The open-air Whitaker Music Festival presents free Wednesday evening concerts under the stars every summer. To date, than one million people have participated in this cherished St. Louis summer tradition. 

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. Glass is prohibited. Picnic fare, beer, wine, soda and sno-cones are also available for purchase on-site.

Hours & Admission

Wednesdays, May 31–August 2
Music begins at 7 p.m.
Last entry at 8:15 p.m.

Advance reservations required. 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 Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Garden's entrance and at the Cleveland Avenue Gate at the intersection of Cleveland and Tower Grove Avenue. 


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

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