Budget-Friendly Summer Movies & Concerts


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Beat the summer heat without breaking your family's budget. Start with this sampling of low-cost or free movies and free outdoor concerts in the area.

Free movies

Durham

Northgate Stadium 10 Free Summer Movie Camp – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. through Aug. 20. Visit www.eastcoastmovie.com/theatre_info.html for schedule.

Garner

Garner Towne Square 10 – Free kid-friendly features every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. through Aug. 4. Call 919-226-2038 or visit http://bit.ly/9LrkV7 for the schedule.

Holly Springs

Friends of the Holly Springs Branch Library Family Movie Festival – Free movie series with G and PG movies on most Saturday mornings at 10:15 a.m. through August. Please call ahead to confirm schedule and arrive early for seating. For more information, schedules and movie titles, call 919-577-1660. Holly Springs Cultural Center, www.hollyspringsnc.us/dept/park/culture.

Raleigh

Raleigh Grande Kids Free Summer Shows – Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. through Aug 4. Visit http://bit.ly/cx8szb for a complete schedule.

Wakefield Marquee Cinemas' Kid's Summer Movie Series – Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. through Aug. 11. Two movies to choose from each day with free admission. Call 919-453-2746 for more information or visit http://bit.ly/cJBXcq for a full schedule.

Multi-city locations

Regal Entertainment Group Free Family Film Festival – Features kid-friendly G or PG movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. through Aug. 11 or 12 (depending on the theater). Triangle locations are Beaver Creek Stadium 12 in Apex, White Oak Stadium 14 in Garner, Brier Creek Stadium 14 in North Raleigh, and North Hills Stadium 14 in Raleigh. Visit http://bit.ly/colGXb for a complete schedule and statewide locations.

Discounted movies

Apex

Halle Cultural Arts Center – Periodically offers Pizza and a Show nights. Visit www.apexnc.org/depts/parks/artsCenter.cfm for details.

Cary

Movies by Moonlight, Koka Booth Amphitheatre – Thursday evenings through Aug. 19. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movies start at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.). Features PG and PG 13 movies including The Sting and New Moon. Adults, $3; children 12 and under, free. Picnic baskets allowed. A portion of the proceeds benefit the WakeMed Just for Kids Kampaign. www.boothamphitheatre.com/movies.htm.

Chapel Hill

$4 Movies on the Green – Friday and Saturday nights at dusk through July 31 at Lumina Theatre. Call 919-932-9000 for showtime recording,www.thelumina.com.

Raleigh

Blue Ridge Cinemas – Tickets are always $1.50. 919-828-8007 or visit www.carmike.com and choose Raleigh.

N.C. Museum of Art – Outdoor film series on Fridays through Aug. 27 at 8:30 or 9 p.m. Most films are for older kids, but there are a few family flicks on the schedule, including Where the Wild Things Are and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Tickets are $4 and may be purchased at the museum box office, by calling 919-715-5923, or online at http://ncartmuseum.org.

Raleigh's Mission Valley and Six Forks theaters – Shows every Tuesday and Wednesday through Aug. 18. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the show starts at 10 a.m. Parents/chaperones admitted free with children. Season pass is $6 for 10 films per child. Individual tickets are $2 each. Popcorn and a drink for $2. For more information, contact the general manager of the appropriate theater atSix Forks, 919-846-3904, or Mission Valley, 919-834-2233, or visit http://bit.ly/9lJE51.

Raleighwood Cinema Grill – Weekday afternoon matinees are $2.50. Arrive 30 minutes before the show. Offers booths for dining while watching the movie. Call the office, 919-847-8370; the Movie Line, 919-847-0326; or visit www.raleighwoodmovies.com.

Other parks programs and libraries in the Triangle offer free movies throughout the year.

Free outdoor concerts

Apex

Outdoor Concerts at the Historic Train Depot – Performances include brass, country, big band, rock and roll, beach, bluegrass, reggae and jazz. Visit www.apexnc.org for concert schedule.

Carrboro

Weaver Street Market – After Hours Music on Thursdays and Weaver Street Market Morning Jazz and More Brunch on Sundays – Through Oct. 3. To see if a musical event has been cancelled, call the store at 919-929-0010. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/c2AziR.

Cary

Sertoma Concert Series 2010 – All shows are free and are at the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park on select Saturdays and Sundays. Picnic baskets permitted. For more information visit http://bit.ly/9n87J1.

Chapel Hill

Carolina Inn Music on the Front Porch – Free concerts on Fridays through Oct. 15. Music from 5-8 p.m. For more information visit http://bit.ly/cz1Cb4.

Chapel Hill 5:40 Summer Music Series – Presented by The ArtsCenter on select Thursdays through Sept. 9. Located at Environ Way near UNC's Finley Golf Course. Concessions available. For more information visit http://bit.ly/dmWWGJ.

Clayton

Clayton Town Square Concerts Series – Free concerts in downtown Clayton through Sept. 16. All concerts are on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Town Square in downtown Clayton. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions available. For more information visit www.downtownclayton.org.

Durham

Brightleaf Square Summer Concert Series – Friday nights through Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. One Saturday event Aug. 14. Visit www.historicbrightleaf.com/news/index.html.

Music On the Lawn Free Concert Series at American Tobacco Historic District – American Tobacco and WUNC-FM present the Back Porch Music series to deliver 10 free shows at A.T.'s amphitheater on select Fridays at 6 p.m. through Oct. 8. www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com.

Southpoint Mall Summer Concert Series – Programs on Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. through October. Visit www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/events for details.

Third Friday Concert Series – Every third Friday through October, 6-8 p.m. Downtown Durham. Visit http://bit.ly/aaVBJC for details.

Garner

Garner Summer Concerts at Lake Benson Park – Free concerts on July 17 and Aug. 21 from 6-8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. Concessions available. For more information, call 919-773-4442 or visit www.GarnerNC.gov.

Hillsborough

Last Fridays Free Concert Series – Concerts on the last Friday of the month through September presented by the Hillsborough Arts Council at 6:30 p.m. on the old courthouse lawn alongside visual arts, dance and literature. Arts, crafts and food vendors present. Visit www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/LastFridays.html.

Holly Springs

Holly Springs Cultural Center Outdoor Concerts – Second and fourth Fridays. Music starts at 7 p.m. For complete schedule, visit www.hollyspringsnc.us/dept/park/culture.

Raleigh

Free Summer Concert Series at Fletcher Park – One concert each month through September. Food, games and other family-friendly activities. For a detailed schedule visit www.fletcherparks.org/events/concerts.html.

Midtown Beach Music Series, On the Commons, North Hills – Free concerts on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. include beach music bands such as the Embers and Liquid Pleasure. For the complete schedule visit http://bit.ly/c5S2hW.

Music on the Porch at Seaboard Station – Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. through the fall at Seaboard Station near Ace Hardware and Peace China, 802 Semart Dr. Includes a large area where kids can play. Dog-friendly event. Occurs rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs. Visit www.seaboardmusic.com.

Kidsfest at Triangle Town Center – Entertainment on the second and fourth Sunday of the month through September from 2-5 p.m. in the Triangle Town Commons. Includes kid-friendly activities.
www.TriangleTownCenter.com.

Wake Forest

The Factory Families After 5 Free Music Series – Thursday, July 8. Music from 5:30-8:30 p.m., http://eatshopplay.com.

See our monthly calendar at www.carolinaparent.com for more family-friendly events.

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