Music in the Park Events in Southeast Michigan

Summer 2016 is here, and your family can make fun summertime memories at a concert. Find your favorite tunes playing at the parks in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

Music in the Park Events

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to make fun memories. What better way to bring your family together than with music? Southeast Michigan is full of summertime concert events for you and your family to enjoy. Sound like the perfect event for you and your crew? Peruse this list to find some of the best music in the park events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Once you find the one for you, grab a blanket and head out for an evening of musical memories. Note: Some events are free, others require a fee for parking or admission. Call ahead to be sure.

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Macomb County

Music at the Market in Warren

  • Times: market: noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Sundays, May 22-Aug. 7, 2016
  • Where: Warren City Square, 1 City Square, Warren
  • Phone: 586-264-0959

These afternoon performances feature artists like Bernadette Kathryn (May 22), Geezer (June 12), Shotguns and Violins (July 10), Laughing Madmen (Aug. 7) and many others.

Sunday Night Concert

  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Date: Sundays, May 29-Sept. 4, 2016
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581

Bring a chair, or a blanket, and kick back to the sounds of Free Beer (June 5), the Dale Vaughn Band (June 12), Flutter and Wow (July 17), The Beat Clun (Aug. 14) and many others. Note: Concerts are free but there’s a $10 vehicle entry fee.

Music on the Lake Concerts

  • Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Date: Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10, 2016
  • Address: Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-445-5350

This concert series opens with Jill Jack on June 8 and features The George Brothers Band (July 6), The Sun Messengers (July 27) and the Joey Vee Band (Aug. 10), among others.

River Sight and Sound Concert

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
  • Address: Clinton Riverfront Park, across from city hall at 1 Crocker Blvd., Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-469-4168

Bring a cooler full of food and drinks to enjoy a performance by Magic Bus and stick around after dusk to see the annual fireworks show.

Music in the Park in Macomb Township

  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2016
  • Address: Macomb Corners Park, 19449 25 Mile Road (one mile east of Romeo Plank Road), Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-992-2900

There’s a Kidzone play area, complete with inflatables and games, in addition to live performances by the Dale Hicks Band (July 7), the Beatles Tribute band, Topper Most (July 14), Woodstock Band, Magic Bus (July 21) and 50 Amp Fuse (July 28). They happen rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather, and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on during the show.

Oakland County

Summer Concert Series in Milford

  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, May 26 and June 9-Aug. 4, 2016
  • Address: Central Park, 151 N. Main St., Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-9719

This annual concert series dishes up tons of tunes in genres like jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll and country, but bands like 50 Amp Fuse (May 26), Main Street Soul (June 16) and Surfs Zup (July 7).

Friday Nights Music Series in Auburn Hills

  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 3-Aug. 19, 2016 (except July 1; there’s an additional show Saturday, June 25)
  • Address: Riverside Park, 3311 Squirrel Court, Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-370-9353

Start your weekend off with live music every Friday night. Performances include rhythm and blues artist Dr. Pocket (June 3), Latin Jazz band, LL7 (June 15), rockabilly band Nobody’s Business (July 29), and ’50s and ’60s music makers The Bel Airs (Aug. 19).

Eat to the Beat Lunchtime Series

  • Time: noon-2 p.m.
  • Dates: June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept 8, 2016
  • Address: City Centre Plaza, Between Central Park Boulevard and Civic Center Drive, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620

Bring your lunch to the park and eat with some live musical performances.

Concerts in the Park in Clarkston

  • Time: 7 p.m.; local talent performs at 6 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 10-July 22, 2016
  • Address: Depot Park, near Depot and South Holcomb roads, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-625-8055

Depot Park boasts Friday night concerts, which feature music from The Mickey’s (June 10), Kris Hitchcock (July 1), Magic Bus (July 15) and more.

In the Park Summer Concerts in Birmingham

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Dates: Friday, June 17; Wednesdays, June 22-Aug. 24, 2016
  • Address: Shain Park, near city hall at 151 Martin St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1650

Music lovers gather every Wednesday to experience a different musical genre every week.

Concert in the Park in Clawson

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Address: Clawson City Park, near Park Street and North Washington Avenue, Clawson
  • Phone: 586-323-6094

Come out for a free night of music and ice cream, with music by the Royal Oak Concert Band and The Woodward Avenue Jazz Orchestra.

Stars in the Park in Farmington Hills

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 23-Aug. 18, 2016
  • Address: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills, west side of Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile roads (rain location is Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road)
  • Phone: 248-473-1848

Let the music entertain you while you relax under the stars in Heritage Park. Featuring Teddy Petty & The Refugees (June 23), Farmington Community Big Band (July 28), Annabelle Road (Aug.11) and much more.

Wild Summer Nights Concert Series at the Detroit Zoo

  • Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, plus Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Cost: free with zoo admission: $6/person on Wednesdays after 6 p.m. in July and August

Come to the Detroit Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove to listen to music from local bands. Kid-specific shows include Ms. Paula and the Candy Bandits (July 13), Randy Kaplan (Aug. 3), and Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers (Aug. 17). Pack a picnic and enjoy the show.

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Marshbank Music Series in West Bloomfield

  • Time: 7-8:15 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesdays, July 13-Aug. 10, 2016
  • Address: Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1900

Cool down the summer nights with some hot hits by Big Will and the 360-degree band (July 13), Mainstreet Soul (July 27), Hidden Agenda (Aug. 3) and more.

Washtenaw County

Sonic Lunch Outdoor Concerts in Ann Arbor

  • Time: noon
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 2-Aug. 28, 2016
  • Address: Liberty Plaza, corner of East Liberty and South Division streets, downtown Ann Arbor

Enjoy food from local eateries during the performances by local, national and international talents.

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights in Chelsea

  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 9-Aug. 18 (note: the Sounds & Sights Festival is July 28-30, extending the music offerings all weekend)
  • Address: Various locales, downtown Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-474-9178

This 12-year-old music extravaganza offers all kinds of genres of music performed live throughout the summer. There are also kids’ entertainers, a sculpture walk, outdoor movies and much more.

Summer Music Series in Dexter

  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 17 and July 1-Aug. 26, 2016 (except Aug. 12, during the Dexter Daze)
  • Address: Monument Park Gazebo, 8030 Main St., Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-0887

Enjoy a variety of music, including jazz, rockabilly and blues, at this yearly concert series.

Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Season

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesdays, June 22-July 27, 2016
  • Address: West Park Band Shell, on Seventh Street between Miller and Huron streets, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-994-2780

Enjoy the tunes of this 81-year-old community band at this annual concert series. Don’t forget to check out the kids’ concert on July 6.

Concert and Movies in the Park in Milan

  • Time: 7 p.m./concerts, 9 p.m./movies
  • Dates: Thursdays, July 14-Aug. 18
  • Address: Wilson Park, south of East Main Street and east of Wabash Street, Milan (rain location is Milan Senior Center, 45 Neckel St., Milan)
  • Phone: 734-439-1549

Make a night out of this event, which features cars on display, great live music and movies. Event is free, but donations are welcome.

Concerts in the Park in Ann Arbor

  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Dates: Sundays, July 31-Aug. 21, 2016
  • Address: Burns Park, 1320 Baldwin Ave., Ann Arbor (rain location is inside the senior center)
  • Phone: 734-794-6250

Enjoy a variety of musical performances, including one by twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits (July 31), The Rev. Robert Jones (Aug 7) and many others.

Wayne County

Music in the Air Concert Series in Plymouth

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, May 29-Sept. 2, 2016 (There is no concert on July 8.)
  • Address: Kellogg Park, Main Street and Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth (rain location is The Gathering pavilion, Penniman Avenue and South Union Street)
  • Phone: 734-416-4278

This year’s artists include, Motor City Soul (June 17), Karen Newman (July 15), The Dan Rafferty Band (Aug. 26) and many more.

Special Event Series in Detroit

  • Time: 8 p.m./doors, 9-9:30 p.m./movie starts
  • Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays, June 1-Aug. 31, 2016 (check ahead for specifics)
  • Address: New Center Park, 2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-420-6000

Enjoy a movie at this Detroit spot on Wednesdays (general audience) and Fridays (for kids); plus music, food and more.

Summer Friday Night Concerts in Northville

  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 3-Aug. 26, 2016; (Except June 17, Aug. 5 and 19)
  • Address: Downtown Northville Town Square, East Main Street between Center and Hutton streets, Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-0203

See the Northville High School Jazz ensemble (June 3), Social Bones (July 1) and other artists from a wide range of musical genres at these summertime concerts.

Music on the Plaza in Grosse Pointe

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 9-Aug. 4, 2016
  • Address: Village Festival Plaza, Kercheval Avenue and St. Clair Street, Grosse Pointe (rain location is Maire Elementary School, 740 Cadieux Road, Grosse Pointe)
  • Phone: 313-886-7474

Swing by for some live jazz performances every Thursday evening including two local high schools’ jazz bands (June 9), Metro Jazz Voices (June 16), Brazil and Beyond (July 21) and The Sun Messengers (Aug. 4).

Friday Nites in the Park Concert Series in Dearborn

  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and 26, 2016
  • Phone: 313-943-2180

Find jazz, hip-hop and dance performances, plus food truck rallies every other Friday. You can bring a picnic, too.

Music From The Heart in Livonia

  • Times: 7-8 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 16-Sept 1, 2016; No concerts on June 23 or 30
  • Address: Mac Gym at the Livonia Community Recreation Center, located at 15100 Hubbard St.
  • Phone: 734-466-2200

This event brings the community together with acts that range from Dan Rafferty Band (July 7) to Motor City Soul LLC (Aug. 11) and others.

Tunes on Tuesdays in Northville

  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Tuesdays, June 21-Aug 30, 2016
  • Address: Town Square, downtown Northville (rain location is Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall, 108 E. Main St.)
  • Phone: 248-349-0203

The whole family will enjoy this concert series, especially younger members.

Thursday Night Concerts in Canton

  • Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 30-Aug. 11, 2016
  • Address: Heritage Park Amphitheatre, near Canton Center Road and Heritage Park Drive, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5100

Thursday Night Concerts in Canton has been a summer tradition for over 21 years, and this year features performances by Steve King and the Dittilies (July 14), The Favorites (July 28) and Weekend Comeback (Aug. 4).

Jazz on the Ave in Dearborn

  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesdays, July 13-Aug. 17, 2016
  • Address: Dearborn City Hall Park, 13615 Michigan Ave.
  • Phone: 313-943-3141

Introduce your kids to jazz music at these free weekly summertime concerts, which also feature kid’s activities like face painting and balloon twisters.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series

  • Time: 8-10 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, July 8-Aug. 12, 2016
  • Address: GM Riverfront Plaza, by Renaissance Center, Detroit

Summer officially begins in the D when this 11-year-old concert series starts, and this year, you will find such bands as Don Felder (July 15), Blue Oyster Cult (July 22), Grand Funk Railroad (July 29) and many others.

Evening Concerts in Trenton

  • Dates: July 12, 16, 20, 22 and 27, 2016
  • Times: 7 p.m. July 12 and July 20, shortly after dusk July 27, 3:30 p.m. July 16, 7 p.m. July 22, 2016
  • Address: Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Road, Trenton
  • Phone: 734-676-7172

See a live performance by Marcella on July 12 and one by the Monroe Big Band on July 20. They also offer a screening of the movie, The Good Dinosaur on July 27.

Regional

Park It for Fun

  • Dates: June 16-Aug. 30, 2016 (days vary)
  • Times: 5-6 p.m./event starts, 8:20 p.m. movies start
  • Address: Various parks across Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties
  • Phone: 586-419-0332

Find musical talents and a variety of kid-friendly movies at this regional event. Check their website for full details.

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  • Is Plymouth no longer doing their kids concerts in the afternoons?

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