Pledge to hit a green note!

"I support waste-free, sustainable picnicking at Whitaker Music Festival performances."

Tell us which green notes you plan to hit and you'll be entered into our weekly drawing for a special "green" prize!*

*One pledge per person. For additional chances to win, share a photo of your waste-free Whitaker picnic
when you visit! See sidebar for more info. 



Tips for "Greening" Your Visit

Bring Your Reusable Water Bottle

St. Louis enjoys some of the nation's best-tasting water!

  • Refill your bottle at the hydration stations located next to the rest rooms in the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden, adjacent to the Whitaker concert stage.
  • Drinking fountains are located near all rest rooms and around the grounds. 
    • Find exact locations on your Map and Visitor Guide, or ask Garden hosts for directions to a fountain.
  • Forgot your bottle? Souvenir refillable bottles are available at refreshment stands on Whitaker concert nights.

Consider Alternative Transportation

There are multiple ways to get to the Garden.

  • Electric vehicle charging stations are available in the west main parking lot at no cost to all Garden visitors. 
  • Bicycle parking is available in the upper east parking lot at the Temporary Visitor Center and at the Cleveland Avenue Gate (at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Tower Grove Boulevard). Concert overflow parking provided by Trailnet.
  • Metro bus stops are conveniently located along Shaw Blvd. Visit to find the best route.
  • Attending as a small group—consider calling a taxi or carpooling to save on fuel and parking.

Pack a Waste-free Picnic

  • Use a picnic basket or a reusable grocery bag.
  • Pack your food in reusable containers along with reusable utensils.
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Recycle any beverage containers in designated receptacles throughout the Garden. 

Buy Local

Buy your picnic food and supplies locally

  • Try some locally raised vegetables, meat, poultry, fruit, etc. 
  • Check your local farmer's market for the finest local grub.
  • Stock your cooler with a local brand of beer, wine or soda.

Be Pest-free

  • Try herbal-based mosquito repellents available locally or online.
  • Avoid perfume, scented soaps and body products during mosquito season.

Leave No Trace

  • Look around your seating area and pick up all personal items and trash.
  • Recycle all of your cans and bottles.
  • Bring enough bags to efficiently dispose of your trash.
  • Do not dispose of ice on the grass or planting beds.
  • Leave your picnic area as clean as it was when you arrived

Respect Your Surroundings

  • Walk on paved paths and picnic only in grassy areas, not in planting beds.
  • Be mindful of the neighborhoods surrounding the Garden as you arrive and leave.
  • Dispose of your recycling and trash in the correct receptacles both on and off Garden grounds.
  • Once the concert begins, remove any items such as umbrellas, etc., that might obstruct others' view of the stage