River City Mess Around

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July 7-9 summer dance weekend in St. Louis, now in its 5th year! Nothing but great live music, social dancing, and low-key city hangouts!

Registration & Pricing

Online registration is now closed, but you can come too all of the dances and pay for each dance at the door!

A La Carte Pricing

Tickets are available at the door for most RCMA events! The at-the-door prices are listed on the schedule below


Schedule Overview

–Thursday, July 6th–

9:00pm-1:00am: Unofficial pre-party at Thaxton Speakeasy

  • Featuring Sweetie & The Toothaches!
  • Separate from weekend admission; see https://www.thaxtonspeakeasy.com/ for details and the speakeasy password!

–Friday, July 7th–

8:00pm-11:00pm: Evening Dance at City Museum, St Louis, MO 

  • Featuring Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing!
  • Music, dancing, and the chance to explore this one-of-a-kind wonder of the world.
  • Admission to the Museum is included for full-weekend registrants. Check in at our RCMA station in the lobby to pick up your complimentary wristband starting at 7pm. You may arrive earlier than this, but you will have to pay admission to the museum.
  • Address: 750 N. 16th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Parking in paid lots near the museum or street.
  • A la carte price: $12 (just buy admission to the City Museum!)


12:00am-3:00am: Late Night Dance at Central Studio

  • Featuring RCMA DJs!
  • Stop at John Donut between the main dance and late night??
  • BYOB responsibly if you’re 21+. Please help us keep the studio clean!
  • Address: 5617 Pershing Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112. Parking on the street or in the lots behind the building.
  • A la carte price: $15

–Saturday, July 8th–
1:00pm-4:00pm: Daytime Dance at the Historic Lemp Mansion Pavilion

  • Featuring The Gaslight Squares!
  • Rain or shine. Cash bar available inside.
  • Address: 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, MO 63118. Parking in the Lemp Mansion Lot or street parking. Meters must be fed on Saturdays.
  • A la carte price: $15

8:00pm-midnight: Evening Dance at Webster Groves Masonic Hall

  • Featuring Miss Jubilee!
  • BYOB responsibly if you’re 21+.
  • Contests: Novice Partner Draw Prelims during the 1st band break. Partner Draw Finals at the beginning of the 3rd band set.
  • Address: 12 E. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63119. Parking in Masonic Lodge Lot.
  • A la carte price: $20

1:00am-3:30am: Late Night Dance at Central Studio

  • Featuring the St. Louis Steady Grinders!
  • BYOB responsibly if you’re 21+.
  • Address: 5617 Pershing Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112. Parking on the street or in the lots behind the building.
  • A la carte price: $15

–Sunday, July 9th–

1:00pm-4:00pm: Daytime dance at 2720 Cherokee

  • Featuring Moonshine Rhythm Club!
  • Contests: Solo Jazz Prelims during the first band break. Finals to follow!
  • Address: 2720 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. Parking on Cherokee Street.
  • A la carte price: $15

8:00pm-11:00pm: Post-Event Hangout and Piano Jam at the HandleBar

  • Featuring Chase Garrett and Ricky Nye
  • HandleBar is a bar and has yummy food! Unofficial event but highly recommended 🙂 No cover, tip the musicians!
  • Address: 4127 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
  • No cover; buy food/drinks and tip the musicians 🙂

Code of Conduct and Safe Space Liaison

Please visit our JITTERBUG VALUES page to familiarize yourself with the values, behaviors, and guidelines for all St. Louis Jitterbugs events. We require that all of our attendees abide by this code. We instated our Code of Conduct as a proactive measure to create a culture that prioritizes respect and safety for all participants–we have high expectations for our events and the people who participate in them!

Should you need support or encounter any incidents during the weekend that you would like to make our staff aware of, we have three primary procedures for reporting:

  • During River City Mess Around, Cindy Lyons will be our designated on-site safe space contact. You can talk to Cindy or another RCMA staff member in person. If you don’t know who the staff members are, you can ask at the check in desk and someone will help point them out.
  • You can also reach Cindy at liaison@stljitterbugs.com confidentially during the weekend. This email will also reach Beccy Aldrich, who will be an off-site confidential contact.
  • We also have a contact form available for your use: www.tinyurl.com/JitterbugsSafety. This allows you to document anything you wish to speak to our safe space contacts about. Cindy Lyons and Beccy Aldrich will be monitoring these reports.

Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar are the primary organizers of the event and can always be reached in person at the event or at contact@stljitterbugs.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Solo Jazz Contest! And new this year, a Competition First-Timers’ division of our Partner Draw Contest! (i.e. enter as an individual leader or follower, get paired with random partners, for anyone interested in competing for the first time!)


Housing requests are available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis, but we recommend that you make a backup plan with a local friend, Air B&B, or hotel! Christina Cacciatore is our awesome and intrepid housing coordinator. Housing request form link will be available here on May 22.

A La Carte Pricing

Can’t catch ’em all? Pay by the dance options will be available, as long as we don’t sell out! The full weekend pass is the best value. A la carte pricing is listed on each event in the above description.

River City Mess Around is a production of the St. Louis Jitterbugs LLC. We are grateful to Lindy Hop St. Louis for being such a great partner organization over the past years. Current dues-paying LHSL Members can register with the code LHSLmember17 to get the guaranteed early-bird price until June 15th!


Questions? Contact us at contact -at- stljitterbugs.com!

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