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Where is the festival and how do I get there?
The festival is in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, starting around the Tremayne Shelter, also known as Sailboat Cove, at the north end of the park, off of Marine Ave. Activities take place along the lake, on both sides of Marine Ave, down to the Heldman Shelter. You can get there in a variety of ways. Besides walking or biking on the trails and greenways that lead to the park, you can:
- Drive down Marine Ave (full directions here) to the main parking lot at Sailboat Cove – there is plentiful parking with people there to direct you. You can also park elsewhere in/around the park and walk or ride your bike into the festival.
- FREE shuttle service will be taking people from three places around town to and from the festival all day. Full details here on how you can catch a ride from the Civic Center, Shrewsbury or North Hanley MetroLink stations.
Who can participate, how do I sign up, what does it cost?
There’s something for everyone (including your pets)! All of the activities, including any age restrictions, are listed here. You can register online here to save time that day, then pick up your wristband(s) either at our office (6178 Delmar Blvd in the Loop) on June 7th or 8th (8am-5pm) or at the festival when you arrive at the blue and white registration tents. People can also register on site as they get there. If you are under 18, please be with a parent/guardian that can sign your waiver and accompany you at the event! Everyone must register and get a wristband to participate in the activities, which are all free of charge.
Who is throwing this thing?
Great Rivers Greenway, the public agency connecting the region with greenways where you can walk, run or ride a bike and Terrain Magazine, the outdoor fitness, adventure and discovery publication, have teamed up to bring 75+ partners together for this festival! Thanks to St. Louis County Parks for hosting, our incredible partners for doing what they do best, helping people enjoy life outside and all of our sponsors for their support.
What all happens at the festival and how can I know what to try first?
The full list of partners, activities and calendar of anything happening at a specific time, is right here. Terrain Magazine will be on site as a Concierge, helping you craft your perfect adventure. Whether you’re 8 or 80, we’ve got ideas for you.
What happens if there’s extreme weather or I have a medical emergency?
This is a rain or shine event, but if there are extreme winds or storms, activities may have to pause or stop. We understand this can be disappointing to not do what you had in mind, but safety is the number one priority. If there is a major storm where it’s unsafe to be outside, people will be asked to leave the site and seek shelter.
The Maryland Heights EMT is on site and ready to help in case of any medical emergency. Find any staff or volunteer in a light blue shirt to radio to them if needed, or call Emma Klues at 217-649-4695.
Can I bring food or will there be food for purchase?
Yes, to both! You’re welcome to plan a picnic or bring anything, but we will have lots of amazing food trucks and vendors on site, listed here. Missouri American Water will be there for cold water, we have free reusable water bottles or you can fill up your own.
What else do I need to bring?
Yourself and a willingness to try new things! We recommend clothes you can move in and that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and a water bottle. We do provide water bottles if you forget yours, plus drawstring bags for everyone with next year’s save the date on it 🙂 If you get home and your map didn’t make it with you, the Life Outside guide is a great way to see who all provides outdoor activities the other 364 days of the year.
What else is happening besides outdoor activities?
Live local music all day from these wonderful bands – River Bend, Mario y Jingo, FIRE DOG and Saint Boogie Brass Band! Plus, lounges where you can cool down, rest, hydrate and reapply sunscreen courtesy of Siteman Cancer Center and Coppertone.
Also, there’s a Bingo Scavenger Hunt you can pick up from the Terrain Magazine Concierge booth – fill in the squares and win a prize!
What’s this about a pledge and prizes?
The Life Outside pledge is just that – you declare you will take time to spend moments of your life outside. Sign up and bring your pledge card to the Great Rivers Greenway pavilion at the festival to spin the wheel and win big!
Is there an app or hashtag for this event?
No app for the event, feel free to use #LifeOutside on social media!
Can I help?
We do still have some volunteer shifts available, would love your time and energy to help bring this festival to life. Sign up here! https://greatriversgreenway.org/life-outside/volunteers/