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

EmeraldFest 

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 http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/emeraldfest-1

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:
  • 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
252-728-7317

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:

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:
  • August 12, 2017
  • August 13, 2017
  • August 19, 2017
  • August 20, 2017
  • August 26, 2017
  • August 27, 2017

Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History

August 17, 2017

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Fee: $25 per person.

www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com


Live on Thursdays (LOTs) Summer Concert Series 

August 17, 2017

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Grab a lawn chair and head to Dockhouse Park for free, family friendly fun. This Thursday, Silver String Spring Dippers will be performing. For more details, call (252) 241-4485


Tom and Dahlin’ of Tom’s Tunes

August 17, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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 children ages 3-11. Children ages 0-2 are free. Reservations are recommended. For more details, call (252) 728-8687 or visit www.crystalcoastlady.com


Bryan Mayer at Salt 

August 17, 2017

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer is making a BIG impact on the country music scene. A North Carolina native, the six foot seven singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13. For more details, call (252) 354-2740 or visit www.saltei.com


Beach Scavenger Hunt

August 18, 2017

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Meet a Park Ranger at the Fort Macon bathhouse and explore the beach looking for odd and interesting items.


Scearce & Ketner at Southern Salt 

August 18, 2017

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Come on out to Southern Salt to catch some amazing seafood and live music by the one of a kind “Carolina Pirate Rockers,” Scearce and Ketner! For more details, call (252) 499-9528 or visit www.southernsaltseafood.com


The Soul Psychedelic Orchestra at Salt 

August 18, 2017

10:00 PM – 1:00 AM

World class talent, state of the art sound, amazing variety and flawless are just a few words that describe this party band! Don’t miss their only performance at Salt this summer. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for a fun and energetic show! For more details, call (252) 354-2740 or visit www.saltei.com


Wild Caught Local Seafood and Music Festival 

August 18-19, 2017

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Wild Caught celebrates roots music, local seafood and garden goodies, and maritime traditions. The festival is located in Gloucester, NC. The festival opens Friday night at 7:00 PM with music until 11:00 PM. Saturday’s music is from noon to 11:00 PM. WILD CAUGHT seafood and fixings are served Saturday afternoon. Bring something to drink, chairs, bud spray and sun protection. No admission fee, but Wild Caught is possible thanks to sponsorships and your donations! For more details, call (252) 729-8021 or visit www.unknowntongues.com/wildcaught.htm


Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market 

August 19, 2017

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market will host its highly anticipated Summer Sunset Evening Market on the courthouse square. There will be no morning market this day. Instead, the amazing array of diverse vendors will be selling everything from the farm, sea, kitchen, and studio, sheltered under the huge, majestic oaks on the grounds. There will be live local music all evening, shrimp kabobs cooking on the grill, and an experience to remember for the entire family. Come join in the fun on the evening of August 19th and enjoy the best of small town life in Beaufort. For more details, call (252) 564-8822 or visit www.oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org


Reverse Drawing 

August 19, 2017

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The 2017 theme is, The Roaring Twenties: “High Heels, Hemlines & High Spirits!” Purchase a ticket for $100 and you are entered into the drawing. Only 325 tickets will be sold. Once they’re gone… They’re gone. Don’t delay! Each ticket number has a corresponding ball in the squirrel cage. The balls are spun and pulled, spun and pulled, etc. The last ball to be selected is the winner of the Grand Prize of $10,000. Each ticket admits two adults to the “best party of the summer,” featuring a buffet dinner, open bar, silent auction, entertainment, fun and games… and a free cab ride home afterward (anywhere in Carteret County). For more details, call (252) 726-6350 or visit www.nccoastchamber.com


Emerald Isle EMS Pancake Breakfast

August 19, 2017

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Emerald Isle EMS, 7604 Emerald Dr.

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


Blues Brothers Fabulous Rhythm and Blues Review 

August 19, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The Infusion Cafe proudly presents a free-wheeling, smash-’em-up evening of blues and rock-n-roll comedy like only Jake and Elwood can bring home. Featuring a “fabulous rhythm and blues review” of music from the 1980 movie- funky, late 70’s at its best; served up with three courses of Blues Brothers tribute fare. Fore more details, call (252) 240-2800


Carolina Treat at Southern Salt 

August 19, 2017

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Missed out on seeing Carolina Treat perform last month? Don’t you worry because they will be back at Southern Salt to perform some great country music! For more details, call (252) 499-9528 or visit www.southernsaltseafood.com


Roman Sams at Off The Hook 

August 19, 2017

9:30 PM – 1:00 AM

Come check out the Roman Sams at Off The Hook. Come on out for great food, drink specials and LIVE entertainment! For more details, call (252) 499-9150 or visit www.offthehookmoreheadcity.com


Solar Eclipse Scenic Cruise – Crystal Coast Lady 

August 21, 2017

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Enjoy this rare solar eclipse from the serenity of the calm waters without the obstruction of buildings. The moon covers part of the sun’s disc during this astrological phenomena. They provide special solar eclipse viewing glasses. For more details, call (252) 728-8687 or visit www.crystalcoastlady.com


Skatopia at Idle Hour Biergarten 

August 21, 2017

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Don’t miss the free showing of Skatopia at Idle Hour Biergarten in Atlantic Beach. For more details, call (919) 636-8668 or visit www.moondogcinema.com


Summer Taste of Core Sound & Raffle Drawing

August 25, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center for a full, local seafood dinner while they celebrate home cooking and local seafood with a silent auction, raffle, music and entertainment. For more details, call (252) 728-1500 or visit www.coresound.com


Hip Pocket at Salt 

August 25, 2017

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

If you are looking for fun, entertainment, and all the songs you love, Hip Pocket is it! When Hip Pocket shows up a party is sure to break out and the fun begins. Just ask anyone who has been to a Hip Pocket show and you will know what we are talking about. Come on out to Salt and get the party started! For more details, call (252) 357-2740 or visit www.saltei.com


Rebekah Todd at Southern Salt 

August 25, 2017

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The very talented musical artist Rebekah Todd will be joining us on our deck to play some awesome tunes after your meal! We hope to see you there! For more details, call (252) 499-9528 or visit www.southernsaltseafood.com


Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market 

August 26, 2017

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market will father on “Sweet as a Peach Day” on August 26th. There will be homemade peach ice cream and out amazing array of awesome farmers, foodies, fishermen, artists and craftspeople. Relax in the place where life slows down so neighbors can catch up! Enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee, a morning bun, live local music, a food truck for your lunchtime meal and activities for kids of all ages. Take home a treasure and experience the best little market in the coolest small town. For more details, call (252) 564-8822 or visit www.oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org


Back to School Bowling Blast Off! 

August 26, 2017

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

With summer coming to an end, it’s almost time for Mac Daddy’s annual back to school kick off! Are your kids becoming bored with their summer entertainment? Come bid farewell to the summer and hello to the new school year at Mac Daddy’s Back to School Bowling Blast Off! This is a free event and fun for all ages! For more details, call (252) 393-6565 or visit www.mymacdaddys.com


An Evening with Joey Jones 

August 26, 2017

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Country Club of the Crystal Coast presents an evening with Joey Jones. Event open to the public. Reservations required. For more details, call (252) 726-1034 or visit www.crystalcoastcc.com


Country Cool at Carteret Community Theatre 

August 26, 2017

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

COUNTRY COOL is a straight-shootin’, no-holds-barred comedy show that laugh at what we’re all dealin’ with… the “this can’t really be happening” moments in life that make us feel like we’re losing our minds, one traffic jam at a time. Trish Suhr, Karen Mills and Leanne Morgan, all headlining comedians, have southern roots but are well-traveled, diverse, razor sharp and savvy. Fore more details, call (252) 497-8919 or visit www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com


Selah Dubb at Off The Hook 

August 26, 2017

9:30 PM – 1:00 AM

Come check out Saleh Dubb at Off The Hook. Come on out for great food, drink specials, and LIVE entertainment! For more details, call (252) 499-9150 or visit www.offthehookmoreheadcity.com


Bryan Mayer at Salt 

August 26, 2017

10:00 PM – 1:00 AM

With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer is making a BIG impact on the country music scene. A North Carolina native, the six foot seven singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13. For more details, call (252) 354-2740 or visit www.saltei.com


Mighty Quinn at Off The Hook 

August 27, 2017

9:30 PM – 1:00 AM

Come check out Mighty Quinn at Off The Hook. Come on our for great food, drink specials, and LIVE entertainment! For more details, call (252) 499-9150 or visit www.offthehookmoreheadcity.com

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Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at the Ocean House 

September 1, 2017

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

End your summer with a BANG at our annual Murder Mystery Dinner! Museum staff and volunteers prepare an entertaining evening involving a murder plot, clues and of course a twist, all while you enjoy a catered meal! Come help us solve the Museum’s latest unfortunate “accident.” For the museum’s eighth annual Murder Mystery Dinner, the staff have given a spooky twist to the night. Along with the normal cast of characters, visitors can expect to meet palm readers, fortune tellers, and even a couple of ghosts. Space is limited – this event will sell out! Reservations required.

For more information, visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com


Emerald Isle EMS Pancake Breakfast 

September 2, 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.


Kayak the Salt Marsh 

September 8, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn about local history and the importance of salt marshes while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons following 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.

For more information, visit www.ncmaritimemuseumsbeaufort.com


Friday Free Flicks 

September 8, 2017

7:00 PM

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation: 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 $1.00.  Please bring chairs or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks.

For more information, call (252) 354-6350. For movie title, call one week prior to showing.


Merry Time for Tots: Pirate Hooks & Peg Legs 

September 13, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort to explore the world of pirates! Following a story about a boy that joined the pirate crew everyone will get to make their own pirate hats and explore what is inside a pirate treasure chest (it isn’t just gold and jewels!). Along with learning about pirates, students will review their senses, body parts (head, nose, fingers, etc.) and their colors. Ages 2-5. Free. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

For more information, call (252) 728-7317.


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

September 14, 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 – $42.00 for Adults, $21.00 for Children ages 3-11. Children 2 & under are free. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, call (252) 728-8687 or visit www.crystalcoastlady.com


Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History 

September 15, 2017

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Fee: $25 per person.

For more information, visit www.ncmaritimemuseumsbeaufort.com


Emerald Isle’s 12th Annual Day4Kids 

September 16, 2017

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation: 203 Leisure Ln., Emerald Isle

Bringing adults and children of all ages together for a fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games, face painting and more! Celebrate our children by spending meaningful time with them. Rain or Shine.

For more details, call (252) 354-6350 or email Sarah Cutillo at scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org


11th Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament 

September 16, 2017

All Day Event

From Fort Macon to Emerald Isle

Free registration (August 14- September 14) and excellent prizes! All flounder must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet or sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and The Reel Outdoors.

For more information, contact Sheila Lowe at slowe@emeraldisle-nc.org or call (252) 354-6350


7th Annual Crystal Coast Con 

September 23, 2017

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

130 Golphin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret

The Crystal Coast Con, eastern Carolina’s premier Sci Fi, Fantasy and Gaming event held annually on the beautiful Crystal Coast of North Carolina. We may be small in comparison to some of the large Cons out there, but what we may lack in size we more than make up for in FUN. The first annual Crystal Coast Con was held in October 2011. The Sci Fi and Fantasy event was so awesome that we made the FRONT page of two separate large newspapers in two separate counties! This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than the others!

Special guests from well-known television shows and movies will be available to meet and interact with guests.

This SciFi, fantasy and gaming experience will be a one day wondrous event. From incredible celebrity guests to delicious SciFi inspired food and drinks, you are not going to want to miss this! There is no other place in Eastern North Carolina that you can witness this!

If you are interested in attending as a guest, please contact the Crystal Coast Con! We can’t wait for you to share in the fun!


Beach Music Festival 

September 30, 2017

11:00 AM – 5:30 Pm

The Town is excited to continue the iconic Emerald Isle event and we hope everyone will join us! FREE admission, food trucks, and great music! Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival t-shirts will be on sale. No tents or umbrellas permitted within 100 feet of the stage. Beer and wine is permitted on beach strand only (21+ years) but is prohibited in all areas of the Western Ocean Regional Access (restrooms, volleyball courts, parking areas, etc.) Liquor is prohibited. No beer or wine will be sold on-site. Parking will be permitted along the grassy North Carolina Highway 58 right of way. Only handicapped parking will be available at the Western Ocean Regional Access.

For more details, call (252) 354-6350