nc seafood festival

Who doesn’t love fresh, local seafood, libations, carnival games, fireworks, and more? The North Carolina Seafood Festival has it all! Seafood and sea-fun meet right here on the Morehead City Waterfront! This year was the 33rd year of the Seafood Festival on our beautiful coast and we are so glad we got to enjoy all it has to offer.

This festival is one of our favorites to attend each year – Our bellies get full with some of the most delicious seafood on the coast and local brews and liquors from the Crystal Coast’s distilleries. Sometimes, we even muster up the courage to get on the carnival rides – after stuffing our faces!

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History of the NC Seafood Festival

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret County citizens and businesses in Morehead City. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc. organized to develop and conduct a festival every year. This festival is held every year on the first weekend of October to promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry in our community.

A special ‘thank you’ goes out to our local commercial fisherman for all you do in our area and our economy. They are the true celebrants of this festival.

Check out some highlights from the festival below!