Select Wednesdays this Summer
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Free
Enjoy a fun night out in the Downtown Park with your significant other, a group of friends, or just fly solo. Each Park After Dark features unique food from local vendors and entertainment!
Al Strong | July 10, 2019
Long before Al Strong chose the trumpet, his grandparents laid the musical foundation in their Washington, DC household. After informally experimenting with both the organ and the drums, Strong began to more formally nourish his musical inclinations through participation in the gifted and talented programs that offered symphonic band classes to junior high students. Next, he auditioned for and was accepted into the internationally lauded Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. He was recruited for the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble on full scholarship, then Northern Illinois University, where he received training in classical trumpet and jazz trumpet. Now, Strong is a central part of the Raleigh-Durham jazz presence.
Lauren Meehan | August 14, 2019
A professional singer and entertainer for more than 15 years, Lauren Meehan has performed as a big band and jazz vocalist in New England and along the east coast, including North Carolina, where she now resides with her husband and children. Her soft and sultry voice has been enjoyed by audiences at prestigious programs headlined by President George W. Bush, as well as late night comedian Don Rickles. Regarded as a show-stopping entertainer, Lauren has opened for the touring Glenn Miller Band in Asheville and the USO. When not opening for the North Carolina Reveler's Orchestra as a featured vocalist, she is performing with the Moonlighter's Orchestra, Half Past Six, and her most recent collaboration, LJM Jazz Ensemble.
Peter Lamb & The Wolves | September 11, 2019
For over a decade, Peter Lamb & The Wolves have been playing music together throughout various cities in North Carolina and surrounding states. They are a jazz quintet, consisting of bandleader Peter Lamb on saxophone, Mark Wells on keyboard and vocals, Paul Rogers on trumpet, Peter Kimosh on upright bass, and Stephen Coffman on drums. The music they play is an eclectic variety of both originals and arrangements ranging from 1920s New Orleans jazz to 1980s pop to eastern European Brass Band.
Lydia Salett Dudley | October 9, 2019
Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist and singer living the Raleigh-Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio which was instrumental in providing experience in playing for various groups of children and adults. In 2003, she branched out into another genre of music under the guidance of Professor Ed Paolantionio and Dr. Stephen Anderson, releasing her first single entitled Green in 2008. He composition Sunsets was featured on UNC-Chapel Hill's project Tenor Vibe in 2010.
Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed.
A limited selection of free, low-level lawn chairs will be available. Personal lawn chairs are allowed.
Multiple parking areas are available around Downtown Park, including the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave.) and parallel parking along S. Academy St. Please mind all parking signs if parking in private lots.
Park After Dark is a rain or shine event. In the event of severe weather, check out our Weather Status Page.