Where to Catch an Outdoor Concert This Summer

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One good thing about hot summer days is warm summer nights. And, in DFW, that means perfect weather for outdoor live music! And there’s nothing we like more than a family-friendly spot to listen to some tunes. From Concert by the Lake in Rockwall to Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum, we’ve gathered our favorite summer concert series that offers some of the best live music in Dallas. See them all below.

Concert by the Lake in Rockwall

A popular summer music series held at the outdoor auditorium at The Harbor in Rockwall, fun cover bands like Def Leggend, Infinite Journey and Memphis Soul. Held on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., you can bring in your boat, enjoy music from the lake, and eat at one of the restaurants while listening or setting up on the lawn. There’s a fun fountain for the kids, too. 

Dates: Through Jul. 28th

Online: playrockwall.com/concert-by-the-lake 

Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Highland Village 

Head to The Patio Courtyard for free concerts at Highland Village. On Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can bring chairs and blankets, grab a bite from a nearby restaurant and let the kids splash in the interactive splash pad. 

Dates: Jun. 10-Jun. 24th

Online: theshopsathighlandvillage.com/sounds-of-Summer-Concert-Series 

At the Grove Denton Drive Live! 

Every second Saturday through Sept., Denton Drive Live! offers a family-friendly concert (two bands each night) with all types of music including salsa, rock, blues, pop and more. There are activities for the kids and plenty of food and drinks for purchase. Be aware that pets are not allowed at the concert series. 

Dates: Jun. 11, Jul. 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10.

Online: dentondrivelive.com

Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Garland

This fun summer music series will feature several local or Texas musicians on the rise. Every other Thursday, head to Winters Park where you'll find food vendors and an activity area for kids. 

Dates: through Jul. 21



Cool Thursdays Concert Series in Dallas 

This is one of the best places to see live music in Dallas! Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum brings you to one of the most beautiful spots in the metroplex, overlooking White Rock Lake. 

Dates: Jun. 16 - Jun. 30

Online: dallasarboretum.org/cool-thursdays-concert-series 

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series in Arlington

This impressive venue offers family-friendly free concerts every weekend during the summer. It’s BYOB and okay to bring your own summer picnic. They also have ticketed events that are perfect for a date night. 

Dates: Through  Sept. 4

Online: levittpavilionarlington.org

Live Music at Legacy Hall in Plano

This popular food hall has concerts running most of the year. They start late, so while it might be a better fit for older kids, they are still family-friendly events! 

Dates: through the year

Online: eventbrite.com/d/tx--dallas/outdoor-concert/


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Safari Nights at the Dallas Zoo

Head for the Dallas Zoo on Saturday nights to enjoy live music, food, and of course, your kids' favorite animals! The show starts at 7 p.m., but you can arrive earlier.

Dates: through Jul. 2


Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series 

Every Tuesday night there's a free concert held in Old Town Lewisville, at Wayne Ferguson Plaza. There are two bands, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Dogs are welcome, and you can bring your own food, but there are food vendors like Righteous BBQ, TM Ice Cream and more. 

Dates: through Jul. 19


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