Music in the City Park Bandshell

The Valley City Parks & Recreation District originated Music in the Park during the summer of 1996.  Local families & groups donate their time and talents each Wednesday evening throughout the summer months.  Over the last 20 years, a wide variety of entertainment has been enjoyed in City Park.

The historic 1931 City Park Bandshell, damaged from flooding events in 2009 and 2011, is ready for another year of hosting entertainment on Wednesday nights.   A community wide effort raised money to move the band shell onto a new foundation a few feet north during the summer of 2015.  A Carrington, North Dakota house moving company lifted the structure and placed it onto its new foundation.

Music in the Park returned to the bandshell in mid-July of 2015.   Summer of 2016 was also delayed as a flood protection wall was being put up at the south entrance so we again relocated at the Barnes County Courthouse lawn.  In 2017 the bandshell was used each week throughout the summer.

SUMMER 2018 … What a great summer!  The weather was just right every Wednesday evening with amazing talent shared each week.  This year we were honored & privileged to have the Navy Band Great Lakes with us in July.  It was a special evening for the 400+ who attended.

Special THANKS to the groups who took time to join us this summer.   Each group brought a wide variety of music & talent to the bandshell which was enjoyed by everyone.   Also, the summer would not be a success without all of those who attend.  Thank You!   The crowds were excellent all summer! 

This year’s sponsors were Bridges Arts Council, NewsDakota, Myron Sommerfeld family, BEK Communications, Pizza Corner, CVB and Valley City Parks & Recreation.  They help make Music in the Park possible.

Looking forward to 2019.   Always open to new ideas and participants.   Keep in touch and hope to see you all next year!


SUMMER 2019 … It’s that time again… and we are so ready for summer!    It’s been a long winter / spring for those of us who have endured the whole season here!

We have been busy  filling in the dates for this summer.    Once again, you will not be disappointed!    You will see some new names as well as welcoming back some familiar ones.    There will be a variety of music for everyone.

We encourage everyone to come early & enjoy some FREE popcorn or maybe a surprise treat!

This year’s sponsors are Bridges Arts Council, NewsDakota, Cass County Electric Cooperative, BEK, Myron Sommerfeld family, CVB and Valley City Parks & Recreation.

Hope to see you all there 🙂



The historic concession stand located in City Park has been repaired and re-shingled.  New doors and window repair has also been completed.  The building was used for the first time last summer, 2017, to serve a picnic supper to those attending Music in the Park.  The concession stand is  available for upcoming events in Valley City.