Jun 28, 2023

OBX Live Music

The Outer Banks live music scene comes to life when the weather gets warm. There is something for every musical taste, from smaller acoustic gigs to unique festivals to larger shows with nationally touring acts. We’ve gathered our favorite places in each area to see live music on the OBX.

Where to Listen to Live Music on the OBX

Best Live Music in Corolla

this week on the outer banks - live music

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room is located in the back of the Timbuck II shopping center. Free live music is offered on their deck on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the summer, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Musical talent ranges from single-musician acoustic to full-band bluegrass sets and more. Come for dinner, and stay for the show. 

Corolla Beer Garden

Corolla Beer Garden

Coming right off the beach and want to grab an afternoon beer and chill outside with some live acoustic? Nestled in Corolla Village just north of Twiddy’s Corolla office, Corolla Beer Garden is the place to go for a relaxing afternoon. Check out their live music calendar to see what acts are scheduled during your stay.

Sundogs Raw Bar & Grill

A nightlife destination in Corolla, Sundogs offers a little bit of everything. Come for dinner and stay late for entertainment. Fun bands, Karaoke (live band karaoke on certain nights), DJs, OBX Silent Disco, and open mic are all on the events calendar at Sundogs.

Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill

Offering live music, karaoke, and more, Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill is the late-night hotspot in Corolla. Offering lunch and dinner, as well as a late night bar menu every day until 2:00 am. 

Corolla Beer Garden 2 - sips
historic corolla park event

Corolla Cork & Craft

Every Wednesday from mid-June through mid-September, Historic Corolla Park offers a peaceful setting to enjoy live music, good food, local artisans, and local wine and beer. Admission to the event is free.

Bernie’s Brother Tropical Grill & Bar

In the heart of Corolla, you’ll find Bernie’s Brother Tropical Grill & Bar. An overall casual place to enjoy live music in Corolla while you grab a bite to eat and sip on a tropical drink.

Where to Go for Live Music in Duck

The live music venues in Duck are all within walking distance of one another and all have fantastic outdoor areas.

live music roadside
Roadside Bar & Grill Duck live music

Roadside Bar & Grill

With quite possibly the most unique backyard ever, Roadside is a must-visit during your Outer Banks vacation. The laid-back vibe of the eclectic backyard, or Backside Bar, is even better when there’s live music on stage. The yard is family friendly.

The Blue Point

Enjoy live acoustic while catching a sunset on the sound with a craft cocktail in hand at the Backbar at the Blue Point. The perfect kickoff to a great vacation date night.

Aqua Restaurant

Enjoy music on the deck with the calm of the sound as a backdrop. Aqua has a great selection of craft cocktails, wine, and beer.

Tap Shack Duck live music

Tap Shack

After enjoying dinner at Cravings, venture out back to Tap Shack, their backyard bar. Tap Shack offers free live music every night of the week during the summer months. Several well-known bands play the Tap Shack, but require a ticket, like Keller Williams and friends, that play a show or two at the Tap Shack each summer. The yard at Tap Shack is full of fun outdoor games and plenty of room to dance. Tap Shack is kid-friendly.

Keller Williams at Tap Shack live music

Sweet T’s Coffee Beer & Wine

Select a beverage from the wide variety of beer and wine choices and relax under the live oaks while enjoying some afternoon acoustic.

Duck Town Park

During the summer months, Duck Town Park hosts their “Concerts on the Green” on Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Different genres are featured, and all shows are family-friendly. Eat an early dinner at your vacation home or grab takeout from a nearby restaurant. Bring your beach chairs or a blanket for the lawn. 

concert duck town park

Best Places for Live Music in Kitty Hawk

Art’s Place

In addition to great burgers and a super laid-back vibe, Art’s Place has two great areas for live music. They host music most nights of the week during the summer months in their yard or on their sway bar (the big deck on the roof).

Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar And Grill

Known for their happy hour shrimp, wing, and taco specials, live music is also a specialty at Hurricane Mo’s, which is just steps from the beach.

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar

Hang out on the patio just across the street from the beach and listen to live music and enjoy the ocean breeze as you sip one of their signature martinis.

Trio wine and cheese

Longboards Island Grill

Longboards has a little bit of everything when it comes to entertainment. Live bands, DJ dance parties, and karaoke are their specialties.

Trio Restaurant & Market

Get your charcuterie fix at Trio while listening to live music while enjoying a wine flight in their lounge. In addition to bar and restaurant side of Trio, the space features an impressive selection of beer, wine, cheese, and specialty goods.

The Live Music Scene in Kill Devil Hills

Avalon Pier

Stop by Avalon Pier on one of the evenings when they offer live music for a good time. Between music sets, play video games, or simply hang out at one of the bars at the pier.

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint

Jack Brown’s specializes in two things: beer and burgers. And they do them both very well. Jack Brown’s has a great backyard for enjoying your beer, burgers, and live music most nights of the week during the summer months. 

The Bonzer Shack

Come to the Bonzer Shack for some coastal comfort food, then chill in the yard afterward for a tasty beer, yard games, and live music.

swellsa brewing

Swells’a Brewing

Swells’a Brewing, located on the beach road in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, is a fun hangout with a laid-back vibe. Live music and other special events happen throughout the week during the summer.

Runaway Gin Outer Banks Brewing Station

Outer Banks Brewing Station

The Outer Banks Brewing Station is a fully functioning brewery in a building with high ceilings and great acoustics. In addition to ticketed shows to nationally touring acts on their big stage, the Outer Banks Brewing Station offers DJ dance party nights and live music in their amazing backyard. The backyard is family-friendly, with a large pirate ship playset, yard games, space to run, and a fence around the perimeter.

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Live Music in Nags Head


Dowdy Park

Dowdy Park in Nags Head offers free live music in its outdoor amphitheater on certain nights during the summer. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blanket and spread out on the soft lawn, or watch the kids play on the inclusive playground, which includes recreation for all ages and abilities.


dowdy park lawn

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

Fish Heads Bar & Grill is located on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Live music is offered most evenings during the summer. Grab dinner and a drink while you listen to live music on the pier. 


outer banks fishing pier

Live Music in Manteo

Michael Franti 2021

Roanoke Island Festival Park

VusicOBX brings nationally touring acts to the venue throughout the summer months. Roanoke Island Festival Park is beautifully situated on Ice Plant Island and features views of Shallowbag Bay behind the stage.

Downtown Manteo

Dare Arts brings live music to Downtown Manteo throughout the year, including the popular First Friday celebration as well as mid-day Courtyard Sessions.

Mimi’s Tiki Hut

Located at the foot of the Washington Baum Bridge on the Manteo side, Mimi’s Tiki Hut offers the opportunity to relax and listen to live music on the docks at Pirate’s Cove Marina. Watch fishing boats return from a day out on the water with their fresh catch while you listen to live tunes.


Outer Banks Festivals

The OBX festival scene offers events happening all year long at locations throughout the Outer Banks.

Corolla Cork & Craft

Historic Corolla Park hosts a festival featuring live music, local artisans, and good food on the grounds near the Whalehead Club. The seasonal festival, hosted by Currituck County, happens on Wednesdays from mid-June through mid-September.

Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

Just across the bypass from the giant sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a fun shopping and activity center, Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Kitty Hawk Kites hosts a variety of different events throughout the year, many of them featuring live music.

Soundside Event Site

Various events happen throughout the year at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head, and many of them, like the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and Outer Banks Brewtag, have musical acts performing throughout the day.

Karaoke & OBX Silent Disco

Karaoke is popular on the Outer Banks. If you are a fan of making your own music, these are our favorite establishments for karaoke on the Outer Banks. OBX Silent Disco holds events throughout the summer at many of the same locations that offer karaoke on the Outer Banks. 

Outer Banks Nightlife

Outer Banks live music isn’t the only type of nightlife offered on the Outer Banks. Check out our OBX Nightlife recommendations for more fun things to do after the sun sets.

Twiddy Guest

Twiddy & Company

Twiddy & Company

Jun 28, 2023

Send this to a friend