During your visit to the Triangle, enjoy a warm Carolina evening at a free or low-cost live outdoor concert. Here's what spring and summer 2017 have in store. Check websites for updates, as scheduling changes may occur.
Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series: Held at the spacious Nature Park Amphitheatre, 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. 2600 Evans Road, Apex. 919-249-1120.
Toasts and Tunes Concert Series: Free concerts for all ages held at Cloer Family Vineyards on select Saturdays from 2-4 pm 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. 8624 Castleberry Road. 919-387-5760.
Summer Music Series: Tickets are not needed for these concerts but a $5-8 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 pm and shows span genres from gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. 950 Bynum Road, Bynum (no phone number available).
After Hours: Early Summer: Beat the heat Thursday evenings with free music May 18-June 29, 6–8 pm, on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Bring a picnic or chairs. 101 E. Weaver St. 919-929-0010.
Jazz & More Brunch: This free outdoor jazz series takes place on Sundays, May 21 – Oct. 15, 11 am-1 pm, on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Take chairs and blankets. Purchase a la carte brunch items in the store. 101 E. Weaver St. 919-929-0010.
Live at Lunch: Bring your lunch or stop by one of Downtown Cary's restaurants and then join in for some mid-day music by local performers. Picnic tables provided. Thursdays in April and May from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Fidelity Bank Plaza. 100 W. Chatham St. 919-469-4061.
HobNob Jazz Series: Tickets for this series are $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday nights in May. All shows are 5:30-8:30 pm. Picnics and pets on leashes are allowed; alcohol is not. 8003 Regency Parkway. 919-462-2025.
2017 UNC Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series: The North Carolina Symphony's popular summer outdoor concerts return for another season at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre on weekends May 27 through July 15. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm, but you can bring a picnic as early as 5:30 pm. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn. 8003 Regency Parkway. 919-462-2025.
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 13, June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12. Various locations. 919-664-8333.
Sertoma Series: 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 13, June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12. 801 High House Road. 919-469-4061.
Starlight Concert Series: Enjoy free concerts at 7 pm 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 2, June 23, July 14 and Aug. 4. 119 Ambassador Loop. 919-460-4963.
Wind Down Wednesdays at Waverly Place: Don't miss free concerts and family entertainment on the promenade every Wednesday night June 7 through July 26, 6-9 pm. There is also a special end-of-summer concert on Wed., Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 pm. Lawn chairs and ‘people-friendly’ dogs are welcome. Coolers are not permitted. 575 New Waverly Place. 919-678-0878.
Carolina Inn's Fridays on the Front Porch: Enjoy free live music every Friday through Oct. 13, 5-8 pm. Food, beer and wine will be offered. A variety of food trucks are returning this season. Above picture courtesy of The Carolina Inn. 211 Pittsboro St., 919-933-2001.
Live and Local! Music and Art Series: At the Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill, free concerts on Friday May 5, 12 and 19. Most concerts begin at 6 pm and last until 9 pm. 140 W. Franklin St. 919-968-2784.
Meadowmont Music Series: Featuring big name bands each month from 6:30-8:30 pm, with free parking. Bring your friends and family and have a picnic or enjoy dinner from food trucks. 2017 dates: May 6 and Sept. 16. 301 Old Barn Lane. 919-636-0598.
Music in the Village: Free music the first Friday of each month at Meadowmont Village. From 6 p.m. to sunset. 2017 dates: June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6. 100 Meadowmont Village Circle. 919-240-4682.
Music in the Meadow: Free concert series open to the public at Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. With food trucks, sweets and beer. 1342 Briar Chapel Parkway. 888-249-9429.
Sunday Concert Series: Enjoy free Sunday concerts on the Southern Village Green at 6 pm, April 9 – Sept. 17. Picnics, and free will tips for the musicians, encouraged. Please note, some days of week and event start times vary. 620 Market St. 919-933-4422.
Clayton Town Square Concerts Series: Free concert events every month from May through September. Bring a blanket and enjoy the local vendors. Square opens at 5:30 p.m. 2017 dates: May 19, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 8. 110 W. Main St. 919-553-5002.
Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Concert Series: Enjoy free concerts, 6-9 pm, 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. Parking is $6 per car. 318 Blackwell St. 919-433-1570.
Northgate Jams: A community music collaboration event on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm at Northgate. Musicians and music enthusiasts are invited to come jam. 1058 W. Club Blvd. 919-286-4400.
Duke Performances 2017: Music in the Gardens: Listen to regional indie rock and folk groups in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on select Wednesdays June 7-July 12. Doors open at 6:30 pm and concerts start at 7 pm. Chairs and picnics are allowed. Tickets are $10, $5 for Duke employees and students and free for children 12 and under. 420 Anderson St. 919-660-3356.
The Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main: Listen to free concerts featuring adult contemporary, beach and light jazz music at Cinema Circle (across from South Point Cinemas) Saturdays April 22 - Oct. 14, 6-9 pm. Performers entertain the crowd in a family-friendly atmosphere. 8030 Renaissance Parkway. 919-572-8808.
Durham Central Park (DCP) Concert Series: Durham Central Park has a brand new, free concert series coming Fridays, June 23-Aug. 25, including Orquesta GarDel, Too Many Zooz and Skylar Gudasz w/ Special Guest Kamara Thomas. Shows 6 to 8 pm. 501 Foster St. 919-794-8194.
Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina (FM2FV) Concert Series: Free concerts on select Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 pm. at Centennial Square. Kids can enjoy a free play area featuring Mimi the Clown and inflatables. Food trucks will be on site. 2017 dates: April 13, April 27 and May 11. 102 N. Main St. 919-552-1400.
Downtown Sounds: Listen to free live music on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center. Bring chairs or blankets, but coolers and pets are not permitted. Family-friendly food and beverages available for purchase. Check website for date(s). 125 Avery St. 919-773-4402.
Jazz Brunch: Free “Jazz and More” music on the Weaver Street Hillsborough patio from 11 am to 1 pm on Sundays, May 21–Sept. 24. 228 S. Churton St. 919-245-5050.
Last Fridays: Free monthly concert series from April through September, 6:30-9:30 pm. Located at Courthouse Square and features art, food, music and fun for the whole family. S. Churton St. and E. King St. 919-643-2500.
LIVE in The District Music Series: Join the fun each Thursday night, April 20 - June 8 from 6:30 - 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket in a brand new outdoor venue in front of Stone Theatre – Park West 14. Free, live music. 3400 Village Market Place. 919-234-6710.
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek: Several upcoming Live Nation shows scheduled throughout the summer. Stay tuned to COASTAL24.com/MusicPark for updates on membership perks. 3801 Rock Quarry Road. 919-719-5500.
Midtown Beach Music Series: Enjoy free music performed by popular beach bands at North Hills on Thursdays, April 20-Aug. 17, 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. 4158 Main at North Hills Street. 919-833-5263.
North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Concerts: 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 $30 for reserved seating and $23 for general admission. Children 6 and under are free. Select dates May 6-Sept. 16. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. 919-715-5923.
Oak City 7 and Pickin’ in the Plaza: Summer concert series located in City Plaza (on Fayetteville Street) in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5-10:30 pm on Thursdays, beginning the Thursday after Memorial Day and ending the Thursday before Labor Day. 400 Fayetteville St. 919-844-1515.
Saturdays in Saxapahaw: Enjoy free outdoor concerts on Saturdays May 6-Aug. 26, 6-8 pm, on the Hay Wagon Stage at the Saxapahaw Rivermill Farmers Market. No dogs allowed. 1612 Jordan Dr. (No phone number provided.)
Wake Forest ARTS Six Sundays Concerts: Free concerts on Sundays from April 30 through June 4 at 5 pm at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Food and refreshments will be available. 701 Harris Rd. (No phone number provided.)