Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Park

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


Nightly Schedule: May 29-June 23 *excluding Mondays

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Shakespeare Glen will be dark on Monday evenings.

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


We never cancel a performance before 8 pm as the weather is constantly changing, so it’s always safe to assume the show is planned to go on as scheduled. In the event of rain or severe weather in the area at 8 pm, the start of the performance may be delayed, but it will begin as soon it is safely possible to do so. It’s best to be prepared, so raincoats, ponchos and comfortable clothes are encouraged!

Get the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.

If a performance is cancelled for rain or any other reason, reserved seats or blankets may be rebooked by contacting Allie Magee.


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.

Reserved Seating: $10 – $20 reserved seats and reserved blankets for $40 are available on Eventbrite. 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

Food Court and Schlafly Beer Garden:
Our neighbors at the Saint Louis Zoo will once again provide picnic fare, snacks, and a full bar, including Schlafly beers: Tres-Eles (Festival Brew), Pale Ale, Raspberry Heifeweizen, and IPA.

Nightly Food Court Specials:
TUE: Tacos
WED: Churros
THU: Ted Drewes Custard & Toppings Bar
FRI: Charcuterie Sampler
SAT/SUN: Sangria


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. GOOGLE MAP


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.


American Sign Language translation nights in the Glen are sponsored by Barnes Jewish Hospital:

•Tuesday, June 4
•Thursday, June 6
•Thursday, June 13
•Thursday, June 20

Audio Described performance for low-vision and blind patrons on Friday, June 21.  Audio Description is provided by Mind’s Eye Radio.  Headsets for audio description services will be available at the Gift Shop/Box Office/Information Tent.

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. (Metro St. Louis)


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


New users can you use code “SHAKESPEARESTL” to get $10 off your first ride.


Portable restrooms, including those that are handicap accessible, are set up along Fine Arts 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.