All year long, Philadelphia hosts some of the best live musical performances. But once summer hits, lucky spectators get to watch their favorite acts take their shows outside. Whether it’s a Top 40 headliner at the Mann Center, or an indie band playing on a courtyard stage, Philadelphia is home to some of the top places to see a concert outdoors. Here are our five top picks.
The Mann Center
With two different stages, lush green hills for lawn seating and the open sky overhead, outdoor shows at the Mann Center are a highlight during the summer. From classical to contemporary, shows at the Mann boast an exciting mix. Nab tickets to Lynard Skynyrd and Peter Frampton on June 6th or the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the Philadelphia Orchestra on June 23rd. 5201 Parkside Avenue
Everyone’s favorite floral emporium is also home to a slew of spectacular outdoor performances. Gather in the open-air theater, which seats 1,500, to hear tunes by Grammy winners and other renowned musicians in genres from blues to jazz to folk. Psst: the outdoor garden concert venue opens May 27th this year! 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
A bevy of food trucks, a beach and boardwalk make this outdoor venue a hit in the summer. Need we say more? Check out the Roots Picnic on June 4th or the Sublime with Rome Summer Tour 2016 on July 9th. 601 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Upper Merion Township Building Park*
Tote along a lawn chair and blanket for Upper Merion’s 32nd annual Concerts Under the Stars. In partnership with the Philadelphia Folksong Society, enjoy a lineup of high-energy folk artists through July 31st. Bonus: concerts are free! 175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia
River Stage at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing
Situated right on the Waterfront, the River Stage offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge. It is also home to a wide variety of events, from international music to smooth jazz nights. Check out one of the events from the PECO Multicultural Festival going on all summer long or Smooth Jazz Summer nights every Friday in August. 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
If you’re going to be concert-hopping, you’ll need a ride, so hop into the Honda HR-V. With 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway*, the vehicle allows you to hit all your favorite venues. Even better: it also features push-button start, so you can miss the crowds afterward.
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*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.