Cleveland isn’t known for its balmy weather, but it is known for its music scene, with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame downtown and plenty of great music venues all around the city. When you are lucky enough to sneak outside for some fresh air, what could be better than some live music and brews to create great Cleveland memories? Keep an eye on these outdoor music venues for some exciting shows this season!
Blossom Music Center
1145 W. Steels Corners Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
(330) 920-8040

The Blossom Music Center is one of Cleveland’s best-known outdoor music venues, with a large amphitheater that houses the stage and seating for 5,700 people. The lawn expands the listening area to include room for another 13,500 fans. Whether you’re a fan of securing a particular seat with a great view of the stage and performer or you’d rather park yourself on a lawn chair or quilt in the grass, this is a perfect place for all sorts of fans. The variety of performances offered also cater to all sorts of fans, from orchestra shows (including classics as well as events that showcase tunes from favorite movies) to classic rock, pop, and anything else you can imagine!

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

Jacobs Pavilion is an anchor in the Flats. It’s the perfect place for Cleveland lovers to enjoy music by the river and take in some of the best views in the city. The peaceful waters on warm summer evenings create a perfect juxtaposition for a loud, rocking concert in the pavilion. Fans can watch boats cruise by and feel the cool evening air all around them as they wait for their favorite artists to take the stage. The potential for elaborate show lighting in the pavilion is also quite a draw, creating another unusual outdoor music experience.

Cain Park
14591 Superior Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 371-3000

Hidden in Cleveland Heights, Cain Park is an unusual venue with a great selection of shows every summer. The venue has brought acts like The Beach Boys, Average White Band, Earth Wind & Fire, and Arlo Guthrie. There are two theaters, the Alma Theater and the Evans Theater, that provide cover for fans, but the Evans Theater also has a lawn seating area. The openness of the theaters allow guests to get fresh air from all angles, and the lawn seating doesn’t sacrifice quality of sound and enjoyment.

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Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
12001 Nelson Ledge Road
Garrettsville, OH 44231
(440) 548-2716

A little outside of Cleveland, the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park is a fantastic space for outdoorsy music fans. This campground and outdoor activity hub is great for people that like to camp during the summer, get away from the city for a couple of nights, enjoy outdoor music on small stages with large wide open viewing space, and even do some cliff diving (this is only for the bravest of visitors with great caution). The stages are just that: stages, built outside on somewhat of a beach, with no covering for the crowd. That said, bring your sunscreen and plenty of water!

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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