Sunshine, good times and good tunes mean one thing is abundantly clear—it's time for a Raleigh road trip. 

Stages across the Raleigh—both big and small, dishing out hard rock and soft ballads and everything in between—are as busy as they ever get over the next few months. Browse the lists below for a band or an artist that catches your eye (or your ears), and send to a friend to start planning your trip!

 

Red Hat Amphitheater

500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601

 

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary, NC 27518

 

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh, NC 27610

 

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts

2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601

 

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

 

Hopscotch Music Festival

Sept. 5-7
Time and time again named among America's best independent music events, the 14th annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns to stages in downtown Raleigh in September. This year's lineup features St. Vincent, Faye Webster, Waxahatchee, The Jesus Lizard, BADBADNOTGOOD, Joe Pera and more than 80 other acts.

 

IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC

Sept. 27-28
After drawing more than a million bluegrass fans to downtown Raleigh since debuting in 2013, this year is the final act for International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh.

The event is capped off by a two-day street festival—Bluegrass Live!—where Sierra Ferrell, Steep Canyon Rangers with Chatham County Line, Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Danny Paisley, Sierra Hull, Amythyst Kiah, Crying Uncle and more will take to the Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater.

 

10 more summer music picks

The above listings are from the largest-capacity music venues in the Raleigh area. You can see a full list of upcoming concerts at venues of all sizes here, but we also have 10 more hand-picked events taking place this summer:

 

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