of the Rise Up Festival
Great Music

Great Music

In Downtown STL


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Thank you!


A very sincere thank you to all our friends, neighbors, volunteers, artists, vendors and musicians who came out to support the festival this year. The 2016 Rise Up Festival was a great success, and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one you. 

We’re already planning for how to make 2017 even better! Check back here or on our Facebook page to stay tuned!

Date and Time

August 20th, 2016
@2.00 pm


1627 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103, USA


The Rise Up Festival is Rise’s annual one-day street festival celebration of revitalization in St. Louis. It is our way of bringing a public face to the revitalization efforts that are helping to improve our city while at the same time giving people a reason to come out and have a good time. This event is FREE to the public!


Local music and art, food offerings from the St. Louis downtown restaurant association, local microbrews and entertainment acts make the Rise Up Festival a unique experience for all St. Louisans.

Featured Act: The Original Wailers

Featuring Al Anderson

Telling a reggae story for 40 years.
The Rise Up festival is exited to announce that the headlining act for this year’s festival is The Original Wailers

Join The Original Wailers to end the evening with a powerful set that includes material from their 2012 EP Miracle as well as the hits we all know and love, including songs from the timeless classic Legend.

The Original Wailers perform No woman, no cry

Yoga at the Rise Up Festival

YogaBuzz_logoBefore the Festival gets under way, join our friends with Yoga Buzz 12:30pm at the festival site for free Yoga in the streets of Downtown St. Louis. 

Kick off the Rise Up Festival with a FREE all-levels yoga class in the streets of Downtown St. Louis with Elle Potter of Yoga Buzz and Jamie Austin of Mindful Movements.  After class, enjoy the free festival, including live music, artists, delicious food and more!

Class is free, however we do ask you pre-register.  We’ll have a delightful treat for you after class, and want to be sure to have enough for all.

Click here to Register


2:00 – 3:00: Dr. Zhivegas

3:20 – 4:20: Seven Bridges Road

4:40 – 5:40: Fortunate Sons

6:00 – 6:45: Platinum Rock Legends

7:05 – 7:50: Platinum Rock Legends

8:10 – 9:10 – Roland Johnson

9:30 – 11: The Original Wailers

Hooping Fire show off stage at 6:45, 7:50, and 9:10!


Welcome to our 2016 Blues Partner: The National Blues Museum

NBM is sponsoring Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor hitting the main stage at 8:30 PM.
Click here to learn more about The National Blues Museum, a brand new St. Louis tradition.

Thanks, NBM!

Artists on the Rise

Each year, the Rise Up Festival showcases local St. Louis artists. 

This year, our theme is  “Artists on the Rise” featuring emerging St. Louis area artists who are new on the art scene and are trying to make a name for themselves. The show will be managed by our friends at Cultural Festivals; founders and managers of the Saint Louis Art Fair.

Check out this year’s featured artists:

Megan Wolz

Kyle Braun

Darra Fenner

Ocean Alexander

João Paulo Scigliano

Jesse Cargas

Briana Dailey

Stacy Krieg

Briana Isom-Brummer

Artists First

Lynn Lees

Heather Holland-Daly

Allison Norfleet-Bruenger

The Rise Up Marketplace

Take a look at the great selection of vendors showcasing at the Rise Up Festival.

Snarfs Sandwiches

Scoops & More

Medina Grill


Butter Love By L.C.

Downtown YMCA

Alpha Brewing Company

Patty's Cheesecakes

Bootleggin' BBQ

St. Louis Kettle Corn

Mindful Movements

Welch One Catering


There’s more than just music! The festival will include a variety of activities throughout the day including local artist booths, local vendor booths, circus performers, and much more.


Multiple food vendors will be present at the Rise Up Festival offering a variety of options, and St. Louis’s own Urban Chestnut Brewery will be providing the microbrews for the event.


Ample parking will be available in the downtown St. Louis area including parking lots, parking garages, and metered spots- all within a short walking distance from the festival!


The Rise Up Festival is a family friendly event!  There are lots of great activities for kids including carnival games, balloon artistry, face painting, juggling, magic and more!

Fun for the whole family

The Rise Up Festival is a celebration in revitalization, and that means all age groups are included. 

As part of our family-friendly festival, there will be a kids carnival, a circus area with games for all ages, face painting, and a hula-hoop workshop. 

Whether you’re bringing out the kids for a day of fun or just looking to bring out the kid in yourself, the Rise Up Festival is a great way to celebrate St. Louis!

Take a look at the schedule of kid’s activities brought to you by Circus Kaput:

Face painters 3pm-5pm
Balloon artist 3pm-5pm
Magic show 2:30pm-3pm
juggling show 5:00pm-5:30pm
Strolling Entertainer 3pm-4:30pm
Carnival games with prizes 3pm-5pm
St. louis Carnival games


Pet Policy

The Rise Up Festival is pet friendly for friendly pets! However, pets must be leashed at all times and owners must be prepared to pick up after their pet as well.


Many St. Louis local vendors will be present at the festival in the “Rise Up Marketplace.” All festival goers will have the opportunity to peruse and purchase from a wide variety of locally produced goods at the vendor booths. 

Dress Code

No shirt, no shoes, no service! There is no specific dress code for the festival and we encourage all to dress comfortably and express themselves. But also keep in mind that the festival is a family friendly event so dress accordingly and appropriately.


Ample parking will be available in the Downtown St. Louis area!
Here is a list of parking lots/garages within walking distance of the festival:


Outdoor Parking Lot
1401 Lucas Ave.
St. Louis MO, 63105
$3 Daily Parking
5-minute walking distance

Outdoor Parking Lot
1601 Locust St.
St. Louis MO, 63013
$3 Daily Parking
4-minute walking distance

Outdoor Parking Lot
1400 Delmar Ave.
St. Louis MO, 63105
$5 Daily Parking
6-minute walking distance

St. Louis Auto Park (Garage)
1422 Delmar Ave.
St. Louis MO, 63103
$10 Daily Parking
3-minute walking distance

1010 Convention Plaza
St. Louis MO, 63101
$5 Daily Parking
12-minute walking distance

Outdoor Parking Lot (Parking Zone 1505)
Corner of 14th St. and Delmar Ave.
$5 Daily Parking
5-minute walking distance

There are also metered spots available on Washington Ave. and nearby streets


Coming in from out of town? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! The following hotels are in close proximity to the festival and there are many other places around town that are less than a 20-minute drive!


Courtyard St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center
827 Washington Ave.
St. Louis MO, 63101

Marriott St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave.
St. Louis MO, 63101

Mark Twain Hotel
205 N 9th St.
St. Louis MO, 63101

Magnolia Hotel St. Louis
421 N 8th St.
St. Louis MO, 63101

Remember, a myriad of other hotels are also available in and near the Downtown St. Louis area! Click here to explore your options.


The Rise Up Festival is a free event for all! No tickets necessary!

As for entering the festival area, we recommend coming in at 15th Street and Washington Ave.


The festival grounds are fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Handicap restrooms will also be available.

Pre-Order a Rise T-Shirt Today

This year, we partnered with our friends at STL Style to put together a really great shirt for this year’s festival. To make sure you get yours, reserve a shirt by pre-ordering one today!


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The Rise Up Festival is a free public event

No credit cards. No ticket company fees. No overpriced “VIP Packages”. No hassle. 

The Rise Up Festival is free for all attendees, come out and have a great day with us on Washington Avenue. 

How do I get there?

Need Help or Information?

Are you lost, needing help, or needing information?

Look for one of our volunteers in the red Rise t-shirts to the left. 

We’re happy to help!


About Rise

Rise partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods. Rise brings together non-profit organizations, financial institutions and government to make successful neighborhood revitalization possible.

With the development of more than 4,000 homes and 60,000 square feet of commercial space, we’ve helped 42 communities across the region as a community developer, consultant, and lender. 

Click here to learn more about Rise

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