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The 10 Best Outdoor Concert Venues in Dallas

Finally. Spring time is officially here, and more importantly, so too is the springtime weather. And none too soon, if you ask us. We're not much for the cold (nor the rainy) stuff. No, being the red-blooded Dallasites that we are, we love the heat. Pull out the shorts and tank top is what we say, which also happens to be just the perfect way to go see a concert. So where are the best places to catch live music outdoors around town? We got you covered there. Here are the 10 best from Dallas and the surrounding area (because we keep ourselves reigned in?).

See also: The 10 Best Dance Clubs in Dallas The 10 Best Dive Bars in Dallas-Fort Worth

10. The Rustic

On the surface a Dallas version of Austin's Stubb's BBQ with Pat Green's name on it sounded maybe a bit too odd to really work, especially in Uptown, when plans were announced a few years ago. But indeed it has worked and then some. The massive garage doors of the well-designed restaurant and bar open up to "Pat's Backyard," a grassy mass comfortably dotted with picnic tables and a spacious, stage that might be the best outdoor set-up in town. This place screams "Texas!", without stomping its boots on your neck to make sure you notice. There's rarely a cover charge, and the icy fishbowl-size schooners of Texas-brewed beer should help the Rustic keep things interesting for quite some time. Kelly Dearmore

3656 Howell St., Dallas, therustic.com

9. Gexa Energy Pavilion

You kind of have to put Gexas on any outdoor venue list by default. The former Starplex/Smirnoff/Superpages/Future LinkedIn spot is the area's largest outdoor venue, and home to some of the biggest shows that come through town. And yes, while it's an absolute beating to watch a show outdoors five months of the year, you're still going to do it because there's no other alternative. So, think wistfully of the concrete jungle that is Gexa when May comes around, odds are you're going to have to psyche yourself up at least twice to make the trip to South Dallas. Jaime-Paul Falcon

1818 First Ave., Dallas, gexaenergypavilion.net

8. Harvest House

Harvest House has easily one of the biggest stages in Denton, and the 40 beers and kombucha on tap only add to its mythos as an outdoor venue paradise. House's owners are planning to book national acts weekly, not to mention the deep pool of the city's talent they can enlist at a moment's notice. Most importantly, though, the owners have been running shows together for more than 10 years. Borne from a house venue, the runners are no stranger to managing both sound and drunk crowds; so don't expect any new-business jitters from these venue veterans. Matt Wood

331 E. Hickory St., Denton, dentonharvesthouse.com

7. Levitt Pavilion

Since 2008, there may not be a venue in North Texas, indoor or outdoor, that's been as quiet in its excellence as Levitt Pavilion. Located in Arlington's Founder's Square, this 3,500 capacity lawn boasts insanely high-quality sound, and books acts from local favorites, to regional stars, to national headliners. Over the course of two separate concert seasons (summer and fall), there will be 50 shows to catch. Oh, lest we forget, the vast majority of shows here are indeed free of charge. Free. And BYOB. So, this means that beginning in late May, you'll be able to catch the likes of Hayes Carll, Soul Asylum, and the Dirty River Boys -- all acts that typically headline large clubs and theaters -- for free, while drinking your own booze under the Tarrant Country night sky. KD

Founders Plaza, Arlington, levittpavilionarlington.org

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