Free Summer Concerts Promise a Great Time
This year’s Allegheny County Summer Concert Series guarantees a season full of music, fun and food … and the best part – it’s free!
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No matter what type of music you like, the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series, taking place at the South Park and Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheaters, will feature an artist that you are bound to love. From rock bands like Guster and Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers to more classical acts from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera, the series has a wide enough variety of genres to please nearly any music fan.
All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The concerts, which take place at open-air amphitheaters with no covered seating, are rain or shine events.
Kicking off on May 31 with a performance from Beauty Slap and special guest Funky Fly Project, the South Park Amphitheater will host Friday night concerts, with the exception of Sat. July 6, through the end of August.
The Pittsburgh Opera’s performance on June 2 will launch the Sunday night concerts held at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, ending on Sept. 1. Hartwood Acres Park opens at 8 a.m., and the gate to the amphitheater parking lot opens at noon unless otherwise noted.
In addition to live music, Hop Farm Brewing Company and food trucks will be onsite at all concerts to offer a range of cuisines and craft beer, starting at 6 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs to concerts. Popup tents and umbrellas may be used for shade prior to the concert, but they must be taken down before the performance begins. Dogs are also permitted, as long as they are kept on a leash at all times and are up to date on all vaccinations and licensing. Owners must clean up after their dogs.
Charcoal grills, fire lanterns and all types of drones are prohibited from both amphitheaters prior to and during all concerts.
The Summer Concert Series schedule is as follows:
South Park Amphitheater
· May 31: Beauty Slap, with special guest Funky Fly Project
· June 7: River City Brass
· June 14: Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, with special guest Milly
· June 21: City of the Sun, with special guest Some Kind of Animal
· June 28: The Michael Weber Show, with special guest Elias Khouri
· July 6: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra **Starts at 8:15 p.m.**
· July 12: Benedetto Guitars
· July 19: John Paul White, with special guest Caleb Elliott
· July 26: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
· August 2: Tonic, with special guest Anger the Ant
· August 9: RaeLynn, with special guest Tenille Arts
· August 16: Foghat, with special guest The Matt Barranti Band
· August 23: Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart, and Rachel Mazer
· August 30: City Paper Live – a curated local music showcase featuring up-and-coming artists
Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
· June 2: Pittsburgh Opera
· June 9: Tamburitzans
· June 16: Father’s Day Car Cruise and Concert featuring Pure Gold
· June 23: Billy Price, with special guest Clinton Clegg
· June 30: Pittsburgh’s Homegrown R&B featuring Mars Jackson, Benji, Clara Kent & Starship Mantis
· July 7: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra **Starts at 8:15 p.m.**
· July 14: Stephen Marley, with special guest DJ Shacia Payne
· July 21: Kurt Vile, with special guest Cate Le Bon
· July 28: Rose Royce, with special guest Steeltown Horns
· Aug. 4: Guster, with special guest Meeting of Important People
· Aug. 11: The B.B. King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee, with special guest Melinda Colaizzi & The Night Sky
· Aug. 18: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
· Aug. 25: The Manhattan Transfer, with special guest
· Sept. 1: 20th Annual Allegheny County Music Festival with Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, with special guests Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors and Jenn Wertz **Starts at 5 p.m.**
For a more detailed schedule of concerts and food trucks, click here.