River City Mess Around

River City Mess AroundGaslightSQ

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

Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 15th at 5:00pm central time. A la carte info at the bottom of this page.

  • Tier 1 Tickets – $70  (be quick! Only 20 available)
  • Tier 2 Tickets – $80
  • Tier 3 Tickets – $85


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.


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.

–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.

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.

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.

–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.

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


Solo Jazz Contest! And new this year, a Competition First-Timers’ division of our Partner Draw Contest! (i.e. enter as an invidual 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. We’ll post a la carte pricing here as soon as we have a better feel for whether or not we’ll have the capacity for a la carte entry.

Code of Conduct

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.

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!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *