If you like to hear live music under the stars with a cool breeze in the air, but you can't afford amphitheater prices, there is still hope.
Every summer brings with it a wide selection of free outdoor concert series across the Hampton Roads region, covering all sorts of genres. In general, lawn chairs are welcome, food and drink vendors are on site and families are perfectly at home.
Here is a look at some of the series, and remember: They're all free.
The Downtown Hampton Block Party kicks off this weekend and is every Saturday evening during the summer, with local, regional and national acts. The stage is set up at the intersection of Kings Way and East Queen Street. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Schedule — Saturday: The Soul Rebels, with Buddha Council; May 14: Chesapeake Reggae Fest at Mill Point Park, featuring The Meditations, Kevin Isaacs, Tuff Lion and more; May 21: Slapnation; May 28: Kasey Rae Band with Full Spectrum/Salute to the Military; June 4: Buckshot performs as part of the Blackbeard Pirate Festival; June 11: The Connells and special guest/Pride Fest Kickoff with Charity Drag Races; June 18: The Temptations at Mill Point Park; June 25: Jonathan Jackson + Enation with Beat Root Revival and Full Spectrum; July 2: The Deloreans; July 9: Roosterfoot with special guest; July 16: The Smithereens; July 23: Tinsley Ellis with Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos and In Layman Terms; July 30: Tidewater Drive Band/Kickoff to Hampton Cup Regatta; Aug. 6: Randall Bramblett with special guest; Aug. 13: Party Fins (Jimmy Buffett tribute act); Aug. 20: Junk Yard Band with RaJazz; Aug. 27: Drivin' and Cryin' with the Shifty South and special guest; Sept. 3: Dave Cynar Band with Crazy X.
Hampton also will bring back the Groovin' by the Bay concert series on Sunday nights at Buckroe Beach. The city's website reports that the series will run from June 19-Aug. 14, but the schedule has not yet been posted.
Fort Monroe will host free concerts by military bands at Continental Park. The series begins June 3 with the U.S. Army TRADOC Command Band, then shifts to a Thursday night lineup from June 9 through Aug. 25. Bands to be announced. Music starts at 7 p.m.
The Port Warwick concert series on Styron Square starts May 18 and runs Wednesday nights. Shows start at 6 p.m.
Schedule — May 18: The Deloreans; May 25: Right On Band; June 1: Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers; June 8: Hotcakes; June 15: Jackass Flatts; June 22: Party Fins; June 29: Air Force Concert Band; July 6: Forte Jazz Band; July 13: Roosterfoot; July 20: Slapnation; July 27: The Wampler Brothers; Aug. 3: Buckshot; Aug. 10: Tidewater Drive Band; Aug. 17: Trademark; Aug. 24: Tumbao Salsero; Aug. 31: Band of Oz.
The Fridays at the Fountain series at City Center starts June 3, with music beginning each Friday at 6 p.m.
Schedule — June 3: Snackbar Jones; June 10: Catfish and the Bottlemen; June 17: The English Channel; June 24: Joywave; July 1: The Fuzz Band; July 8: The Deloreans; July 15: Party Fins; July 22: Slapnation; July 29: Borderline Crazy; Aug. 5: Wonderland; Aug. 12: Roosterfoot; Aug. 19: Romonta; Aug. 26: Slapnation.
The Mariners' Museum hosts Thursdays by the Lake at Mariners' Park. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Schedule — June 2: The Deloreans; June 9: Snackbar Jones; June 16: Wonderland; June 23: Audio Sauce; June 30: Slapnation; July 7: Borderline Crazy; July 14: Hey! Hey! Hooligan; July 21: The Fuzz Band; July 28: Party Fins; Aug. 4: The Deloreans; Aug. 11: Butter; Aug. 18: Pop Wire; Aug. 25: Hey! Hey! Hooligan.
The Music Under the Stars series, held at Magnolia Park on Fort Eustis, runs every Thursday from June 2 through Aug. 25. Music starts at 7 p.m. Styles range from concert band to rock and jazz.
Riverwalk Landing plays host to a couple of different music series. On Thursdays in June and July, it's beach music, and then in August the focus shifts to local military bands. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Shagging at the Riverwalk schedule — June 2: The Holiday Band (6 p.m.); June 9: Band of Oz; June 16: Soul Intent; June 23: Coolin Out Band; July 7: The Main Event Band; July 14: The Original Rhondels; July 21: Wallstreet Band.
Military band schedule — Aug. 2: Rhythm in Blue with USAF Heritage of America Band; Aug. 9: U.S Fleet Forces Brass Band Four-Star Edition; Aug. 16: Blue Aces with USAF Heritage of America Band; Aug. 23: Jazz Combo with TRADOC Band.
Riverwalk landing will also host a big band and jazz series on Friday nights from Aug. 9 through Sept. 7. The bands have yet to be announced.
Grace Episcopal Church (111 Church Street) also hosts a series of Sunday evening concerts that are free to the public. Music begins at 5 p.m. in the churchyard unless noted.
Schedule — July 3: Stephen Bennett; July 10 (7 p.m., indoors): Peninsula Concert Band (6 p.m.); July 17: The Mullins Sisters; July 24: Something Different Duo; July 31: Lou Vangieri/LCV Project; Aug. 7: Lana Puckett and Kim Person; Aug. 14: Magic of Harmony Show Chorus; Aug. 21: Runaway String Band; Aug. 28: Poisoned Dwarf.
The Summer Breeze series will return to Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg on Wednesday evenings between June 29 and Aug. 3. Bands have yet to be announced. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Isle of Wight
Smithfield will hold its annual summer concert series on Friday nights. The series starts May 20 with the Smithfield High School Band at the school, and then shifts to the gazebo (228 Main Street). Music starts at 8 p.m.
Schedule — May 27: Forte Jazz Band; June 3: Bobby "Blackhat" Walters Band; June 10: Damn Jankes; June 17: Bob Zentz, Skye Zentz and Jean; June 24: Ocean Breeze; July 1: Peninsula Concert Band; July 8: Angela Easterling; July 15: Kim Person and Lana Pucket; July 22: Hysterically Correct Pirates; July 29: Williamsburg Swing Orchestra; Aug. 5: Smithfield Little Theatre Variety Show; Aug. 12: band TBA; Aug. 19: Hard Knox; Aug. 26: Nelson Edwards Family; Sept. 2: The Tams.
Windsor will also feature live music at the town gazebo the first Friday of each month. No show in July. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Schedule — Friday: Michael Clark Band; June 3: The Rhondels; Aug. 5: The Deloreans
Gloucester County offers up Concerts on the Green throughout the summer on the court green (6509 Main Street). Shows begin at 6 p.m. unless noted.
Schedule — May 18: Good Shot Judy; June 15: Courthouse Community Orchestra (7 p.m.); June 22: Broadway Babes; July 20: Dan Marchese's tribute to Frank Sinatra; Aug. 24: Larry and Toby; Sept. 14: Something Different Duo.
Festevents brings back the Thank God It's Ocean View series on Friday nights. Music at 6 p.m.
Schedule — July 3: Mark Roberts Band; July 8: Tidewater Drive Band; July 15: Power Play; July 22: The Deloreans; July 29: The Janitors; Aug. 5: J and the Band; Aug. 12: Strictly Bizzness; Aug. 19: Bill Deal's Original Rhondels.
The Sandler Center will continue to host its free Ynot Wednesdays on the patio outside the theater. Music starts at 5 p.m.
Schedule — June 1: Kaboombox; June 8: Tidewater Drive Band; June 15: Action Jackson; June 22: The Deloreans; June 29: Cover This; July 6: Cheap Thrills; July 13: Breaking Brad; July 20: HM Johnson; July 27: 10 Spot; Aug. 3: The Fuzz Band; Aug. 10: The Deloreans; Aug. 17: Strictly Bizzness; Aug. 24: Buckshot; Aug. 31: Party Fins.
Taste Unlimited Bayville (4097 Shore Drive) will have free music on Friday nights. Music starts at 5:30 p.m.
Schedule — May 27: Lewis McGehee; June 3: B.J. Griffin Duo; June 10: Matt Redford; June 17: Rawbeet T; June 24: Michael Proffitt Duo; July 1: Dustin Furlow; July 8: Matt Redford; July 15: Lewis McGehee; July 22: Johnny Smallwood; July 29: Flute of the Commodores; Aug. 5: Mike Proffitt Duo; Aug. 12: Lewis McGehee; Aug. 19: Johnny Smallwood; Aug. 26: B.J. Griffin Duo; Sept. 2: Ray Meeks.
Beach Street USA features live music by local acts all summer long at various Oceanfront stages. For a full lineup, go to beachstreetusa.com.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will do a series of free outdoor shows around the region.
Schedule — 8 p.m. May 28 at Gloucester on Main Street; 7 p.m. May 29 at Ocean View Park in Norfolk; 8:30 p.m. June 9 at Town Point Park in Norfolk (joint celebration of the 20th Virginia Arts Festival finale and kickoff to the 40th anniversary of Norfolk's Harborfest); 7:30 p.m. July 7 at Neptune's Park 31st Street Stage in Virginia Beach; 7:30 p.m. July 28 at Neptune's Park's 31st Street Stage in Virginia Beach; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Neptune's Park's 31st Street Stage in Virginia Beach.