Texans know the recipe to surviving summer includes sunscreen, solid tunes, a cold beverage and preferably a body of water. That's why summer concert series are so popular in Dallas-Fort Worth. Another bonus: many of them are free.
So pack the essentials and round up the kiddos -- the summer heat is no match for the good times to be had at these four concert series.
Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season
When: May 27-July 17
More than 35 bands will make their way through the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in downtown Arlington this summer for the venue's ninth summer of shows. The series, originally founded to bring vibrancy to the area, annually welcomes about 127,000 people. And it's not hosting just local bands -- attendees get to see national touring acts without the hassle of a crowded Dallas music venue or the associated fees. (All of the Levitt Pavilion's concerts are free.) The 2016 fun kicks off with a three-day festival during Memorial Day weekend and continues week days as well as weekends through mid-July. Get there early if you want a good spot.
Rockin' the River
When: June 16-August 13
Be sure to bring a bathing suit to this ever-popular concert series that takes place on the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Bands hit the Coors Waterfront Stage and patrons rent tubes, paddle boards and kayaks so they can enjoy the tunes while floating in the water. If you're more of a land creature, you can take in Rockin' the River concerts from the shore at Panther Island Pavilion. Concerts, which are free to attend, are held every Thursday during the series' run. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and the venue is both kid- and dog-friendly.
New this year, Rockin' the River is closing out the season with a Saturday shindig featuring five bands (1 p.m. kickoff) and a fireworks show after sunset.
Reunion Lawn Party
When: June 25, July 30, and August 27
This series got its start in 2015, but bad weather forced it to cancel one of the installments. This year, though, it's back with the same promise of live music, local craft beer, food trucks and lawn games all for the affordable price of free. The series is named so because it utilizes the grassy area formerly home to Reunion Arena, in the shadow of Dallas' glimmering Reunion Tower. The events, which take place the last Saturday of June, July and August, are kid-friendly, but pets should remain at home. Attendees should bring blankets and chairs.
Who to see: Lineup is TBA, but a press release notes "Dallas' favorite cover party bands" will be booked.
KXT Sun Sets
When: May 26-July 28
Radio station 91.7 KXT is debuting a new concert series this summer in lieu of its popular Barefoot at the Belmont. The events, deemed KXT Sun Sets, will be held at the Pool at Dallas Power and Light, a rooftop venue in downtown Dallas. And, yes, attendees will be allowed to swim during performances. Expect its six shows to pair national and local artists. Concerts are held on Thursdays throughout the summer. Tickets to each concert will cost $35 and be released on week prior to the event; about 200-250 tickets will be sold. Food from Spice in the City and drinks will be available for purchase.