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.

Klopfenstein Amphitheater, Marion
Iowa’s newest venue opened in May 2014 in Lowe Park in Marion. Giant metal burr oak leaves form a dramatic canopy for the stage which accommodates local bands, high school plays, regional performers and even weddings.


Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Council Bluffs
At the foot of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, you’ll find this 90-acre public park, complete with an amphitheater space suitable for concerts and outdoor movies. The Great Lawn features an interactive light display that illuminates the area with colorful changing patterns.


McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids
Located on the banks of the Cedar River across from downtown Cedar Rapids, this amphitheatre opened in Fall 2013. This summer's line-up includes Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Everclear, Eve 6, Uptown Friday Nights, movie nights and more.


Fred Maytag Bowl, Newton
Built in 1936 by the Maytag Family, this venue was recently updated and renovated. The Bowlful of Blues, produced by the South Skunk Blues Society, is a popular annual event in August.


Simon Estes Amphitheater, Des Moines
The popular Nitefall on the River concert series takes place at this amphitheater along the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines. Catch Yonder Mountain String Band, Sister Hazel, Ingrid Michaelson, Fitz and the Tantrums and others this summer.


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


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


Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, St. Charles
Billed as the state’s largest, this amphitheater can hold up to 18,000 people. Construction started last year and will continue over the next couple of summers before the permanent stage and seating is completed. But events are being held in the space now; including five 80s tribute bands for a Flashback to the 80s concert June 28.


Shades of Rhythm Amphitheater, Waverly
Designed by two Iowa State University students, the new amphitheater at Kohlmann Park (slated to be open in time for RAGBRAI 2014) will feature curved wooden ribs accented with recycled glass.










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