Summer is a great time to take in some tunes outdoors, but it doesn’t end after August is over. Fall also brings talent to the outdoor stages of Cleveland, with a few of the area’s best venues keeping their outdoor concert spaces open as long as possible. It will start to get cold soon, but there is still some time to take in some jams that will bring you back to hot summer jams of mid-July nights. Before the snow falls, indulge in some fresh air and fresh sounds of some of the hottest acts of the year.
Fall Badfish 2015
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
12001 State Route. 282, Nelson Ledge Road.
Garrettsville, OH 44231
(440) 548-2716 

Date: Sept. 25 – 27 at 9 a.m.

Badfish, a Sublime tribute band, with be returning to the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park for a two-night performance at the end of September. Accompanying acts will soon be announced for the rest of the weekend. Spend the entire weekend at this relaxing campground taking in the sounds of Sublime and nature. When you’re not taking in the sweet sounds, you can spend time with friends or family hiking, biking, snorkeling, fishing and more. It’s a wonderful way to bid goodbye to the summer by making full use of the great outdoors. 

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Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
2014 Sycamore St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 861-4080

Date: Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. 

Russian-German musician, producer and DJ Zedd will bring his electronic sounds to the Jacobs Pavilion at the end of September. If you’re a pop music fan, you likely have heard some of his electro house songs like “Clarity,” featuring Foxes, and “Stay the Night,” featuring Hayley Williams. Nautical Flats, known for always hosting a fantastic show, is the perfect place to spend a cool fall evening with an energizing ambiance. Look out at the Cleveland skyline and boats drifting by under lit bridges as you take in the show, an incredible ambiance for a concert that showcases the best of Cleveland. Check this show out if you’re looking to sing along and get your dance on.

Date: Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier will be performing at the Jacobs Pavilion in The Flats in October. The soulful bluesy sounds will make a perfect start to fall, closing out hot and uncomfortable days of summer and welcoming the cooler and crisper days of October. You’ll surely hear radio-friendly favorite “Take Me To Church,” as well as this singer’s more bluesy tunes from his self-titled debut album.

Five Finger Death Punch And Papa Roach
Date: Oct. 4 at 6:15 p.m.

Heavy metal favorites Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach are bringing their co-headline tour to Cleveland at the Jacobs Pavilion. This is a fabulous (and affordable) opportunity to catch Five Finger Death Punch right after the release of their new album earlier this month. Meanwhile, Papa Roach is supporting their album “F.E.A.R.” Get ready for a cool autumn evening of rock and roll!

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Kaitlin Dershaw Durbin has spent the past 7 years living in and loving Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries, especially when it comes to the local food and arts community, and sharing them with others, hoping to spark similar love for the city in others. Find her other local profiles at