Summertime is officially here which calls for outdoors activities, including live music! Spend an evening enjoying outdoor tunes at an array of venues scattered throughout the county; and best of all they are all FREE! Click here for a full list of events in the area. 

Asilomar Conference Grounds

Wind down your work week at Asilomar Conference Grounds’ Sunset Music Series with lite bites, local wines and fun jams. Live music is held during sunset at Phoebe’s Café every Friday evening from 6:30pm-9pm. June 21-August 23, 2019.

Carmel Plaza

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Carmel Plaza whenever the Summer Live Music Series returns! This popular gathering in Carmel-by-the-Sea showcases local musicians, food, beer and wine. Concerts are held on Fridays from 5pm-7pm. June 29-August 9, 2018. 

Carmel Plaza Summer Live Music

Folktale Winery

Bask in the warmth of sunny Carmel Valley and soak in sumptuous wines and relaxing tunes. Folktale Winery hosts performers on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5pm-8pm. Click here for a full list of events. 

Folktale Winery

Twisted Roots

Wine'd down your weekend at Twisted Roots. Once a month the charming tasting room in Carmel Valley village hosts live music as part of their Summer Concert Series. July 14 and August 11, 2019.

Twisted Roots

Del Monte Shopping Center

Enjoy covers from tribute bands during your next shopping spree at the Del Monte Shopping Center. Every Friday night from 6pm-8pm the outdoor shopping mall hosts a tribute band with covers from Billy Joel, Chicago, The Beatles and many more. May 31-June 28, 2019.

Sunset Lounge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Watch an epic sunset at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands accompanied by soothing jazz music. Entertainment is offered most nights of the week throughout the year. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium 

While not entirely free, Evenings by the Bay is free to those with paid admission into the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This summertime favorite features extended evening hours with live music and food and beverage for purchase. Evenings by the Bay are held every Saturday from 6pm-8pm. June 29-August 31, 2019. 

Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant

Sunday afternoons at the River Inn are a long standing tradition in Big Sur. Bring a blanket and grab a spot on the lawn (or a Adirondack chair in the river if you’re lucky) and enjoy the Backyard BBQ and Bar or secure a table on the Riverside Deck and enjoy lunch from the River Inn Restaurant menu. Live music including jazz, folk, and zydeco is performed every Sunday afternoon from April through mid-October.

Big Sur River Inn

Sly McFly’s on Cannery Row

Located on historic Cannery Row, Sly McFly’s is the place to go for live music and great food. Featuring premier bands from the Central Coast playing a wide variety of music from classic rock to modern pop and a little bit of everything in between. Music starts at 8:30pm during the week and there are two performances on the weekends starting at 3:00 pm and 8:30 pm.

Sly McFly's