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.

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.

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.

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).

 

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.

 

Cary Live

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

 

Park After Dark

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

 

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.

 

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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