Crystal Coast Calendar of 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

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series
1901 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 222-6056

Winter 2017
The popular dinner series is back! Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Culinary Students and top local chefs. Get a ticket for an individual dinner, or the whole series but act fast because they always sell out! This is an annual event that occurs once a month during January, February, March and April.  This year we are offering four dinners (no luncheon) in the series. All four dinners will feature the best French Cuisine (four course-meal). This event sells out every year! This amazingly unique event supports the CCC Culinary Program.  The Culinary Program is vibrantly training tomorrow’s chefs.  Carteret Community College is very proud that we send 3-4 students annually to France for a month internship.  During this month-long trip the students train under the best French Escoffier Chefs in the world!

•  January 24 – Chef Floyd Olmstead
•  February 28 – Chef Charles Park
•  March 23 – Chef Anthony Garnett
•  April 25 – C.C.C. Culinary Students

Four dinner package – $200/person
Individual dinners – $60/person

All dinners will take place at the Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach.

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:
  • February 25, 9am – February 26, 4:30pm
  • March 18, 9am – March 19, 4:30pm
  • April 22, 9am – April 23, 4:30pm
  • May 20, 9am – May 21, 4:30pm
  • 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

International Film Series
3505 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 222-6056

Winter 2017

We are back at it this year with four new films from four new countries. Join us for a wonderful dinner catered by Floyd’s 1921 and inspired by the featured movie’s country. After dinner stroll over to Joslyn Hall for popcorn and the movie!
•  January 26 – The President (Bonus Showing – January 27, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)
•  February 23 – The Carer (Bonus Showing – February 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)
•  March 23 – Nakom (Bonus Showing – March 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)
•  April 6 – I Wish (Bonus Showing – April 7, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)

Films: 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m.  Admission is FREE – Donations support the series.
Dinners: 6 p.m. – Enjoy cuisine that reflects the culture of the evening’s movie. $35/person (dinner and one drink ticket) Cash bar available.

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.


NC Whales & Whaling Symposium

April 7, 2017

315 Front St. Beaufort, NC

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This day-long event will include presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices. Participants will learn about species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters, how some of these whales were hunted throughout the Atlantic and elsewhere and where some of their skeletal remains have ended up. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.

Candy, Chicks and Rock ‘N Roll

April 7-8. 2017

Carteret Community Theatre


In this Event, the theatre turns into a giant candy factory for the showing of “Hop”. There will be a complimentary snack and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10 a seat. For Tickets, visit

Spring Bazaar

April 8, 2017

1411 Highway 101 North Beaufort

9:00 AM -3:00 PM

There will be vendors and food. For more information, call 252-241-6036.

King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running — Saturday Evening Show

 April 8, 2017

7:30-9:30 PM

Join us at Joslyn Hall at Carteret Community College for a special anniversary celebration as the North Carolina Coastal Federation turns 35 and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum turns 25 and present The Coastal Cohorts and their one-of-a-kind show King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running. The Cohorts bring their love of the seashore to the stage with a musical blend of folk, soul and rock music. The Cohorts’ original music celebrates life on the Carolina coast with a combination of ballads and upbeat tunes, flavored by humor and poetry.

Be the first to get your Saturday evening general admission tickets on sale for $50 for federation or museum members and $60 for non-members. Saturday night tickets include the lively Cast Party with the Cohorts after the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Sunday matinee are also on sale.

With an impressive performance history from their first run at Rhythm Alley in Chapel Hill in 1985, The Cohorts have performed King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running at the West Bank Theatre (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and at venues up and down the coast from Virginia to Georgia.

Emerald Isle Easter Egg Hunt

203 Leisure Lane

Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation

April 9, 2017

12:00 PM

Easter Egg Hunt & Festivities will take place on Sunday, April 9th 2017 at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation beginning at 12pm (noon).  Join the EI Bunny at noon for festivities including sidewalk chalking, face painting, music and more.  Sharply at 1pm the egg hunting whistle will be blown.  Egg hunters should bring their own basket and arrive prior to 12:45. There is no fee to participate in the egg hunt.  Three age categories: Ages 4 & Under • Ages 5 to 8 • Ages 9 to 12.  Prizes will be awarded in each age group for the person(s) finding the EI bunny’s prize eggs.  The EI bunny himself will be on hand for photographs and to award the prizes.  Everyone is invited!  No registration is required.

Shackleford Banks: Horse, Hiking and History

April 13, 2017

NC Maritime Museum

Beaufort, NC


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 details, 252-728-7317 or

Salty Air Open Market Easter Egg Glow Hunt 

April 14, 2017


307 Cedar Point Blvd  Cedar Point, NC

Come on out enjoy this awesome glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT (DONATION WELCOME) proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House.
Will have vendors, live music, food trucks and a bouncy house out at the market all day. Will be serving one free hot dog per child during the Easter egg hunt.The hunt starts at 7:30 pm. Kids will be split up into three groups 0 – 3 4 – 6 7-12.

Beaufort Historic Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

April 15, 2017

Beaufort Historic Site


Hop over to the Beaufort Historic Site and join the fun . Children ages seven and younger are invited to search for hidden eggs filled with candy and enjoy light refreshments. This is a free event; all you need to bring is your Easter basket and arrive early to position yourself for the start of the Hunt! The gates to the grounds will open at 11 AM for all age groups. For more details 252-728-5225 or 

Beaufort Wine & Food

April 26- April 30

Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend showcases great wineries and winemakers from around the world and pairs them with food prepared by local, regional and visiting chefs in a beautiful and intimate coastal setting along the Crystal Coast.


Bike The Banks

May 6, 2017

8:00 AM

Three rides to choose from! Ride 1: Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles along Multi Use Path) $25 entry fee, Ride 2: Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $45 entry fee, Ride 3: Cape Lookout (100 miles) $45 entry fee. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 120 who register by April 20th. Register at Questions? Contact

Register now!

Friday Free Flicks – “The Secret Life of Pets”

May 12, 2017

7:00 PM

203 Leisure Lane

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.

Beaufort Music Festival

May 19-20, 2017

Downtown Beaufort, NC

Event is Free

Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a volunteer-run organization working with and in the community to bring tourism and music to Beaufort and to the Crystal Coast. The festival takes place in May on Beaufort’s historical downtown waterfront. The town is packed on Friday and Saturday with amazing bands performing for free, food trucks and a fun-filled kid area. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the beautiful weather and some pretty great music. As laid back as the festival weekend is, it actually takes a whole year to plan. The volunteer-run festival committee works non-stop to get the final weekend ready to go. Fundraising events are organized throughout the year; these events serve to bring people together in a unique way and promote local art, activities and a community feeling. The money raised from the events goes toward funding the May festival, but also goes back into the community, specifically the community’s children. At the conclusion of most music festivals, the committee is able to give a large donation to the BMF College Scholarship, which goes to a local graduating high school senior. Each year, we hope to offer more to the scholarship; we are committed to our cause and as the economy rebounds, we are driven to see the numbers increase. As much as we are into our community, we are equally into its music. We live it. We breathe it.

Beach Music Festival

May 20, 2017

115 Atlantic Blvd

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

You don’t want to miss the 4th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival at the boardwalk at the Circle, Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC.

Featuring: Coastline, Band of the Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Mighty Saints of Soul

Admission is free, but pets and glass containers are prohibited.