Escape to exceptional summer days filled with live beach music and scenic water views. Whether you dine al fresco along crystal blue waters or relax in an elegant coastal garden, discover live music spots that will provide the perfect soundtrack for your island getaway.

Seafood, Sunsets and Sweet Tunes

Indulge in an elevated dining experience that combines live music and delicious fare. At Oceanic Restaurant, be seated on the oceanfront pier and order from a menu of fresh land and sea dishes and kids’ selections. Take in live tunes as you dine during the Oceanic Summer Music Series, held Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings from April to September.


Soak in panoramic Intracoastal Waterway views on Bluewater Waterfront Grill’s outdoor patio. Dig into signature entrees like baby back ribs and lobster mac and cheese while jamming out during the Bluewater Summer Music Series, held Sunday afternoons from April to late September. If you’re traveling by boat, you have the option to dock and dine right in front of the restaurant.


Perched on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway, Dockside Restaurant serves seafood classics like peel-and-eat shrimp, crab cakes and fresh catch sandwiches. The casual and inviting atmosphere is complemented by live local music on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from April through Labor Day. Like Bluewater, Dockside offers dock and dine service.

Ice Cold Brews and Red-Hot Beats

For more than 50 years, The Palm Room has been a popular venue for specialty drinks and performances by local musicians and touring acts. Check out their social media channels 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, sip on a rotating selection of craft beers in the brewpub and outdoor beer garden at Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Enjoy live music every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. The brewery also hosts live reggae music every other Sunday afternoon during the summer.


Fresh Air and Music

The Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series provides family-friendly performances in a picturesque setting filled with seasonal blooms. On select Fridays from June through September, bring a picnic blanket, lawn chairs and your travel companions for an afternoon of outdoor serenity and blissful sounds. 


Wrightsville Beach Park hosts the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings June 15- Aug. 10. Groove to family-friendly music with ample outdoor space for dancing.

Pack your dancing shoes and prepare to follow the summer music to this exceptional coastal destination.