The Best Outdoor Concert Venues in Michigan

It’s no secret that Michigan summers are the best. It is also the best time to catch a show outside at one of the many great outdoor concert venues. Watching and listening to your favorite band play with a Michigan sunset in the background is truly an amazing experience.

There are many outdoor concert venues in Michigan and some are very well-known, such as DTE Energy Music Theater. But I must say, there are many better options than just DTE. If you are looking to enjoy an outdoor concert this summer and aren’t close to DTE, check out some of the other popular outdoor concert venues in Michigan below.

Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
(Previously Freedom Hill Amphitheater)

14900 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre was bought by the Palace Sports & Entertainment group in 2015, who also owns DTE and is very similar in its setup. The venue is slightly smaller, making the lawn seats decent seats. It is located in Sterling Heights with a capacity of 7,200.

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

234 Festival Dr, Rochester, MI 48309

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is also part of the Palace umbrella of venues. It is part of Oakland University’s campus in Rochester Hills. It previously held just the Detroit Symphony Orchestra until 1968. The amphitheatre then added ballet before adding concerts in the 1970s. The venue holds 7,700 people.

Frederik Meijer Gardens

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Frederik Meijer Gardens isn’t well-known for concerts, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Each summer, the venue puts on the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. It runs from June 1st to August 31st and brings in a lot of bigger names you might not expect. What’s unique about this venue is you can pack a cooler of snacks to enjoy during the show!

Soaring Eagle

6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

Many people think of Soaring Eagle as a gambling destination, but they put on a lot of great concerts in the summer as well. It is a smaller venue of 3,200 seats so it provides a very intimate experience. Although the venue is on the smaller side, it still brings in many big names that are worth seeing! Head to Mount Pleasant for a concert and some gambling!

In addition to Michigan’s outdoor music venues, there are a lot of great outdoor festivals during the warmer months. Consider checking out MoPop in Detroit for alternative music, Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing for an assortment of artists, Faster Horses in Brooklyn which features country artists, or the Microbrew & Music Fest in Traverse City for delicious drinks and music.

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