Free summer concert series for every day of the week

Music lovers can turn out any day of the week to see exciting free concerts and live performances all across the St. Louis area. With the array of different genres and settings on offer, you can always find the right fit, whether you’re looking for a place to picnic with the family or a low-cost date night. For more information on lineups or changes—with outdoor concerts come inevitable weather cancellations—visit the individual event websites. 

Monday

Music Mondays at Citygarden 

Music Mondays at Citygarden welcome guests of all ages to the downtown sculpture park for afternoon tunes. Each Monday concert includes a free lunchtime musical performance from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with artists such as Miss Jubilee on June 17,  Nikki Glenn on July 15, and Fire Dog on August 19. Take a break from the office or bring the family out for an hour of fun at Citygarden. Mondays through July 29, including August 19, and September 2.

Tuesday

37th Annual Summer Concert Series at Faust Park 

Concertgoers can visit Faust Park on Tuesday evenings to hear a variety of music and support local restaurants. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. for attendees to sample from concession stands, dine at numerous food trucks serving local cuisine, and even participate in a game of bingo beginning at 6 p.m. The free concerts are held from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. each Tuesday evening. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy an eventful night of food, drinks, and jams. Every Tuesday from June 4-August 13, excluding June 25. 

The UCity Summer Band

The UCity Summer Band is returning for its 28th season. Playing light classics, popular music, show tunes, and more, the UCity Summer Band welcomes attendees to picnic and have an evening of fun. The free concert series at Heman Park is held every Tuesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. from June 13 to July 25. Seating will be on the lawn, and the band recommends bringing a lawn chair or blanket. At the end of each concert, the band will invite kids up to conduct the finale performance of “On the Mall.” Every Tuesday June 11 through July 23, excluding July 2.

Wednesday

Whitaker Music Festival

Every Wednesday evening, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the Whitaker Music Festival, celebrating the diversity and dynamism of St. Louis artists. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to listen to bands such as Saint Boogie Brass Band, 5 Star Roscoe, and The Soulard Blues Band. While the concerts are free, advance online reservations are required for admissions. Unless maximum capacity is reached, reservations will be open until the concert’s start time. The Missouri Botanical Garden encourages attendees to bring chairs or a blanket to take advantage of lawn seating, and picnicking will be permitted after 5 p.m., with the opportunity to purchase food and beverages on-site. Pets, barbecue grills, and smoking are not permitted. Every Wednesday through July 31.

Wednesday Night Jazz Jam 

Take a mid-week break with Wednesday Night Jazz Jam, presented by The Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Free and family-friendly, the event celebrates the legacy and the future of St. Louis’ jazz scene, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, Bob DeBoo hosts the Jazz Jam inside The Dark Room. Food and drinks can be purchased on-site, and there is limited seating on a first-come-first-serve basis. Every Wednesday.

Parties in the Park 

One of St. Louis’ longest-running outdoor happy hours, Parties in the Park, is celebrating their 41st anniversary with live music, and beer and wine at North Brentwood between Forsyth and Maryland Avenue. The program is held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month through September 11, and the monthly lineup includes some of St. Louis’ hottest bands. On June 12, The Bryze Band will perform a mix of popular acoustic covers from the 1970s to modern hits. On July 10, Duhart, a beloved father-daughter band, will bring powerful vocals and heart to the park. While no coolers or outside food or drinks are allowed, there will be plenty of food trucks and other dining options. Recommended parking is at the N. Brentwood Lot or the City of Clayton Public Garage. All metered parking in Clayton is free after 5 p.m. as well. Second Wednesday of each month, through September 11.

Music on Main 

St. Charles puts on a free outdoor concert series every third Wednesday of the month from May until September. Held in the 100-200 blocks of North Main Street from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Music on Main invites attendees to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the music. Folks can enjoy music from different artists each month, including Butch Wax & The Hollywoods, Sometimes a Fantasy: a Tribute to Billy Joel, Rock Opera, and Foreplay. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. For parking, it’s recommended that concertgoers head to the lots along Riverside Drive and the parking garage at the St. Charles City Hall. Third Wednesday of each month, May through September.

Maplewood Summer Concert Series

Come out with family and friends to listen to some of St. Louis’ best bands at Maplewood’s free Summer Concert Series. Held at Ryan Hummert Park, the monthly concerts start at 6 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Featured artists include Low Hanging Fruit, Saint Chuck, The Front Street, and Perfect Strangers. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from local vendors, but guests are also welcome to bring their own. Fourth Wednesday of each month, through September 25.

Thursday

Summer Concert Series at Millennium Park 

This summer, families are invited to picnic and listen to live music at Millennium Park in Creve Coeur. Free to the public, the concerts will be held every second Thursday of the month from June to September from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kiwanis will have barbecue, chips, and sodas available for purchase at each event. Creve Coeur has planned events all ages can enjoy, from nostalgic Rock Opera to Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players celebrating works by Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Phish, Blues Brothers, and Neil Young. Every second Thursday of each month, through September 12.

HullabaZoo 

Enjoy an educational, animated experience at HullabaZoo at the St. Louis Zoo. Hullabazoo introduces a different theme every other Thursday through August 22, showcasing a unique animal in their natural habitat. The event also includes live entertainment, as well as food and drink specials that complement the nightly theme. Attendees can enjoy a Cheetah Cookie and Peri-Peri Chicken to learn more about the cheetah or a Lemur Fruity Frozen Mix to learn more about the lemur. HullabaZoo is held every other Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every other Thursday through August 22.

Friday

Central West End Music Series

Through September, head to the Central West End every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to sing and dance to local musicians while you shop and stroll in the neighborhood. Frank Bauer, Andy Coco, Landolfi Quartet, Farshid Etnico Trio, and Bob Gleason are just a few of the anticipated performers set to entertain this year. Performances take place at three different locations: at the corner of McPherson and Euclid, Maryland and Euclid, and Maryland Plaza Fountain, with different line-ups accompanying each location. Every Friday through September 27.

Saturday

Hot Summer Nights at Frenchtown

Hot Summer Nights is returning to Frenchtown with exciting bands looking to bring the streets to life every second Saturday from 7 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Events include a Rock Night featuring All Together Now on July 13 and a Country Night featuring Twisted Road on September 14. While no outside food or drinks are allowed, alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase, and guests will have access to food trucks on site. Historic Frenchtown suggests attendees bring their own lawn chairs for an evening full of fun in St. Charles. Every second Saturday of each month, through September 14.

Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation Department 2024 Summer Concert Series 

The 2024 concert series at Lake Saint Louis is underway and a perfect way to enjoy a summer evening. Held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on select Saturdays through September 14, the concert series welcomes a variety of genres for folks to enjoy. The Lake Saint Louis Parks and Recreation Department also invites guests to bring their chairs, favorite foods, and beverages, but glass of any kind is prohibited. The concerts will take place across two locations: Windjammer or Boulevard Park Amphitheater, so make sure to check out Lake Saint Louis’ website for more information. Select Saturdays through September 23.

Sunday

The Gateway Festival Orchestra 

The Gateway Festival Orchestra is returning for its 60th season to present a series of classical summer evening concerts every Sunday in July at 7:30 p.m. On July 7 and July 21, the Gateway Festival Orchestra will be performing at Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics for this night on the quad. The July 14 and 28 performances will be held inside the 560 Music Center. Every Sunday in July.

Manchester Community Band 

Searching for a relaxed evening before the start of the work week? Look no further than the Manchester Community Band, performing for three Sundays this summer. The June and July dates will start at 6:30 p.m., and the August performance will start at 6 p.m. June 16, July 14, and August 11.

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