Music & Concerts

Live Music al Fresco

8 outdoor music venues to catch a concert this spring in Dallas.

Paola Arias
Posted on Mar 29, 2019

Spring is here and that means it's the perfect time to be outdoors enjoying live music. Here are just a few of Dallas' outdoor music venues you'll want to keep an eye on this spring.

The Rustic
Come for the food, stay for the tunes. Located in Uptown, The Rustic is known for its large outdoor patio, Pat's Backyard – named after Texas country singer and part-owner of the restaurant, Pat Green. The Rustic screams Texas with its array of Texas beers and can't-miss U.S. flag made of empty beer cans on the bar wall, but the live music is much more than Texas country (and most of the time, free of charge). Check out their events calendar for local acts, cover bands and more.

Who's on the lineup:

The Dip | April 10

The Josephines | April 26

Celebrate Selena, featuring Bidi Bidi Banda | May 8

Dos Equis Pavilion
Located in Fair Park, Dos Equis Pavilion is perhaps one of the best-known outdoor music venues in Dallas. Since its opening in 1988, the venue has hosted more than 600 acts, including Elton John, Tina Turner, Black Sabbath, and festivals like Outlaw Music Festival. It's the go-to venue for catching top national acts under the sun. With a steady line up most months out of the year, music lovers are bound to find a concert to add to their list.

Who's on the lineup:

ZZ Top | May 17

Florida Georgia Line | June 14

Outlaw Music Festival | July 3

Strauss Square at AT&T Performing Arts Center
For those with a finer taste in music, Strauss Square is the perfect place to catch live music under the stars. The 128,000-square amphitheater, located next to the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District, hosts an eclectic array of musicians from world-famous musicians to lesser-known artists, as well as yoga sessions and various other events.

Who's on the lineup:

Pink Martini | April 14

Joan Baez | April 19

City Dionysia | May 9 – 11

Club Dada
This list wouldn't be complete without a Deep Ellum venue. The neighborhood is long known for its blues and jazz history and that passion for live music is still alive and well today in the neighborhood and its many live music venues, including Club Dada. This Deep Ellum longstanding venue is known for bringing in some of the best local acts and up and coming artists who perform on the large back patio.

Who's on the lineup:

Ella Vos | April 4

Michael Brun | April 13

Peter Bjorn and John | April 27

The Foundry
Only a few minutes from Downtown in West Dallas, The Foundry's laidback venue will make you feel miles away from the city. Its picnic-style tables and pet-friendly patio is the perfect spot to take your furry friends and enjoy a weekend of live music – Friday and Saturday nights.  Next door, Chicken Scratch offers menu items like chicken fingers, buttermilk biscuits and cream pepper gravy and chicken and coconut waffle. 

Main Street Garden
Although you may not find live music at Main Street Garden year-round, it is the home of Homegrown Music and Arts Festival – Dallas' local music and arts outdoor festival. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the festival and will feature local favorites like the Toadies, Tripping Daisy and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.


Header photo credit: AB Gonzalezz