5 Outdoor Music Venues to Visit While You Still Can
While Labor Day is quickly approaching (*tear*), we still have a few weeks of warm weather ahead (knock on wood) before the autumn chill descends. Take advantage of the waning balmy nights with an outdoor concert at one of these open-air stages.
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY
Built in 1923, this Queens venue is only about 30 minutes by subway from midtown Manhattan. Originally home of the US Open and once host to legendary acts like The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix, Forest Hills went unused for nearly two decades before a massive renovation in 2013 and is now a must for any music-loving New Yorker. Upcoming acts this season include Van Morrison with Willie Nelson, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Jamiroquai and Portugal. The Man.
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
With stunning sunset views, this 15,000-seat amphitheater offers room for an additional 5,000 listeners on its general admission lawn, which means nobody will notice if you roll up straight from a day at the beach. Not far from NYC, the Northwell Health Theatre’s waterfront stage will soon welcome acts including the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival August 18 and 19, Counting Crows and G-Eazy with Lil Uzi Vert later this month while both Niall Horan and Ozzy Osbourne will make an appearance next month.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Home to an amphitheater, performing arts center and museum, Bethel Woods is the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival and just about two hours by car from Manhattan. These days you’re less apt to find a sea of tie-dye, but the spirit of peace and music lives on at this upstate cultural destination. The Center’s upcoming program includes performances by O.A.R, 311 and The Offspring with Gym Class Heroes, and Deep Purple with Judas Priest to close out the summer season on September 2.
Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
Nestled in the picturesque Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the sprawling Tanglewood campus (summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra) features both open-air and enclosed music halls and offers a mix of classical, jazz, contemporary and pop concerts throughout the season. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leonard Berstein’s birth with a fully staged performance of the composer’s 1956 operetta “Candide” later this month, or plan a trip to hear the jazz of Wynton Marsalis or an evening of comedy with Steve Martin and Martin Short in early September.
Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
This tented venue, which opened summer 2016, boasts sweeping ocean views just beyond Coney Island’s famed boardwalk. So ride a roller coaster, get a hot dog and check out some of the theater’s upcoming acts including classics like the Beach Boys, Gladys Knight and The O’Jays, and Bell Biv Devoe with Bobby Brown.