Jam to free concerts in O'Fallon.Photo courtesy of City of O'Fallon.
If your kids love to twist and shout to live music, we have the best bets for places to hear some hot summer tunes. In St. Louis you can boogie with animals, unwind in the garden or enjoy sunset on a riverfront, all set to music. Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and check out these local music scenes.
Beale Street Concert Series, Streets of St. Charles Streets of St. Charles will offer a free Beale Street Concert Series on the second Wednesday of each month, May-September, from 6-8 p.m. This year's lineup includes Dr. Zhivegas, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Dixie Delight and others. See the complete lineup. The Streets of St. Charles offers several tempting dining options for hungry families, including Dewey's Pizza, P.F. Chang's, Pieology, and Five Guy's Burgers and Fries. For a sweet treat, grab a drink at Picasso's Coffee or a piece of fudge at U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt-Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Streets of St. Charles is located at 1650 Beale St., St. Charles, MO, 63303.
Chesterfield Amphitheater Chesterfield Amphitheater will offer free summer concerts at 7:30 p.m. (opening acts start at 6:45 p.m.) on select Saturdays: June 4 and 18, July 16 and 30, and August 13 and 27. See the complete lineup. Chesterfield Amphitheater is located at 631 Veterans Place Dr., Chesterfield, MO, 63017. Call 636-537-4000.
Whitaker Music Festival, Missouri Botanical Garden Listen to free music surrounded by the beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 1 through August 3. See the complete lineup on the garden website. Admission is free after 5 p.m., and the children's garden is open from 5 to 7 p.m. with free admission, too. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-577-5100.
Des Peres Summer Concert Series, Des Peres Park Enjoy live music on Friday, June 10 (Rockin' Chair), July 8 (Whiskey Dixon) and Aug. 12 (Contagious) at the Des Peres Summer Concert Series. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Des Peres Park is located at 12325 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO, 63131. Call 314-835-6138.
Music on Main in St. Charles Hear great music in Historic St. Charles from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, May through September. In May see The Rogers & Nienhaus Band; in June see Serapis; in July see Silver Bullet (a Bob Seger tribute band); in August see Trip Daddys Band, and in September see Butch Wax & the Hollywood's. Bring lawn chairs; concerts are held between the 100 and 200 blocks of N. Main St., St. Charles, 63301. Call 800-366-2427.
Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series Jam with some real party animals during Jungle Boogie, a free concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo. Jungle Boogie is 5-8 p.m. Fridays May 27 through September 2. The Saint Louis Zoo is located in Forest Park at 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-781-0900.
Fair Saint Louis The ultimate outdoor concert in St. Louis is the annual Fair Saint Louis event, which this year brings live concerts to Forest Park, Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4. Sammy Hagar & the Circle will headline the event. Other musical guests will be performing throughout the event (see the complete lineup). Call 314-434-3434. The Meadows The Meadows will offer food trucks and free outdoor concerts from 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. This year's lineup is an eclectic mix of pop, edgy country and '80s hits. See the complete lineup. The Meadows is located at Hwy. 40 and Lake Saint Louis Boulevard in Lake Saint Louis.
Summer Concert Series at Eckert's Hear live music during the Summer Concert Series at Eckert's Farms from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Memorial Day through Labor Day. See the complete lineup. Eckert's Farms is located at 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville, IL, 62220. Call 800-745-0513.
O'Fallon Jammin', Civic Park Enjoy some funky beats at O'Fallon Jammin' at the Civic Park Bandstand in Civic Park 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning June 7. See the complete lineup. O'Fallon Civic Park is located at Civic Park Drive, O'Fallon, MO, 63376. Call 636-379-5614.
Seventh Annual Battle of the Bands See rising stars compete at the St. Louis County Library's teen Battle of the Bands at library headquarters Saturday, July 9. The St. Louis County Library is located at 1640 S. Lindbergh, Ladue, 63131. For information on entering the competition, visit the library website.
Editorial assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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