10 Places To Enjoy Outdoor Music In Central Oregon – Summer 2021

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Outdoor Concerts in Central Oregon | 2021 Season

If you’re looking for warm summer nights, amazing sunsets, local libations, and awesome music, Central Oregon is definitely the place to be. After a quiet 2020, we’re looking forward to a rockin’ season in 2021 with some incredible musical performances lined up at several popular outdoor spots.

** We’ve got the announced performances listed below (at time of posting) and will update as more are announced, but make sure you check each venue’s website as last-minute shows and/or cancellations are not uncommon! **


🎵 10 places to enjoy live music outdoors in Central Oregon this summer: 🎵


1. Clear Summer NightsAthletic Club of Bend

Enjoy summer nights, great music, and delicious food at this intimate venue.  The full 2021 season lineup is TBA – event information will be updated on the website soon

2021 season lineup:

  • August 3 | Keb’ Mo’
  • August 31 | Chicago
  • September 14 | Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • October 10 | Shakey Graves with opening act Sierra Ferrell


Where you can buy tickets: https://newportavemarket.com/concerts

How you find the venue:


2. Deschutes County Fair – Redmond

The 2021 FREE Summer Concert Series at the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo will feature something for everyone, with a mix of music across multiple genres including Rock, Country, and more. With safety as the top priority, the entire Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo Summer Concert Series will be moved to an outdoor location outside the First Interstate Bank Center at Fair & Expo. All concerts are free with Fair admission and no additional ticket is required for entry.

2021 season lineup:

  • July 28 | Skillet
  • July 29 | Chris Janson
  • July 30 | Nelly
  • July 31 | Reckless Kelly

Where you can buy tickets: www.deschutesfair.com

Where you can find the venue:

3. General Duffy’s Waterhole – Redmond

Head to downtown Redmond to enjoy great food and good tunes! General Duffy’s Waterhole is a veteran-owned, family-friendly and pet-friendly taphouse and food cart gathering place for all to enjoy. From farmers markets to live music, Duffy’s is Redmond’s hub for community connections and fun.

2021 season lineup:


Where you can buy tickets: eventbrite.com

Where you can find the venue:


4. Les Schwab Amphitheater – The Old Mill District

Ranked among the nation’s “Best Outdoor Concert Venues“, LSA is known for its mix of headline acts, scenic riverside venue, and good times. The 2021 season is going to be amazing with a brand new stage, an exciting new partnership with Live Nation, and an eclectic blend of musical genres and big-name acts lined up to perform.

2021 season lineup:


Where you can buy tickets: bendconcerts.com

How you find the venue:


5. Munch & Music – Drake Park, Bend

Enjoying its 30th anniversary in 2021, the Munch & Music FREE concert series continues to be a summer favorite. The evening kicks off at 5:30 pm with live music. Don’t worry you’ll have time in between the opening and headliner acts to grab some delicious grub from one of the many food trucks and vendors or sip on a Deschutes Brew to quench your summertime thirst while you browse local artisans and craftspeople’s booths. Kids will love the family fun area complete with bouncy houses to wear off a bit of Thursday night energy!

2021 season lineup:

  • July 8 | Ron Artis II and the Truth with Fair Trade Boogie Band
  • July 15 | Kalimba (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band) with Juju Eyeball
  • July 22 | Joseph with Isabeau Waia’U Walker and Cole-Baker-Clark Collective
  • July 29 | Cherry Poppin’ Daddies with Novacane
  • August 5 | Talbott Brothers with Sleepless Truckers
  • August 12 | Precious Byrd with Shining Dimes


Where you find event info: munchandmusic.com

How you find the venue:


6. Music On The Water – Elk Lake Resort

The 2021 Music on the Water Summer Series (sponsored by Boneyard Beer and Crater Lake Spirits)  is an opportunity to enjoy free great music by our extremely talented local and regional bands! Music starts at 5:00 PM in between the lodge and the lake. This year’s concert series has changed to ensure we can still have a good time while being safe. The event venue is a first come first serve seated experience with a maximum capacity of 100 people. No outside food or drink will be allowed in the concert area. Everyone is required to wear a face mask to get in the gate. If you do not have one, one will be provided, but supplies will be limited.

2021 season lineup:

  • June 19 |  John Shipe
  • June 26 | Joanna Lee
  • July 3 | Michalis Patterson
  • July 10 | Blaze & Kelly
  • July 17 | Mark Ransom
  • July 24 | The Resolectrics
  • July 31 | Sleepless Truckers
  • August 7 | The Abluestics
  • August 14 | Erin Cole Baker
  • August 21 | Adrian Bellue
  • August 28 | Rubbah Tree
  • September 4 | Sensi Trails

Where you find event info: elklakeresort.net/music-on-the-water-2021

How you find the venue:


7. Sisters Summer of Festival – Sisters Folk Festival Outdoor Concert Series

A cultural arts organization serving the community, the Sisters Folk Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization, founded in 1995 to bring the finest in acoustic music to the charming town of Sisters, Oregon. Over time, it has developed into a cultural arts organization that supports local schools, community members, artists, and businesses with cultural events year-round. The 2021 summer series of concerts will take place on the lawn at Sisters Art Work.

2021 season lineup:


Where you can find event info: https://sistersfolkfestival.org/sff-presents

How you find the venue:


8. Sunriver Music FestivalOutdoor Concert Series

The Summer Festival continues as the landmark event of Sunriver Music Festival for the last 40+ years. Each summer, classical musicians from all around the US come to Sunriver to create the very talented Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra. The Sunriver Music Festival is committed to artistic excellence in musical offerings and nurturing the next generation of artistic talent for Central Oregon residents and visitors. Your membership is vital to the Festival’s future success. Sunriver Music Festival is known for its four decades of leadership in running a fiscally sound, well-managed classical music festival for Central Oregon residents and visitors.

2021 season lineup:

  • August 14 | Featuring internationally-renowned Eroica Trio with Maestro Kelly Kuo
  • August 16 | Featuring concertmaster Ruth Lenz, violin with Maestro Kelly Kuo
  • August 18 | Featuring Guest Conductors Kelly Kuo and Brett Mitchell
  • August 20 | Featuring Cliburn medalist Daniel Hsu
  • August 21 | Featuring Cliburn medalist Daniel Hsu with Maestro Brett Mitchell
  • August 23 | Featuring Amit Peled, cello with Maestro Brett Mitchell

Where you find event info: sunrivermusic.org/events/summer-events

How you find the venues:


9. Safe Summer Nights Concert Series – Crater Lake Spirits, Bend Distillery

Head out to the Tumalo distillery for full-size cocktails, live music, and more! Crater Lake Spirits will be hosting their Safe Summer Nights concert series all summer long, every other Saturday. All concerts take place outside, with socially distanced seating available and plenty of space. Masks are required when not seated and eating/drinking.

2021 season lineup:


Where you can buy tickets: Eventbrite.com

How you find the venue:


10. Wanderlust Tours and IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild

A magnificent Piano Experience accompanied by a guided activity showcasing the area’s immense beauty! Spend a day immersed in nature with Wanderlust Tours and IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild. Wanderlust Tours’ professional naturalist guides will take you on adventures while offering expert interpretation. Your day will end with an IN A LANDSCAPE, an outdoor concert series where America’s most stunning landscapes replace the traditional concert hall. These special events will take place on land perched perfectly to enjoy the confluence of art meeting nature.

2021 season lineup:

  • June 26 & 26 | Cant Ranch, Dayville – Hike of Blue Basin to include geologic overview and paleontologic history
  • July 18 & 19 | Mount Bachelor, Bend – Kayak one of the high lakes to include hydrologic systems, flora fauna of the lakes and human history
  • July 24 | Playa, Summer Lake – Explore Fremont Point, including forest ecosystems, John Fremont history, Pleistocene glaciation, geology and subsequent archeology

Where you can find event information: wanderlusttours.com


🎵 More Central Oregon local favorites for live music, food, brews, and good times:


And, check out this awsome 2021 Summer Music Guide, courtesy of The Source Weekly:



So, grab your dancing shoes and get ready to rock this summer in Central Oregon!


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