of the Rise Up Festival
Great Music

Great Music

In Downtown STL


Love it. Embrace it.

Date and Time

August 18th, 2018
@5.00 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.



St. Louis' Hottest Hip Hop Band!

FatPocket Dance Your Face Off!


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

Call for Art 2018

Entry Rules and Instructions

Applicants to the Rise Up Artists show should not have an established record as a professional artists showing their work in museums, art centers, major galleries or juried outdoor art shows.

Artists applying to the Rise Up Festival must live in a 200 mile radius of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. 

Artists will be required to check in on-site prior to set-up.  Please do not apply if you cannot remain at the show throughout the scheduled hours.

A total of 20 artists will be selected to exhibit. All decisions are final. We reserve the right to refuse any application.

Festival Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (music and food will go to 11:00pm)
Location: Washington Ave. between 16th and 17th Streets

Important Dates

NEW for 2018! Early Bird Registration April 30, 2018

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018
Artist Notified of Acceptance: July 7, 2018

Apply Now

Artists on the Rise

Each year, the Rise Up Festival showcases local St. Louis artists. Take a look at the work from the 2017 Festival. 

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 Claire De Lune Productions.

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 2018 festival is now Open. 

Meet our jurors from 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.

Call for Vendors and Artisans

Entry Rules and Instructions

Participation fee: $75 for a 10’x10’ space ($55 early-bird rate available if applications are accepted and payment is received by April 30, 2018).

Tent rentals are available for an additional $50.

8’ x 4” tables and 2 chairs are available for an additional $15.

Basic electric will be provided (1- 20 amp circuit at 500 watts). 

15 to 20 Vendors will be selected to participate in the festival.

Any sales tax due to the State of Missouri is the responsibility of each vendor. Artisans and Vendors are required to upload three images representative of the product they plan to sell (you may upload up to five images total).

Additional Requirements for Food Vendors:
No beer may be sold by vendors.
Vendors are welcome to sell wine and soft drinks.

Food vendors are required to have the following permits:

Health Permit ($50)

Liquor Permit ($35)

Propane Permit ($20)

Fire Department Permit

Festival Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 10:00pm (music and food will go to 11:00pm)
Location: Washington Ave. between 16th and 17th Streets

Important Dates

New for 2018! Early Bird Deadline April 30, 2018

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018
Vendor Notified of Acceptance: July 7, 2018

Apply Now

The Rise Up Marketplace

Take a look at the great selection of vendors that showcased at the 2017 Rise Up Festival. Your business could be part of the 2018 festiva!

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 2018 festival is Now Open. 

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!

Be A Volunteer

We are currently looking for help to make the 2018 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!


% free

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

Advantage Capital Partners
Affiliated Insurance Angencies
Altman Charter
Arts and Education Council
BMO Harris Bank
Busey Bank
Civil Life
Commerce Bank
DeSales Community Development
E.M. Harris Construction Company
Enterprise Bank and Trust
Fox Grove Management
Grice Group Architects
Maurice Benjamin Company
McCormack Baron Salazar
Melsheimer Construction
Midwest BankCentre
Missouri Arts Council
ND&S Management
Pride STL
Republic Services
Rosemann & Associates
Rubin Brown
St. Louis Design Alliance
Sterling Bank
Sugar Creek Capital
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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    St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
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