The 2019 Festival of the Little Hills will take place August 16th-18th.

One of the best times of year to visit St. Charles is right around the corner! Each year, visitors from near and far return to attend the Midwest’s premier arts and crafts show in Historic St. Charles. At this event, more than 300 arts and craft vendors, craft demonstrators, and antique dealers, together representing 28 different states will gather on Main Street and Riverside Drive to demonstrate craftsmanship and sell handcrafted products. Some of these vendors have been returning to this festival for many years, including Hawkins Leather, who has been bringing leather goods to sell at the Festival of the Little Hills for over 40 years.

For a full list of the Festival of the Little Hills' arts and craft vendors, click here.


Arts and Craft Vendors at Little Hills Festival


Why “the little hills?”

In 1769, Canadian Fur Trader Louis Blanchette founded the city that would become St. Charles with the name “Les Petite Cotes” (The Little Hills). The Festival of the Little Hills now commemorates the foundations of our city by honoring its original name with an annual craft festival.


Visitors at Festival of the Little Hills


Everyone loves this festival!

The Festival of the Little Hills is a St. Louis favorite, and has guests that return annually from all over the country! We reached out to some of the festival’s most loyal fans to hear why they love it, and this is what they said:

“The Festival is so eclectic, there is something for just about everyone. The vendors offer a unique variety of wares from sunglasses to solid oak furniture. Food vendors offer frozen custard to steak sandwiches to shish kabob. It's a great way to spend the day or  the weekend!!!” -Rob Taylor

“Festival of the Little Hills is a must for us!  Being in Old St Charles is such a nostalgic experience.  Great shopping for fall and upcoming holidays, live music and all the food stands.  We patronize the local merchants as well. Fun time!!!” -Kitty Rothkopf


Friends Enjoying the Festival of the Little Hills

live entertainment

The Main Stage (located in the parking lot of the Tourism Center) will be bustling with live entertainment throughout the festival! This year, The Festival of the Little Hills is excited to welcome several local entertainment favorites.

Here is the lineup you can look forward to:



Main Stage

King Benny 4:45 – 6:45 

Accolade 7:45 – 9:45

Moolah Shriners Beer Tent

The Biscuits
6:00 – 9:00




Main Stage

St. Charles Municipal Band 10:00 – 11:00

The Tub Thumpers 11:45 – 1:15

The Driftaways 2:00 – 4:00

Borderline 4:45 – 6:45

Platinum Rock Legends 7:45 – 9:45

Moolah Shriners Beer Tent

Rob Davis
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Gambler’s Taxi
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Biscuits
6:00 – 9:00 PM




Main Stage

St. Charles Municipal Jazz Band 12:00 – 1:15

4th Street Band 2:00 – 3:00

Catfish Willie 3:30 – 4:30

Moolah Shriners Beer Tent

For the Gospel
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Randy Clemons
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM



The Moolah Shriners will host live music along with their beer tent at the South end of Frontier Park.

For a full schedule of live entertainment at the festival, click here.



There will be no shortage of things to do at the Festival of The Little Hills. Stay tuned for a packed itinerary of fun for the whole family!

Street Juggling and Circus Performances at Little Hills Festival


Popcorn at Festival of the Little Hills Food

Over 50 not-for-profit food vendors from across the country will be present at The Festival of the Little Hills. These organizations make "the Festival of the Little Hills their major annual fundraiser to support their various endeavors.”

For a full list of food vendors, click here.









2019 Festival Dates & Times

Friday, August 16   4pm – 10pm   (Shuttles 6pm – 11pm)

Saturday, August 17   9:30am – 10pm   (Shuttles 9am – 11pm)

Sunday, August 18   9:30am – 5pm   (Shuttles 9am – 6pm)


For Festival of the Little Hills maps, directions, and shuttle information, click here.

For more information about the Festival of the Little Hills, or to contact the Festival Governance, go to the festival's website: