Parking is available inside and around the park. Free shuttle stops are located around the exterior of the park.
Handicap parking is located at the east end of the festival at the Grand Entrance and also the west end of the festival. SECURED OFF-SITE PARKING Located at: SLU’s Marie Curie Parking Lot at 1100 Carr Lane Ave. SLU’s Springfield/Creighton Parking Lot next to the Salus Center at Grand Blvd. & Lafayette St. Air-conditioned shuttles (coach buses) will be running from these locations.
Schedule – Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
Blue Shuttle Route (Coach buses) – travels between festival shuttle stop #7 and off-site parking lots. (see parking information)
Red Shuttle Route (School buses) – travels around Tower Grove Park.
Our event is easily accessible by bus and bike. We strongly urge Festival attendees to use alternative transport or carpool. Designated bike parking is located at the east and west entrances.
Entering this event constitutes implied consent of each event-goer to International Institute’s Festival of Nations’ use of his/her image and/or likeness incidental to any photographic, digital or video use, publication, display, transmission or recording of the event.
- No Unauthorized Vendors, Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Giveaways, Etc.
- Alcoholic Beverages may not be taken in or out of festival area.
- Glass bottles, personal tents, metal poles, shade canopies, beach or pole-style umbrellas are not allowed.
- Inserting stakes, poles, or any other objects into the ground, or use or ropes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space is not allowed.
- Weapons, illicit drugs, and other contraband are strictly prohibited.
The Festival of Nations Lost & Found location is located on the west side of the festival grounds in the volunteer booth located in the Old Carriage Shelter. Please refer to the Festival map for exact location. All items will be kept for 90 days.
Pick up your free armband for your child at the two festival information booths, Family Arts & Crafts area and Kid’s Music Workshop to help us reconnect you with your child if you get separated. Simply print your name and phone number on the wristband, and attach it to your child’s wrist. If you get separated, a festival coordinator can call you to help you reconnect.
Wheelchairs and 3- or 4-wheel electric scooters are allowed and are reasonably accommodated. Festival of Nations does not provide push services, wheelchair or scooter rentals. Tower Grove Park is a large outdoor venue with some paved areas and some natural terrain. Attendance may require covering large distances over grassy, uneven, and sometimes muddy surfaces.
Accessible Restrooms will be available throughout the Fair and will be located at all restroom banks. Maps will be available at the Festival Info Booths and throughout the festival to show these locations.
ATMs and many of the concessions booths are fully accessible and located throughout the venue.
First Aid is located by the west entrance by the Festival Information booth, location is noted on the map. St. Louis Fire Department EMT’s will also be on site.
Misting stations have been set up throughout the site.
Festival of Nations has a variety of food vendors all of whom have broad menu options. This we have noted which booth offers vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free options as provided by the vendors. (Some vendors did not provide info.) Also, if peanuts or peanut by-products are used will be noted on menu at the booth.
Volunteers are a valuable part of Festival of Nations. All Volunteers need to check-in 15 minutes prior to their shift at the volunteer check-in located in the Old Carriage Shelter on the west end of the festival.
Festival of Nations is produced by the International Institute of St. Louis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are continuously working towards our mission to promote cultural diversity and to preserve the many ethnic heritages in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Support the festival by supporting our drink booths or our festival gift booth. Keep the celebration alive by becoming a partner of the Festival today.
Commitment to Green Events, facilitated through partnership with Earth Day 365 and their Recycling On the Go event-greening program (www.stlouisearthday.org).
In 2018, Festival of Nations won the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association for our Green Program.
Festival of Nations is committed to incorporating sustainable practices to reduce the environmental impact of this year’s event. In 2018, total diversion from landfill was 50%, an increase of 2% over 2017. Our goal is to divert 60% of waste to area area landfills through recycling, compost and oil collection. Since 2011, we have diverted 47.9 tons of waste from area landfills by collecting recyclable materials from both event attendees and vendors.
Vendors & Exhibitors
We use locally-owned businesses and vendors for our rentals, services and product purchases whenever possible. We also make suggestions to vendors on how they can decrease waste, such as minimizing hand outs and selecting eco-friendly promotional products.