Throughout time, people have preserved their culture, values and beliefs through storytelling. Giving voice to the human experience, storytelling allows families and communities to pass on their history to succeeding generations, and it remains an evolving, dynamic art form.

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, now in its 38th year, renews and celebrates an ancient art. It is the largest free storytelling festival in the world. Throughout its history, it has won many awards for its innovative and masterful celebration of storytelling, and for its outreach to the St. Louis metropolitan community. Most recently, in 2015, it was designated as a Regional Spotlight event awardee in the South Central region by the National Storytelling Network. In its partnership with the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, this multi-day extravaganza, held at multiple venues across St. Louis City and County, has both featured storytellers from across the nation and regional storytellers from our own community. There are many family-friendly programs for all to enjoy, and most are offered FREE to the public.

For inquiries and information on the St. Louis Storytelling Festival:

Lisa Overholser
St. Louis Storytelling Festival Director
& Community Arts Regional Specialist-Urban region

2017 Festival Sponsors

Missouri Arts Council         Regional Arts Council        Edward Jones  

 Maryville University          

Brentwood Public Library
Edward Jones
Friends of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival
Gateway Storytellers
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Kind Crone Productions
Kirkwood Public Library

Kranzberg Arts Foundation
Maryville University
Missouri Arts Council
Missouri Folk Arts Program
Missouri Storytelling, Inc. (MO-TELL)

National Endowment for the Arts
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Riverwind Storytellers
St. Louis Public Library
St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU
University City Library

UMSL Center for the Humanities
University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Fine Arts & Communications
University of Missouri–St. Louis Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center


2017 St. Louis Storytelling Festival Advisory Council

Lisa Overholser, director
Ron Turner, festival co-founder
Lynn Rubright, festival co-founder
Lynne Beetner
Barney Bradshaw
Patty Carleton
Anthony Clark
Allan Crean
Jim Gerst
Annette Harrison
Sue Hinkel
Nan Kammann-Judd
Jennifer King
Marilyn Kinsella
Germaine Murray
Bobby Norfolk
Sherry Norfolk
Terry Olishile
Kathy Schottel
Becky Walstrom
Lee Ann Woolery
Jackie Wright
Karen E. Young


Help us increase the scope of the festival. With your support, we can bring in additional acclaimed storytellers at more venues and ensure the community can continue to learn and be entertained through this special opportunity, free or for a minimal charge.