In the warmer months, there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy music outdoors, for free. Check out some of these concert series around the Charlotte area. Settings range from urban parks to shopping centers to museum lawns and much more. Click on the links to find the detailed schedule for each venue. In addition to these music series there are also free festivals that feature music. Make sure to subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap so that you’ll hear of these as soon as they’re announced. Also, browse through all the music-related events on Charlotte on the Cheap.
Whitewater River Jam
Every Thursday and Saturday evening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 4th through September 30th, at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Also Thursday at the Whitewater Center: Yoga and Open Water Swimming, both free. Parking is $5.
Charlotte Alive After Five
Every Thursday from March 30th to September 14th at The EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, starting at 5 p.m.
Freedom Summer Series
Jazz concerts at Freedom Park June 24, July 29, August 26.
Charlotte Symphony Pops Community Concerts
The Charlotte Symphony is playing seven free Pops concerts in various locations in the community in June. Follow the above link for the schedule.
South End Summer Music and Movie Nights
Every Friday in June, The Brass Tap will host South End Summer Music and Movie Nights. There will be a live band, a movie, full bar, cornhole and tailgate food.Age 21+.
Friday Nights at Camp North End
Every Friday through the end of October, Camp North End will have live music, food trucks and beer. Follow the above link to learn the schedule and to also learn a little bit about Camp North End.
Rockin’ the Burg
One Saturday a month there will be free concerts, combined with Food Truck Saturday, at Harrisburg Town Center. Dates are May 13, June 17, August 12, September 9, October 14.
Sunset at Metropolitan
Thursdays from May 4th to May 25th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Concerts take place at Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Avenue.
Mingling on the Green
Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 2nd through August 27nd at Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy, Huntersville.
Blakeney Summer Concert Series
Every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through August 25th. Blakeney is at Ardrey Kell Road and Rea Road.
Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through September 30th. Shows take place on the Fountain Stage at Stonecrest Shopping Center at 7900 Rea Road.
Sounds on the Square
Every Friday from May 5th to August 25th local bands will perform outside Spirit Square at 7 p.m. If the weather is bad the show will move inside.
Music on the Green
Every Friday and Saturday from May 19th through September 16th, at Promenade on Providence. There are a couple of kids’ movies mixed in there too, so check the schedule.
Bearden Music Series
Monthly concerts at Romare Bearden Park on June 10, July 8, August 12, and September 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Last year there were also additional activities in the park that relate to the kind of music the band was playing.
Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series
Free movie and concert series held on various Fridays June through September. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., movie pre-shows begin at 7:15 p.m and movies start at dusk.
Davidson’s Concerts on the Green
Concerts take place select Sundays May 7th through September 17th, with some exceptions and additional concerts. (Follow above link for schedule.) Concert hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and take place on the town green in downtown Davidson at the corner of main Street and Concord Road, on the Davidson Public Library stage.
Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series
Events include concerts, fireworks, movies, and stories for kids, held at a number of locations in Kannapolis. There is a huge amount of entertainment offered at different venues in Kannapolis. Follow the above link for the complete schedule.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays
2nd and 4th Friday through September 22nd, with the exception of May 12th. This free event takes place in Stumptown Park in Matthews. Besides the live music, there are kids’ activities, lawn games and, of course, food trucks.
Courthouse Square Summer Concert Series and Cruise-In
Held in Dallas, NC the 2nd Saturday of the month from June to September, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Live music and a car show.
Music on Means
Three free concerts next to the Historic County Courthouse in Concord. monthly concerts in downtown Concord. June 15, September 21, October 19.
The Wine Vault
Free live music outside The Wine Vault, at Shoppes at University Place Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Party in the Park
Weekly music series with concerts on Wednesdays May 31st through August 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church St.
Live on the Green
Twice a month on Fridays from June to August, big-name bluegrass and Americana bands will play at First Ward Park. Dates are June 2, June 16, July 14, July 28, August 11 and 25. Follow above link to see band schedule, which includes, Town Mountain, Scythian, Love Canon and more.
Music Box Lunch Series-Romare Bearden Park
Informal musical presentations take place at Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church Street, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 30 August 25.
Music Box Lunch Series–First Ward Park
Informal music presentations take place at First Ward Park, 301 East 7th Street, on Tuesdays, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in June through August.
Every Thursday through September 28th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LangTree Lake Norman, in Mooresville.
Picnic in the Park
Sundays, June through August, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Belmont’s Downtown Concert Series
These take place at Stowe Park in Belmont (Gaston County.) Concerts are May 19, June 2, June 16 and June 30,
Downtown Gastonia Concert Series
Every other Thursday in downtown Gastonia.
Mint Hill Family Fun Nights
June 10, July 3, August 19, September 9, on lawn of Mint Hill Town Hall. They start at 7:30 p.m. and also feature games, face-painting and other family fun.