of the Rise Up Festival
Great Music

Great Music

In Downtown STL


Love it. Embrace it.

Date and Time

August 17th, 2019
@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.



Tobe Nwigwe

Tobe Nwigwe is an enigma. The lyrics and tone of his music tell the story of a difficult upbringing in Alief, TX. Like other rappers who grew up in the proverbial hood, Tobe’s autobiographical tracks conjure images of gang violence, drug deals, pimps, and prostitution. The authenticity in his work is palpable. Still, the man is a beacon of positivity and graciousness. The same songs that describe shootouts and the loss of childhood friends also speak on the power of faith and the importance of purpose.

Tobe has a singular goal in life: “to make purpose popular.” The first-generation-Nigerian kid from Alief (Houston, TX) who had a scholarship to play college ball and dreams of playing in the NFL, saw those dreams dashed by a career-ending foot injury his senior year. In his despair, he turned to his faith and found a new calling; he would teach others to “move through purpose.” Long before he ever put pen to paper and called himself a rapper, Tobe was speaking to rooms full of students through his self-started nonprofit foundation, TEAM GINI, educating them on the merits of a purpose-driven existence. Through tremendous consistency and execution, Tobe has attracted fans across the globe, including culture heavy-weights: Erykah Badu, Sway Calloway, and Dave Chappelle.


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Artists on the Rise

The 2019 Call for Art is Now Closed.

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 Claire De Lune Productions. Take a look at 2019’s Artists on the Rise showcase.

Aalia Rahman

Sofia Consuegra

Kelene Karetski-piazza

Kelly Carter

Linda Jones

MaryAnn Russum

Matt Rulo

Maxine Thirteen

Megan Wolz

Ocean Alexander

Paul Trinklein

Song Park

Song Park

2019 Rise Up Festival Jurors

Dana Gray-Art Consultant, Community Organizer, Sustainability Advocate

Dana Gray & Associates LLC, provides fine art appraisal and consultation services, and locations for film and photography production. Her art career began in 1991 at a gallery in Hawaii and in 1999 she launched an art consulting business.  Dana’s art collection includes prints and paintings by regional, national, and internationally known artists. Recent acquisitions have been outdoor sculptural works for property in the Tower Grove area, where she has lived since 2002.

As a community outreach coordinator with Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corp., Dana works with a team of professionals to stabilize and revitalize targeted areas of St. Louis city. She has led efforts on landlord training, beautification projects, energy conservation policy, and streetscape enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists. Dana is passionate about creating community, active living, and sharing the arts within our region. Dana is leading a bike tour of Sculpture, Architecture, and Landscape for TrailNet and ReVitalize St. Louis on July 29, 2018.

Mallarie N. Zimmer

In high school, Mallarie N. Zimmer was known as “the artist.” She painted parade floats and theatrical sets. In college, she studied art with an emphasis in sculpture, video, and performance. Armed with a BFA and a few belongings Zimmer moved from Arkansas where she spent her first 20+ years of life, to St. Louis where she has spent the past 20+. While in St. Louis she veered away from making art to making art possible. She has run an arts newspaper, directed art shows, and always deployed the right side of her brain to solve the big problems for nonprofits and small businesses. As the proud daughter of an artist and art teacher, empowering people to pursue their creative dreams is ingrained in Zimmer’s DNA. Today she is in the early stages of launching a consulting business and is honored to support the artists exhibiting at the Rise Up Festival and all around St. Louis.

Julia Butterfly Hill is an activist, author, motivational speaker, artist and life coach. She is best known for having lived in a 200 foot tall, over 1,000-year-old California Redwood tree for 738 days between December 10, 1997 and December 18, 1999. Hill lived in the tree, known as Luna, to prevent Maxxam Corporation controlled Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down. She is the author of Legacy of Luna and Becoming and co-author of One Makes the Difference. Julia has had a passion for art and creativity since she was a child and continues to support the arts– especially for under-served and under-represented communities.

The Rise Up Marketplace

The application process for vendors for the 2019 festival is Now Closed. 

Take a look at the great selection of  food vendors and artisan vendors showcasing at the 2019 Rise Up Festival. 

Briggs Sausage Co.

Chez Mathy

(314) The City Bar

Scoops and More

Simply Sweet Sensations

MO Tamales

Kernel Cobbs Kettle Corn

Smoked Out BBQ

Arber Cafe


St. Louis Wall of Fame Food Truck


Urban Harvest STL


Bridges To Beauty

Fresh Start STL

Love By Cookie

Recycled Style

Level Up Clothing

Deirdre Schaneman

Vaughn-Hartzell Design


Tate’s Crates

Phoenix Butterfly Soapery

Artists First STL

As always, The Rise Up Festival has special attractions including circus activities, street entertainment, and kids activities during the day.

Check out what’s new for 2019!


Circus Kaput

2 pm to 4 pm 1 Face Painters
2 pm to 4 pm 1 Balloon artist
5 pm Aerial Act #1
6 pm Aerial Act #2
5 pm-7 pm Airbrush Tattoos
8 pm-8:15 pm Fire Show



Zumba: 1 PM – 2 PM In front of the main stage.     



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 Civil Life Brewing Co. 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 2019 Rise Up Festival even better than last year’s. Are you up for it?


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

95.5 R&B
ABC 30
Advantage Capital Partners
Affiliated Insurance Angencies
Altman Charter
BMO Harris Bank
Busey Bank
Civil Life
Claire De Lune Productions
Commerce Bank
DeSales Community Development
E.M. Harris Construction Company
Enterprise Bank and Trust
Enterprise Community Partners
Fox Grove Management
Grice Group Architects
Hot FM 104.1
Ironman Sound Industries
Lifetime Media
Maurice Benjamin Company
McCormack Baron Salazar
Melsheimer Construction
Missouri Arts Council
Monogram on Washington
Pride STL
Republic Services
Riverfront Times
Rosemann & Associates
Rubin Brown
Sauce Magazine
Simmons Bank
St. Louis Design Alliance
Sterling Bank
Sugar Creek Capital
The Last Hotel
US Bank
Vatterott Properties
Washington University
Westmoreland Associates, LLC

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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