Music Feature

215's Outdoor Summer Concert Guide

by Kristen Gillette
A look at of Some of the Best Outside Shows this summer

As summer returns so do our favorite summer concerts. Nothing beats hearing your favorite bands play at one of Philly’s awesome outdoor venues like Penn’s Landing or on the Parkway. Here are just a few of 215 Magazine’s recommendations for the best summer concerts to hit up (and even better, some of them are free!)

Penn’s Landing Concerts:

Summer Concert Series at Penn’s Landing

Free Concert Series

All summer long on Fridays (and some Saturdays)

Concerts range from jazz to gospel to R&B, so there is something for everyone. On July 3rd, there with be a Family Jam for Fourth of July featuring Emily Osment (of Hannah Montana), Cody Simpson and former American Idol contestant Tim Urban.


August 2nd, 8:00 pm $35.50

River Stage


August 4th, 7:30 pm $50

Festival Pier

Last Summer on Earth Tour

August 15th, 6:30 pm $70.50

Radio 104.5 presents Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker.

Hemp Heals Music Festival

August 25th, 4:00 pm, $62.50

Festival Pier

Featuring Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, and Pepper.

Parkway Events:

Wawa Welcome America Festival

July 4th, 7pm, free

The Roots will host Queen Latifah, Daryl Hall, Common, Joe Jonas and more for the “World’s largest free concert” which will be followed by fireworks.

Made in America Festival

September 1st and 2nd, $99 to $655

Jay-Z’s recently announced concert will feature over 30 musical artists (ranging from rock to hip-hop and R&B) on 3 stages including Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Miike Snow, Passion Pit, and more.


Radio 104.5 Summer Block Parties at the Piazza

June 2, July 27, July 28th,  Sept. 8, FREE

Featuring a variety of indie artists including:

Saturday, June 2nd: Switchfoot, Ballyhoo & Panic Years

Saturday, July 7th: The Dirty Heads & Steppin' Razor

Saturday, July 28th: Of Monsters And Men, JJAMZ & Tim Williams

Saturday, September 8th: Yet To Be Confirmed

Check back on 215 Mag’s website for more summer outdoor concert updates regularly!

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