Outdoor Theatres in PHL
Everything’s better under the moon and stars. Check out some of the region’s best spots to take it all in.
Where to watch movies, concerts and plays — all al fresco
We want you to spend as much time as you can outside this season. Here are some great (roofless!) venues hosting a slew of entertainment you won’t want to miss.
The Delaware River waterfront plays host to family-fun, nighttime entertainment. Watch a movie under the stars every Thursday night in July and August on the big screen —be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Also, every Friday night (plus some Saturdays) head to the Great Plaza and enjoy a free concert from the Summer Concert Series —they’ve got something to suit a whole range of musical tastes, including a multicultural series.
Pack a picnic and head to University City for some Shakespeare in the park. The action takes place in the “bowl” of the 9-acre park, just at Chester Avenue and 43rd Street. This summer’s performance will be The Tempest, running from July 24th to the 28th at 7 p.m. Admission is free and productions are about 2 hours long with no intermission.
The gardens, not only splendidly beautiful, present over 40 concerts — ticketed and free — over the season, from rock to folk, pop to bluegrass. Check out a ton of shows happening at the park’s open-air theater or by the main fountain garden. Think the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, the Wine and Jazz Festival and many, many more.
Philadelphia’s dining and entertainment hub at the Sports Complex, has a massive outdoor area whose focal point is a 44-foot Sony LED video board. The giant screen plays ongoing sporting events, concerts and movies the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to explore the 80,000 square foot surrounding entertainment complex before or after the screening.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
This outdoor stage, located in Fairmount Park, boasts the Greater Philadelphia Region’s leading outdoor cultural arts center. The stage showcases a whole range of extraordinary performances and music genres. This season the Center will host Fun., Postal Service, The National, Disney’s Fantasia, Zelda the Symphony, Dropkick Murphys and Steely Dan — just to name a few.