Free Summer Events 2017: Concerts and Live Music

Where to Catch a Free Summer Concert in St. Louis

Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
••• Terence Blanchard at the Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo by Molly Krohe, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

There is so much to do in St. Louis in the summer and much of it is free. You can hear some great live music without spending any money. Here's information of the top free concerts this summer.

  • 01 of 20

    Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the north lawn of the Missouri History Museum for music, food and more. 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.
    May 2 - June 6, 2017

  • 02 of 20

    Free concerts are held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the outdoor plaza at Ferguson Citywalk. Performers include top local talent like Erin Bode, Fanfare ant The Great Escape. The concerts are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vendors are also on hand to sell food and drinks throughout the evening. 
    May 12 - September 22, 2017

  • 03 of 20

    Check out Ryan Hummert Memorial Park in Maplewood for free concerts on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair for these outdoor events. Performers include All Roostered Up, The Retro Band and The Hot Flashes. The concerts begin at 6 p.m.
    May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23 & September 27, 2017

  • 04 of 20

    The St. Louis Zoo is a hopping place on Friday evenings in the summer. The Zoo is open late for its free Jungle Boogie concerts at the Schuck Family Plaza. The music starts around 5 p.m. Concerts feature local musicians like Ticket to the Beatles, Push the Limit and Soulard Blues Band.
    May 26 - September 1, 2017 (No concert June 16)

    Continue to 5 of 20 below.
  • 05 of 20
    Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
    ••• Terence Blanchard at the Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo by Molly Krohe, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

    Outdoor concerts are held each Wednesday night in the beautiful setting of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Musicians this year include Beth Bombara, Ptah Williams and The Mighty Pines. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m., but feel free to go early and check out the blooming flowers. Garden admission is free for everyone after 5 p.m.
    May 31 - August 2, 2017

  • 06 of 20

    Free music from a variety of local artists on Thursdays in Kirkwood. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., at the Station Plaza across from Kirkwood City Hall. Performers this year include The Verge and the Rhythm Rockers.
    June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017

  • 07 of 20

    The St. Charles Municipal Band plays a free outdoor concert every Thursday night in historic St. Charles. The family-friendly performances are held at Frontier Park along the banks of the Missouri River. The music begins at 8 p.m.
    June 1 - August 31, 2017

  • 08 of 20

    Enjoy free music along the banks of the Mississippi River in Grafton, Illinois. Concerts are Thursdays at 7 p.m., at Grove Memorial Park.
    June 1 - August 3, 2017

    Continue to 9 of 20 below.
  • 09 of 20

    A wide variety of musicians, including the Bob Kuban Band, Miss Jubilee and Dawn Weber perform Sunday evening concerts at 6 p.m. at the Bandstand in Carondelet Park in south St. Louis. The St. Louis Public Library will also be hosting a free story time for children on select concert evenings.
    June 4 - August 20, 2017

  • 10 of 20

    The City of Chesterfield hosts free concerts on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., in Faust Park. 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.
    June 6 - August 15, 2017

  • 11 of 20

    Ellisville Concerts in the Park

    Ellisville hosts free summer concerts at the amphitheater in Bluebird Park on Thursday evenings. Performers this year include Griffin and the Gargoyles and Dirty Muggs. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. There is also a food and craft market in the park on concert nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    June 8 - August 3, 2017

  • 12 of 20

    The Alton Municipal Band plays free concerts on Thursdays and Sundays during the summer. Thursday concerts are at Riverview Park at 8 p.m. Sunday concerts are at Haskell Park at 7 p.m.
    June 8 - August 3, 2017

    Continue to 13 of 20 below.
  • 13 of 20

    Free concerts are held every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., at the Central Library Auditorium. Performers this summer include the Funky Butt Brass Band and Rear View Mirror: A Tribute to Pearl Jam.
    June 15, July 20 & August 17, 2017

  • 14 of 20

    Enjoy live music along historic Main Street in St. Charles. Free concerts are held the third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Featured artists include Serapis and other local favorites.
    June 21, July 19, August 16 & September 20, 2017

  • 15 of 20

    St. Louis' biggest Independence Day celebration is a great place for a free concert. The fair is once again in Forest Park at Art Hill and the Grand Basin Headliners at this year's fair are AKON, 3 Doors Down and Jake Owen.
    July 2 - 4, 2017

  • 16 of 20

    The Compton Heights Concert Band performs Sundays in Francis Park and Mondays in Tower Grove Park at 7:30 p.m. This year, the band welcomes special guest performers Robert Ellison, Hugh Smith and Gina Galati.
    July 2 - August 7, 2017

    Continue to 17 of 20 below.
  • 17 of 20

    Monday nights are all about live music at Bellerive Park in south St. Louis. This year's performers include the Chris Talley Trio and Three Crooked Men. The concerts begin at 7 p.m.
    July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2017

  • 18 of 20

    The Gateway Festival Orchestra performs classical favorites from the world's great composers Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., at Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University.
    July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2017

  • 19 of 20

    Local musicians play free concerts on Tuesday nights at Fanetti Park at Michigan and Ivory Streets in St. Louis. Jesse Irwin and Sins of the Pioneers are among those scheduled to perform. The concerts run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    July 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 2017

  • 20 of 20

    Lafayette Square in south St. Louis is a popular choice for free live music. There are concerts in the park every other Saturday. Performers include Fanfare, Miss Jubilee and the Jeremiah Johnson Band. The music begins at 6 p.m.
    July 15 & 29, August 12 & 26, September 9, 2017