The 30 Biggest Concerts and Music Fests Coming to Philly in Summer 2016
Superstars and up-and-comers hit Philly’s big summer venues
Summertime in Philadelphia means tons of concerts and festivals from some of the biggest names in music.
Whether you prefer rap or rock, hardcore or country, folk or EDM, we've rounded up nearly 30 killer shows taking place between late May and September 2016.
The shows go down at some of the region's coolest venues, including The Mann Center for Performing Arts, Festival Pier, BB&T Pavilion and more.
Read on for the top concerts hitting the area this summer.
Roots Picnic at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
June 4, 2016
The ninth annual Roots Picnic lineup is among the best yet. Legends Future and Usher take the headliner spots, with Leon Bridges, Swizz Beats, DMX, Migos, Anderson, Paak, Lolawolf, Willow Smith and other acts set to perform as well. And, of course, let's not forget the festival's namesake band, The Roots!
This year marks the ninth annual Roots Picnic in Philly. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Wilco at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 4, 2016
The Mann Center for Performing Arts will be the last stateside destination for Chicago-based Wilco before the alt-rock band heads abroad for some international tours dates. With a 20-plus year career, the band has ample material from which to draw, including last year's "Star Wars" album, which is sure to be heard in the performance.
Wilco brings its "Star Wars" tour to the Mann Center in early June. (Photo courtesy Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Beyonce at the Lincoln Financial Field
June 5, 2016
Beyonce's Formation World Tour takes over Lincoln Financial Field at the top of June, fresh (squeezed) off another surprise album drop, "Lemonade." Bey has no problem selling out entire stadiums, so snatch up tickets while they still exist.
— Formation World Tour (@FormationWT) June 6, 2016
Beyonce brings her Formation World Tour to Philly's Lincoln Financial Field.
104.5 Block Parties at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
June 5, July 10, August 7 and September 18, 2016
Radio 104.5 definitely brings the party to its block parties every summer. The free concert series makes a move to the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing this year and continues to pack the once-a-month lineup with some of the hottest artists from the station's airwaves. First up: The Head and the Heart and Broods, who are set to take the stage in June.
Festival Pier at Penn's Landing is one of the premier outdoor venues in Philly. (Photo courtesy Festival Pier)
Dead and Company at the BB&T Pavilion
June 20, 2016
At the end of 2015, most of the remaining Grateful Dead band members, joined by guitarist John Mayer, turned an impromptu performance into a mini tour. The well-received shows prompted a full tour of 24 performances in 2016, including a stop in Camden at the BB&T Pavilion in June.
Dave Matthews Band at the BB&T Pavilion
June 24-25, 2016
Dave Matthews Band's 2016 summer tour celebrates the group's 25th anniversary. Look forward to several brand-new tunes that the band has debuted since the beginning of the tour, plus all the old favorites at the groupie-packed live shows.
Kenny Chesney at the Lincoln Financial Field
June 25, 2016
Country superstar Kenney Chesney arrives in the City of Brotherly Love in late June on his Spread the Love tour. Along with Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Old Dominion are along for the ride, creating a dream bill for many country music fans.
Paul Simon at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 25, 2016
Need proof that Paul Simon is one of the best living American songwriters? Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists and songwriters, and Time magazine said he was one of the 100 people who shaped the world. Scheduled to release his 13th studio album, "Stranger to Stranger," at the beginning of June, the well-acclaimed folk-rock artist pays a visit to West Philadelphia this summer to give fans in the area an al fresco performance.
In addition to great sight lines at concerts, The Mann Center offers a great view of the Philadelphia skyline. (Photo courtesy Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Sting and Peter Gabriel at the BB&T Pavilion
June 26, 2016
The Rock Paper Scissors Tour gives fans a unique opportunity to hear the catalogs of the two legendary artists – Sting and Peter Gabriel – who haven't toured together since the 1980s. Not only does the show feature both solo musicians performing their own hits, but the two will also play one another's tracks, both alone and together.
Phish at The Mann Center for Performing Arts
June 28-29, 2016
The legendary jam band Phish stops by Philly for two nights of shows at the end of June on its month-long trek across America. Extended musical improvisation is a guarantee.
Phish brings its legendary improv-based jams to the Mann Center at the end of June. (Photo courtesy Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Wawa Welcome America's Philly 4th of July Jam
July 4, 2016
The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert goes retro with a family-friendly, only-in-Philadelphia lineup of talent. Among the performers during the free five-hour concert: two homegrown celebs — Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton star, and Yazz (Bryshere Gray) from TV’s smash hit Empire. The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and other hit makers will lead a tribute to the musical team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, creators of The Sound of Philadelphia. The Philly POPS will round out the evening with a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue performance of patriotic tunes.
Wawa Welcome America's Philly 4th of July Jam And Fireworks remains one of the year's biggest events. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park
July 9, 2016
The Piano Man sings us a song this July, drawing from his 13 albums and 45-year career. Look forward to crowd sing-alongs during his performance at the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Expect a legendary performance and tons of sing-alongs when Billy Joel hits Citizens Bank Park this July. (Photo courtesy Live Nation)
Paul McCartney at Citizens Bank Park
July 12, 2016
Paul McCartney's One on One tour circles the globe before landing in Philly in mid-July. Sir Paul's setlist opens up his entire catalog, including "A Hard Day's Night," performed by the spry 73-year-old for the first time in more than 50 years.
Bob Dylan at The Mann Center for Performing Arts
July 13, 2016
One of music's most important and influential artists, Bob Dylan has left an indelible imprint on folk, blues, rock, country and gospel music, as well as the American identity as a whole. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Dylan comes into his 18th year of the Never Ending Tour, having played 191 songs with 1,022 musicians in 2,134 venues throughout 125 states and countries. Catch him performing behind his new album "Fallen Angels" at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts this July.
Guns N' Roses at the Lincoln Financial Field
July 14, 2016
More than an album title for Guns N' Roses, "Appetite for Destruction" serves as a way of life and something the band's ravenous fans have identified with for 30 years. To mark their three-decade anniversary, the band sets out with their Not In This Lifetime tour, uniting Axl, Slash and Duff to perform together for the first time since 1993.
Gwen Stefani with Eve at the BB&T Pavilion
July 19, 2016
The Voice's favorite coach Gwen Stefani taps Philly native Eve for her This Is What the Truth Feels Like tour in support of her most recent album of the same name. Fans know this doesn't mark the first time the two have collaborated, previously appearing on the tracks "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" and "Rich Girl."
XPoneNtial Music Festival at BB&T Pavilion
July 22-24, 2016
Three days and nights of the best and brightest rock, blues and folk musicians grace the XPoneNtial Music Festival's three stages on Camden's waterfront. The lineup boasts more than 30 acts, including Kurt Vile and the Violators, The Districts, Kississippi and Queen of Jeans.
Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. (Photo courtesy WXPN)
G-Eazy, Logic, YG and Yo Gotti at Festival Pier
August 2, 2016
Touring to support his second album, "When It's Dark Out", G-Eazy rolls up to Festival Pier this year with a solid bill of support acts guaranteed to bring a party and a few fans of their own. In fact, stage-mate Logic sold out every venue on his last tour. Meanwhile, YG's smashes "My Hittas" and "Who Do You Love" (the latter featuring Drake) propelled the Compton rapper into widespread fame, and Yo Gotti has achieved success through his latest album "The Art of Hustle."
Festival Pier offers stunning views of the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. (Photo courtesy Festival Pier)
This is Hardcore at the Electric Factory
August 4-7, 2016
More than 50 bands take the stage at the Electric Factory throughout This is Hardcore, a four-day music festival featuring everyone from Gorilla Biscuits to Turning Point to Youth of Today. Expect lots of moshing at this hardcore-punk institution's annual music fest and a heavy assault on your eardrums (in the event you forget your earplugs).
Snoop Dog, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates and Jhene Aiko at the BB&T Pavilion
August 4, 2016
Famed duo Snoop and Wiz headline The High Road tour, sure to bring out a packed house to the BB&T Pavilion. The tour co-stars Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko and Cassie Veggies, as well as former Philadelphian-turned-global DJ and producer DJ Drama, who will holds things down on the turntables.
Coldplay at the Lincoln Financial Field
August 6, 2016
After touring for their last album in smaller, more intimate venues, Coldplay ramps things up a few notches for their seventh worldwide tour in support of "A Head Full of Dreams." The 52-stop occasion takes the band to arenas and stadiums for big production shows including vibrant laser and pyrotechnic theatrics.
Mad Decent Block Party at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
August 13, 2016
Although Diplo uprooted to L.A., at least once a year he returns to his original home of Philadelphia as part of his annual nationwide Mad Decent Block Party tour. The local team on the bill this year includes Baauer, Dirty South Joe and Swizzymack, keeping show-goers moving and grooving all night long.
Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm
August 18-21, 2016
On a farm just outside of city limits, the Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place every year in part to fund nonprofit Philadelphia Folksong Society. The family-friendly event unfolds over three days and features folk artists and bands, including Los Lobos, The Lone Bellow, Del & Dawg, The Wood Brothers and Darlingside. Consider pitching a tent for the weekend to catch the Thursday night, camper-only show hosted by World Cafe's David Dye.
The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Drake and Future at the Wells Fargo Center
August 21, 2016
After teaming up for a successful tour back in 2013, Drake and Future hit the road again this year for the Summer Sixteen tour. Both rappers have produced more summer anthems than Francis Scott Key and present a show that's perfect for winding down the season.
Made in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
September 3-4, 2016
Taking place during Labor Day weekend, the two-day Made in America festival features both national and local acts, curated by Jay Z, that perform on a series of stages. Last year, more than 140,000 people showed up. The list of performers remains unknown, but last year's event saw appearances from both Beyonce and Jay Z.
The Made in America Music Festival draws thousands to downtown Philadelphia for an epic two-day music fest. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park
September 7 and 9, 2016
The Boss' River Tour heads back to Philadelphia this September. This time around, Springsteen takes the show outside, playing to what are sure to be packed stadiums at Citizens Bank Park.
Adele at the Wells Fargo Center
British songwriter and singer Adele makes a two-night stop in Philadelphia to say hello during her long-awaited tour in support of "25." Recently named by Time as one of the magazine's listed most influential people, the soul vocalist is expected to deliver a movingly intimate show to a sea of tens of thousands of fans.
Beyonce at the Lincoln Financial Field
September 29, 2016
Beyonce's Formation World Tour returns to Lincoln Financial Field in September. Bey has no problem selling out entire stadiums, so snatch up tickets while they still exist.
— Formation World Tour (@FormationWT) June 6, 2016