Triangle Offers Low-Cost or Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Tap your toes to these tunes under the night sky


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Above photo courtesy of Jason Moore; all other photos provided by venues unless otherwise noted

Keep the kids entertained and your wallet fat this summer with free or low-cost live outdoor concerts throughout the Triangle area. Here is what summer 2018 has in store. Check websites for updates, as scheduling changes may occur.

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APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series
facebook.com/townofapex
Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre: 2600 Evans Road
Apex Historic Depot: 22 N. Salem Street
919-249-1120
Held at the spacious Nature Park Amphitheatre & Historic Depot, the evening will offer family friendly concerts and movies. Load up the kids, the lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner and show up early for good seats. Concerts start at dusk and are scheduled for select Saturdays. No pets or alcohol. Check website for dates.

Toasts and Tunes Concert Series
facebook.com/cloerfamilyvineyards
8624 Castleberry Rd.
919-387-5760
Free concerts for all ages held at Cloer Family Vineyards on select Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. These are outdoor concerts, and wine will be sold by the glass and bottle (no outside alcohol permitted). Feel free to bring lawn chairs and picnics. 


BYNUM

Summer Music Series
facebook.com/bynumfrontporch
950 Bynum Rd. 
Tickets are not needed but a $10 donation is requested and a hat is passed for performers. Bynum Front Porch invites folks to bring chairs and sit under an open sky to enjoy fine music, food from local vendors and one another's company on Friday evenings from May to September. Please leave pets and alcohol at home. Music plays from 7 to 9 p.m. and shows span genres from gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. 


CARRBORO​

After Hours: Early Summer
https://www.facebook.com/weaverstreet
101 E. Weaver St. 
919-929-0010
Beat the heat Thursday evenings with free music starting May 24, 6–8 p.m., on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Bring a picnic or chairs. 

Jazz & More Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/weaverstreet
101 E. Weaver St. 
919-929-0010
This free outdoor jazz series takes place on Sundays, starting May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Take chairs and blankets. Purchase a la carte brunch items in the store.  


CARY

Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park
facebook.com/townofcarync
801 High House Road
919-469-4100
One Friday a month, the Bond Park Boathouse plays host to musicians, food trucks and after-hours boat rentals. Spend your Friday evening floating on Bond Lake in the setting sun while you listen to great music and enjoy delicious food. Prefer to stay on land? Bring a lawn chair, friends and family. April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Times vary. 

Cary Live
facebook.com/townofcarync
319 S. Academy St.
919-319-4650
Enjoy the new Downtown Park while listening to some of the best bands around! Come out for a free concert with food and drinks from local vendors. June 30, July 21 and Sept. 22. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

HobNob Jazz Series
facebook.com/boothamphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
919-462-2025
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday nights May 9 - June 6. All shows are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Picnics and pets on leashes are allowed; alcohol is not. 

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2018 UNC Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series
facebook.com/boothamphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
919-462-2025
The North Carolina Symphony's popular summer outdoor concerts return for another season at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre on select dates May 26 through July 21. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., but you can bring a picnic as early as 5:30 p.m. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn. Above photo courtesy of North Carolina Symphony.

Park After Dark
facebook.com/townofcarync
319 S. Academy Street
919-319-4560
Enjoy a fun night out in the Downtown Park on select Wednesdays this summer from 7 to 9 p.m. Each event features unique food from local vendors and entertainment. June 27, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

PineCone: Artify (The Arts in the Parks)
facebook.com/pineconenc
919-664-8333
PineCone collaborates with the Town of Cary to offer free concerts in venues including the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, Cary Arts Center and Koka Booth Amphitheater. This year’s dates are May 12, June 9, June 22, July 14 and Aug. 11. 

Sertoma Series
facebook.com/townofcarync
801 High House Rd.
919-469-4061
Enjoy free outdoor concerts May-August at 7 p.m. on select dates. All shows are held at the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park. Come early for a seat, or pack your own chairs. This year’s dates are May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11.   

Starlight Concert Series
facebook.com/townofcarync
119 Ambassador Loop
919-460-4963
Enjoy free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Fridays, June-August, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Please leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home. This year’s dates are May 18, June 22 (6 p.m.), July 27 and Aug. 10.

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Wind Down Wednesdays at Waverly Place
facebook.com/waverlyplacenc
575 New Waverly Place
919-678-0878
Don’t miss free concerts and family entertainment on the promenade every Wednesday night June 6 through Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m. Lawn chairs and ‘people-friendly’ dogs are welcome. No concert will be held July 4. Lawn chairs and ‘people-friendly’ dogs are welcome. Coolers are not permitted. Above photo courtesy of PopulateProductions.com.


CHAPEL HILL

Courtesy of The Carolina Inn
 

Carolina Inn's Fridays on the Front Porch
facebook.com/carolinainn
211 Pittsboro St.
919-933-2001
Enjoy free live music every Friday starting April 27, 5-8 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be offered. A variety of food trucks are returning this season. Above picture courtesy of The Carolina Inn.

Concerts in Your Community Series
Village Green, Southern Village​
The North Carolina Symphony brings free music throughout the state this month with its annual Concerts in Your Community series. In the Triangle, there will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. on June 15 at Southern Village in Chapel Hill (presented in partnership with Market Street Association). Other performances include June 12 at the Town Common in Tarboro, and June 26 at Tryon Palace in New Bern (presented in partnership with Tryon Palace). The concert features works by Mozart, Grieg, Rossini and other famed conductors.

Meadowmont Music Series
facebook.com/meadowmont
101 Old Barn Lane 
919-636-0598
​Featuring big name bands each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Meadowmont Gazebo. Bring your friends and family and have a picnic or enjoy dinner from food trucks. 2018 dates: May 19 and Sept. 15. 

Music in the Village
facebook.com/meadowmont
100 Meadowmont Village Circle
919-240-4682
​Free music the first Friday of each month at Meadowmont Village. From 6 p.m. to sunset. 2018 dates: May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. 

Music in the Meadow
facebook.com/briarchapelnc​
1342 Briar Chapel Pkwy.
888-249-9429
Free concert series open to the public at Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. With food trucks, sweets and beer. 

Sunday Concert Series
facebook.com/southernvillagemarket
620 Market St.
919-933-4422
Enjoy free Sunday concerts on the Southern Village Green at 6 p.m., April 8 – Sept. 9. Picnics, and free will tips for the musicians, encouraged. Please note, some days of week and event start times vary. 


CLAYTON

Clayton Town Square Concerts Series
facebook.com/townofclayton
110 W. Main St.
919-553-5002
Free concert events every month from May through September. Bring a blanket and enjoy the local vendors. Square opens at 5:30 p.m. 2018 dates: May 18, June 21, July 19, Aug. 23 and Sept. 7. 


DURHAM

Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Concert Series
facebook.com/americantobaccocampus
318 Blackwell St. 
919-433-1570
Enjoy free concerts, 6-9 p.m., on the American Tobacco Amphitheater select Thursdays May 11-Sept. 14. Picnics and coolers are welcome-no glass. American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open, and beer and wine are available for purchase. 2018 dates: June 14, June 21, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. 

Northgate Jams
1058 W. Club Blvd.
919-286-4400
​A community music collaboration event on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northgate Mall. Musicians and music enthusiasts are invited to come jam. 

Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens
facebook.com/dukeperformances
420 Anderson St.
919-660-3356
Listen to regional indie rock and folk groups in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on select Wednesdays in June and July. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. Chairs and picnics are allowed. Buy tickers at tickets.duke.edu or call 919-684-4444. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. 

Durham Central Park (DCPPLAYlist Concert Series
facebook.com/durhamcentralpark
501 Foster St.
919-794-8194
​Durham Central Park free concert series Fridays, June 8 through Aug. 10. Shows 6 to 8 p.m.

Rock the Park Concert & Movie Series
https://www.facebook.com/dprplaymore
Locations and times vary.
Durham Parks and Recreation offers a summer concert and movie series in various Durham parks on Saturdays during June 9-Aug. 18. Both series are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be on site and food will be available for purchase. Check the website for locations, dates and times. 

The Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main
facebook.com/streetsatsouthpoint
8030 Renaissance Pkwy.
919-572-8808
Listen to free concerts featuring adult contemporary, beach and light jazz music at Cinema Circle (across from South Point Cinemas) Saturdays April 214 - Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Performers entertain the crowd in a family-friendly atmosphere.


FUQUAY-VARINA

​Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina (FM2FV) Concert Series
business.facebook.com/townoffuquayvarina
102 N. Main St.
919-552-1400
Free concerts on select Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Centennial Square. Kids can enjoy a free play area featuring Mimi the Clown and inflatables. Food trucks will be on site. 2018 dates: April 12, April 26 and May 10.


GARNER

Saturday Social - Food Truck & Live Music
facebook.com/downtowngarner
141 W. Main St.
919-773-4402 
Enjoy dinner and music in Downtown Garner on Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.


HILLSBOROUGH

Jazz Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/weaverstreet
228 S. Churton St.
919-245-5050
Free “Jazz and More” music on the Weaver Street Hillsborough patio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays starting May 20. 

Last Fridays
facebook.com/hillsboroughartscouncil
106 E. King St.
919-643-2500
Free monthly concert series from April through September, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Located at Courthouse Square and features art, food, music and fun for the whole family. 2018 dates: April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28.


MEBANE

No events at this time.


MORRISVILLE

LIVE in The District Music Series
facebook.com/parkwestvillage
3400 Village Market Place
919-234-6710
Join the fun each Thursday night, April 19 - June 7 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket in a brand new outdoor venue in front of Stone Theatre – Park West 14. Free, live music!


RALEIGH

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
facebook.com/walnutcreekampraleigh
3801 Rock Quarry Road
919-719-5500
Several upcoming Live Nation shows scheduled throughout the summer. Stay tuned to COASTAL24.com/MusicPark for updates on membership perks.

Courtesy of North Hills

Midtown Beach Music Series
facebook.com/visitnorthhills
4158 Main at North Hills St.
919-833-5263
Enjoy free music performed by popular beach bands at North Hills on Thursdays, April 19 - Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m. Best parking located in either the CapTrust Tower or the newly completed Bank of America Tower. Above picture courtesy of North Hills.

North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Concerts
facebook.com/ncartmuseum
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
919-715-5923
Since 1997 the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park has welcomed America's finest singer-songwriters and critically acclaimed musical ensembles from around the world. Tickets are $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission. Children 6 and under are free. Select dates June 8 – Aug. 18.


SAXAPAHAW

​Saturdays in Saxapahaw
facebook.com/SXPHW-40474061573
1612 Jordan Dr.
(No phone number provided)
Enjoy free outdoor concerts on Saturdays May 5-Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., on the Hay Wagon Stage at the Saxapahaw Rivermill Farmers Market. No dogs allowed. 


WAKE FOREST

Wake Forest ARTS Six Sundays Concerts
facebook.com/wakeforestarts?sk=wall
701 Harris Rd.
(No phone number provided)
Free concerts on Sundays from April 29 through June 3 at 5 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Food and refreshments will be available.


WILSON

Gig in the Park Spring Concert Series
The free, family-friendly Gig in the Park, formerly the Downtown Alive Concert Series, takes place June 13, 20 and 27 and is Historic Downtown Wilson’s annual tradition of food, beverages, dancing and fun for the community. Enjoy rhythm and blues, classic rock and reggae; food trucks, beer and wine; and kid’s activities provided by Wilson Parks and Recreation.

First Fridays on the Lawn Concert Series
800-497-7398
Free community concerts are offered on the Wilson County Library Lawn in Historic Downtown Wilson each first Friday in July, August and September; 5 pm. Relax with friends and family as you enjoy entertainment and activities, including children’s activities, local food vendors and live music from a range of performers. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are moved indoors to the adjacent Boykin Center Theater. For more information, call (800) 497-7398.


Originally compiled by Carolyn Caggia, May 21, 2014. 
Updated by Megan Finke, April 22, 2018.

 

 

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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take part in a walk to benefit the Triangle Festival of Hope. Proceeds benefit and support caregivers and families living with dementia in North Carolina. The event features live music, kids'...

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Sponsor: Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Telephone: 919-832-3732
Contact Name: Kacy Hall
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Enjoy a craft fair presented by the Junior League of Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase advance tickets.  

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the family for live entertainment, a bounce house, a costume contest, trick or treat training, princess hair braiding, face painting, music and more. The Aspen School's preschool programs...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aspen School for Exceptional Children
1050 A NW Maynard Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver take a relaxing stroll to experience nature. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Step back in time with 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Preregistration encouraged. Purchase tickets at the mill. 

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Children ages 6 & un

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Children's booksellers read their favorite picture books. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Join costumed interpreters Jon and Karena Potter to learn 19th-century country dances. Drop-in program; registration not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy a festival celebrating work, food and harvest. This event explores the season for all people on one of North Carolina's largest plantations, through games, music, food,...

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC hosts Beaglefest. Enjoy vendors, food, dog-related games, a dog costume contest, swag, photos with your pup and with beagles. All leashed dogs welcome.

Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12

Where:
Sunny Acres Pet Resort
5908 US-70 BUS
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC
Telephone: 919 760 0025
Contact Name: Leann
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Learn about the history of candy at a display table. Taste penny candy and take a trip around the globe to explore the world’s favorite sugary treats. All ages. Registration not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Explore the vegetable patch for pumpkins, hear stories about gourd life cycle and uses, try roasted pumpkin seeds, and decorate a mini-pumpkin to take home. Ages 5-10 with adult. Register...

Cost: $9/member, $12/nonmember. Free for accompanying adult.

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Mark your calendars! Our annual Halloween event, Creepy Crabtree, will return in October! This free park wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Join the freakish festivities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Join us on October 20, 2018, for the Harmony Playground Gala fundraiser at the Farm at 42, 1075 Lynchburg Road,  Selma, NC, from 5 pm - 9:30 pm.  The event will benefit the first...

Cost: $100 per person

Where:
The Farm at 42
1075 Lynch Road
Selma, NC  27576
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Sponsor: Clayton Community Recreational Foundation
Telephone: 919 589 2523 x707
Contact Name: Jacqui Pomales-Moody
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Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time of day.  Preregister online.

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve staff
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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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Each year over 35,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. Interact with entomologists and other scientists so you can continue learning about the...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: BASF, Terminix, and Walmart
Contact Name: Kari Wouk
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