Hob Nob Jazz Series
Cary’s Hob Nob Jazz Series concerts will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 3 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Tickets for each concert cost $5 (free for ages 12 and younger). The entire series costs $20. Patrons are allowed to bring food and pets on leashes, but no alcohol. For details, go to boothamphitheatre.com.
Live at Lunch concert series
The Town of Cary hosts a free concert series every Thursday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fidelity Bank Plaza, 100 W. Chatham St. The series features Hank Smith Duo on May 14; Erin Mason (soulful country and folk-pop) on May 21; and Peter Lamb & Mark Wells Duo (jazz) on May 28. Tables and chairs will be set up. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch.
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‘The Phantom Tollbooth’
Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents the children’s play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Advance tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors/students, and $5 children (5 and younger). All tickets at the door are $10.
‘The Best is Yet to Come’
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Series continues with Liquid Pleasure from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, and Smile from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina.
The free concert series will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, from May 22 through Sept. 25, in the gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. The series features Barrowburn on May 22; Bluegrass on June 26; Moment’s Notice on July 24; Jamrock on Aug 28; and Craicdown on Sept. 25. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not. Call 919-460-4963 for weather updates.
‘Play with the Pros’
The 18th annual “Play with the Pros” concert with the North Carolina Symphony will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
N.C. Symphony Summerfest Series
The symphony’s summer series kicks off Saturday, May 23, at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Cary Gallery of Artists will show artwork by guest artists Cynthia Mollenkopf and Dan Nelson through Tuesday, May 26, at 200 S. Academy St.
‘The Dining Room’
The play “The Dining Room” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors at www.etix.com.
Sertoma Concert Series
Sertoma concert series performances will be on May 29, June 5, 12, 13, 26, July 11 and Aug. 8, in Sertoma Amphitheatre at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Acts and times vary. All shows are free and will be held rain or shine. For details, call 919-469-4069.
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
Celebration of the Arts Festival
The 12th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Alabama Shakes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show. General admission is $45, and reserved table seats are $45 at boothamphitheatre.com.
A Swift Creek concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $39.75, reserved seats are $59.75 and reserved table seats are $59.75 at boothamphitheatre.com.
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The following shows are set for Koka Booth Amphitheatre. For details and tickets, go to boothamphitheatre.com.
▪ Alabama Shakes on Wednesday, June 10.
▪ Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Pixies on Monday, June 15.
▪ “Weird Al” Yankovic on Thursday, June 18.
▪ Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings on Saturday, July 18.
▪ Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat and Rachel Platten on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
▪ Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on Sunday, Aug. 9.
▪ Culture Club on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
▪ Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
▪ Jim Gaffigan on Friday, Aug. 14.
▪ Gregg Allman and The Doobie Brothers on Tuesday, Sept. 1.