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

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

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.


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.

Alive at Five

May 26, 2017

Downtown Morehead City

This Friday, May 26th, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. kicks off its 2017 concert series with a benefit concert for Connect Carteret’s KickStart Carteret program.  The May 26th concert will present The Tonez, featuring mix of Oldies, Motown, Rock & Roll, Country, Funk, R&B and Beach music.

All proceeds raised at the May 26 concert benefit Connect Carteret’s KickStart Carteret program, which promotes start-ups and small businesses in Carteret County, located at 300 N 35th Street on the second floor.

June calendar

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. Gates open at 12:30PM. Show starts at 1:30PM. Curtain at 10PM. This is an all-ages, family friendly event. Children under 3 enter free.

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!

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

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.

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.