During the Spring and Summer months, when festivals reign supreme, some of the best places to enjoy live music are outdoors. Whether it’s a local band, an indie darling, or a bonafide superstar performing, being outside adds something special. Below are a few venues around Philadelphia that come alive in the warm seasons and make live music great.
The Mann Center
520 Parkside Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 546-7900
manncenter.org
In May, business at the Mann Center picks up. There are five months of concerts and orchestra performances lined up at the Mann in Fairmount Park. Folks come out and join the fun in their seats or relax on the Great Lawn during a performance. And for the orchestra, visitors are allowed to bring personal chairs and even have the option to picnic at the venue to help them enjoy the show. If it happens to rain during the event, the main stage has a covering to keep you out of the weather elements. The current concert schedule runs through August but some September dates are expected to be added to the list.
River Stage At Great Plaza/Penn’s Landing
101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-3200
Delawareriverwaterfront.com
The River Stage at Penn’s Landing is a beautiful sight and has the best surroundings. Concert goers can enjoy the city skyline and feel the cool breeze coming off the Delaware River. The River Stage has been known to host movie screenings and is the main stage for festivals that take place at the Great Plaza. There is plenty of parking on the Great Plaza grounds, and if you are using SEPTA transit, the 21 and 42 buses pull up in front of the venue. Events for the River Stage at Great Plaza on Penn’s landing begin in April. In the past years some big events included a fireworks celebration, a smooth jazz concert series, the Mad Decent Block Party featuring Major Lazor.
The Dell Music Center
2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 685-9560
www.mydelleast.com
The Dell Music Center, formerly known as the Robin Hood Dell East, has hosted some of the greatest musicians of the old school and also hosts free movie nights for the surrounding community. It is one of the largest concert venues in Philly and located in East Fairmount Park. The amphitheater has ample seating, but visitors can also use their lawn space if they choose. Folks can grab season passes now or buy single tickets for upcoming events, including their Essence of Entertainment Concert Series that takes place on Thursday nights in the summer. Also, feel free to show up for free movie Tuesdays starting in May. This year’s movies include ‘Creed,’ ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Minions.’Related:  Top Springtime Destinations In Philadelphia
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000
www.longwoodgardens.org
Longwood Gardens is about 35 miles from Center City Philadelphia in Kennett Square. This venue hosts a variety of laid back acts. If you enjoy classical and jazz music, Longwood Gardens has a series of performances lined up for the summer months that should fit your fancy. Their biggest event is the 2016 Wine & Jazz Festival in June. Also, The Brandywiners presents: Shrek The Musical in July. Plus, there are other workshops and events that are currently ongoing and planned for the upcoming season.
Silk City Philly
435 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592 8838
www.silkcityphilly.com
Silk City is a nice place to check out if you are looking to go out with friends and listen to music, dance and eat. Silk City is a diner turned bar where the main area of activity is not outside, but there is a garden that visitors can eat, drink and be merry. You may not encounter an excessive amount of live performances, but you will experience live DJ’s in the lounge area. There are some indie acts scheduled to perform and in April, and the legendary Pete Rock is coming to Silk City Philadelphia as well.Related: Top Live Music Venues In Philadelphia
Amber Gibbs is a Philadelphia native and self-proclaimed dreamer who spends her days as a traffic reporter. She enjoys writing about sports, gaming news and other fun happenings around the tri-state area.
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