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

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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 (Us) 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

Note most of the summer 2019 concerts have not yet been announced. We will update as concerts are announced.

Sonic Lunch

Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch sponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor kicks off on Thursday, June 1 2018 and runs through the end of August (taking a break for Art Fair).

Ann Arbor Sonic Lunch - 2018 Lineup

The schedule of performers is:

🎶June 6 – Sonic Lunch - Laith Al-Saadi with special guest Sam Corbin
🎶June 13 – Sonic Lunch - The Accidentals with special guest Adam Plomaritas
🎶June 20 – Sonic Lunch - morgxn with special guest Magdalen Fossum
🎶June 27 – Sonic Lunch - Adia Victoria with special guest Erin Zindle
🎶July 11 – Sonic Lunch - Rayland Baxter with special guest Matthew Milia
🎶July 25 – Sonic Lunch - Guster with special guest Andrew Horowitz of Tally Hall
🎶August 1 – Sonic Lunch - SHAED with special guest Ladysse
🎶August 8 – Sonic Lunch - Matt Kerekes with special guest Oren Levin
🎶August 15 – Sonic Lunch - TBA with special guest Amy Petty
🎶August 22 – Sonic Lunch - Michael Franti and Spearhead with special guest Abigail Stauffer
🎶August 29 – Sonic Lunch - Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas with special guest Jacob Sigman

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 27 – The Magic of Patriotic Music and Pies Concert
🎶 July 25 – A Broadway Celebration


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 14 through July 7 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.

🎶 June 19 – KidZone: Mary A. Rackham Institute - Elephant and Piggie Series
🎶 June 22 – KidZone: Treasuring Christ Church - Feel the Beat
🎶 June 28 – KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo

Be sure to check our Top of the Park Kids Guide (2019 information coming soon) 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 2018 Kids Guide - Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Summer Carillon Concert Series

The University of Michigan holds a Summer Carillon Concert Series with performances at both Burton Tower (Bell Tower on Ingalls Mall) and Lurie Tower (on North Campus). They are select Mondays at 7p.

The 2018 schedule is:

🎶 July 9 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Steven Karp at Ingalls Mall
🎶 July 16 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Joey Brink at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower
🎶 July 23 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Philippe Beullens at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower
🎶 July 30 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Andy Zhang at Ingalls Mall
🎶 August 6 – Summer Carillon Concert Series: Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower

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. Three years ago my daughter and I had fun at the Children’s Concert.

Ann Arbor Civic Band Concert

The schedule is:

🎶 June 20 – Marches - Grand and Spirited - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎶 July 4 – American Celebration Concert - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎶 July 11 – Children's Concert - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎶 July 18 – Broadway on the Big Screen - Ann Arbor Civic Band
🎶 July 25 – Dance from Swing to Ballet - 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 29 – Gemini (Gemily) - Concert in the Park
🎶 August 5 – Gemini in the Courtyard
🎶 August 5 – Matt Watrobe - Concert in the Park
🎶 August 12 – Guy Louis - Concert in the Park
🎶 August 26 – Mustard's Retreat Trio, Together Again! - Concert in the Park

Check out our playground profile of Burns Park.

Ann Arbor Burns Park Playground Profile - Larger Structure

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 2019 series starts on June 6 and ends on August 15.

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Manchester Gazebo Concerts

The Manchester Gazebo Concerts are held on Thursday nights from 7:30-9p. The series starts on June 14 and runs through August 9.

🎶 June 14 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Family Concert Featuring Guy Lewis
🎶 June 21 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Warren and Flick
🎶 June 28 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Peter Madcat Ruth & Friends
🎶 July 5 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Manchester Brass Band
🎶 July 26 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Matt Calloway Jazz
🎶 August 2 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Bluegrass Night with Bill Bynum
🎶 August 9 – Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Natalie Mae

Saline Summer Music Series

The Summer Music Series in Saline features a different group each night and kids activities. The 2018 lineup is

🎶 June 14 – Summer Music Series - Saline Big Band
🎶 June 21 – Summer Music Series - The Invasion
🎶 June 28 – Summer Music Series - Lisa Mary
🎶 July 5 – Summer Music Series - Leverage
🎶 July 12 – Summer Music Series - Celtic Week
🎶 July 19 – Summer Music Series - Air Margaritaville
🎶 July 26 – Summer Music Series - The Pajamas Band
🎶 August 2 – Summer Music Series - The Memphis Thrillbillies
🎶 August 9 – Summer Music Series - Rollie Tussing & the Midwest Territory
🎶 August 16 – Summer Music Series - Saline Area Schools Pep Rally & Saline Fiddlers
🎶 August 23 – Summer Music Series - Hullabaloo

Dexter Summer Music Series at Monument Park

The Dexter Summer Music Series is held on Fridays at Monument Park. The 2018 series starts on June 16 and runs through August 25.

🎶 June 15 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Dexter Community Orchestra
🎶 June 22 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Three Men and a Tenor
🎶 June 29 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Paul's Big Radio
🎶 July 6 – Dexter Summer Concerts: The Hangabouts & the Secrets
🎶 July 13 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Surf Zip
🎶 July 20 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Midnight Special
🎶 July 27 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Jerry Mack & the Terraplanes
🎶 August 3 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Randy Brock Band
🎶 August 24 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Men in Black
🎶 August 31 – Dexter Summer Concerts: Salmagundi
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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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