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List: Free summer concert series in the Triangle

Looking to enjoy some outdoor music this summer and fall?
Posted 2023-06-09T17:10:21+00:00 - Updated 2023-06-09T21:27:38+00:00
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Looking to enjoy some outdoor music this summer and fall?

There are a lot of free music series in the Raleigh area.


PLAYlist - This free concert series presented by Durham Central Park and WNCU 90.7FM. The concerts take place on the first Friday of the month from May to October at Durham Central Park.
Dates: May 5-Oct. 6, 2023, 7 p.m.
Location: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street in Downtown Durham

Rock the Park Movie Series - Durham Parks and Recreation presents Rock The Park, a free summer concert and movie series that takes place at a number of Durham's most beautiful parks throughout the Bull City.
Dates: June 10-Aug. 29, 2023, concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Various Durham locations

Music on Main - The Streets at Southpoint hosts this Saturday evening music series.
Dates: June 3-Sept. 30, 2023, 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: The Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham


Live After 5 - Live After 5 is a popular concert series that started over 20 years ago in downtown Raleigh. It's back this year with a focus on 1980s and 1990s music.
Dates: June 21 and July 19, 2023
Location: City Plaza in downtown Raleigh

2023 Summer Concert Series - The Raleigh Parks department hosts free outdoor concerts at Pullen Park and Fred Fletcher Park this summer. See a full lineup on the parks' website.
Dates: June 11-Sept. 24, 2023, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Pullen Park and Fred Fletcher Park

Chapel Hill

Fridays on the Front Porch - Get your weekend off to an awesome start with one of Chapel Hill’s favorite gatherings, Fridays on the Front Porch. Sip on crafted cocktails and North Carolina beers, enjoy live music and nibble on cuisine from a weekly food truck lineup.
Dates: April 7-July 7, 2023
Location: The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill

Wine Down Wednesday - Wine Down Wednesday is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, so bring the whole crew! Small plates, gelato, and sorbetto are available for order in addition to wine and beer.
Dates: April 5 to October 11, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: La Vita Dolce, 610 Market St., Ste. 101-C, Chapel Hill, NC


Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park - One Friday a month, the Bond Park Boathouse hosts musicians, food trucks, and after-hours boat rentals.
Dates: July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6, 2023
Location: 801 High House Road, Cary

Waverly Place Summer Concert Series -This concert series lasts through August. Bring a blanket and/or portable chairs to sit.
Dates: June 14-Aug. 23, 2023, 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: 575 New Waverly Place, Cary

Wake Forest

Friday Night on White - This free music series is held on South White Street in Wake Forest.
Dates: June 9, 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, 2023, 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: South White Street, downtown Wake Forest