SwanFest & EmeraldFest Bring Live Music to the Crystal Coast

Beach season is here and the coastal events, activities and festivals abound throughout the summer months in our Crystal Coast towns, on our waterfronts, and along our shorelines. Beach music goes hand-in-hand with summer fun here on the coast of North Carolina. There's nothing like kicking back and listening to live local music on a warm night as the sun sets, the sea-salt air fills your lungs, and the stunning views surround you.
Crystal Coast Sunsets

SwanFest and EmeraldFest 2014 are sponsored by the Seaside Arts Council and offer free live music concerts to fill your summer nights. Bring your family, bring your friends, and grab your favorite lawn chair or beach blanket.


Downtown Swansboro sets the stage for the 2014 SwanFest live concert lineup. The Pugliese Pavilion plays host to a variety of musical genres and performances, including local favorites and Nashville notables. The SwanFest season kicked off last weekend and continues through September 14. Bring your lawn chair and join us at the Pavilion at Olde Town Square in Swansboro each Sunday evening from 6:30-8p.m.

Here's the 2014 SwanFest Concert Schedule:
  • May 25 – 40 East Band (Country/Pop/Rock)
  • June 1 – Drew Questell (Blues)
  • June 8 – Wild Honey (Blues/Country/Rock)
  • June 15 – Shivering Timbers (Folk Rock)
  • June 22 – Notorious Clamslammers (Fun Stuff)
  • June 29 – Chalwa (Reggae)
  • July 6 – Chris Cavanaugh (Nashville, TN)
  • July 13 – Trophy Husbands (Party Band)
  • July 20 – Bobby Miller and The Virginia Dare Devils (Bluegrass)
  • July 27 – Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • August 3 – Andy & Kathryn Karg (Lover’s Harmony)
  • August 10 – Aqoostix (Eclectic & Eccentric)
  • August 17 – Big Drink (Acoustic Rock)
  • August 24 – Beaucoup Blue (Blues)
  • August 31 – Acoustic Hwy (Country/Rock)
  • September 7 – Unknown Tongues (Zydeco)
  • September 14 – Scearce & Ketner (Seagrass)


The 2014 EmeraldFest outdoor concert series happens on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8p.m. beginning on June 19 and continuing through August 21. The free live music concert series is held at the Western Ocean Regional Access in Emerald Isle, located off Islander Drive and just one block east of the Coast Guard Road intersection. EmeraldFests offers both local and regional performances in a variety of musical genres. Don't forget to bring a chair or blanket!

Here's the 2014 EmeraldFest Concert Schedule:
  • June 19 – Pure T Mommicked (Rock / Alternative)
  • June 26 – My Three Kilts (Irish)
  • July 3 – 4EverAll (Pop / Variety)
  • July 10 – Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • July 17 – Conch Stew ( Pop / Beach)
  • July 24 – Redneck Juliets (Country / Originals)
  • July 31 – Dependable Taxi (Pop / Alternative)
  • August 7 – Wild Honey (Blues / Country / Rock)
  • August 14 – Scearce & Ketner (Carolina Pirate Rock)
  • August 21 – Big Drink (Acoustic / Rock)
Emerald Isle Beach Walkway

Plan Your Stay in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle offers vacation rentals right on the beach, as well as soundfront, second row and interior properties to suit your every vacation need and desire. Amenities abound so you can enjoy the comforts of home combined with the luxuries of a vacation. Check out our Emerald Isle vacation rental specials and discounts page for some great deals!

Summer is here and you should be, too. Make your Crystal Coast beach vacation plans now. We'll see you on the sand!

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