There may not be falling leaves just yet, but the sounds emanating from the outdoor stages are enough to forget about a hard day at school or work. There are a variety of genres to find a group or artist that meets your musical interest to keep the entertainment at a high energy level. The tickets can go fast and make sure to check out the ticket requirements for the place and time. Even though summer is fading fast, there are exhilarating days ahead to enjoy first class performers.
Toby Keith & Eli Young Band
First Niagara Pavilion

665 Pennsylvania Route 18
Burgettstown, PA 15021
(724) 947-7400
www.firstniagarapavilion.net

If your looking to find the space that is large enough to hold performances from top notch entertainers, then First Niagara Pavilion is the place to join thousands of others. It doesn’t matter if names of the venue have changed, the countless popularity of the musical talent make for a concert to remember. You can stand, sit or find some lawn seating, but the pounding beat of experienced and world-famous musicians will surely move and shake the amphitheater and engage the crowd to be part of the act. Tickets for Toby Keith & Eli Young Band for their Good Times & Pick Up Lines tour on September 26 will need a reservation to ensure the best possible seating and availability.

Thrival Innovation & Music Festival
Almono-Hazelwood
124 Greenfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
www.thrivalfestival.com

The early bird catches the worm, so if you want tickets to the Thrival Innovation and Music Festival, then you should get moving to purchase the Early Bird tickets. There are two days of musical entertainment that feature 25 acts on two stages, and the Hazelwood venue is an outdoor concert on September 25 and 26. This is a week long inspiration of themes to showcase sustainability, innovation and awareness of the leadership and new challenges of the Pittsburgh region. The variety of the acts is testimony for the planning to get top notch performances to the people of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods.

Confluence PumpkinFest
266 La View Lane
Confluence, PA 15424
(814) 395-5080
www.confluencepumpkinfest.org

There is a fall foliage festival in the Laurel Highlands and a trip to Confluence and the town park welcomes visitors for events and activities that are family-oriented. The schedule includes contests, car show, games, parade, hay rides, pumpkin skills, 5K race, arts & crafts and enough fun for the entire family. There are musical performances on October 2 to October 4 under the Entertainment Tent and diversity for all music preferences. Confluence offers an opportunity to enjoy the area and the rich history and recreational activities are a wonderful way to spend the whole day and don’t forget to sharpen your pumpkin skills while the sounds of the various bands play in the background.

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Allegheny RiverStone Arts
Allegheny Grill Patio
40 Main St.
Foxburg, PA 16049
(724) 659-3153
alleghenyriverstone.org

The Greenville H.S. Steel Drum Band welcomes you to a free outdoor concert and admission on October 11 at 2 p.m. under a huge tent for your musical entertainment. You don’t have to take a cruise to the Caribbean Islands  to enjoy the sounds of the band at the Fall Festival in Foxburg, which is less than two hours from Pittsburgh. There are enough attractions in Foxburg for the entire family, and the Fall should be ablaze of majestic colors. This would be a great day of recreation, tours, cultural events, water activities, biking, shopping and dining and a return visit to explore the area can be a wonderful and historical destination. Come support the students and be amazed what a conductor can do with the band and what pulsating sounds emanate from this talented group.

Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival
1 Etze Ave.
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
(724) 542-4711
www.mtpleasantglassandetnicfestival.com

The tradition continues at the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival and the crowded streets are testimony that there is something special ahead for the scheduled three days from September 25-27. Part of that celebration is outdoor entertainment and each day there is enough variety for all musical genres and preferences. Head on over to the Gazebo Stage, Washington Street Stage, The Old Town Area or stop at the Midway for well-rounded musical enjoyment. Be sure to stop and check out the crafts, ethnic food and glass vendors, and participate in a host of contests for all ages. Stay around for the parade and an array of talent in dancing, cheering, KidsFest of activities and a dazzling light show display.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.