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Frugal Friday Finds: Free Summer Music Concerts

Listen to the music for free.    Tap your toes at any of the following destinations offering a series of free music concerts this summer.

Door County, Wisconsin

Sister Bay’s Wednesday concerts run from mid-June to mid-August.  Music ranges from folk to jazz.

Nashville, Tennessee

Spend Saturday nights at the Big Band Dancers inside the Centennial Park Event Shelter.  You can’t dance?  No problem.  Free group lessons are held 7:00-7:30 pm and at 8:30-8:50 pm.  Grab a partner and try the Tango, Swing, Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz, Cha Cha, and Salsa. http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Cultural-Arts/Free-Summer-Concerts.aspx

Navarre Beach, Florida

Thursdays in the Park delivers two hours of  early evening fun for the whole family.  Performances are 6:00-8:00 p.m. every Thursday in Navarre Park. http://business.navarrechamber.com/events/details/thursdays-in-the-park-free-summer-concert-3362

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Local bands, like Shannon and the Merger, entertain downtown crowds during the Mellon Square Concert Series at noon every Thursday through August 21.  http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/mellon-square-concerts

Portland, Oregon

A variety of concerts are held at 6:30 p.m. throughout Washington parks.  Music ranges from Honky Tonk & Country Swing to Diva-Powered Motown & Funk. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/489141 for details.

Downtown Portland street performers. Photo: www.travelportland.com


San Diego, California

Twilight in the Park every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at the Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Music includes everything from Polka, Waltz and Oompah! to Salsa Orquestra. http://www.balboapark.org/visit/summer-events

Spreckels Organ Society  Photo: Robert Lang
Spreckels Organ Society
Photo: Robert Lang

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Keepin’ It Free concerts begin around 5:00 p.m with an opening band.  The main act arrives around 7:00 p.m.  This summer’s line up includes: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Uncle Lucius, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and The Infamous Stringdusters. http://www.keepinitfree.com/

Whistler, BC Canada

When visiting the resort town,  consult http://www.whistler.com/events/concerts/ for updates on free live music and roving street performers.  You could hear the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on July 5 or kick up your heels to some country swing with Corb Lund August 22.

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane Crowd enjoys free concert at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
Crowd enjoys free concert at Whistler Olympic Plaza.






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