Summer Music Series

St. Cloud’s Summer Soundtrack: 4 Free Concert Series in Greater St. Cloud

Summer is upon us in Greater St. Cloud, and what better way to celebrate the warm weather and long evenings than with FREE live music? Get ready to tap your toes, sing along, and enjoy some quality time with friends and family under the open sky. Here’s your ultimate guide to 4 fantastic free music concert series happening throughout the Greater St. Cloud area this summer!

Summertime by George
Summertime by George – Wednesdays

What has become one of the most beloved summer traditions in St. Cloud, Summertime by George is a great way to enjoy live music on a beautiful summer night! Come out to the stage at Lake George in downtown St. Cloud every Wednesday evening from 5pm-9pm for local music plus great food vendors, shopping, a beer garden for the grown ups, and even activities for kids. The opening acts take the stage at 5pm, and the headliners at 6:30pm, and all shows are free to attend. Don’t forget your lawn chair and/or picnic blanket and arrive early to save your spot! Summertime by George runs June 19- August 14, 2024 with a break week happening on 7/3/24. 

Rock the Riverside
Rock the Riverside -Thursdays

Newly opened in Sauk Rapids, The Clearing is a picturesque amphitheater that lies on the banks of the Mississippi River. Available for private event bookings, it is also home to the free weekly summer concert series called Rock the Riverside (part of Riverside Nights) every Thursday evening in the summer. Rock out with a variety of local artists, with the opening acts starting at 5:30 and the headliners at 7pm. Plus, check out the food vendors and enjoy the scenic view of the Mighty Mississippi for a perfect summer evening. Rock the Riverside runs June 6 – September 5, 2024. 

Music in the Gardens
Music in the Gardens – Sundays

Hosted every other Sunday in the summer, Music in the Gardens takes place in Munsinger Gardens (the lower gardens) along the banks of the Mississippi. It is a family-friendly free concert for all to enjoy, with great local music and of course a Sunday afternoon spent in the beautiful gardens. The concert starts at 3pm and there are root beer floats available for purchase onsite. Great for kids and families or a low-key date, Music in the Gardens is a great way to cap off a weekend in St. Cloud! Music in the Gardens is June 9 – August 18, 2024. 

Music in the Park- Clearwater  Thursdays

Presented by Clear Valley Business Connections, this concert series happens in 2024 on June 13, July 18, August 1, and August 22 at Eldorado Park in Clearwater, MN. Free to attend and they encourage you to bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Music kicks off at 6pm and there is a selection of food and beverages for sale supporting area youth groups. 


So grab your blankets or lawn chairs, pick up dinner from a local restaurant, and gather your friends and family. With four fantastic free concert series happening all summer long in Greater St. Cloud, there’s no excuse to stay indoors. Soak up the sunshine, enjoy the fresh air, and groove to the music – it’s the perfect recipe for unforgettable summer nights!