Summer concerts fill the air with a variety of music in some of Missouri's most scenic and historic places. You'll find country, rock, bluegrass, blues and more paired with great food and drink at locations across the Show-Me State.
Whitaker Music Festival: Enjoy an eclectic mix of musical genres in one of the state's most beautiful outdoor settings – the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The Whitaker Music Festival, held every Wednesday evening through June and July, is one of the garden's most popular summertime events. Admission to the garden is free after 5 p.m., providing time to enjoy the flower-filled grounds before the concerts begin at 7 p.m. You can pack a picnic or purchase food and drink on site.
Boulevardia: Spend Father's Day weekend June 14-15 at Boulevardia, a pop-up concert in Kansas City's history-filled Stockyards District. Promoting the culture and flavors of the Midwest, the urban street festival includes performances by local, regional and national musicians, craft beer, food sampling, family activities, shopping, and eco-education.
Sunset on the Riverfront: Find music, food and drinks during the Sunset on the Riverfront concert series at Rennick Riverfront Park overlooking the Missouri River in Washington. The free event is held the fourth Thursday of the month April through September.
Hot August Night – Cool Cave Music: Experience an evening of music underground in Onondoga Cave. Hot August Night – Cool Cave Music, set for Aug. 3, is reminiscent of days gone by when Saturday night social events were held in the cave to escape the summer heat.
Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival: Professional and amateur musicians play bluegrass, rock, country and blues on handmade instruments – made from cigar boxes and other recycled materials – during the Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival in Warsaw. The event will be held Aug. 3-4 at the Drake Harbor outdoor amphitheater overlooking Lake of the Ozarks. The festival began in 2017 but has already been named one of Missouri's top blues festivals by the American Blues Scene.
Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival: Dozens of pickers and fiddlers will perform July 4-6 and Sept. 19-21 at the Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival near Conway. These family friendly events – featuring top national bluegrass groups – have been attracting thousands of fans to south-central Missouri for more than 30 years.
93.7 Bull Float Trip: Two Missouri favorites – floating and music – combine for the 93.7 Bull Float Trip Aug. 23-24 in Leasburg. Take a trip down the river in a canoe, kayak, raft or tube during the day and stay for two nights of country music featuring regional and national artists.
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Celebrate two of the state's richest traditions, music and food at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Sept. 27-29 in Columbia. The lineup includes more than 30 regional and national performers representing all genres of American roots music. Barbecue and other specialties, family-friendly activities and interactive art installations will fill the festival grounds at Stephens Lake Park.
Written by Liz Coleman