Wilmington’s Summer Concerts Guaranteed to Make You Want to Dance

by | May 21, 2016 | Festivals, Greater Cape Fear, The Blog

Spring and summer in Wilmington offer an incredible setting for getting together to enjoy live music outdoors. It’s no wonder so many area restaurants and venues host outdoor concerts. Here are a few of Wilmington’s Summer Concerts we recommend for all ages.

Airlie Garden’s Summer Concerts

The greenery and gardens offer a gorgeous backdrop for a concert at Airlie Gardens from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Friday May-September.

Cost: Adults $9, children $2 and free for Airlie Gardens Members and children younger than 4.

Tips: Bring chairs or blankets to sit on and a snack or meal to share with friends and family. Better yet, let someone else do the cooking. Small plates and craft beer will be available from Front Street Brewery. You can park at the Old Cinema 6 (5335 Oleander Drive across from Jungle Rapids) and catch a free trolley

  • May 6: Signal Fire (reggae)
  • May 20: Boba Funk (funk, R&B)
  • June 3: The Midatlantic Band (folk rock)
  • June 17: Jack Jack 180 (pop, rock)
  • July 1: Stray Local (folk, Americana)
  • July 15: L Shape Lot (Americana)
  • August 5: BLP (dance)
  • August 19: Bibis Ellison (Indie/pop/soul)
  • September 2: ‘Shine (soft rock)
  • September 16: Jim Quick & The Coastline (beach music, soul)

Bluewater’s Live Music on the Patio on Sundays

Sundays 4 p.m. through the fall. Follow Bluewater Grill on Facebook for updates of who is performing each week.

Cost: Free

Tip: Come prepared to DANCE!


Oceanic Pier Wednesdays and Friday

Twice a week during spring and summer months, Oceanic Restaurant invites guests to dance and listen to music on the Crystal Pier that extends 500 feet into the Atlantic Ocean on the South End of Wrightsville Beach.

Cost: Free but be prepared to order some appetizers and beverages.

Tips: Try the Key Lime Tini or Seaside Mojito

May 20: Steven Compton July 13: Robbie Berry
May 25: Mykel Barbee July 15: Mike Frusia
May 27: Mykel Barbee July 20: Robbie Berry
June 1: Mike Frusia July 22: Selah Dubb
June 3: Steven Compton July 27: Mykel Barbee
June 8: Rob Ronner July 29: Tony Barnes
June 10: Tony Barnes Aug 3: Steven Compton
June 15: Mykel Barbee Aug 5: Selah Dubb
June 17: Robbie Berry Aug 10: Rob Ronner
June 22: Robbie Berry Aug 12: Mike Frusia
June 24 :Selah Dubb Aug 17: Mykel Barbee
June 29: Tony Barnes Aug 19: Tony Barnes
July 1: Steven Compton Aug 24: Robbie Berry
July 6: Mykel Barbee Aug 26: Selah Dubb
July 8: Rob Ronner Aug 31: Tony Barnes

Cape Fear Stage at CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center

The beautiful, brand new, 1,500+ seat theater in Downtown Wilmington has quickly become a favorite venue for watching live concerts. And as you can see from the line-up, Wilmington is in store for an incredible and eclectic summer.

  • Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way, Friday, June 24 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Gladys Knight, Saturday, June 25 – 7:30 p.m.
  • North Carolina Symphony’s Stars & Stripes, Saturday, July 2 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Jefferson Starship & The Babys, Friday, August 26 – 8:00 p.m.
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic, Thursday, September 8 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Aaron Neville, Saturday, September 24 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tickets for this performance range $35–$75 (+taxes and fees)

Brunswick Forest Concerts

“Celebration Concert” with The Fury (Rock cover band) for the Sun Fun Festival June 4, 6 p.m. after the Cardboard Boat Regatta Race at Brunswick Forest.

Cost: Free

Tips: Pack your chairs, tents and tailgate items for a night of celebration, music and lots of fun!

Enjoy the shows!

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