Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series
The annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series of concerts continues from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 1 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $5 for teens and adults, free for ages 12 and younger. Pets and picnics are welcome. For details and tickets, go to boothamphitheatre.com. Here’s the concert schedule:
• Sept. 3: Old Habits
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• Sept. 10: Tommy Edwards and Carolina Lightning, Matt Hooper and Swift Creek
• Sept. 17: Grass Cats
• Oct. 1: Charles Pettee and The Iron Mountain Messengers
Artistic Expressions Art Gallery will host a reception for John McCorsley, a graphic artist, photographer and photograph restoration specialist, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at 118 Raleigh St., Fuquay-Varina.
Downtown Performers Series
Cary’s Downtown Performers Series of free concerts will be held this fall at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Performance Green on the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Academy Street. Here’s the schedule:
• Friday, Sept. 12: Tea Cup Gin
• Saturday, Sept. 20: Kim Wempe
• Friday, Oct. 10: Tee Red Vibes
Cary’s Sertoma Series of free concerts will be at Sertoma Amphitheatre at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Here’s the schedule:
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12: The Cary Town Band presents “Raining Cats and Dogs”
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20: Kim Wempe
• 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5: Triangle Brass Band
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12: “Brass at Bond”
Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina concerts
Fuquay-Varina will host free concerts from 6-9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on the corner of North Main and East Academy streets. Here’s the schedule:
• Thursday, Sept. 18: Stone Age Romeos.
• Thursday, Oct. 9: The Band Smile.
Apex Jazz & Music Festival
The Apex Downtown Business Association will host the fourth annual Apex Jazz & Music Festival from 3:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in downtown Apex. Tickets cost $10 and will cover admission to all participating venues. For details and tickets, go to www.apexjazzfestival.com.
Holly Springs Community Band Fall Concert
The Holly Springs Community Band will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Admission is free. Donations to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard will be accepted. To reserve tickets, call 919-567-4000.
Seven O’Clock Rock Series
Cary’s Seven O’Clock Rock Series of free dance lessons and concerts will be on the corner of Academy and Chatham streets. Dance lessons begin at 7 p.m., and concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the schedule:
• Friday, Oct. 3: Swing Night with The Gregg Gelb Swing Band
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will accept submissions for the art show “Gravid” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Artists must be 18 or older, and there is a $5 fee for each entrant. Artwork will be on display from Friday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Nov. 21, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Awards will be given for first-, second- and third-place winners. For details, go to bit.ly/1qmqF42.
Marvelous Music Mainstage Series
Cary’s Marvelous Music Mainstage Series will begin Saturday, Oct. 11, with a performance by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and continue through May. Five-concert package prices start at $100 Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Cary Arts Center box office at 101 Dry Ave. For details, call 1-800-514-3849 or go to www.etix.com.