There are so many summer events that it can be hard to choose what to do, especially if your budget is smaller than your appetite for tunes. Luckily, there are many free music events in Baltimore to get your toes tapping without debtors knocking on your doors. Check out these concerts this summer. 

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

African American Festival

M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 244-8861

Date: July 6 and 7

The African American Festival has been a Baltimore tradition for more than 30 years, with the support of the mayor’s office and production by greiBo Entertainment. The show always draws big names, and this year will be no different. This year’s headliner will be Patti LaBelle. This will be a great time for the entire family — don’t miss it!

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Artscape 2013

Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 752-8632

Date: July 19-21, 2013

The 32nd annual Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival and more than 350,000 people attend the three-day event each year. The festival draws craftspeople, fashion designers and visual artists as well as a long list of performers, from opera singers to dancers. The music offerings here will be top-notch, with everything from folk to classical styles on offer. If you enjoy any kind of art, this festival will be the place to be!

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(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)


Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
401 Light Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(877) 225-8466

Date: July 4, 2013

Fireworks aren’t the only thing that makes the 4th of July fun. Nothing beats live music in the summer! The whole family can enjoy both at the Baltimore Inner Harbor 4th of July celebration. You’ll find live entertainment courtesy of the Electric Brigade at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Afterwards, the Baltimore Inner Harbor will be illuminated by colorful fireworks during an 18-minute show.

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Concert In The Park

Patterson Park
27 S. Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 276-3676

Date: June 12 through Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Want to get into nature while enjoying some great music? The Friends of Patterson Park put on an annual series of free concerts. On June 9, The Bellevederes are kicking off the summer music lineup, which boasts a broad variety of musical styles. Don’t miss The Bumper Jacksons, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet or any of the other great musicians due to perform. All will be great events for the whole family, especially if you take the time to enjoy the park before the show.

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Power Plant Live!

601 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202

Date: Starts in May

Power Plant Live! is the top spot for dining and entertainment in Baltimore, featuring a variety of restaurants and bars. The center offers free weekly concerts through its Friday Night Live! music series from May through October. Come here for regional acts such as Popa Roach, The Violent Femmes and Finger Eleven.

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