Minnesota's Best Family-Friendly Outdoor Music Venue 🎶

Picture this: It's a gorgeous summer evening in SE Minnesota. The sun's going down, the breeze and temperature are just right.

Now, fill the air with the mouth-watering smell of fresh wood-fired pizzas sizzling in nearby brick ovens, there's a stage buzzing with great live music, set against a backdrop of tall pines, large oaks, and endless cornfields.

You're about to have the quintessential Midwest summer night at the coolest music spot hidden in rural SE Minnesota.

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza

What Is the Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Summer Concert Series?

Berne (pronounced burn) is a tiny unincorporated community in Southeast Minnesota, right on HWY 57 between Mantroville and Wanamingo. 13 years ago, a pizza fundraiser event for the local Zwingli United Church of Christ was started.

The event has evolved into an incredibly fun and free summer concert series with two music acts performing live on a beautiful stage built by local businesses every Wednesday night in June, July, and August.

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza

The fundraiser consists of a menu of really great specialty wood-fired pizzas hundreds of volunteers work to prepare, create, and cook in brick ovens right there on-site while you listen to the tunes -- keep reading to see the drool-worthy pizzas you can order.

All money raised goes to support area nonprofits, including the church.

volunteers help at Berne Woodfired Pizza
volunteers help at Berne Woodfired Pizza

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza 2024 Concert Lineup

This year, some familiar fan-favorites are taking the stage at Berne. The bands that perform are volunteering their time also, which means tips are greatly appreciated. Check out the full musical lineup schedule below.

DATE:5:00 PM6:30 PM

Jun 5, 2024

Lost Faculties

Uptown Jazz

Jun 12, 2024
Swiss Heritage Event

Thomas and the Shakes

Branded: Hot Country

Jun 19, 2024
Art & Alpacas Family Event

Foster Grand

Crazy on You: A Tribute to Heart

Jun 26, 2024
Classic Car & Bike Cruise-In/ Country Night

507 Country

County Line Drive 

Jul 3, 2024
Salute to Veterans

Rockin’ Hep Cats

Old Country Boys

Jul 10, 2024
Kids Night w/Zollman Zoo

The Vintage Tones

The Soul Train

Jul 17, 2024

Orchid Jane


Jul 24, 2024

Collective Unconscious

The Stella Vees

Jul 31, 2024
Classic Car & Bike Cruise-In

Cosmic Orphan 

Retro Soul and the Westside Horns

Aug 7, 2024
Artisan Market Night

My Grandma’s Cardigan

Six Mile Grove

Aug 14, 2024

The Chubs

The Local Hooligans

Aug 21, 2024
SxSE Brewfest

True North


Aug 28, 2024
Classic Car & Bike Cruise-In

Jeremy Jewell & The Co-Dependents

Nite Shift

When to Go and Where to Sit at Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Concerts

Berne is 25 minutes northwest of Rochester, just north of Mantorville. They have plenty of parking in the field next to the church. The address is: 23148 County Rd 24, West Concord, MN 55985

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Concert parking
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Concert parking

The first music act starts at 5 pm, but I suggest arriving as early as possible to get your choice of where to set up camp.

The area covered by large oak trees with picnic tables underneath seems to be the first to fill up, especially on hotter days as it provides the most shade.

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza

There are picnic tables scattered throughout the outdoor venue, otherwise, you'll want to bring your favorite outdoor chairs. Don't forget your cooler of drinks! 🍻

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Options and Ordering 🔥🍕

Pizzas are $25 (20 for cheese) and they have 7 options available each week with three rotating monthly specials. See them all below.

To guarantee you get the pizza you want, you'll want to order ahead of time on the Berne website no later than 3 PM on the Wednesday of the event you'd like to attend. You can also order your pizzas when you get there, but again, make sure you arrive early. They burn through hundreds of pizzas in three hours so lines and wait times can be long sometimes.

Is Outside Food Allowed at Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Concerts?

You are allowed to bring in sides and snacks to go with your pizza, and many do, but you are asked not to bring food from other restaurants as this is a pizza fundraiser to support nonprofits.

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A variety of pop and water is available to purchase. You are also welcome to bring your own beverages, including beer and wine.

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Menu:

Bacon Cheeseburger
Red Sauce, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Bacon, Beef, Pickle

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza mn
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza - Bacon Cheeseburger

Hawaiian (June Special)
Red Sauce Mozzarella Canadian Bacon Pineapple

Meat Lovers
Red Sauce Mozzarella Pepperoni Sausage Canadian Bacon

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza concert summer mn
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza - Hawaiian, Meat Lovers

Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Sausage, Green Olive, Onion

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza menu order online
Berne Wood-Fired Pizza - Traditional

Joanne's BBQ Chicken
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce Mozzarella Chicken Mushrooms Onions

Mozzarella, Chicken, Mushroom, Feta, Artichoke, Kalamata Olive

Chicken Bacon Ranch (July Special)
Mozzarella, Chicken, Bacon, Onion, Tomato, Ranch Dressing

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Bacon Bleu (August Special)
Mozzarella, Bacon, Beef, Gorgonzola, Onion, Bleu Cheese

Red Sauce Mozzarella Onion Artichoke Mushrooms Tomatoes

Cheese ($20)
Red Sauce Mozzarella

The Berne volunteers have been working hard to make another year of "Wood-Fired Wednesdays possible

Minnesota Musicians Who Have Made An Impact

Gallery Credit: Chris Allen

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