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Gateway Festival Orchestra


Enjoy FREE concerts in July by a fifty-piece professional orchestra.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for relaxing on the grass in beautiful Brookings Quadrangle on the campus of Washington University.

For handicap access, see the map and directions below.

Bathrooms can be accessed in Ridgley Hall through the entrance behind our concession stand.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is available for purchase, and we have fun favors for children at the donation table.

“Notes to Munch On / Meet the Artists” pre-concert discussions begin at 7:10pm before the concerts. The concerts begin at 7:30.

See our 2018 Concert Schedule for more details.

Be sure to follow Gateway Festival Orchestra on Facebook for the most up to date information.

Special Parking Information

Use the garages – they’re free on Sunday nights!

You MAY park in these zones on Sunday nights:

Example Parking Zone Available for Free on Sunday Nights

You MAY park free in the parking garages on Sunday nights.

This is Millbrook – enter on Throop Drive off Forest Park Parkway:

Entrance to Millbrook Parking Garage

Or enter the underground garage at the Danforth University Center on Wallace off Forsyth.

Do NOT park in red permit spaces:

Red Permit Parking Zone – Do NOT Park Here

Golf Cart & Pedi Cab

A golf cart and pedi cab will make stops at the marked locations near the campus entrances from the parking garages to pick up passengers who need assistance to get to the quadrangle. They will follow a path in a large rectangular shape, stopping at the quadrangle to let off passengers and returning to the marked stops for pick up. They will be available after the concerts for return trips to the garages.
The southwest entrance to the quadrangle by January Hall has a construction fence that allows pedestrian traffic but not pedi cab or golf cart entrance. The pedi cab and golf cart will stop nearer the northwest entrance by Duncker Hall.

Once the sun goes behind Ridgley, the quadrangle cools considerably!

Come early because the construction does make parking a bit more complicated. We appreciate you making the extra effort!

New, Improved Parking Map For 2018

Handicapped Drop Off Changed

Gateway Festival Orchestra Radio Interview 2018

Kathy Lawton Brown of the Radio Arts Foundation interviews conductor and musical director Dr. James Richards along with board president Dr. Paul Higdon on July 2, 2018

2016 Season Highlights

Review the highlights from our 2016 season.