The sounds of the river have their own rhythm and magic. It draws us in as we escape from the city life and head to the River Realm. As waves hit the shore, boat engines rev, campfires crackle and laughter fills the air, you may find yourself swaying to the beat of life in our enchanted region. If you head to one of our favorite music venues, you’ll have an even harder time not tapping your feet and swinging your hips!
Local restaurants, outdoor amphitheaters, and marinas welcome musicians to bring fun and dancing to you. You’ll find calendars full of concerts and special events that infuse soul into your River Realm experience. Let the music draw you in and help you escape. Stay for a night of fun at one of our favorite boutique hotels or camp out for the week at one of our many family-friendly campgrounds.
Here’s a full list of our favorite music venues and what they have to offer:
Music on the Half Shell Stage at Kilmarnock Town Centre Park
150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA
This River Realm amphitheater and park welcomes touring acts and local artists alike. Funky soul and jazz sounds from bands including Good Shot Judy, Soul Expression and Steve Bassett will keep the crowd moving. Local food trucks serve up fresh seafood creations and sweet treats during shows and events here. Come early with the family to enjoy Waterworks, a funky water park for the kids. The Town Centre Park also hosts other community events throughout the year.
287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville, VA
The Deltaville Maritime Museum hosts a wide variety of community events and festivals. The museum itself memorializes the boat-building skills that made the Deltaville area famous. Outside, the Holly Point Nature Park is a haven for children’s play and natural inspiration with a nature trail walk, kayak launch, picnic tables, and a pier walk. Every fourth Saturday during the summer, the Deltaville landmark transforms for the “Groovin’ in the Park” outdoor concert series. Artists like Tom Euler & the Memphis Blues Band take on the Waterfront Stage, which overlooks Mill Creek. In the event of rain, the concert is held in the Events Pavilion. Bring your own lawn chair, cooler, and picnic. Come prepared to boogie during the outdoor dance party the whole family will enjoy.
See a full list of artists + get tickets on the Deltaville Maritime Museum website.
170 White Fences DrIrvington, Virginia
Enjoy regular live music at this new Irvington hangout hub. Relax by one of the DIY fire pits, catch up with friends while you indulge in craft beers, local wine, and build your own snack board. Local food trucks regularly pull up to add flavor and more food will be regularly available by Camp soon. Expect Virginia artists showcasing lively acoustic music that everyone can enjoy.
1025 Goodluck Rd, Kilmarnock, VA
The rolling hills and sprawling porch make Good Luck Cellars the perfect place to kick back, sip some wine, and enjoy some jams. Here, Wine Down Fridays is always lively and totally tasty. Good Luck Cellars welcomes local food trucks and musicians for a relaxing party open to all. Wash down fresh seafood from Salty Bob’s with the vineyard’s extensive list of award-winning wines.
425 Bonner Street, Urbanna, VA
From May to September, join in on the fun at Taber Park in Urbanna. You’ll feel like one of the locals as you take part in the small-town charm of Urbanna. Not only will you find fun music from bands like Beatles cover band Abbey Road, but you’ll enjoy local food, crafts, and other entertainment from rotating local vendors. Enjoy fun for all ages at the same place the Urbanna Oyster Festival takes place all summer long!
327 Old Ferry Road, White Stone, VA
If the cocktails and private beach don’t draw you into this popular eatery in Lancaster County, then the music will. Willaby’s welcomes artists weekly at the waterfront restaurant. Expect a variety of easy and high-energy waterside listening. Blues, folk, Americana, and reggae are all part of the regular rotation here. Stuck on a Name is a crowd favorite. The reggae group is always full of energy and laid-back vibes. Nothing beats watching the sunset over the river while slurping down oysters and other local seafood favorites. Visit the Willaby’s website for a full calendar of music.
274 Bucks View Lane Deltaville, VA
On Friday nights, you will find Deltaville Tap & Raw Bar filled with smiles from wall to wall, mostly because there’s a musician jammin to set the mood during the weekends. You’ll get a view if you sit inside or outside. You’ll see the many boats, big and small, cruising in and out of Jackson Creek. Enjoy live music with a side of fresh oysters, Crab Puppies, or a Broad Creek Boil. Craft cocktails like Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita or a Rum Punch brighten the mood and set the vacay vibes.
632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA
Gather the family, pack a picnic, and head down to Belle Isle State Park on Saturday nights, June through August. Friends of Belle Isle State Park offer free popcorn and drinks for pruchase. The kids can enjoy ranger-led games while you lean back and enjoy the evening breeze off the Rappahannock River. The park welcomes local and regional bands like Garden Variety String Band and Southern Grace to play on the waterside. There is a park entrance fee of $5, but no extra event fee.
Check our events page for each concert.
250 Old Virginia Street Urbanna, VA
Located in the heart of Urbanna, Something Different is a staple for local music lovers. The family friendly restaurant serves epic barbecue and seafood specials, pies, homemade ice cream, colorful cocktails, and a retail shop to bring home the flavors of the River Realm. Enjoy music during open mic night on Wednesdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, Virginia musicians take the stage to bring you good weekend vibes. Check the website for the latest events.
44 W Church Street Kilmarnock, VA
Step into Kilmarnock’s one and only Brewery and Brewpub to relax and unwind with friends and family. In addition to craft beers, you can order up cocktails and comfort foods while you enjoy regular live music. The brewery hosts live music every Friday and also has Karaoke Night on Thursdays.
The River Realm is home to hundreds of local businesses and restaurants. Many of them offer live music on occasion. Follow local restaurants like Chao Phraya Thai & Sushi Grill in Kilmarnock on social media and our events calendar to discover where else you can enjoy live music, great food, and a cold drink. You can also visit our Events Calendar to see what’s playing during your trip!
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