With summer finally here, it’s time to enjoy good friends and good music, and the many summer concert series around town make it that much easier to do. Baltimore is home to many different local venues that offer outdoor summer concerts (bonus – most are free!), which often include other activities to round out your evening. And all of these events are kid-friendly, making music fun for the whole family.

Here are some highlights:

Feet on the Street

31 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD 21204

Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

June 21: Riot House

June 28: Starcrush

July 5: Crushing Day

Towson’s free summer concerts feature local cover bands and have the crowd dancing all night. Feet on the Street also offers a bar with a variety of beer, wine and cocktails as well as a moon bounce and face painting. Concerts are located on Allegheny Avenue from 6:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday through September 27. For more information, go to www.towsonchamber.com/feet-on-the-street.

Wine Up Wednesdays at DeJon Vineyard

5300 Hydes Road, Hydes, MD 21082

Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

June 26: Rich and Infamous

July 3: Jim Smith

July 10: This Your Monkey?

Looking for a mid-week break? Relax, sip wine and dance and sing along to some classic acoustic tunes performed by very talented musicians at Wine Up Wednesday. Entertainment is scheduled 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. weekly. This all-ages event has limited seating in the picnic area, so feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets. Food vendors will be on site. No outside alcohol or pets permitted. For more information, go to www.dejonvineyard.com/events.

Summer Concerts at Lurman Woodland Theatre

425 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228

Saturday, June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.: Different Sisters — classic rock, R&B, country and jazz

Sunday, June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.: Brass of the Potomac — traditional British-style brass band with more than 30 professional musicians

Lurman Woodland Theatre is an outdoor community amphitheater bringing free concerts every weekend in June, July and August to this beautiful, naturally wooded setting since 1992. The program includes many musical styles, from Big Band to bluegrass, rock to reggae, country to cajun, and more. All of the regular shows are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.lurman.com.

Free Friday Night Summer Concerts at Hunt Valley Towne Centre

118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Fridays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

June 21: Different Sisters — rock, R&B, country and everything in between

June 28: KiTTYBACK — classic and country rock

July 5: The Reagan Years — one of the East Coast’s premier ‘80s tribute bands

Mark your calendars to spend summer evenings at Hunt Valley Towne Centre during the free #FridayNightLive: Summer Concert Series, featuring a beer & wine garden, free balloon art, visits from participating restaurants and retailers, and more sponsored by LifeBridge Health. Bring your own chair or blanket. The concerts are live every Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Plus, stop by early for a free magic show with Liam Laugherty at 7 p.m. near the fireplace. For more information, go to www.shophuntvalley.com/events/friday-night-live-summer-concert-series-2.

WTMD’s First Thursday Festival

Canton Waterfront Park

3001 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

First Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

July 11: Van Hunt, Soccer Mommy, Black Pumas, Los Coast & More TBA

Enjoy free live music on the waterfront on First Thursdays through September 5, presented by Brewers Hill. Music starts at 5:30 pm, and admission is free. Dooby’s will be selling beer, wine and cocktails at five locations in the park during the shows. Food vendors also available. No outside alcohol, glass containers or coolers permitted. For more information, go to wtmd.org/radio/first-thursday-concerts-in-the-park.

“Groovin’ in the Grass” Summer Concert Series

Ladew Topiary Gardens

3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Maryland 21111

Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m.

June 23: The Klassix — classic rock and top 40 tunes

June 30: Red Dirt Revolution — country

July 7: Sons of Pirates — Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, The Eagles and James Taylor

Concerts will be held in the Great Bowl at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Before the show, enjoy the 22 acres of beautiful gardens, tour the historic Manor House, visit the seasonal Butterfly House, and hike along the nature walk, named one of the “10 incredible topiary gardens around the world” by Architectural Digest.

Picnics, blankets and chairs are welcome, but please no pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. Food and refreshments, including alcoholic beverages, are available for purchase. Tickets: adults $18, seniors & students $15, children 12 and under $5, children under 2 free. For more information, go to www.ladewgardens.com/EVENT-CALENDAR/Summer-Concert-Series.

Boordy Vineyards Summer Concert Series

12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Maryland 21082

Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

June 22: Blue Tips Rhythm Review

June 29: Groove Train

July 6: The Mahoney Brothers with a new show: Beatles & Beyond /

Enjoy wine tasting, picnicking and dancing under the stars to live bands every Saturday evening at the vineyard. Food by Lib’s Grill, ice cream from neighboring Prigel Family Creamery and coffee from Gracefully Coffee Roasters will be available for purchase. Admission: $20 ages 3 & up. Includes a wine tasting for guests over 21. Gate opens at 5:05 p.m. Rain or shine. For more information, go to www.boordy.com.

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