stl250 Signature Events

As master of ceremonies for the 2014 celebration year, stl250 is planning 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 that are posted on the Event Calendar.
Make sure to save the date and stay tuned for more information about stl250 Signature Events, including:


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. Here's what's on tap:



The Biggest Birthday Bash

Feb. 14 (3:30-7:30 p.m.), Feb. 15 & 17 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Missouri History Museum

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.  More details available at 


Burnin' Love, presented by Ameren

RESCHEDULED for Feb. 18 (6:00 to 9:00 p.m.), Art Hill

Art Hill becomes "Heart Hill" in this Valentine-themed kickoff party. Live musical performances, fire dancers and a fireworks display will bring the heat to a chilly February evening. Hundreds of couples are being recruited to pop the question or renew their commitment through the evening's engagement / re-engagement ceremony.  We want tens of thousands of attendees to express why they "heart" St. Louis! Click above for more details.


Reenactment of the Founding

Feb. 15 (10:30 to 11 a.m.), St. Louis City Hall

While stl250 commemorates the 250th anniversary of St. Louis' founding, our historical reenactment program will trace the broader influence that various cultures have played in shaping our city: the Osage, the Québécois, and the French. Local officials will be joined by visiting dignitaries for this momentous reflection on our hometown history!




Cakeway to the West

It's the official debut of our region-wide 2014 art project + scavenger hunt + history lesson. 250 fiberglass cakes will placed at 250 iconic St. Louis–area locations. A downloadable app will allow visitors to check in at each cake site, learn more about its history and collect points for St. Louis prize drawings. A public vote in late 2013 determined 50 of these locations and the entire list of 250 will be revealed at the Burnin' Love festival on Feb. 14!  Click above to learn more!