Philly Spring and Summer Concerts You Can’t Afford to Miss

Like most years past, Spring and Summer are gearing up to be exciting times for concert fans in Philly. Whatever genre might be your favorite — hip-hop, classic rock, alternative — there’s something happening between May and August that’s meant for you. Most ticket vendors are ramping up their line-ups, and you can check online for dates, pre-sales, and concert info.

The Festival Pier, located in Penn’s Landing, will be featuring some of the city’s best shows throughout the next few months. Located on the Delaware River Waterfront, the Festival Pier is a prime location for concerts. As the weather heats up, and humidity levels rise, step away from the hot concrete and dance, bounce, and shout to your favorite artists by the crisp water and with a warm sunset.

Starting up the festivities, the famous DJ and electronic dance music producer Marshmello will host a show on May 12. A week later, Post Malone (05/23) and Khalid (05/25) will be playing their own shows — these will be the more sought-out tickets, so make sure to get yours ASAP. For fans of the greats, Hall and Oates will also have a show following these hip-hop legends on May 26. Down the pipeline, for those Alternative Rock and Indie fans, Paramore (06/24), the always-profound Arcade Fire (07/19), and genre-splicing Beck (07/20) will be blessing our ears and offering, as always, a phenomenal time. Of course, there are a ton of shows that will play out in The Festival Pier. Purchase those tickets now on Ticket Master, StubHub, and other online vendors.

Also playing on The Festival Pier is one of the season’s most iconic shows, The Roots Picnic. Brought by, well, The Roots, this music and arts festival is an amazing one-day event. Held annually, this year’s Roots Picnic features a myriad of musical talents, like Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz, The Diplomats, and much more. Hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle and other special guests, this year’s show is looking to be one to remember. Tickets can be purchased now on Ticket Master; and while the VIP Pit Passes are sold out, you can still purchase VIP Platinum Passes and General Admission Passes.

If you’re looking for an event that’s more than just a concert, from June 28 through July 4, the Welcome America festival will take grounds throughout Philly. Held by the Philadelphia classic Wawa, the festival will offer events ranging from concerts to free community performances, 21+ beer gardens and brunches, cultural events and free museum admissions, and of course, firework shows during the festivities. While the lineup hasn’t been revealed for this year’s Welcome America July 4th Concert, last year’s performers included Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez, The Philadelphia Pops, and other artists. With free admissions to most of the festival’s events, stay on the look for more information on specific performances. Enjoy more than 50+ events and remember that watching Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is something you shouldn’t think of passing up.

Of course, tons of other musical events will happen throughout Spring and Summer. These seasons are always the most exciting times to be in Philly to take part in a thriving community of musicians. To whatever concert you end up attending, get your tickets before they’re gone! Unless the concert is free — in that case, free is very good, just be there with time to spare.

Jorge Fortin

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