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Soak up the sun and the sounds of summer at these free outdoor concerts in Winston-Salem

Nothing says summer in the Twin City like swaying to the beats of live music at open-air venues.

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Keep your summer rocking.

“Coal Pit Live”
Photo by Shannon B. (submitted for our 2023 Picture of the Year contest)

Get ready to rock, move, and groove this summer. Here are seven ways to fill your days with free live music outdoors in the Twin City.

Coalpit Live Music Series, The Coalpit, 486 N. Patterson Ave. | Certain Saturdays, June 1-Oct. 26 | 6-10 p.m. | Possum Jenkins kicks off the 2024 season at the outdoor music venue in Innovation Quarter.

Downtown Jazz, Corpening Plaza, 237 W. 1st St. | Certain Fridays, June 21-Aug. 30 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Unwind from the work week with melodies from jazz musicians like Eric Essix and Althea Rene.

Music in Merschel Park, 122 W. 4th St. | Fridays through at least June 28 (future dates TBA) | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bring your lunch and find a spot in the city’s center to hear from musicians from The CMPND.

People on an outdoor tile platform looking at musicians. Buildings surround them in the background.

Brighten your lunchtime hour with live music.

Photo by WStoday

Parks Concert Series, various venues | Certain Sundays through Oct. 20 | 2-5 p.m. | Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of family fun in venues around Forsyth County.

Picnic in the Park, Bailey Park, 445 Patterson Ave. | Certain Wednesdays + Saturdays through Oct. 9 | 6-8 p.m. | Bring a blanket, pack your own dinner or buy food on site and hear from local and regional musicians.

Salem Band Summer Concert Series, Salem Square, 69 S. Main St. | Certain Tuesdays through Aug. 6 (except Thursday, July 4) | 7:30 p.m. | Hear the oldest continuous mixed wind ensemble in the US perform themed repertoires.

Summer on Fourth, 638 W. 4th St. (in front of Foothills Brewing) | Certain Saturdays, June 15-Sept. 7 | 7-10 p.m. | Dance in the street to tunes from bands like West End Mambo and Vagabond Saints’ Society.

Pro tip: check the weather and event pages for changes before you attend.