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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. Seating is provided at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, but you can also bring your own blankets and chairs.

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 temporary tattoos 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

Do NOT park in red permit spaces:

Red Permit Parking Zone – Do NOT Park Here

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

Free Pedicab rides across campus.

Free golf cart rides across campus.

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

Click Map for Enlarged View

Handicapped Drop Off Changed

Click Map for Enlarged View

Donor Reception, 7:00 PM Sunday July 16

Please join us for a reception for donors in the Quadrangle Ridgley Arcade. Donors who have given $100 or more since last season, please pick up your your gift at the reception!

Thank you for your support!


Gateway Festival Orchestra Radio Interview 2017

Have a listen to Maestro James Richards and Board President Raymond Taylor in their 2017 Radio Arts Foundation Interview with Kathy Lawton Brown.

2016 Season Highlights

Review the highlights from our 2016 season.