Summer’s here and it’s time to rock on! St. Louis has one of the best Summer concert scene’s in the country- and most are FREE! While the kids can jam and dance, mom and dad can relax and have a cold beverage! So grab that lawn chair and #getoutthere to see some of the best venues and music this town has to offer this Summer!
Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Bring your friends and family to one of the area’s best outdoor venues and enjoy the sounds of regional and national acts performing onstage at the beautiful Chesterfield Amphitheater. All performances in this series are free, and located on the amphitheater stage; featured acts begin at 7:30 pm, and opening acts start at 6:45 pm. Grab a fixed seat or bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating; any way you choose there’s not a bad seat in the house! All performances started in early June and run through October. For more information check out Chesterfield’s website.
Jungle Boogie Concerts at St. Louis Zoo. “Splish splash” with the stingrays, “cha-cha” with the cheetahs, “salsa” with the sea lions or “two-step” with the tigers at Jungle Boogie, the Zoo’s free Friday night concert series is meant for the whole family! Jungle Boogie concerts are held most Fridays from late May to August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feel free to bring a lawn chair to make sure you have a seat. For more information check out the Zoo website.
Free Summer Concert Series at Des Peres Park. The Free Summer Concert Series at Des Peres Park takes place on three different Friday evenings this summer: June 10, July 8 and August 12. Concerts are free and open to the public, and take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs; be sure to arrive early so kids can explore all that the nearby playground has to offer.
Eckert’s Summer Concerts. Did you know that there are free summer concerts at Eckert’s EVERY Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer? The Eckert’s Summer Concerts take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Belleville Farm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and feature family-friendly bands, food and drink for purchase and even a place for kids to play while the adults relax to the music.
Grooving in the Garden at the Magic House. Listen to live music from some of St. Louis most whimsical, family-friendly bands at the Magic House on select Friday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Grooving in the Garden offers kids the opportunity to dance and play in the museum’s front garden and is included with regular admission. Free Andy’s frozen custard is also included (while supplies last).
The Whitaker Music Festival at MOBOT. These Wednesday evening concerts at the Missouri Botanical Garden are an annual favorite for St. Louis families. Admission to the Garden is free after 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the Garden or, better yet, take the kids to play in the Children’s Garden, which stays open late (until 7 p.m.) during the Whitaker Music Festival. Visit www.mobot.org for dates and a schedule of performers.
Summer Concerts in Faust Park. Also in Chesterfield this summer are the Summer Concerts in Faust Park on Tuesday evenings. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting with your family, listen to live music by local bands and indulge in snacks and drinks from the concession stand or dinner from a local food truck. A schedule of performers is available at www.chesterfieldmochamber.com.
If your child is so inclined after a summer of fresh tunes and rocking out- there are several great places that they can learn how to be in a rock band. Both Dave Simon’s Rock School and School of Rock in Kirkwood and Ballwin offer real-band experiences and classes that will turn your kid into a rockstar in no time. For more information on both Class Providers- check out the links below.