May brings the start of summer concert season, and Dayton has some outstanding outdoor concert venues! The Rose Music Center at the Heights in Huber Heights, Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Levitt Pavilion and RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion in downtown Dayton, and Stubbs Park Amphitheater in Centerville all offer a diverse range of concerts throughout the summer and into early fall.

We’ve briefly highlighted each venue here, along with a preview of their summer 2023 concerts. Explore our calendar of events and each of the venues' websites for full concert schedules, as well as ticket information where applicable. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram – we’ll be giving away concert tickets throughout the summer!

Rose Music Center at the Heights

Rose Music Center

The Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights is a 4,200 seat, fully covered, outdoor amphitheater, located in The Heights development of the north Dayton suburb of Huber Heights. The Heights is a destination retail, dining and entertainment district located conveniently off of I-70. Beginning in May and running through September, the Rose Music Center presents some of the biggest names in rock, pop, blues, country and more.

The concert season begins with a sold-out performance by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on May 3, followed by Chicago on May 6 and the Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd on May 13. Other summer 2023 highlights include Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, blues great Buddy Guy’s farewell tour, the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Belinda Carlisle and Dwight Yoakam, to name just a few!

Enter here for a chance to win tickets to see blues legend Buddy Guy on June 25!

The full concert schedule as of June includes:

Rose Music Center at the Heights full 2023 concert schedule

Additional show and ticket information can be found at the Rose Music Center website.

Fraze Pavilion

Fraze Pavilion

Located in the south Dayton suburb of Kettering, the Fraze Pavilion is a 4,300-seat outdoor amphitheater, located in Lincoln Park. The venue has celebrated “summer’s best live music under the stars” since 1991, presenting a variety of concerts and festivals from May through September.

Their 2023 season begins with the United Way of Greater Dayton’s Stronger Together benefit concert, feature Stephanie Mills & Morris Day and The Time, on May 19, followed by the Kettering Block Party on May 31 and Dustin Lynch on June 1. Other summer highlights at the Fraze include 38 Special & Loverboy, the I Love the 90s Tour, Richard Marx, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, the annual Spass Nacht Austrian Festival (featuring one of the hippest polka bands you’ll ever see, the Chardon Polka Band) and Art on the Commons, the Happy Together Tour and Donny Osmond.

Like the Rose Music Center, the Fraze Pavilion is still adding shows as of this writing, and the full schedule and ticket information can found at the Fraze Pavilion website.

Levitt Pavilion Dayton

Levitt Pavilion Dayton

Dayton’s newest outdoor concert venue is “building community through music, one free concert at a time.” Levitt Pavilion Dayton, located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets in downtown Dayton, brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to experience free, high-caliber concerts and celebrate a shared sense of community. It is part of a national network of outdoor Levitt music venues and Levitt AMP concert sites dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities in America through free, live music in public spaces.

You can hear all types of genres of music at the Levitt Pavilion without having to invest in an expensive ticket. In 2022, the venue presented 45 free concerts for 58,875 people! The Levitt Pavilion recently announced its 2023 Eichelberger Concert Season, which begins June 1 with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, followed by Garth. on June 2 and Lung on June 3. Concerts continue every weekend through mid-September.

Check the Levitt Pavilion Dayton website for the full schedule.

The Pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark

RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion

Downtown Dayton is also home to concerts at The Pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, which is part of Montgomery County’s extensive Five Rivers MetroParks system. Intimate music and dance performances happen regularly throughout the summer in this outdoor venue on the banks of the Great Miami River. You can take a break from the hustle and bustle of your workday with live lunchtime music in nature from May through September. Summer also features larger big band, bluegrass, and R&B concerts on select Thursday and Friday nights in the pavilion. 

The RiverScape Summer Music series begins on June 2 with the bluegrass sounds of The Repeating Arms and The Shady Pine, followed by the Bob Gray Orchestra featuring vocalist Deb Hunter on June 8 and Big Gil Blues & His Funky All-Stars on June 15.

All RiverScape Summer Music series concerts are free. Check out the Five Rivers MetroParks website for a full schedule and concert updates.

Centerville Community Amphitheater at Stubbs Park

Centerville Community Amphitheater at Stubbs Park

Leonard E. Stubbs Memorial Park and the Centerville Community Amphitheater are located west of State Route 48 along the north side of W. Spring Valley Rd., next to the Centerville Police Building. Stubbs Park provides numerous amenities, including state-of-the-art playground equipment, walking trails, a disc golf course and an inline skating rink, and the Centerville Community Amphitheater features a Summer Concert Series each Sunday from June-August at 7 p.m.

The 2023 Summer Concert Series kicks off on June 4 with the Tom Petty tribute band Practically Petty, and other highlights include The Rock Show: A Tribute to Journey, Hotel California (Eagles tribute), Landslide (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Simply Queen and Beatlemania Magic.

All concerts are free and organized by the Centerville Arts Commission. More information and the full concert schedule can be found on the City of Centerville website.

What’s your favorite place to see a summer concert?

Start making your plans to get out and see some great summer music in Dayton. What’s your favorite place to see summer concerts, and which concerts are you planning to attend? Drop them in the comments below! Post pics of your summer concert adventures on social media and tag them with #DiscoverDayton – we might feature them on our website and social media!

Be sure to also check out our calendar of events and download our FREE Visit Dayton app to help plan all your summer fun!