Whitaker Music Festival

The open-air Whitaker Music Festival presents free Wednesday evening concerts under the stars every summer.

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.

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

Glass at the Garden

In an effort to ensure your safety while maintaining our beautiful grounds, the Garden asks that you limit the amount of glass that you bring into the Garden. Below are ways that you can help us eventually achieve our goal of a glass-free Garden and still have an enjoyable time during your visit:
  • Transfer wine or beer from glass bottles to reusable beverage containers, such as insulated carriers, prior to your arrival.
  • Purchase beverages that are pre-packaged in glass alternatives, such as boxed wine. Beer, wine, and even some cocktails are available in cans or tetra packs at most retailers.
  • Enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase onsite at the Catering St. Louis tent.

Hours & Admission

Wednesdays, May 29 to August 7
Music begins at 7 p.m.
Last entry at 8:30 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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View Whitaker Music Festival Policies and Conduct Guidelines

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.

• No admission past 9 p.m.

• No staking or hanging of banners or flags or placement of signage or flyers.

• Balloons may not be brought into the Garden. 

• No smoking devices anywhere on Garden campus including parking lots.

• Standard size tables of 6 or 8 feet are  prohibited (low camp style tables no higher than  two feet are permitted).

• Groups may not have "registration tables" of any type.

• No grills or barbeque equipment.

• No open flames.

• No pets allowed. Service animals are welcome.

• Unauthorized performances are prohibited in order to limit distractions for both our patrons and musical performers.

• Balls, bats, footballs, frisbees, etc. are prohibited. 

• Solicitation or distribution of materials of any kind are prohibited.

• Guests are permitted to bring their own food and beverages as well as lawn chairs.

• Mosquito spray is recommended.

• A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Motorized scooters and strollers are not available for rent on Whitaker performance evenings. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Help us keep the Whitaker Music Festival a safe and enjoyable experience for our visitors and neighbors. Disorderly conduct and public intoxication will not be tolerated. Attendees in violation of this policy will be referred to the St. Louis City Police Department.


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.

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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.).

Perform at the Festival!

The Whitaker Music Festival has hosted dozens of St. Louis' finest musicians. You could be next! 

Apply to perform at the Whitaker Music Festival