The St. Louis metropolitan area is busy during the summer with free concerts. The weather might be warm, and sometimes downright hot, but these events take place in the evening when it's more comfortable to be outside even if the day has been hot. So bring some lawn chairs or a blanket and some eats and drinks, and enjoy the show.
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Outdoor concerts are held on summer Wednesday nights (from May 29 to July 31, 2019) in the beautiful setting of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Musicians in 2019 include Old Souls Revival, Terence Blanchard, Boomtown United, and the Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Express. The concerts start at 7 p.m. but feel free to go early and check out the blooming flowers. Garden admission is free for everyone after 5 p.m. and the last entry is at 8:30 p.m.
For the kids, the Children’s Garden is open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. during concert evenings.
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Free concerts are held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the outdoor plaza at Ferguson Citywalk. The series takes place most second and fourth Fridays each month, May through September, from 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
Performers include top local talents like Wildfire, Abbey Road Warriors, and The Decades Band. Vendors are on hand to sell food and drinks throughout the evening.
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Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the north lawn of the Missouri History Museum for music and food on Tuesday evenings from May 7 to May 28, 2019. Concerts start at 6 p.m. and last for about two hours. The concerts feature a wide variety of music styles, including rock, reggae, and jazz.
Along with great music, there is terrific food from some of the city 's best food trucks.
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The City of Chesterfield hosts free concerts on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., in Faust Park from June to mid-August, 2019. Popular local musicians like Bob Kuban, Fanfare, and Billy Peek are scheduled to perform. Food trucks will also be serving up entrees and desserts beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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The 50-piece Gateway Festival Orchestra performs classical favorites from the world's great composers Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Washington University.
Since the Brookings Quadrangle where they usually perform will be unavailable due to construction, they are moving three of the four concerts indoors to the 560 Music Center in the Delmar Loop area on July 14, 21, and 28, 2019.
The first concert will be repeated Thursday, July 18 at Chesterfield Amphitheater, an outdoor venue. The 2019 Concert Schedule provides more information about the venues and music.
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The St. Louis Zoo is a hopping place on Fridays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this May 24 through August 30, 2019. The zoo is open late for its free Jungle Boogie concerts at the Schuck Family Plaza.
Concerts feature local musicians like Zydeco Crawdaddys, Retro Boogie, Soulard Blues Band, and Ticket to the Beatles. You can get discounted pricing on certain types of beer, wine, cider, and margaritas for a fun happy hour at the outdoor bar on the plaza and food from the zoo's central dining locations.