10 Best Free St. Louis Summer Concerts 2018

Grab a blanket and snacks and take in the music

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

The St. Louis metropolitan area is hopping in 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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    Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the north lawn of the Missouri History Museum for music and food on Tuesday evenings from May 1 to May 29, 2018. 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.
     

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    Free concerts are held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the outdoor plaza at Ferguson Citywalk. This series runs from May 11 to Sept. 14, 2018. Performers include top local talent like Wildfire, Abbey Road Warriors, and The Decades Band. The concerts are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vendors are also on hand to sell food and drinks throughout the evening. 
     

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    Check out Ryan Hummert Memorial Park in Maplewood for free concerts featuring local bands on Wednesdays during the summer. They'll be on May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, and Sept. 26 in summer 2018. Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair for these outdoor events.
     

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    The St. Louis Zoo is a hopping place on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in the summer (May 25 through Aug. 31, 2018). 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 beer and wine at the outdoor bar on the plaza and food from the zoo's central dining locations. 
     

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    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 on summer Wednesday nights (from May 23 to July 25, 2018) in the beautiful setting of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Musicians in 2018 include Gene Jackson, Charlie Halloran, Funky Butt Brass Band, and Lamar Harris. 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.
     

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    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 from June 7 through June 28, 2018.

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    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. at the Bandstand in Carondelet Park in south St. Louis from June 3 to Aug. 19, 2018.

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    The City of Chesterfield hosts free concerts on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., in Faust Park from June 5 to Aug. 14, 2018. 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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    Possibly the biggest draws of St. Louis' biggest Independence Day celebration are its free music concerts. The fair returns to the Arch grounds on July 4, 6, and 7, 2018. The entertainment headliners for the 2018 Fourth of July extravaganza are the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on July 4, Jason Derulo and Andy Grammer on July 6, and Martina McBride on July 7.

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    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 from July  8 through July 29, 2018.