Friday, May 31, 2019

Sounds of the Season

Maybe that should be Sounds of the Seasons. It’s still spring, but summer concert season has begun in Northeast Ohio.

You might be thinking of Blossom Music Center or Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (still getting used to that one. It’s the name of the downtown Cleveland facility most recently known as the Q). But if ticket prices for the acts that perform there are beyond your budget, there are plenty of alternatives. Here is a sampling:

The Cleveland Metroparks summer concerts include locations east and west on Thursday through Sunday evenings. Some series started earlier this month and some start later this summer. Click the link above for the times, dates and places of these free outdoor concerts.

The Lakewood Front Porch Concert Series takes place on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library’s Detroit Avenue branch on Friday nights, beginning June 28. You might be familiar with this series, which is about to begin its ninth year, but other free outdoor concerts could be closer than you realize.

Many cities in Cuyahoga County and beyond have a schedule of shows in the summer. Rocky River has concerts on Sunday nights, Legacy Village in Lyndhurst offers them on Friday and Saturday nights, and Independence has them on Thursday nights. And there are lots more throughout the region.

Not all the free concerts are on the weekends. Wade Oval Wednesdays in University Circle begin June 12 and will happen weekly through Aug. 21, starting at 6 p.m.  

Concerts also pop up in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect. A couple of examples: The Tremont Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, which opened for the season in May, and the Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market on Sundays, which begins June 9, include musical entertainment each week. These are the two markets I visit most often. Maybe you know of others that offer music along with fresh produce.

Music and nature are a pretty nice combination. Let’s hope that Mother Nature cooperates. The Front Porch concerts in Lakewood move inside to the library in case of bad weather. Those in other cities that don’t have a backup location might be canceled. It’s best to check websites or social media to make sure the show is still going on before you head out.


  1. Oooh I was just telling my husband we needed to look up some outdoor concerts for this summer and this list it perfect! Thank you!

    1. That's great! Let's hope the rain eases up a bit.


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