When summer evenings beckon, there’s no shortage of free outdoor music events on the Mesabi to entertain the entire family.

Get updates on performers and follow Chisholm’s Pocket Park here.

Start your week off right with live local music in Chisholm’s Pocket Park. Expect piano, button box, banjo and more.

On select Wednesdays, stop into Virginia’s Olcott Park for the beautiful, newly restored fountain, and open mic night.

Every other Thursday, head to Biwabik for Music in the Park, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  This summer’s line-up includes Pat Surface on June 27, Hobo Revival on July 11, Bottomline on July 25, Blue Teardrops August 8, and 4-Warning August 22.

You can fill in those “gap Thursdays” with Virginia City Band performances in Olcott Park.

And the Hibbing City Band performs at Bennet Park at 7 p.m. on June 19 and 26, July 10, 17 and 24, and August 6 for National Nite Out. The band will also present a concert August 7 at Hibbing City Hall for the town’s birthday celebration. Hibbing will also welcome musicians for Mines and Pines Revisited July 20-21.

Even before that, there’s this: It’s a free Christian music event in Virginia.

And we can’t forget the Northern Lights Music Festival, offering several free concerts, as well as the opera La Traviata and numerous performances.

As usual, there’s some great music coming your way during the regional Fourth of July events and Hibbing’s Jubilee, as well as at dining venues like BoomTown’s Acoustic Brunch, Minnesota Discovery Center’s Bands, Brews and BBQs, and more.

Make these free, family-friendly music venues part of your Mesabi summer, and find even more fun things to do right here.