Air conditioning? You don’t need no stinking air conditioning. Get outside. August is a great month to sweat and sway to your favorite country tunes. And there are plenty of country concerts and festivals to keep you entertained this month. Plan your trip accordingly, and you could catch an IndyCar race in Nashville, tube the Guadalupe River, and more.
Check out our list of 5 Outdoor Country Concerts to Catch in August.
1. Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Jon Pardi & More: Music City Grand Prix – Aug. 6-8
IndyCar is coming to Nashville for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Aug. 6-8. Of course, every major event in Music City is accompanied by music. And this three-day international festival of speed and sound is no exception. Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Jamey Johnson, and more will perform on the main stage set against a Nashville skyline backdrop. It’s not too late. Get your tickets and book your trip now.
2. Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde & More: Rock the South – Aug. 13 & 14
Cullman, Alabama, will once again play host to Rock the South on Aug. 13 and 14. The event started in 2012 as a way to raise money for the area, which was devastated by tornadoes in April 2011. Since then, Rock the South has continued to raise money for its community to the tune of more than $600,000. And this year, Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, and more will rock the stage.
3. Blackberry Smoke: Ascend Amphitheater – Aug. 20
I recently wrote about seeing Blackberry Smoke open for ZZ Top as Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater in September 2015. It was an outstanding show, to say the least. On Aug. 20, Blackberry Smoke will head back to Ascend. This time, the Southern rock troupe will headline the show with special guests The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Weathers, and more.
4. Miranda Lambert: Whitewater Amphitheater – Aug. 20, 21 & 22
Texas native Miranda Lambert will headline three shows in her home state at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX on Aug. 20, 21, and 22. The venue is bordered by the Guadalupe River. I recommend the tube float (with a cooler of beer) in the afternoon. At dusk, you’ll be ready for Miranda. And if you’ve got some time to kill in between, Gruene Hall is a few minutes away.
5. Old Crow Medicine Show & Dwight Yoakam: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Aug. 31
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times: Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, is simply the best outdoor venue in the country. The open-air amphitheater, which was designed by Mother Nature, features two stunning 300-foot sandstone monoliths. And on Aug. 31, the amphitheatre’s breathtaking beauty will be coupled with the awe-inspiring sounds of Old Crow Medicine Show and Dwight Yoakam.