Upcoming Events and Programs

Regularly Scheduled Events

Ranger-narrated Riverboat Cruises. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45pm. Cruises run daily (10:15, 12, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, and 7) but only the 1:45 cruise will have NPS ranger narration. Other cruises will be narrated by the riverboat captain. Tickets can be purchased at gatewayarch.com.
Coffee with a Ranger. Saturdays at 10:15am. Join in a discussion and question/answer session on designated park themes. Purchase a coffee at the Arch Café (optional) then meet the ranger or special guest at the Café to enjoy your drink and conversation.

Puppet Shows: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:15pm. Ranger Redstone and friends are back and ready for some fun in this family-friendly program. But watch for that ol’ grizzly bear! Puppet shows will be in the education classroom near the museum entrance. This is the glass-walled room near the base of the stairs after the security checkpoint.
Ranger-led Walking Tours: 11:15 daily. Learning history is just a walk in the park! Join a ranger for a 30ish-minute stroll and learn about the history of the area. Meet the ranger just outside the visitor center entrance plaza, next to the "ranger programs meet here" sign. Tours may be moved to the lobby or canceled due to weather or staffing. If the event is canceled, it will be noted on the sign.
Museum Tours: 3:15 daily. Tour the museum with the people who know it best! A National Park Service ranger may tour several galleries, telling stories and pointing out favorite objects. Rangers may also do a deep dive into a particular topic, such as the city's French Colonial history, the fur trade in St. Louis, the cholera epidemic of 1849, the building of the arch, or a variety of other topics. Look for the day's schedules posted in the museum every morning.


Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, September 24: National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort! Gateway Arch National Park, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Beyond Plastics, and Living Lands & Waters have partnered to organize a community trash pick-up event to help clean up the St. Louis Riverfront. Riverfront cleanups will occur from 9-11 AM and from 1-3 PM. Sign up to volunteer here. Later in the afternoon, our B.A.R.K. Superintendents (dog ambassadors) will lead a B.A.R.K. Ranger walk around the park. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Saturday, October 8: Ghosts of the Arch Grounds. Once a French colonial village and then primarily a warehouse district, the area of Gateway Arch National Park has always been central to the history of St. Louis. Learn about some major events, both great and tragic, that shaped the history of the area. This tour will meet at 6:30 at the west main entrance plaza. From 7-8:30 pm, free telescope viewing will be available outside the west main entrance (weather permitting).

Sunday, October 9 through Sunday, October 23: "The Write Engineer" Writing Contest. Write Engineer is a free writing competition sponsored by Gateway Writing Project in celebration of Write Out 2022 and the National Day on Writing. Writers may submit stories, essays, or poems that creatively address the theme 'My St. Louis', writing about a special place in St. Louis and why its design is meaningful or a special place in St. Louis that they would like to design and build. Prizes in five age categories will be awarded. The age categories are: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and Adult. For more information, see Write Out 2022 (umsl.edu).

Saturday, October 15: Frights and Heights. A Halloween night at the museum under the Arch. Meet the spirits of the explorers and people that shaped St Louis. There will also be activity tables for badge making, face painting, and coloring your own bandana, and a puppet show at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.. A DJ will play music. And let's not forget the spooky tram ride to the top of the Arch!

Monday, October 17th. Writing Marathon. Writers will gather at the Gateway Arch National Park grounds at 4 pm. From there, smaller groups will form and break off from the whole. As groups wander, talk, and explore the landscape and architecture of St. Louis, they will take time to stop and write silently for a given amount of time. Once this time is up, writing will be shared. The group will then move to a new location to continue the process. For more information, see Write Out 2022 (umsl.edu).

Saturday, October 29: Meet the Builders of the Gateway Arch. the National Park Service will host its annual reunion to honor the engineers, tradesmen and support staff who contributed to the construction of the Gateway Arch. Meet the Builders celebrates the 57th anniversary of the completion of the monument, which occurred on October 28, 1965. At the event, a group of builders will share memories, private memorabilia and photographs with attendees, and sign autographs. Meet the Builders is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Arch’s tram lobby from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Arch Store, located in the tram lobby, will sell $1 commemorative posters for autographing.


Keep checking this page for more information about future events
Fee Free Days in 2022
Martin Luther King Day January 18
1st Day of National Park Week April 16
Great American Outdoors Day August 4
National Public Lands Day September 24
Veterans Day November 11

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