Bryan Mayer

Bryan Mayer

Sun, sand, music – the magical recipe for a perfect day along the Crystal Coast. And thankfully to an array of outdoor music series, there are plenty of opportunities to put those ingredients into the blender. Few things are as ideal as sitting next to the water, a warm breeze rippling up off the water and the sounds of music wafting through the air.

Downtown Morehead City Revitalization’s Alive at Five program holds concerts twice a month and strike a note as the work day closes on a Friday. Held at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront, the free performances begin at 5pm. This month, music lovers can expect to hear The Bounce Party and Liquid Pleasure. For more information, call 252-808-0440 or visit www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

Monika James

Monika James

Also using Jaycee Park as the backdrop is the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept., which holds a concert each Saturday night through August with a bonus performance on July 4. Concerts run from 7-8:30pm. Bring chairs or blanket, or anchor nearby in the boat to enjoy the sounds of Red and White Hots, 4EverAll, Liquid Pickle and others during June. To learn more, call 252-726-5083.

In Beaufort, Thursday evening is the night for live music. Head down to the waterfront for its season Live on Thursdays series that brings music in a variety of genres during the summer months.

Amidst a beautiful historic backdrop, the Friends of Fort Macon hold an annual summer concert series. Performances begin at 6:30pm on various Fridays with a few 1pm Saturday matinees thrown into the mix. The series sees bands perform on the parade deck of the fort and guests finding a resting spot on the stairs and grass that surround the stage. June performers include The Morehead City Brass Consortium, Telluride and Saltwater Gold. For more information, call 252-726-3775.

4EverAll

4EverAll

At the other end of Bogue Banks, Emerald Isle’s EmeraldFest music series takes full advantage of those ocean breezes at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access. The concerts, beginning on Thursday, June 7 with Pure T Mommicked, bring a variety of genres to the stage, from country and blues to reggae and rock. Music runs from 6:30-8pm each Thursday through August. To learn more, call 252-354-6350.

Neighboring Swansboro holds its own concert series, aptly named SwanFest. Running Sunday evenings through Sept. 2, concerts are held from 6:30-8pm at the pavilion at Olde Town Square along the downtown waterfront.

For any of the concerts mentioned, lawn chairs, blankets and other comfort items are welcome. Alcohol is prohibited although guests are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks to enjoy.

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