Freebies for the Family: Summer Concerts

Get your groove on, without spending a dime.

In the mood for an activity your whole family can enjoy?  How about going to one of the many locales around the East Bay that offer free concerts?

In July and August, the Blackhawk Shopping Center hosts free weekly Friday night concerts at 7 p.m. A Tom Petty Tribute Group, called “Petty Theft”, performs this Friday and the funky “Cheeseballs” sings dance hits the whole family can groove to.

Want more music in Danville? If so, consider going to Oak Hill Park on Saturday nights throughout the summer. This weekend, you and your family can hear a tribute to Journey. 

Want to hear a compilation of some of the best American Bands and the effect they’ve had on world music? Consider listening to “Colour My World” on Aug. 6, or pick any Saturday evening that works, bring a picnic and blanket, and enjoy!

Pleasanton offers weekly concerts every Friday from 7 to 8:30 at night, right in their downtown park. On Friday, you can listen to some good old time rock-n-roll courtesy of Dave Crimmen or listen to “Groovy Judy” and her flower power on July 29. Get there early because this is a hot spot for Pleasanton residents and visitors alike.

Make a weekend of free music festivals and join San Ramon residents in Central Park for concerts in July and August that begin at 5:30 — just in time for a picnic dinner. Are you a Madonna fan or Joan Jett fan? “The Golden Divas” are your gals — they will rock your world with a  tribute to some popular female performers on July 24. “Pride and Joy” is back for another year, too, on July 31 to wow crowds. Visit .sanramon.ca.gov/Parks/events/summer_concerts.htm to learn more.

Out and about in Walnut Creek? Broadway Plaza offers a weekly free jazz concert for shoppers. Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You can enjoy shopping in the outdoor mall first or grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants before the concert and make a day of it.

Who doesn’t love great music? Bay Area Parent lists free concerts in cities around the bay. To learn more about free concerts throughout the East Bay and beyond, visit: bayareaparent.parenthood.com/concerts.php.


Kathleen Schoening July 22, 2011 at 03:33 AM
Is this where we cannot bring in outside food but have to buy from specific vendors there?
Mary K Mele July 22, 2011 at 05:27 AM
nope! this is sponsored by the Arts community and you can bring a picnic or whatever you want! go to the web site for complete details!
Kristofer Noceda July 22, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Thanks Mary for sharing this info!
Shari Jackman July 22, 2011 at 04:20 PM
The City of Dublin is also hosting free concerts at Emerald Glen Park during its "First Thursday" events at the Dublin Farmers' Market. Upcoming concerts include Papa's Garage (a blues band) on August 4; Department of Rock (a rock 'n roll cover band) on September 1; and James Robinson (guitarist; world music) on October 6. The bands will perform in the plaza from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The "First Thursday" events also include wine tastings from some of our wonderful local vintners.
a local citizen July 22, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Tonight on the Shea Plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater El Desayuno will be performing. They are one of the best local Latin Jazz and Salsa bands. The fun starts at 6:30PM. http://www.eldesayuno.com


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