Charlotte Summer Outdoor Movies and Concerts

Grab your big blankets and comfortable lawn chairs for a night under the stars.

Enjoy an evening outside with the family this summer at an outdoor concert or movie. (Events are listed by location and in order of beginning date).


Thursdays Live

(April through Sept.) On the third Thursday of every month, April through September, bring your neighbors, kids and pups for free music. Craft beer and snacks from Hawthorne's Pizza available for purchase. Free. 6-8pm. 6621 Monroe Road.

USNWC River Jam

(Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning May 2-Sept. 28). Come jam by the water! Enjoy additional activities, including yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts. 7-10 p.m. Free. $6 parking fee. USNWC, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

Sounds of Summer in First Ward Park

Relax at First Ward Park listening to live music and enjoying food trucks, craft beer and wine. 7-10 p.m. Free. First Ward Park, 301 E. Seventh St.

  • May 3: Yonder Mountain String Band with Hank, Pattie and the Current
  • June 14: HISS Golden Messenger with the Dead Tongues
  • Aug. 9: Brett Dennen with Emily Sage
  • Sept. 13: Keller and the Keels with Coddle Creek

Music on the Green

(Fridays and Saturdays, May 3 through September 14, except June 21). 7-10 p.m. Free. The Green at Promenade on Providence, corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485.

Movie Night in Midwood Park

Enjoy movies under the stars and on the big screen. 8 p.m. Free. Midwood Park Amphitheater, 2100 Wilhelmina Ave.

  • May 11: “Top Gun” for Parents’ Night
  • June 1: “Jurassic Park”
  • Sept. 21: “Ferris Bueller”
  • Oct. 19: “Finding Nemo” for Kids’ Night

Romare Bearden's Party in the Park

Party at this free concert series that runs select Wednesdays, May 15-Sept. 18. 6-9 p.m. Free. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

  • May 15: Steve Owens and Summertime
  • May 29: Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot
  • June 12: Hip Pocket
  • June 26: The Entertainers
  • July 10: Randy Clay Band
  • July 24: Band of Oz
  • Aug. 7: Rick Strickland Band
  • Aug. 21: Too Much Sylvia
  • Sept. 4: Blackwater Rhythm and Blues
  • Sept. 18: Chairmen of the Board

Movie on Lawn Summer Series

Bring your blankets or chairs, and enjoy a classic family-friendly film. May 17-July 19. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Johnston YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St.

  • May 17: "Black Panther"
  • June 21: Kid's Choice (TBA – Voting on Instagram)
  • July 19: "Little Rascals"

Sounds on the Square

Hear a free concert in Uptown. 7 p.m. Free. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

  • May 24: "Blue Honey"
  • June 21: "Tony Lucca"
  • July 26: "Caleb Hawley"
  • Aug. 17: "Southern Avenue"

Movie Nights at Seventh and Tryon

Watch a free, outdoor movie in Uptown. 8:45 p.m. Free. Seventh and Tryon, 406 North Tryon St.

  • May 25: "Back to the Future"
  • June 22: "The Goonies"
  • July 27: "Jurassic Park"
  • Aug. 17: "Jumanji"

Circle K Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola

(May 23-25). Live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways, music and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related fun and more until 8 p.m. National headliners take the stage in Romare Bearden Park starting at 6:30 p.m. Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts vary per performance.

Family Movie Night at BB&T Ballpark

(May 31). Come watch "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" with the family. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the movie begins at 7:30pm. Admission is one canned food item. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.

Blakeney's Summer Concert Series

(June 6-Aug. 29). On Thursday evenings, starting June 6 through August 29, listen to live music at Blakeney Shopping Center. 6-9 p.m. Free. Village Green at Blakeney, Ardrey Kell and Rea Road.

Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops at Symphony Park

Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. 8:15 p.m. $5-$20, children 12 and younger free. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.

  • June 16: “Music of Star Wars and More”
  • June 23: “Best of Broadway”
  • July 3: “Celebrate America with Fireworks”

Movie Night on the Green

Movies start at 7 p.m. Free. The Green at Promenade on Providence, corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485.

  • June 21: “Despicable Me 3”
  • Sept. 20: “The Incredibles 2”

Tunes on the Terrace

(June 22 and Aug. 17). Come out to Waverly for a Saturday night concert. 7-10 p.m. Waverly, Providence and Ardrey Kell roads.

Bearden Music Series

Come for live music in Romare Bearden Park on July 13, August 10 and September 7. 6-9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.


Friday Night Live

(May 10 and 24, and June 7 and 21, plus a special performance July 4). Enjoy live music, food trucks and a beverage garden. 6-10 p.m.; band starts at 7 p.m. Downtown Belmont, S. Main St., Belmont.

Movies in the Park

(Second Saturday of the month beginning May 11 through Sept.14). Bring chairs and blankets to watch movies in the park. Concessions available for purchase.  Halloween special on Oct. 19. 7 p.m. Free. Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St., Belmont.


2nd Friday Street Festival

Come out for live music, food trucks, craft breweries, local artists, kids' activities and more. 6-10 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius.

  • May 10: Irrashional
  • June 14: Brian Rigby Band
  • July 12: Moses Jones & The Dirty Southern Soul
  • Aug. 9: The HC Oakes Band
  • Sept. 13: Calvin Edwards Trio
  • Oct. 11: Shades of Brown-Charlotte

Cornelius Jazz Festival

(May 18). Experience an evening filled with local jazz bands, vendors, food trucks and children's activities. 5-9 p.m. Free. Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius.

Outdoor Cinema Series

All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. 8:30 p.m. Free.

  • June 15: Cornelius Town Hall
  • July 27: Ramsey Creek Park
  • Aug. 24: Robbins Park
  • Sept. 21: Smithville Park

Symphony in the Park

(June 22). Hear a performance of patriotic songs by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, plus activities for children in the kids’ zone and a fireworks finale. 6-10 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius.


Beaver Dam Food Truck Jam

On the first Friday of the month, come for live music, food truck eats and beer from Eleven Lakes Brewing. 5-10 p.m. Free. Beaver Dam Historical Home & Ground, 19600 Davidson Concord Road, Davidson.

Concerts on the Green

(April 28, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 9, July 4, Aug. 4 and 25, and Sept. 1 and 15). Live music on the Village Green. 6-8 p.m. Free. Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson.

Fort Mill

Summer Concert Series

(Thursdays, June 6-Aug. 15). Bring chairs, blankets and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. 6-8:30 p.m; music starts at 6:30 p.m. $5 per person, free for ASC Greenway members. $5 per car for parking. See website for the food truck and band lineup, as well as run club and sunset yoga information. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill.


Downtown Gastonia Concert Series

(May 17 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and Aug. 10). DJ spins at 6 p.m. Bands play at 7 p.m. See website for performer lineup. Free. Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 107 N. South St., Gastonia.


Movies in the Park

Catch screenings of family-friendly films on an inflatable screen. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and arrive early for children’s activities. Activities begin a 5 p.m., and movies begin at sunset. Free. Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Pkwy., Harrisburg.

  • May 3: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
  • May 31: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Rockin the 'Burg Concert Series

(The second Saturday of each month beginning May 11 through Oct. 12). A family-friendly outdoor concert series that features food trucks, children's activities, including an inflatable and other outdoor yard games, and live music. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Pkwy., Harrisburg.


Movies in the Park

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start just after sunset. Free. Veterans Park, corner of Main and Maxwell streets, Huntersville.

  • April 18: “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • June 27: “SmallFoot”
  • July 25: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • August 22: “Lego Movie 2”
  • October 25: “Hocus Pocus”

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

(May 10-11). A two-day celebration of music, camping, the outdoors, and North Carolina’s craft beer with an upbeat atmosphere and family-friendly culture. 3-11 p.m. $8-$87. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

LaLaCaboosa Downtown Music Series

(June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11). Come out for live music, food trucks and fun. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, Main Street and Maxwell streets, Huntersville.

Mingling on the Greens

(Friday and Saturday, beginning June 1 through Aug. 31). Live music on the green. 7-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville.

Indian Trail

Fourth Friday Flicks

Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. 6-9 p.m.; movie begins at dusk. Free.

  • Aug. 23 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Lane, Indian Trail
  • May 24 and Sept. 27 at Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail

Hits After 6

(April 4, May 16, Aug. 15, Sept. 19). Enjoy summer nights with outdoor music. Food and alcohol available to purchase. Free. 6-9 p.m. Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail.


Concerts in the Park

Listen to live music, and after some of the concerts, stick around for fireworks! Check website for fireworks schedule. 7 p.m. Free. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis.

  • June 1: Sawyer Brown
  • June 15: Too Much Sylvia
  • June 29: Charlotte Symphony
  • July 6: Heart Breaker and On the Border
  • July 20: Morris Day
  • Aug. 10: Rick Springfield and Sugar Creek

Jazz Series

(Every Sunday in May). Jazz up your Sunday afternoon with with live jazz performed in the park. Food available for purchase. 1-3 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St., Kannapolis.

Movies on Campus

(May 3). Pack a blanket, chairs and the kids for a screening of Disney's “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis.

Movies in the Park

See family movies in Village Park. 8:45 p.m. Free. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis.

  • May 24: "Incredibles II"
  • June 7: "Sandlot"
  • June 21: "Jumanji"
  • July 12: "The Secret Life of Pets"
  • July 26: "Hotel Transylvania III"
  • Aug. 2: "Bumblebee"


Backyard Blockbusters

Come to Stallings Municipal Park to watch a family movie at sunset. Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Matthews.

  • May 17: "Lilo and Stitch"
  • June 21: Mary Poppins Returns"
  • July 19: Avengers: Infinity War"
  • Aug. 16: Ralph Breaks the Internet"
  • Sept. 20: "Footloose"

Charlotte Symphony Night in Stumptown Park

(June 8). Hear the Charlotte Symphony perform while enjoying food truck fare. 7 p.m. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Food Truck Fridays and Concert Series

(Second and fourth Fridays beginning April 12 through Sept. 27, except May 11). Matthews presents food trucks, kids' activities, craft beer and wine, and live music. 5-9 p.m. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.

A Tribute to Summer Concert Series

Come to Stallings Municipal Park for live music on the first Friday of June, August and September. 7 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Matthews.

Mint Hill

Family Fun Nights

(June 8, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5). Enjoy games, food and inflatables. Bring chairs and blankets. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, noon to 5 p.m. Free. Front of Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill.

  • June 8: U-Phonik
  • July 13: Steven Metz Band
  • Aug. 17: Back to School Pep Rally
  • Sept. 7: Delta Fire
  • Oct. 5: Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park


Festival of Food Trucks

(First Saturday of each month beginning May 4 through Oct. 5). Sample gourmet fare, stroll the streets, shop and listen to live music. 5-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, N. Main St. (between Moore and Iredell Ave.), Mooresville.

Music on Main

Jam out every month from May through October at Town Hall Lawn. The July performance will instead be held at the Lowe's YMCA. 6:30 p.m. Free. Town Hall Lawn 413 N. Main St., Mooresville.

  • May 3: The Catalinas
  • June 7: The Legacy Motown Review
  • July 3: Irrashional (6 p.m. at Lowe's YMCA)
  • Aug. 2: Part Time Blues Band
  • Sept. 6: Band of Oz
  • Oct. 4: Kids in America


Rockin' and Reelin' Movie and Concert Series

Concerts start at 7 p.m.; movies start at dusk. Free. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.

  • June 14: Rivermist
  • June 21: "A Dog’s Way Home"
  • June 30: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm
  • July 5: New Kids 90’s Superfly Tribute
  • July 20: Matthews Playhouse, The Lion King, Jr.
  • July 26: "Mary Poppins Returns"
  • Aug. 16: Ultimate Aldean with Brandon Davidson
  • Sept. 20: Decarlo

Rock Hill

Food Truck Friday Rock Hill

(Third Friday each month beginning May 17 through Oct. 15). Enjoy local food truck far, beers and wine, children's activities and live music. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

Movies in the Park Presents: Christopher Robin.

(May 25). Watch “Christopher Robin” under the stars. The film begins just after sunset. 8 p.m. Free. Ebenezer Park, 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill.

Summer Concert Series

Catch big shows in Old Town. 7 p.m. $50-$100. Old Town Amphitheater, 144 E. Black St., Rock Hill.

  • June 21: The Robert Cray Band, Shemekia Copeland, Marc Cohn featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Aug. 3: Brett Michaels

Tega Cay

Tega Cay Concert Series

(April 27, May 18, June 15, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21). Let children play in the kids’ zone and sample local food-truck fare. See website for band schedule and list of participating food trucks. 6-10 p.m. Free. Runde Park, 5110 Windward Drive, Tega Cay.


Jammin' by the Tracks

(First Friday of each month beginning April 5 through Sept. 6). Live music with a family friendly atmosphere. Free. Downtown Waxhaw under the Water Tower.