The Nine Best Outdoor Venues in North Texas
Now that the weather has turned to something other than scorching, we can turn our attention to catching a show outdoors. Although most promoters (and many in the crowds) don't seem to mind a show taking place in the middle of August, I sure don't mind having dehydration and hyperthermia being the exception rather than the norm.
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With that in mind, here are the best eight outdoor venues in the DFW area.
9. Quicktrip Park
Home to the Grand Prairie AirHogs, this ball park has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, but is woefully underused as a concert venue. Located next to the Verizon Theater and Lone Star Park, Quicktrip is a just begging for a couple of Fall festivals.
8. Toyota Stadium
Formerly known as FC Dallas Stadium and Pizza Hut Park, this 20,000 seat beast has hosted an MLS Cup, an NCAA Division 1 Football Championship and even an Ozzfest. At the moment, only pro soccer games and a few local high school football games are all that are scheduled in Frisco, though the stadium just played host to Breakaway Music Festival, and Edgefest was held there earlier this year.
7. Gexa Energy Pavilion
Featuring abundant free parking and a central locale, Gexa Energy Pavilion has become the default outdoor venue for most major concerts coming through the area. Originally opened in 1988 as the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater, the venue has also been known as the Smirnoff Theater and the Superpages.com Center. By any name, Gexa has hosted a bevy of great shows and festivals.
October 13: Jason Aldean
6. AT&T Performing Arts Center
Known to host just about any event, the outdoor porch concerts at the Sammons Park portion of the AT&T Performing Arts Center are surefire crowd pleasers. Plus, by booking lots of local talent, the venue is helping to highlight the area music scene.
October 3: Somebody's Darling, Ryan Thomas becker
October 10: Bravo, Max! Eric Harvey
October 24: Centro-matic, Daniel Rush Folmer
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5. The Foundry
This rustic spot came about as part of Dallas' ongoing Westside revitalization project. The Foundry books some final touring acts as well as some equally fine local bands. The atmosphere is always friendly and the food is possibly the best of any area music venue.
October 7: The Mike Haskins Experience
October 14: Home by Hovercraft
October 28: Sturgill Simpson