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Wilmington NC Live Music Calendars

If you love FREE, outdoor live music, you’ve come to the right place. This Summer is jam packed with many incredible bands, performers and venues offering free live music in and around Wilmington, NC. Come hear talented artists and bands both from the area and from across the country for as little as…FREE! We did our best to list the best free live music concert series around.

Check our the different outdoor venues and who’s playing and let us know if you and your crew need a ride there!

Wilmington NC 2016 FREE Summer Concert & Live Music Calendars

WDI’s Downtown Sundown Concert Series Calendar

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Start your summer weekend with Downtown Sundown each Friday from May 27 to September2nd. Original and cover bands, both local and regional, start playing at 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park, Water Street at Princess. No coolers allowed. Admission is free but $1 buys you a charity-supporting wristband, and the ability to purchase beer, wine, and food.

Kure Beach “Boogie in the Park” Free Summer Concert Series Calendar

Kure Beach Live Music

Spend your Sunday evenings this summer enjoying free, live music by the sea at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park!

Kure Beach Live Music Schedule

  • 5/1 Tyler Barham ~Country
  • 5/15 Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey ~Rock, Blues, Soul
  • 6/5 Mangroove ~Swing, Jazz, Blues
  • 6/19 The Imitations ~Beach, Soul, and Rock & Roll
  • 7/3 Roots United ~Roots Reggae
  • 7/17 South of K ~Acoustic Bluegrass
  • 8/7 Lynne and the Wave ~Classic Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, & Crossover Country
  • 8/21 The Clams ~Eclectic Rock
  • 9/4 The Central Park Band ~Classic Rock, Pop, Dance & Beach from the decades
  • 9/18 Sonic Spectrum ~Funk, Rock, Pop, Soul
  • 10/2 Where’s Dave ~Funk, Rock, Dance
  • 10/16 The Midatlantic ~Folk, Americana, Bluegrass

Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

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Music wafts through beautiful Airlie Gardens from 6 to 8 p.m. each first and third Friday of the month through September. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic basket. Parking is offsite at the Old Cinema 6, 5335 Oleander Drive across from Jungle Rapids; catch the free trolley there.  Adults $9, Children $2 and free for Airlie Gardens Members and children younger than 4.

Wilmington NC Live Music Concert Schedule

  • 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)
    Aug. 5: BLP (dance)
    Aug. 19: Bibis Ellison (Indie/pop/soul)
    Sept.2: ‘Shine (soft rock)
    Sept. 16: Jim Quick & The Coastline (beach music, soul)

Leland Concerts on the Coast

Free live music at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every other Thursday. Bring a blanket, a lawn chairs, a picnic and the whole family!

Leland NC Free Live Music Concert Schedule

  • May 28: The Imitations (Beach)
  • June 11: EastBound (Country)
  • June 25: Machine Gun (80’s/Variety)
  • July 9: Carolina Soul Band (Soul/R&B)

Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area

Free summer concert season at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. After a day in the sun, bring blankets and chairs and a picnic basket to hear live bands outdoors from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Food is allowed; pets and beverages are not. Free.

Fort Fisher Free Live Music Schedule

  • June 10: Southern Tribute (rock, blues, beach & Country)
  • June 24: Liverpool Carolina’s Beatle Experience (Beatle’s Tribute)
  • July 8: Justin Cody Fox (Southern Rock, Alt Country)
  • July 22: Bounce (party, dance, beach, country, pop, rock)
  • Aug. 12: South of K (Bluegrass)
  • Aug. 26: The Cut (pop rock)

Ted’s Fun on the River Wilmington, NC Live Music Schedule

At the foot of Castle Street in downtown Wilmington, NC, Ted’s Fun on the River features local and national artists Thursdays through Saturdays for a $1 cover charge. (OK, so it’s not free, but it might as well be!) Beer, wine, and snacks are available for sale in this small venue in a renovated house.

  • APR 27, Barry & Jill
  • APR 30, Dana Cooper Folk / Singer/Songwriter / Acoustic
  • MAY 4, Raphael Name’
  • MAY
 5, 
Michael Wolfe
  • MAY 
6, 
Bluegrass Jam
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MAY 7, 
Angela Easterling Americana / Folk Rock / Country-Roots
  • MAY
 11, 
Barry & Jill
  • MAY 
12, 
Nicole Thompson Classical / Jazz, Musical Theater
  • MAY
 13
, Port City TrioJazz
  • MAY 
14, 
End Of The LineFolk / Bluegrass / Acoustic
  • MAY 
18, 
Laura McLean’s Songwriter Showcase
  • MAY 
19,
 Acoustic Blues Jam
  • MAY
 20,
 Cre8tive Coast
  • MAY
21, 
Nelson & the Rock-a-fellas
  • MAY 
25, 
Barry & Jill
  • MAY
27, 
Port City TrioJazz
  • MAY 
28, Phil Kelly
  • JUN
01, Raphael
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JUN 
3, Bluegrass Jam
  • JUN
 4, Michael Wolfe
  • JUN
 8, Barry & Jill
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JUN 9, Nicole Thompson Classical / Jazz, Musical Theater
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JUN 
10, Port City TrioJazz
  • JUN 
11, End Of The LineFolk / Bluegrass / Acoustic
  • JUN
 15, Laura McLean’s Songwriter Showcase
  • JUN 
16,
 Acoustic Blues Jam
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JUN 
17
, Derwin Hinson
  • JUN
 18 
Stray LocalAmericana / Folk / Blues
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JUN
 22
, Barry & Jill
  • JUN
 24, 
Port City Trio Jazz
  • JUN
 25
, Phil Kelly
  • JUL 
1, Bluegrass Jam
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JUL
 6, Raphael Name’
  • JUL
 8, Port City TrioJazz
  • JUL
 9, End Of The Line Folk / Bluegrass / Acoustic
  • JUL
 13, Barry & Jill
  • JUL
 15, Derwin Hinson
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JUL
 16, Nelson & the Rock-a-fellas
  • JUL
 21, Acoustic Blues Jam
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JUL
 22, Port City TrioJazz
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JUL
 27, Barry & Jill
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AUG
 3, Raphael Name’
  • AUG
 5, 
Bluegrass Jam
  • AUG
 10, 
Barry & Jill
  • AUG 
12
, Port City TrioJazz
  • AUG 
13, 
End Of The LineFolk / Bluegrass / Acoustic
AUG
18
Acoustic Blues Jam
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AUG 
24
, Barry & Jill
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SEP 2
, Bluegrass Jam
  • SEP
 30
, Nelson & the Rock-a-Fellas
  • NOV
 19
, Nelson & the Rock-a-fellas

WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday at Wrightsville Beach Town Park, 321 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets.

Dates and times TBA

Enjoy your night out, and call Event Shuttle Service at (910) 398-8333 if you need a ride. Our luxury fleet includes limos, shuttles, and a variety of town cars/date night cars. Our courteous, professional drivers are waiting to get you and your group to your show and home again in safety. Call (910) 398-8333 to book your shuttle today!

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