Outdoor Food and Music Options at New England’s Casinos

The rush to get customers back is causing casinos to try new options outdoors. Some are new, while others are traditions coming back. Let’s take a look at these Outdoor Food and Music Options at New England’s Casinos.

Thinking Outside the Brick-and-Mortar Box

Encore Boston Harbor Offers Three New Events

Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts, will be trying a new lineup of outdoor summer activities. The Outdoor Summer Series features live music every Thursday, including reggae, pop, rock, and other genres of music. The event is free with a reservation.

Encore Boston Harbor is also partnering with Night Shift Brewing. Every Thursday through Sunday, they will operate an outdoor beer garden. Guests can enjoy lawn games and small bites on Thursday from 5 pm until 8 pm and Friday through Sunday from 2 pm until 8 pm Guests to the beer garden must be 21 years or older.

Finally, on July 11, 18, and 25, Encore will host a garden champagne brunch. All-you-can-eat buffet stations, a la carte menu, and mimosas will be offered. Brunch will be held from 10 am to 2 pm and will include local DJs and lawn games. Brunch starts at $55 per person.

Plainridge Looks To Outdoors for Gambling Break

Plainridge Park Casino plans to open up some space for you for those who need a breather from slots and horses. The state’s gaming commission approved the slot parlor and race track’s plans for an outdoor space where patrons can enjoy Outdoor Food and Music Options — all gambling will be inside.

The commission’s 4-0 approval of Plainridge’s request allows it to expand the gaming establishment’s boundary. The commission also renewed Plainridge’s alcoholic beverage licenses. So, the area located near the track grandstand will have some hardscaping and fire pits that will allow it to operate through early fall. North Grounsell, general manager of Plainridge, said, “There will be plenty of room to come out and have a good time.”

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Plainridge Raceway at Plainridge Casino, Plainville, MA

The casino hopes to have the new facility, accommodating over 900 people, open before the end of June. Its hours will be 4 pm to 10 to 10:30 pm. The amenities will include some outdoor games and a rotation of food trucks on weekends, and live music on Saturday evenings when racing has been completed. In addition, they are partnering with 67 Degrees, a local microbrewery.

MGM Springfield Brings Back Free Music Fridays

Fridays June 4th through September 3rd, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm. Enjoy free live outdoor music at the MGM Springfield Plaza featuring your favorite local bands.

All set for Music in the Plaza, MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield is known for its diverse outdoor programming with a focus on entertaining guests and bringing the community together,” said Chris Kelley, MGM Springfield’s President & COO. “We look forward to welcoming guests, as well as members of the Springfield community, every weekend this summer with an evening of music and fun. The revitalization of the downtown community continues to be a priority for our team, and we can’t wait to host guests on The Plaza for the first time in more than a year.”

Mohegan Sun Brings Back Party on the Patio

This year’s Hot Summer Fun welcomes the return of live outdoor entertainment with a new twist. The Party on the Patio takes place every Friday from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. In addition, the Summer Entrance has transformed into a place of Outdoor Food and Music Options. Guests can enjoy an 80-foot bar, fire pits, and food trucks, all while listening to some of the best tribute bands around.

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Party on the Rooftop in previous years.

Anticipated acts include 7800 Fahrenheit (a tribute to Bon Jovi) on July 9th, Parrot Beach (a tribute to Jimmy Buffett) on July 16th, Big Eyed Phish (a tribute to Dave Matthews Band) on August 27th, B Street Band (a tribute to Bruce Springsteen) on September 3rd and more.

For full details and information about the tribute band lineup, visit the Mohegan Sun website. Seating for Party on the Patio is available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, guests are also welcome to bring their chairs. Firepit seating reservations are required. Call 860.862.4728 for availability and pricing.

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Foxwoods Drive-In, Pool Party and Zipline

Let’s not forget Foxwoods has three outdoor events that have been very successful in the past.

First, last year, Foxwoods brought back the drive-in movie to southeastern Connecticut every Thursday through Sunday, at 8:45 pm. It’s back this summer. For prices and scheduled movies, click above to go to the website. The link for Concessions, movie schedules, rules, guidelines, and other information may be Foxwoods Drive-In or call 800-200-2882. It’s a good idea to make a reservation.

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That’s Binbin on the left. It was a great ride.

Second, the Northeast’s only outdoor adult Vegas-style pool party is back after missing last year for obvious reasons. Liquid Sundays start July 4th and go every Sunday until September. For schedule and tickets

Finally, Foxwoods offers the HighFlyer Zipline through the woods of southeastern CT. It starts from the 330-foot-tall Fox Tower, 32 stories up. Then, the HighFlyer Zipline launches you along a 3,750 foot-long thrill ride that glides above the forest at 60-mile per hour. Finally, you arrive at the end next to the beautiful Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, minutes away.

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There are plenty of options for outdoor fun at New EnEngland’sasinos in 2021. So take advantage and get closer to “normalcy.”