That's especially true in spring and summer, when fairs and festivals include local bands performing outside in the fresh air.
Music lovers can choose from blues, jazz, rock, country, acoustic and more. Open mic nights offer a chance for those just starting out in the music business to hone their skills, or for more experienced performers to mix and match with other band members. And the audience might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
If you're a fan of outdoor music festivals, don't despair -- there are still several planned for upcoming weeks.
ROOSTERPALOOZA MUSIC FESTIVAL 3 will be 11 a.
Admission is $20 on the day of the event; discounts are sometimes available online before the event. Kids are welcome.
In addition to the music, the event will include craft and food vendors, a tattoo artist, horseshoe pits, a playground and face-painting.
Bring your lawn chairs, put up a tent and enjoy the music.
According to the Roosterpalooza website, some of the bands performing this year include the Martini Brothers, HYT, Henge, Disorderly Conduct, Trailer Park Cowboys, Phipps & Phriends, Close Call, Bounty Hunter, Jett Prescott, Thing 3 and Gray Wolf.
For details, visit roosterpalooza3.eventbrite.com or find Roosterpalooza on Facebook.
MY RURAL RADIO'S FALL MUSIC FEST 4 will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at Naylor Winery, 4069 Vineyard Road, Hopewell Township, near Stewartstown.
Admission is $15; free for those 16 and younger. The festival is a charity event and proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
Acts will include Widad (pronounced WIH-dod), Dr.
Visit myruralradio.com for details.
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MOTHER EARTH HARVEST FAIR takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept.23 at Spoutwood Farm, 4255 Pierceville Road, Codorus Township, near Glen Rock.
This year, the festival will focus on hands-on demonstrations and learning activities for all ages around the theme of "Fresh Local Approaches to Fun and Healthy Living.
The MEHF is a family-friendly event. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Parking at the farm across the road costs $3 per vehicle.
Visit www.spoutwood.com or call 717-235-6610 for details.
THE FOURTH ANNUAL SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY BBQ COOK-OFF will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Music will be provided by PBR (Pure Bred Rock Band) from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Local Corn Band at noon Saturday. For details, visit
www. or call 717-235-6611, ext. 100.
THE CUTSHALL BASH will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elicker's Grove, 511 Roth Church Road, Jackson Township, near the Thomasville airport. The event is BYOB (cans only) and includes a pig roast and music by Evelyn's Ashes, Prospect Hill, World's End, Ten Throne, Maddam Ink, Silvertung, Squash and Angels N Saints. Cost is $20, which includes parking. For details or tickets, call or text 717-332-2733 or email EvelynsAshes@hotmail.com.
EIGHTH ANNUAL NEW FREEDOM FEST, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 along the historical railroad tracks in New Freedom, includes live music, fine art, crafts, food, games and wine tasting by Logan's View Winery.
NEWBERRYTOWN WINE, CHILI & BLUES FESTIVAL will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Newberrytown Peddlers Market, 700 York Road, Newberry Township. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 on the day of the event. For details or tickets, visit pawinechiliblues.eventbrite.com.
HARFORD COUNTY FORKS & CORKS FESTIVAL will be 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sunny Hill Farm, 2128 Whiteford Road, Whiteford, Md. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The event features fresh-harvested food from Sunny Hill, wines from Harford Vineyards and Winery and music by classic rock band Head Rush. For details, call Roxanne at 443-495-1699. or visit harfordvineyard.com.
WHITE ROSE THUNDER at York Expo Center will include music by Kix at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 and Vince Neil of Motley Crue at 8:30 p.m. On Sept. 28, the Trailer Park Cowboys will perform at noon and the Revelators will follow at 3 p.m. The girls of Mustang Sally will perform at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is $15 and includes entertainment by the Trailer Park Cowboys, Revelators and Mustang Sally; there will be an additional charge of $15 for the Kix and Vince Neil concert.