Boy, did we ever miss the Meijer Gardens Summer Concerts. Top entertainers from around the world would perform there, but last year? Well, let's not think about that. All I have to say is Pandemic! But not this year, it's on!

After skipping 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture is set to return with a jam-packed musical schedule starting in mid-July, with its outdoor amphitheater packing in 28 concerts through Sept. 19.

My friend John Sinkevics posted on his great website, Local Spins, that the concerts are back, with a bit of a late start this year, and as always the best of the best including  Emmylou Harris, Collective Soul, Harry Connick Jr., Umphrey’s McGee, Trombone Shorty, 38 Special, Old Crow Medicine Show, Squeeze, America, Indigo Girls and Lettuce. The series begins July 18 with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Courtesy Meijer Gardens
Courtesy Meijer Gardens

With the state’s recently relaxed restrictions for outdoor shows, Meijer Gardens revamped outdoor amphitheater will be at its full 1,900 capacity, with tickets going on sale to members via – a new ticketing partner – at 9 a.m. June 26. Public sales begin July 10. This year, there will no on-site ticket sales at Meijer Gardens.

Of course the series features several returning acts – including The Verve Pipe, Pink Martini (with Grand Rapids Symphony), The Beach Boys, Ani DiFranco, O.A.R., Pat Benatar, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Old Crow Medicine Show.

The average public ticket price for 2021 is $60.50, a 9.8 percent drop from 2019. In addition to being available online at, tickets will be available by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

CLICK HERE for the entire schedule.


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