Summer Concerts

An eclectic mix of music venues brings live music outdoors all summer long to Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Hear music while surrounded by blooming beauty in Airlie Gardens, rock out riverside 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 21; 6 – 8 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; 4 – 8 p.m.

Step right off the docks and enjoy live music in the serene setting of Bluewater Waterfront Grill's outside patio. Every Sunday afternoon, the Bluewater Summer Music Series bring you live music while you enjoy drinks and dinner and the incomparable scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach.

Boogie in the Park

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
First and Third Sundays through October, 5 – 7 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

Riverfront Park
Fridays through Labor Day; 6:30 – 10 p.m. 

Kick off your summer weekends at the Downtown Sundown Concert Series with drinks, tunes and sunsets to beat the band along the Wilmington Riverwalk. Each concert features a tribute band playing tunes from artists like Coldplay, Foo Fighters, AC/DC and much more. Come early and stay late to enjoy shops and dining in the River District.

Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Thursdays through August; Live music 6:30 p.m., Fireworks 9 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 13; 6:30 - 8 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
Sundays through September 2; 6 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. On Sundays, Reggae Festivus Concert Series takes the stage in their outdoor tiki hut known as "The Dock".

Oceanic Summer Music Series

Oceanic Restaurant
Fridays 6 – 9 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 4 p.m. through September

Jam out to the Oceanic Summer Music Series on beautiful Crystal Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Wrightsville Beach. Live music is the perfect complement to some of the best 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 September.

Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
Second and Fourth Fridays through August

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; 7 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy live music on the shores of Carolina Beach with Summer Tiki Shows at The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. Bands play everything from country to surf to rock, while you partake in refreshing drinks and selections from the special tiki bar summer snack menu.

WECT Sounds of Summer

Wrightsville Beach Park
Thursdays through August 2; 6:30 p.m. – 8 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.