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9 Super Cool Outdoor Music Venues

May 1, 2018

9 Super Cool Outdoor Music Venues

Want to catch some great music and views at the same time? Check out these nine super cool outdoor music spaces in Iowa.

1. Klopfenstein Amphitheater

Located in Marion's Lowe Park, the amphitheater features giant metal burr oak leaves forming a dramatic canopy for the stage which accommodates local bands, high school plays, regional performers and even weddings.

2. Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Photo by James Scholz

At the foot of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Council Bluffs, find this 90-acre public park, complete with amphitheater space suitable for concerts and outdoor movies. The Great Lawn features an interactive light display that illuminates the area with colorful changing patterns.

3. McGrath Amphitheatre

Entertainers like Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Eve 6 and Everclear have performed at this amphitheatre located on the banks of the Cedar River across from downtown Cedar Rapids.

4. Fred Maytag Bowl

Constructed in 1936 by the Maytag Family, this venue in Newton hosts the annual Bowlful of Blues, produced by the South Skunk Blues Society, and a Summer Concert Series.

5. Simon Estes Amphitheater

The popular Nitefall on the River concert series takes place at this amphitheater along the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines. Past summers have featured Yonder Mountain String Band, Sister Hazel, Ingrid Michaelson, Fitz and the Tantrums and others.

6. Preservation Plaza

Enjoy concerts from land or the lake on summer weekends at Preservation Plaza at Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Okoboji. Arrive early and enjoy the rides at Arnolds Park including the Legend, one of the top 10 wooden roller coasters in the country.

7. RiverLoop Amphitheatre

Catch free Friday night concerts in Waterloo at this venue on the banks of the Cedar River near the Waterloo Center for the Arts. A nearby splash pad and play area are perfect for the kids.

8. Avenue Of The Saints Amphitheater

Billed as the state’s largest, this St. Charles Amphitheater holds up to 18,000 people. Events include the Big Country Bash and Hinterland Music Festival.

9. Shades of Rhythm Amphitheater

Designed by two Iowa State University students, the amphitheater at Kohlmann Park in Waverly features curved wooden ribs accented with recycled glass.

This content was republished from Travel Iowa. Access the original content here.



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