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 live music events in the Poconos.
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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 Dave Matthews Band (June 19), Adam Sandler (June 23), Peter Frampton (June 30), Jackson Browne (July 6), Train and the Goo Goo Dolls (July 27), Heart and Sheryl Crow (July 29), Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge (Aug 25), Pentatonix (Aug 31) and Luke Bryan (Sept 12). This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. To commemorate the historic milestone, Bethel Woods will host a Season of Song and Celebration Anniversary Weekend. Featured performances include Ringo Starr (Aug 16), Santana and the Doobie Brothers (Aug 17) and John Fogerty (Aug 18). Both Carlos Santana and John Fogerty performed on the Woodstock stage in 1969.
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 37 years. For seven consecutive Saturday nights in July and August, Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes world-renowned performers representing a variety of genres. The 2019 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. Served buffet style, the menu features classic barbecue entrees 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 26 with Lighten Up Blues Band and continues for 13 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.
Pocono Mountains Music Festival
Now in its 10th season, the Pocono Mountains Music Festival has become known for showcasing acclaimed artists as well as up-and-coming talent. Performances are held at select locations throughout the Poconos. The intimate venues give audiences a unique experience. Featured genres range from pop and jazz to cabaret and musical theatre. Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin gets the 2019 Pocono Mountains Music Festival underway on July 24 at the Fairway Grille at Buck Hill Falls. The festival continues with Cirque D’oz featuring the Pocono Pops (July 25), Carole J. Bufford: The Fearless Females of the ‘60s and ‘70s (July 26), Music of the Knights featuring The Pocono Pops (July 27) and The Hot Sardines (July 28). Performing Arts Camp Showcase closes out the festival on August 2.
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 26 with The Gary Rixner Trio. The music continues with Gypsy Jazz Quintet (July 3), All That Jazz with Michelle Oram (July 10), Glenn Heller Jazz Trio (July 17), Chris Parker Quartet (July 24) and Nancy Coletti Trio (July 31). August brings performances by Judi Silvano (Aug 7), A Night of Piano with Nick Niles (Aug 14), Robert Kopec Trio (Aug 21) and Spencer and Nancy Reed (Aug 23). Jazz vocalist Thos Shipley closes out the series on Aug 28.
52nd 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-
fashioned, small town festival. Every Monday and Thursday evening from June 10 through July 29, 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 Irish Balladeers and The Pharm as well as newcomers Ekat and Friends. Northeast Barbershoppers kick off the 16-concert series on June 10. Also scheduled to perform are The Barn Cats (June 17), Wayne Choralaires (June 24), Stanky and the Cadets (July 18) and Old Time Fiddlers (July 25). Monday, July 1 is a special Independence Day Celebration that will feature the Doug Smith Band and the Crystal Band. The celebration culminates with a fireworks display sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership. All of the concerts at the 52nd 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.
Live music on The Deck at The Dock at Wallenpaupack keeps the summer celebration going into Sunday night. A rotating lineup of local bands perform at the restaurant at Silver Birches Resort every 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. Gone Crazy starts off the season on May 26. 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
On June 14, downtown Honesdale overflows with live music, works from professional artists and family-friendly fun. 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 The Black Lillies. The band became known for its unique brand of rock ‘n roll and country. Other headlining acts include Wayne Hancock, Rosie Flores and The Chris O’Leary Band. Artist Row features a wide range of talent from fine artists, artists and authors. Honesdale resident Samuelle Green is this year’s featured visual artists. She will debut a new piece created just for Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Music and Arts Festival. 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 June 21-23 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.
Create Your Getaway
A stay at The Settlers Inn sets just the right tone for a Pocono Mountains getaway. Our authentic 1920s era Arts and Crafts Lodge gives you all the charm of a bed and breakfast experience with the added convenience of a full-service farm-to-table restaurant and tavern. Customize your vacation with an add-on that suits you. Choose from options such as a dozen roses and a box of farm house truffles in your room, a cheese board, gift spa basket or private yoga class. Book your stay today.