Get outside to enjoy live music this summer throughout the city. Many outdoor concert series are back for Summer 2021! There are free outdoor concerts around Columbus on various nights of the week that would make great outings for the family, a date, or with your friends.
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Summer Outdoor Concert Series for 2021
Select Sundays and Tuesdays (plus Memorial Day and Labor Day) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
FREE performances on the Back Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Road, Granville or at the Block of N Main, Downtown Granville (on street). If rain – check website for indoor location. Concerts will start at 6:30PM and will be a 90 minute set with no intermission. Food truck will be on site. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.
Monday May 31, 2021: New Frontiers (journey tribute)
Sunday, June 13, 2021: Lee Gannt (country)
Tuesday, June 15, 2021: Honey & Blue (pop/blues/soul)
Sunday, June 27, 2021: Satisfaction (rolling stones tribute)
Sunday, July 11, 2021: Hot Tonic (jazz/funk/soul)
Tuesday, July 20, 2021: Nick Netherton (country)
Sunday, July 25, 2021: Saved By The 90’s (’90s)
Sunday, August 8, 2021: Cherry Avenue (country)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021: Fleetwood Gold (fleetwood mac tribute)
Sunday, August 22, 2021: Yachtopia (70’s-80’s yacht rock)
Monday, September 6, 2021: Flippo (steely dan tribute)
Three different types of concerts series are being held outdoors in New Albany from June – August. See details and dates here.
Natural Trail Concerts at Rose Run Park: Free musical playtime in the park on the 1st and 4th Fridays.
Second Sundays at the Library Garden: June – August, $15 per person
Scenic Overlook Concerts: 3rd Thursday of each month this summer, grab dinner from the Farmer’s Market food trucks to enjoy the free concert with members of the New Albany Symphony at the Scenic Overlook at the east end of Rose Run park.
John F. LaCorte Amphitheater at John Bishop Park. All concerts are from 6:30-8 p.m. Lawn blankets, chairs and snacks are encouraged.
Friday, June 4th – LDNL
Sunday, June 27th – Mojo Flo
Friday, July 9th – The Matt Simmons Band
Sunday, July 25th – KrisB’s Midnight Railroad
Friday, August 13th – The Buzzard Kings
Tuesday Outdoor Concert Series
Music on the Lawn at Grandview Heights Public Library
Tuesdays in August from 7:00-8:00 pm. If unsure of the weather, call 614-486-2951 after 6 pm about possible cancellation. See details here.
8/03 – The British Invasion (‘60s Music). Food truck: A Cut Above – Schnitzel & More
8/10 – The Conspiracy Band (R&B/Funk). Food truck: M & S Grub Hub
8/17 – Lil’ Red & The Rooster (Blues). Food truck: Tortilla Street Food
8/24 – Red Healer (Folk/Soul). Food truck: Comida El Catrin
8/31 – Sean Carney (Blues). Food truck: Zaki Grill
Thursday Outdoor Concert Series
Thursdays, May 6 – September, 2021 from 6 – 9 pm. Sit on a nearby patio, or grab a social distancing hoop on The Yard to enjoy the show. Shows will take place in The Yard – Easton’s newest district, located north of Macy’s and east of Nordstrom.
Thursdays, June 3 – August 26, 2021 from 6:45-9:15 pm in the parking lot out from the Main Entrance by the Flag Poles. Bring lawn chairs!
Free live music at Hilliard’s Station Park in Old Hilliard on Thursdays from June 3 – August 12 during Hilliard’s DORA (designated outdoor refreshment area). See more details and band schedule here.
Thursdays from August 19-Sept 2 at Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at Columbus Commons. The bar will open at 6 p.m. and the music will start at 7:30 p.m. Different food trucks will be on site each week for dinner or snacks. See schedule here.
Thursday Evening Concerts in the Park at Gallant Woods Preserve
Thursdays from 7- 8:30 pm July 8 through July 29. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic (no alcohol)
July 8 – Tucker Aviation (Country/Americana tunes) Food truck – Paddy Wagon
July 15– Spittin’ Image (Musical comedy duo) Food truck – Our Daily Mana
July 22– Lone Raven (Celtic and gypsy melodies) Food truck – Taquitos
July 29– Lords of Literature (Classic Rock n Roll) – Food truck – Holy Crepes
Help us support the Delaware MASH Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to any concert at Gallant Woods this summer.
On Thursdays, August 5 and 12, the Mt. Vernon corridor of the King Lincoln District. This free concert series will run each week from 5-8 p.m. Events are family-friendly with vendors, food court, and a nearby playground.
Thursdays in August, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
The series will take place on a backdrop of the beautiful gazebo overlooking our gardens. Neighbors and hotel guests are invited to enjoy local cover bands while playing backyard activities at no cost. Guests are asked to leave their chairs and coolers at home as they will have the option to borrow chairs and purchase drinks and food. No reservation necessary but we ask that guests who choose to sit at the dining tables please purchase at least two drinks. Buckets of domestic and imported beers will be available for purchase.
August 5: Rock This Way – Mini Tribute Band performing multiple tunes from the likes of Journey, Bruno Mars, The Who, and many more.
August 12: GhostStory – Local cover band playing acoustic covers in all genres from pop to indie to rock.
August 19: Chaz & Nicki – An upbeat live acoustic show that mixes feel-good classic covers with harmony-rich originals.
August 26: Honey & Blue – A self-described mix of pop, blues and soul.
The Licking Park District, in partnership with the City of Newark and the Licking County Commissioners, will be holding the Music at the Gazebo series this summer at the Licking County Children’s Home Memorial Park in Newark. The music will play on select Thursday evenings from 6PM – 9PM. A food truck will also be in attendance, so you can bring a picnic from home or purchase food. Bring a lawn chair or blanket!
June 17: Band: Big Bad Stache, Food Truck: Poppy’s Roadside Diner
July 8: Band: Barefoot McCoy, Food Truck: Memphis Blues and BBQ
August 19: Band: Open Highway, Food Truck: Havana Mia
September 16: Band: Drifter Kings, Food Truck: Poppy’s Roadside Diner
Friday Outdoor Concert Series
2411 East Main Street, Columbus,, OH 43209
4th Fridays through May featuring live music and food trucks
Friday, April 23: Live music from Bryan Olsheski Jazz Group! Bryan will be performing from 5-6 PM and the food trucks will be available from 5-7 PM.
Friday, May 28: Live music from Pianist Tony Hagood and his klezmer ensemble! Tony will be performing from 5-6 PM and the food trucks will be available from 5-7 PM. This month’s event also features the Bexley Women’s Club Family Chalk Collage!
Friday, June 25: The Moonbats will be playing 60’s Rock like it was meant to be played
Friday, July 30: Live music from Dave Buker and the Historians! Music is from 5-6 PM and the food trucks will be available from 5-7 PM.
Friday, August 27: Live music from the Largemouth Brass Band! Music will be from 5-6 PM and the food trucks will be available from 5-7 PM.
On the 2nd Friday of the month during Franklinton Fridays, enjoy free summer concert series at Land-Grant Brewing! Every show highlights a local artist’s poster design and two Columbus performers.
This year the FFMS is featuring songs created by young students working with We Amplify Voices and a a variety of artists both musical AND graphic. Each installment features two amazing performances, a unique poster design, a one of a kind beer can and hands on family activities!
Stradley Park, next to 36 S. High St, Canal Winchester
Music in the Park is a free summer concert series held on the third Friday of May, June, and July, featuring live entertainment and family-friendly activities at Stradley Place
Friday, May 21 at 6 pm – May’s Music in the park features Touch-a-Truck. There will be trucks and cars from police & fire. Touch-A-Truck will feature vehicles from Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Township Police Department, and Madison Township Fire Department, with live music and emcee Mike Walker.
Friday, August 27 at 6 pm: Music in the Park featuring music by Waterloo 5
Friday, September 24 at 6 pm: Cruise-In Car Show, featuring live music by The Gas Pump Jockeys and performances by Fred Astaire Dance Studios-Pickerington! Have a Hot Ride? Car Show Registration is free! Participants can register from 5 – 6pm on event night. Space is limited to the first 50 vehicles. Car show awards will include People’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Band’s Choice, Sponsor’s Choice, and Farthest Traveled.
Sundays at 7 p.m. from June 6 – August 15. Free family-friendly concerts at Village Green at the corner of High Street and Dublin-Granville Road. See schedule.
Community block party with music, food, and fun at Partner’s Park from 6-10 pm.
June 11, July 16, August 6, October 1
Fridays, June 25-August 13 at 7 p.m. at Town Center Park. 3387 Park St. See details and schedule.
The traditional Powell Festival will be held as a three-part concert series this year instead of a one-time annual weekend of festivities. The concert series will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Village Green Park, 47 Hall Street.
Friday, June 25
Friday, July 30
Friday, Aug. 27
Concerts will be held in collaboration with the Downtown Powell Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) and will feature local food trucks from Delaware County. There will be a different themed scavenger hunt each of the Fridays for families to enjoy and explore downtown Powell as well as yard games in Village Green Park. There will also be a beer garden in the park featuring local breweries.
Saturday Outdoor Concert Series
3510 Clark Shaw Road Powell, Ohio 43065
Saturdays at 5 or 6 pm through October 10. Live music and food trucks. See upcoming schedule.
This summer, Gahanna Parks & Recreation will host the Concert in the Park series.
Saturday, June 12th, 5pm- 7pm at Headley Park – Hang Time (Drive-in style concert)
Saturday, July 10th, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- Roxy Mae
Saturday, July 24th, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- Thieves & Rivals
Saturday, August 14, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- Pop Gun
Saturday, August 28th, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- The Goldsberry’s
Events in July and August are scheduled to take place at Friendship Park, with crowds spread out on the grass and the bands performing from the gazebo. Bring a picnic, or food drink are available for purchase at concession stands and food trucks.
Tickets are $5 per person in attendance and MUST be purchased ONLINE prior to the event.
2nd Saturday of each month through September at Topiary Park from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy story time, concert and picnic, and art activity.
Saturday, July 10, 2021: PBJ & JAZZ FEAT CEDRIC EASTON, A Letter to Art Blakey
Saturday, August 14, 2021: PBJ & JAZZ FEAT MARY MCCLENDON, A Letter to Ella Fitzgerald
Saturday, September 11, 2021: PBJ & JAZZ FEAT BOBBY FLOYD, A Letter to Hank Marr & Gene Walker
The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington welcomes the community back onto the lawn with three public outdoor events in the summer of 2021. Each program will include a live musical concert followed by an outdoor film in partnership with the Gateway Film Center. Gates open at 6:00pm. Draft beer will be available for purchase before the concert. Food trucks will be available onsite for each date until 9:30pm.
The concert will begin at 7:00pm followed by the movie at 9:00pm. General seating is free for all ages. Preferred area near the band is $15 per person, children 12 and under are free with adult ticket purchase. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged; no BYOB.
Saturday June 19: The Moonbats followed by Back to the Future
Saturday July 24: Tony Hagood Jazz Ensemble followed by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Saturday August 21: Music by the Mad, Mad Men followed by Ocean’s 11
Sunday Outdoor Concert Series
Jazz in the Park returns to Havenwood Park after a year of “Jazz on Wheels”. This season of Jazz in the Park will commence alongside the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Food Truck Festival at Havenwood Park on Monday, May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
May 31: Largemouth Brass Band. Music coincides with Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Food Truck Festival at Havenwood Park on Monday, May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
June 20: Vernon Hairston Trio
July 25: Zach Compston Big Band
August 29: ES Jazz Collective
2nd Sunday of the month from June-August, 2021 at Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater from 7-8:30 pm.
Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy music in the park with family and friends.
Sunday, June 13, 2021 – RockHouse
Sunday, July 11, 2021 – The McCartney Project
Sunday, August 8, 2021 – John Schwab Party Band
Sundays, from June 13 – September 26, at 7 pm. No concert on Sept 5.
This Sunday evening concert series features an eclectic mix of performers and music styles. The concerts are free to the public and usually occur in front of the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center. The concerts are held during Hilliard DORA, which allows you to enjoy alcoholic beverages outside within a designated zone (read more about DORA above). Bring food and your beverage of choice from any of the 13 DORA participating establishments, or purchase from limited concessions available for purchase.
Concerts are FREE and held at the Alum Creek Amphitheater (221 W. Main St.) at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays
July 11: Lords of Literature (soft rock/rock)
July 25: Stadium 11 (classic rock)
Aug. 1: British Invasion (Beatles tribute band)
Aug. 8: Westerville Community Concert Band (orchestra)
Aug. 15: Arch City Lights (party band)
Aug. 22: Westerville Symphony (orchestra)
Aug. 29: Brian Michael Smith (Sinatra tribute band)
Sept. 5: FO/MO/DEEP (jazz/funk)
Scioto Park amphitheater, 7377 Riverside Dr., in Dublin
Sundays, August 15 – October 3, 2021
Dublin Arts Council presents Sundays at Scioto on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. Donations are accepted. All eight artist groups that were originally booked for 2020 will perform in Dublin this year. Genres vary each week and range from pop and soul to tribute and World music.
For more information, including the lineup, visit https://dublinarts.org/sundaysatscioto.
Outdoor Concert Series with Admission
The following concerts require admission, but are worth the extra money for a special outing.
Picnic with the Pops at Columbus Commons: Featuring National acts, Picnic with the Pops is such a fun experience. Tickets start at $10-$25, but you can bring your own picnic and alcoholic beverages to enjoy, which makes it more affordable than the typical concert experience. Food and beverages are also available for purchase.
Popcorn Pops with Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Fun concerts for kids at Columbus Commons with lots of activities and play. Tickets are $10-$12.
Outdoor concert options in Columbus Day-to-Day
(list includes the next 30 days; check links for weather or other cancellations)
Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
Past outdoor concerts; tba for 2021
Thursdays, June 3 through July 15, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Concerts will be held drive-in style. Enjoy the show from your car, or in chairs beside your car. Registration is required. See schedule here.
Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm: Outdoor Patriotic and Pops Concert including the premier of “Every Man A Hero” composed by Robert Munson of Westerville and honoring Ray Lamber, WW II Veteran. They will also be presenting the Richard Suddendorf Scholarship to a Westerville South High School student. Bring a picnic and enjoy the concert out on the lawn at the Alum Creek Amphitheater on Main St., in Westerville, OH. The concert is free and will include patriotic music, marches, dixieland and pops music. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. See details here.
The below concerts will be updated once details have been announced.
JazZoo Concert Series at the Columbus Zoo: TBA for 2020. Tickets for these concerts with Columbus Jazz Orchestra are $35 and include admission to the Zoo all day before the concert.
Goodale Park Music Series: tba for 2021. Sunday afternoons from 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the music at the gazebo. There will be food carts selling food, live art, activities for kids, and more. See schedule here.
North Columbus Civitan Park of Roses: tba for 2021. Sundays at 7 pm at the Gazebo in the Park of Roses from May 19 -September 1. Concerts will move to the Shelter House for inclement weather. Free snow cones are available most nights beginning in June. Bring a blanket or chairs. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.
Lolli-Pops! Summer Children’s Concert Series tba for 2021. On Mondays, once a month at 10:30 a.m. at the Village Green Amphitheater.
Evenings on the Green at Ohio Village: tba for 2021. Select Thursdays from 5-8 pm. Relax and enjoy live music and a short conversation about the history of different music scenes in Columbus. Explore Ohio Village, play 19th century games on the village green and try out some old-fashioned crafts. Grab dinner from a local food truck or bring a picnic dinner. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be for sale (no outside alcohol is permitted). Drinks and snacks will also be available for sale in the John Hauck Foundation Welcome Center store. Evenings on the Green is included with pay-what-you-want admission. Ohio History Connection Members and children 3 and under are free. In the case of the rain, music will be played in Ohio Village Church.
“Sounds on the Town” Concert Series at Easton Town Square. tba for 2021. Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Gahanna Creekside Live: tba for 2021. Select Fridays from June through August. Family friendly entertainment, dancing and adult beverage sales at Creekside, Gahanna. Acoustic performers will be playing throughout Creekside from 5pm to 7pm, headliner starts at 7 p.m.
Westerville Jazz Series: tba for 2021. Free performances at the Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St. The events begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.