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Don't Miss a Beat: Explore the Live Music Scene in St. Charles, IL

Summer, an evening out on the town, live music - all of these ingredients go hand-in-hand in creating a memorable night out in St. Charles. Fortunately, finding live music isn't a tough task, as plenty of establishments and local community groups host frequent performances almost every night of the week! Because of this thriving music scene, we want to make it as simple as possible to find upcoming shows, that way, you can be sure that you won't miss that musician that you've been itching to hear!

What Places in St. Charles Host Live Music?

Restaurants, Bars, and Breweries

Photo 1 Courtesy of Drew Pertl Fine Art Photography. Photo 2 Courtesy of C & E Photography

The sounds of live music while enjoy a tasty dish or a thirst-quenching drink? Yes, please! It's no secret that one of the many things that St. Charles is known for is their food and beverage scene, but when you combine that with some very talented musicians it creates a wonderful time out on the town. There are ample performances that take place every week at many different establishments, including but not limited to Flagship on the Fox, Whiskey Bend, Rox City Grill, Riverlands Brewing, and The Evergreen Pub & Grill, just to name a few. Whatever you're in the mood to hear, and whatever you're in the mood to eat and drink, you'll be sure to find a performance that you can get excited about!


Photo 1 Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography. Photo 2 Courtesy of C & E Photography

In addition to the outstanding food and drink scene in St. Charles, our city boasts top-notch theatres where you can enjoy exceptional music performances. The renowned historic Arcada Theatre presents more than 250 events annually, including performances from some incredible (and even award winning) musicians. The Moonlight Theatre, located downtown, offers fantastic live music when they aren't showcasing hilarious stand-up comedy and captivating theater productions in a beautifully restored historic venue.

STC Live!

If you haven't stopped by the newly refurbished 1st Street Plaza, then going to an STC Live! performance there is the perfect chance! This year, you can experience FREE live music every Wednesday and Friday on the Plaza, as well as at various businesses throughout St. Charles. In need of a snack while enjoying the sounds? Vintage 53 has made exclusive STC Live! picnic trays that you can order here!

St. Charles Park District's Summer Concerts

Photo 1 Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography. Photo 2 Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District

Every Thursday through August 8th, the award-winning St. Charles Park District is hosting FREE live music at Lincoln Park at 7pm, and when we tell you it's a great time, that's an understatement. These Summer Concerts are a wonderful opportunity to grab some lawn chairs, a blanket, a bite to eat, and a handful of your best friends, and relax on a beautiful summer afternoon day listening to some extremely talented musicians! There are plenty of restaurants nearby to grab some food nearby, and even some local vendors at Lincoln Park for a quick snack, as well.

What Are Some Resources to Locate Upcoming Live Music?


Now that we've discussed all the places where you can find live music in St. Charles, the real question arises: how can you locate all the upcoming shows? To make this simple, we've created a Weekly Live Music webpage that highlights numerous live performances happening in St. Charles each week. The list is typically refreshed every Monday, so remember to check back regularly to stay informed about the latest shows!

Travel St. Charles App

If you're on-the-go and can't access the Weekly Live Music webpage on your computer, don't worry! You can easily find all the live music shows on your phone just by using the FREE Travel St. Charles App. To locate performances, launch the app and click on the events tab. From here, you'll find a variety of upcoming shows and other events throughout town. If you're specifically interested in music, you can use the live music filter to refine your search.

Digital Kiosks

Perhaps you've strolled down to the 1st Street Plaza only to discover that you've left your phone at home and can't access the resources to locate live music. No need to worry! Right on the 1st Street Plaza are two new digital kiosks that host the Travel St. Charles App. These kiosks function just like the app on your phone. Simply navigate to the events tab, apply the live music filter, and voilà - find live music hassle-free!

What is Your Favorite Feature on the Digital Kiosks on the 1st Street Plaza?

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Manuel Murphy
Manuel Murphy
Jul 03

Musical activities take place in St. Charles, IL is very vibrant and attracts many people in town. 8 ball pool


defeated hapless
defeated hapless
Jun 20

I love being immersed in great live music and enjoying captivating theater productions in a beautifully restored historic venue. foodle


Jun 19

The Arcada Theatre is such a gem! I've seen so many fantastic shows there. And the fact that we have so many options for live music all week long is amazing. tunnel rush

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