Triangle Offers Low-Cost or Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Tap your toes to these tunes under the night sky
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Photo courtesy of North Hills

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 2019 has in store. Check websites for updates, as scheduling changes may occur.

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Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series
Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre: 2600 Evans Road
Apex Historic Depot: 22 N. Salem Street
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 2019 dates.

Toasts and Tunes Concert Series
8624 Castleberry Rd.
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. 


Summer Music Series
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 through August. Please leave pets and alcohol at home. Music plays from 7-9 p.m. and shows span genres from gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. 


After Hours: Early Summer
101 E. Weaver St. 
Beat the heat Thursday evenings with free music starting May 23, 6–8 p.m., on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Bring a picnic or chairs. 

Jazz & More Brunch
101 E. Weaver St. 
This free outdoor jazz series takes place on Sundays, starting May 19, 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.  


Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park
801 High House Road
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 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. Times vary. 

Cary Live
319 S. Academy St.
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. 2019 dates to be announced. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

Josh Cellars Jazz Series
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday nights May 1-29. All shows are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Picnics and pets on leashes are allowed; alcohol is not. 


photo courtesy of North Carolina Symphony

2019 UNC Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
The North Carolina Symphony's popular summer outdoor concerts return for another season at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre on select dates May 25 through July 20. 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.

Park After Dark
319 S. Academy Street
Enjoy a fun night out in the Downtown Park on select Wednesdays this summer from 7-9 p.m. Each event features unique food from local vendors and entertainment. June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

PineCone: Artify (The Arts in the Parks)
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 11 and June 15.

Sertoma Series
801 High House Rd.
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. Stay tuned for the 2019 line-up. 

Starlight Concert Series
119 Ambassador Loop
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 June 14, June 28, July 26 (6:30 p.m.) and Aug. 2.


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Wind Down Wednesdays at Waverly Place
575 New Waverly Place
Don’t miss free concerts and family entertainment on the promenade every Wednesday night June 5 through July 24, 6-9 p.m. Lawn chairs and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Coolers, glass containers and outside alcohol are not permitted. 


Courtesy of The Carolina Inn

Photo courtesy of The Carolina Inn

Carolina Inn's Fridays on the Front Porch
211 Pittsboro St.
Enjoy free live music every Friday, 5-8 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be offered. A variety of food trucks are returning this season. Stay tuned for the 2019 line-up. 

Concerts in Your Community Series
Village Green, Southern Village​
The North Carolina Symphony typically brings free music throughout the state with its annual Concerts in Your Community series. Check back for 2019 details.

Meadowmont Music Series
101 Old Barn Lane 
​Featuring big name bands each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Meadowmont Gazebo. Bring your friends and family and have a picnic or enjoy dinner from food trucks. 2019 dates: May 18 and Sept. 14. 

Music in the Village
100 Meadowmont Village Circle
​Free music the first Friday of each month at Meadowmont Village. From 6 p.m. to sunset. 2019 dates: April 12, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6.

Music in the Meadow​
1342 Briar Chapel Pkwy.
Free concert series open to the public at Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. With live music, food trucks and fun. 2019 dates: June 8, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 14.

Sunday Concert Series
620 Market St.
Enjoy free Sunday concerts on the Southern Village Green at 6 p.m., May 5-July 28. Picnics, and free will tips for the musicians, encouraged. Please note, some days of week and event start times vary. 


Clayton Town Square Concerts Series
110 W. Main St.
Free concert events every month from May through September. Bring a blanket and enjoy the local vendors. Square opens at 5:30 p.m. Check back for 2019 line-up.


Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Concert Series
318 Blackwell St. 
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. Check back for 2019 dates.

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

Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens
420 Anderson St.
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 or call 919-684-4444. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. 

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Moeller Photography

Durham Central Park (DCPPLAYlist Concert Series
501 Foster St.
​Durham Central Park offers a free concert series every other Friday, June 14-Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m. The line-up covers an eclectic blend of genres and features local, national and for the first time, international acts. Each evening will have a mix of local craft beer vendors and food trucks. Seating is an open lawn, guests should bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome, outside alcohol is prohibited. The events are held rain or shine.

Rock the Park Concert & Movie Series
Locations and times vary.
Durham Parks and Recreation offered a summer concert and movie series in various Durham parks on Saturdays in 2018. Check back for 2019 locations, dates and times. 

The Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main
8030 Renaissance Pkwy.
Listen to free concerts featuring beach, motown, country, light jazz music and more at Cinema Circle (across from South Point Cinemas) Saturdays, April 13-Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m. 


Photo courtesy of the Town of Fuquay-Varina

​Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina (FM2FV) Concert Series
102 N. Main St.
Free concerts on select Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Centennial Square. Every concert features local breweries, food trucks and a free kids zone with Mimi the Clown. 2019 dates: April 11, April 25 and May 9. 


Saturday Social – Food Trucks & Live Music
141 W. Main St.
Saturday evenings from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music and food trucks. Stay tuned for 2019 dates.


Jazz Brunch
228 S. Churton St.
Free “Jazz and More” music on the Weaver Street Hillsborough patio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check back for 2019 dates.

Last Fridays
106 E. King St.
Free monthly concert series from April through September, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Located on the historic Orange County Courthouse lawn and features art, food, music and fun for the whole family. 2019 dates: April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27.


Musical Chairs Countrywide Concert Series — Clay Street After Work
Clay Street, Mebane
Musical Chairs is a county-wide summer concert series that takes place every Friday during the months of May-August. This series was created through the efforts of the Alamance County Arts Council to marry four existing community concert events taking place in Alamance County; Graham, Elon, Mebane and Burlington. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music of Jukebox Romeo on May 17. Wear your dancing shoes, come early and shop, bring a picnic or grab take out from a local restaurant and some friends and be part of this Mebane tradition. 


LIVE in The District Music Series
3400 Village Market Place
Join the fun each Thursday night, April 25-June 13 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!


Photo courtesy of North Hills

Midtown Beach Music Series
4158 Main at North Hills St.
Enjoy free music performed by popular beach bands at North Hills on Thursdays, April 18-Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m., at The Commons. Best parking located in either the Main District Garage or Main District.


Midtown Music Fest
Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park in North Hills
Midtown Music Fest is an all-day art and music festival on Saturday, May 4, 3-10 p.m., featuring a mix of original music and fan-favorite covers from both nationally and locally-known artists, local craft beer & beverages, food trucks, hip hop dancers, flame throwers, stilt walkers, custom LED teepees, flower crowns, and a vendor village. Best parking located in either the Park Central Garage or the Midtown Plaza Parking Garage One. 

Friday Night Tributes Music Series
Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park in North Hills
Friday Night Tributes is a feel good music series highlighting music we all know and love. The series appeals to young and old alike, paying homage to throwback music genres starting in the 60’s to current day band favorites. The block party style set up at Midtown Park, located in the Park District of North Hills, is an ideal place for friends, family, and co-workers to gather in celebration of the weekend to come. Live music fills the air from 5-9 p.m. on Friday nights, August-October. Best parking located in Park Central Garage or Midtown Plaza Parking Garage One.


Midtown Bluegrass Series
Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park in North Hills
The Midtown Bluegrass Series, in partnership with PineCone, appeals to young and old alike, featuring the best of bluegrass with popular string band music. With its unique combination of gospel, country and blues, that iconic “high lonesome sound” has deep-rooted ties to the Appalachian region of the Tarheel state. Beginning with youth jam sessions, these family-friendly bluegrass events are as feel-good as it gets. Bring a blanket and a football, buy a beer and an ice cream cone, and listen to some top-notch bluegrass music in the park. Sundays, May 19 and Sept. 15, 2-6 p.m. Best parking located in Park Central Garage or Midtown Plaza Parking Garage One.


​Saturdays in Saxapaha Music Series and Farmers Market
1612 Jordan Dr.
(No phone number provided)
Enjoy free outdoor concerts on Saturdays, May 4-Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m., on the Hay Wagon Stage at the Saxapahaw Rivermill Farmers Market. The weekly festivities include performances by top bands, 6-8 p.m., and a thriving Farmer’s Market, 5-8 p.m., with fresh local produce, cheese, eggs, baked goods, flowers, honey, organic meat, locally produced wine, hand made arts and crafts. Enjoy food trucks, and weekly events and activities for children. Admission is free though donations are appreciated. No dogs, smoking or vaping allowed. 


Wake Forest ARTS Six Sundays Concerts
701 Harris Rd.
(No phone number provided)
Free concerts on Sundays from April 28 through June 2 at 5-7 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Food and refreshments will be available.


Photo courtesy of the Wilson Downtown Development Corporation

Gig in the Park Spring Concert Series
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
The free, family-friendly concert series, takes place every other Thursday evenings on April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30 and June 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and is Historic Downtown Wilson’s annual tradition of food, beverages, dancing and fun for the community. Enjoy food trucks, beer and wine; and kid’s activities.

First Fridays on the Lawn Concert Series
In 2018, free community concerts were 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. Stay tuned for 2019 dates.

Originally compiled by Carolyn Caggia, May 21, 2014. 
Updated April 16, 2019.


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