Outdoor Music Venues
Summer concert season is one of the best times of year to be a music lover. Nothing beats spending the day outside watching your favorite bands perform while spending time with great friends, delicious food, and unbelievable scenery. While thousands are flocking to music festivals around the country, there are lots of music fans who prefer to enjoy outdoor music in a more low-key setting.
Here are 14 of the best outdoor concert venues in the United States where you can enjoy a range of music festivals and smaller concerts throughout the summer months.
The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Opened in 2016, the Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk is poised to become one of New York’s top destinations for live outdoor music. The Coney Island Amphitheater’s summer concert season draws a blend of up-and-coming stars and veteran performers, and the amphitheater’s location next to Coney Island makes for a perfect day out on the beach.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - Bethel, N.Y.
Located on the grounds where the first Woodstock Festival was held in 1969, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts keeps the tradition of peace and music alive each year with an extensive summer concert series. Make the pilgrimage to this American pop culture landmark and experience this year’s eclectic lineup of veteran rock groups, EDM festivals, country megastars, and everything in between.
Big Sky Brewery - Missoula, Mont.
Great music and delicious beer join forces at Montana’s Big Sky Brewery each summer for the company’s annual concert series. The Missoula brewery is set in a picturesque location, and nothing beats the chance to see greats like Modest Mouse, Wilco, and Bob Dylan perform while the sun sets over the beautiful Montana landscape.
Gorge Amphitheatre - Quincy, Wash.
Another gem of the Pacific Northwest, Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre began hosting concerts in the 1980s. In the decades since, the Gorge has become one of the most beloved outdoor concert venues in the country, thanks in large part to the breathtaking views of the surrounding Columbia River Valley.
Greek Theatre - Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif.
Outdoor concerts in California are a must year-round, and the Greek Theatre Los Angeles and Greek Theatre Berkeley bring stars to both ends of the state all year. These two unique concert bowls let you experience intimate shows from dozens of artists in the spring, summer, and fall.
Harveys Outdoor Arena - Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Lake Tahoe is known for its beautiful scenery, and Harveys Outdoor Arena takes advantage of those natural surroundings to enhance live concerts. Located on the southeastern edge of Lake Tahoe, Harveys Outdoor Arena regularly draws top acts like Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and many more.
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Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.
One of the most famous outdoor music venues in California, the Hollywood Bowl has been a much-loved landmark of the Hollywood Hills since the 1920s. In addition to hosting concerts from today’s most popular touring acts, the Hollywood Bowl is home to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and it routinely stages special events like the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music.
Mandalay Bay Beach - Las Vegas, Nev.
It’s no secret that Las Vegas is a city of endless parties, and the Mandalay Bay Beach is a testament to that lifestyle. This outdoor pool area and concert venue at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino hosts concerts day and night year round, allowing music fans to relax poolside while listening to top tracks from a range of DJs, pop stars, rock bands, and much more.
Mountain Winery - Saratoga, Calif.
Another picturesque West Coast music venue, Mountain Winery brings summer concerts to a new level. Although the winery itself is no longer active, the venue’s annual concert series has kept the spirit of this historic site alive for more than half a century.
Ravinia - Highland Park, Ill.
Just north of Chicago, Ravinia brings all manner of classic rock icons, contemporary folk artists, local orchestras, R&B veterans, and much more to Highland Park, Ill., each summer. Considered the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S., Ravinia is a one-of-a-kind venue with a sweeping lawn where attendees enjoy BYOB picnics with their live music.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the most scenic outdoor concert venues in the United States. Located southwest of Denver, this natural amphitheater sits in between the impressive red rocks that give the venue its name. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this amphitheater without seeing it for yourself, which makes it one of the top destinations for music lovers around the country.
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q - Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas, has long been one of the top music destinations in the U.S., and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is one of the best places you can catch live music outdoors in the city. Known as much for its music as for its food, Stubb’s gives music fans the authentic Texas experience all year long.
Tanglewood - Lenox, Mass.
Just outside of Boston, Tanglewood Music Center is a Massachusetts landmark. The spacious outdoor music venue is not just the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but it’s also a hot spot for the year’s top tours from musicians in pop, R&B, rock, blues, country, folk, and much more. Whether you sit in the amphitheater or on the spacious lawn, you’re bound to enjoy a day spent at this beautiful venue.
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