Tried-and-true recipe for a great time: a dash of warm weather, a heap of live music and plenty of good friends. With a jam-packed schedule of open-air tunes, we've put together your guide to the venues and concert series that make up more than 100 outdoor concerts in the Raleigh area this summer. Let's jam!
 

Red Hat Amphitheater

This 6,000-seat venue that sits in the shadow of downtown Raleigh's skyline (and just steps from bars, restaurants and other nightlife spots) has a major lineup planned for 2022 with more than 20 shows on the calendar through the summer months.

  • Parker McCollum, June 4
  • Maren Morris: Humble Quest Tour, June 9
  • Ben Rector: The Joy of Music Live, June 10
  • Rebelution Good Vibes Summer Tour, June 11
  • Flume: Palaces Tour, June 12
  • The War On Drugs, June 13
  • GOOSE: Dripfield Summer Tour, June 15
  • Cody Johnson, June 16
  • Flogging Molly & The Interrupters, June 21
  • H.E.R.: Back of My Mind Tour, June 24
  • Whiskey Myers: Tornillo Tour, July 9
  • Big Time Rush: Forever Tour, July 15
  • Barenaked Ladies, July 16
  • Iration & Atmosphere: Sunshine & Summer Nights Tour, July 28
  • Fleet Floxes, July 29
  • Kehlani: Blue Water Road Trip Tour, July 30
  • LANY: Summer Forever Tour, Aug. 4
  • Rise Against, Aug. 6
  • Rick Springfield & Men at Work, Aug. 7
  • David Gray, Aug. 13
  • Greensky Bluegrass, Aug. 20
  • Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 23
  • Jon Pardi; Aint Always The Cowboy Tour, Aug. 25
  • Jamey Johnson, Aug. 25
  • Oliver Tree, Sept. 3
  • Lee Brice: Label Me Proud Tour, Sept. 10
  • Death Cab for Cutie, Oct. 3
  • Maxwell: The Night Tour, Oct. 7
  • Band Together: Turnpike Troubadours, Oct. 28

Red Hat Hopscotch

 

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Nestled in a landscape of tall pine trees and next to the beautiful Symphony Lake in Cary, Koka Booth Amphitheatre has more than 20 jazz, bluegrass, symphony and indie music shows lined up for the summer season.

  • Little River Band, May 26
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Scheherazade, May 28
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble: Film Music from the Magic World of Disney, May 29
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, June 4
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Movie Music Classics, June 11
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: All Mozart, June 12
  • Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, And Sheryl Crow, June 13
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, June 14
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Havana Nights, June 17
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Juneteenth Celebration, June 18
  • Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown, June 21
  • Billy Strings, June 23-25
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: The Music of Queen, June 26
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, June 27
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Dvořák New World Symphony, July 1
  • Smooth Nights at KBA, July 2
  • Summer Jam: The Commodores, July 8
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Disco Fever, July 9
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: An Evening with Sidecar Social Club, July 16
  • Andrew Bird with Iron and Wine: Outside Problems Tour, July 25
  • Fitz and the Tantrums & Andy Grammer, Aug. 2
  • Smokey Robinson, Aug. 19
  • Collective Soul and Switchfoot, Sept. 7
  • Smooth Knights at KBA, Sept. 10

Koka Booth Amp Large

 

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Big crowd, big acts and big tailgating. That's how things work at this 20,000-seat venue that has long been known as a can't-miss stop for music stars as they tour the Southeast.

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

 

Summer Concert Series at North Carolina Museum of Art

This unique performing arts and film venue—a work of art itself—has hosted an outdoor summer series featuring a range of musical performances, family entertainment, blockbuster movies and classic films for 25 years now.

  • Herbie Hancock, May 29
  • The Mavericks with Maggie Rose, June 8
  • Juneteenth Joy: A Celebration of Freedom and Gospel Music, June 17
  • Jazz at the NCMA: Ledisi Sings Nina with Special Guest Al Strong, June 23
  • Jazz at the NCMA: Jonathan Butler with Special Guest Avery Sunshine, June 30
  • Jazz at the NCMA: Take 6 with Special Guest Najee, July 7
  • Jazz at the NCMA: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble with Special Guest Veronica Swift, July 14
  • Stephanie Mills with Special Guest Will Downing, Sept. 2
  • Lake Street Dive with The Dip, Sept. 14
  • Watchhouse with Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, Oct. 1

NCMA Lake Street Dive

 

Midtown Beach Music Series

A Raleigh summer tradition for more than 10 years now, this weekly Thurs. night beach music series in North Hills attracts diverse and lively crowds—bring your dancing shoes!

  • The Tonez, May 26
  • BlackWater Band, June 2
  • Too Much Sylvia, June 9
  • Chairman of The Board, June 16
  • The Embers ft. Craig Woodard, June 23

North Hills Beach Music

 

Friday Night on White

This free, family-friendly concert series in downtown Wake Forest takes place on the second Fri. of each month throughout spring and summer. Food trucks will be on hand as will beer from White Street Brewing Company (brewed literally just steps away from the main stage).

  • The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra, June 10
  • Love Tribe, July 15
  • The Brickhouse Band, Aug. 12
  • Crush, Sept. 9

 

Performances at the Page

This lively series of free concerts features musical styles from near and far—all taking place in the beautiful gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in downtown Cary.

  • Beach Music Party with North Tower, Jun 17
  • Celebration of Bluegrass, July 29
  • Jamrock, Aug. 5

 

Cary Live

A free concert series on Sat. evenings in downtown Cary with food and drink available from local vendors.

  • Yam Haus, July 9
  • River Whyless, Sept. 10
  • Southern Avenue, Oct. 22

 

Park After Dark

Local food and local entertainment on select Wed. evenings this summer in downtown Cary.

  • Niito, June 15
  • Lauren Meehan, July 20
  • La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quartet, Aug. 17
  • Nic Parr, Sept. 21

 

Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park

One Fri. per month, the Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Boathouse plays host to musicians, food trucks, beers and after-hours boat rentals.

  • EG Peters, June 3
  • Currie Clayton, July 1
  • Garland Mason, Aug. 5
  • Paige King Johnson, Sept. 2
  • Jake Potter, Oct. 7

 

Packapalooza

Aug. 27
This annual all-day block party and street festival, drawing more than 80,000 attendees, caps off North Carolina State University's Wolfpack Welcome Week at the start of another academic year. The free and open-to-the-public event features more than 300 vendor booths lining Hillsborough St., along with food, games, arts and crafts, a water slide (bring your bathing suit!), visual and performing arts and more. A headlining music act will be announced soon.

Packapalooza

 

Hopscotch Music Festival

Tentatively Sept. 8-10
Three days, nearly 150 bands, 12 venues in downtown Raleigh, 50 totally-free day parties and 25,000 fans—it's no wonder why Hopscotch Music Festival is time and time again named one of America's can't-miss music events. The acts—and genres—are as wide-ranging as the venues they play in (for example, a 6,000-seat amphitheater at the base of the city skyline, Red Hat Amphitheater and a tiny dive bar, Slim's Downtown). Details for the 2022 event are yet to be released, but keep an eye on social media for announcements coming soon!

Hopscotch Music Festival

 

International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass

Sept. 27-Oct. 1
The arrival of a toe-tappin', banjo-strummin' week of non-stop week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh is one of the most anticipated times of the year. The International Bluegrass Music Association brings their business conference, along with the world's most talented bluegrass musicians, to Raleigh during this week. Those musicians then perform in clubs, on street corners and in hotel lobbies-anywhere they can find a jam session-during the Bluegrass Ramble. Then the week is capped off with Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, a two-day festival that sets up five stages of free music, a dance tent, tons of art vendors and more (the first lineup details have already been announced!).

Bluegrass IBMA


 

Photo credits: Midtown Beach Music Series, North Hills; Hopscotch Music Festival and Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek photos, Garrett Poulos
 

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