Picture this: warm summer nights filled with live music from local musicians in tandem with scenic views and a coastal breeze. Whether you’re dining al fresco at a local restaurant or relaxing on a picnic blanket at the park, you’ll find plenty of live music in Wrightsville Beach. Check out these top spots offering live tunes for the perfect soundtrack to your beach getaway.

Seafood, Sunsets & Sweet Tunes

There’s no need to pick between great food and live concerts because many of the restaurants in Wrightsville Beach offer both. Dine oceanfront at Oceanic Restaurant, situated at the beginning of a pier that offers 475 feet of al fresco dining space. Indulge in coastal-inspired cuisine including land and sea choices, as well as a hearty kid’s menu. Every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. and Friday from 6-9 p.m. April through September, enjoy live music on the pier to complement your meal with the Summer Music Series.


At Bluewater Waterfront Grill, you can soak in panoramic Intracoastal Waterway views from their waterfront patio. Dig into signature favorites like baby back ribs and blackened mahi tacos while jamming to live music on the patio every Sunday from 4-8 p.m. during Summer Patio Sessions. Plus, if you’re traveling by boat, you have the option to dock and dine right in front of the restaurant.


For more than 30 years, Dockside Restaurant has showcased the local region’s natural flavors and features from its perch on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway. Relax in the casual and inviting atmosphere and enjoy live music on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons through Labor Day. There are plenty of options from the land and sea to satisfy – including dedicated offerings for the kids.

Ice Cold Brews & Red-Hot Beats

The Palm Room has been crafting specialty drinks and year-round live music of varying genres since the 1950s and remains a local favorite. Check out their social media to find out who’s playing. Jimmy’s at Wrightsville Beach also offers year-round live music in a fun, colorful atmosphere. Stop by to sip on a drink from one of the talented bartenders and dance along to the great bands.


Just over the bridge, discover Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Sip on a rotating selection of seasonally available craft brews and nosh on great food – especially fresh, local seafood – in their brewpub and outdoor beer garden. Enjoy live music every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and every Saturday from around 3-6 p.m. Plus, the brewery hosts live reggae music every other Sunday in the summer months from 3-6 p.m.


Fresh Air & Fresh Music

Wrightsville Beach Park hosts the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. from June 9 to July 28. Come enjoy family-friendly music and ample room for grooving outside.  

Also located just over the bridge, check out the picturesque Airlie Gardens for seasonal live music. Known for its beautiful blooms and historic tall oak the gardens also offer a family-friendly Summer Concert Series. Bring a picnic blanket, lawn chairs and family and friends for an afternoon of outdoor serenity, surrounded by nature and blissful tunes.


With so much live music, you can vibe to fresh tunes practically everywhere you go in Wrightsville Beach! Pack up your loved ones and dancing shoes and plan a vacation to this music-filled coastal destination.