Live music is often the first thing visitors ask about when they get to Central Oregon. And come summer, there’s certainly no shortage of great opportunities to sit (or dance) outside in the sun and listen to some great tunes.
Here’s our Top 5 Free Summer Concert Series’
Backyard Concert Series – Sunriver Resort
May 26-28 | June 29 | July 1 | July 2-Sept 4 | Thurs, Fri, Sat
Bring the family, pull up a blanket and enjoy live music at The Backyard at Sunriver Resort from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A different live band will be featured each concert day. Delicious food and local brews, wine and cocktails will be offered during each concert.
Music on the Green – Redmond’s Sam Johnson Park
The region’s longest running free music series happens from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Redmond’s Sam Johnson Park every other Wednesday beginning in late June. The event combines free music with a block party atmosphere to offer a powerful mix of community and family fun.
Music on the Green continues to celebrate the finest Redmond has to offer, spotlighting some of the region’s best and brightest musical talents from genres like country, folk, bluegrass, and cover tunes from the ‘50s through today.
BMC Free Summer Sundays – Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater
Bend Memorial Clinic’s Free Summer Sunday Concerts start June 4 and continue through mid-July on select Sundays. Come on down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend’s Old Mill and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of great music and healthy family fun. Delish food vendors, bouncy houses and other activities will be onsite.
Well behaved pets (and their owners) are welcomed. Concerts run from 2:30-4:30 pm, and feature local and nationally touring artists who typically require a ticket to see. Bring your dancing feet!
Munch & Music – Bend’s Drake Park
For 26 years, Bend’s iconic Drake Park has been the place to be on Thursday nights in the summer.
Munch & Music is a hugely popular, family-friendly event featuring local and nationally-acclaimed live bands. The food court is sure to have something for everyone. With one of the largest gatherings of all you favorite local food vendors – come hungry!
The Deschutes Brewery Libation Station will be available with beer, wine and an occasional cocktail from week to week. This year the concerts will have a walk-around beer policy. You cannot bring your own alcoholic beverages into the events, but you can roam the area freely with your brew.
Picnic in the Park – Prineville’s Pioneer Park
Picnic in the Park is an amazing opportunity for people in our wonderful community and those traveling from neighboring areas to spend some time mid-week to unwind in beautiful Pioneer Park listening to a wide variety of music. This is a place for families, friends, neighbors and strangers to gather and enjoy being outside and relaxing while being entertained by high-quality musicians. Thursday nights from 6 to 8 beginning in July.