2019 Duck Jazz Festival


by Jessie S.

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Join the Town of Duck for the annual Duck Jazz Festival! Held at the beautiful Duck Town Park that borders the Currituck Sound, this exciting festival takes place over Columbus Day weekend each year and is free to the public. Come out for a day of celebrating jazz music as national, regional and local musicians perform on two stages, rain or shine. Local restaurants will be on site serving food and soft drinks. No tickets are required to this casual event and visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets (chair rentals will be available on site). Also, unlike many music festivals, you are allowed to bring in your own snacks making this a completely affordable family-friendly event!

The Duck Jazz Festival is such a huge deal that the celebration is not just exclusive to festival grounds! That’s right… local businesses and restaurants in Duck will also be hosting pre and post-festival jazz-themed events and promotions all weekend long! Last year, visitors to Duck enjoyed a Jazz Story Time, free tastings, live music, special discounts and even a lesson in the art of Scatting by talented performer, Yolanda Rabun! Including Rabun, 2018 saw performances by Bryan Carter and the Young Swangers, Huntertones, The Russell Malone Quartet, Rhythm in Blue US Air Force Jazz Ensemble and the First Flight High School Jazz Band!

While 2019’s lineup of musicians, vendors and town events is still being determined, go ahead and mark your calendars so you’ll be ready for the fun (and book your October rental in Duck of course!) As more information is released, we will update this page so be sure to add it to your bookmarks! Meanwhile, here is a recap from the 2018 festival from the Town of Duck:

Duck Jazz Festival

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Event: 2019 Duck Jazz Festival

Date: October 12, 2019 – October 13, 2019

Location: Duck Town Park (Duck Town Park Boardwalk, Duck, NC 27949)


  • Leroy Jones Quintet
  • Benny Green Trio
  • Caroline Davis
  • Andrew Sanchez & His Hip Six
  • Sidecar Social Club
  • Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble
  • First Flight High School Jazz Band

Cost: Free to public – no tickets required.

Parking: Duck Town Park has designated parking lots and the festival will have parking attendants on site.

Restroom Facilities: Duck Town Park has a restroom facility on site.

Food & Drink Vendors: Information coming soon.

Allowed at Event: Food, coolers, chairs, blankets and well-behaved dogs. Chairs can also be rented.

Not Allowed at Event: Beach umbrellas or tents.

Volunteers: From greeters, check-ins and venue set-up to concessions, parking and general grounds upkeep, this festival runs off a highly-appreciated staff of local volunteers! Sign-ups for the 2019 festival will be available mid to late summer.

For more information, visit https://www.townofduck.com/special-events/duck-jazz-festival/.

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Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure. 

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