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All the best free outdoor concerts this summer

Summer Fun 2017

All the best free outdoor concerts this summer

To help you plan, here's a rundown
All the best free outdoor concerts this summer
A large crowd fills the amphitheater in Scotia's Freedom Park as Hair of the Dog performs in June 2013.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

There’s nothing more summery than an outdoor concert on a beautiful night in upstate New York.

The atmosphere can’t be beat – chilling on a picnic blanket with family and friends, live tunes in the air and the stars above.

The area’s premiere outdoor music venue will always be Saratoga Performing Arts Center, of course. As usual, SPAC has a stellar lineup of concerts this summer, from the Zac Brown Band to the Philadelphia Orchestra and lots in between.

But the area’s biggest variety of free outdoor shows comes in the form of the many free gigs at venues like Music Haven in Schenectady and the Corning Preserve in Albany.

Elsewhere in the region, free shows will be happening all summer. To help you plan out the rest of your summer, here’s a rundown of some of the best ones:

Sawyer Fredericks performed at Freedom Park in Scotia on June 21. (Erica Miller)

Freedom Park, Scotia

  • Aug. 23: American Runaways
  • Aug. 26: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra

Jazz on Jay, Schenectady

  • Aug. 31: A 3

Concerts in the Park, Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa

  • Aug. 31: The Coteries

The Lake George Arts Project's Summer Concerts, Shepard Park, Lake George

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