Ohio’s Unique Outdoor Music Venues
By Mary Kleffner

Ohio’s Unique Outdoor Music Venues

Nothing quite says “summer” like enjoying warm weather while listening to your favorite artists’ live music with family and friends. From venues on the Ohio River to Columbus’ Arena District and everywhere in-between, Ohio’s outdoor music scene is truly unparalleled. Check out some of Ohio’s best outdoor music venues and events!

Fraze Pavilion

Seating 4,300, Fraze Pavilion has brought music and fun to the Southwestern Ohio region for almost thirty years. Its picturesque Kettering, Ohio location offers concerts, festivals, as well as weekly and monthly entertainment for the whole family. Past musical acts include Blake Shelton and John Mayer, and this season will bring Tony Bennett and Earth, Wind, and Fire to the stage.

Help celebrate some of the best summer music and get your tickets to a show here!

Legend Valley

Starting in the 1970s Clifford and Helen Jinks, original owners of the land in Thornville, Ohio where Legend Valley sits, hosted small musical gatherings for family and friends. As the 70s ended, the two signed a lease with George Biddle and Gary Kutch, who helped bring in more high-profile performers. And it worked – by the 1980s, the valley’s headliners included Journey and Jon Bon Jovi. Today, the historic venue and campground continues to host several musical, athletic, and other entertaining festivals and events. This summer’s “Country Jam and Campout” will feature Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, and Dan + Shay.

Although a quaint area, Legend Valley’s entertainment is anything but! Learn more here.

Jamboree in the Hills

Once a year, Jamboree in the Hills draws a national crowd of over 5,000 to Morristown, Ohio. An onsite campground encourages attendees to participate in all the four-day long event has to offer – including food, drink, contests, and other entertaining activities! A two-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Fair or Special Event of the Year, the jamboree has hosted some of the biggest names in industry like Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. Tune in this year to headliners Big & Rich, Brantley Gilbert, and more at one of this season’s biggest country music festivals!

Visit Jamboree’s website for a full list of performers and to grab tickets!


In the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, EXPRESS LIVE! can entertain over 5,000 guests during outdoor events and performances. Its unique amphitheater and plaza help provide a one-of-a-kind and memorable experience for all. Enjoy a blend of pop, alternative, rock, and more from a variety of performers that grace the stage – and while you’re there, visit nearby Columbus gems like the North Market or catch a Clippers’ baseball game!

See a complete schedule of EXPRESS LIVE! events here.

Fashion Meets Music Festival

Devoted to the fusion of fashion and music, the Fashion Meets Music Festival strives to establish Columbus and the Central Ohio region as a national frontrunner in music, fashion, and dining each year. The largest festival of its kind, the two-day, four-stage event in Obetz, Ohio includes performances from some of the biggest names in the music industry and a variety of runway shows.

Get fashion-inspired, eat delicious food, and enjoy music from some of your favorite artists at this one-of-a-kind festival! Learn more here.

Centennial Terrace

Fifteen minutes outside of Toledo, you’ll find Sylvania, Ohio, the home of Centennial Terrace. One of Northwest Ohio’s biggest and best outdoor venues, its stage has hosted dozens of artists – from ZZ Top to Sheryl Crow. This season jam out to The Beach Boys, Styx, or celebrate Independence Day at the popular “Star Spangled Celebration” fireworks display happening July 3rd!

Check out more music talent and entertainment that’s available at this fun summer location here.

Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes

This nationally recognized concert brings thousands to Northwest Ohio each year. Held in the small village of Fort Loramie, (population about 1,500) Country Concert is a three-day music festival that boasts many of the biggest country music artists on two outdoor stages. Eric Church, Brad Paisley, and Toby Keith are just a few of several headliners this year. Feel free to bring your own cooler or enjoy on-site food and drinks all-weekend long at this gathering of country music’s finest!

Find the line-up and more information here.

Blossom Music Center

Nestled just south of Cleveland in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom Music Center is one of the largest outdoor venues and amphitheaters in Ohio. The pavilion seats 5,700 people, while an attached lawn holds 13,500. And as a host for some of the industry’s biggest names, music lovers of all genres are sure to enjoy the experience! Some of this summer’s entertainment includes Dead and Company, the Vans Warped Tour, and Rascal Flatts. Listen to your favorite artists, take in the exquisite scenery, and revel in the warm summer weather at Blossom!

For a complete list of upcoming shows, click here.

Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Located in the West Bank of The Flats in Downtown Cleveland, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (formerly known as Nautica Stage) has entertained crowds since the mid-1980s with performers such as Ringo Starr and The Black Keys. Rain or shine, the venue’s large overhang provides concert-goers shelter from the elements, and its position offers an excellent view of the Cuyahoga River. Upcoming shows include the Barenaked Ladies, Lindsey Stirling, and Brett Eldredge. Listen to some of your favorite artists all while basking in the lights and striking views of the riverfront!

Find a full schedule of events here.

Riverbend Music Center

Located in Cincinnati along the banks of the Ohio River, Riverbend Music Center provides attendees with live music and dazzling views. Originally built in 1983 to hold outdoor concerts for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the venue has grown to also host high profile musical artists including Jimmy Buffett (who’s played at the venue every year since 1988 and to over 40 sold-out crowds) Janet Jackson, and Keith Urban. This summer, you’ll find performers like Macklemore, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Mraz.

Enjoy a “royal” concert experience in the Queen City! Check the event list here.

With these options, you can experience music of all kinds! Try a few or try them all – and share your music adventures with us using #OhioFindItHere.

About the Author

Mary is the Public Relations Intern for TourismOhio, where she assists the public relations team in creating content that showcases all the excitement and fun available right here in Ohio. A graduate of Capital University, Mary studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.