Right now in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, one of the very best music festivals in the world is taking place. For those of you who do not know, it’s Musikfest. The event lasts for 9 days and hosts over 300 bands/musicians giving over 1000 performances. It really has something for every musical style and preference. I have attended this event many times and I am always impressed by the many great musical attractions as well as the other activities and delicious food they serve. I highly recommend it to people of all ages. I have also included some music events that I think people might be surprised to note, no pun intended, ok well maybe. There are outdoor music concerts taking place all over this the U.S, everyday, during the summer months. And although they do not rival Musikfest for numbers of performers or attendees, they are very special local concerts that help to draw communities together. The ones that I have listed here take place on a regular basis over a month, say every Tuesday in August, or every Sunday, June through September. Concerts in the park, on the beach, at the town square etc; there are also lunch time brown bag concerts downtown, evening concerts by the lake, lazy Sunday afternoon musical entertainment in the town gazebo. You only have to look as close as your very own community to find some of these terrific outdoor experiences. So put the iphone and ipod down, grab a lawn chair and get out there. If you do not see any outdoor concerts near you, please use the search box to find some in your own backyard.
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Musikfest Bethlehem, PA 8/5-8/14
Since 1984. Downtown Bethlehem is host to one of the country’s premiere music events. The festival, which showcases nearly every musical style imaginable, features: 1,000 performances – the vast majority of which are free. More than 300 performers from across the country and around the globe. Musical programming at 14 different indoor and outdoor stages.
Bard Music Festival Annandale on Hudson, NY 8/12-8/14
Since 1990, explores the musical world of a single composer through concert performances of familiar and lesser known works, along with music by composers contemporaries.
Grant Park Music Festival Chicago, IL 8/12-8/13
Since 1935. Grant Park Music Festival is a series of free classical music concerts featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, the resident ensembles of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Enjoy a concert under the stars. Carlos Kalmar leads a celebration of the music of his country of residence as part of a week-long celebration of Austrian music.
Shandelee Music Festival Livingston Manor, NY 8/13
Sunset Concert Series with internationally acclaimed performers and young artists In The Breathtaking Catskill Mountains. Concerts are followed by a specialty dessert and a “meet the artists” reception.
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Orkney Springs, VA 8/12-8/13
Since 1963. It has been said that music is the only sensual pleasure without vice. So why not indulge at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival this summer? Bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy an evening of amazing music performed in the great outdoors! Just one night at the Music Festival will have you craving for more!
Olympic Music Festival Quilcene, WA 8/13-8/14
Since 1985, The Olympic Music Festival is a chamber music concert series with a unique setting on a 55-acre organic farm. Internationally acclaimed musicians perform in a turn-of-the-century barn with a casual atmosphere that promotes enjoyment for all. Intimate seating in the barn is on comfortable church pews or bales of hay.
Culver City Music Festival Culver City, CA 8/11
Musical styles this year include Swing, Salsa, Zydeco, Blues, Rock, and more. Shows occur in the Culver City City Hall Courtyard. Access to the courtyard begins at 4:30pm for each show. Bring the family and dine out in various fine eateries in Downtown Culver City either before or after the show.
American Music Festival Brooking, OR 8/14
Food and beverages are on sale; don’t forget to bring your blanket or lawn chairs. No alcohol allowed. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Redwood Theater. The concerts are held on selected Sunday’s throughout the summer. Please check website for specific dates.
Belleayre Music Festival Highmount, NY 8/13
Musical performances for all ages! Performances vary from children’s puppet theater to folk, classical, opera and doo-wop!