Waterfront stage at Shepard Park.

The best waterfront concerts of 2019 – Bangor, Portland, Boston, …

September really is the perfect time to be in Boston: Warm summer days give way to chilly nights, so there’s plenty of sunshine by which to explore the city and plenty of fireplaces to cozy up to after dinner. These events, concerts, games and shows offer endless entertainment around town.
The end of summer still has beautiful weather and plenty of outdoor events at which to enjoy it. Boston has free outdoor movie screenings throughout the month. See Avengers: Endgame at the Frog Pond during Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night on September 6, and Sunset Cinema at the MFA shows Us on September 12.

Boston has major concert venues and a ton of theaters and smaller performance spaces. The Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion is a waterfront concert venue that hosts rock and country acts like Kacey Musgraves on September 12, and Bastille on September 17. Agganis Arena, part of Boston University, brings in Vampire Weekend on September 3 and Lizzo on September 17. The Who plays Fenway Park on September 13, and the Piano Man Billy Joel plays Fenway on September 14. For those who “ain’t ever getting older,” The Chainsmokers play TD Garden on September 27.

Seattle waterfront and nearby

The Kitsap County Fair & Stampede, August 21-25 in Bremerton at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds where you can enjoy the 4H-sponsored livestock exhibits and the carnival rides, plus, in the evenings, the rodeo. And don’t miss the the curly fries, the locally beloved Fisher scones, and the grilled alligator bites (one of the only times alligators venture this far north).

San Diego waterfront is about the get changed

San Diego is soon to boast one of the most acoustically innovative waterfront concert venues in Southern California, according to local officials. Set to open next summer on Embarcadero Marina Park South, the San Diego Symphonywill get a permanent space to host its shows, all centered around a 13,000-square-foot stage structure by London-based consortium Soundforms and local studio Tucker Sadler Architects.

The $45 million project is part of a larger proposal to encourage year-round activity in downtown San Diego. The venue, Bayside Performance Park, will be built on a 10.8-acre existing greenspace that’s able to hold over 3,000 people on average, and up to 10,000 on special occasions.

Bangor, Maine, American Folk Festival

In Bangor, Maine, admission is free and dogs should stay at home, The three-day festival American Folk Fest starts 6 p.m. Friday with the John Bapst High School music program and the Shoestring Theater from Portland leading a parade along the waterfront. There will be stages stretching along the Penobscot River, from Main Street to the Kenduskeag Stream. Performers, ranging from the Maine French fiddle playing Don Roy Trio, to blues and jazz musician Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, to Ikirenga Cy’intore, a Rwandan music and dance group from Portland, to The Fitzgeralds, a fiddle-playing and step dancing family from Ottawa, and many others, will provide nonstop music and dancing throughout the weekend.

Portland, Oregon about to get a new waterfront stage

Live Nation is reportedly eyeing a property in Portland’s South Waterfront as the potential home for a new 10,000-seat amphitheater. According to Portland NBC affiliate KGW, The Zidell family, owner of Zidell Yards, one of the last undeveloped properties on the waterfront, are working with the promoter-giant to build a temporary outdoor venue with a seven-year lease.

The property, which is located between the Ross Island Bridge and Tilikum Crossing, has previously hosted public events including food festivals, and a touring equestrian event, as well as the Project Pabst music festival, the Oregonian reported. The next step for the proposed amphitheater is a South Waterfront Greenway review and a design review. If the new shed comes to fruition, it will be one of the largest concert spaces in Portland, behind only the Moda Center, which boasts a concert capacity of about 18,000.

Max Francisco