The Nine Best Outdoor Venues in North Texas

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Courtesy of Lee Harvey's
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.

With that in mind, here are the best eight outdoor venues in the DFW area.

See also: The Nine Best Unconventional Music Venues in DFW

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.

Roderick Pullum

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.

Rachel Parker

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 Center. By any name, Gexa has hosted a bevy of great shows and festivals.
Upcoming Show
October 13:
Jason Aldean

Nate Rehlander

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.

Upcoming Shows
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.

Upcoming Shows
October 7:
The Mike Haskins Experience
October 14: Home by Hovercraft
October 28: Sturgill Simpson

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Lee Harvey's is the whole package, nice outdoor area with live bands, great burgers.  Also nice, the new Gas Monkey Grill with 2 patios, large stage for live bands outside, good burgers,  fresh cut fries made from purple and white potatoes!


Lee Harvey's is def #1. Y'all get it right again. Too much credit to the big megafest locations though in my opinion. But well done.  


used to be some greatness at the Fair Park Bandshell. some of my favorite concert memories.


Let me start with my full disclosure-I was a avid rock concert attendee in the 70’s and 80’s and to a much lesser extent in the 90’s and maybe down to a 5-6 highly selective shows a year in the 00’s. Unlike in my younger days when I would see whoever was coming to town in large arenas to small clubs, today I’m much more selective. The Granada, Kessler and even the Southside Hall occasionally are my usual spots. And before I fork out $150 for a couple of tix, I’m online checking reviews of earlier shows elsewhere when possible and whether the artist is touring with a full band. Yes, I now want to hear my favorites and most concerts advertised as an “Intimate evening with…” is a nonstarter for me at this point of my selfish music life.

So after attending a couple of recent shows billed as “artist and band” only to find out the “band” equates to the artist plus a single bass player or piano accomplice or the much dreaded acoustic duo, I’m calling for a new guideline for show billings- “and band” means at least enough side player to play most of the artist’s discology. Is that not a simple and fair request?? If Neil Young tours with just a guitar and harmonica, I probably there, but if Wilco tours withjust Tweedy and a bass player, I’d like to know that before I am standing in a crowded theatre for a couple of hours to find that out

Are you with me on this?


Dallas, TX


if gexa and pizza hut park are on your best list Id hate to see the worst venue list....

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