The Fete des Petite Cotes, or Festival of the Little Hills, was founded in 1969 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the City of St. Charles. The original festival featured summer picnics and community-wide, family friendly contests, covering a mere four-block area of South Main Street in the St. Charles historic district.
Today, Festival of the Little Hills encompasses Main Street from Monroe on the north to Boone’s Lick on the south, as well as Frontier Park along the banks of the Missouri riverfront.
The 2013 festival, Aug. 16-18, includes upward of 350 crafters and exhibitors from more than 30 states. Visitors find everything from wood carving to jewelry, and pottery to clothing. Plus, there will be delicious food, along with live music and street performers.
Festival hours are 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, including shuttle locations, visit the festival online at FestivalOfTheLittleHills.com.