Crystal Coast Calendar of Events

The North Carolina’s Crystal Coast has family friendly events and lots of things to do in the Spring and Summer leading into the Fall and early Winter. Here you can keep up to date with local activities, events and socials for one and all from Swansboro, NC to Emerald Isle, NC to Atlantic Beach, NC to the Coolest Small Town Beaufort, NC. Find a list of festivals, concerts, tours, historic events, museums, attractions at the Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores – all centered around what our coast is know for – the beautiful beaches, history, fishing, food and family fun.

2017 calendar events

The Crystal Coast of North Carolina is enchanting and rich in coastal culture. Looking for a low key getaway or an action packed adventure during your visit; check out our monthly calendar of events for a list of activities to keep you entertained while you’re here.

2017 On-Going Events


June 15 – August 17, 2017 | Every Thursday Night

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Western Ocean Regional Access (located off Islander Dr.), Emerald Isle

The Town’s popular EmeraldFest outdoor concert series is back again this summer, with concerts every Thursday evening on the oceanfront. The full 2017 lineup is available at

Please bring your friends, lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy some great music from several different genres!

Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
9am – 4:30pm

In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. All courses are limited in size. Advance registration required.

All Event Dates:
  • June 24, 9am – June 25, 4:30pm
  • July 29, 9am – July 30, 4:30pm
  • August 19, 9am – August 20, 4:30pm
  • Sept 16, 9am – Sept 17, 4:30pm
  • October 14, 9am – October 15, 4:30pm
  • Nov 18, 9am – Nov 19, 4:30pm
  • Dec 9, 9am – Dec 4:30pm

Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

Every Wednesday from March – December, 2017 | 9am-3pm

Have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts from the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Conservators will be available every Wednesday to answer questions about the processes required to conserve the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge site.  Free Admission. North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Alive at 5 Outdoor Concert 

Fridays | Memorial Day to Labor Day 2017

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Jaycee Park, 807 Shepard St., Downtown Morehead City

The free concert series kicks off on May 26 and is help the first and third Friday of the month from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Jaycee Park! Alive at Five features a variety of regional bands showcasing an assortment of music genres. Beverage concession available from 4:45 PM to 7:30 PM. No outside beverage permitted. You can park your boat at the docks or drive on down. Bring your lawn chairs, friends and dancing shoes for fun-filled summer Friday evenings!

2017 Schedule:

May 26 – The Tonez – Sponsored by Connect Carteret

June 2 – Liquid Pleasure 

June 16 – Bounce 

July 7 – Punch 

July 21 – Jim Quick and Coastline Band 

August 4 – Mikele Buck Band 

August 18 – Jan Michael Fields Band 

September 1 – North Tower

Musket Firing Demonstration 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM |OR| 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach

Meet at Fort Macon at 10:00 AM or at 2:00 PM to learn about a 19th century musket’s history, loading procedures and firing!

All Event Dates:
  • June 3, 2017
  • June 4, 2017
  • June 10, 2017
  • June 11, 2017 
  • June 18, 2017 
  • June 24, 2017 
  • June 25, 2017 
  • July 1, 2017
  • July 2, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • July 9, 2017
  • July 22, 2017
  • July 23, 2017
  • July 29, 2017
  • July 30, 2017
  • August 6, 2017
  • August 12, 2017
  • August 13, 2017
  • August 19, 2017
  • August 20, 2017
  • August 26, 2017
  • August 27, 2017
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Crystal Coast Music Festival

June 3, 2017

Atlantic Beach, NC

The Crystal Coast Music Festival will take place Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. This year’s lineup is led by Grammy-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, with additional acts including Dr. Dog, Shovels & Rope, Bombadil, Los Colognes and Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey. Gates open at 12:30 PM. Show starts at 1:30 PM with curtains at 10:00 PM. This is an all-ages, family friendly full day of fun for everyone. Tickets are $40 through June 2 and will be $50 day of show. Children under 3 enter free. Ticket can be bought locally for $40 at Promise Land Market in downtown Morehead City or Southwell Surf Shop in Emerald Isle. Further event info can be seen on the website by visiting

Pine Knoll Shores “Kayak for the Warriors”

June 3, 2017

10:00 AM

Pine Knoll Shores “Kayak for the Warriors™” event is a Pine Knoll Shores fund
raiser for the Hope For The Warriors Foundation.®

The tenth annual kayak and paddle board race will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10am, traversing a 3.2-mile route along their town’s beautiful canals and Bogue sound.  Visit their website at for more info!

The Path Art Gallery Grand Opening

June 3, 2017

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

1245 Salter Path Road, Salter Path, NC

Enjoy refreshments, stroll the gallery and enter for your chance to win a piece of art.

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Friday Free Flicks

June 9, 2017

203 Leisure Lane

7:00 PM

Movies are family oriented.  Free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Popcorn and drink for $1.00.  Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks.

59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

June 9-17, 2017

710 Evans St., Morehead City

Fishing Days

Monday, June 12, 2017 – 9:00amSaturday, June 17, 2017 – 3:00pm

Available fishing days and hours: (EDT)
June 12, 2017 9:00 am-3:00 pm
June 13, 2017 9:00 am-3:00 pm
June 14, 2017 9:00 am-3:00 pm
June 15, 2017 9:00 am-3:00 pm
June 16, 2017 9:00 am-3:00 pm
June 17, 2017 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Scales close at 7:00 p.m. daily for gamefish, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Boats may fish four out of the six available fishing days.

See Schedule of events:

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

June 6,2017

All Day

Main Street Swansboro, NC

The much-anticipated Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival is held annually on the second Saturday of June in Downtown Swansboro. This festival, which takes place on the waterfront, features arts, crafts, delicious food, wine tastings, stories, children’s entertainment and other fun activities. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, paintings, carving, photography, sculpture, stained glass and more art. You’r sure to find a great souvenir or keepsake at the Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

NC Maritime Museum’s Maritime Day

June 10, 2017

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

NC Maritime Museum

315 Front Street Beaufort, NC

Sail in the Museum’s fleet of traditional wooden boats, cast a line with a cane pole, join in games or just relax and enjoy the music and spectacular view of Gallant’s Channel. Activities are free and open to the public. Free lunch and free boat rides for Friends of the NC Maritime Museum. Event organized by the Traditional Small Craft Association, The Friends of the NC Maritime Museum Chapter. The event takes place at Gallants Channel, 172 West Beaufort Road. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.

Rocking Game Truck and Laser Tag 

June 19, 2017 

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Come out and ROCK the afternoon away with Laser Tag and the Game Truck. FREE and you must be 18 and younger. For more details, call (252) 223-4749

Barefoot Wade at Arendell Room

June 20, 2017

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Each summer the Arendell Room hosts Tuesday Night Sessions music nights. We’re at the beach, during the summer, and we don’t think you should have to wait until the weekend to hear a great band. Wade McVey is one of the hardest working and most prolific musicians in the South. For more details, call (252) 240-2753 or visit

Barefoot Wade at Torpedo Lounge

June 21, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

We’re so excited to welcome back Barefoot Wade to the Torpedo Lounge! He’ll be showing off his talents on guitar as you inch that much closer to the weekend. Come out and let us make you one of our famous craft cocktails while you sit back, feel the breeze and watch the sunset. Fore more details, call (252) 424-8400

Unknown Tongues & Beaufort Blues Project

June 23, 2017

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Hosted by the Beaufort Blues Project: Playing with one of their favorite bands – The Unknown Tongues – at Carteret Community College. Proceeds are going to help with the Wild Caught Local Seafood/Music Festival. Fore more details, visit

Award Winning National Truck & Tractor Pull 

June 23, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Gates open at 6:30 and show begins at 7:30. Children 6-12 are $8 and children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be bought at all the Country Aire Rentals, Newport Flea Mall, Garner Construction, Garner Farm, Willis Farm and Kountry Kitchen. For more details, call (252) 223-4019

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac Tribute

June 23, 2017

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Rumours is the southeast’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation and a visually engaging stage show. Catch them at the Carteret County Community Theatre. For more details, call (252) 497-8919 or visit

Jim Quick & Coastline at Salt Bar 

June 23, 2017 

8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

An eclectic blend of soul, blues and rock has produced the sound known as Coastline. For more details, call (252) 354-2740 or visit

57th Annual Old Homes & Garden Tour

June 23-24, 2017

The 57th annual walking tour of private historic homes, gardens, churches and historic places is the last full weekend in June.  Private homes, Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, music concerts and an antique car show are all highlights of this signature event. Also make time for the Antiques Show going on the same weekend at the civic center in Morehead City. Tickets for the OHT are $18 in advance and $20 the days of the event. Antiques Show tickets are $8. Combo tickets will be available for these events closer to the date.

Local Author Book Signing

June 23, 2017

1:o00 PM-4:00 PM

Emerald Isle Books and Toys

Curt and Debbie Finch, owners of Emerald Isle Books and Toys are proud to again host Tom Gill, local author of the newly released novel, return to Emerald Isle. This is the sequel to his widely-read novel, The Bridge. Emerald Isle Books and Toys is located at 8700 Crew Drive. Visit Tom from 1 to 4pm to get signed copies and discuss his current projects.

Antique Show & Sale 

June 23-25, 2017

Held in conjunction with the Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour in June at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, this event features more than 40 booths of antiques and collectibles, as well as a gourmet Tea Room. For more details, call (252) 728-5225 or visit

Shrimp Burgers & Hot Dogs 

June 24, 2017

11:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Come on out and help Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Shrimp burgers and hot dogs will be for sale. For more details, call (252) 728-1500 or visit

Award Winning National Truck & Tractor Pull 

June 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Gates open at 6:30 and show begins at 7:30. Children 6-12 are $8 and children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be bought at all the Country Aire Rentals, Newport Flea Mall, Garner Construction, Garner Farm, Willis Farm and Kountry Kitchen. For more details, call (252) 223-4019

Live Music with Tiffany Elaine at Idle Hour Biergarten 

June 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Jimmy Kennedy II and Tiffany Elaine will be in the outside area from 6:30 – 9:30. First two there get a free beer! For more details, call (252) 773-0008

Carteret County Speedway 

June 24, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Bring the family and come on out for action packed racing at the most “pristine racing area” ever! Kids 10 & under FREE. Enjoy pizza, hamburgers, beverages and much more! For more details, call (252) 436-7223 or visit

Shaking the Blues Away – Gay Willis & Brian Ernstes 

June 25, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This dynamic duo will bring their incredible singing styles to the stage here just at they have done in NYC! The resonant tenor of Brian and the soprano voice of Carteret County’s own, Gay Willis, will surely enchant you! For more details, call (252) 726-1152 or visit


Emerald Isle EMS Pancake Breakfast 

July 1, 2017

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Emerald Isle EMS, 7604 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle

Plan to attend and support a great cause! $5 a plate – 3 pancakes with 2 pieces of sausage; includes juice, coffee, milk, or water.

Crystal Coast Summer Festival 

July 2, 2017

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Big Rock Landing, Morehead City

A community event hosted at Big Rock Landing on the Morehead City Waterfront featuring live music, NC local seafood, beverages, street vendors, and beautiful waterfront views. The mission of the festival is to honor our active duty and retired military with proceeds from the event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

General admission tickets are available with a $5 suggested donation, VIP tickets and more information are available online at All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to attend. Wear your red, white and blue to the event and celebrate and honor with us!

Cannon Day 

July 4, 2017

10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach

Come down to Fort Macon and learn how different Civil War era cannons were loaded, aimed and fired. Cannon demonstrations will be at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.

Laser Light Show & Glow Dance Party at The Pier 

July 4, 2017

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Bogue Inlet Pier, 100 Bogue Inlet Dr., Emerald Isle

The Town, Emerald Owl Productions, and Bogue Inlet Pier are pleased to present a Laser Light Show and another Glow Dance Party at The Pier. A high-energy dance party will follow the July 4th fireworks, with family-friendly musical entertainment and professional lighting and lasers to brighten up the dance floor after dark. The party begins at 7:00 PM, will take a break for the fireworks show, and will continue after the fireworks until 11:00 PM.

Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Show 

July 4, 2017

9:00 PM

Bogue Inlet Pier, 100 Bogue Inlet Dr., Emerald Isle

Bring the whole family to see Emerald Isle’s 4th of July fireworks show! Watch as the fireworks light up the summer night. The fireworks will be launched from the Bogue Inlet Pier and will be visible from all over the beach, the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound. Grab a beach chair or climb aboard your boat and you’re sure to see a  beautiful show!

Friday Free Flicks 

July 14, 2017

7:00 PM

203 Leisure Ln., Emerald Isle

Movies are family oriented, free and open to the public! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink for just $1.00! Bring your chairs or blankets. Please remember – no outside beverages or snacks. Call (252) 354-6350 for movie title 1 week prior to showing!

Great 4th Race 

July 8, 2017

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Join us to see the traditionally rigged sailing craft rally to celebrate the historic voyages that carried the news of the signed Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks! Boat registration required for participation, free of charge. The fleet boats will be in Taylor’s Creek between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

Beaufort Historic Association’s Summer Party 

July 8, 2017

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

100 Turner St., Beaufort

The Beaufort Historical Association invites you to the Summer Party featuring a specialty cocktail by Doug Brady along with an open bar, live music and great food! View over 100 silent and live auction items and start bidding today at!

Tom and Dahlin’s of Tom’s Tunes | Crystal Coast Lady 

July 13 & 27, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

430 W Beaufort Rd., Beaufort

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises will also be offering live entertainment on her Thursday Tropical Island Sunset Dinner Cruises. Tom and Dahlin’ of Tom’s Tunes will be performing live.

Cost: $42 for Adults, $21 for ages 3-11. Children ages 2 & under are free. Reservations are recommended.

38th Annual Historic Beaufort Road Race 

July 15, 2017

315 Front St., Beaufort

Hundreds of runners will run through the historical downtown of Beaufort to benefit Crystal Coast charities. The divisions include 10K, 5K, 1 Mile, 10K & 5K Wheelchair, 5K Baby Jogger (all children must be safety strapped in and pushed by an individual over age of 18), 5K & 1 Mile Timed Walk and Masters.

The race course has been certified by USA Track and Field. Sponsored by the Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary Club. All races start on Front St. between the NC Maritime Museum and Orange St. For more information call (252) 728-4583 ext. 137 or visit their website,

Kayak the Salt Marsh

July 25, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Learn about local history and the importance of salt marshes while on the water! Basic instruction and safety lessons followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. Advance reservations required.

Fee: $25 per person, $15 with own kayak.

6th Annual CedarFest 

July 29, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

301 Masonic Ave., Cedar Point

Come on down to Cedar Point for lots of fun with Arts & Crafts vendors, food vendors, live music and entertainment for the kids all for the price of a cash or non-perishable food donation!

Live entertainment provided by: Wild Honey and CSA Band 

Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History 

July 30, 2017

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Experience Outer Bank heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Not suitable for kids 12 & under. Advance reservations required.

Fee: $25 per person