A Little Night Music: Your Guide to Free Summer Concerts in Phoenix

What's New — By P. Escarcega on June 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Summer in Phoenix means staying indoors during the day, and then slowly emerging from the air-conditioned shells of our cars and homes to savor the small dip in evening temperatures. What better way to enjoy the slightly more amenable evening weather than to sit outside, listening to music? This summer, choose from a bevy of free summer concerts in Phoenix. Here we round up some of the best places to catch free live music in Phoenix all summer long.

Catch some of the Valley's best local live acts at the Third Friday Concert in the Park, a free summer concert series held at downtown Phoenix's Civic Space Park. Photo: flickr/Michael Ruiz

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series. Ocean Prime Restaurant plays host to this free weekly concert series at CityNorth, a 144-acre mixed-use facility located next to Desert Ridge in northeast Phoenix. This family-friendly series features live music from a revolving roster of local artists, and free face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, and popcorn for the little ones in the Kids Club Zone. Adults enjoy exclusive specials from local restaurants and stores. This popular Saturday night event lasts from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on High Street at CityCenter of CityNorth, just off the Loop 101 at 56th and Deer Valley Drive.

Third Friday Concert in the Park. Gather your friends, grab a blanket, and head downtown to Civic Space Park for this end-of-the-week musical extravaganza, which features some of the city’s best live bands in a bustling downtown setting. This ongoing concert series kicks off every third Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Civic Space Park is located at 444 N. Central Avenue near the Downtown ASU campus.

Summer Concert Series at Superstition Springs Center. Enjoy free live music every Saturday night at the Superstition Springs Center outdoor amphitheater. The music plays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. every summer Saturday night at this family-friendly concert series. Need to do some shopping before the concert? This sprawling megamall features shops, boutiques, department stores, a large food court, and the National Geographic Kids Play Area. Superstition Springs Center is located at 6555 E. Southern Avenue in Mesa.

Sunday Night Concert Series at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Now through July 3rd, enjoy free concerts every Sunday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Families are invited to bring a blanket and chair and enjoy free live music from some of the Valley’s favorite local bands. Food is available for purchase, and train and carousel rides entertain the kids during the concerts. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. in Scottsdale.