Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Park

We can’t wait to see you #intheglen!

Everything you need to know to Plan Your Visit to Shakespeare Glen is listed below.  If you have any questions, email

Nightly Schedule

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5:30 PM Concessions, Gift Shop, Box Office, & Information open
6:30 PM The Green Show
8:00 PM Love’s Labors Lost
9:30 PM* Concessions, Gift Shop, Box Office, & Information close
10:30 PM* Performance ends
 * Approximate times


Shakespeare Glen is located in Forest Park, just off FineArts Drive on the east side of Art Hill between the Saint Louis Zoo and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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No tickets are necessary, and there are no gates to walk through.  The Festival is free and open to the public.

Open Seating:  Our venue accommodates chair and blanket seating. Bring your own lawn chair or blankets to set up on the grass and enjoy the performance. The section closest to the stage is blanket-only seating. Bring a blanket or sit on the grass. Stadium chairs (cushions with back support) are permitted, as long as the seat of the chair is fully on the ground. Please ask a member of our front-of-house staff if you are unsure whether your item is permitted in the blanket-only section.

Reserved Seating:  $10 and @20 reserved seats for Love’s Labors Lost will be available in April. Skip the hassle of lugging lawn furniture to the park and enjoy a prime viewing location in our three reserved sections.

Blue Star Theatre Seating:  Shakespeare Festival St. Louis welcomes U.S. military personnel, spouses, and children, as well as U.S. veterans.  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, or take advantage of free Blue Star program reserved seats. Click here for details.

Food and Dining

Shakespearean Epicurean Box Dinners: enjoy a gourmet box dinner in the Glen, presented by Butler’s Pantry!  Choose from four delicious menu options, order ahead online, then pick up your dinner at the Festival Gift Shop tent any time after 5:30PM. Menu and order form coming soon! 

Concessions:  Our neighbors at the Saint Louis Zoo will once again provide picnic fare, snacks, and a full bar, including our signature Schlafly beer.  2019 concessions menu coming soon!


There are nine entrances to Forest Park, including Hampton & Wells, Tamm Avenue bridge, Skinker & Wells, Skinker & Forsyth, Lindell at DeBaliviere, Lindell at Forest Park Parkway, Lindell at West Pine, Kingshighway at West Pine, Kingshighway at Oakland to Tamm. Be aware that traffic frequently backs up at the Hampton entrance to the Park. GOOGLE MAPS


As parking is in high demand during the Festival, we suggest arriving early.

Free parking:

• West Circle Drive Lot, west of the Saint Louis Art Museum. 4 min. walk
• Saint Louis Zoo lot on Government Dr., after the Zoo closes. 8 min. walk DETAILS
• Lots by the Muny and in front of the Forest Park Visitor’s Center. 20 min. walk
• Free street parking is available throughout Forest Park.

Paid & Reserved parking:

• Members of the Thespian’s Society are entitled to reserve VIP parking in the East Circle Drive lot, east of the Saint Louis Art Museum. 1 min. walk
• The Saint Louis Art Museum’s underground Parking Garage. 2 min. walk DETAILS
• Saint Louis Zoo lot on Government Dr., before 6 PM. 8 min. walk DETAILS

Accessible parking is available in both the West and East Circle Drive Lots and in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s underground Parking Garage. Drop-off areas are located on Fine Arts Drive directly in front of the Art Museum. Be sure to lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight.



The Festival is happy to accommodate all guests in Shakespeare Glen. Learn more about Festival accessibility here.

Public Transportation


25 min. walk – Forest Park DeBaliviere Station
The Forest Park DeBaliviere Station is the closest MetroLink stop to the Festival from either the Blue or the Red line.


2-5 min. walk – Forest Park DeBaliviere Station
MetroBus #90-Hampton makes two stops within easy walking distance of Shakespeare Glen: at the corner of Government and Fine Arts Drives, and directly in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The #90 bus reroutes around Forest Park on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM; the route within Forest Park is covered by the Forest Park Trolley during these hours (see below).

Forest Park Trolley

2 min. walk – Saint Louis Art Museum stop
The Forest Park Trolley stops a short distance from Shakespeare Glen, and is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. A valid Metro Reduced Fare Permit is required for the Senior and Disabled discount. Kids four and under ride free. The Trolley runs from 9 AM to 7 PM. Be aware that Trolley service stops before the performance ends. TROLLEY MAP


There are bicycle racks in various locations throughout Shakespeare Glen. Please lock your bike to a rack upon arrival, as we do not allow them in the audience seating area, and Forest Park discourages riders from locking their bikes to trees. For your own safety and that of others, please dismount and walk your bike when in Shakespeare Glen. GOOGLE MAPS


Portable restrooms, including those that are handicap accessible, are set up in two locations along Fine Arts Drive, and in the northwest corner of East Circle Drive.

Policies & FAQ


• It is always our hope to perform, so the decision to hold or cancel the show is rarely made before showtime (8 PM).
• In the event of inclement weather, performances may be delayed up to one hour. Should conditions persist, that evening’s performance may be canceled as a last resort. Updates will be posted on our social media sites. For up-to-the-minute information, call the Festival’s Rain Hotline (updated hourly between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. on performance nights) at 314.531.9800 x 7 CHECK THE CURRENT WEATHER

Lost and Found

• Lost and Found is located in the Gift Shop
• The Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items


• Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Other Items of Note In the Glen

• All smoking and vaping is prohibited, including e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and all other electronic smoking devices.
• Trash and recycling receptacles are available throughout the site.
• Picnics are welcome; picnic tables are located throughout Forest Park and Shakespeare Glen.
• Gift Shop and Concessions accept cash and all major credit and debit cards.

During the Performance

• Please keep aisles clear throughout the performance.
• Please remain seated during the performance.
• Please silence or turn off your cell phone during the performance and be respectful of your neighbors throughout the performance as the light from the screen can be very distracting.
• No photography, video, or audio recording of the performance is allowed.