World's Fair Pavilion

Rental and background information of this magnificent open air shelter that has been one of the park's most popular and impressive attractions since it was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair.


Sitting high atop Government Hill, the World's Fair Pavilion commands a dramatic view of Forest Park.

This magnificent open air shelter has been one of the park's most popular and impressive attractions since it was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair. Forest Park Forever raised $1.1 million to totally renovate the building in 1998.

Sited on a high rise overlooking a fountain, the Mission Revival building has an open arcade on front and back facades, between highly ornamental towers.

The World's Fair Pavilion provides a picturesque setting for company picnics, private receptions, benefits, special events or parties. The covered floor area of the open air pavilion can seat approximately 500 people. Larger crowds can be accommodated if the accompanying park grounds are used.

The new catering area at the west end of the pavilion provides access to water and ample space for caterers to work. Dimmer switches for the lighting underneath the pavilion are located inside the catering area and can be adjusted to provide the appropriate ambiance for any event. Ample electrical outlets are located on the columns of the archways as well as inside the catering area. The catering area does not have a full kitchen (no stove, refrigerator or other appliances are available.)

Newly installed accessible restroom facilities for men and women are located on the west end of the pavilion. A Rock House restroom is located across the parking lot from the pavilion.

Health Department guidelines must be followed for groups larger than 500 and additional restrooms must be rented from a private company.

The floor space underneath the pavilion is 109 feet x 51 feet. The east end of the pavilion has been reopened and provides additional covered floor space which can be used for additional seating or as a serving area. Each patio area on the north and south side of the pavilion measures 182 feet x 29 feet.

Rental Information

COVID-19 Notice:

The World's Fair Pavilion is closed until further notice.


Food and beverages

All food and/or beverages (including alcoholic beverages) to be served at the World's Fair Pavilion must be catered by a company from our authorized caterers list.

The Pavilion can be booked for events at which food and/or beverages will not be served; i.e., wedding ceremonies, meetings, etc.

View and download the World's Fair Pavilion brochure which includes a list of authorized caterers.

Rental Fees

  • Monday through Thursday -- $1475
  • Fridays and Sundays -- $1600
  • Saturdays from 4 p.m. to midnight -- $2350 (receptions only)
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.-- $1600 (wedding ceremony only)

The rental fee is non-refundable and dates reserved cannot be changed once the paperwork is mailed.

There will be a $10 charge for paperwork that is lost and has to be re-issued. The only equipment included in the rental fee is 15 trash receptacles.


Reservations can be made up to a year and a half in advance. All reservations must be made in person at the Park Office and the full rental fee is due at the time of the reservation. Once payment is received, the date can not be changed and the rental fee is non-refundable.


Banquet tables, chairs, podiums, electrical cords or other equipment needed for the event must be supplied through a private source. All equipment must be removed from the pavilion immediately following the event.

Security Deposit

A security deposit in the amount of $500 is required. This check will be deposited and held to insure that all conditions of the permit are followed. It will be forfeited in the event of damage to park property, missing or damaged park equipment, or failure to leave the park in a clean condition. The permittee will be billed for any damage and/or excessive cleanup required not covered by the security deposit.


Rental of the World's Fair Pavilion will require an inspection prior to the event and after the event. The permittee will be required to be present for both inspections. The beginning and ending time on the permit will be the inspection and building opening time. Before deciding on the beginning time, please contact your caterer, equipment rental company, vendors, decorators, etc., to see what time access is needed for them to complete their work. Whatever time they need access is the time you or your representative must be present for the walk through inspection. Once the building is open, the permittee is responsible for the entire facility until it is resecured.


An insurance certificate of property damage in the amount of  $50,000 and personal liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 is required. The certificate must be received at least one month prior to the date reserved and must be an original copy.

The following wording must appear on the certificate or it will not be acceptable:

'' The City of St Louis and its employees, agents, and assigns acting within the scope and course of their employement are additional insureds"

Certificate Holder:  

ST. LOUIS, MO 63110

The insurance certificate is obtained from a private insurance company. It insures you and the City of St. Louis in the event someone is hurt and sues.


All amplified sound must be at a level so as not to disturb the peace, quiet, comfort or repose of neighboring inhabitants and/or park users and must conform to Ordinance #50038.

Waste Management

The applicant must make arrangements to pick up any trash, litter or debris generated during the course of the event from the park grounds. All trash is to be bagged and removed from the park immediately following the event.

The pavilion should be left in the same condition it was found prior to your event. It is strongly recommended that a cleaning service be hired for any special cleanup prior to and after the event if needed. All trash must be removed from the park.


To check availability of the Pavilion, call (314) 289-5344 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Availability cannot be checked online or by e-mail.

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