Seven Stellar Outdoor Music Venues (Photos)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12pm by Derek Allman
Raleigh, N.C., rocks 365 days a year and hits a high note when the weather gets warm in the spring. It all begins as outdoor concert venues join the jamming indoor major venues, concert venues and live-music restaurants. Check out the list below and see a concert at each of these stellar venues. And hit themostnc.com for upcoming concerts!
Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, each year City Plaza is home to the Hopscotch Music Festival main stage, the International Bluegrass Music Association Wide Open Bluegrass City Plaza Stage, Oak City 7 music series and more. Learn more
Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater in the Museum Park (N.C. Museum of Art)
The North Carolina Museum of Art boasts the largest concert venue of any art museum in the country. Pack a picnic, take a walk through the sculpture garden and settle in for acclaimed artists such as Gary Clark Jr. and Punch Brothers. Learn more
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Lay a blanket by the lake, watch the sunset just past the swaying pines and listen as the stars come out on stage at this venue in the heart of the town of Cary. The venue is arguably the most beautiful place to catch an outdoor show in the Raleigh area. Learn more
A new kid on the block, North Hills's Midtown Park presents the Midtown Bluegrass Music Series, featuring some of the hottest bluegrass acts around. And if you need to refuel, North Hills offers a collection of "can't-miss" restaurants. Learn more
Red Hat Amphitheater
Brings some of the biggest names in music to downtown Raleigh, from classics like The Beach Boys to the newer sounds of My Morning Jacket and Hozier. Within walking distance of even more music venues (including Deep South The Bar, just around the corner) and many bars and restaurants. Learn more
Sertoma Amphitheatre is one of Cary's best-kept secrets, nestled away inside Bond Park. This venue is a perfect setting for outdoor concerts. Go early for a seat or pack your own portable chair. Presenting bluegrass, brass bands and more. Photo by Karl. Learn more
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Fondly referred to as the Big Shed, the party at Walnut Creek starts on stage and only gets bigger as it reaches the lawn. Hosting the Country Megaticket and some of the biggest names in hip hop, classic rock and more, Walnut Creek keeps the music going all summer long. Learn more
Did you know?
Raleigh has the most live music in N.C. The most dates, the most venues, the most bands, the most genres-the most any music maniac could hope to find.
You can find a show here every day of the year and from one end of the destination to the other. Big bands, small bands, slow bands, fast bands, hard rock and soft ballads. Large-scale arenas, mid-sized concert halls, mom-and-pop playhouses and only-the-locals-know-about-dives.
All. Found. Here. Visit themostnc.com and check the calendar whenever you want your music live and alive...in Raleigh.