Plus, where to find live music
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🔥 It’s time to make summer concert plans
Jason Aldean performing on stage
Jason Aldean is coming to Raleigh this summer. | Photo via @jasonaldean
Get ready to rock with Raleigh’s summer concert lineup, featuring 20+ local and national musicians. Here’s who’s coming to the City of Oaks this June, July, and August.

Note: To make planning easy, we’ve separated the shows by genre.

Alternative + Indie


  • Dierks Bentley | Friday, June 16 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • Eric Church | Friday, August 4 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • Jason Aldean | Friday, August 11 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • Tyler Childers | Sunday, August 13 | Red Hat Amphitheater


  • Sam Smith | Tuesday, August 1 | PNC Arena
  • Jason Mraz | Friday, August 4 | Red Hat Amphitheater
  • Pentatonix | Saturday, August 19 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Click below for rock, hip-hop and rap, and cover shows.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Veterans Job Fair | Wednesday, May 24 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Reserve a spot to connect and interview with top employers in Raleigh.
  • The How to Buy A House Class | Wednesday, May 24 | 5:45-7:15 p.m. | The Loading Dock, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Ste. 115, Raleigh | Free | Join local market expert Charlotte Davenport for an interactive class breaking down the home-buying process.
  • Tigers on Tour | Wednesday, May 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Lynnwood Brewing Concern, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Raleigh | Free | Head to the Barrel Room for appetizers and drinks with Clemson University alumni and friends.
Thursday, May 25
  • Animazement 2023 | Thursday, May 25-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh | $70 | Enjoy concerts, panels, artwork, and more at this Japanese animation and culture convention.
  • Wine Tasting | Thursday, May 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Killjoy, 116 N. West St., Raleigh | $25 | Taste two bubblies and two rosés with Kelly from Sour Grapes.
  • What is ChatGPT? | Thursday, May 25 | 1-2 p.m. | Blush Cowork, 201 Shannon Oaks Cir., Ste. 102, Cary | Free | Join Jen McFarland of Marit Digital for a 1-hour overview of this exciting new AI tech.
Friday, May 26
  • WCKD WKND 2023 | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South St., Raleigh | $15-$60 | The Triangle’s only goth music festival returns with DJs and dance parties for three days.
Saturday, May 27
  • Soul Yoga | Saturday, May 27 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh | $15 | This class provides attendees of all skill levels and backgrounds with an interaction between mind, breath, and soul.
Sunday, May 28
  • NC Sugar Rush | Sunday, May 28 | 12-5 p.m. | City Plaza, 443 Fayetteville St., Raleigh | Free | Dessert vendors will be on site to satisfy your cravings for sweets, including vegan desserts and pet treats.
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News Notes
  • The Hippo Wine Bar is opening downtown today, May 24. The new wine bar and shop at 123 E. Martin St. specializes in natural, low-intervention, and estate wines. Stop by today between 5 and 10 p.m. to check it out.
Coming Soon
  • The Albatross — a new bar featuring golf simulators, cocktails, and gourmet hot dogs — is opening this August in downtown Cary. The simulators at the “golf pub” will offer high-tech analytics and data to help golfers improve their game. (Triangle Business Journal)
  • Two apartment buildings are in the works near Historic Oakwood. The project, called Casitas Aqui I and II, is located on Brookside Drive near the Oakwood Dog Park. Each building will be three stories and have a total of 34 studio and one-bedroom units. (Triangle Business Journal)
  • UNC’s Old Well will undergo renovations to improve accessibility, beginning Thursday, May 30. Updates include adding a sloped ramp leading up to the structure and lowering the drinking fountain. Learn about the Old Well (The News & Observer)
  • School’s out, let’s shop. Tap Yard is hosting a summer-themed market this Saturday, May 27 featuring a bounce house, local craft vendors, and food trucks. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a free yoga flow, followed by magical fairy and superhero face painting. Check out the vendors.
  • Long-time Angus Barn chef Walter Royal has died, the restaurant confirmed Monday. “His spirit, kindness, and desire to mentor others was legendary,” the post states. Chef Walter, born on May 18, 1956, served as executive chef for 26 years and won “Iron Chef America” in 2006.
Try This
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🎶 Raleigh concert venues to watch
The exterior of The Ritz, a concert venue in Raleigh.
The Ritz attracts a variety of artists, from indie-pop to electronic. | Photo by RALtoday
Still looking for more concert options? Keep an eye on these nine local venues around the City of Oaks.
The Wrap
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You’re not the only one planning a summer concert. I have tickets to see Goth Babe at The Ritz in August. Their song “Running Around” is the perfect soundtrack for my summer.
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