You know it’s summer in Pittsburgh when everywhere you turn you find an outdoor music night, festival, or series — with many of them offered as free events. 

If you’re in tune with the usual summer vibes you know you head to the South Park on Friday nights, Hartwood Acres on Sunday nights, and pretty much any community on a Saturday. But weeks are 7 days long not just 3 and if it’s a beautiful summer night you can’t afford to waste it just because it isn’t yet officially the weekend. 

This is where the great folks over in Crafton have stepped in to meet your give-me-all-the-summer-fun! needs by stepping up the summer concert game with their Thursday night series. Start the weekend a night early (you were gonna take Friday off anyways, right?) by spending it outside in Crafton Park. Music starts at 7:30pm every Thursday from July 11 thru August 18. That’s 6 weeks of ready-made Thursday night plans (you’re welcome).

Crafton Performing Arts, celebrating its 50th year, has a pretty Classic Pittsburgh line-up this year too: 

July 11 – Johnny Angel and the Halos – You can’t go a proper Pittsburgh summer without listening to them at least once!

July 18 – Roscoe Transit Authority – Don’t worry they are much better than the Port Authority you’re used to dealing with. Classic Oldies Rock & Roll.

July 25 – Dr. Zoot – Take a dose of swing-era sounds. Doctor’s orders. 

August 1 – Mansfield Five – Straight outta Carnegie but they will transport you back in time with their disco, Motown, and doo wop jams. And plan ahead for this one — The Rib & Chicken Fest will be in the park from 4pm-7pm and you have to buy tix for it in advance.

August 8 – Community Band South – Yes it’s a community band, but it’s perfect for providing a small-town-community-feel …oh, and it’s still outside so frankly that’s good enough to get us there. 

August 15 – River City Brass Ensemble – Another Classic Pittsburgh group in the line up. Say goodbye to the lazy days of summer with a night of some fine brass on the grass. 

All you need to know: Thursdays, 7:30pm, Crafton Park. Learn more here.

Crafton Concert
Crafton Concert

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Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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