Whitaker Music Festival

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 summer.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers. Please note that glass is not permitted in the Garden. 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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2017 Whitaker Music Festival Schedule

May 31 Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor

June 7 Jack Grelle

June 14  The Gaslight Squares

June 21 Hazard to Ya Booty        

June 28 Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu City All Stars

July 5 Beth Bombara

July 12 Ptah Williams

July 19 To Be Announced

July 26 The Mighty Pines

August 2 Brothers Lazaroff 

Hours & Admission

Wednesdays, May 31 to August 2 
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.

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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.

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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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