Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series

Are you looking for free, outdoor Concerts this summer? Outdoor concerts are a staple summer activity. Our list below includes Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series (as well as concert series in all of Washtenaw County). I’ve collaborated with other sites in Metro Detroit to bring you a list of concert series throughout the area.

Southeast Michigan Summer Concert Series

Livingston Macomb Oakland Washtenaw Wayne


Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Summer Concert Series
Mom Among Chaos Macomb County Summer Concert Series
Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Summer Concert Series
Ann Arbor With Kids Washtenaw County Summer Concert Series
Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Summer Concert Series

I’ve listed the Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series by Start Date followed by the Summer Concert Series in surrounding communities.


Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series

Sonic Lunch

Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch sponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor kicks off on Thursday, June 1 and runs through the end of August (taking a break on July 20 for Art Fair).

The schedule of performers is:

🎡 June 1 – Sonic Lunch - Laith Al-Saaidi with Philip-Michael Scales
🎡 June 8 – Sonic Lunch - LP
🎡 June 15 – Sonic Lunch - Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
🎡 June 22 – Sonic Lunch - The Accidentals
🎡 June 29 – Sonic Lunch - Theo Katzman
🎡 July 6 – Sonic Lunch - Michigan Rattlers
🎡 July 13 – Sonic Lunch - Tim Reynolds Band - TR3
🎡 July 27 – Sonic Lunch - NOMO
🎡 August 3 – Sonic Lunch - The Record Company
🎡 August 10 – Sonic Lunch - May Erlewine & the Motivations
🎡 August 17 – Sonic Lunch - Jacob Sigman & the Stellars
🎡 August 24 – Sonic Lunch - Joshua Davis
🎡 August 31 – Sonic Lunch - Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

Washtenaw Community Concert Band

Join the Washtenaw Community Concert Band for their summer series of concerts. The concerts are in the Atrium at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Atrium. The concerts are free thanks to support from the Yankee Air Museum

The show schedule is:

🎡 June 8 – Journey to Broadway
🎡 June 29 – Journey to America
🎡 July 27 – Journey Around the World

Top of the Park

Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park is my favorite outdoor concert event. It runs for 2.5 weeks from June 9 through July 2 with concerts every night except Monday. Music typically starts at 6p on the Grove stage and at 7p on the Rackham stage although it starts as early as 5p on some days. 

Don’t miss our Top of the Park guide for information on all the fun at Top of the Park. This includes the KidZone Tents, Movie Listings, and other activities.

Top of the Park 2017 Kids Guide - Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Summer Carillon Concert Series

The University of Michigan holds a Summer Carillon Concert Series on North Campus. The concerts are held on North Campus. They are select Mondays at 7p.

The schedule is:

🎡 June 26 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Amy Johansen
🎡 July 17 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Jim Fackenthal
🎡 August 7 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Ray McLellan

Ann Arbor Civic Band Concerts

Ann Arbor Civic Band holds a series of concerts on Wednesday evenings in the summer. Concerts are free. Bring your own blanket or chairs. Two years ago my daughter and I had fun at the Children’s Concert

Ann Arbor Civic Band Concert

The schedule is:

🎡 June 28 – Fourth of July Concert - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎡 July 5 – Children's Concert/Teddy Bear Parade - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎡 July 12 – Salute to Film & TV - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎡 July 19 – Swingin' With Miller and Friends Concert - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎡 July 26 – Movie Heroes Concert - Ann Arbor Civic Band

Concert in the Park

Ann Arbor Parks hosts free concerts on Sunday afternoons at 3p in Burns Park. The concerts are free, but donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food for Community Action Network (CAN) are appreciated.

The schedule is:

🎡 July 30 – Gemini Brothers - Concert in the Park
🎡 August 6 – Playin' Chicken - Concert in the Park
🎡 August 13 – John E. Lawrence and the Power Band Plays Motown Jazz - Concert in the Park
🎡 August 20 – Cadillac Cowboys - Concert in the Park

Summer Concert Series Beyond Ann Arbor

Chelsea Sounds & Sight

Head to Chelsea for Sounds & Sights on Thursday night from 6:30-8:30p. There are musical and other performances throughout downtown. Once school lets out, the event ends with a movie at dusk. The series starts on June 8 and ends on August 18.

🎡 June 8 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 June 15 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 June 22 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 June 29 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 July 6 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 July 13 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 July 20 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 July 27 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 August 3 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 August 10 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night
🎡 August 17 – Sounds & Sight Thursday Night

Manchester Gazebo Concerts

The Manchester Gazebo Concerts are held on Thursday nights from 7:30-9p. The series starts on June 8 and runs through August 3.

🎡 June 15 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Kitty Donohoe Children's Concert
🎡 June 22 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Duo Mosaic
🎡 June 29 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - TJ Thomas and Kentucky Strait
🎡 July 6 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Raisin Pickers
🎡 July 20 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Corn Potato String Band
🎡 July 27 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Billy King & Natalie Mae
🎡 August 3 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Dodworth-Saxton Historical Brass Band

Saline Summer Music Series

The Summer Music Series in Saline features a different group each night and kids activities.

🎡 June 15 – Summer Music Series - The Forte Band featuring LaShera Moore
🎡 June 22 – Summer Music Series - Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic
🎡 June 29 – Summer Music Series - Appleseed Collective
🎡 July 6 – Summer Music Series - Alan Turner
🎡 July 13 – Summer Music Series - Brother Crowe
🎡 July 20 – Summer Music Series - Leverage
🎡 July 27 – Summer Music Series - Hullabaloo
🎡 August 3 – Summer Music Series - Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
🎡 August 10 – Summer Music Series - The Invasion
🎡 August 17 – Summer Music Series - Saline Area Schools Pep Rally & Saline Big Band
🎡 August 24 – Summer Music Series - Open Mic Night

Dexter Summer Music Series at Monument Park

The Dexter Summer Music Series is held on Fridays at Monument Park. The series starts on June 16 and runs through August 25. Their website doesn’t list a time, but I have contacted them for clarification. I will update when the information is available.


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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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