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Blues at the Arch Festival

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Experience Blues at the Arch like never before, Aug. 12-14

North Gateway

Gateway Arch Park Foundation is pleased to host our seventh annual Blues at the Arch, this year reimagined as a destination festival, taking place Aug. 12-14!  After the last two years of virtual concerts, we're especially thrilled to announce the *in-person* return of this tradition.

This popular end-of-summer celebration pays tribute to St. Louis' storied blues history and showcases the talents of national and local artists.

Produced in partnership with the National Blues Museum and the National Park Service, this free festival is the only one of its kind to take place on national park grounds. And for the first time, our 2022 Blues at the Arch Festival will feature food trucks, a Kids Korner, a fitness class, an artisan market, a Blues Brunch and more!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Arch on Friday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 14, for an incredible St. Louis weekend.

Where is the North Gateway?

The North Gateway is a 7.5 acre section of the Gateway Arch National Park and features a natural amphitheater with accessible routes connecting Laclede's Landing to the Gateway Arch. It borders Laclede's Landing next to the Metrolink Station and Eads Bridge.


What Can I Bring?

Lawn chairs, coolers, and outside food and drink are welcome at the Festival! Glass bottles are not permitted on park grounds. 

Visiting from Out of Town?

Make it a St. Louis weekend! Catch a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers right next door to the Festival, and check out Explore St. Louis' website for dozens of other ideas to explore while you're in "the Lou."

Blues at the Arch Festival Merch

Blues at the Arch Festival 2022 merchandise is now available! Click below to order limited edition t-shirts, tanks, hats and water bottles. A portion of proceeds will support future Blues at the Arch festivals and programming. Be sure to order soon so you'll have your your merch in time for the festival kick-off on Aug. 12!

Festival Poster

About the Artist

Hayveyah McGowan is a painter and designer from St. Louis, MO, who began her art business Hevcasso Creations LLC in 2013. Since then, she has been part of group shows nationally and locally, received an RAC grant, and had numerous commissions of varying scale. McGowan describes her work as being informed by "the dramas of chaos and balance, shown through color, pattern, composition and form ... visualized through the lens of identity." Through a mixed media approach, McGowan seeks to create images showing the beauty and radiance within the pressures and weights of black womanhood. Learn more about McGowan's work.



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Food & Beverages

Blues at the Arch Festival will feature an exciting array of delicious food and drink stations, including:

Sugarfire Smoke House
Kimchi Guys
The Little Busy Bee Food Trailer
Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
STL Barkeep
Brewers' Heritage

Friday, August 12

Saturday, August 13

Sunday, August 14

Blues Brunch
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 612North

Join us for a Blues Brunch at 612North (the site of a former jazz speakeasy!), right next door at Laclede's Landing, with a magnificent view overlooking Gateway Arch National Park.

Blues Brunch will feature a photo booth and live blues music performed by St. Louis' own Charles "Skeet" Rodgers! This event is ticketed, and space is limited.

The elevated buffet menu features a prime rib & ham carving station, honey butter chicken & waffles, charcuterie, antipasto, fruit boards and MORE, for $60 per guest. Add on unlimited mimosas for only $10 per guest!

A portion of Blues Brunch proceeds will support future Blues at the Arch festivals and programming.

Purchase your tickets at the button below!

Purchase Blues Brunch tickets


Produced by

Gateway Arch Park Foundation

In Partnership with

Fan Sponsor

Greater St. Louis Inc.

Blues Sustainer

Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

Friend of the Blues

PGAV Destinations

Supporter of the Blues

Radio Partner