Whitaker Music Festival

Wednesday evenings, June 4 to August 6

Birds singing in the warm, rose-scented evenings signal it’s time for the summer Whitaker Music Festival. The open-air festival presents free Wednesday evening concerts under the stars every June through August.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers. Picnic fare, beer, wine, soda and sno-cones are also available for purchase on-site.

The festival is funded by the Whitaker Foundation, which supports St. Louis arts and parks to promote common heritage, celebrate diversity and encourage vitality within the community.


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2014 Whitaker Music Festival Concert Schedule

June 4
Peter Martin Quartet
World-renowned jazz pianist

June 11

Al Holliday &
the East Side Rhythm Band

Old-school R&B, blues and soul

June 18
Marsha Evans & the Coalition
Motown, jazz, R&B and pop classics

June 25
Javier Mendoza
Latin-influenced pop & rock

July 2
Old Salt Union
Newgrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana

  July 9
Big Brother Thunder &
the Master Blasters

Funk-struttin' soul with rock and jazz

July 16
Nigel Mooney
Jazz vocalist and guitarist     

July 23
Augusta Bottoms Consort
Folk, old country and Americana

July 30
Melissa Neels Band
Blues and rock

August 6
Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience
Blues-rock-funk infusion

Hours & Admission

Wednesdays, June 4 to August 6
Music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Last entry at 9 p.m.

Free admission after 5 p.m.
The Children’s Garden remains open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m.


Free public parking is available at the Ridgway Visitor Center and at other authorized lots nearby, as well as along Tower Grove Avenue. Download a parking map

Please respect our neighbors and refrain from parking on neighborhood residential streets. 

Bicycle Parking
Bike racks provided by Trailnet are located at the Ridgway Visitor Center.

Event Information

The Garden is a tobacco-free campus; smoking is not allowed anywhere, indoors or outside, and visitors will be asked to extinguish or discard tobacco items. Soliciting is not permitted. Please no pets or barbecue grills.

In case of rain
Updates will be posted here, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Pedestrian Access
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Whitaker Festival performance evenings, visitors may access the Garden through additional pedestrian gates on Alfred Ave. (west side of the Garden) and Tower Grove Ave. (one near the intersection of Tower Grove and Shaw and another at the intersection of Tower Grove and Cleveland Ave.).

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Upcoming Whitaker Concerts

July 23, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden
July 30, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden
August 6, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden