Arts Council of Lafayette Square

The Arts Council of Lafayette Square was organized in 1981 with a mission to use visual and performing arts to connect the diverse socioeconomic communities of the greater St. Louis region. To accomplish this we sponsor a variety of arts-related events to encourage the exchange of ideas, promote collaboration with civic partners, and provide outreach to those who do not routinely have access to the arts. By doing so, we hope to contribute to the revitalization of the city, strengthen community bonds and create a lasting appreciation of the arts.

Through the years, we have hosted Opera Promenades, Plein Aire Art Competitions, movies in the park, Halloween parties and multiple other kids activities.  Since 1982, the Arts Council of Lafayette Square has hosted band concerts every other week throughout the summer in Lafayette Park, and everyone is invited.  Each concert starts at 6 on a Saturday evening and features a different band.  Our first concert of the season is usually the first weekend in June, coinciding with the neighborhood house and garden tour. Then it’s every other weekend until the beginning of September.   

All of our events are free. We cover our expenses through donations and raffles.

The Arts Council of Lafayette Square depends on public support to present concerts and other events. At least at the beginning of this season, we will not have the raffle at concerts to raise funds. Donations will be accepted at the concerts, including via credit card.
Checks may be sent to:

The Arts Council of Lafayette Square at the Park House
2023 Lafayette Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Because 2020 was a lost year, we want to recognize those who have given money or merchandise over the past couple of years.

UPS (courtesy of Cheryl Andrews); SqWires, Greg & Judy Plattner, the LSRC, Union Electric, Tony & Kara Krawat, Wayne & Cheri Jones, Susan & Scott Jones,Kullmann Klein & Dioneda, Rome Realty (Susan & Paul Sauer), Carolyn & Jim Willmore, David Leib & Anne Gnedler, Remax Gold-Lafayette Square (Creighton Brinson & Mona Parsley), Midwest Petroleum (Donald McNutt), State Farm (Glenn Eckert), Jon Ritter & Hannah Krigman, Debora & Douglas Audiffred , Clementine’s, Cerro Flow Products, Joe and Mimi Berry, Jefferson Animal Hospital (Brianne Schneider), Otis & Gwen Williams, Tony Krawat.

Patricia Barber, Ward Buckner, Mark Etling, David & Alice Galt, Mitchel & Devyani Hunt, Gary Seeman, Joe & Dian Seria, Matthew Villa, Ted Charak, Ed Smith & Sarah Duffy, Andrea Heugatter, Kevin & Maria Quint, Jane Blackwell.

Broadway Oyster Bar, Caleco's Bar and Grill, Campbell House Museum, City Museum, Drunken Fish, Edele & Mertz Hardware, Epic Pizza, Four Muddy Paws, Fresh Start, Gus's Pretzel Shop, Hodak's Restaurant, Lafayette Square Chiropractic, Looking Glass Design of Lafayette Square, Magic House, MX Movies, Nu-Look Cleaners, Planter's House, Sheldon Concert Hall, Square One, SqWires, St. Louis Symphony, STL Cinemas, The Hamilton Group, The Rep, Tilford Restaurant, Group/Mission Taco Joint, Upper Limits Rock Gym, Walter Knoll Florist

Apologies for any omissions ‚Äď let me know at¬†


  • President : Dr. Susan Linhardt
  • Executive Director: Greg Plattner
  • Secretary: Marilyn Lane
  • Treasurer: Donna Korando
  • Diana Haydon
  • Judith Longden
  • Tonnya Joy


2023 Summer Concert in the Park Lineup:

6-9 p.m. at the Betsy Cook Pavilion, near the southeast corner of the park - Lafayette Ave and Mississippi Ave


June 3 - Power Play Band


June 17 -Dawn Webber


July 1 - Javier Mendoza  


July 15 - Soulard Blues Band


July 29 - The Antics

Aug 12 - Jim Stevens Group


Aug 26 - Ivas John Band 


Sept 9 -  Ralph Butler Band