Upcoming Events and Programs

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Check signage at the visitor center for today's program topics.

Ranger-led indoor museum tours. Daily at 12:15 and 4:15, and also at 2:15 and 3:15 on weekdays (Monday through Friday). Meet at the entrance to the museum (inside the visitor center).

Learn about the Arch's construction, St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the U.S., our city's fascinating French origins, or many other topics on a ranger-guided tour of the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Explore six exhibit galleries that focus on over 200 years of shared history. Check the magnet board at the entrance to the museum for each day's topics.

Grounds walking tours. Daily at 10:15, and also at 11:15 Monday through Friday and 1:15 on Saturday and Sunday. Meet outside the visitor center at the "Ranger Programs Meet Here" sign.

Explore Gateway Arch National Park’s trails with a ranger-led walking tour of the grounds. Exercise your body and your mind as you hear stories of St. Louis’ history. Participants should meet the ranger near the Arch Visitor Center entrance. (In case of inclement weather, the meeting place will be in the Arch Visitor Center lobby.)

Running with a Ranger. Mondays at 7 am. Meet outside the visitor center at the "Ranger Programs Meet Here" sign.

Join a park ranger for a 2-mile run through Gateway Arch National Park. The ranger will adapt the run to the group and share insights about St. Louis along the way. ***NOTE: The Monday, July 29th program is cancelled.

Coffee with a Ranger. Tuesdays at 10:15am. Meet at the Arch Cafe, inside the visitor center.

Ever wonder what it’s like working for the National Park Service? Pick up a cup of Joe or another beverage at the Arch Café, located on the lower level of the Arch Visitor Center, for a chat with an Arch employee. Meet at the Arch Café tables in the tram lobby – just look for the ranger!

Puppet Shows. Every Saturday and Sunday at 2:15 and 3:15. In the Education Classroom, located in the lower level of the visitor center behind the red Explore St. Louis desk.

Park rangers use puppets to engage with kids and adults on the various themes of Gateway Arch National Park. This is a fun and silly child-friendly program.

Touch tables. As staffing allows. At various locations throughout the museum.

Touch Tables are displays that allow visitors to tangibly connect with the park’s living history collections in a safe and positive environment. Learn about the early fur trade, pioneer toys, sabots (a French wooden shoe), or many other topics.

Wellness challenge. Year round, self-guided throughout the park.

The NPS Wellness Challenge promotes the unique ways in which our national park sites promote healthy lifestyles, highlighting specific activities that further physical, learning and mental wellness. At Gateway Arch National Park, participants can earn Wellness Challenge badges by taking the Tram Ride to the Top, walking up the Arch Grand Staircase, or becoming a Junior Ranger, among many other activities. To get started, visit the Information Desk in the Arch Visitor Center or check out our NPS Wellness Challenge website.


Upcoming Special Events

Blues at the Arch Festival. Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10.

This popular end-of-summer celebration pays tribute to St. Louis' storied blues history and showcases the talents of national and local artists. Produced in partnership with the National Blues Museum and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, this free festival is the only one of its kind to take place on national park grounds. Learn more about the event and see the artist lineup here: Blues at the Arch Festival | Gateway Arch Park Foundation

A young woman lifts a garbage bag into a small utility vehicle as a male park ranger carries another garbage bag
At the National Public Lands Day Riverfront Cleanup in 2023, volunteers collected 56.2 total pounds of recyclables and 754.4 pounds of trash. This makes a total of 810.6 pounds of material recovered from the riverfront!

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Riverfront Cleanup. Saturday, September 28, from 9am to noon. Meet at the welcome table at the base of the Grand Staircase between the legs of the arch.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by beautifying our park!

National Public Lands Day celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages the use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. Every year, Gateway Arch National Park commemorates this special day by hosting a Riverfront Cleanup.

This year's cleanup will be 9 to noon. The event is organized by Gateway Arch National Park, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Missouri River Cities & Towns Initiative, Beyond Plastics, Missouri Stream Team, Republic Services and Living Lands & Waters. To register for the volunteer riverfront cleanup, follow this link. You must make an account on Volunteerhub to register.

Training, gloves, and garbage bags will be provided before the clean-up begins. A limited number of garbage picker sticks are also available. Due to limited budget, please reserve these for people who may need them.

BioBlitz. Saturday, September 28. 1pm to 3pm. Meet outside by the north leg of the Gateway Arch.

What creatures are thriving at Gateway Arch National Park? Citizen scientists like you can help us figure it out!

Join us on National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 28, 2024, from 1 to 3 for a BioBlitz. Use your cell phone and the free app iNaturalist to take pictures of birds, insects, arachnids, and other creatures you see throughout the park. Your data will help the park, St. Louisans, and others know what creatures are where.

Meet at the registration table next to the north leg of the arch to check in and learn how to get started.

At least one person in each group must have a cell phone that can take pictures, and it's helpful to download iNaturalist before the event begins.


Save the Date! 2024 B.A.R.K. Ranger Events

All B.A.R.K. events will be held outdoors and all will meet at the entrance plaza. Events will be cancelled or rescheduled in case of inclement weather. All dogs must be leashed and friendly. See our Pets page for more information about B.A.R.K. Ranger.

Sunday, August 18th at 10am. Dog Art. Create a special piece of art with your pet. All materials will be provided.

Sunday, September 15th at 10am. Dog First Aid and Health chat with Jenny Dove. Jenny is a PetTech Certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor and currently works as the Education Coordinator at Kennelwood Pet Resorts. Attend with or without your pet.

Sunday, October 20th at 10am. Pet Costume Parade. Dress up your pets and show them off in a parade around the Arch.


Save the date! Gateway to the Stars programs.

Gateway to the Stars programs all feature an astronomy or national park related talk that is followed by free telescope viewing on our entrance plaza. The telescope viewing is led by the park and volunteers from the St. Louis Astronomical Society, weather permitting. The June 14, July 12, and August 10 programs will be held inside the Gateway Arch Visitor Center, either in the Education Center or Tucker Theater.

Saturday, August 10, 6-8 pm. Kids Explorer Night.

At 6 pm, families with children between 5-12 will have a chance to build and bring home their very own Galileoscope. Supplies are very limited, so please e-mail richard_fefferman@nps.gov or call 314-655-1704 to reserve your place. This will be followed by the annual Junior Ranger Night Explorer workshop, where children of these ages can fill out a special booklet and earn a special patch customized to our Park.

Friday, September 13, 6:30 pm. Legends of the Fall Sky.

The skies of autumn 2024 will be filled with bright planets and interesting sky events. Learn when and how to see them in this ranger-led presentation. This presentation will be presented outdoors in the entrance plaza, but could be moved just inside the arch main entrance in the event of inclement weather.

Friday, October 18, 6:30 pm. Ghosts of the Arch Grounds.

The annual favorite returns as a park ranger discusses the various "incarnations" of the area as it evolved from a French fur trading post to the present Gateway Arch National Park. The stories behind people such as Thomas Targee, James Eads, Percy Green, and Kenneth Swyers will be discussed. This program will be presented outdoors on the Entrance Plaza but could be moved just inside the Arch Main Entrance in the event of inclement weather.


Keep checking this page for more information about future events

Fee Free Days in 2024
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 15
1st Day of National Park Week Saturday, April 20
Juneteenth National Independence Day Wednesday, June 19
Great American Outdoors Act Sunday, August 4
National Public Lands Day Saturday, September 28
Veterans Day Monday, November 11

Last updated: July 23, 2024

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