SUMMER OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Many are free. They're all kid-friendly. And their seating charts are taken from the comfy chair or blanket you bring from home. Take your pick of genres and styles and relax to the sounds of summer.
Here are some of the best places to catch an outdoor concert in
AMBLER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford
The four-day festival (August 18-21) presents both superstars and rising stars, headlined this year by Los Lobos, The Lone Bellow, and Del & Dawg. Old Pool Farm welcomes music fans, campers, crafters, vendors, jugglers, puppeteers, and tutors in an all-encompassing experience of a uniquely American art form.
ROCK YOUR LUNCH - KING OF PRUSSIA
Thursdays, June 9-30
900 First Ave
King of Prussia
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a free concerts on Thursdays in June starting June 9. Rock Your Lunch concerts are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the lawn along First Ave and feature music from some of the area's best bands and food from some of the area's best restaurants.
PIAZZA ON THE SQUARE
Tuesday Nights Through August
Old York Rd & West Ave
Jenkintown's Piazza on the Square is the place to be on Tuesday nights in summer. The annual summer concert series features free performances by area musicians from 7 to 9 p.m.
GREEN LANE PARK
2144 Snyder Rd
All performances take place on the grass in front of the amphitheater, which sits adjacent to the picturesque beauty of Knight Lake. The programs for June 11 and August 21 cover music in the bluegrass and rock-soul tradition. July 23 brings live theater, as Moliere's comedy Tartuffe pokes fun at moral smugness.
WASHINGTON MEMORIAL CHAPEL
Wednesdays, July through August
The beautiful sounds of the Washington Memorial Chapel carillon - played by a rotation of internationally acclaimed musicians - fill the summer air every Wednesday from July 6 to August 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
ST. THOMAS ' CARILLON
Tuesdays, July 5 - 26
St. Thomas' Church
Bethlehem Pk & Church Rd
For more than 35 years, St. Thomas' Church in Fort Washington has been spreading music across the community during its summer carillon concerts. These free concerts are held every Tuesday in July beginning at 7 p.m.
ABINGTON ART CENTER
Thursdays, July 14 - August 11
515 Meetinghouse Rd
Thursday nights from July 14 to August 11 belong to Abington Art Center, where the Susquehanna Bank Stage comes alive with everything from country and bluegrass to 70s Funk and 80s R&B to kid-themed silliness. Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing gets a full-staged production that runs August 2-4.
MORRIS ARBORETUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Late Night Wednesdays at Morris Arboretum often address lifestyle-related topics, but the July 27, August 3 and August 31 evenings are musically inclined, highlighting country blues, jazz/Latin and Taiko drumming, respectively.
First Fridays, May through October
From May to October, Skippack Village comes alive with live music during its First Friday events. A rotation of musicians and entertainers perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
ELMWOOD PARK - NORRISTOWN
Sundays, June 5 - September 11
1325 Harding Blvd
The Elmwood Park Bandshell was architecturally designed for acoustical excellence. The 7 p.m. start times on each Sunday from June 5 to September 11 provide the perfect coda to a weekend. Fans of the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the bands of the British Invasion and even a traditional brass ensemble will find reason to attend.
Thursdays, June through August
1030 Horsham Rd
There are a number of reasons to attend the 2016 summer concert series in Montgomeryville: They are a terrific escape from Thursday night reruns on television; they feature cover versions of hits by Billy Joel, Buddy Holly and Elvis; and the schedule is rain-or-shine. If rain does come, the performance moves inside to the new rec center onsite.
WHITE'S ROAD PARK - LANSDALE
Tuesdays, May 31 - August 16
400 White's Road
MASONS MILL PARK - UPPER MORELAND
Sundays, June 26 - August 14
3500 Masons Mill Rd
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*Ambler Arts & Music Festival photo credit R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia