April 2024 Events on the Crystal Coast

NC Coast Events April 2024  

Ready for an April adventure on the NC Coast? Get excited because we’ve got a tidal wave of fun waiting for you! Dive into a jam-packed calendar of events, witness the colorful bloom of flowers, and soak up the sun as the weather heats up. Don’t miss out on this coastal extravaganza – pack your bags and join the party!  

Bird Hike  

April 1st  

Location: Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach  

Join one of the Rangers in the Visitor Center Lobby of Fort Macon State Park for a leisurely bird-watching hike. Explore the diverse bird species that call Fort Macon their home.  

Opal Beach Turtle Painting Class  

April 3rd  

Location: Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Atlantic Beach  

At Wine & Design’s Painting Class, you can expect more than just an art class. Get ready for music, laughter, and stress relief! Bring a friend or loved one for a guaranteed good time. Local artists will lead you step by step to create your masterpiece. This class is open to all experience levels and is $38 per person (this includes all art supplies you will need). Reserve your spot online, as seats are limited.   



46th Annual Pig Cooking Contest  

April 5th and 6th  

Location: Newport Community Park  

Join in on the fun at the Newport Pig Cooking Contest! Experience two days of springtime fun filled with delicious food, rides, irresistible bake sales, live music, souvenirs, and more! Take advantage of all the festivities!  

Atlantic Beach King Mackerel 4th Annual Sapphire Soiree  

April 6th  

Location: The Cottage at the Crystal Coast in Atlantic Beach  

Join us for the Sapphire Soiree, an elegant event supporting Life Saving Equipment for the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. Dress code: Semiformal Royal Theme with jewel tone colors. Tickets are $100 each, including complimentary shuttle services, an open bar, delicious food, live entertainment by Trainwreck, and a chance to win $1,500 in a reverse raffle.  

8th Annual Core Sound Run  

April 6th  

Location: Core Sound Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island  

Take advantage of Core Sound Museum’s annual 10K, 5K, and 1-mile fun run/walk, uniting runners, walkers, and youth teams from Carteret County and beyond to experience one of Eastern North Carolina’s most scenic runs. Now in its 8th year, we anticipate over 400 participants celebrating the arrival of spring in Harkers Island and Down East.   

Jumpstart 2024 at Carteret Speedway  

April 6th  

Location: Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro  

The 2024 race season begins with Opening Day, featuring all 8 Divisions hitting the track. The action starts at 2 p.m., promising excitement for racing enthusiasts eager to hit the throttle!  

Kiddo Collab: Kids Market  

April 7th  

Location: The Periwinkle in Beaufort  

Mark your calendars! It’s time to rally your creative, entrepreneurial kiddos for the Kids Market season. Join us on Sunday, April 7th, from 1–3 p.m. for a fantastic opportunity to inspire young minds and support budding entrepreneurs.  

Nantucket Basket Class  

April 9th  

Location: Beaufort Historic Site  

This basket-making workshop, led by Kathy Petronzio, is priced at $75 per person and is led by Kathy Petronzio. Participants will craft the Divided Tin Tray basket, featuring a rectangular tin tray with a wooden handle and an 8″ x 12″ slotted maple base. The sides are woven with madras blue-dyed reed, standing approximately 4″ high. This versatile basket is perfect for serving condiments on your patio.  

Kayak the Salt Marsh 

April 10th 

Location: Gallants Channel in Beaufort 

Join our education team for beginner kayak lessons and safety training on shore before embarking on a 1.5-mile paddle through the salt marsh in our touring kayaks. This program is suitable for ages 12 and up, with participants under 18 requiring adult supervision. Swimming ability is a must, and some prior kayaking experience is recommended. The cost is $35 per person ($30 if you bring your kayak), and pre-registration is required by noon the day before. 

Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale  

April 12th and 13th   

Location: Beaufort Historic Site  

As spring blossoms, it’s planting season! Join the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Carteret County for their annual Spring Plant Sale at the Beaufort Historic Site on Turner Street. The sale will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, offering various options to satisfy your gardening needs.  

ZUZU African Acrobats  

April 12th  

Location: East Carteret High School in Beaufort  

Get ready to be captivated by the incredible ZUZU African Acrobats! Experience the vibrant culture of Tanzania as they perform breathtaking stunts and share the beauty of East Africa! Join us for an engaging 90-minute show filled with human pyramids, juggling, comedy, and thrilling acts!  

Beaufort Historic Association Publick Day  

April 13th   

Location: Beaufort Historic Site  

Publick Day is a charming flea market held at the Beaufort Historic Site. Vendors offer a variety of goods, including antiques, collectibles, artwork, handmade jewelry, books, delicious food, and much more.  

Beach Scavenger Hunt  

April 15th  

Location: Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach  

Join a park ranger for a leisurely beach walk to explore and discover treasures like drift beans, sea glass, and seashells. Remember sunscreen and water. Weather conditions and the group will determine the hike distance. Meet at the visitor center lobby to start your beach scavenger hunt!  

Staghorn Fern Mounting Class  

April 16th  

Location: Carolina Home and Garden in Newport  

Attention all plant enthusiasts! Join us for an informative and exciting class with the skilled instructor, Fran! Learn the ins and outs of caring for Staghorn Ferns while mounting them on wood to take home and enjoy year-round. Tickets are $45 per person. Tickets for this class sell out fast, so secure yours today!  

Exploring Coastal Habitats on the Rachel Carson Reserve  

April 18th  

Location: North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort  

Accompany a member of our education team at the Maritime Museum for an exploration of the diverse plants and animals inhabiting the salt marsh and tidal flats of the Rachel Carson Reserve. This guided hike will lead you through various habitats, including sandy, muddy, and wet terrain on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Recommended for ages 12 and up, an adult must accompany all participants under 18.  

1st Annual Beer Mile  

April 20th   

Location: The Periwinkle in Beaufort  

Mark your calendars for the Beer Mile, brought to you by the Periwinkle! Join us for this unique event where participants will tackle four beers and a one-mile race, all supporting a good cause. The race fee is $40 per person.  

OWLS Fort Macon Trail 5K  

April 20th  

Location: Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach  

The Fort Macon trail run offers a cross-country style course with moderate elevation changes. The trail traverses wooded areas and open sunlit spaces, featuring footbridge crossings and scenic views of Beaufort Inlet, Bogue Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. The race fee is $35 per person.  

Door Hanger Workshop  

April 23rd  

Location: Carolina Home and Garden in Newport  

Join us for a painting party hosted by Happy Cloud Art Studio in the beautiful Sunroom at Carolina Home & Garden! Sip on a drink or snack as you create your masterpiece. This event is open to all skill levels! We’ll paint and decorate door hangers, with four 3D multilayered round designs available for this painting party.  

18th Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Festival  

April 25th-28th  

Location: Varies  

A beloved tradition in Carteret County, NC, is the 18th Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Festival, which is back in the charming town of Beaufort. This four-day extravaganza features a variety of events across different venues, including wine dinners prepared by renowned chefs, showcasing award-winning wines, a fashion show, brunch, and a grand wine and food tasting.  

Bonehenge Whale Center Excursion  

April 26th  

Location: Beaufort Historic Site  

Gather at the Beaufort Historic Site on 130 Turner Street to board the Historic 1987 English Double-Decker Bus. During the ride, a narrator will share Beaufort’s fascinating history as a whaling community. Arriving at the Bonehenge Whale Center, participants will enjoy a guided tour to learn about whales and conservation. You’ll even touch baleen, teeth, large bones, and other whale artifacts! Price is $20 per person.  

Feeding Frenzy Fest  

April 27th  

Location: Salty Pirate Water Park in Emerald Isle  

Join us for a music festival in Emerald Isle! Enjoy live performances by Brad Brewer and your favorite trop rock artists while partying with friends! Tickets are available online for $30 per person or $40 per person at the gate. Remember to bring your sunscreen!  



Strawberry Day  

April 27th  

Location: The Market at Cedar Point  

Are you a fan of strawberries? Join us at Cedar Point’s Market for a delightful selection of local strawberries, food trucks, a farmers’ market, local art, and organic food. 

Experience April on the Crystal Coast  

As we bid farewell to April on the Crystal Coast, let’s reflect on the fantastic experiences it brought and eagerly anticipate the adventures awaiting us in May! If you’ve uncovered the perfect events and need a home base for your coastal getaway, your search ends here. Come this way to discover the ideal vacation rental on the Crystal Coast 

Crystal Coast Events Year-Round  

Get ready for a whirlwind of excitement on the Crystal Coast this April! But don’t just stop there—make sure to jot down the dates for the epic Beaufort Music Festival and the Atlantic Beach Music Festival in May. The anticipation is already building for the fantastic events ahead! Prepare for even more thrilling adventures on the Crystal Coast as the weather heats up. And don’t miss out on our year-round calendar of events to stay in the loop with everything happening in our community! 


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March 2024 Events on the Crystal Coast

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NC Coast March Events 2024

Looking for a perfect getaway this March? Look no further than the Crystal Coast! With a range of exciting events and activities, this stunning stretch of the North Carolina coast is the perfect destination to kick off the spring season. From strolling along the beach and feeling the gentle breeze on your face to admiring the vibrant blooms that dot the coastline, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the shifting landscape and welcome the arrival of spring. Don’t miss out on the magic of the Crystal Coast this March – mark your calendar and plan your unforgettable journey today! 

Crystal Coast Restaurant Week  

March 1-10 

Location: Various Bars and Restaurants on the Crystal Coast 

Crystal Coast Restaurant Week is coming soon! This event is presented by Beaufort Wine and Food and no tickets are required. Various dining spots will offer pre-fixed, multi-course menus within a set price range. Participating restaurants include Promise Land Market, Oceana Pier House Restaurant, Gaffer’s Sports Pub, and Beaufort Grocery Company. Contact the restaurant directly for menu inquiries. 

Beach WalkCoastal Home and Garden Show 

March 2-3 

Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City 

Take advantage of the 36th annual Coastal Home & Garden Show! This premier exhibition offers an abundance of unique exhibits, products, and services for all homeowners and enthusiasts. Admission is $5 at the door, and concession sales will be available. See you there! 

Dr. Seuss Day 

March 2 

Location: Teacher’s Pet in Morehead City 

Join this whimsical adventure with The Cat in The Hat at Teacher’s Pet. It’s all about fun and learning as we meet Thing 1 and Thing 2, dive into stories, sing along, snap some photos, and grab autographs! Don’t miss out on this free event filled with laughter and excitement!

Cousins Maine Lobster Truck 

March 9 

Location: The Periwinkle in Beaufort 

 The “Shark Tank” Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck is coming to the Periwinkle. The menu features a range of New England’s loved dishes, including the Connecticut Lobster Roll, Maine Lobster Roll, Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder, and other delicious options. Don’t miss this Maine food truck experience on the Crystal Coast. 

Light up the Night | Daddy-Daughter Dance 

March 9 

Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City 

Light up the Night Daddy-Daughter Dance” is a glow-in-the-dark-themed event for fathers and daughters of all ages. Attendees need to pre-register and submit song requests upon registration. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and the event includes captivating lighting and an engaging DJ. 

Build Your Own Terrarium Workshop 

March 12 

Location: The Watering Hole in Beaufort 

Join in the fun at the Watering Hole to craft your very own miniature garden oasis with Wine and Design. At the event, The Watering Hole will be selling mocktails, beer, wine, and snacks. In addition, there will be a food truck on site where you can purchase food. The cost of the event is $60 per person, and it starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Paint Party

March 12 

Location: Bogue Sound Distillery 

Join us for a Paint Party at Bogue Sound Distillery on March 12! Paint a charming oyster shell on an 11×14″ canvas. All necessary materials will be provided. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. Painting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Secure your spot by registering and paying online before March 11. Seats are limited, and ticket sales are nonrefundable. 

Shamrock Shenanigans 

March 15 

Location: Shortway Brewing Company in Newport 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Shamrock Shenanigans at Shortway! Enjoy unique brews like Stout o’ Gold and Blarney Stone Blonde. Join the friendly stein-holding competition and satisfy your hunger with the delicious food from Causey Grills Food Truck. Cheers to good times and green beers! 

Get Hooked Fishing School 

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March 16 

Location: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 

Save the date for the Get Hooked Fishing School. This event has a $60 admission fee. A one-day course for all levels of anglers. Six instruction sessions, catered lunch, giveaways, and fishing gear drawings. Agencies and businesses catering to fishermen and boaters will also be onsite. Sign up now for a day filled with fishing fun! 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival 

March 16 

Location: Emerald Plantation Shopping Center in Emerald Isle  

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Emerald Isle! Head to the annual festival at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center for live music, amusement rides, food vendors, a beer tent, and more. Free admission. Fun for all ages! 

Working with Clay Class 

March 21 

Location: Beaufort Historic Site 

Join the Working with Clay class at Beaufort Historic Site to learn hand-building techniques and craft 2-3 unique pieces. The three-hour immersive workshop costs $65 per person and is led by Mary Kathryne Cooper, a retired art teacher. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artisan, all are welcome to join, but spots are limited to 12 participants, so sign up early to secure your place. 

Fort Macon Astronomy Nights 

March 22 

Location: Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach 

Mark your calendars for an exciting stargazing event at Fort Macon! Join Ranger Paul as he guides us through exploring the night sky from 6:00p.m.–9:00 p.m. Please note that this event is weather-dependent, and if you have a telescope, please bring it along. As a reminder, pets are not allowed at the event. It would be best to arrive on time to ensure you don’t miss out on celestial sights. 

Atlantic Beach Egg Hunt 

March 23 

Location: The Circle in Atlantic Beach 

Take advantage of the Beachfront Egg Hunt! Enjoy free photos with the Easter bunny and join the egg hunt for your age group: 

  • Toddlers (0-3): 10:15 a.m.
  • Children (4-7): 10:20 a.m.
  • Kids (8-12): 10:30 a.m.

Bring your basket and come rain or shine! 

Easter Egg Hunt at Mac Daddy’s 

March 23 

Location: Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret 

 Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center driving range! Over 15,000 eggs, special golden eggs with cash prizes, and a hot dog lunch await you. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy activities by the Girl Scouts. Come and celebrate the Easter fun! 

Egg Hunt and Cookout at Camp Albemarle 

March 23 

Location: Camp Albemarle in Newport 

Hop over to Camp Albemarle for a fun-filled event with First Methodist Church. Bring your family and grab your favorite Easter basket! The Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 a.m. Don’t be late! Remember to stick around after for a cookout lunch as you listen to live music from members of the Rise Band.  

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2nd Annual Carolina Wedding Fair 

March 23 

Location: Carolina Home and Garden in Newport 

Save the date for an exceptional day! Visit the Carolina Wedding Fair, where engaged couples, along with their family and friends, can explore a variety of fantastic vendors for their special day, all under one roof. This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Secure your tickets now for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. 

Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt 

March 28 

Location: Rotary Park in Morehead City 

Join Morehead City’s Easter Egg Hunt! Egg hunt zones are organized by age. No pets allowed. Please arrive early to participate; the hunt starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. Park entry closes at 5:50 p.m.  

Good Friday Food Truck Rodeo 

March 29 

Location: The Market at Cedar Point  

Join us for the Good Friday Food Truck Rodeo from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious options like Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ, The Burger Bus, De La Rosa’s, Coastal Cay Fish Tacos, and more! Bring your friends and indulge in local coastal cuisine. 

BHA Easter Egg Hunt 

March 30 

Location: Beaufort Historic Site 

Join the Beaufort Historic Association for their annual Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Children seven and younger can enjoy fun-filled activities and discover over 2,000 eggs. Prizes, refreshments, and the joy of the hunt await. Remember your basket! 

Easter Farmer’s Market 

March 30 

Visit the Easter Farmer’s Market at Cedar Point for a variety of local handmade items, baked goods, fresh produce, and more. The market is dog-friendly and has food trucks and outdoor seating. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop and enjoy a beautiful day with family and friends! 

Experience March on the Crystal Coast 

Here’s to hoping that March on the Crystal Coast was nothing short of amazing, and we are eagerly anticipating the adventures that await in the coming months! 

If you’ve discovered the perfect events and are seeking a comfortable home base during your time on the coast, look no further. Head this way to find the ideal vacation rental on the Crystal Coast! 

Crystal Coast Events Year-Round 

Next month, April beckons you to join the Beaufort Historic Association’s Publick Day! We eagerly anticipate sharing all the details with you and other exciting happenings in the area. Beyond the thrilling events of March 2024 on the Crystal Coast, this region offers a year-round calendar overflowing with adventure. There’s never a dull moment in this coastal paradise – always something exciting on the horizon! 

Explore the diverse events awaiting you by perusing our extensive events calendar featuring recommended activities. Your next thrilling adventure on the Crystal Coast is just a click away! 


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Down East Discovery: Navigating Harkers Island 

Join Jay on another thrilling episode of Bluewater Breezes as we set sail for Harkers Island. Harkers Island is a hidden gem in the Down East region of the Crystal Coast.

Immerse yourself in the island’s maritime history, from its bustling fishing communities to the present-day charm that captivates visitors. Discover the allure of the iconic Cape Lookout Lighthouse, embark on a ferry ride to witness the Shackelford horses, and explore the rich maritime heritage at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum.

Get ready for fun facts, including the island’s unique dialect and a Guinness World Record-worthy number of churches. Whether you’re a seasoned local or a curious visitor, Harkers Island promises an unforgettable journey.

Episode 3: Harkers Island

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  • Ready to embark on your own Crystal Coast adventure? If you’re inspired to visit the locations we discuss, plan your getaway with our curated guide. Click ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠ to start your journey.
  • Interested in making the Crystal Coast your permanent vacation? Click ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠ to contact an expert!

Bluewater Breezes: Chronicles of the Crystal Coast

Join us each week, at Bluewater Breezes: Chronicles of the Crystal Coast. We unravel the stories, history, and hidden gems that make the Crystal Coast of North Carolina a magnetic destination. Our easy-to-digest episodes entice visitors from all over the world.

From the rhythmic tides to the salty breeze, each episode is a journey into the heart of the North Carolina coast. Tune in and let the Chronicles of the Crystal Coast whisk you away to a world where every wave tells a story.

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Promise Land: Morehead City’s Coastal Gem

Join Jay on this episode of Bluewater Breezes as we set sail to Promise Land in Morehead City, NC. It is one of the hidden gems of the Crystal Coast.

This picturesque neighborhood along the waterfront, steeped in maritime history, offers stunning views of the Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Discover the origins of its name, a promise of respite for weary sailors in the late 1800s.

As we wander through Promise Land, envision a perfect day filled with charming waterfront strolls, delicious meals at local spots, and exploring historic sites. Cap it off with a moonlit evening at Casa San Carlo, embracing the promise of tranquility.

Episode 2: Promise Land – Morehead City NC 

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  • Ready to embark on your own Crystal Coast adventure? If you’re inspired to visit the locations we discuss, plan your getaway with our curated guide. Click ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠ to start your journey.
  • Interested in making the Crystal Coast your permanent vacation? Click ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠ to contact an expert!

Bluewater Breezes: Chronicles of the Crystal Coast

Join us each week, at Bluewater Breezes: Chronicles of the Crystal Coast. We unravel the stories, history, and hidden gems that make the Crystal Coast of North Carolina a magnetic destination. Our easy-to-digest episodes entice visitors from all over the world.

From the rhythmic tides to the salty breeze, each episode is a journey into the heart of the North Carolina coast. Tune in and let the Chronicles of the Crystal Coast whisk you away to a world where every wave tells a story.

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The North Carolina Island That Belongs to the Wild Horses

In our inaugural episode of the Bluewater Breezes Podcast, join host Jay on an adventure to the North Carolina island with wild horses. We’re heading to Shackleford Banks.

This island truly belongs to the horses. Discover the magic these majestic creatures bring to the coastal scenery and how dedicated guardians from the Cape Lookout National Seashore ensure their well-being, even during hurricanes.

Episode 1: North Carolina Island with Wild Horses

  • Listen to this episode on your favorite podcast platform.
  • Ready to embark on your own Crystal Coast adventure? If you’re inspired to visit the locations we discuss, plan your getaway with our curated guide. Click ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠ to start your journey.
  • Interested in making the Crystal Coast your permanent vacation? Click ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠ to contact an expert!

Bluewater Breezes: Chronicles of the Crystal Coast

Join us each week, at Bluewater Breezes: Chronicles of the Crystal Coast. We unravel the stories, history, and hidden gems that make the Crystal Coast of North Carolina a magnetic destination. Our easy-to-digest episodes entice visitors from all over the world.

From the rhythmic tides to the salty breeze, each episode is a journey into the heart of the North Carolina coast. Tune in and let the Chronicles of the Crystal Coast whisk you away to a world where every wave tells a story.

Investing in vacation rentals

The Strategic Approach to Investing in Vacation Rentals

Investing in vacation rentals is akin to unlocking a treasure trove of strategic possibilities. These possibilities extend far beyond the confines of traditional real estate practices.

Unlike conventional investments, vacation homes used as short-term rentals offer a unique blend of financial returns and experiential dividends. It’s not just about acquiring a property. It’s about curating a lifestyle investment that combines vacation rental revenue with the luxury of having a personal vacation home.

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This strategic move allows investors to diversify their portfolios while enjoying the flexibility of using the property. Having a second home for personal getaways adds a layer of personal fulfillment to the financial equation.

5 Reasons You Should Consider Investing in Vacation Rentals

Let’s navigate through the positive facets of this dynamic investment avenue. You’ll discover how vacation rental investments redefine the landscape of wealth-building. Also, how it offers a path that embraces innovation, versatility, and rich experiences.

Let’s explore the strategic intricacies that make vacation rental investments a game-changer in the world of real estate.

1. Lifestyle Returns: Balancing Investment and Experience

Beyond the financial gains, a vacation rental property offers lifestyle returns. The property becomes a versatile asset, serving both as an investment and a personal retreat. It’s about more than just owning a property. It’s an investment in the art of curated living.

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2. Personal Use Benefits: Maximizing Relaxation and Rejuvenation

A unique aspect of vacation rental investments is the ability to enjoy the property personally. With Bluewater, you not only reap rental income benefits. You’ll gain access to a personal oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation whenever needed.

3. Thriving Vacation Rental Market: A Lucrative Investment Opportunity

The vacation rental market is thriving, driven by the increasing demand for personalized experiences. Your property, supported by Bluewater’s expertise, becomes a key player in providing distinctive and memorable stays, contributing to the growing market trend.

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4. Broadening Your Rental Appeal: Inclusivity

An inclusive approach transcends the traditional boundaries of hospitality. It makes your rental a haven for every soul seeking a welcoming environment. From families with furry friends to solo adventurers, your rental extends a universal welcome. Being inclusive silently affirms that diversity is not just accepted but celebrated.

Increase your cash flow when you opt to work with a company that will allow your property to be a beacon of inclusivity. After all, the essence of hospitality speaks to the hearts of every guest and enables warmth that embraces all.

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5. Stress-Free Management: Leveraging Bluewater’s Expertise

Concerned about property management? Listen the vacation rental business is not for the inexperienced. You don’t have to worry about that when you trust Bluewater. They are the experts in vacation rental properties.

Bluewater makes the lives of vacation rental owners much easier! They have a turnkey process in easy steps to streamline the process, ensuring efficient and professional management. This allows you to focus on the strategic aspects of your investment while the experts handle the day-to-day operations.

Elevate Your Investment Strategy with Bluewater

Real estate investing is a strategic choice. With Bluewater Vacation Rentals and Real Estate, it becomes a calculated venture into both financial and experiential gains. Let’s review why both Bluewater Real Estate and Bluewater Property Managers are your go-to experts. This is essential when considering investing in a vacation rental.

Investing in vacation rentals

Trust Bluewater Real Estate for Your Ideal Vacation Rental Investment

Embarking on the journey of purchasing a vacation rental home as an investment is a significant decision. With Bluewater Real Estate, you’re in excellent hands. The Bluewater team of seasoned real estate professionals understands the intricacies of the coastal market. Bluewater sales agents are your trusted guide in finding the perfect property for investment.

Bluewater takes pride in its commitment to transparency, ensuring that every step of the real estate process is clear and well-communicated. They have a deep understanding of the unique demands of the vacation rental industry. Bluewater sales agents help you identify properties with not just market potential but also the key features that make for a desirable guest experience.

Investing in vacation rentals

Trust in Bluewater Real Estate to navigate the real estate landscape, turning your investment dreams into a reality with their expertise, personalized service, and dedication to finding the best vacation rental home tailored to your investment goals.

Bluewater’s Exceptional Property Managers: Your Key to Seamless Vacation Property Management

When it comes to entrusting your investment property with professionals, Bluewater’s property managers stand head and shoulders above the rest. Their commitment to excellence and unwavering dedication ensures that your vacation property is not just managed but optimized for success.

With a wealth of experience in the industry, Bluewater’s team possesses an intricate understanding of the vacation rental market, allowing them to tailor their approach to maximize your property’s potential.

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Their proactive strategies and attention to detail mean that every aspect, from guest satisfaction to property maintenance, is handled with precision.

What sets Bluewater apart is their personalized touch – understanding that each property is unique, they craft vacation rental management solutions that align with your investment goals. 

Unlock the potential, maximize returns, and navigate the world of vacation rental investments with a trusted partner.

If you are still on the fence, take a look at the Top 10 Ways to Choose the Best Property Management Company

What do the property management fees cover?

For your real estate investment, property management fees cover a percentage of rental income for day-to-day tasks, and a maintenance coordination fee for seamless upkeep. We’re all about maximizing your returns while handling the details, so you can kick back and enjoy the investment journey!

How much can I expect in vacation rental income?

While the exact vacation rental income can vary based on factors like location, property size, and amenities, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate these waters. Generally, we work to optimize your rental income by staying ahead of market trends, offering competitive pricing, and ensuring your property stands out. Let’s set sail for success together and make your vacation rental income as sunny as the destination!

Why choose property management over an Airbnb? 

Choosing property management over Airbnb means smooth sailing without the stress. We handle everything from bookings to maintenance, offering local expertise and ensuring legal compliance. Enjoy a worry-free voyage while we navigate the seas of property management for you!

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February 2024 Events on the Crystal Coast

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NC Coast February Events 2024

Gear up for some exciting February 2024 events on the Crystal Coast. We’re getting ready to launch the new month with a splash! We’re all about setting the tone for welcoming spring, soon, so we can spend more time in our Crystal Coast blue water!

Dive into the Crystal Coast vibes as we catch the wave of love during February with these amazing events! Don’t miss a beat because February is bursting with excitement – our coast, our events, our adventures!

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Fall in Love with February on the NC Coast

February at the beach on the Crystal Coast is a delightful departure from winter norms. Instead of battling the cold, we’re embracing the crisp sea breeze and the soothing sound of ocean waves.

Picture strolling along the shore, with a light sweater to keep you cozy, collecting seashells scattered by the tide. The beach exudes a serene charm, offering a perfect backdrop for intimate bonfires under the starlit sky.

Local festivals bring a quirky touch to the coastal scene, creating a unique February experience.

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February 3rd

Carolina Chocolate Festival: Mark your calendars for the 21st Annual Carolina Chocolate Festival on February 3 & 4, 2024, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Indulge in a weekend filled with chocolate-themed delights from vendors across North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

From luscious chocolate cakes to tempting fudge, truffles, and even chocolate wine, this festival caters to every chocolate lover’s cravings. Enjoy engaging activities like the Pro/AM cake bake-off and JRs Cupcake Wars for ages 10-16. Beyond the sweetness, know that your participation supports local charities throughout Carteret County. It’s more than a chocolate celebration; it’s a heartwarming blend of community and generosity.

February 2024 events Crystal Coast

Throwdown 1-year Anniversary Party: Mark your calendars for a lively celebration as The Periwinkle gears up for its first-anniversary throwdown. The festivities kick off at 1 pm and continue until 8 pm, ensuring a day filled with joy and excitement.

Two dynamic live bands, Mad Fiddler Entertainment and After School Surf Club, are set to rock the space, while BokaNinas Pacific Island Fusion Food Truck promises to keep everyone well-fed. Given the intimate venue and unpredictable weather, attendees are advised to bundle up and get ready to groove. It’s a celebration not to be missed, so come out and join in the festivities!

February 9th

Beaufort’s Mardi Gras Celebration: Experience Beaufort’s Mardi Gras, a vibrant three-day celebration featuring a Masquerade Ball, Street Carnival & Parade, PRO/AM Gumbo Competition & Tasting, and a Sinner’s Remorse Brunch. Enjoy lively entertainment, delicious feasts, and the unique charm that earned Beaufort a spot on Travel + Leisure’s list of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.” Save the dates for February 9 – 11, 2024, and join in the revelry!

February 2024 events Crystal Coast

February 10th

Bend + Brew: Come unite mind, body, and brews at Crystal Coast Brewing Company’s Atlantic Beach Taproom for an inclusive yoga session catering to all levels! Immerse yourself in a practice that syncs breath and movement while basking in the vibrant atmosphere. We’ll bend, share laughs, and relish in locally brewed beers or a refreshing mimosa. For those steering clear of alcohol, worry not! Crystal Coast offers a range of non-alcoholic beverages to suit every taste.

Whether you’re stepping onto the yoga mat for the first time or you’re a seasoned practitioner, this session welcomes all. For just $20, enjoy an hour of yoga along with your choice of the first beverage. Local brews and mimosas are on tap for those 21 and over, while nonalcoholic options are readily available. Embrace the harmony of yoga and the joy of community in the heart of Crystal Coast Brewing Company!

February 2024 events Crystal Coast

Behind the Scenes at Bonehenge: Discover the wonders of North Carolina’s marine life with a free 40-minute behind-the-scenes tour at Bonehenge Whale Center. Learn about local marine mammals, including bottlenose dolphins, and witness the preparation of their skeletons for educational displays.

Note that this experience is not suitable for children under 12 due to the workshop environment, and those 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Join us for an enlightening exploration of the ocean’s inhabitants!

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February 13th

The Cottage Spanish Wine Dinner: Embark on a tasty adventure with Chef Rachel Sapp’s four-course Spanish tapas extravaganza, perfectly complemented by indigenous wines handpicked by Tim Becker, a wine enthusiast from Tryon Distributing. Set at The Cottage at The Crystal Coast, this culinary event guarantees a delightful fusion of flavors, highlighting the finest in Spanish cuisine amidst the charm of coastal elegance.

February 16th

Fort Macon Astronomy Night: Join us for a night of stargazing at Fort Macon’s Beach Access parking lot. Ranger Paul Terry will guide us through the night sky, and telescopes will be available. Weather permitting, so check for updates. Park in the first lot and walk over to the east lot for the program. Arrive at or before the start time, as we’ll stay as long as there are guests. Event duration is not guaranteed to last the entire listed time. No pets, please.

February 2024 events Crystal Coast

February 24th

Chili Cook-Off: Warm up your winter with some comforting food and friendly competition at Shortway Brewing in Newport! Join our potluck-style chili showdown. Sign up in the taproom or shoot us a message in advance. Bring your delicious creation in a crock pot to the taproom by 5 PM on the competition day. Patrons will get to savor the entries and cast their votes for the best chili. A prize awaits the winner!

Experience February on the Crystal Coast

From the warmth of beach bonfires to the vibrancy of local festivals, this month has been a testament to the lively spirit that defines our community. Whether you joined us for unique festivities, coastal adventures, or simply soaked in the relaxed ambiance, we hope February left you with cherished memories and a taste of the Crystal Coast’s distinctive allure.

February 2024 events Crystal Coast

As we eagerly await the upcoming events, we invite you to continue riding the wave of excitement with us, making each gathering a celebration of our coastal lifestyle. Stay tuned for more adventures on the horizon!

If you found the perfect events and are still needing your home base while you are here on the coast, head this way to find the perfect vacation rental on the Crystal Coast!

Crystal Coast Events Year-Round

Next month, March invites you to Crystal Coast Restaurant Week! We cannot wait to tell you all about it, and more that is happening around here! Beyond the exciting February 2024 events on the Crystal Coast, this area boasts a year-round calendar brimming with adventure. There’s always something happening in this coastal paradise.

Dive into the full spectrum of events waiting for you by checking out our comprehensive events calendar of recommended activities. Your next adventure on the Crystal Coast is just a click away!


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Effortless Outdoor Entertaining Ideas to Transform Your Patio

Commonly, we see pictures of outdoor entertaining ideas designed for Spring, Summer, and Fall- however, we believe the true gem is all about winter outdoor entertaining! The colder weather doesn’t have to mean bringing the party indoors, especially with views like ours! You can have an effortless outdoor gathering in just minutes!

Some Simple Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for You

Brace yourself for an outdoor extravaganza as we share some simple yet fabulous outdoor entertaining ideas for the chilly season. Who said winter was all about hibernating indoors? Let’s break free from the cozy confines and embrace the crisp air with these cool suggestions that’ll turn your backyard into an additional space you and your guests will love!

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Cozy Corners and Blanket Bundles

With winter in full swing, transform your patio into a slice of paradise full of warmth and comfort. Scatter soft blankets and cushions on your outdoor furniture to create inviting nooks. Encourage your guests to snuggle up with really simple (yet comfortable) throws and enjoy the crisp winter air. Picture your friends gathered around a fire pit, wrapped in blankets, toasting marshmallows (or wine), and sharing stories under the beautiful clear skies.

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Luminous Evenings with Outdoor String Lights

Lighting is key for creating a magical winter ambiance. Hang outdoor string lights across your patio to add a touch of sparkle. Not only do they provide a cozy glow, but they also effortlessly elevate the outdoor living experience. Imagine an outdoor dinner party with the soft twinkle of lights overhead, creating a festive and inviting atmosphere.

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Fireside with a DIY Hot Cocoa Bar

Enhance your outdoor party experience with a DIY hot cocoa station near the fire pit. A bar cart stocked with mugs, various cocoa flavors, and delightful toppings will make your outdoor dining table the center of attention. Level up your hot cocoa with a quick trip to Bogue Sound Distillery– they will have the perfect way to spice up your hot cocoa. Encourage guests to customize their cocoa creations while enjoying the warmth of the fire. Implementing outdoor entertaining ideas has never been this sweet- or simple!

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Sip and Savor with a Stylish Bar Cart

Bring the indoor bar experience outside with a well-stocked bar cart. Incorporate winter-themed drinks to keep the party spirits high. This outdoor living addition not only serves as a practical and stylish focal point but also ensures that refreshments are within arm’s reach. Now, having friends over becomes an easy, enjoyable, affair.

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Warm Up Your Outdoor Entertaining Idea With Grilling

Extend your outdoor entertaining ideas into the winter by firing up the grill. While many associate grilling with summer, winter barbecues can be just as fun! Enjoy the labor of the grill without all the heat. Grilling adds an extra layer of warmth to your patio gatherings. Consider marinating meats with seasonal flavors like rosemary and thyme, and grill up some winter vegetables for a cozy and delicious outdoor dining experience. With friends nearby, winter grilling becomes a memorable and unique addition to your outdoor living space.

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Coastal Cuisine – Oyster Roast and Seafood

In true Crystal Coast fashion, we couldn’t talk about outdoor entertaining without highlighting a good ole Oyster Roast. Set up a designated area for shucking oysters or boiling a medley of seafood delights. The briny aroma and the communal act of cracking open shells create a lively atmosphere. Add some really simple sides like bread, melted butter, and perhaps a squeeze of lemon for a dinner packed full of flavor. This entertaining idea brings a touch of the beach to your winter patio, making it a real crowd-pleaser for friends and family alike.

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Bluewater Bliss- Finding Your Ideal Winter Patio

At Bluewater, we understand the significance of creating captivating spaces, and winter patios are no exception. Our team at Bluewater is dedicated to helping you discover your patio oasis. For some, the kitchen is a big selling point but for outdoor enthusiasts, a beautiful spacious outdoor area is a must! We specialize in helping you discover homes that offer exceptional outdoor spaces, perfect for winter gatherings. Whether it’s a cozy corner just big enough for a fire pit, or a spacious backyard for winter barbecues, we understand the importance of outdoor living. Let Bluewater guide you to the ideal property where your winter patio dreams become a reality, creating lasting memories in your new home.

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Round-up of the Top Crystal Coast Food Trucks

The Crystal Coast is a foodie paradise, especially when it comes to Crystal Coast food trucks. From fresh seafood bites to mouthwatering burgers, there’s a truckload of flavors waiting for you!

We’ve put together a rundown of must-try spots along the NC Coast for your next quick bite fix! Whether you’re a local, want to be a local, or just visiting the Crystal Coast, make sure to hit up the coolest food trucks that come highly recommended. Time to satisfy those taste buds on your seaside journey!

Top Crystal Coast Food Trucks

Let’s dive into a world of delicious delights – because every visit to the NC Coast should be accompanied by fantastic food!

The Burger Bus

Embark on a flavor-fueled adventure with The Burger Bus, a one-of-a-kind food truck that’s not just serving burgers; it’s crafting culinary masterpieces! Picture this: succulent, gourmet burgers paired with perfectly seasoned fresh-cut fries and a tantalizing array of extras. Get ready to elevate your taste buds – this isn’t your average food truck experience!

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Check out The Burger Bus Facebook page for their updated schedule of where they will be on the Crystal Coast! Look out for the Burger Bus to be at A Place at the Beach a lot this summer!

Garden of Eaten

The Garden of Eaten food truck is a local family-run delight dedicated to dishing out fresh, chef-inspired wonders! They are known for a tantalizing menu that spans from wood-fired pizza to mouthwatering seafood bites, ensuring there’s something to delight every palate. Step into a world where flavor reigns supreme, and let the Garden of Eaten treat your taste buds to an unforgettable experience!

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Plan your visit to the Garden of Eaten food truck.

Captain’s Kitchen

Say ahoy to the Captain’s Kitchen food truck, masterfully helmed by a lifelong commercial fisherman and anchored in the heart of Indian Beach.

Brace yourself for a seafood saga that goes beyond the ordinary – renowned for its legendary shrimp burgers and a maritime-inspired menu serving up swift, yet top-notch seafood bites. Get ready to set sail on a taste adventure with the Captain’s Kitchen!

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Captain’s Kitchen is consistently bringing you their location and menu on their Facebook page.

Seed to Shaker

Seed to Shaker emerges as a local gem, seamlessly blending the art of mixology with the harmony of aquaponics farming. This unique mobile bar specialty catering company not only crafts artisanal cocktails, kombucha, and mocktails but also cultivates its fresh herbs and garnishes in an indoor aquaponics farm.

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As they roam, keep an eye out for their vibrant truck, a frequent visitor at Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market and The Periwinkle in Beaufort. Join the journey where libations and locally grown goodness collide!

Check out Seed to Shaker for booking and upcoming appearances.

The Charburger

Discover the rolling nostalgia of The Charburger food truck—a mobile haven for a timeless family tradition on wheels! Dining from this food truck is an extraordinary journey back in time when old-fashioned chili-cheeseburgers reigned supreme, served alongside cups of golden, crispy fries. Bonus, no time machine is needed!

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Step into a world where every bite is a bite down memory lane, and The Charburger is your ticket to relive the classics with a modern twist. Get ready for a taste adventure that transcends generations!

Follow The Charburger to know their location as they navigate around the Crystal Coast.

BokaNina’s Pacific Fusion

Bokaninas Pacific Island Fusion Restaurant was founded with a vision to share the joy of cooking and the excellence of their cuisine with all. Embracing the spirit of hospitality and the love of family, the Bokaninas food truck takes the essence of their culinary passion to the streets.

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Every visit guarantees not just a meal but an opportunity to forge new friendships. Anchored in the Hafa Adai and the Aloha spirit, Bokaninas proudly asserts that hospitality is their life, and food is their love. Join the journey as they bring the vibrant flavors of the Pacific Islands to your coastal curbside adventures!

Be sure to catch BokaNina’s on Wheels on Instagram to know their whereabouts!

Pony Up Pizza 

Gallop into a pizza paradise with Pony Up Pizza, based in Newport! Pony Up’s food truck is a gorgeously renovated horse trailer that has evolved into the ultimate go-to pizza haven.

Catch the pizza magic unfolding frequently along the Crystal Coast at stops like Shortway Brewing and Bogue Sound Distillery. Saddle up for a slice of excitement that transcends the ordinary!

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To stay in the loop of their culinary escapades, gallop over to the Pony Up Pizza Instagram and join the flavor-packed journey.

Tanjas Hella Fat Food

Tanjas Hella Fat Food is a standout in Eastern North Carolina’s food truck scene! This truck is renowned for crafting The Scenario, delicious sliders featuring pulled pork, bacon jam, and slaw—albeit a limited-time treat during their special appearances.

Based in New Bern, this culinary delight wheels its way across the Crystal Coast, making surprise stops that tantalize taste buds.

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Join the foodie craze and savor the unexpected with Tanjas Hella Fat Food by following them on Facebook.

Capone’s A Taste of Philly

Step into the savory world of Capone’s A Taste of Philly, the flavor maestro rolling through Emerald Isle with an arsenal of authentic Philly Cheese Steaks. This isn’t just any food truck; it’s a journey to the heart of Philadelphia’s culinary charm on wheels. Imagine the sizzling, mouthwatering goodness of a cheese steak, wrapped in every bite, but based in Emerald Isle! 

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Capone’s invites you to embark on a Philly-inspired taste adventure right on the Crystal Coast. Head to Facebook to be in the know of where Capone’s goes! 

Soya Tacos

Get ready to spice up your Taco Tuesdays on the Crystal Coast with Soya Tacos! This isn’t your ordinary taco affair; it’s a fiesta on wheels bringing you the convenience you crave. Dive into a world of flavor with grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo tacos that’ll make your taste buds dance.

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Tracking them down is a breeze – just head to their Facebook page for a front-row seat to the taco adventure. Let the taco fiesta begin!

Good Eats on the Crystal Coast

We hope these recommendations add a dash of flavor to your memories here on the Crystal Coast. Whether you’ve savored the local delights or tried something entirely new, the Crystal Coast food truck scene has surely left a lasting impression.

Keep the spirit of food exploration alive! May your travels to the Crystal Coast or your local jaunts be filled with tasty surprises and culinary delights!

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Do food trucks on the Crystal Coast operate year round?

Many operate 12 months out of the year, to serve the locals of the Crystal Coast. However, some only run their trucks “in season”. It is always a good idea to check the schedules of your favorite trucks to see exactly when and where they are operating.

Is it safe to eat from a food truck?

Food trucks adhere to health and safety regulations, and many have implemented additional measures in response to current health concerns. Check with the food truck operators or visit their websites for information on the safety protocols they follow. Of course, in addition, we recommend you practice good handwashing before eating any food.

Are there vegetarian or vegan options available at Crystal Coast food trucks?

Boka Nina’s Pacific Fusion is known for its vegetarian fare! Most food trucks try to cater to various dietary preferences. Check with the specific food truck or their online menu to see if they offer vegetarian or vegan options.