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

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

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.

Beaufort Wine & Food Oyster Roast

November 4th 2:00- 5:00

Beaufort Wine and Food is celebrating its forth annual Oyster Roast, taking place at Beaufort East Village off Lennoxville Road from 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The site will offer guests outstanding views of Davis Bay while celebrating North Carolina’s coastal and culinary heritage.

The gathering celebrates the bounty of Eastern NC cuisine and will feature local steamed oysters, shrimp and other seafood selections along with North Carolina pork and poultry.

In addition to steamed oysters, guests can enjoy a variety of local seafood provided by Joe Darden Seafood, Blue Ocean Market, Fishtowne Seafood, Mr. Big Seafood, and many more.

Guests can enjoy entertainment in the form of live music, a silent auction, roasting s’mores on a fire pit and hayrides leading to the event site.

For more information visit

Bike Hike Fort Macon

November 13th 9:00- 10:00AM

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. For more details, 252-726-3775 or

Succulent Seafood Series

November 13th 2:00- 4:00

Local Chefs demonstrate how to prepare fresh, local seafood with a flourish. Sessions include a taste test! Schedule is based on restaurant participation. Ages 12 and up. $18 For more details, 252-247-4003 or

Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack

November 14th 2:30- 3:30

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquariasts feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20. Available on Tuesdays and Fridays. For more details, 252-247-4003 or

Musket Firing Demonstration at Fort Macon

November 15th 10:00 – 11:00AM

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. Meet in the fort. For more details, 252-726-3775 or

28th Annual Domestic Violence Luncheon & Fashion Show

November 19th 12:00 – 3:30

Local businesses will be in attendance with their wares to allow for lots of fun Holiday shopping, a raffle, and a silent auction as well.

The Carteret County Domestic Violence Program is proud to announce our signature fundraising event,  the 28th Annual “Shop, Savor & Sip” Luncheon & Fashion Show, on Sunday November 19, 2017 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, with the doors opening at 11:45 for early shopping.

The Shop, Savor and Sip Luncheon and Fashion Show will benefit the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program.

For more information visit

Small Business Saturday

November 25th All Day

The impact small businesses have on a community is huge. When you choose to shop small you help support local organizations that help our coast keep getting better.

Choose to shop local on Saturday November 25th (day after black Friday) to start your holiday shopping off right.

6th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

December 2, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Ln., Emerald Isle

On the first Saturday in December, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will host their 6th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the Gymnasium. The Fair will feature all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. For more information or to become a vendor, contact Sarah Cutillo at (252) 354-6350 or email at There is no application deadline but applications are accepted beginning in August and space is limited and expected to fill up quickly.

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

December 2, 2017

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 PM on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 PM on the Beaufort waterfront. Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 3, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry fee to participate. For more information, call (252) 728-7317 or visit

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation’s 4th Annual “Santa and a Movie”

December 8, 2017

6:00 PM

Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Ln., Emerald Isle

Children of all ages join Santa for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a short Christmas movie classic! Kids are encouraged to wear their most comfy Christmas pajamas. Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on during the movie. Event takes place at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child. You MUST pre-register to attend and reservations will be accepted beginning November 1st. However, only 75 (children) spaces available and expected to fill quickly! For more information, contact Sarah Cutillo call (252) 354-6350 or email at

7th Annual Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

December 9, 2017

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

130 Turner St., Beaufort

Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at the Historic Beaufort Site. Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner St., or visit

Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

December 9, 2017

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

130 Turner St., Beaufort

Tour private homes in Beaufort and rise on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners will open their doors so that the public can delight in their festive decor and decorations. Admission fee. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner St., or visit

Merry Time for Tots: Shark Tales!

December 13, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

315 Front St., Beaufort

By popular demand, this Merry Time for Tots program focuses on sharks! Children and their caregivers are invited to learn about sharks starting from their teeth and ending with their tails. This exciting program will give students the chance to handle a few different shark’s teeth and create their own shark fin hats to wear home. As with all of their Merry Time for Tots programs, this program not only focuses on teaching kids about sharks, but will also touch on the importance of brushing your teeth and getting along with others. Ages 2-5 free. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. For more information, call the museum at (252) 728-7317 or visit

Crystal Coast Countdown at the North Carolina Maritime Museum

December 31, 2017

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

315 Front St., Beaufort

Don’t ring in 2018 without some essential items! Visit the Museum to design your very own New Year’s hat and glasses and bring in the New Year with style. Make sure to visit to find out what other exciting programs will be going on. Free admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. Visit for more information.

Morehead City Christmas Parade

1700 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

December 10, 2016 | 11am

6th Annual Beaufort Holiday Artwalk

130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC
December 10, 2016 | 2pm – 5pm
The Art Walk, held in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight Tour, will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located on the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. and Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. Artists Carol Roop and Craig Gurganus will be featured as part of the Beaufort Art Walk in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery. Tickets can be purchased through the website

Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC
December 10, 2016 | 5-8pm

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly decorated for the season. These private homes represent a wide variety of Beaufort’s unique architectural styles from different periods of the town’s history.  The creativity and imagination used to decorate theses residences is a real testament to the gracious hosts opening their homes for this holiday event. The fragrant greenery, dazzling ornaments, colorful candles, glittering tinsel and elaborate trees are sure to bring forth everyone’s holiday spirit. Tickets for this event are $14.

A Dickens of a Dinner

1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC
December 10, 2016 | 7-10pm

You are invited to a festive Christmas Dinner Theatre of literary proportions! Join us as we retell that time-honored story and celebrate the season in a most memorable way at the Infusion Cafe! This joyful & traditional Christmas celebration will feature readings from Dickens’ beloved tale, wandering minstrels playing instruments and singing well loved Christmas songs, Christmas fare all presented in halls decked with holiday finery! Surely it will be a night in which the treasured memories of Christmas past are made. Tickets Required. 252-240-2800.

Astronomy/Star Gazing

2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC
December 16, 2016 | 5:30pm

Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to view space through a telescope and learn more about our Universe.

Claus Crawl 2016

Beaufort, NC
December 17, 2016 | 2-6pm

Connect Carteret presents Claus Crawl 2016 in downtown Beaufort! Tickets are on sale now through the chamber website at for $10.00. Must be 21 to purchase a ticket. One ticket will get you a FREE Claus Crawl Mug, special offers to 10 different locations in downtown Beaufort, swag, and invitation to the after party at Backstreet Pub. There will be raffles, giveaways, costume contest and live music at the after party. This is going to be the Best Christmas Party of the Year!

Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market

300 Court House Square, Beaufort, NC
December 17, 2016 | 4:30-8:30pm

Old Fashioned Holiday Market at the Courthouse Square in Beaufort.

The Embers Christmas Show

1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557

December 20, 2016 | 7:30pm

The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music. This legendary Beach Music band sings new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes the whole family will love. Tickets are $25.

Crystal Coast Countdown at the North Carolina Maritime Museum

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
December 31, 2016 | 1-4pm

Ring in the new year in style! The North Carolina Maritime Museum will supply a template for 2017 glasses and hats, you supply the creativity! Add spots, stripes, words, bows, or even glitter, it is up to you. Adults and children alike are invited to participate throughout the afternoon as we celebrate a great 2016 and anticipate an amazing 2017. Free Admission. Walk-ins welcome.

5th Annual New Year’s Eve in Downtown Beaufort

500 Front Street Beaufort, NC 28516
December 31, 2016 | 6-9pm

Pirate Plunge: ARRGHHHH! Capt. Shack is getting ready to walk the plank high above the Beaufort Docks for the New Year’s Eve Pirate Drop from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Watch Beaufort’s pirate take an icy dive into Taylor’s Creek. Marshmallows & Resolutions: 6:30 pm – 8 pm gather around the fire pit! We’ll have everything you need to make some melty, delicious s’mores, hot coca and cider. Live Music: The whole family will love getting down to a bit of rock ‘n roll in the streets of downtown! Bring some lawn chairs, but no coolers please! Beer & wine sales on site. The event takes place at John Newton Park, next to the Dockhouse, Front Street and Craven Street. This event is brought to you by the Downtown Beaufort Development Association and takes place as part of the Crystal Coast Countdown.