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Live Music Fills The Salt Air This Summer

Start Planning Your Summertime Evenings Now!


Town of Atlantic Beach ‘Sounds Like Summer at the Park’ Free Concert Series will kick of June 20th from 7-9 PM at the Town Park, located at 915 W Fort Macon Road. The park also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. There is a concession stand with snacks and drinks, and attendees are encouraged to bring a pop-up chair or blanket. Considering there is no covered shelter, all events are weather permitting, so let’s hope that late afternoon summer showers stay on the mainland! The special July 4th concert will take place at The Circle with local favorite, Robert McDuffy. Ride a bike, or walk if you can, but plenty of parking is available at the site.




While you’re enjoying the tunes at the AB Park Complex, be sure to stop for a quick photo-op at this awesome mural. This wall was painted by our very own, Stephanie Ross!

Fort Macon Summer Concerts

(Will be moved inside Visitor’s Center in the event it rains)

FRIDAYS – 6:30 to 8 PM

May 31     The Sunshine Band, Show & Pop Tunes, Contemporary Mix
Jun 14      Unknown Tongues, Zydeco
Jun 28     Telluride, Beach, Bluegrass, Country
Jul 12       Saltwater Gold, Favorite dance music
Jul 26       Fab – The Band, Beach, Classic Motown
Aug  2       Wild Honey, Country Rock & Blues

SATURDAYS at 1:00 PM

Jun 8        Caffeinated Soul Boogie, Funk Jazz, Am. Blues
Jun 22      The Mad Fiddler, Feel Good Fiddling
Aug 10      Morehead Brass Consortium, Pop & Classic Tunes

Guests to Fort Macon Concerts are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and coolers with drinks and snacks.

Alcohol and pets are prohibited from within the park.


It’s pretty tough to top a music venue inside a preserved Civil War Fort! Definitely worth the trip, wherever you are.

Photo from Carteret News-Times

ALIVE AT FIVE is a free concert series during summer in Downtown Morehead City!

Concerts take place at Jaycee Park at 807 Shepard Street, 5-8 pm. The park is located between the Bask Hotel and the waterfront. Public restrooms are available on-site, with handicap ramp access.

Bring your own blankets and chairs. Beverage concession available. No coolers or outside beverages are permitted.

This event is hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. and sponsored by Sound Bank, West Town Bank, and Trust, Golden Road by Adams Beverage. Special thanks to Twice the Ice and the Town of Morehead City.

2019 SCHEDULE

Friday, June 7….. The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra
Friday, June 21…..Liquid Pleasure Band
Friday, July 19….. North Tower Band
Friday, August 16….. Bounce – Party Band
Thursday, Sept 19….. Jim Quick & Coastline
Thursday, October 17….. The Embers

The Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department also sponsors a summer concert series from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend on the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront. The concerts are scheduled each Saturday evening from 7:00-8:30 PM at Jaycee Park, 807 Shepard Street in Morehead City. These performances are free and open to the public. For more information on the concert series, contact Kirk Peterson at the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department, 726-5083 ext. 3

  • SATURDAY, MAY 25TH 2019 | NITE OWL (CLASSIC ROCK/COUNTRY)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST 2019 LIKWID PICKLE
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2019 | BUILT FOR COMFORT (BLUES, ROCK)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH, 2019 |THE BACKBEAT (BEATLES, BRITISH ROCK)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2019| SEASIDE BAND
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2019| THE CENTRAL PARK BAND
  • THURSDAY, JULY 4TH, 2019 | THE MAIN EVENT BAND (FIREWORKS @ 9:00) | 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
  • SATURDAY, JULY 6TH, 2019 |THRILLBILLIES
  • SATURDAY, JULY 13TH, 2019 | JAN MICHAEL FIELDS
  • SATURDAY, JULY 20TH, 2019| DONALD THOMPSON BAND (BLUES, R&B)
  • SATURDAY, JULY 27TH, 2019 | FREEWAY (CLASSIC ROCK)
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2019 | EXPRESSIONS
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2019 | CALICO CREEK BLUEGRASS BAND
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH, 2019 | NAKED KNEES
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH, 2019 | KUDUBAI
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST, 2019 | 4EVERALL

The Seaside Arts Council provides a family-friendly way to either kickstart and/or wind down your weekend activities.

The Thursday Emeraldfest concerts are held at the Western Regional Beach Access down Islander Drive. Free Parking is available and lawn chairs/blankets are encouraged.

On Sunday evenings, the Town of Swansboro comes alive and gathers at ‘The Pug’, located in the heart of downtown at the intersection of Church and Front Street. You’ll love watching the sunset behind this little coastal village, and with several restaurants, bars, and an ice cream/candy shop within eyesight, you’ll be toasting to another successful, fun-filled summertime weekend!

4th of July: 2018


All on July 4th

Bogue Inlet Pier @ 9:00 PM (Emerald Isle)

Morehead City Waterfront @ 9:00 PM (Morehead City)

Captain Stacy Fireworks Cruise @ 7:00 PM (Atlantic Beach)

Beaufort Gallants Channel @ 9:00 PM (Beaufort)


Jaycee Park

@ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

July 6

Morehead City Waterfront

Performance by Night Years


Beaufort Waterfront

June 29 @ 11:00 AM

at Gordon & Front Street

Wagons | Kids | Pets | Music | Flags

Free Ice Cream at the County Courthouse


Western Regional Access Emerald Isle

@ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

June 28 Wild Honey (Blues Country)

July 5 Justin Castellano (Eclectic)

Bring a chair or blanket!


Atlantic Beach

@ 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, & 3:30 PM

July 4

Civil War Cannon Firing


Big Rock Stadium

@ 7:05 PM

July 3 vs. Wilmington Sharks

July 5 vs. Holly Springs Salamanders


Olde Town Square Pavilion

@ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Summer Sundays

in Downtown Swansboro

2021 crystal coast fireworks

Memorial Weekend 2016

Memorial Weekend Kickoff

It’s Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast! Visitors from all around will be heading to the coast to celebrate and honor those who have served the great US of A. In a community so rich in history, there are countless ways to observe Memorial Day. So fire up the grill, throw your beach gear in the car and get out and pay homage to the brave men and women that have paid the ultimate price for our FREEDOM! Here are a few ideas for making this holiday a memorable one.

2021 crystal coast fireworks

Fireworks

The town of Atlantic Beach sponsors the annual fireworks display on Saturday, May 28th at 9pm along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access (115 Atlantic Blvd.) So bring your chairs, but please no pets or glass containers.

Visit Fort Macon

Plan to stop by Fort Macon this Memorial Day weekend. No admission or parking fee to enjoy a day at this State Park. There are ranger tours, a refreshment stand, and bathhouse. Lifeguards will be on duty starting this weekend, the unofficial kick-off of summer!

Cape Lookout National Seashore & Shackleford Banks

Plan an excursion to Cape Lookout with an undeveloped coastline. A short ferry boat ride from Beaufort or Harker’s Island will bring you to these pristine barrier islands where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, and bird watching. You can soak up the sun and saltwater on the beach, venture into the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular sweeping views of the coast from 160 feet in the air. Take the long boardwalk to the ocean side where you can surf or sunbathe or both! The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach.

Shackleford Banks is a local favorite during the summer with skiffs, houseboats, jet skis, inflatable rafts, and more. If you’re planning to visit be sure you have your charcoal grill or your bucket of chicken, cooler of beer, er sodas, and plenty of sunscreen and water!

Easy Summer Snacks Poolside

Summer Snacks Poolside

Check out these quick pool snacks to keep you fueled all summer long. While spending time by the water these light recipes are refreshing and filling to hold you over until your next meal. A few sweet and savory blends that are perfect for a day spent poolside with minimal prep time and hassle!

Melon Mixture

1/2 Cup of honey
1/2 Cup of vanilla bean paste
1 Cup of Cantaloupe
1 Cup of honeydew
1 Cup of watermelon

Combine cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon in a bowl. Drizzle with honey mixture.

Trail Mix Slices

2.5 Cups of Sliced almonds
1/4 Cup of Honey
1/4 Teaspoon of Almond Extract
1 Cup of dried cranberries
1 Cup of chipped mixed nuts
1 Cup of mini M&Ms

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. While processing, gradually add honey and extract. Remove to a large bowl; stir in cherries, mixed nuts and candies. Divide mixture in half; shape each into an 8-in. long roll. Wrap tightly in plastic; freeze 1 hour or until firm. Unwrap and cut rolls into 1/2-in. slices. Store between pieces of waxed paper in airtight containers.

Ranch Crunch Mix

1 bag of mini pretzels
1 bag of Bugles
1 can of Salted cashews
1 bag of goldfish
1 pouch of ranch dressing mix
1 cup of canola oil

In a large bowls, combine the pretzels, Bugles, cashews and crackers. Sprinkle with dressing mix. Drizzle with oil; toss until well coated.

Fort Macon Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts in the Fort

Fort Macon summer concerts are a great way to enjoy some local music while exploring a piece of history. Every Friday during the summer you can find local bands performing in the fort. Locals and vacationers both enjoy these relaxing events. Many bring food and drinks to enjoy during the performances. Be sure to check out the below schedule and find the perfect evening to explore the fort and enjoy some music.


All concerts are free although donations are welcomed to help maintain the fort. Currently donations are being used for repairs due to Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Doors open early for picnickers. Just in case it rains the concerts will be held inside the Visitor Center at the Fort. Don’t forget to bring folding chairs or a blanket to relax on and enjoy the music!

FRIDAYS — 6:30 to 8 PM

Jun 28     Telluride, Beach, Bluegrass, Country
Jul 12       Saltwater Gold, Favorite dance music
Jul 26       Fab – The Band, Beach, Classic Motown
Aug  2       Wild Honey, Country Rock & Blues

2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512