Block Rockin’ Beats: Where & When Are The Best Concerts Happening?

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Gears & Guitars at Bailey Park
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Summer is just around the corner, and summer concerts will fill the air with music! Concerts featuring all styles of music are coming to Winston-Salem. Some are free, and for some, require tickets. Check out our choices for great summer music.

Bermuda Run Summer Concert Series

Bermuda Run Concerts, presented by Davie County Arts Council, are held at the Town Center on Kinderton Blvd on Saturdays each month at 7:00pm. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair, picnic cooler, and dancing shoes, and enjoy the fantastic music. The schedule is as follows: May 25, Tams; June 15, The Entertainers; August 31, Envisions; September 14, Special Occasion Band; and September 29, North Tower Band. Rain dates are the following day.

Bermuda Run Summer Concert Website

  • Town Center on Kinderton Boulevard, (off Highway 158), Bermuda Run, NC
  • Hours
    • Specific Saturdays, 7pm

Candlelight Concerts

The classical music series Candlelight is coming to the Gerald Freedman Theatre in Winston-Salem. The unique and beautiful concerts feature talented musicians and a vast array of LED candles that light up the space. With its thrust stage and seating on three sides, the Freedman Theatre is the perfect venue for these dramatic, glowing performances. The dates for the concerts are: May 10, Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldis Four Seasons And More; June 15, Candlelight: A Tribute To Taylor Swift; and July 13, Candlelight: A Tribute To Coldplay. The Freedman Theatre is located at UNCSA, inside Alex Ewing Performance Place, directly across from the main entrance.

Candlelight Information and Tickets | Gerald Freedman Theatre Website

  • 1533 S Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Candlelight Concerts start at 6:30pm

Coalpit – Incendiary Brewing

Incendiary Brewing begins presenting its Coalpit Live Concerts in June. It’s a great venue with drinks, food, and amazing music. Concerts start at 6pm. The schedule is June 1, Possum Jenkins and Big Daddy Love; June 15, Lillie May; June 29, Symphony Rock; July 13, Celtic Bluegrass Band; July 27, TBA; August 10, Siamese Dream; August 31, Camel City Yacht Club; and October 26, Dia de los Muertos 5K and concert. Free. You can bring chairs.

Coalpit Incendiary Brewing Website

  • 486 N Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Coalpit Concerts start at 6pm

Concerts Under The Stars

Shallowford Park in Lewisville transforms into a concert pavilion during the summer months with its Concert Under The Stars series. On many Saturdays from 7pm – 9pm, there will be a variety of music, including bluegrass, jazz, classic rock, and Top 40 hits. Bring your chairs or blankets. No pets are permitted in Shallowford Square. Concessions are available. The series begins June 8 with Camel City Yacht Club, rock music of the 70s & 80s; July 13, The Neon Queen, ABBA tribute band; July 20, Gump Fiction, ultimate 80s experience; August 3, Chicago Rewired, Chicago tribute band; August 31, Bourbon Revival Band, bluegrass and newgrass; September 7, Andrew Thielen Big Band, blend of jazz, swing, Motown and more; September 21, Coconut Grove Band, classic rock and pop, with special tribute to Jimmy Buffet; September 28, The Wildfowers, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute; and October 5, The Kruger Brothers, bluegrass and new American folk.

Concerts Under The Stars Website

  • Shallowford Park, 6555 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, NC
  • Specific Saturdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Downtown Jazz Summer Series

Downtown Jazz Concerts, presented by the city of Winston-Salem, are held at Corpening Plaza from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on certain Fridays each summer. This is a free event. The schedule is June 21, July 12, July 26, August 16, and August 30. Weather updates will be posted on the Downtown Winston-Salem Facebook page.

Downtown Jazz Summer Series Website

  • Corpening Plaza, 237 W 1st Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Hours
    • 6:30pm – 9:30pm Select Fridays

Fair Grounds Arena Concert Series

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will present a series of indoor concerts at the Fairgrounds Arena. The venue is excellent for feeling up close to the artists and enjoying the music. On the schedule are Jeffrey Osborne & Keith Washington, Friday, May 24, 7:30pm; Josh Turner, Saturday, May 25, 7pm; Kem With Envisions, Saturday, June 29, 7:30pm; Mark Chestnut, Friday, July 26, 7:30pm; and Jo Dee Messina, Saturday, August 17, 7pm. Tickets and details about each show are available at the Winston-City Fairgrounds Arena Website. Parking is $10 cash only at the Coliseum lot off Deacon Blvd for all shows.

Winston-City Fairgrounds Arena Website

  • Fairgrounds Arena, 414 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Hours
    • Specific Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00pm & 7:30pm

Gears & Guitars

Gears & Guitars is back for 2024, May 24 & 25, at Innovation Quarter. The country’s most prestigious cycling event, the weekend features exciting racing, local riding, and free live music from big-name bands. On Friday, May 24, from 7pm to 9pm, 4th Street will be the site of drag-race style street sprints. It will feature professional and amateur categories. Live music will take place during and after the races on both ends of 4th Street, and include Sarah Shook & The Disarmers at 7:30pm. Saturday, May 25, will bring Fondos greenway/gravel races and men’s and women’s races. There will be food trucks and a beer garden for adults 21+ all afternoon. Stay for the free concert at 9pm at Bailey Park featuring the Fray. Also playing on Saturday May 25 in Innovation Quarter are Beggars Banquet, 1pm, Camel City Yacht Club, 3pm, and Doug Davis and Radio Silence, at 8pm. You can bring blankets and chairs to Bailey Park for the event. Register for any of the above races here.

Gears & Guitars 2024 Website

  • Innovation Quarter, Bailey Park, 4th Street
  • Hours
    • May 24, 7:00pm start; May 25, 9:00am – 10:00pm

Moravian Music Serenade Concert Series

The Moravian Music Foundation presents its series of concerts to engage and inspire and provide education and outreach to bring its archival treasures to light. Three concerts will be presented by the Moramus Chorale, a performing and recording vocal ensemble, at the Old Salem Visitor Center. The final two will be held at different locations. The Visitor Center schedule is May 10, 7pm, In All Things Love, June 29, 3pm, Psalm Of Joy, October 25, 7pm, In The Beginning. The concert on October 26, 7pm, will feature organist Johannes Berger and be held at Home Moravian Church. The final concert, Night Of Light, will be held either Dec 7 or 14, 7pm, at the A.K . Davis Center. There is limited seating available. More information and tickets for all events can be found on the website. 

Moravian Music Serenade Concert Series Website

  • Old Salem Visitors Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Home Moravian Church, 519 S Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • A.K. Davis Center, 457 S Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Hours
    • Most concerts have a 7pm start, except for June 29 which is at 3pm

Parks Concert Series

The annual Parks Concert Series presented by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will begin May 12 with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and The Queen Bees at Tanglewood Park, 2pm – 5pm. The concerts are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be available, or you can bring a picnic. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Wine, beer, and water will be available to purchase, with proceeds supporting the Arts Council. Dogs on leashes are welcome. No outside alcohol is permitted. The series continues with the following dates: June 16, The Martha Bassett Show at Tanglewood Park, 2pm – 5pm; September 8, Artist to be announced, at Tanglewood Park, 2pm – 5pm; and October 20, Artist to be Announced, at Triad Park, 2pm – 5pm. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will take place at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC.

Parks Concert Series Website

  • Tanglewood Park, main park entrance off of US Route 158
  • Triad Park, 9652 West Market Street, Kernersville
  • Hours
    • Specific Sundays, 2pm – 5pm

Salem Band 2024 Summer Concert Series

Salem Band, established in 1771, is the nation’s oldest continuous mixed wind ensemble. Their Summer Concert Series is held on Tuesdays at 7:30pm in Salem Square, Old Salem. They will also present a special concert on Thursday, July 4. Pre-concert music begins at 6:45pm. The schedule begins May 7 with March Madness, followed by May 28, Puppet Magic; June 18, Olympics; July 4, Stars & Stripes (rain date July 5); and August 6, Disco & Dance. August 20 will be held as a rain date if needed. The Salem Swing Band Concert will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 2pm. All concerts are free and open for all to enjoy. See the website for more information.

Salem Band Website

  • Salem Square, Old Salem
  • Hours
    • 7:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursday, July 4; 2pm, Sunday, May 19

The Ramkat

The Ramkat is a two-level, 1000-person capacity venue with three bars serving beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages. It hosts concerts on Wednesday through Saturday, beginning at 8pm, featuring a variety of performers. The artists are all rockers and rollers who are legends or legends in the making. Tickets are required for each show.

The Ramkat Website

  • 170 W 9th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-754-9714
  • Hours
    • Shows start at 8 pm

Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony offers a series of spring concerts this year, beginning on April 6, at 7:30pm, with The Music Of Fleetwood Max in Reynolds Auditorium; April 13, at 7:30pm, The Ninth, at Wait Chapel; September 14, at 3:00pm. The Ninth, at Wait Chapel; April 30, 7:00pm, Spring Finale, Reynolds Auditorium; May 4, 7:30pm, Scheherazade, Reynolds Auditorium; May 5, 3:00pm, Scheherazade, Reynolds Auditorium; and May 11, 7:30pm, Nia Imani Franklin, Reynolds Auditorium. Tickets are required for all concerts except Spring Finale, which is free.

Winston-Salem Symphony Website

  • Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston Salem, NC
  • Hours
    • Various evening and afternoon hours; see schedule

Music Throughout The Year

Summer concerts are fun and a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but music in Winston-Salem doesn’t stop at the end of summer. Many bars and restaurants in the area host events every week. Be sure to see our article about live music so you know where to find it!

Where do you go to enjoy Summer Concerts? Tell us in the comments.

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