What, it’s almost August and you haven’t seen one of Sacramento’s many outdoor summer concerts yet? Have no fear, summer is still here! The plethora of outdoor concerts in August and September is proof that outdoor concerts in Sacramento last as long as our warm weather does. Some of them are just getting the party started, and some have already been at all summer long. Either way, there are still many more chances to catch a concert under summer evening skies. And, even better, almost every single one of them is free! So, go ahead, grab a blanket, grab a friend, take your family…and enjoy the show.
This Midtown. Midtown does it right with a host of local, regional, and internationally acclaimed artists. Taking place through September on Second Saturday, this outdoor concert series also includes a beer garden, local artists, and vendors. Their aim is to celebrate the independent spirit of Midtown so bring a whole lot of that with you to the Marrs Block on 20th between K and J. The party goes from 4-9pm. More info here.
Concerts on the Square.Vernon Street’s Town Square is the place to be in Roseville! Food trucks, a beer garden, and a spot to enjoy a concert under the summer stars. The Square has been rockin’ out every third Saturday since June, and the fun will continue all the way through October. Bring a chair and enjoy the show. Gates open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm. More info here.
Music in the Park. Roseville is spreading the love across the city as bands gather for evenings of music at Royer Park. The one-Sunday-a-month concerts of June and July already passed us by, but August and September still promise big hits. Concerts begin at 6pm. More info here.
Concerts in the Plaza. Now that Concerts in the Park has ended, the show goes on at Downtown Plaza with an outdoor concert series of their own. Taking place in front of Macy’s, the August concerts also give you the chance to catch happy hour on the patio at River City Brewing, a movie after the show, or to browse the few stores remaining open during construction. The Plaza has a great line up of music for you to enjoy in the warm summer weather…and in the plaza before big changes occur! Concerts run 5pm-7pm. More info here.
8/1 Hero’s Last Mission – Rock
8/8 Pointdexter (Rock, Alternative, Indie) and Brodi Nicholas (Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop)
8/15 Hans & The Hot Mess – Rock, Funk
8/22 The Alex Vincent Band – Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Indie
8/29 Island of Black and White – Acoustic Rock, Folk, Soulful Blues
9/5 Element of Soul – Reggae, Pop Rock
Friday Night Concert Series. Rancho Cordova offers bands that party like it was the 70s…or 80s or 90s or 00s. Take your pick as bands cover the best of all decades at the Village Green Park. Concert begins at 7pm. More info here.
Country in the Park. Cal Expo knows how to party–Country style! Come out for a day of lots of great country music and lots of great food! Food vendors offer BBQ, pizza, Mexican food, burgers, corn dogs, wraps, snow cones, ice cream, and more. Beer, margaritas, and cocktails also available. Included in the $25 admission price is (new this year!) a bbq pre-show that includes extra performances, dancing, prizes, and vendors–which makes it a great deal too! Pre-show begins at 12pm and show begins at 4:45pm. Bring cash for food vendors. More info and tickets are here.
Hot Summer Nights. Elk Grove is looking to fill the summer air with music at the Laguna Town Hall outdoor amphitheater this August! Bring a blanket and finish your summer off right with a great mix of music. Concerts begin at 6:30pm. More info here.
8/1 KB and the Slingtones – Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Swing
8/8 – Element of Soul – Reggae, Pop, Rock
8/15 Cover Me Badd – Party
8/22 OH! The Band – Classic Rock
8/29 Rachel Steele and Road 88 – Americana, Alternative Country
K Street Block Party. District 30, Dive Bar, and Pizza Rock are teaming up for a summer-long Block Party on K Street in Sacramento. Each restaurant has a musical lineup of its own and nightly deals to boot. Musicians play indoors but the block party rocks on indoors and out. The evening begins at 8-9pm and continues until the wee small hours of the morning. More info here.
Sacramento Gateway Summer Concert Series. The Village at Natomas’ Sacramento Gateway hosts an evening of fun with a concert that also includes merchants specials and food trucks (from 5:30-8:30pm). Shows run from 6-8pm. More info here.
Chalk It Up Festival. Wow, this is a great way to enjoy a summer concert, admire amazing chalk art, and be part of Chalk It Up’s annual benefit! This free 3-day festival includes over 200 sidewalk paintings created by local artists with a heart for the nonprofit’s mission to support youth art programs. Food trucks galore and a beer garden will also line the walkways of Fremont Park, as will children’s activities and, of course, great entertainment by over 2 dozen performers. The festival runs from 10am-6pm on all Labor Day weekend long. More info here.
8/30, 8/31, 9/1 – Full line up TBA on their website but will include James Cavern & The Council, Joseph And The Well, Musical Charis, Adrian Bellue, The Westwards, Shoujo Kittem, The Seaons, Matt Sertich
Hot Lunch Music Series. Come down to Fremont Park in Downtown Sac for lunch and music on the lawn! Call ahead at 444-3000 and order any pizza or grab a Hot Lunch for $10 (a panini or insalata + a drink, tax included). Food trucks are also available and there’s free bike and scooter parking at Hot Italian. This mid-day summer celebration runs from 11:30am-1pm. More info here.