Listen to a classical concert on a historic barge in Brooklyn, or hear sound waves from international acts reverberate off of natural rock features in Colorado. Here are TripSavvy's favorite live music venues and performances for 2018.
Live Music Venues
- Strathmore Music Center: North Bethesda, Md. — featured in The Best Things to Do in Maryland
- Levitt Shell: Memphis, Tenn. — featured in Free Things to Do in Midtown Memphis
- UCO Jazz Lab: Edmond, Okla. — featured in Things to Do in Edmond
- The Fox Theatre: Atlanta, Ga. — featured in Things to Do in Atlanta on a Budget
Bargemusic: Brooklyn, N.Y. — featured in The Top Things to Do in DUMBO
Hop aboard a 19th-century, one-hundred-foot steel barge to listen to chamber music. The floating concert hall doesn’t travel around, but is docked at the Fulton Ferry Landing in Dumbo. Since the 1970s, music lovers have made a pilgrimage to this unique concert venue to hear an array of performances. If you have kids in tow, you shouldn’t miss the notable Music in Motion series, a one-hour free concert series, which includes a Q&A with the musicians following the concert. The series takes place on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and there is no reserved seating.
- The Casbah: San Diego, Calif. — featured in San Diego's Best Live Music Bars
- Meymandi Concert Hall: Raleigh, N.C. — featured in Things to Do for New Year's Eve in N.C.
- Opera at Teatro La Fenice: Venice, Italy — featured in Things to Do in Venice
- Grand Ole Opry: Nashville, Tenn. — featured in Nashville's Top Country Music Attractions
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre: Denver, Colo. — featured in Denver's Top Tourist Attractions
This music venue is like nowhere else on earth. In fact, it claims to be the world’s only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre not only creates stunning sound, but is also beautiful, surrounded by dramatic rock formations and perched on a mountain with panoramic views of the Denver-metro landscape. This 9,500-capacity venue has seen some of the most famous musicians in history, from the Beatles to U2, and Red Rocks is also a favorite recording space for live albums.
Historians believe Red Rocks was originally used by the Ute tribe. –Aimee Heckel
- Ryman Auditorium: Nashville, Tenn. — featured in Nashville's Top Country Music Attractions
- Miller Outdoor Theatre: Houston, Texas — featured in Free Things to Do in Houston
- Utah Symphony: Salt Lake City, Utah — featured in October Events in Salt Lake City
- Philharmonie de Paris: Paris, France— featured in The Complete Guide to the Paris Philharmonic
- La Palau de la Musica Catalana: Barcelona, Spain — featured in Things to Do in El Born, Barcelona
- The Grand 1984 Opera House: Galveston Island, Texas — featured in Things to Do on Galveston Island
Theaters & Performances
- English National Ballet: London, England — featured in Things to Do at Christmas in London
- Stanford Theatre: Palo Alto, Calif. — featured in The Complete Guide to Palo Alto
- Bard on the Beach: — featured in Things to Do in Vancouver in the Summer
- Orpheum Theatre: Phoenix, Ariz. — featured in Things to Do in Phoenix
Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse: Memphis, Tenn. — featured in Cheap Things to Do in Memphis
Memphis has plenty of trendy bars and restaurants where locals party on a Saturday night. But those truly in the know head somewhere else: Playhouse on the Square. Owned by Circuit Playhouse, it is Memphis’ only professional theater, and it’s second to none. The venue boasts rehearsal spaces; costume and set shops; and a theater with trap doors and 29 fly lines so actors can fly and delight audiences in productions like Peter Pan and Matilda. In addition to seeing world class theater, visitors also get to enjoy a sophisticated lobby bar and rooftop garden for drinks before plays or during intermission.
- Actors Theatre of Louisville: Louisville, Ky. — featured in Free Things to Do in Louisville
- American Cinematheque: Los Angeles, Calif. — featured in Intellectual Los Angeles
- Paper Mill Playhouse: Millburn, N.J. — featured in Things to Do With Kids in North Jersey
- Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena, Calif. — featured in Things to Do in Pasadena
St. Ann's Warehouse: Brooklyn, N.Y. — featured in The Top Things to Do in DUMBO
Experimental theater-goers know St. Ann's Warehouse as one of Brooklyn—and New York's—premier performance spaces to see cutting-edge and avant garde theater by local and international companies, whether they are already critically acclaimed or new and emerging talents. St. Ann's has been around since the 1980s and has hosted everyone from David Bowie to Cynthia Hopkins to Al Pacino but when it found its permanent home in 2015 at the historic 19th-century Tobacco Warehouse on Brooklyn's waterfront, a new era was ushered in.
St. Ann's can now host up to 700 people in its versatile theater, plus there is a smaller, multi-use studio and an outdoor garden space.
- Enzian Theater: Orlando, Fla. — featured in Special Occasion Brunches in Orlando
- Broward Center for the Performing Arts: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — featured in The Top Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale
- M.I.'s Westside Comedy: Santa Monica, Calif. — featured in The Top Things to Do in Santa Monica
- AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center: Silver Spring, Md. — featured in Maryland's Top Attractions
- The Smith Playhouse and Playground: Philadelphia, Penn. — featured in Things to Do in Philly With Kids