Music in the Park Events in Southeast Michigan

Catch your favorite tunes and make summertime memories at one of these music in the park events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

Man plays guitar as kids dance at a music in the park event
Wilcox Wednesdays Music in the Park series in Plymouth

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 concerts 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.

Macomb County

Outdoor Summer Concert Series 

May 25-Sept. 2, 2019 (select days)

  • Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-226-0330
  • Cost: Free

This summer concert series features more than 60 rock, pop, country, soul and jazz performances.

Sunday Night Concert Series 

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May 26-Sept. 1, 2019 (Sundays)

  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Cost: Free, $10/parking

Bring a chair, or a blanket, and kick back to some fun tunes across multiple genres.

Music on the Lake Concerts

June 12-Aug. 14, 2019 (Wednesdays)

  • Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Address: Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-445-5350
  • Cost: Free

This concert series opens with classic rockers, Whiplash, on June 12 and features The Groove Council  (July 17), Devin Scillian with Arizona Sun (July 31) and Air Margaritaville (Aug. 8), among others.

Music in the Park in Macomb Township

June 27 and July 11-Aug. 1, 2019 (Thursdays) 

  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Address: Macomb Corners Park, 19449 25 Mile Road (one mile east of Romeo Plank Road), Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-992-2900
  • Cost: Free

There’s a Kidzone play area, complete with inflatables and games, in addition to the live musical performances. 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

June 13-Aug. 15, 2019 (Thursdays) 

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Address: Central Park, 151 N. Main St., Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-9719
  • Cost: Free

This annual concert series dishes up tons of tunes in genres like jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Concessions available for purchase. There will be no show on Aug. 8, 2019.

Friday Nights Music Series in Auburn Hills

June 28-Aug. 23, 2019 (Fridays) 

  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Address: Riverside Park, 3311 Squirrel Court, Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-370-9353
  • Cost: Free

Start your weekend off with live music every Friday night.

Eat to the Beat Lunchtime Series

June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, 2019

  • Time: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Address: City Centre Plaza, Between Central Park Boulevard and Civic Center Drive, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Cost: Free

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

Concerts in the Park in Clarkston

June 14-July 19, 2019 (Fridays) 

  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Address: Depot Park, 375 Depot Road, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-625-8055
  • Cost: Free

Depot Park boasts Friday night concerts, which feature music from local talents along with big names like Magic Bus and Ben Sharkey. Concessions, face painting and balloon twisting, too.

In The Park Summer Concerts in Birmingham 

June 14-Aug. 14, 2019 (Select Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays)

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Address: Shain Park, near city hall at 151 Martin St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1650
  • Cost: Free

Music lovers gather to experience a different musical genre every week, with special afternoon performances (noon-2 p.m.) on July 10 and Aug. 14.

Stars in the Park in Farmington Hills

June 13-Aug. 15, 2019 (Thursdays)

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • 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
  • Cost: Free

Let the music entertain you while you relax under the stars in Heritage Park. Featured artists include Sarah Smith on June 20, Grizzly Goat on July 11, FCB Big Band on July 25 and Stan Barnes & Friends on Aug. 15.

Wild Summer Nights Concert Series at the Detroit Zoo

July 3-Aug. 28, 2019 (Wednesdays)

  • Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Cost: Free with zoo admission: $18/adults, $15/kids and seniors, free/kids under two, $8/parking

Come to the Detroit Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove to listen to music from local bands including Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band, Cosmic Groove, Cupcakeasaurus and many others.

Marshbank Music Series 2.0 in West Bloomfield

July 11, 24 and 31, 2019

  • Time: 5:39-9 p.m.
  • Address: Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1900
  • Cost: Free

Cool down the summer nights with some hot hits by two live bands. Rotating food trucks, too.

Washtenaw County

Sonic Lunch Outdoor Concerts in Ann Arbor

Kicks off June 6-Aug. 29, 2019 (Thursdays, excluding Independence Day)

  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Address: Liberty Plaza, corner of East Liberty and South Division streets, downtown Ann Arbor
  • Cost: Free

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

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights in Chelsea

Thursdays, June 6-Aug. 15, 2019 

  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Address: Various locales, downtown Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-474-9178
  • Costs: Free

This 15-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.

Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Season

June 19-July 24, 2019 (Wednesdays) 

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Address: West Park Band Shell, on Seventh Street between Miller and Huron streets, Ann Arbor
  • Cost: Free

 Enjoy the tunes of this 84-year-old community band at this annual concert series. Don’t forget to check out the kids’ concert on July 10.

Wayne County

Music in the Air Concert Series in Plymouth

May 24-Aug. 30, 2019 (Fridays) 

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Address: Kellogg Park, Main Street and Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-416-4278
  • Cost: Free

This year’s artists include Von Zippers on June 14, Steve Acho on July 5, Motor City Soul on Aug. 9 and many others.

Summer Friday Night Concerts in Northville

May 24-Aug. 30, 2019 (Fridays) 

  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Address: Downtown Northville Town Square, East Main Street between Center and Hutton streets, Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-7460
  • Cost: Free

See a variety of talented musicians from a wide range of musical genres at these summertime concerts.

Wilcox Wednesdays Music in the Park 

June 19-Aug. 28, 2019 (Wednesdays)

  • Time: Noon
  • Address: Kellogg Park, Main Street and Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-416-4278
  • Cost: Free

This outdoor music concert series has been entertaining locals for the past 35 years. Stop by every Wednesday from June 19-Aug. 28 (excluding July 3) for performances Nick Fugedi, Cupcakeasaurus, Miss Paula & The Candy Bandits and many others.

Music From The Heart in Livonia

July 11-Aug. 29, 2019 (Thursdays) 

  • Times: 7-9 p.m.
  • Address: Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2200
  • Cost: Free

This event brings the community together with a huge range of talents.

Thursday Night Concerts in Canton

June 27-Aug. 15, 2019 (Thursdays, excluding Independence Day) 

  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Address: Heritage Park Amphitheatre, near Canton Center Road and Heritage Park Drive, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5100
  • Cost: Free

Thursday Night Concerts in Canton has been a summer tradition for more than 20 years, and this year features performances by The Groove Party on July 11, Killer Flamingos on July 18 and Dueling Pianos on Aug. 1.

Friday Nites Music & Foodie Rallies in Dearborn

June 28, July 26 and Aug. 23, 2019 

  • Time: 5-10 p.m.
  • Address: Wagner Park, off of West Village Drive, Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-3141
  • Cost: Free

These outdoor shoes feature cuisine from local restaurants and food trucks, a craft beer garden, lawn games and kids’ activities. See The Square Pegz in June, Kaleido in July and Fun House in August.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series

July 12-Aug. 16, 2019 (Fridays)

  • Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
  • Address: GM Riverfront Plaza, by Renaissance Center, Detroit
  • Cost: Free

This 14-year-old series officially kicks off summer in the D with some hard rock shows.

Regional

Park It for Fun

  • Dates: June 20-Aug. 22, 2019 (days vary)
  • Times: 5-6 p.m./event starts, around dusk/movie starts
  • 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.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 

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