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.

Note: This is a lot—but not all—of the outdoor concerts taking place. You can also save the date for Sister Hazel at Ting Park on May 11, a full calendar of tunes at Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard and many, many others.

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 2024 with more than 35 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 more than 25 years now.

NCMA Lake Street Dive


Midtown Beach Music Series

Celebrating 15 years as a Raleigh summer tradition in 2024, this weekly Thursday night beach music event in North Hills attracts diverse and lively crowds—bring your dancing shoes! Admission is $5.

North Hills Beach Music Series


Live After 5

This free, block-party style music series—taking place on the last Wednesday of each month—will be a celebration of women in music in 2024, featuring four electrifying evenings of tunes on Fayetteville St. in the heart of downtown Raleigh. 


Friday Night on White

This free, family-friendly concert series in downtown Wake Forest takes place on the second Friday of each month throughout spring and summer. Food trucks will be on hand as will beer from White Street Brewing Company and Norse Brewing Company (both 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.


Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park

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


Live Music Wednesdays at Waverly Place

A longtime family favorite destination for a fun night out—thanks to a kids' play area and plenty of A-plus dining spots just steps away (Enrigo Italian Bistro, Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Tasu Asian Bistro and more)—this series of free Wednesday night jam sessions at Cary's Waverly Place is always a good time. 


Live in the District at Park West Village

This free weekly beach music series at Park West Village in Morrisville pulls together good tunes, craft brews and local food trucks for a family-friendly night out.



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, visual and performing arts and more. A headlining music act will be announced soon.



Hopscotch Music Festival

Sept. 5-7
Three days, more than 100 bands, a handful of venues across downtown Raleigh, a full schedule of 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 (seen below, the City Plaza stage holds thousands of festival goers, while the City of Oaks' favorite dive bar, Slim's Downtown, holds just a lucky 100 or so).

The 2024 lineup is yet to be released, but expectations are high after a blowout 2023 event featured Pavement, Denzel Curry, Japanese Breakfast, King Krule, Margo Price, Dinosaur Jr. and way more.

Hopscotch City Plaza


IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC

Sept. 27-28
The arrival of a toe-tappin', banjo-strummin' week of non-stop week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh has been one of the most anticipated times of the year for more than a decade now. 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 lineup for the 12th—and final—IBMA Bluegrass Live! event was just released, with tickets for the Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheatre going on sale in May. 

It was announced in 2023 that this year's event would be the final act for the festival in Raleigh, and that PineCone—a local non-profit committed to promoting and preserving the roots of music history in the Raleigh area and beyond—will build a new homegrown music event to take its place beginning in 2025. More details on that coming later!

Bluegrass IBMA


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

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