Crystal Coast Calendar of Events

The Crystal Coast of North Carolina has many festivals and family friendly events during the late summer months into early winter. Here you can keep up to date with local activities, events and socials for one and all from Swansboro to Beaufort and beyond.

Ongoing Summer Happenings

Friday Free Flicks
7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC
7-9pm

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.  Call (252) 354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing

September 9

October 14


Alive at Five Outdoor Concert 2016
807 Shepard Street, Morehead City, NC

Sponsored by Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association (DMCRA). Concerts take place on various dates throughout the summer at the Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront from 5-8 pm. Free to the public. Visit www.downtownmoreheadcity.com

Oct. 27        Jim Quick & Coastline Band

September 2016

Murder Mystery Dinner
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
September 2, 2016 | 3pm – 4pm

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.”  Space is limited. This event will sell out!  Reservations required.  Tickets: $30.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


Newport Flea Mall Monster Truck Jam
196 Carl Garner Rd Newport, NC 28570
September 9-10, 2016

Gates open at 6:30pm and show begins at 7:30pm. Advance Adult Tickets $18, at the Gate $20, Children 6 to 12 are $8 and children 5 and under are free.


10th Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament 2016
September 17, 2016

Free registration (August 15-September 15) 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.  Contact Sheila Lowe at slowe@emeraldisle-nc.org or (252) 354-6350 for more information.


Crystal Coast Beach Volleyball Classic
107 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
September 17, 2016 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

The Crystal Coast Beach Volleyball Classic will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Atlantic Beach Circle. This benefit tournament will be double elimination and starts at 9:00am. Music, food, fun in the sun, and sand between your toes! Team entry fees are $65 and includes lunch! Proceeds benefit United Way Carteret County partner agencies: Boys & Girls Club, Broad Street Clinic, Coastal Pregnancy Care Center, Carteret County Domestic Violence Program.


Emerald Isle’s 11th Annual Day4Kids 2016
7500 Emerald Drive in Emerald Isle 2859
September 17, 2016

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. Day4Kids will be held Saturday, September 17th from 10am to 2pm at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center, 7500 Emerald Drive in Emerald Isle.  Rain or Shine. Call for details 252.354.6350 or email Sarah Cutillo at scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org.  Interested vendors and sponsors should contact Sarah Cutillo, Event Director. Vendors are NOT allowed to sell items, giveaways only. There is no vendor fee. However, vendors are responsible for giveaway items (approved by event director) for the first 400 children to visit their booth.


Wild Horses of the Outer Banks Opening Reception
800 Evans St., Morehead City, N.C
September 17, 2016 |  5-7 pm

One of North Carolina’s most beloved treasures, the wild horse herds of the Outer Banks, is the subject of an exhibition at Carolina Artist Gallery from Sept. 17 to Nov. 11, 2016. Original art in many mediums celebrates the beauty and resilience of the horses, with benefits going to The Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Carolyn Mason, president and chairman of the Foundation, speaks about the horses at the reception, and a wine tasting by Gregory Vineyards of Angier unveils a private label featuring a chosen artist’s work to depict the horses. Several prizes are awarded to artists in various categories.


Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival
2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC
September 23-24, 2016

Beaufort Wine and Food’s Inaugural Craft Beer Festival features 2 days of beer-centric events, focusing on the North Carolina’s dominating craft brewing scene. Crowd favorite Beer, Bubbles and BBQ will also feature craft beer and fare from around the state, with a BBQ competition capping off the event. http://beaufortwineandfood.org/2016-fall-beer-festival-save-the-date/


Bone Suckin’ Sauce presents King of the Cape Open 2016
Town Creek Marina 232 West Beaufort Rd. Beaufort, NC
September 23-24, 2016

Tight Lines to all and be safe! Please bring Check or Cash!! No Credit Cards will be accepted this year!

Prizes for : Lady Angler       Junior Angler       Senior Angler   $500.00 each

Tournament TWT $100.00       High Roller TWT $200.00      Single Engine TWT $100.00

Please come to the Captains meeting. Prior to the Captains meeting at 7:PM we will have a drawing for a $500.00 Voucher to be used toward Entry Fee and TWT’S for the 2015 King of the Cape Open KMT. Registered Captain MUST be present to win this Prize.


NC Seafood Festival
412 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC
September 30-October 2, 2016

The NC Seafood Festival is the largest festival in Eastern NC. Taking place the first weekend in October, the festival offers free local & regional entertainment, 8k road race, sailing events, surf & pier fishing contest, Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, SasSea’s Island playgound for children, FREE Southern Outer Banks Boat Show, vendors of all kinds, fireworks, amusement rides and seafood, seafood, seafood! Festival takes place on the Morehead City Waterfront. www.ncseafoodfestival.org

October 2016


Bogue Inlet King Tournament
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle, NC
October 3-7, 2016


Flag Talk
2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
October 3, 2016 | 10 – 11AM

Meet at the Fort Visitor Center to learn about the wide range of flags used by at Fort Macon and by the confederacy during the War Between the States.


Dr. Bogus Free Surf Fishing Seminar 2016
7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle 28594
October 2, 2016

In conjunction with the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament, Dr. Bogus will be offering a free seminar. Learn about speckled trout surf fishing from one of the area’s most renowned experts. At the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department Community Center.


Kayak Fishing Class
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
October 5, 2016 | 8am – 2pm

Learn the basics of saltwater fishing from a kayak. Kayaks, tackle and rods provided; NC Saltwater Fishing license required. For intermediate or advanced paddlers ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Reservations required.  Fee: $60.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


Musket Firing Demonstration
2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
October 5, 2016 | 10am

Meet in Fort Macon at 10:00am to learn about a 19th century musket’s history, loading procedures, and firing.


26th Annual Surf Fishing Workshop
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
October 7-9, 2016

Make your fishing wishes come true with the annual Surf Fishing Workshop. Expert instruction and hands-on experience are the trademarks of this popular seminar. Advance registration and fees are required and can be accomplished by phone or online. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.


3rd Annual Crystal Coast Fall Surf Fishing Classic
709 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
October 7-9, 2016 | Emerald Isle – Salter Path – Pine Knoll Shores – Atlantic Beach

Sponsored by Fisherman’s Post, hosted by Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle. Tournament headquarters and weigh-in at Chasin’ Tails. Surf fishing will be from Emerald Isle to AB.

QUICK FACTS:

Four Divisions: Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sea Mullet
Entry Fee: $55 per angler before September 26; $65 per angler after September 26 (one entry fee gets you in all four divisions except Red Drum Calcutta)
Red Drum Calcutta: $25 per angler (Red Drum Calcutta is optional–it is offered as another way for tournament participants to win money)
Over $8,000 in cash and prizes (based on 200 entries)
Boundaries: Must fish from a Crystal Coast beach.
No boats — No sound or pier fishing.

Registration: Friday, October 7, from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm (everyone must stop by Registration/Tournament HQ to receive their tournament wrist band and have the band placed upon their wrist–no exceptions!)
Fish Time Starts: Friday, October 7, 12:00 midnight.
Fish Time Ends: Sunday, October 9, 12:00 noon.
Awards Dinner: Sunday, October 9, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Tournament HQ
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 pm at Tournament HQ
Tournament Raffle: Immediately following Awards

Lorrie Morgan
1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
October 7, 2016

Lorrie Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, re-emerges on Shanachie Entertainment with Letting go…Slow. It is a collection that showcases a rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor.

Morgan has long been the envy of her peers for her lustrous vocal phrasing and the down-to-earth believability of her torchy performances. On records such as “A Picture of Me Without You” and “I Guess You Had to Be There,” she ached with pain. She was feisty and sassy in “Watch Me,” “What Part of No” “Five Minutes” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” She has kicked up her stiletto heels in fun on her hits “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.” On her epic “Something in Red” she was an anguished, struggling everywoman. Returning to CCT October 7.  Tickets on sale June 15.


Cephalopod Day
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
October 8, 2016

Celebrate the octopus, the squid and other tentacled animals with a day of special games, programs and activities. Free with admission. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.


Build Your Own Stand Up Paddle Board
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
October 8, 2016 | 9 am-4:30 pm

Participants have the opportunity to build their own Stand-up Paddle Board constructed from cedar and Plywood. These boards will be custom fit to your size, and be a source of pride and enjoyment. These are fun to build and fun to paddle. Once the course is over, the builder will be responsible for varnishing or painting their new boards at home. This four-day course runs for four straight days. Students also have the option to take the course on two consecutive weekends October 8 & 9 and October 15 & 16. Course fee: $1,000. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. All courses are limited in size. Advance registration required. 252-728-7317.


Bird Hike
2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
October 10, 2016

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.


3rd Annual Oyster Roast
Lennoxville Road Beaufort, NC
November 12, 2016

The 3rd Annual Oyster Roast will once again take place overlooking the sound at Turner Creek. This lively affair celebrates North Carolina’s coastal and culinary heritage with grilled and steamed oysters. For those who prefer to keep to the land, a large array of non-seafood menu items will also be prepared by a visiting guest chef. Hayrides, bonfires, a silent auction with large-format, rare and high-end wines, art, and more plus live music will round out the evening.


Shackleford Banks: Horses, Hiking and History
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
October 13, 2016 | 9:30am – 1:30pm

Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on the island. Shackleford Banks is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Not suitable for children under 12. Fee: $30. Advance reservations required.


14th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament
7802 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
October 15 – November 26, 2016

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and The Reel Outdoors are sponsoring the 14th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament. The tournament will run from 8am Saturday, October 15th – November 26th, 2016. Registration is FREE and the Reel Outdoors will be providing prizes for the top 3 anglers! Registration is September 26th – October 13th. The Reel Outdoors is the official weigh-in station. All trout must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet, sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle; no boats. See complete rules on the back of the registration form, which will be available on September 26th at The Reel Outdoors and at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center. Registration forms and rules may also be downloaded at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eiprd. Contact Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation for further information or questions at: (252) 354-6350.


Fall In-The-Water Meet
172 West Beaufort Road, Beaufort, NC
October 15, 2016 | 1-5:30pm

Traditional Small Craft Association hosts this gathering at the Gallants Channel docks. All small boats are welcome. Free boat rides for the public. Pig pickin’. Ticketed event. For more information, call 252.728.2762. Proceeds from this event help support the operations of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The event takes place at Gallants Channel, an extension of the NC Maritime Museum.


BHA Fall Fundraising Party
100 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC
October 15, 2016 | 6:30-11pm

Join the Beaufort Historical Association in the beautiful waterfront home of Wes and Trent Ragland to enjoy music by Blue Moon Jazz, artwork by Fen Rascoe, and food by Beaufort Grocery Company at the annual Fall Party on October 15.


Kayak Fishing Class
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
October 19, 2016 | 8am-2pm

Learn the basics of saltwater fishing from a kayak. Kayaks, tackle and rods provided; NC Saltwater Fishing license required. For intermediate or advanced paddlers ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Reservations required.  Fee: $60.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum.


Astronomy/Star Gazing
2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC
October 21, 2016 | 6:30pm

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


Tuna Run 200
110 E Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC

The Tuna Run 200 is an amazing, overnight relay adventure in which you and your friends Run 200 Scenic Miles to finish at the beach and enjoy tuna and your beverage of choice after a job well done. The Tuna Run 200 begins just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina in Lake Benson Park in Garner and will finish at the beach in Atlantic Beach on the Crystal Coast.


Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
October 26-27, 2016 | 4:30-7:30pm

Bring on the ghosts, goblins and goodies. Children collect candy from booths among the exhibits and enjoy other Halloween hi-jinks.


Ship Life, Wildlife
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
October 27, 2016 | 7-9pm

Our Natural Science Curator, Keith Rittmaster, spent several months aboard a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. Come see what he experienced! Keith will share photos and stories from offshore which included searching for, counting, and identifying whales and other marine wildlife off the coast of North Carolina. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome.


2016 Halloween Carnival and Trunk-Or-Treat!
7500 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle 28594
October 28, 2016

Fun for the whole family includes creating a glow in the dark mural, face painting, photo booth, cake walk, ID kits by the EI Police Dept., Trunk or Treat and more! Admission fee to carnival is two bags of candy per child. Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department.


29th Annual Carolina Kite Festival
1400 E FT. Macon Rd.
October 29-30, 2016 | 10am-4pm
Saturday – 6pm night flight

Kites Unlimited presents the 29th Annual Carolina Kite Festival at Sands Villas Resorts in Atlantic Beach. Special Guests to be announced • See Colorful Kites from Around the World • Candy Drops for the Children • Kite Building for Kids • Team Flying


2016 Town of Emerald Isle Trick or Treat!
7505 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC
October 31, 2016 | 6-8:30pm

The Town of Emerald Isle will officially observe Halloween Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31st from 6-8:30pm. Please think SAFETY at all times when taking children Trick-or-Treating!

November 2016

Musket Firing Demonstration
2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016 | 10am

Meet in Fort Macon at 10:00am to learn about a 19th century musket’s history, loading procedures, and firing.


Brown Bag Gam: Crossing The Water By Ferry
315 Front St, Beaufort, NC | November 3, 2016

Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag Gam during your lunch hour and join Associate Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly for an informal discussion on crossing the water by ferry. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


Friends of the NC Maritime Museum Boat Shop Bash
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
November 5, 2016 | 6:30-10pm

Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum host the annual Boat Shop Bash fundraising party for members & the public at the Harvey W. Watercraft Center. This themed event includes music, food, and live and silent auctions. Costumes are optional. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Store or online at www.maritimefriends.org. Proceeds from this event help support the operations of the Friends of the Maritime Museum and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


Flag Talk
2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
November 7, 2016 | 10 – 11AM

Meet at the Fort Visitor Center to learn about the wide range of flags used by at Fort Macon and by the confederacy during the War Between the States.


Merry Time for Tots: Boats that Float
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
November 9, 2016

Preschoolers and their caregivers will learn to judge different items (cannon balls, toy boats, spoons, etc.) and decide if they will float or sink before testing their “hypothesis” with a VERY scientific experiment in a pool of water. Students will also learn about some of the different boats that frequent our coast before making their very own blow boats from kits supplied by the Museum’s Watercraft Center. Ages 2-5. Free. Space is limited, pre-registration required. 252-728-7317. Program by School & Group Coordinator Christine Brin. North Carolina Maritime Museum


Free Admission Day and Food Drive at the Aquarium
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
November 11, 2016

Free admission for all, no past or present military connections required. The Aquarium will also offer a chance to return the favor with a contribution of non-perishable food items to an on-site food drive for Martha’s Mission Cupboard. For more details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.


CCA Inside & Out Tournament 2016
Portside Marina, Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC
November 12, 2016

The annual tournament features divisions for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, King Mackerel and False Albacore.


Down East Folk Arts Society Concert – Beaucoup Blue
3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557
November 12, 2016 | 6:30 pm doors open; 7:30 pm show starts

Location: Joslyn Hall, Carteret Community College, Morehead City
In Concert: Beaucoup Blue
Beaucoup Blue is the Americana Philadelphia based group of David and Adrian Mowry. Father and son have been performing their roots based music nationally and internationally as a duo, quartet and on occasion quintet. Bridging many gaps in American music, their soulful traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. Although blues is a staple in their repertoire, they base their love in music from Folk, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. All these interests and influences come out in their original song-writing in a unique way.

General admission $16, Active duty military and Down East FolkArts Society Members  $13, Full-Time Students $10. To reserve tickets, please call or text (252) 646-4657 or send email to  folkartsenc@gmail.com. Visit the Down East Folk Arts Society website for detailed information on performers- http://www.downeastfolkarts.org/Concerts.html 


Bird Hike
2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
November 14, 2016

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.


Oyster Harvesting Sail
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
November 15, 2016 | 10am-3pm

This one-of-a-kind program was initiated by Bob Bailey, a volunteer at the Watercraft Center. A new on-the-water event for the Friends of the Museum – The Oyster Harvesting Sail – involves sailing east across the North River to Middle Marsh. There, oysters are harvested in the shallows and marsh grass under the tutelage of expert oysterer Bailey. The fleet then returns to the Watercraft Center for an oyster roast on the docks. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


Astronomy/Star Gazing
2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC
November 18, 2016 | 6:30pm

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


Jumble Sale
100 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC
November 19, 2016 | 9am-4pm

The Beaufort Historic Site turns into a community market with art, handmade crafts, holiday gifts, pre-loved treasures, antiques, clothing, food and much more. No admission fee. Vendor information is available.


Community Thanksgiving Feast
130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC
November 20, 2016 | 11:30am-1pm

The Community Thanksgiving Feast, will be held on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. This unique old-fashioned gathering of friends, neighbors, and visitors allows participants to enjoy a sense of community while sharing a delicious meal donated by our amazing Beaufort restaurants. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event.


Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
600 Front Street Beaufort, NC 28516
November 24, 2016 | 1-3pm

Come have Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Crystal Coast Lady!!


Inaugural Crystal Coast Oyster Festival
705 Shepard St, Morehead City, NC 28557
November 26, 2016 | 2-10pm

Come out on this holiday weekend for the Inaugural Crystal Coast Oyster Festival provided by Pints for a Purpose, Inc. This fundraiser festival will benefit the NC Shellfish Growers Association, as well as a commercial fishing organization. The mission is to make the Festival a family-friendly, fun event that raises awareness for Wild Caught, as well as, farmed oysters. There will be live music, local vendors with arts, crafts, jewelry and more. Oyster farmers will talk about the preparation, selling and serving of oysters. The festival will take place at the Big Rock “Jib” Landing site in downtown Morehead City.


13th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade 2016
November 26, 2016

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association and the Town of Emerald Isle will take place on Saturday, November 26th beginning at 3pm on Hwy 58, Emerald Drive. Important note to all entrants: There will be only ONE Santa Claus in the parade and he will be riding in a float at the end. All other Santa’s will be sent back to the North Pole! Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas Tree Lighting at Merchant’s Park! Enjoy free refreshments, as well as a holiday caroling sing-a-long as Santa Claus visits with the children. To enter, contact Don Wells at donaldjwells@gmail.com.