Grove Fest draws diverse crowd to 14th annual street festival

Grove Fest draws diverse crowd to 14th annual street festival

THE GROVE – Thousands of St. Louisans flocked to Manchester Avenue over the weekend for one of the city’s most diverse annual street festivals. 

Grove Fest was a unique blend of live music, street performances, food from area businesses, and an array of items including clothing and art available for purchase from one of the seemingly dozens of street vendors present. 

From 2 until 11 p.m., performances from musical talent such as Dirty Muggs, We Are Root Mod and a crowd favorite, the Queens of The Grove Drag Show, kept everyone entertained on the main stage.

In its 14th year, perhaps the best part about the nine-hour festival was the culmination of a variety of cultures that amplified the growth of one of the more diverse neighborhoods in St. Louis.

Fire performers, African dancers, a public mural project, football, bowling, bounce houses and much more lined the streets for people to enjoy.

Brittany Foerstel, a St. Louis native, said she loved being able to attend different festivals around the city.

“This is a part of our community,” Foerstel said. “I grew up in St. Louis. I love coming to all of the festivals here. I love St. Louis.”

Foerstel added about Grove Fest in particular, “You can see people from all different kinds of walks of life. There’s not just one type of person here, there’s all types of people here, and that’s what I love about it.” 

Jake Flachs, also a native of St. Louis, said he remembered when The Grove had only a few bars open, and he reflected on how the entertainment district had grown over the years into what we see today.

“I heard about Grove Fest, and it’s blowing up,” Flachs said. “A lot of new restaurants and bars, so we came down to check it out. [I] wanted to see all of the great people. There’s tons of diversity here. I love it. It’s everybody.” 

“It’s awesome down here,” he added.

 

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