Summer Concerts

An eclectic mix of music venues bring live music outdoors all summer long to Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Dance to live music while surrounded by blooming beauty in Airlie Gardens, rock out in the heart of historic downtown at the Downtown Sundown Concert Series, Boogie in the Park in Kure Beach, enjoy fireworks and live music every Thursday in Carolina Beach and sway to weekly Sounds of Summer concerts in Wrightsville Beach. Here is your summer playlist.

Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

Airlie Gardens
First and third Fridays through September 20; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This annual open-lawn early evening casual concert series allows dining and dancing surrounded by Airlie Gardens' majestic beauty. Bring your picnic baskets, chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening outdoors as music fills the air at Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series.

Bluewater Summer Music Series

Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Sundays through September 29; 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Set up right off the docks and enjoy live music in the serene setting of Bluewater Waterfront Grill's outside patio. Every Sunday afternoon, the Bluewater Music Series brings you live music while you enjoy surf-inspired drinks and more along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach.

Boogie in the Park

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
First and Third Sundays through October, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy everything from funk and rock to pop and soul with live music at Boogie in the Park outdoor summer concerts. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and lace up your boogie shoes for some free, family-friendly entertainment along the shore.

Downtown Sundown Concert Series

Second Street, Historic Downtown Wilmington 
Fridays through August 30; 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Follow the sounds of live music to kick off your summer weekends at the Downtown Sundown Concert Series with drinks, tunes and sunsets all in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Each concert showcases various musical styles from local performers or touring bands with an emphasis on tribute bands. Come early and stay late to enjoy shops, dining and nightlife downtown.

Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Thursdays through August; Live music 6:30 p.m., Fireworks 9:00 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the colorful sights and sounds of the season at Carolina Beach. Enjoy Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast, where you can catch live music and beachfront fireworks every Thursday evening throughout the summer.

Jazz at the Mansion

Bellamy Mansion
Second Thursdays through September 12; 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum and Cape Fear Jazz Society highlight locally, regionally, and nationally acclaimed jazz performers with their Jazz at the Mansion series. Be delighted by lively music with the historic home as a backdrop, out on the lawn of the mansion.

Sunday Reggae Festivus Concert Series

Lazy Pirate
April 14 & 21; May 5; July 14; 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Come hear the area’s most popular bands, as well as national touring acts at the Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach. Live bands in a variety of genres play nightly Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy reggae music, tasty food, delicious drinks and good vibes during the special Sunday Reggae Festivus: Guardian of the Vibe concert series.

Oceanic Summer Music Series

Oceanic Restaurant
Fridays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. through September

Jam out to the Oceanic Music Series on the beautiful Crystal Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Wrightsville Beach. Live music is the perfect complement to some of the best views and seafood dining around.

Seawitch Cafe Live Music Series

Seawitch Cafe & Tiki Bar
Various Dates and Times

Fill your summer nights with tunes by the sea as you drink, dine and dance the night away at the SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar Live Music Series in Carolina Beach. Live music plays nightly at the colorful tiki bar, and the Edge Music Series brings you music through October.

Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
June 14 & 28; July 12 & 26; August 9 & 23; 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy free, family-friendly Summer Lawn Concerts at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Bring blankets and chairs for the whole family. Pack your picnic to enjoy dinner with the grooves of live music and enjoy one of the best sunset spots on the island.

Summer Tiki Shows

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar
Thursdays through August 29; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy live music over the Atlantic Ocean during the Summer Tiki Shows at The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. Hear live music ranging from country to surf to rock while you enjoy beautiful views, refreshing drinks and special Tiki Bar snack menus. 

WECT Sounds of Summer

Wrightsville Beach Park
Thursdays through August 8; 6:30 p.m. – 8: 00 p.m.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of music and fun at WECT Sounds of Summer concert series. Coolers are welcome, but no alcohol is allowed in Wrightsville Beach Park.


Several local entertainment venues host live music year-round. Enjoy national touring acts at the Wilson CenterGreenfield Lake Amphitheater and the Brooklyn Arts Center, among others. Browse the full list of concerts.