Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo?

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo is a two-day, inspirational family-focused event at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, designed to support current regional efforts that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as aviation education and career opportunities.

TICKETS

Where can we purchase tickets?

Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY, at www.spirit-airshow.com.  Re-entry is permitted until 3pm.  Keep your ticket stub and get your hand stamped as you exit.  Please check website for updates.

May I exchange my ticket for a different day or for a different kind of ticket?

NO – Flight line and Club Bravo Tickets CANNOT be exchanged for a different day or different ticket.

NO – A General Admission Ticket CANNOT be exchanged for a Flight Line or Club Bravo Ticket. 

Are there military discounts?

Yes. General admission is free to active military individuals (in uniform).

The Air Show does not offer discounts to non-active military or active duty family members.  The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation governed by volunteers. It is necessary to charge admission in order to offset the costs associated with producing the event, including support services for all personnel and aircraft that participate in the event.  Donations received by Spirit of St. Louis Air Show are used to produce the event. It is also noteworthy that the production on Air Show days is implemented by up to five hundred volunteers who contribute their time and energy to ensure the success of the Air Show.

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show provides no-cost display space to area military recruiting commands so they may have a presence at the event and articulate the opportunities available in today’s armed forces.

The Air Show also distributes approximately 1,000 complimentary tickets to veteran organizations for use at their discretion.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

The Air Show HAPPENS rain or shine. It takes more than a few raindrops to stop the Air Show. It is highly unlikely that it would be cancelled due to rain. Performers have high, low and flat routines to fit different weather conditions. Also, schedules will be shifted and/or delayed for periods to avoid heavy rainfall. In addition, display aircraft, exhibits and food locations typically remain open regardless of weather conditions. Follow us on social media for real-time updates during Air Show days.

We work very closely with St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center to monitor weather. In the event of inclement weather at any point during the event, the announcer will direct guests how to safely exit as there are no shelters in place on the Air Show grounds. Unless the weather is severe, we will fly as much of the show as is safe and possible. If both days of show are canceled, your ticket price may be considered a tax-deductible contribution to an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. Due to FAA permit restrictions and performer commitments it is not possible to reschedule the airshow for another weekend.  If we do have a weather issue, you should retain your ticket stub or proof of your purchases and stay tuned to local media or this website for announcements.  However, please be aware that tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable.  Customers should make their purchases with this in mind. Any change to that policy would be made at the discretion of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show Governance Committee.

 
I don't have a printer. How can I show my tickets?

You can show your tickets on your mobile device. Each ticket can only be scanned once. You can also order your tickets online and forward the purchase confirmation email to anyone with a computer and working printer, and they will be able to print your tickets.

I have Print-at-Home tickets that I bought in my name for someone else. Will this be a problem?

The name on a Print-at-Home ticket will not impact entry into an event. If the ticket is in someone else’s name, you will not have any issues at the door when redeeming it.

I ordered tickets but did not receive a confirmation email. What do I do?

Confirmation emails are sent immediately upon completion of the transaction. If you have spam blocking or require senders to seek approval, you may not receive it. Please check the spam or junk mail folders before contacting Attendstar. The confirmation email will be sent from "tickets@attendstar.com."

How do I reprint my Print-at-Home ticket?

You will find a "Print all your tickets " link in the order confirmation email sent to you when you completed your transaction. Open that link, you can print ticket(s). Can't find the order confirmation email? Click Here to locate your order and resend your confirmation email.

What kind of printer, paper and ink should I use to print my tickets?

Any inkjet or laser printer using 8.5" x 11" paper will be fine. Tickets can be printed in color or black and white.

How come I was on your site yesterday and was told there were no tickets available, yet today there are tickets available?

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show determines how many, if any, tickets will be held, sold or released for public sale, and when they are available. Presales or special offer sales may have limited availability prior to general sales availability. If a day or type of ticket is listed as "Sold Out" or "Unavailable," you may want to check the site periodically to see if additional tickets have been released.

As our parking is on mostly grass, we will adjust ticket availability based on ground conditions. This may cause a sudden increase or decrease in ticket availability.

I purchased a ticket earlier, but now I see there are better tickets open. What happened to "Best Available?"

When a customer begins the purchase process, their tickets are pulled out of the available inventory until they purchase them. If someone has held tickets before you began your transaction, but later decides not to buy them, they are released back for sale. This is a common occurrence, especially during the first on-sale days of a popular event.

The website says that tickets are "Sold Out." What does that mean?

When tickets are sold out, there are no tickets remaining for the event.

The event just went on sale, why are there no tickets available?

Just like you, thousands of other customers may be trying to purchase tickets. During a very popular on-sale, it is possible to receive a message that says tickets are currently unavailable. If a customer begins the purchase process and decides not to continue, their tickets are released back for sale.

DIRECTIONS

How do we get to the show?

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Parking is free for ticket holders.

Is there a fee for parking?

Parking is free for ticket holders. There is no parking available for non-ticket holders.

Can I park an RV or trailer in the parking lot?

Recreational Vehicles (RV) and trailers will NOT be permitted into the on-site public parking lots operated by the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo.

Will there be public transit available to the airshow?

The nearest Metro stop during the airshow will be Goddard Avenue in Chesterfield. If you are not driving your own vehicle, we recommend either using a ride share or taxi service to get to the airshow from home, or from the Goddard Avenue bus stop. There is no walking access to the airshow grounds. The address for ride shares or taxi drop off and pickup is Wedge Phillips 66 Chesterfield, 18423 Old Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005.

What address do I give a ride share or taxi service to get to the airshow?

Your ride share or taxi destination is Wedge Phillips 66 Chesterfield, 18423 Old Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005. From there you will proceed on foot to the shuttles.

Uber and Lyft drivers or taxis from St Charles should follow their GPS to Wedge Phillips 66 Chesterfield, 18423 Old Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005.

All Uber and Lyft drivers or taxis travelling from St Louis County, St Louis City or Illinois should take westbound Chesterfield Airport Road to Wedge Phillips 66 Chesterfield, 18423 Old Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005. The drivers will be instructed to stay in the westbound curb or right most lane until they pass Spirit of St. Louis Blvd. Once past Spirit of St. Louis Blvd, follow GPS to access 18423 Old Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005.

ACCESSIBILITY

Thank you for your interest in the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo.  The following important information is to assist your planning and preparation for your time at the event.

Air Show Facility

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo venue is a LARGE temporary facility, created for two days from runways, taxiways and grass fields at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The parking area is a large, open, grassy field and some hard surfaces. Much of the ground is uneven.

Mobility Impaired

We strongly advise you to bring a wheelchair if you have trouble walking long distances
The Air Show grounds are extensive. This area allows accommodation of spectators and display aircraft in a large festival atmosphere. Due to spectator congestion and the number of aircraft and displays, a patron shuttle service is not available inside the spectator area.

Bathrooms

Handicapped toilets are available and are typically found at the ends of large “banks” of portable toilets.

Equipment

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show DOES NOT have scooters or wheelchairs available for rent. We have a limited number of wheelchairs for loan. If you have difficulty walking long distances, please bring your own wheelchair

Shuttles

We do NOT have shuttle service into the Spectator Area. If you have difficulty walking long distances, please bring your own wheelchair

Is there access for persons with disabilities?

We will have a special handicapped parking area near the entrance to the Air Show grounds. If you have a hang tag or disabled plate you should be directed to that area automatically. If not, just ask about it. In addition, we will have a limited amount of wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will need some form of collateral (typically a driver’s license) to loan out a wheelchair, but otherwise our services are free and available to those who need them. 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Are you on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram?

Yes, you can sign up as a fan on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to receive the latest updates.

Are credit cards accepted at concessions?

Yes, certain credit cards are accepted for all concessions. Visa and MasterCard are the only ones that will be accepted.

Is there an ATM onsite?

Yes. ATM’s will be located near the main entrance.

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM education and STEM careers are an essential part of our innovation-driven world today and are a key part of the economy in the St. Louis area. STEM highlights our vibrant entrepreneurial environment, our outstanding educational/teaching facilities, and our established multi-national corporations.

What is a STEM Expo?

From robots to stomp rockets, 3D glasses to mobile tech units, there will be something for everyone to explore at the STEM Expo. This hands-on, interactive experience is designed to excite students, parents, adults and the community about the importance of STEM education, and the connection between both early and continuing education and STEM careers. From aviation, to biotechnology, to engineering design, to IT, STEM careers are the future of our region, the future of our economy and will enable the St. Louis region to become a global leader.

The public will engage directly with museums, colleges, industries and more, while also learning first-hand how they can experience and benefit from all these great institutions.

Please visit the STEM page on our website for exhibitors.

Why is STEM important to St. Louis?

STEM is the foundation of many St. Louis companies, and an important part of all companies. It is also a regional focus of many civic organizations and educational institutions. There are currently more STEM-related positions in the St. Louis region than there are STEM candidates in the professional pool, so the opportunities for those with STEM backgrounds and educations are plentiful.

Why should people attend the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo?

Attendees will be dazzled by the expansive exhibition of hands-on experiences, resources and information in the STEM Expo as they are held spellbound by incredible aviation acts.

How do I request media credentials?

Please use the following link to request media credentials: Request. (This link will be available after July 1, 2021)

Media credentials are strictly provided to working media that provide their organization’s press credentials or an official assignment letter from an established media outlet. Recognition of a media outlet is at the complete discretion of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo.

What is the expected attendance?

The 2019 event drew more than 50,000 attendees. We expect the same in 2022.

Can I get involved?

We are looking for organizations, individuals and STEM professionals with a passion to inspire students and adults towards STEM education and STEM and aviation careers as well as volunteers needed on the Event grounds. If you are interested in volunteering please register here (link will be available after July 2021) or contact info@spirit-airshow.com.  

How can schools get involved?

Schools can get involved prior to the event as well as during the event. Schools, homeschoolers and educators may attend the STEM EXPO and leave with new resources and information. Schools are invited to utilize the Air Show and STEM Expo as part of their ongoing STEM education efforts and we fully encourage educators to utilize the event as a reward for top performing students. Those wishing to discuss partnership opportunities as they work hard to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals are encouraged to contact stem@spirit-airshow.com for more information.

How can non-profits get involved?

If your non-profit is STEM or veteran-focused, we invite you to be a part of the STEM Expo and Patriots Landing. We also appreciate your efforts in helping us spread the word to your supporters about this incredible event. Please contact stem@spirit-airshow.com for more information on involvement in the STEM Expo.

We are also looking for groups to work concession stands and other volunteer areas.  Please register here (link will be available after July 2021) or contact info@spirit-airshow.com.  

How can companies get involved?

There are many ways for companies to get involved.

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities to join in support of STEM and aviation, to celebrate our storied aviation history, and to honor our military. All donations will be used to produce the event, which is run by the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please contact info@spirit-airshow.com for more information.

We are also looking for volunteers to work at the STEM Expo, Patriots Landing and other volunteer areas. If your company would like to provide volunteers, please register here (link will be available after July 2021) or contact STEM@spirit-airshow.com.  

We are also looking for volunteers to work at the STEM Expo, Camp Spirit and other volunteer areas. If your company would like to provide volunteers, please contact STEM@spirit-airshow.com.

May we camp overnight on the air show grounds?
No. There are no provisions for camping overnight on the air show grounds.
 
Do I need hearing protection (ear plugs)?
The Air Show strongly encourages you to bring and use proper hearing protection such as quality ear plugs, especially for children. The noise from the jet engines may be painful or harmful for some. This is especially true if you are viewing the show from the front line. Vendors at the show may sell earplugs at their booths. For young children who may tend to play with and/or remove the foam type plugs, a suggested alternative is sound muffs (available in the gun section of most sporting goods stores, and generally available in children’s size). Please make your own choices on this matter and protect your hearing.
 
Is the show schedule the same for both days?
Yes, the same performers are scheduled to perform both Saturday and Sunday. (except for any fly-by’s)
 
Is there a schedule for performers?
No, due to the potential for last minute adjustments to flying schedules based on weather, security protocols or other reasons, we are unable to provide any individual performers start times. The air show gate times are 9:00 -5:00 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the air show starts at approximately 12:30 PM am each day. All acts are subject to change at any time. A list of performers scheduled to appear is available on our website www.spirit-airshow.com (not in order of performance.
 
Can we buy flights on any of the warbirds?

Information on any available warbird flights will be posted closer to the event.

 
Can we fly-in to the event?

Due to limited space during the event at Spirit of St. Louis Airport we recommend flying into Creve Coeur Airport (1H0).

 
Are cameras and video recorders allowed?

Yes. Cameras and video recorders are permitted along with camera bags.

 
Tips to enjoy the Air Show:
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Bring binoculars
  • Bring camp chairs or blankets
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Bring ear protection
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes – many areas are not paved

ENTRY OPTIONS

To minimize imposition, it is recommended that Air Show patrons bring only necessary items on their person and limit the size and contents of carry-in items to those that are essential. Air Show concession stands feature a wide variety of food and beverage options for your enjoyment and convenience.

Are coolers, food or beverages permitted to be brought inside the air show grounds?

No large coolers, food or beverages are permitted.  Exceptions are for small coolers carrying lifesaving medicine or formula bottles/food for young infants (subject to search).  There are many food and beverage vendors on the grounds that will provide a variety of food and drink choices. Many of the concessions will be staffed by volunteers from local charities and would appreciate your support. An empty refillable water bottle is permitted. A fill water station will be available on the event grounds.

A “cooler” is anything that was designated to insulate. Loose ice is prohibited because it is difficult to search.  Ice packs are permitted.

Should you wish to bring your own lunch, it must remain in your vehicle and you will be permitted to return to the vehicle to consume it. Re-entry is permitted until 3pm.  Keep your ticket stub and get your hand stamped as you exit.

Can we bring lawn chairs into the event?

Yes. General admission viewing is in open field areas and there is no seating included with general admission tickets.  Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit.  Guests are responsible for their property during the entire event. No umbrellas can be attached to your chair.

Can we bring umbrellas or tents into the event?

In the general open field spectator area, YES, handheld umbrellas are permitted. Umbrellas are NOT allowed in any of the reserved seating areas. Large beach umbrellas or umbrellas placed in the ground are NOT permitted nor are any other tent or awning structures.

Is there shade?

There will be limited shade tents around the grounds. Guests are encouraged to plan for being out in the open and wear a hat as well as plenty of sunscreen.

Are pets allowed?

No. No pets are allowed on the air show grounds or left in cars inside the air show parking areas. Service dogs are permitted. Please be mindful of the noise and how it may affect your service animal.

Can we bring a wagon?

Yes, wagons are permitted.  The contents of the wagon are subject to search.

Is there a list of restricted items?

Yes. Below is a list of restricted and/or prohibited items.

  • No balloons
  • No portable awnings, tents or canopies
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No bicycles
  • No weapons of any kind (including concealed carry permit holders)
  • No skateboards, hoverboards or Segway’s
  • No scooters (except for physically challenged persons)
  • No in-line skates
  • No outside food or drinks*
  • No coolers*
  • No loose ice*
  • No glass
  • No drones
  • Overnight camping is not allowed
  • All bags are subject to search at entry gate.

* The event will only permit the entry of a small cooler carrying life-saving medicines or formula bottles for young infants kept cold with ice packs.

* An empty refillable water bottle is permitted.  A fill water station will be available on the event grounds.

There are many food and beverage vendors on the grounds that will provide a variety of food and drink choices. Many of the concessions will be staffed by volunteers from local charities and would appreciate your support.

Thank you for your cooperation

ABOUT US

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo a 501C (3) not-for-profit corporation governed by volunteers. It is necessary for the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo to charge admission in order to offset the substantial costs associated with producing the event, including support services for all personnel and aircraft that participate in the event.  Donations received by Spirit of St. Louis Air Show are used to produce the event. It is also noteworthy that the production on Air Show days is implemented by up to five hundred volunteers who contribute their time and energy to ensure success of the Air Show.

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show provides no-cost display space to area military recruiting commands so they may have a presence at the event and articulate the opportunities available in today’s armed forces.

The Air Show also distributes approximately 1,000 complimentary tickets to veteran organizations for use at their discretion.

A world class STEM and aviation event enjoyed by generations has been a part of our city’s heritage for many years.  An important component of that longevity has been that the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo meet its mandate to be financially self-sufficient.