Pump Up the Volume at Outdoor Concerts & NY, LA & SF This Summer

Building on our summer theme of doing as much as you can outdoors, here’s a spotlight on a particularly unique type of outdoor activity: open-air concerts! They’re not as full-on as festivals but in a different league than standard shows, and they are the BEST.

Check out our guide to your can’t-miss outdoor concerts in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and be sure to DM us all your best pics on Instagram. 📸📸📸

New York

SummerStage: With stages in all 5 boroughs including Central Park, Queensbridge Park and Coney Island, SummerStage has been a summer staple in New York for years. Concerts are free and they do not skimp on the lineup! Catch acts ranging from Oh Wonder to Dispatch, Jason Mraz to TOKiMONSTA, and contemporary dance companies to Spanish Harlem orchestras.

Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell: Prospect Park Bandshell is home to plenty of open-air activities throughout the year, including movie screenings and of course, the annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Don’t miss their free weekly concerts and be sure to explore all the trendy booths full of food and bric-à-brac.

The Brooklyn Mirage: For your outdoor electronic music fix, head to East Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Mirage, only open between May and September every year. A stunning courtyard adorned with heavenly gardens, this special spot is Avant Gardner’s outdoor summer venue and its scheduling is DOPE.

Honorable mentions: Warm Up at PS1, Panorama Festival (featuring The Weeknd, SZA, The XX and Odesza this year)

Los Angeles

Hollywood Bowl. Photo by whiteroselimo.com

Hollywood Bowl Concerts: Catch a performance at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and choose from an amazing lineup to suit all tastes. Diana Ross, Bon Iver, multiple epic film scores in concert… The question is not which, but how many.

Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier: For the first time, this Concert Series will actually take place in the fall, which makes this the perfect way to extend our summer vibes! Keep an eye out for more deets around their 6 scheduled dates, from September 5th to October 7th.

All Day I Dream: This series originally started in Brooklyn, and they’ve since expanded globally to the shores of Mykonos and the pastures of Zurich, but we still find it fit to feature in our LA recs. They’ve got two more dates this year, lineup still TBD, and we highly recommend this unique and ethereal electronic music event -- wherever you can catch it.

San Francisco

Stern Grove Festival. Photo by Hoodline

Union Square Live: Gather at SF’s historic Union Square park to enjoy Rock, Classical and Jazz music every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon from April to October. Bonus: they also host free swing and salsa, as well as the occasional movie screening. All in the heart of the city.

Stern Grove Festival: More free concerts from artists like M. Ward and Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, these guys host shows every Sunday afternoon until mid-August. We love their mission and diversity.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Here you can find not only concerts but also dance, theater and a slew of cultural events, all free. Take a lunchtime break or relax after work at one of their 75+ performances from May to October.

Honorable mentions: Outside Lands Festival (featuring The Weeknd, Florence & the Machine, Chromeo and Børns this year), San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Grab a buddy from ICBRKR (iOS and Android) and run, don’t walk to these sometimes free and always amazing outdoor concerts in your cities!

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