Local Outdoor Concert Series Offer Fun, Family-Friendly Entertainment

Originally published in the Rolesville Buzz

— Susan London • susan.london@rolesvillebuzz.com • April 2017

Spring in North Carolina is perhaps the nicest time of year. Waves of green and yellow pollen aside, the typically warm days and mild evenings make for perfect outdoor concert weather.

Fortunately, Rolesville and Wake Forest, recognizing this fact, have created a variety of events that have seen success in conjunction with the population boom of recent years.

Town of Rolesville Concert SeriesA crowd enjoys outdoor music at Mill Bridge Nature Park during the 2016 concert series.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Rolesville.

Check out these opportunities to enjoy music in the great wide open:

Rolesville Spring Concert Series

The Town of Rolesville often uses public spaces for fun, family-friendly events, and Parks & Recreation Director JG Ferguson said town leaders thought outdoor concerts would work particularly well at Mill Bridge Nature Park’s 200-seat amphitheater. In the spring of 2015, the town sponsored its first event on a Saturday evening. In 2016, town leaders added two more concert dates, and the concerts will continue this year from early April through early June. The park, located at 4600 Winslet Drive, Rolesville, is tucked behind the Clearview Estates neighborhood off of Rogers Road.

This year’s scheduled events:

April 1—Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band
May 6—MikeMickXer
June 3—Will McBride Group

All concerts take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to secure a parking pass in advance through the town’s website because lot space is limited.

For more information, contact Rolesville Parks and Recreation department at 919-554-6582.

Six Sundays in Spring

The Six Sundays concert series at Joyner Park is a favorite of area residents. The concerts take place weekly from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. Joyner Park is a 117-acre facility featuring an outdoor amphitheater and plenty of open space where attendees can set up chairs and blankets, bring a picnic, enjoy offerings from food vendors on-site, and listen to a variety of music from local groups.

Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Dept., the Wee Foundation, and Lauren & Drew Bridges, the concerts have grown in popularity each year. In the event of inclement weather, concerts may relocate to the Renaissance Center at 405 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest.

This year’s scheduled lineup:

April 30—Marcus Anderson
May 7—Faol Liath
May 14—EG Peters Band
May 21—Hank, Pattie & The Current
May 28—Walking for Pennies
June 4—Charros de Mexico

For more information, check out www.wakeforestarts.org/events/six-sundays or email info@WakeForestARTS.org

Friday Night on White

Friday Night on White, held in downtown Wake Forest, starts up again on April 28 and runs through September. Now in its second year, this fun street festival and outdoor concert event typically takes place on the second Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., although April’s event is later this year to avoid conflict with Good Friday.

Sponsored by White Street Brewing, the concerts drew 8,000 to 10,000 attendees to each event last year. The events feature beer and wine sales, food trucks, local bands and an opportunity to browse through the eclectic mix of retail shops that have opened in recent years.

The event is family- and pet-friendly. Parking is available throughout the downtown area, and visitors can bring chairs to sit and enjoy the music.

This year’s scheduled lineup:

April 28—Magic Pipers
May 12—Smile
June 9—Bull City Syndicate
July 14—Big Love
August 11—Love Tribe
September 8—Crush

For more information, vist www.wakeforestnc.gov/friday-night-on-white.aspx or email Lisa Hayes at lhayes@wakeforestnc.gov.

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