Summer is almost here. Or at least Memorial Day Weekend which is the unofficial start to the summer season. Of course kids are still in school and the real summer season doesn’t begin for another two or three weeks, but as point in time to say summer is here, it works pretty well.

There is lot’s happening this weekend, especially musically.

At the Whalehead Club in Corolla, the Memorial Day Beach Blast is happening Sunday—which isn’t actually Memorial Day but it’s a great way to kick off the season with the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, DJ Harvey Taylor and Aquarium on had to jam from 12-5p.m.

It’s free, although coolers aren’t allowed but with food and drink vendors on hand, no one will be starving.

On Monday—that is Memorial Day—the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival is happening at Roanoke Island Festival Park. It’s an all day affair running into the evening with music scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and keep going until 8:30 or 9:00 o’clock at night.

The Shag Music Festival is a Hemilright Entertainment production and Cory Hemilright, who is the company, reminded us that he has some great shows coming up this summer at RIFP. First up is Collin Raye, Dave Atkins and the Lonesome River Band this coming Thursday, June 2nd.

Beer drinkers rejoice! Next Sunday—that’s June 5th—OBX Brewfest comes back for a second year. Lots of fun; lots of beer at the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head.

Even better this year, the week leading up to Brewfest is Outer Banks Craft Beer Week with lots of event featuring some great beers and inspired chefs matching cuisine to it.

Worth checking out. Craft Beer Week begins on Monday, Memorial Day.