We want you to spend as much time as you can outside this season. Here are some great (roofless!) venues hosting a slew of entertainment you won’t want to miss.
The Delaware River waterfront plays host to family-fun, nighttime entertainment. Watch a movie under the stars every Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. from June 30 through Aug. 25 on the big screen. (Tip: Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.) Also, every Friday night in August (plus some Saturdays), head to the Great Plaza and enjoy a free concert from the Summer Concert Series — they’ve got something to suit a whole range of musical tastes, including a multicultural series.
Pack a picnic and head to University City for some Shakespeare in the park. The action takes place in the “bowl” of the 9-acre park at Chester Avenue and 43rd Street. This summer’s performance will be “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” running from July 27-31 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and productions are about two hours long with no intermission.
The gardens, not only splendidly beautiful, present more than 40 concerts — ticketed and free — over the season, from rock to folk, pop to bluegrass. Check out a ton of shows happening at the park’s open-air theater or by the main fountain garden. Think the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chick Corea Trio, Natalia LaFourcade, the Kennett Symphony and many, many more. A new beer garden also ensures Longwood Gardens will be on the top of your list, featuring live music every Thursday evening in June and July beginning at 6 p.m.
Philadelphia’s dining and entertainment hub at the sports complex has a massive outdoor area whose focal point is a 44-foot Sony LED video board. The giant screen plays ongoing sporting events, concerts and movies the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to explore the 80,000 square foot surrounding entertainment complex before or after the screening.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
This outdoor stage, located in Fairmount Park, boasts the Greater Philadelphia Region’s leading outdoor cultural arts center. The stage showcases a whole range of extraordinary performances and music genres. This season the center will host will host Barenaked Ladies, Phish, Phillip Phillips, Firebird: Reminaged, Brand New/Modest Mouse, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton — just to name a few.