Every Labor Day weekend, St. Louis’ historic Laclede’s Landing hosts over 30,000 people from around the country for the Big Muddy Blues Festival. This outdoor festival, now celebrating its 21st year, attracts an eclectic audience with the intention of celebrating the rich history known as “the Blues.”

Big Muddy Blue Festival Image by Peter Wochniak

The Big Muddy Blues Festival provides a platform for our world-class musicians representing a wide range of blues music including, Delta, Country, R & B, Soul, Rock, and more.  Big Muddy is the region’s largest Blues music event featuring a 100% local line up of over 40 bands and musicians.  The festival takes place along the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing, while boasting the Big Muddy (Mississippi River) itself along with the Gateway Arch as the backdrops for the weekend. Music will be showcased on 3 stages, 3 indoor clubs, and two events at the National Blues Museum featuring tributes to Johnny Johnson and Henry Townsend.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is one of the longest-running events of its kind and is produced annually by Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association. Formed in 1979, LLMA is the nonprofit group of Laclede’s Landing restaurants, bars and shops that focuses on preserving and revitalizing St. Louis’ oldest community and introducing people to the historic area through its various businesses, events and sights. With the help of corporate sponsorships, government grants and the dedication of the local vendors and merchants, LLMA is committed to providing a fun and safe blues filled weekend to St. Louisans and visitors alike.

NOTICE: No Cans, No Coolers, No Bottles, No Backpacks

The following items are prohibited at Big Muddy:

  • Cans
  • Coolers
  • Bottles
  • Backpacks
  • Large Purses
  • Bags