Music in the Park Events in Southeast Michigan


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.

Macomb County

Music at the Market in Warren

  • Times: market: noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Sundays, May 21-Aug. 27, 2017
  • Where: Warren City Square, 1 City Square, Warren
  • Phone: 586-264-0959

These afternoon performances feature local artists including Motor City Nite Flight (June 4), and Total Rehab Band (July 30), among others.

Sunday Night Concert

  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Date: Sundays, July 2-Sept. 3, 2017
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581

Bring a chair, or a blanket, and kick back to some fun tunes across multiple genres. 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 1-Aug. 9, 2017
  • Address: Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-445-5350

This concert series opens with The Groove Council on June 14 and features Whiplash Classic Rock (June 28), The Sun Messengers (July 19) and the Joey Vee Band (Aug. 9), among others.

River Sight and Sound Concert

  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
  • 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 Groove Council 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 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017
  • 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 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

  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Thursdays, June 8-Aug. 3, 2017
  • 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 including acts like The FCB Big Band (June 29), Kari Lynch (July 13) and Mr. Moody (Aug. 3).

Friday Nights Music Series in Auburn Hills

  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays June 2-Aug. 18 (Except June 30)
  • Address: Riverside Park, 3311 Squirrel Court, Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-370-9353

Start your weekend off with live music every Friday night.

Eat to the Beat Lunchtime Series

  • Time: noon-2 p.m.
  • Dates: June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14, 2017
  • 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 6:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 16-July 21, 2017
  • Address: Depot Park, near Depot and South Holcomb roads, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-625-8055

Depot Park boasts Friday night concerts, which feature music from Vinyl Underground (June 16), Dan Tillery (July 7), Magic Bus (July 14) and more.

In the Park Summer Concerts in Birmingham

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Dates: Friday, June 16; Wednesdays, June 22-Aug. 16, 2017
  • 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, with special afternoon performances (noon-2 p.m.) on July 12 and Aug. 2.

Concert in the Park in Clawson

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  • 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 22-Aug. 17, 2017
  • 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. Featured artists include Hines Drive Band (June 22), Farmington Community Big Band (July 27), Farmington Community Chorus (Aug.10) and much more.

Wild Summer Nights Concert Series at the Detroit Zoo

  • Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017
  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Cost: free with zoo admission: $14/adults, $10/kids and seniors, free/kids under two.

Come to the Detroit Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove to listen to music from local bands including Tom Seley and the Troublemakers on July 19, Athens Creek on Aug. 9 and Cosmic Groove on Aug. 30. Pack a picnic and enjoy the show.

Marshbank Music Series in West Bloomfield

  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Wednesdays, July 12-Aug. 9, 2017
  • Address: Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1900

Cool down the summer nights with some hot hits by Cancel Monday on July 12, Moxie Strings on July 26, Phoenix Theory on Aug. 9 and others.

Washtenaw County

Sonic Lunch Outdoor Concerts in Ann Arbor

  • Time: noon
  • Dates: Kicks off June 1, 2017 (Additional dates TBA on May 10, 2017)

  • 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 8-Aug. 17, 2017 (note: the Sounds & Sights Festival is July 27-29, extending the music offerings all weekend)
  • Address: Various locales, downtown Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-474-9178

This 13-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 16-Aug. 25, 2017 (except Aug. 11, 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 21-July 26, 2017
  • Address: West Park Band Shell, on Seventh Street between Miller and Huron streets, Ann Arbor

 Enjoy the tunes of this 82-year-old community band at this annual concert series. Don’t forget to check out the kids’ concert on July 5.

Concerts in the Park in Ann Arbor

  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Dates: Sundays, July 30-Aug. 20, 2017
  • Address: Burns Park, 1320 Baldwin Ave., Ann Arbor (rain location is inside the senior center)
  • Phone: 734-794-6230

Enjoy a variety of musical performances, including the Gemini Brothers (July 30) and Cadillac Cowboys (Aug. 20), among others.

Wayne County

Music in the Air Concert Series in Plymouth

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, May 26-Sept. 1, 2017 (except July 8.)
  • Address: Kellogg Park, Main Street and Penniman Avenue, downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-416-4278

This year’s artists include Detroit Soul Revue on June 16, Steve King and the Dittilies on June 30 and Von Zippers on Aug. 11.

Special Event Series in Detroit

  • Time: 8 p.m./doors, 9-9:30 p.m./movie starts
  • Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays, June 2-Aug. 30, 2017 (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 2-Aug. 25, 2017 (except June 16, and Aug. 4)
  • Address: Downtown Northville Town Square, East Main Street between Center and Hutton streets, Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-7460

See the Northville High School Jazz ensemble (June 2), Major Dudes (June 30) 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 8-Aug. 3, 2017
  • Address: Village Festival Plaza, Kercheval Avenue and St. Clair Street, Grosse Pointe
  • Phone: 313-886-7474

Swing by for some live jazz performances every Thursday evening throughout the summer.

Friday Nites Music and Food Truck Rallies in Dearborn

  • Time: 5-9 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25, 2017
  • Address: Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

  • Phone: 313-943-4091

Find food trucks and live music at these weekly events.

Music From The Heart in Livonia

  • Times: 7-9 p.m.
  • Dates:Thursdays, June 15-Aug. 31, 2017; No concerts on June 22, 29 or July 6
  • Address: Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2200

This event brings the community together with acts that range from Sinjon Smith (July 13) to MainStreetSoul (Aug 10) and many more.

Tunes for Tuesdays in Northville

  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Tuesdays, June 20-Aug. 29, 2017
  • Address: Town Square, downtown Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-0345

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 29-Aug. 10, 2017
  • 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 more than 20 years, and this year features performances by Killer Flamingos on June 29, Magic Bus on July 6 and First Call on Aug. 10.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series

  • Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
  • Dates: Fridays, July 14-Aug. 18, 2017
  • Address: GM Riverfront Plaza, by Renaissance Center, Detroit

This 12-year-old series officially kicks off summer in the D with some hard rock shows. Lineup coming soon.


Park It for Fun

  • Dates: June 15-Aug. 24, 2017 (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.

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