of the Rise Up Festival
Great Music

Great Music

In Downtown STL


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Thank you!


We would like to extend enormous thanks to all of the musicians, artists, vendors, volunteers, sponsors, and audience members who participated in the 2017 Rise Up Festival! The festival is our way of celebrating the work that Rise does in the St. Louis metropolitan area to revitalize, stabilize and catalyze growth in neighborhoods. Our goal is to have the festival feel like a community and allow all of the components that make a healthy community come together as one; music, art, culture, diversity, food, fun, and awareness. The festival demonstrates that it takes everyone in our communities to build stronger, more equitable, St. Louis area neighborhoods. We look forward to next year and, once again, thank you for helping Rise “lifting our communities”!

We’re already planning for how to make 2018 even better! Check back here or on our Facebook page to stay tuned!

Date and Time

August 19th, 2017
@2.00 pm


1627 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103, USA

2017 Headliner

The Bottle Rockets

This just in! Hannah Aldridge
to perform Sneak Preview Show!

The Rise Up Festival just booked a very special performance. There are few artists that can truly encapsulate the essence and true range of Americana like Muscle Shoals artist Hannah Aldridge, whose musical pedigree precedes her and speaks for itself. Hannah will perform a short set at 4:30 PM as a teaser for her show at The Stage at KDHX on Sunday, August 20th. 


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.


Use the arrows above to scroll through performers and performance times.


Shonta, from The Dollhouse, will lead a high energy Zumba class. Get your groove on for this one! The class takes place in front of the main stage from 3 PM to 3:30 PM

The Brothers Kaputnik is a comedy circus stunt show that involves audience participation and interaction. You won’t want to miss this show! The Brothers will perform at 6 PM in front of the main stage.

Elliot stands out as one of the premiere fire entertainers in the midwest.  He can breathe, eat, twirl, juggle and otherwise manipulate fire to the delight of audiences of all ages. Elliot will perform at 7:30 PM and at 9 PM in front of the main stage.

Circus Kaput will put on super fun kids circus activities right behind the Rise merchandise booth. They have lots of great stuff this year including:

  • Face Painting 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Balloon artist 3 PM to 5 PM   
  • 9 carnival games with prizes 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Juggling show  5 PM to 5:30 PM

Yoga at the Rise Up Festival

Before 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.  

Register Here !YogaBuzz_logo

Artists on the Rise

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

Once again, 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 SOHA Studio + Gallery.

Artists First

Ocean Alexander

Intersect Arts Center

Jesse Cargas

Knox Gallery of Fine Art

Kanisha Moye

Allison Norfleet-Bruenger

Raphael Katz

Central Print

Jeff Kapfer

Byron Rogers

Katrina Z'Chori

Jeff Sass

Tim "Typewriter" Jordan

Contemporary Art Museum Art Bus

HealthWorks! Kid's Museum St. Louis

The application process for artists for the 2017 festival is now closed. Please consider submitting in 2018.

Meet our jurors for the 2017 "Artists On The Rise" Art Show and Competition

Tiffany Johnson Cade

Tiffany Johnson Cade is an artist currently based in Florissant, MO.  She received a BA in Art History from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and an Associate in Graphic Design from SLCC.  Her work has been featured in both group and solo exhibitions. Most recently Cade’s work was included in the 27th Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Biennial.

Gregory Booth

Geometry teacher Gregory Booth has been expanding the minds of students at Kirkwood High School for the past 20 years. But during his own high school days, Booth was passionate about a very different career path: art. Despite a decades long detour into his other passion – mathematics – a deep desire to create never left Booth and he recently began sculpting again. Not surprisingly, a mathematical theme began to emerge in these new pieces and he began to share his work with his students as an example of how numbers create shapes which become art. After years of being an admirer and collector of the arts, Booth recently realized his life long dream with a sold-out solo show at SOHA studio and gallery.

The Rise Up Marketplace

Take a look at the great selection of vendors showcasing at the 2017 Rise Up Festival. 

Scoops & More

(314) The City Bar

The Sliced Pint

Nonie's Family Food Court


Downtown YMCA

Alpha Brewing Company

Welchone Catering


Delfino's Brixx & Barley

Old North Provisions (Fantasy Food Fare Contestant)

The Jar Bar (Fantasy Food Fare Contestant)

Rhythm & Thyme (Fantasy Food Fare Contestant)

Layla North (Fantasy Food Fare Contestant)

The application process for vendors for the 2017 festival is Now Closed. Please consider submitting in 2018.

The Rise Up Festival Presents The Final Four From The Fantasy Food Fare Competition

The Fantasy Food Fare Competition is coming to the 2017 Rise Up Festival! This unique opportunity has been designed for aspiring local restaurateurs and caterers. The grand prize winner earns business support, 2 years free rent in a nicely outfitted commercial kitchen space in Crown Square (in Old North St. Louis), a $2,500 mini-grant and more; a package worth over $100,000! The top four contestants will all have food booths at the festival and the winner will be announced from the main stage at 7:30 PM. Take a look at the “vendors” section to see who the finalists are. The Fantasy Food Fare competition is brought to you by Rise, Equifax, and The St. Louis  Small Business Development Center. 

Fun for the whole family

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

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!

Circus Kaput will put on super fun kids circus activities right behind the Rise merchandise booth. They have lots of great stuff this year including:

  • Face Painting 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Balloon artist 3 PM to 5 PM   
  • 9 carnival games with prizes 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Juggling show  5 PM to 5:30 PM

The Contemporary Art Museum will be there with their infamous Art Bus:

Healthworks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis will be on hand to infectiously contaminate children of all ages to learn, have fun, and make great life choices.


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!

Be A Volunteer

We are currently looking for help to make the 2017 Rise Up Festival even better than last year’s. Are you up for it? 

Click here to volunteer!

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?

Festival Sponsors

106.5 The Arch
Advantage Capital Partners
Altman Charter
American Family Insurance
Arts and Education Council
BMO Harris Bank
Busey Bank
Civil Life
Commerce Bank
DeSales Community Development
Drury Hotels
E.M. Harris Construction Company
Enterprise Bank and Trust
Fox Grove Management
Grice Group Architects
KDHX Radio
Maurice Benjamin Company
McCormack Baron Salazar
Melsheimer Construction
Midwest BankCentre
Missouri Arts Council
Monogram on Washington
National Blues Museum
ND&S Management
Pride STL
Rosemann & Associates
Rubin Brown
Sauce Magazine
St. Louis Design Alliance
Sterling Bank
Sugar Creek Capital
The Housing Partership
TIAA Direct
Trivers Associates
US Bank
Vatterott Properties
Washington University
Wells Fargo

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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