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Love exploring this nation’s breathtaking natural landscapes? So do we! This weekend we’re all in luck. Tomorrow marks the start of National Park Week 2019 (April 20-28) and to celebrate, the National Park Service is graciously waiving entrance fees at all 61 national parks on Saturday, April 20.

So grab your hiking boots, water bottle and hiking buddy, and find a national park near you to enjoy during National Park Week!

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What better time to celebrate the valuable role public libraries play in communities than National Library Week (April 7-13)? These centers for community, culture and knowledge come in all shapes and sizes—from intimate local branches to monumental citywide destinations—and have the ability to enhance rural, urban and suburban areas alike. Perhaps this is why today you’ll find more public libraries than Starbucks branches in the U.S. (16,568 libraries compared to 14,718 Starbucks).

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Sun-drenched late afternoons, trees dotted with colorful blooms, artist lineup announcements for the upcoming summer concert season—what’s not to love about this season of new beginnings? Across the country, permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites are preparing to fill the air with the joyous sounds of free, live music! Taking a cue from the shifting season, we’ve just launched the 2019 Levitt AMP Music Series website—your go-to resource for Levitt AMP artist lineups, concert schedules and more. Stay tuned for the first Levitt AMP artist lineup announcement, coming next week!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Today’s post celebrates all the fearless females out there who are courageously breaking barriers—including the ladies of Flor de Toloache, headliners of the 2019 Levitt National Tour! As New York’s first and only all-female mariachi group, GRAMMY-winning Flor de Toloache is fearlessly pushing the genre’s boundaries with their electrifying fusions of mariachi, jazz, salsa, pop and more. Their bold artistic vision and sophisticated, fresh interpretation of mariachi classics continues to win the hearts of contemporary and traditional mariachi music fans alike. Flor de Toloache made music history in 2017, when their critically-acclaimed studio album “Las Caras Lindas” was awarded the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album—making them the first female recipients of the award.

Here’s to the many generations of fearless women who’ve paved the way for the women of today and tomorrow to dream, thrive and continue breaking barriers! 

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Here at Levitt, we’re firm believers in the power of free, live music to transform communities—especially when those concerts are taking place in the great outdoors. Why? Countless studies remind us why we yearn to be outside. Time in nature allows us to press a ‘reset’ button, triggering a wide array of health benefits from lowering cortisol levels (stress), to alleviating pain, to improving our mental health. Which is why today, in honor of Black History Month, we’re honoring the contributions of three of the many pioneering African American conservationists who’ve made a profound impact on our country’s natural environments. Each has dedicated their time and unique talents to protecting green spaces and ensuring that people of all backgrounds can enjoy nature experiences for years to come. Continue reading

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On this annual day of love, we’re celebrating love in its many forms! Looking around Levitt lawns, you see family members embracing, couples dancing, and friends and neighbors enjoying each other’s company. Perhaps that’s why so many Levitteers have opted to celebrate life’s milestone moments at Levitt concerts, surrounded by the joyous sounds of free, live music (and why this Gentlemen’s Guide to Proposing includes Levitt Pavilion Arlington on their list of suggested places to propose).

Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family, or that special someone, we hope you’re enjoying some ‘feel-good’ music and embracing the joy that today’s holiday brings. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Holiday decorations have been put away, New Year’s resolutions have been made and we’re already dreaming of warm spring days—bringing us one step closer to the 2019 Levitt concert season!

This year, more than 550 free Levitt concerts will take place in 26 towns and cities nationwide, serving more than 750,000 people. And planning is already underway! Across the country, Friends of Levitt nonprofit partners and Levitt AMP grantees are hard at work to make 2019 the most impactful season yet—energizing public spaces in metropolitan centers like Los Angeles, where Angelenos will gather in MacArthur Park to enjoy free outdoor concerts in one of the city’s densest, most diverse neighborhoods; to rural communities like St. Johnsbury, Vt., where residents and visitors alike will come together to experience the joy of free, live music atop the scenic Dog Mountain, in a formerly industrial area. Continue reading


‘Tis a time of celebration and festive music—and with a plethora of movie musicals playing this season, you can experience both while cozying up with friends, family or loved ones at your local theater.

As we head into another holiday weekend, here are some fun facts about this season’s movie musicals and the vibrant soundtracks bringing them to life. Interestingly enough, each film takes viewers on a new sonic journey while paying homage to beloved pop culture icons of the past—both real and imagined—ranging from Queen’s dynamic front man to a magical nanny with tunes to cure any and all ailments. Continue reading