Summer is the best time for outdoor concerts and Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a haven for just that. Pepper your calendar with a variety of dates from more than a dozen options.

Indeed, when the sun goes down, these mountain towns and cities come alive with entertainment fit for all ages and generations. #CrushFriday and join in the fun.

Here is your guide to summer concerts in Virginia's Blue Ridge!

Daleville Summer Concert Series | Daleville

Local charities benefit and you do, too, when you attend the Daleville Summer Concert Series. Held at the pavilion at Daleville Town Center (pictured at the top of this post), the remaining two dates feature upbeat entertainment from The Kings (August 4) and Gasoline Alley (September 8).

Ages 12 and younger are free; $5 admission

Party in Elmwood | Roanoke

Every Thursday night from 5:30 to 8:30 is a beach party at Elmwood Park. Beach music favorites like Band of Oz, The Embers, and Jim Quick & Coastline are all part of the fun. If Thursday is usually a #ThirstyThursday for you and your crew, you’re in luck. Tap the Keg Craft Beer Party Nights are sprinkled in for your enjoyment. 

Ages 12 and younger are free; $5 admission

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Salem After 5 | Salem

The Salem After 5 concert series kicked off at the end of April and runs through mid-August. Next up are Band of Oz (July 20) and Fuzzy Logic (August 10), both with great food truck accompaniment and other concession vendors. Bring your chair or blanket and chill out from 5 to 9 p.m. with great music at the Salem Farmers’ Market.

Ages 12 and younger are free; $5 admission

Mingle at the Market | Vinton

Grab a few friends and join the party at Mingle at the Market, held on the second Saturday evening of every month through October at the Vinton Farmers Market. Local food trucks serve plenty of good eats and there's live music by bands like Rutledge, Uptown and Seven Mile Ford.

Ages 12 and younger are free; $6 admission

Rooftop Riot | Roanoke

One of the coolest venues for a concert series is the roof at Center in the Square, and that’s where you’ll find Rooftop Riot. Bring a friend and enjoy the music from 6 to 10 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month through September.

$5 admission

Flashback Fridays | Roanoke

Old school rock shakes the stage at Dr Pepper Park @ The Bridges! Tribute bands are bringing their best impersonations – hair, make-up, the works! – for your entertainment. Check out Mock of Ages (a Def Leppard tribute band, July 13), Diary of an Ozzman (an Ozzy Ozbourne tribute, August 10), The Wildflowers (a Tom Petty tribute band, September 14), and KISS America (a KISS tribute band, October 12), as well as opening entertainers. Excellent concessions are available and shuttle service will ensure you get to and fro’ as you need to.

$15 in advance; $18 at the gate 

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Party in the Park | Vinton

The Vinton Farmers Market is the venue for Party in the Park, a concert series occurring on West Lee Avenue one Friday a month through September. Come out for a great mix of local and regional entertainers. Food and beverages are available.

Ages 12 and younger are free; $6 admission

Flat Pickin’ Fridays | Daleville

This country-themed concert series at Daleville Town Center Pavilion is a family-friendly affair that benefits the Council of Community Services and is presented by Big Lick Entertainment. Upcoming acts include Fuzzy Logic and The Low Low Chariot.

Ages 12 and younger are free; $5 admission

First Fridays | Roanoke

A “party with a purpose,” First Fridays occur in downtown Roanoke on Franklin Road SW between Jefferson Street and Williamson Road and feature regional favorites like The Worx (September 21). Bring a friend and your ID for this 21 and older concert series that rolls through the first Friday of October.

$5 admission

Sunset Saturdays at Hickory Hill | Moneta

An excellent way to unwind is with a glass of wine at Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery in Moneta. An even better way (if there is such a thing), is with live music and a glass of wine at Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery in Moneta. Bring your own snacks or take advantage of their picnic-in-a-bag. Wine available by the bottle as well.

Children and designated drivers are free; $10 all others

Sunday Sounds on the Courtyard | Floyd

Chateau Morrisette is one of Virginia’s most popular wineries, and with views, sounds, and flavors you’ll experience every Sunday this summer, you’ll understand why. The genres of music will rotate, but jazz can be counted on every first Sunday. Wine and light café fare available for purchase. Bring your own seating in case their tent seating is filled.

Admission is free.

Friday Food Trucks & Tunes | Roanoke

There’s one thing you can count on: every Friday through November 2 will include live music and food trucks at Sweet Donkey Coffee. The beer garden will be available as will the counter inside. It's a Friday night of family-friendly and pet-friendly fun!

Admission is free.

Elmwood Park Budweiser Summer Series | Roanoke

National acts descend upon the Star City this summer for the Elmwood Park Budweiser Summer Series. Catch The B-52s in August, and Gary Allan and Young the Giant both in September. VIP tables with drink and food vouchers are available.

Ages 6 and younger are free; $25 and up admission

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Shake your tail feather, get turnt, or kick-ball-change your way to an entertaining night in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. If you’re brave, show us your moves and grooves via social media by hashtagging your fun #BlueRidgeDay. We’ll see you on the flip side.

To learn more, visit our Music page and take a look at our complete Calendar of Events.