Whether it is festivals, smaller gigs, or the Fourth of July spectacular on the Parkway, there are hundreds of shows in Philly from June to Labor Day. Here are some of the great places to watch concerts in Philadelphia this summer:
West Philly Porchfest
The June 8 neighborhood music festival is great for all kinds of music fans. The annual festival began in 2016 and showcases DIY concerts at different residences in West Philadelphia. You can stake a claim on a house or wander and experience music throughout West Philly. Last year I was able to take in a Church Choir, jazz, rock, and an amazing youth group in a few blocks.
Wayne Music Festival
Another June 8 event: The annual Wayne Music Festival is headlined by Reggae royalty in 2019. The Wailers top the bill of the suburban concert fest. Local acts Multu and Ali Awan are included as well. Mutlu has played with Daryl Hall. Ali Awan was WXPN’s first Artist to Watch in 2019. The concert bill starts at 2:00 PM with Vanessa Collier and Chestnut Grove. The Wailers end the night with a set that kicks off around 9:00 PM.
Citizens Bank Park Postgame Concerts
The ballpark hosted Billy Joel and The Who this year, but there is more to come. A relatively new promotion for the Phillies, postgame concerts are gradually becoming the best giveaways on their schedule. The Phillies have three postgame concerts slated for 2019. The Avett Brothers, Brett Eldredge, and Diplo are scheduled.
Mann Music Center
The Mann hosts the most diverse concerts in Philadelphia this summer. No other venue has a range of music that incorporates The Roots and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The classical music genre has programs like Beethoven’s 9th and Broadway’s Best. Different orchestras will also play the soundtracks during movie screenings this year. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and The Empire Strikes Back.
Contemporary shows at The Mann include The National, Jill Scott, Tedeschi Trucks, and Tame Impala. September is also a busy month. In addition to composer Ramin Djawadi’s Game of Thrones concert experiences, The Mann will also host The Outlaw Music festival. Robert Plant, Maggie Rogers, Vampire Weekend, and the B-52s will end the outdoor venue’s season.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
The amazing Spruce Street Harbor Park is as good of place to go in Philadelphia this summer for all kinds of fun. The free concerts at the Penn’s Landing spot are not extensive, although there are quality acts on the lineup. Dance Republic is leading Salsa events on Friday nights. In addition to performances, there are free dance lessons and social dancing for more adventurous spectators.
Bands Sixteen Jackies, Armani White, RFA, and Ellen Siberian Tiger are scheduled to perform Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Summer Concerts
The Rocky Steps have always hosted the signature summer concert in Philadelphia: the Wawa Welcome America festival. Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor headline this year’s event.
The Museum of Art will also host live music events on Friday evenings throughout the summer. The multicultural concert series will feature musicians with Asian, jazz, Afropop, and folk art backgrounds. The museum will be open until 8:45 PM on Fridays. If indulging in art was not enough, the museum will also ply visitor with cocktails and food to start their weekends.