The 6th annual Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization took place on Washington Avenue on August 18, 2018, from 5 PM to 11 PM. This was the largest Rise Up Festival to-date, with over 5,500 people in attendance. As always, the mood was ebullient, festive, and the celebration was peaceful and entertaining. Be sure to check out the photo gallery directly below our sponsor list.

Here’s the main stage entertainment for the day:

Opening Remarks-Missouri State Senator, Jamilah Nasheed

Jamie Ray, Rapper from Winter Haven, Florida

Top of the World, High energy dance music

Fat Pocket, 11 Piece, groove band with an awesome horn section

Afriky Lolo, West African dance and drumming

The infamous Dirty Muggs, enough said!

Street entertainment, a fire show, and temporary tattoos were provided by Circus Kaput. There was even a surprise visit from R. Kelly, who was in town performing at the Family Arena on September 17th.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Rise’s mission of building stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods! We would like to send out a special thanks to our sponsors, we can’t do it with you:

AIA Insurance

Arts and Education Council

Advantage Capital Partners

Altman Charter Company

BMO Harris Bank

Boeing Employees Community Fund

Busey Bank

Civil Life Brewing Company

Commerce Bank

DeSales Community Development

Drury Hotels

E.M. Harris Construction Company

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Fox Grove Management

Grice Group Architects

iHeart Media

Lifetime Media

Major Brands

Maurice-Benjamin Company

McCormack Baron Salazar

Melsheimer Construction

Midwest BankCentre

Missouri Arts Council

Monogram on Washington

ND&S Management Company

Reliance Bank

Regional Arts Commission

Rosemann and Associates, P.C.

Rubicon Corporation


Pride STL

Sauce Magazine

St. Louis Design Alliance

Sterling Bank

Sugar Creek Capital

Trivers Associates

US Bank

Vatterott Properties

Washington University in St. Louis