessions on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

This year’s Celebrate St. Peters vendor area includes nearly 70 vendors, with food, merchandise, nonprofit games, crafts and more.  Vendor booths are open from 5-10:30 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday’s live entertainment begins at noon on the Celebrate Stage with Acoustik Element’s Latin grooves from noon to 2 p.m. and St. Peters’ favorites Butch Wax and the Hollywoods featuring Theo Peoples, will perform upbeat Motown and oldies tunes from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Kids can enjoy fun activities and entertaining shows on Saturday.  From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., they can build projects with The Home Depot.  The Community News Family Stage gets going at 11 a.m., with performances from Excel Performing Arts, Childbloom Guitar Program of St. Charles County, Monkey Tales Theatre, Abra-Kid-Abra’s Wordle game show and educational fun from Mad Science of St. Louis.

Plenty of free parking is available inside and outside of 370 Lakeside Park, with free shuttles running throughout the event. You can also purchase Reserved Parking Passes for easy access to Celebrate St. Peters all weekend. Reserved Parking Passes are available in advance only while supplies last or until end of business on Sept. 16 and will not be sold during the event.

Reserved Parking Passes, discounted unlimited ride wristband vouchers and a family special with discounted ride sessions and reserved parking pass can be purchased at St. Peters City Hall or the St. Peters Rec-Plex during normal business hours.  Ride wristband voucher sales and the Family Special offer end Sept. 15.

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