One good thing about hot summer days is warm summer nights. And, in DFW, that means perfect weather for outdoor live music! Most of the regular concert series are back in 2021, and there’s nothing we like more than a family-friendly music scene. From Concert by the Lake in Rockwall to Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum, we’ve gathered our favorite summer concert series to check out in the metroplex this summer. See them all below.

Concert by the Lake in Rockwall

A popular summer music series held at the outdoor auditorium at The Harbor in Rockwall, fun cover bands like Def Leggend, Infinite Journey and Memphis Soul. Held on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., you can bring in your boat, enjoy music from the lake, and eat at one of the restaurants while listening or setting up on the lawn. There’s a fun fountain for the kids, too. 

Dates: Through Jul. 20th



Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Highland Village 

Head to The Patio Courtyard for free concerts at Highland Village. On Thursdays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., you can bring chairs and blankets, grab a bite from a nearby restaurant and let the kids splash in the interactive splash pad. 

Dates: Jun. 24-Jul. 22nd


At the Grove Denton Drive Live! 

Every second Saturday through Sept., Denton Drive Live! Offers a family-friendly concert with all types of music including salsa, rock, blues, pop and more. There are activities for the kids and plenty of food and drinks for purchase. 

Dates: Apr. 10-Sept. 11



Cool Thursdays Concert Series in Dallas 

One of the best concert series in DFW is back in 2021! Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum brings you to one of the most beautiful spots in the metroplex, overlooking White Rock Lake. 




Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series in Arlington

This impressive venue offers family-friendly free concerts practically all year long! It’s BYOB, and totally okay to bring your own summer picnic. They also have ticketed events that are perfect for a date night. 

Dates: Through Sept. 12 and beyond



Live Music at Legacy Hall in Plano

This popular food hall has concerts running most of the year. They start late, so while it might be a better fit for older kids, they are still family-friendly events! 

Dates: through the year


—Gabby Cullen

Feature image: Gabby Cullen 


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