Can’t Miss Outdoor Concert Series in the Poconos

During summer, the Pocono Mountains come alive with music. There’s no better time, or place, to catch your favorite band or discover a new talent. The outdoor venues here are designed to showcase the natural surroundings as well as the performers on the stage. Plan a road trip to catch a show or enhance any getaway with one of these outdoor concerts series in the Poconos.

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Photo courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

You could say this place has a history of hosting famous events. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a multi-million dollar performing arts venue on the site of the famed 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. The sprawling 800-acre campus in neighboring Sullivan County, NY includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater that can seat 15,000 people. Whether you choose to sit under the cover of the open-air pavilion or spread out on the expansive lawn, there is not a bad seat in the house. Concert goers can stroll the grounds on scenic pathways to enjoy the surrounding mountain views. The beautiful campus takes full advantage of the bucolic vistas that encircle the property.

Since its opening in 2006, some of the biggest names in pop, country, rock and hip hop have graced the stage in Bethel, NY. This year’s lineup of performers includes The Who (May 28), The Doobie Brothers (July 2), Josh Groban (July 5), One Republic (July 15), Norah Jones (July 30), Jimmy Buffet (Aug 4) and Santana with Earth, Wind and Fire (Aug 21).

See a show at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and book our Bed Breakfast and Dinner Package. You can enjoy dinner for two before the concert at our award-wining farm-to-table restaurant including one appetizer, entrée and dessert for each of you. The Inn is a scenic 30-mile drive from the historic venue in Bethel, NY. Return to The Inn and enjoy a night cap in the Chestnut Tavern. Retire to the quiet, luxury of your guestroom and arise to a full country breakfast in the morning.

Wildflower Music Festival

This has been a beloved summer tradition in White Mills, PA for over 40 years. For seven consecutive Saturday nights in July and August, Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes world-renowned performers representing a variety of genres. The 2022 lineup of concerts runs the gamut from Big Band and Broadway to Bluegrass. The gently sloping lawn surrounded by majestic pine trees creates a natural amphitheater. Concert goers gather with blankets, lawn chairs and the picnic food of their choosing for a relaxing evening of live music. The seating area for the Wildflower Music Festival opens at 5 p.m. and performances get underway at 6 p.m.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Nothing says summer like barbecue. Every Sunday during summer, Glass- Wine.Bar.Kitchen at Ledges Hotel pairs the pastime with live blues music served on the deck overlooking Paupack High Falls. The menu features barbecue specials and side dishes with a twist. Dinner is paired with samples from local craft breweries. Wallenpapuack Gorge serves as a natural amphitheater to showcase the talents of noted blues musicians. Blues, Brews and BBQ opens on May 29 with Lighten Up Blues Band and continues for 14 consecutive Sundays. Seatings are available from 5-9 p.m., with live music from 6-9 p.m. Check out the lineup of impressive talent.

Harmony in the Woods

Harmony in the Woods is the newest live performance venue in the Lake Region. Carved out of the hillside in Hawley, the tiered landscape creates a natural amphitheater. Visitors should bring their own blankets, chairs and refreshments to sit amid the trees and rocks. The covered stage was designed to blend into the environment. Friday and Saturday evenings in July and August bring an array of professional entertainers covering a variety of genres. Sundays will feature local performers as well as children’s programming. The 2022 season launches July 1 and 2. The Nat Osborn Band takes the stage on Friday night. The Brooklyn based songwriter and composer performs a distinctive blend of rock, funk and soul.  On Saturday evening King Solomon Hicks brings his brand of Blues, Gospel and Jazz to the Poconos. The 24-year old blues guitarist/vocalist from Harlem, NY has performed around New York City since he was 13. The weekends that follow offer an eclectic mix of performers in a wide variety of genres from Celtic Folk to Broadway, Bluegrass, American Roots, Country, Jazz and Motown. Ticket prices range from $25 to $35.

Jazz on the Deck

It’s one of the greatest pleasures of summer- savoring a fine meal outdoors while listening to live music. Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn elevates that experience. Every Wednesday evening during summer, a rotating lineup of talented jazz musicians entertains from 6-9 p.m. Many of the featured performers are regulars on the New York City club scene. Guests may enjoy farm-to-table cuisine on the covered deck overlooking the Inn’s manicured garden. Visitors may also opt to soak up the sights and sounds from a table on the lawn and take advantage of cocktail and snack service. The highly-anticipated series begins on June 1 with Stefan Bauer. The music continues with The Craig Graham Trio (June 8), All That Jazz with Michelle Oram (June 15), Hang Em High (June 22) and The Andrea Wolper Trio (June 29). July brings The Gary Rixner Quartet (July 6), Krampus (July 13) The Gabrielle Tranchina Quartet (July 20) and  Judi Silvano (July 27). L4 Featuring Daniel Gonzalez kicks off the final full month of the series (Aug 3) followed by The Gypsy Jazz Quintet (Aug 10), The Robert Kopec Quartet (Aug 17), The Glenn Heller Trio (Aug 24) and Spencer and Nancy Reed (Aug 26). Thos Shipley closes out Jazz on the Deck (Aug 31).

53rd Summer Festival of Parks

When crowds gather in Honesdale’s Central Park for this staple of summer, it has all the charm of an old-

Photo courtesy of Wayne Co. Creative Arts Council Facebook Page

fashioned, small town festival. Every Monday and Thursday evening from June 13 through July 28, local

musicians entertain audiences with an outdoor concert. The Wayne County Creative Arts Council schedules a diverse lineup of entertainers incorporating long-time festival favorites such as The Barn Cats and Old Time Fiddlers as well as newcomers New Moon Rising. The Northeasters Barbershop Chorus kicks off the concert series on June 13. Also scheduled to perform are The Barn Cats (June 16), Wayne County Choralaires (June 20), Lighten Up (June 23), The Luongo Brothers (June 27)  and Little Big Band (June 30). Saturday, July 2 is a special Independence Day Celebration that will feature the Doug Smith Band . The celebration culminates with a fireworks display sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership. Regular July concerts get underway with New Moon Rising (July 7) followed by Ekat and Friends (July 11), Gypsy Jazz Quintet (July 14), The Fabulous 45s (July 18) and Teddy Young Blues Band (July 21). The final week of concerts brings Moss Henry and the Brophytes (July 25) and The Old Time Fiddlers (July 28). All of the concerts at the 53rd Summer Festival of Parks are free of charge. Visitors should bring chairs or blankets and may even enjoy a picnic. Vendors set up around the park offering food and activities for children.

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Live music on The Deck at The Dock at Wallenpaupack keeps the summer celebration going. A rotating lineup of local bands perform at the restaurant at Silver Birches Resort every Saturday and Sunday during summer. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely late lunch, dinner or drinks overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack while listening to the talented performers. Bands perform from 3-6 p.m. Jonny D starts off the season on May 27. The lineup continues with local favorites such as Eric Rudy, Kevin Campion and Rare Form.


Mark Your Calendar for These Pocono Music Festivals

Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Festival Music & Arts Festival (June 18)

Downtown Honesdale overflows with live music, works from professional artists and family-friendly fun during Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Festival. Live bands perform at locations along Main Street and Church Street throughout the day. The Main Stage in Central Park hosts nationally acclaimed acts such as this year’s headliner Nikki Hill Band. Hill created her own niche in the music industry by taking the tones of the R&B, soul and gospel of her youth and blending it with the expressions of blues, garage, rock n’ roll, and roots. Other headlining acts include Billy Price Band and The Swing Vipers. Artist Row features a wide range of talent from fine artists, artists and authors. Exton, PA resident Dane Tilghman is this year’s featured visual artists. Tilghman has established himself as one of the premier painters of blues musicians, African American golf art and Negro League baseball images. A host of family activities can be found at the tents on the green near the playground including the wildly popular Tunes and Tales plus games and music with Romping Radishes.

Milford Music Festival

Music literally fills the streets during this annual event. Visitors to downtown Milford can stroll the streets July 10-12 and enjoy live performances, shopping, dining and special events at over 30 locations. Music stylings at the Milford Music Festival run the gamut from jazz and blues to pop and rock.


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