Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series

Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series for 2021

Are you looking for free, outdoor concerts this summer? Typically, there are lots of great outdoor concerts in the Ann Arbor area. They were canceled in 2020, but several have announced a return in 2021. With an easing of outdoor social distancing thanks to vaccination rates announced this week, I will continue looking for announcements – or modified plans,

Check out our friends to find more Summer Concert Series throughout metro Detroit:

Mrs Weber’s Neighborhood – Livingston County Summer Concert Series
Metro Detroit Mommy – 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


2021 Ann Arbor Summer Concert Series

Top of the Park

Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park is my favorite outdoor concert event. It typically runs for 3 weeks from mid-June through early July with concerts every night except Monday. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is altering plans for the 2021 season. They will offer Tiny TOPs and Live Here Now.

  • Tiny TOPs are intimate private concerts that you can reserve for yourself or as a gift. You’ll be able to choose from 20 artists and select a time and location.
  • Live Here Now are pop-up concerts that will be held outdoors throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

We will update as we hear more details about their 2021 plans.

No Events

We will miss gathering with friends, movies, the food vendors, and the kids tent.

At a Glance

Location: Multiple Locations in Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti
Dates: To Be Announced


Sonic Lunch

Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch sponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor typically runs all summer from early June through the end of August. They have announced a shortened season for 2021 for August and the first week of September.

The schedule of performers was announced on July 13 at 9a on 107.1 and has been added tot he events:

August 5 – Sonic Lunch
August 12 – Sonic Lunch
August 19 – Sonic Lunch
August 26 – Sonic Lunch

At a Glance

Location: Corner of Liberty & Division
Dates: Thursdays – August 5-September 2

Ann Arbor Civic Band Concerts

Ann Arbor Civic Band holds a series of concerts on Wednesday evenings in the summer at West Park.

For the 2021 season their concerts will be performed by small ensembles. Earlier this summer, structural issues were discovered with the Band Shell. The concerts will happen on the patio in front of the band shell.

 Concerts are free. Bring your own blanket or chairs. Check out our report from the Children’s Concert a few years ago. We had fun, but in more recent years had conflicts with softball games – either a game that night or games the night before and after and needed a night at home.

Ann Arbor Civic Band Concert

The schedule is:

June 30 – The Town Band - Ann Arbor Civic Band
July 7 – The Ann Arbor Civic Band Pandemic Players present Americana!
July 14 – The Ann Arbor Civic Band - Clarinet Quartet & Pandemic Players Present Of Stage & Screen

At a Glance

Location: West Park, 215 Chapin St, Ann Arbor
Dates: Wednesdays, June 16-July 14


Summer Carillon Concert Series

The University of Michigan typically 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 on Mondays at 7p. They do ask you to pre-register this year so they have COVID-19 contact tracing information.

The 2021 schedule is:

June 28 – Summer Carillon Concerts - Linda Dzuris at Ingalls Mall
July 5 – Summer Carillon Concerts - Tom Gurin at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower
July 12 – Summer Carillon Concerts - Eva Albalghiti at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower
July 19 – Summer Carillon Concerts - John Widmann at Ingalls Mall
July 26 – Summer Carillon Concerts - Jenna Moon at Ingalls Mall
August 2 – Summer Carillon Concerts - Keiran Cantilina at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Tower

At a Glance

Location: Ingalls Mall, Wave Field UM Campus, Ann Arbor
Dates: Mondays June 21-August 9


Frog Island Jazz Series

Head to Ypsilanti on Friday nights for the Frog Island Jazz Series.

Note: due to flooding the series has been moved to Riverside Park.

No Events

At a Glance

Location: Riverside Park, Ypsilanti
Dates: Fridays July 2-September 3


Saline Summer Music Series

The Summer Music Series in Saline returns this summer. Every Thursday is music in the Streets starting at 7p. Tuesday and Wednesday featuring dinner music in Umbrella Square where local restaurants offer outdoor dining. There is live music at Dan’s Downtown Tavern on Fridays. We’ve only included the Street Fest on our calendar, but know the other options are available.

June 10 – Salty Summer Sounds
June 17 – Salty Summer Sounds
June 24 – Salty Summer Sounds
July 1 – Salty Summer Sounds
July 8 – Salty Summer Sounds
July 15 – Salty Summer Sounds
July 22 – Salty Summer Sounds
July 29 – Salty Summer Sounds
August 5 – Salty Summer Sounds
August 12 – Salty Summer Sounds
August 19 – Salty Summer Sounds
August 26 – Salty Summer Sounds

At a Glance

Location: Downtown Saline
Dates: Thursdays, June 10-August 26


Chelsea Sounds & Sight

Sounds & Sights returns to Chelsea for 2021. It will be held on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30p from July 1 through August 12. Each night there are musical performances throughout downtown. Don’t miss the How to Chalk each night at Palmer Commons.

July 1 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
July 8 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
July 15 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
July 22 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
July 29 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
August 5 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
August 12 – Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

At a Glance

Location: Throughout Downtown Chelsea
Dates: Thursdays July 1-August 12


Dexter Summer Music Series at Monument Park

The Dexter Summer Music Series is held on Fridays at Monument Park and will return for 2021. The lineup has not been announced yet.

June 18 – Dexter Summer Music Series
June 25 – Dexter Summer Music Series
July 2 – Dexter Summer Music Series
July 9 – Dexter Summer Music Series
July 16 – Dexter Summer Music Series
July 23 – Dexter Summer Music Series
July 30 – Dexter Summer Music Series
August 6 – Dexter Summer Music Series
August 13 – Dexter Summer Music Series

At a Glance

Location: Monument Park, Dexter
Dates: Fridays June 18-August 13

Manchester Gazebo Concerts

The Manchester Gazebo Concerts return for 2021. They are held on Thursday nights at 7:30p.


June 10 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
June 17 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
June 24 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
July 1 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
July 8 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
July 15 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
July 22 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
July 29 – Manchester Gazebo Concert
August 5 – Manchester Gazebo Concert

At a Glance

Address: Wurster Park – 215 W Main St, Manchester, MI
Dates: Thursdays June 10-August 5

Washtenaw Community Concert Band

Washtenaw Community Concert Band held virtual concerts earlier in the year. the last one was available April 28-May 5. Their website currently lists just one outdoor concert so far this year.

Their concerts are typically in Towsley Auditorium in Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Building. However, their next concert on July 15 will be outdoor at German Park.

The show schedule is:

July 15 – Washtenaw Community Concert Band

At a Glance

Location: Morris Lawrence Building at WCC
Dates July 15


No 2021 Announcement

The following Concert Series have not yet made an announcement for 2021. Since it is the end of July, I assume the concert series will not happen this year.

Concert in the Park

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

Their website still lists the 2019 series. They did not have a 2020 series. Their series is typically late in the summer, so hopefully it will happen in 2021.

The schedule is:

No Events

Check out our playground profile of Burns Park.

Ann Arbor Burns Park Playground Profile - Larger Structure

At a Glance

Location: Burns Park, 1300 Baldwin Ave
Dates: Sundays TBA

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