The Missouri History Museum is one of the more popular free attractions in St. Louis. But it isn't just the exhibits inside the museum that draw crowds. Every spring and fall, the museum hosts a free outdoor concert series featuring local musicians. Twilight Tuesdays are a fun, affordable way to enjoy an evening out in St. Louis.
When and Where
Twilight Tuesday concerts are held in the spring, starting at the end of April or first of May, and in the fall, starting in late August or September.
The concerts are held on the north lawn of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Each performance begins at 6 p.m., and lasts for about two hours. Each concert series features a wide variety of music styles including jazz, rock-n-roll, reggae and country.
Schedule of Musicians - Spring 2017
May 2 - Melvin Turnage Band (80s Disco)
May 9 - Dirty Muggs (70s and 80s Funk)
May 16 - Steve Davis (Music of Elvis)
May 23 - LLC's Tribute to the Men of Soul
May 30 - Jake's Leg (Grateful Dead Tribute)
June 6 - Musical Revolution (Tribute to Prince)
Food and Drinks
Everyone is invited to bring picnic baskets or other food, along with blankets, lawn chairs and small tables. Dogs on leashes are also welcome. Alcoholic beverages are permitted, but glass bottles are not allowed. Seating on the front lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bathrooms are available inside the museum on all three floors.
For the Kids
While many kids may enjoy the music and running around in the park, there are also special activities just for them. The Family Zone in the Grand Hall is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Museum staff keep children entertained with face-painting, a strolling magician and craft project to take home.
Families are also invited to come early and enjoy the History Clubhouse exhibit before the concert begins. History Clubhouse is a special section of the museum just for kids. It features hands on exhibits about important moments in St. Louis history.
Parking and Transportation
As with any popular event in Forest Park, finding a parking spot can be a challenge. There is some limited parking on Lindell Boulevard, but be careful and watch closely for "no parking" signs. In Forest Park, the parking lot near the Visitor's Center is only a short walk away. There's also plenty of parking at the Upper and Lower Muny lots, but that's a much longer walk. Another good option would be taking Metrolink to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere station which is right across the street from the museum. A one-way train ticket is $2.50 for adults and $1.10 for children ages five to 12. Children four and younger ride for free.
In Case of Rain
You never quite know what St. Louis weather is going to be like in the spring or fall, so it's best to be prepared. If there is bad weather, the Twilight Tuesday concerts will be rescheduled. To find out if a concert has been postponed, call the information line at (314) 454-3199, any time after 3 p.m. Rainouts will also be announced on local radio stations KLOU 103.3, 100.3 The Beat and Z 107.7.