10 Best Free St. Louis Summer Concerts in 2019

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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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Whitaker Music Festival

Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
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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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Ferguson Citywalk Concert Series

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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Twilight Tuesdays

Missouri History Museum in St. Louis
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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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Maplewood Summer Concerts

Check out Ryan Hummert Memorial Park in Maplewood for free concerts featuring local bands monthly during the summer. They'll take place on the fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for these outdoor events.

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Fair St. Louis

Arch Park grounds
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Possibly the biggest draws of St. Louis' biggest Independence Day celebration are its free music concerts. The fair returns to the Arch grounds for three days beginning on July 4. Watch the fair website for headlining entertainment for 2019.

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Kirkwood Summer Concert Series

You'll find free music from a variety of local artists on Thursday evenings in June in Kirkwood. Concerts run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Station Plaza across from Kirkwood City Hall in downtown Kirkwood starting on June 6, 2019.

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Carondelet Concerts in the Park

A wide variety of musicians, including the Bob Kuban Band, Miss Jubilee, and Dawn Weber, perform Sunday evening concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. (August concerts start at 5:30 p.m.) at the Bandstand in Carondelet Park in south St. Louis. Concerts begin on June 2, 2019.

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Concerts in Faust Park

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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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Gateway Festival Orchestra

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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Jungle Boogie

Group of Penguins at the St. Louis Zoo
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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.