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.


2022 Whitaker Music Festival Schedule

June 1 - Jeremiah Johnson Band

June 8 - Karen Choi

June 15 - Old Souls Revival

June 22 - Annie and the Fur Trappers

June 29 - Arcadia Dance Orchestra

July 6 - We Are Root Mod

July 13 - Sweetie and the Toothaches

July 20 - Mo Egeston All-Stars

July 27 - The Soulard Blues Band

August 3 - Old Salt Union


Picnicking and Visitor Conduct

Picnicking is permitted throughout Garden grounds on Whitaker Music Festival performance evenings and visitors are invited to bring their own food and beverages or purchase items onsite. 

Please note: 

  • Glass bottles, grills, and firearms are prohibited on Garden grounds. 
  • Outside food or beverage may not be brought into the Garden prior to 5 p.m. on performance dates.

Bag checks will take place at each entry location and visitors with prohibited items will not be admitted. 

Please review our full guidelines for visiting the Garden


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.

Hours & Admission

Wednesdays, June 1–August 3
Music begins at 7 p.m.
Last entry at 8:15 p.m.

Free admission for those with advance reservations begins at 5 p.m. on each performance evening. 

The Children’s Garden remains open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. (advance reservations not required for Children's Garden entry). 

Entry available through the Temporary Visitor Center at the Garden's entrance and at the Cleveland Avenue Gate at the intersection of Cleveland and Tower Grove Avenue. 

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
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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

Advance Reservations Required

New this year, free advance reservations are required for admission to the Whitaker Music Festival (maximum of 10 admissions per reservation). 

Free reservations will be available three weeks prior to the first concert date (June 1) on May 11.  Reservations for each subsequent performance will be available one week before the concert date on the preceding Thursday morning. 

Free reservations will be available first to Garden members beginning at 10 a.m. and to the general public beginning at noon on each weekly on-sale date.  Reservations will remain available until the concert start time or until capacity of 5,000 reservations is reached. Please secure your reservations well in advance to guarantee entry. 

Free reservations available online only; no walk-up reservations available. 


American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting provided by Fusion Interpreting Services.

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.

Presented by the Whitaker Foundation

The Whitaker Music Festival is a beloved summer tradition that presents free Wednesday evening concerts under the stars. 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.


Origami After Hours | Thursdays and Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m., through August 2021

Thursdays and Fridays through August 27 | 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy live music in the Garden and experience the OrigamiintheGarden exhibit as the sun goes down Thursdays and Friday evenings all summer long. Take in an after-work walk, spend quality time with the family, or meet friends for a patio drink.

Live music sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation.

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