stl250 Signature Events

As master of ceremonies for the 2014 celebration year, stl250 planned several stl250 signature projects that are community-wide centerpieces of the stl250 celebration. These events are in addition to hundreds of special 250th birthday Official Celebration Partner events posted on the Event Calendar.


Cakeway to the West

One part art exhibit, one part scavenger hunt, one part history lesson, Cakeway to the West has marked more than 250 locations throughout the St. Louis region with a cake sculpture decorated by local artists. Tens of thousands of cake hunters have used the stl250 app, Facebook users groups, or the Cakeway to the West webpages find the cakes and learn more about our past, present and future.  The exhibit ended on December 31, 2014. Learn more by clicking here.



Birthday Weekend – February 14-17, 2014

Historians can’t agree on the actual date of the founding of St. Louis, so we thought we would make a weekend of it! Not even a St. Louis winter could stop this party. 



The Biggest Birthday Bash

A free, family-friendly event that celebrates 250 years of regional heritage at the Missouri History Museum. Enjoy free admission to the 250 in 250 exhibit,  and free activities throughout the weekend including cupcake decorating, make-and-take crafts, live music sing-alongs, a puppet show, face painting, balloon artists and more! See the Museum’s website for a complete schedule.  



Burnin' Love, presented by Ameren

Art Hill became "Heart Hill" for this Valentine-themed festival. Live musical performances, fire dancers and a fireworks display brought heat to a chilly February evening. Check out pictures from the event here!




Reenactment of the Founding

While stl250 commemorates the 250th anniversary of St. Louis' founding, our historical reenactment program traced the broader influence that various cultures played in shaping our city: the Osage, the Québécois, and the French. Local officials were joined by visiting dignitaries for this momentous reflection on our hometown history.  Click here to watch a video of the historic event,



The Biggest Birthday Ball 

Our tastiest food. Our greatest performers. One night to remember. The Biggest Birthday Ball was an evening affair that served as an exclamation point to St. Louis' birthday weekend.




Fair Saint Louis 

stl250 is a year-long birthday party, and it only made sense to share St. Louis’ celebration with that of our nation.  Fair St. Louis to made the 2014 Fourth of July extravaganza a true 250th anniversary celebration. Read more about the 2014 festivities by clicking here.



First Night 2015  in Grand Center - December 31, 2014

Grand Center and stl250 rang in St. Louis' next 250 years at this annual family friendly First Night New Years Eve celebration.  Themed St. Lou-minous, First Night featured free and ticketed performances, activities and a reunion of many of the Cakeway to the West cakes in the new Public Media Commons. Attendees participated in fun activities including sending notes to St. Louis of  the future through the Missouri History Muesum's Dear St. Louis 2064 project.