Hurricane Florence hit us hard and the clean-up efforts are well under way along the Crystal Coast and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, there are some area happenings that didn’t have enough time to prepare for the general public to participate. Some events were also rescheduled- which are noted below.
The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival – Cancelled
It’s with deep regret that we have to report the EIBMF, which would’ve celebrated it’s 3rd year since it’s revival has been cancelled. There is a great deal of cleanup and recovery that needs to take place here on the island before an influx of over 10,000 beach music lovers. We look forward to seeing everyone next year for arguably the best party on the Crystal Coast.
NC Seafood Festival – Postponed
The largest annual festival in North Carolina always brings sights, smells, and sounds to downtown Morehead City. This year will hopefully still be the case- but just a few weeks later in the year. The NC Seafood Festival Board of Directors, comprised of some great local business leaders is working hard to try and get the festivities rescheduled for the first weekend in November. Stay tuned to the official event website for more information on the rescheduling. https://www.ncseafoodfestival.org/
Swansboro Mullet Festival – Postponed
Similar to the NC Seafood Festival, Swansboro officials have decided to postpone the activities until the second weekend in November. With merchants and residents downtown still cleaning up debris and repairing the damages- festival planners determined it was too soon to gather such a large group in such a small area. In an effort to take some good with some bad, the town will host a Mullet Boro Benefit at the Swansboro Rotary Civic Center on Saturday, October 12th from 12-8 PM. Many of the original bands scheduled to play will be in attendance, including the likes of The Tams, and Jim Quick & The Coastline Band. Food Trucks will be available on-site for hungry attendees to purchase a bite, and donations will be raised accepted to benefit local families still suffering from losses due to Florence.
Crystal Coast Con – Cancelled
The 8th Annual Crystal Coast Con, a thrilling Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Gaming experience has unfortunately been cancelled as well. The host of the annual event- Mac Daddy’s Family Entertainment Center is undergoing major renovations as a result of Hurricane Florence. With an action-packed lineup of celebrity guests, dealers and authors, it was impossible to reschedule for a later date. Keep an eye on their website for the 2019 date to be announced later this year! http://www.crystalcoastcon.com/
Fort Macon State Park – Exhibit Rooms Currently Closed
The State Parks System is working hard to open up the Historical Battleground at the East end of Atlantic Beach. Determined to be the most popular State Park in North Carolina last year, Fort Macon will hopefully have their educational centers back up and running better than ever by the end of the year.
Hammocks Beach State Park – Closed Until Further Notice
One of the Crystal Coast’s most hidden gems- Hammock’s Beach State Park will be partially closed while efforts are made to restore the island back to it’s natural landscape. Unfortunately there will be no Ferry Service for the rest of the year, and the kayak launch at the Park is also closed. Camping sites may be back open near the end of October, but campers will have to find their own mode of transportation to the island. Plans to re-open the visitors center and mainland area by October 1st are underway.
Emerald Isle Woods Park – Closed Until Further Notice
Due to significant flooding and down trees, the town of Emerald Isle has decided to temporarily close the park down Coast Guard Road. With more pressing efforts topping the list, the town expects to be able to get into the wooded area within the next few weeks to clear debris and make all necessary repairs. Emerald Isle Woods hosts more than 2 miles of walking trails, a 9 hole Frisbee Golf Course, a Bathhouse/Picnic Area and a soundside kayak launch. Stay tuned to the Town of Emerald Isle’s website and Social Media pages for more info on when the park will be up and running.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all people, businesses, and events still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.