Island Tunes, Blues and All that Jazz

Kure Beach invites visitors to groove the night away with live music events and concert series. Grab a front-row seat at free, family-friendly concerts like the oceanfront Boogie in the Park concert series and Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area’s summer lawn concerts. Or make plans to attend the annual Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival featuring Grammy award-winning artists alongside fresh seafood and ocean breezes.

Oceanfront Tunes

Dance on over to the Ocean Front Park every first and third Sunday, May through October, for the Boogie in the Park concert series. This free concert series plays host to a variety of music genres from country to Motown, rock and reggae. Pack a picnic, beach chairs or blanket and groove to the music with soothing ocean waves and sea breezes as a backdrop.

Sounds of Summer

Round up the family for an evening of free, live music during the summer lawn concerts at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area the second and fourth Fridays, June through August. The whole gang will enjoy a variety of bands that take the stage in this beautiful venue along the Cape Fear River. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs and enjoy the sounds of summer.


Treat family and friends to a weekend of non-stop Grammy Award-winning musical talent at the annual Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival – an island tradition for more than 25 years – at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. For two days every April, a lineup of nationally recognized blues & jazz performers takes the stage as concertgoers enjoy freshly prepared seafood dishes and seaside sunshine. Lawn chairs are welcome!


Make the short trip to neighboring Carolina Beach for more nightlife. Stop by local favorite the Fat Pelican, voted as one of “The 32 Diviest Dive Bars in America” by, thanks to its legendary walk-in cooler and a bar made out of a boat. You can also groove to the tunes from local and regional bands at The Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar, named one of “America’s Best Beach Bars” by, and Seawitch Café & Tiki Bar, which features a regular lineup of live entertainment.