Family Outings: Enjoy Free Concerts Outdoors in Cary

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One of the joys of summer is sitting outdoors listening to a free concert with friends and family at the close of day. It’s a moment to gaze at the sky, unwind and let the good music and company cart your stresses away as the kids play. If you’ve had the foresight and time to pack a picnic dinner or snacks, all the better.

Each year, nearly 2,500 flock to the Town of Cary’s free Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden for just that experience. Concert goers can look forward to six concerts that feature local and regional artists and a variety of music genres set on the grounds of what was once the 1800s family estate of Allison Francis Page.

This summer, expect three new acts: the Serengue Salsa Band on May 18, the Kickin Grass Band featuring young musicians from Page-Walker’s annual Bluegrass Camp on June 29 and the Al Strong Quintet on Aug 10. Returning acts include the Triangle Wind Ensemble’s performance of Mozart by Moonlight on June 8, Jamrock on July 13 and Craicdown on July 27.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. except for The Al Strong Quintet performance, which begins at 6:30 p.m. You can carry food and lawn chairs with you, but alcoholic beverages and pets are not allowed. If the weather is unsettled, before heading out, check to see if the concert is cancelled or rescheduled. For details, visit The Town of Cary’s website.

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