OUTDOOR SUMMER 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 Montco:

OUTDOOR CONCERTS - AMBLER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

AMBLER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 17-18
Downtown Ambler

Butler Avenue becomes a feast for the eyes and ears each June during the Ambler Arts & Music Festival. Part art show and part concert marathon, the event showcases one of Montgomery County's most vibrant downtowns.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS - PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL

August 18-21
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.

 

OUTDOOR CONCERTS - ROCK YOUR LUNCH - KING OF PRUSSIA

ROCK YOUR LUNCH - KING OF PRUSSIA

Thursdays, June 9-30
Arkema, Inc., 
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.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS - PIAZZA ON THE SQUARE

PIAZZA ON THE SQUARE

Tuesday Nights Through August
Old York Rd & West Ave
Jenkintown

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. 

OUTDOOR CONCERTS - GREEN LANE PARK

GREEN LANE PARK

Various Dates
2144 Snyder Rd
Green Lane

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.

RELIGIOUS SITES - WASHINGTON MEMORIAL CHAPEL

WASHINGTON MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Wednesdays, July through August
Rt 23
Valley Forge

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
Fort Washington

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.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS - ABINGTON ART CENTER

ABINGTON ART CENTER

Thursdays, July 14 - August 11
515 Meetinghouse Rd
Jenkintown

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

Various Dates
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia

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.

SKIPPACK VILLAGE

First Fridays, May through October
Downtown Skippack

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
Norristown

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. 

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

Thursdays, June through August
1030 Horsham Rd
Montgomeryville

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
Lansdale

The Lansdale Department of Parks & Recreation sponsors a series of Tuesday night concerts at Whites Road Park. The sounds of jazz, big band and rhythm orchestra take the sting out of returning to the workweek. The series runs from Memorial Day through mid-August.

MASONS MILL PARK - UPPER MORELAND

Sundays, June 26 - August 14
3500 Masons Mill Rd
Huntingdon Valley

The 2016 Summer Concert Series at Masons Mill Park Concert Gazebo brings a world of music to Upper Moreland Township on Sunday nights from June 26 through August 14 (no July 3 show). Performers cover a range of styles, including classic rock, country, jazz and more.

*Ambler Arts & Music Festival photo credit R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia