Open Mics

As a service to our members, NCSC seeks to stay current with gig opportunities across the state, including open mics. We recognize the importance of folks making their own decisions regarding their sense of safety when choosing to go play at an open mic.

An open mic provides an opportunity for newcomers to be heard, for seasoned musicians to try out new material, and for anyone with an act to connect with an audience. Performers and audience members tend to be very supportive. Open mics are a great way to meet other songwriters and musicians and to improve your performance skills. The most important thing is to have a good time!

Use the list below to find an open mic near you. For details, please contact the venue directly. If you know of an open mic that isn’t listed here, or if one of these has ceased operations, please contact us.



Open Mic America every 1st and 3rd Sunday 8pm (5pm PST) Featured performers!

Wake County

Chapel Hill/Carrboro

  • Captain John’s Dockside (Chapel Hill) – Every other Wednesday – 5pm
  • Gizmo Works (Chapel Hill) not currently taking place
  • Local 506 – (Chapel Hill) – Monday – Sign up at 7:30, starts at 8:30 (The infamous open mic from Carrboro’s The Station has moved here.) closed
  • Willow Creek Laundromat (Carrboro) – Fridays – 10pm not currently taking place



  • bmc brewing – 213 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312 – part of “The Plant” – monthly 2nd Thursday sign-ups 6:30pm/7pm, original songs only. Contact: Michael Brennan
  • City Tap – Wednesday – 8pm not currently taking place
  • Copper Cricket Pub (Sanford) Thursday 7pm