Bellevue State Park hosts a popular summer concert series.

Summer concerts on the way – and they’re often free

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Bellevue State Park hosts a popular summer concert series.

Bellevue State Park hosts a popular summer concert series.

With Memorial Day marking the traditional start of summer, it’s time to think about the outdoor concerts and related activities planned around the state, with some of the fun stretching into fall. Many are free. Here’s a list.

Bellevue State Park concerts

Time to dust off your lawn chairs,” Bellevue State Park park said on Facebook in announcing its summer concert series. “Can’t wait to share some delicious food and toe-tapping tunes.”

Most concerts are 6:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays at Brandywine Hundred park and are included in park admission. Fans able to walk or bicycle into the park can hear the concerts for free.

Here’s the lineup:

June 4: Diamond State Concert Band.

June 11: Jeff Zimmerman Band, country

June 15: Singer-songwriter John Flynn.

June 18: De Tierra Caliente, Latin.

June 22: Flatland Drive, bluegrass.

June 15: The Launch, tribute to Queen, Styx and Boston.

June 29: Somethin’ Like That, classic rock.

July 2: Basic Cable, tribute to the Golden Age of TV

July 6: USNA Navy Blues and Gold, blues.

July 9: The Resistors, classic rock.

July 13: The Core, Eric Clapton tribute.

July 16: Spokey Speaky, roots reggae.

July 20: Seven Rings, Irish.

July 23: Chorduroy, rock, blues and soul.

July 27: Vintage Blue, bluegrass, country and southern rock.

July 30: The Big House Band, party.

Aug. 3: Jimmy and the Parrots, Jimmy Buffett tribute, 6 p.m.

Aug. 6: Malarkey Brothers, Celtic.

Aug. 13: Exit 93, rock, blues and R&B.

Aug. 20: 287th, patriotic.

Aug. 24: US Navy the Cruisers, contemporary.

Aug. 27: Newspaper Taxis, Beatle tribute, 6 p.m.

Featured food trucks include Cajun Sno, Copperfield Kettle Corn, Donut NV, Gotta Lotta Gelata, Koi on the Go, Mitch’s Chicken, the Polish Connection, Sweet Josephine’s, Turbo Mexico Cuisine and Uncle John’s.

Bethany Beach concerts and other activities

Bethany Beach has announced free activities than run from June through October, including bonfires, concerts and movies. All events are weather-dependent and subject to beach conditions.


Bonfires will take place 6-8 p.m. Fridays in October on the beach off Campbell Place. Marshmallows, roasting sticks and glow bracelets will be provided while supplies last.


Bandstand performances take place on Thursday nights in the summer – with extra evenings in July – and Saturday and Sunday nights in September and October. Summer concerts typically begin at 7:30 p.m. Fall concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Summer Wednesdays will feature Kids Nights in July and the occasional rain date.

June 1: Rob Benton, variety.

June 8: Red Dirt Revolution, country.

June 15: Uptown Band, variety.

June 22: ’70s Flashback Band, the “soundtrack of a generation.”

June 29: Dan and Dan Band, variety.

July 2: 287th Army Band, variety.

July 4: Mike Hines & the Look, party, with fireworks following.

July 5: Mr. Jon, 6 p.m., musical comedy for families. The Little Mermen, 7 p.m., Disney tribute.

July 6: Downrange, US Army band.

July 12: 2b1, for families.

July 13: The Rock Orchestra, Eagles tribute.

July 19: Burn the Jukebox, variety.

July 20: High Noon, southern rock.

July 26: Teenage Satellites, pop and rock from Sussex teens.

July 27: Zydeco-a-Go-Go.

Aug. 3: lower case blues.

Aug. 10: The Jets, Elton John tribute.

Aug. 17: Jesse Garron, Elvis tribute.

Aug. 24: Max Impact, US Air Force pop and rock band.

Aug. 31: Larger Than Life, boy band tribute.

Sept. 2: Kategory 5, rock

Sept. 3: Still Surfin’, Beach Boys tribute.

Sept. 16 Beatlemania Again, inaugurating the 6:30 start.

Sept. 17: Broadway at the Beach, with Jennifer Hope Wills.

Sept. 23: Ronstadt Revue, Linda Ronstadt tribute.

Sept. 24: Love Seed Mama Jump, rock.

Sept. 30: Jimmy Charles, country.

Oct. 1: Hot Sauce, Latin.

Oct. 7: Angry Young Band, Billy Joel tribute.

Oct. 8: The Jimmies, ’80s.

Oct. 14: Dialtones Acoustic, oldies.

Oct. 15: Over Time, pop and rock.

Oct. 21: Quiet Fire, soul and R&B.

Oct. 22: Rick K Road Trip, rock.

Oct. 28 Hathaway Brothers, rock and pop.

Oct. 29: The 19th Street Band, country and Celtic.


Movies at the Beach are shown Monday nights at dusk June through August. Movies at the Bandstand are shown Friday nights at dusk in September.

June 5: “Rock Dog,” PG, 2019.

June 12: “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” PG, 2022.

June 19: “Spirit Untamed,” PG, 2021.

June 26: “Cheaper by the Dozen,” PG, 2003.

July 3: “Rumble,” PG, 2021.

July 10: “The Lorax,” PG, 2012.

July 17: “Hidden Figures,” PG, 2017.

July 24: “Midway,” PG-13, 2019.

July 31: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” PG, 2001. (His birthday is July 31, so expect wizardry attire and gear among movie-goers.)

Aug. 7: “Paw Patrol the Movie,” G, 2021.

Aug. 14: “Elvis,” PG-13, 2022.

Aug. 21: “Moana,” PG, 2016.

Sept. 1: “Top Gun Maverick,” PG-13, 2022.

Sept. 15: “Yesterday,” PG-13, 2019.

Sept. 22: “Shazam,” PG-13, 2019.

Sept. 29: “West Side Story,” PG-13, 2021.

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand concerts

The lineup for the 61st season of summer concerts at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand includes 42 nights of free entertainment.

Concerts usually run from 8 to 9:15 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Exceptions include two sets from the Funsters on July 2, a bonus Delaware National Guard 287th concert on July 4 and no concert on Sept. 3, when the season is winding down.

May 26: Mike Hines & the Look, dance band

May 27: US Navy Cruisers, variety.

May 28: Jimi Smooth & Hit Time, variety.

June 9: Good Shot Judy

June 10: Frontiers, Journey tribute.

June 11: Guys in Thin Ties, ’80s music.

June 16: Love Seed Mama Jump, rock.

June 17: The Midnight Rock Show.

June 18: The Nashville Nights Band, country.

June 23: Central City Orchestra, dance.

June 24: Lady Supreme, Diana Ross tribute.

June 25: Tim Laushey Orchestra.

June 30: US Navy Concert Band.

July 1: Real Diamond, Neil Diamond tribute.

July 2: The Funsters, party. Also performing after the fireworks.

July 4: Delaware National Guard 287th Army Band.

July 7: Downrange, a US Army band.

July 8: Jesse Garron, Elvis tribute.

July 9: The Uptown Band.

July 14: The Jersey Tenors, opera and rock.

July 15: Van Halen Nation, Van Halen tribute.

July 16: The Whiskey Crows, rock, country and soul.

July 21: High Noon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and southern rock tribute.

July 22: ’70s Flashback, “the soundtrack of a generation.”

July 23: Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band.

July 28: The Fabulous Greaseband, oldies.

July 29: Best of the Eagles, Eagles tribute.

July 30: The Texas Chainsaw Horns.

Aug. 4: The Benny Havens Band, a US Army band.

Aug. 5: A Brother’s Revival, led by Allman Brothers bassist David “Rook” Goldflies.

Aug. 6: Thurston Howell, “yacht rock.”

Aug. 11: Gringo Jingo.

Aug. 12: The Sensational Soul Cruisers, soul and Motown.

Aug. 13: The Heat and the Cold Sweat Horns.

Aug. 18: lower case blues, blues.

Aug. 19: The English Channel, British invasion tribute.

Aug. 20: Vinyl Shockley.

Aug. 25: Max Impact, US Air Force rock and pop band.

Aug. 26: Broken Arrow, Neil Young tribute.

Aug. 27: Soul Crackers, Motown.

Sept. 1: The Fabulous Hubcaps, oldies.

Sept. 2: Still Surfin’, Beach Boys tribute.

White Clay Creek State Park concerts

Summer concerts begin June 14 at White Clay Creek State Park and run through Sept. 4

They run 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays – except for the closing concert, on Labor Day – at the Carpenter Recreation Area, 880 New London Road, Newark.

Park entrance fees are in effect for every concert.

Concertgoers are invited to bring refreshments, blankets and lawn chairs. For weather updates call 302-368-6560 or visit the park’s Facebook page. Here’s the schedule:

June 14: Newark Community Band, marches, Broadway shows, patriotic songs and classic popular music.

June 21: Acoustically Sound, rock and country with strings.

June 28: Brittany Tranbaugh, Americana and folk rock.

July 5: Exit 93, classic rock, blues, R&B.

July 12: De Tierra Caliente, Latin roots fusion.

July 19: Dukes of Destiny, blues and soul.

July 26: Magical Mystery Tour, Beatles tribute.

Aug. 2: 3 Hour Tour, yacht rock.

Aug. 9: Spokey Speaky, reggae.

Aug. 16: Bleech, modern alternative indie and classic rock.

Aug. 23: No concert scheduled.

Aug. 30: US Naval Academy blues and Gold, blues.

Sept. 4 (Monday): The Launch, tribute to Boston, Styx and Queen.

Wilmington State Parks concerts

Wilmington State Parks will host free concerts twice a week this summer.

The concerts are 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Rockford Tower in Rockford Park and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sugar Bowl in Brandywine Park, south of the Brandywine Zoo.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, June 12: The Bullets, roots and rockabilly.

Wednesday, June 14: Sug Daniels, folk R&B and soul.

Monday, June 19: Benjamin Wagner, alternative, pop, Americana.

Wednesday, June 21: Fuzzaholics, upbeat funk, soul and pop

Monday, June 26: Genesis Z & the Black Mambas, energetic soul and alternative.

Wednesday, June 28: Pawnshop Roses, rock and Americana.

July 3, July 5 and July 10: No concerts scheduled.

Wednesday, July 12: Ha Ha Charade, indie pop and surf rock.

Monday, July 17: Lauren & the Homewreckers, alt folk and Americana.

Wednesday, July 19: Tara Hendrix, soul, pop, funk and R&B.

Monday, July 24: Ty Mathis Experience, soul and alternative.

Wednesday, July 26: American Trappist, indie rock.

Monday, July 31: Frantic Noise, singer-songwriter with sass and soul.

Wednesday, Aug. 2: Gooch & the Motion, country, blues and rock.

Monday, Aug. 7: Edgewater Avenue, bluegrass, folk and Americana.

Wednesday, Aug. 9: ilyAIMY, percussive and acoustic grunge.

Monday, Aug. 14: Howl Train, country.

Wednesday, Aug. 16: Gretchen Emery Band, rock, soul and R&B.

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