Tried-and-true recipe for a great time: a dash of warm weather, a heap of live music and plenty of good friends. With the most live music in North Carolina, Raleigh knows how to rock the summer! The area's outdoor concert venues hit all the right notes when putting together the summer schedule, bringing in plenty of big-name acts and a bevy of artists with loyal followings ready to hit the stage in the Raleigh area. 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 Raleigh, N.C., 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 2019 with more than 20 shows on the calendar through the summer months.

  • Greta Van Fleet: March Of The Peaceful Army (5/16)
  • PRIME Music Festival (5/17-18)
  • Band Together Main Event Presents St. Paul & The Broken Bones (6/1)
  • Anderson .Paak (6/6)
  • Lake Street Dive & The Wood Brothers (6/7)
  • Wu-Tang Clan (6/8)
  • SiriusXM The Pulse Presents: The Mighty O.A.R. (6/12)
  • Jon Bellion (6/15)
  • Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride Tour (6/21)
  • Slightly Stoopid: How I Spent My Summer Vacation Tour (6/22)
  • Shinedown: Attention Attention World Tour (6/26)
  • Rob Thomas: Chip Tooth Tour (7/11)
  • Young The Giant + Fitz And The Tantrums (7/16)
  • Godsmack (7/17)
  • IRATION: Live From Paradise Tour (7/26)
  • Why Don't We (8/3)
  • SiriusXM JamON Presents: Moe. and Blues Traveler (8/4)
  • Papa Roach: Who Do You Trust Tour (8/6)
  • The Flaming Lips (8/7)
  • Rebelution (8/9)
  • 21 Savage (8/14)
  • Flogging Molly & Social Distortion (8/18)
  • Judah & The Lion (8/23)
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (8/24)
  • The Raconteurs (9/3)
  • Dropkick Murphys (9/24)
  • The Head And The Heart: Living Mirage Tour (10/1)

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, including a free show with fireworks on July 4 that you won't want to miss.

  • Steve Hobbs (5/22)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Symphonie Fantastique (5/25)
  • An American Celebration - Through Time And Space (5/26)
  • Peter Lamb & The Wolves (5/29)
  • Outlaws & Renegades Tour: Travis Tritt & Charlie Daniels Band (5/30)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: A Space Spectacular (6/1)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Piazzolla's Four Seasons (6/7)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (6/8)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Classics Under The Stars (6/15)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Ben Folds (6/22)
  • Father John Misty with Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit (6/25)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Broadway's Greatest Hits (6/29)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Independence Day Celebration (7/4)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Russian Nights (7/6)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: The Music Of Chicago with Brass Transit (7/12)
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Strings Attached Tour (7/13)
  • Greensky Bluegrass (7/19)
  • North Carolina Symphony Summerfest: Annual Beach Party featuring The Embers (7/20)
  • Sublime with Rome (7/21)
  • Big Head Todd & The Monsters (8/18)
  • Little Big Town (9/6)
  • Kacey Musgraves' Oh, What A World: Tour II (9/14)
  • Mandolin Orange with Mountain Man (9/21)

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.

  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Roll Me Away Final Tour (5/23)
  • Hootie & The Blowfish Group Therapy Tour (5/31)
  • Florence And The Machine: The High As Hope Tour (6/5)
  • Rascal Flatts: Summer Playlist Tour (6/28)
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band: Wheels Of Soul (7/9)
  • Dierks Bentley (7/11)
  • SiriusXM Presents Train with Goo Goo Dolls (7/13)
  • The Tom Joyner: One More Time Experience (7/19)
  • Mary J. Blige & Nas (7/25)
  • Florida Georgia Line (7/26)
  • Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida (7/27)
  • 311 & Dirty Heads (7/28)
  • KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 (8/2)
  • Thomas Rhett (8/8)
  • Heart: Love Alive Tour (8/10)
  • Brad Paisley (8/15)
  • Breaking Benjamin (8/18)
  • Chris Young: Raised On Country Tour (8/23)
  • Beck And Cage The Elephant: The Night Running Tour (8/24)
  • Jason Aldean; Ride All Night Tour (9/13)
  • Peter Frampton Finale: The Farewell Tour (9/14)
  • ZZ Top: 50th Anniversary Tour (10/5)
  • Luke Bryan: Sunset Repeat Tour (10/12)

Maroon 5 at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

 

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!

  • Bantum Rooster (5/23)
  • Spare Change (5/30)
  • The Attractions (6/6)
  • Too Much Sylvia (6/13)
  • North Tower (6/20)
  • Steve Owens & Summertime (6/27)
  • The Entertainers (7/11)
  • Chairman Of The Board (7/18)
  • BlackWater Band (7/25)
  • Band Of Oz (8/1)
  • Sleeping Booty (8/8)
  • Liquid Pleasure (8/15)

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).

  • Love Tribe (6/14)
  • Soul Psychedelique (7/12)
  • Big Love (8/9)
  • Crush (9/13)
     

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 more than 20 years now.

  • Steep Canyon Rangers (6/14)
  • Trampled By Turtles (6/22)
  • Courtney Barnett (7/2)
  • Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt (7/13)
  • Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with Amos Lee (7/23)
  • John Butler Trio+ with Trevor Hall (7/27)
  • An Evening With Lyle Lovett And His Large Band (8/7)
  • Chaka Khan (8/29)
  • Mipso (8/31)
  • Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi (9/25)

NCMA Lake Street Dive

 

Summer Sertoma Series

The Town of Cary puts on this family-friendly concert series held at the Sertoma Amphitheatre, located inside of Fred G. Bond Metro Park, with free concerts presented by PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.

  • Violet Bell (6/15)
  • Al Strong And The 99 Brass Band (7/13)
  • Zoocrü (8/10)
     

Starlight Concert Series

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!

  • Polka Plus Band (6/14)
  • Beach Music Party With North Tower (6/28)
  • Celebration Of Bluegrass (7/26)
  • Jamrock (8/2)
     

Cary Live

The Town of Cary's gorgeous new Downtown Park comes to life with this free concert series featuring beverages and food trucks on site.

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.

  • My Cousin Skinny (6/7)
  • Garth Robertson (7/5)
  • Garland Mason (8/2)
  • EG Peters (9/6)
  • Garrett Cummings (10/4)
     

Summer at the Springs Outdoor Concert Series

Pack your chairs and picnics and head out to enjoy these free, family-friendly concerts on the lawn at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

  • Beatlesque (6/14)
  • Totally Curious (6/28)
  • The Holly Springs Community Band (7/12)
  • Strange(R) Days (7/26)
  • Adam Lee Decker Trio (8/9)
  • Whiskey Runners (8/23)
     

Summer Daze Music Festival Vol. 2

Aug. 17
The second annual Summer Daze Music Festival—taking place at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills and produced by Seven Foot Giant (with free admission!)—promises to be a celebration of music, local business and culture (and of course summertime vibes!). Music, food and vendor lineup to be announced at a later date.
 

Packapalooza

Aug. 24
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

Sept. 5-7
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). As of late May, a partial lineup for 2019 has been released—Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, Jenny Lewis, Little Brother, CHVRCHES, Phantogram and more will hit the stage in Sept.

Hopscotch Music Festival

 

Groove in the Garden

Sept. 21
Groove in the Garden is back for year five at Raleigh Little Theatre's beautiful Stephenson Amphitheater. The annual music and arts festival shines the spotlight on some incredible local talent—the 2019 lineup features N.C. artists and bands including Kooley High, Urban Soil, Arson Daily, Into The Fog, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers plus more. Two stages of music, plus food trucks, beer, wine, local artists and vendors, a kids zone and more make this a can't-miss late summer event in Raleigh.

Groove in the Garden

 

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Fesitval

Oct. 12
This fast-growing beer and music festival held at beautiful Sugg Farm Park brings together more than 70 breweries (including most of the nearly 30 craft beverage brewers in Raleigh, N.C.) and more than 20 food trucks, along with a full lineup of Americana jams, to celebrate good friends, good beer and good times in Holly Springs.

Beericana

 

International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass

Sept. 24-28
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. 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. The the week is capped off with PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, a two-day festival that sets up five stages of free music, a dance tent, a barbecue championship, tons of art vendors and more. 

Bluegrass IBMA

 

See a full calendar of live music head, both outdoors and indoors at themostnc.com!
 

Photo credits: Midtown Beach Music Series, North Hills; Hopscotch Music Festival photo, Garrett Poulos; Groove in the Garden, Brian Magee Photography