Few things really usher in Summer like an outdoor concert in The Triangle. We have gathered some of the top outdoor concert series for you to enjoy the best local venues, beverages, foods and of course music. It is unusual for new pop ups and breweries to not be involved where local music is, so this will cover both. One of the things that is really special about some of these series is that they run all summer long and are sponsored by really great organizations. If you are new to the area and were looking to meet people and get involved, we highly recommend concert series. Looking for a home in one of these areas? Feel free to browse homes on our site.


Freight Train Blues Concert Series

Fridays from May 13th to June 10th, 2022

6:30 p.m.

Carrboro Town Commons

301 West Main Street, Carrboro, NC


The Freight Train Blues Concert series is a tribute to a Carrboro blues legend, Elizabeth Cotten, benefits of donations go to Music Maker Relief Foundation which supports elderly musicians. Great cause, great time, great town.


Raleigh Summer Concert Series

Select Sundays from May 15th to August 14th, 2022

6 p.m.

Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh

Fred Fletcher Park, 820 Clay Street, Raleigh


The Raleigh Summer Concert series takes place in Pullen and Fletch Park and are offering really great music this season. The bill is below! 

Fred Fletcher Park

  • May 22nd: Capital Transit

  • June 5th: The Blue Notes Dixieland Jazz

  • July 17th: SWAG

  • August 14th: Thelonious

Pullen Park

  • May 15th: 82nd Airborne Division Band & Chorus

  • June 12th: Triangle Taiko

  • June 26th: The Raleigh Jazz Orchestra

  • July 10th: Buckshot Betty

  • July 31st: Raleigh Concert Band

Live @ Lake Raleigh

Live@Lake Raleigh

Four Thursdays in April and May

6 p.m.

Lake Raleigh

Main Campus Drive and Campus Shores Drive, Raleigh


Bored and looking for the next big band? Are you a millennial who misses indie rock shows? This concert series caters to musical tastes that range generations. At a great location with food vendors and more, bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy.

Chapel Hill

Sundays at Sundown

Sundays from April 10th to May 29th, 2022

7 p.m.

Southern Village, 600 Market Street, Chapel Hill


Chapel Hill Sundays at Sundown offers a relaxing way to end a weekend with live music, local food vendors, and more.

Wind Down Wednesday

Wednesdays from April 6th to October 19th, 2022

6 p.m.

La Vita Dolce at Southern Village

610 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC


Bring kids, dogs, and let loose with a mix of music and wine specials. This is the second music series in Southern Village, who is ready to move to Chapel Hill already?


PLAYlist Concert Series

First Friday of the month, from May to October, 2022

7 p.m.

Durham Central Park

501 Foster Street, Durham


This series offers national artists, completely free, in Downtown Durham. If you are new to the area and really want to understand the community, heading to Downtown Durham for one of these concerts is a great way to meet your neighbors.

June 3rd- Isaiah Sharkey

July 1st -Wesley Noog with Roda Jardim Suspenso

July 28th -Shana Tucker An Evening with Sade

August 5th - DaShawn Hickman presents Sacred Steel with Charlie Hunter featuring Wendy Hickman

September 2nd - Gaby Moreno

October 7th - A Tribute to Earth, Wind, and Fire

Durham Parks and Recreation’s Rock the Park

Concerts on select Saturdays in June, July and August

6 p.m.

Parks vary


Rock the Park is a concert series and movie night series that spotlights the various parks in Durham. Bring your blankets and a lawn chair and relax under the stars. Food trucks available onsite.


Bands, Bites and Boats

First Friday of month from April to October

Time varies a little

Bond Park Boathouse

801 High House Road, Cary


This has to be one of the best summer date nights ideas in The Triangle. You can watch this series by boat or on the lawn and there are food trucks

Cary Live

These Saturdays: July 9th, September 10th, October 22nd, 2022

7 p.m.

Cary's old library site, 310 South Academy Street, Cary


Cary Live features food trucks and an up and coming artist every Saturday this summer. Downtown Cary is one of the most charming places in area and also offers some of the most desirable real estate.

KBA Jazz Series (AKA Josh Cellars Jazz Series)

Wednesdays from April 6th to May 4th, 2022

5:45 p.m.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC

$5 for lawn tickets. Kids 12 and under do not need tickets for the lawn

Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a great venue to watch any live music and this jazz series is fantastic. With inexpensive lawn tickets, access to great local food, and some of the best national acts, this is one of the best series in town.


Bynum Front Porch Music Series

Bynum Front Porch, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro


Looking for a concert series out of the ordinary and maybe a bit old timey? Bynum General Store in Pittsboro offers story telling music series. This is a fun departure from food trucks and Pittsboro has incredible new home opportunities.

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