A trip to Kure Beach not only promises the charm of a small beach town, but also plenty of family-friendly festivals and live music. Take full advantage of the area’s live entertainment by planning a visit to participate in all the coastal destination has to offer. 

Read on to discover live tunes, festivals and more in Kure Beach: 

Fresh Air, Fresh Tunes

All you need to enjoy free live music in Kure Beach is a lawn chair or picnic blanket. Groove to the beat waterfront with Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher all summer long. Pack a picnic or enjoy the beverages for sale on-site and appreciate the outdoors to the tune of talented bands and musicians.


Ocean Front Park and Pavilion hosts a myriad of free, family-friendly events throughout the year, including annual favorite Boogie in the Park. This family-friendly concert series also takes place throughout the summer months. Jam out to live music of a variety of genres while enjoying stunning water views. Plus, the ocean-facing benches and playground are ideal for little ones who need a little extra entertainment.

Big Daddy’s Restaurant, a family-owned, seasonal favorite since 1965, offers fresh seafood, steak, as well as traditional favorites like burgers and salads. Dine on the patio for Atlantic Ocean views and live acoustic music from the best local musicians Friday and Saturday evenings through the summer season beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Find even more live music nearby on the island with the SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar Outdoor Music Concert series. Dine on one of several outdoor patios as you enjoy fresh seafood and relax to the beat of live music. Or, stop by the Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill for regular live music events, to throw axes and darts and taste delicious bites.

Flying Penguins, Unicorns, Sharks, Oh My!

Come watch as serious kite flyers display their sky art at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area each November during the Cape Fear Kite Festival. These aren’t your average kites filling the sky: one-of-a-kind shapes, sizes, styles and colors soar through the air during this festival that draws spectators of all ages and walks of life. While you enjoy the sights of all the colors against the blue sky and white clouds, grab a bite from a local food truck to complete the experience.


Between festivals, live music and incredible ocean views, Kure Beach has everything you need to stay entertained well into fall.