The unofficial start of summer is here with plenty of exciting events happening all across the country. Whether you’re looking to catch a ball game or take in a show, we’ve got you covered. Check out all the Memorial Day Weekend concerts, sports games, and other events in our guide below.
Memorial Day Weekend Concerts
92Q Spring Bling Festival – Friday, May 24
Join Cardi B, Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo and more in this music bash at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. Presented by local radio station 92Q, the concert gets underway Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Bayou Country Superfest – Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26
Country giants like Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and more will take over Baton Rouge for this two-day festival that’s always a hit with fans.
Boston Calling Music Festival – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24-26
The tenth edition of the New England festival will feature performances from headliners Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala and Travis Scott, plus dozens of other top artists.
BottleRock Festival – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24-26
Napa Valley will be rocking when this annual music festival takes over. Imagine Dragons, Neil Young and Mumford & Sons will headline the three-day bash, with additional performances by OneRepublic, Santana, Pharrell, Logic and Elle King.
Kenny Chesney – Friday, May 24
Before he headlines the Bayou Country Superfest, Kenny Chesney will take the stage of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa Amphitheater as part of his Songs of the Saints Tour. Join No Shoes Nation in this must-see show from the veteran performer.
Eric Church – Saturday, May 25
Eric Church takes over Nashville’s Nissan Stadium this weekend. Fans can marvel at Church’s unrivaled showmanship during this Double Down tour stop, as he performs two distinct sets and does away with opening acts for a raw, authentic show.
Florence and the Machine – Friday, May 24
Florence Welch and her indie pop outfit are bringing their High as Hope Tour to the Detroit area just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Catch them at the DTE Energy Music Theatre Friday night, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Ariana Grande – Saturday, May 25
In between her many festival appearances this summer, Ariana Grande stays full-steam ahead on her Sweetener World Tour. Her one performance slated for the holiday weekend is in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center. As one of the most in-demand artists today, don’t say “thank you, next” and pass on seeing Grande in concert.
Imagine Dragons – Saturday, May 25
Following their Friday appearance at BottleRock Festival, Imagine Dragons head cross-country to headline a Saturday show at Radio City Music Hall. So whether you’re on the East or West Coast, don’t miss an opportunity to see the rockers in their element.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Sunday, May 26
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts will spend the summer on tour with Heart, but before that gets underway, catch the rock icon perform at Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in Indio, California as one of few Memorial Day Weekend concerts taking place on Sunday.
Billy Joel – Friday, May 24
The Piano Man will continue his summer invasion of baseball parks with a Friday night gig at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Just as he does at each show of his Madison Square Garden residency, Joel is expected to sell out the ballparks he visits, so don’t wait to get tickets.
Juice Wrld – Friday, Saturday & Sunday – May 24-26
Rapper Juice Wrld’s schedule is jam-packed with Memorial Day Weekend concerts. First, he’ll headline Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Friday before heading to Toronto’s Coca Cola Coliseum on Saturday and close the weekend at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre on Sunday.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Friday, May 24
As their farewell tour continues, Lynyrd Skynyrd will have a heavy presence at venues across the U.S. this summer. Their upcoming gig in Uncasville, Connecticut is the only of their Memorial Day Weekend concerts but not to be missed, especially by longtime fans.
Paul McCartney – Monday, May 27
Sir Paul McCartney’s Freshen Up Tour will stop in Raleigh this Memorial Day. For anyone hoping to spend this Memorial Day with the music legend, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
New Kids on the Block – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24-26
NKOTB are joined by Naughty by Nature and Salt N Pepa on their Mixtape Tour, which will hit West Coast venues this Memorial Day Weekend. Catch the famed boy band and company at Anaheim’s Honda Center on Friday, Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday and the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.
Pentatonix – Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26
A cappella group Pentatonix are in the midst of their world tour, which includes stops in Huntsville and Louisville this Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Known for their refreshingly modern takes on classic songs, their live show is a treat for all in attendance.
Rascal Flatts – Friday & Saturday, May 24-25
The country group are road warriors each summer and routinely travel across the country. 2019 is no different, with their Summer Playlist Tour hitting Tampa and Atlanta over the holiday weekend.
Thomas Rhett – Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26
Thomas Rhett will bring his Very Hot Summer Tour to Orange Beach, Alabama for a two-night stint this Memorial Day Weekend, only days before the release of his fourth album Center Point Road.
Bob Seger – Saturday, May 25
Rock legend Bob Seger will hang up his guitar for good at the conclusion of his Travelin’ Man Farewell Tour, so don’t miss a chance to see one of his final shows. Seger will bring that old time rock and roll to the DC area on Saturday, May 25 with a headlining gig at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, accompanied of course by his Silver Bullet Band.
The Who – Saturday, May 25
Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park will be a hub for musical greatness this Memorial Day Weekend. Following Billy Joel’s show on Friday, The Who will take the field on Saturday night as part of their anniversary Moving On! Tour.
Carrie Underwood – Friday & Saturday, May 24-25
Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour will bring her to Tacoma on Friday and Vancouver on Saturday, so don’t miss out on seeing the American Idol winner as she puts on an always-impressive show.
Memorial Day Weekend Sporting Events
Indianapolis 500 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24-26
A staple of Memorial Day Weekend, the Indianapolis 500 gets underway on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The annual race will be preceded by Friday’s Miller Lite Carb Day and Saturday’s Festival Parade and Legends Day.
Stanley Cup Finals – Monday, May 27
The Boston Bruins will take on the St. Louis Blues for the final battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The series gets underway Monday, May 27 in Boston, with the first puck set to drop at 8 p.m.
MLB Baseball – Various
It’s never a bad idea to kick off the start of summer with America’s pastime, and there’s plenty of games on the docket this Memorial Day Weekend. Recommended match-ups include the Padres at Yankees, Red Sox at Astros, Braves at Cardinals and Diamondbacks at Giants.