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Great Outdoor Concert Venues in Upstate NY


With long winters in Upstate New York, summer is always highly-anticipated. One of the things my family looks forward to the most are the outdoor concerts. It’s the best of both worlds, really – enjoying nature and listening to live music.

The region has some great outdoor venues to catch concerts, so you have plenty of places to visit on your next trip here.

From country music singers to pop stars, Darien Lake always has great shows lined up each year. Plus, you get park admission with your concert ticket. A day filled with thrill and fun and then a concert to end the evening?! It honestly sounds like the perfect summer day.

Rochester is interesting, because you may not know but the city is sprinkled with areas turned outdoor concert venues every year. There is, of course, the Xerox International Jazz Festival, one of the most popular and respected music festivals in the U.S. As a resident, I love how the city comes alive with a special attitude and emotion during the festival, where regular city streets are transformed into exciting musical stages.

Rochester also has musical entertainment perform in the famous Highland Park every year during the Lilac Festival.

Let’s take a trip east to Central New York, where Brewery Ommegang is located. You can experience the scenic beauty of New York, the delicious tastes of craft beer and the sounds of live music at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Travel a little further east to the Capital District and you'll find Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which was named one of the best outdoor music venues in the U.S. Experience amazing concerts from big names in the industry in a venue so beautiful it will be hard to forget.