Throughout the summer, we’ll bring you ideas for “Affordable Fun”
—things you can do that won’t break the bank or, better yet, are free.
Stay tuned to NRFGP to be entertained all summer long!
By: Mary Fran Bontempo

Something about summer makes me want to break into song.

Lucky for you, I won’t, but the sentiment seems to be shared by many, given the number and variety of outdoor concerts being presented on area stages and outdoor venues throughout the summer months.

And one of the best things about these musical treats is the price: they’re free.

The City of Brotherly Love offers its Summer Concert Series at Penn’s Landing, on the shore of the Delaware River. Here, the stage plays host to events ranging from a family-friendly concert helmed by former Hannah Montana star Emily Osmet, to jazz, gospel and multi-cultural events starting in May and continuing through mid- September. Located within walking distance of Old City, Penn’s Landing is a great place to take in music on a summer night.

A short distance away, in the city’s Northern Liberties section, The Piazza at Schmidt’s is a prime location for station 104.5’s Summer Block Parties. Featuring a wide variety of indie acts, the Piazza offers concert-goers an opportunity to explore a part of town rich with great shops, restaurants and a friendly neighborhood vibe while listening to unique musical talent.

If a more bucolic venue is your preference, check out the Summer Wine Concerts at Delaware Valley College. From early May through the end of August, the school offers a variety of musical talents, pairing the concerts with locally made wine, lite refreshments and fresh grown produce for sale every Friday evening throughout the summer from 6-9 PM.

Although the offerings in the Philly area are plentiful, cities and towns throughout the country take advantage of balmy summer evenings to let the music play. Check out the events above or do a little digging and discover the musical delicacies available for free in your town.

And if you want to sing along, go ahead. That’s what carefree summer nights are for.