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.

2018 calendar of 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.

2018 On-Going Events

Live On Thursdays (LOTs) Summer Concert Series

500 Front St., Beaufort

Grab a lawn chair and head to Dockhouse Park from 6 PM – 8 PM on the following days for free, family friendly fun!

May 31st – Robert McDuffy

June 7th – The Vegabonds

June 14th – 4EverAll

June 21st – Damn Yankees

June 28th – Dick Knight

July 5th – US Marine Corp Band

July 12th – Dicky Scearce

July 19th – Phantom Playboys

July 26th– The Bears

August 2nd – Barefoot Wade

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert 2018

807 Shepard St., Morehead City

Hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc., Alive at Five is a free summer concert series the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month during the summer in Downtown Morehead City. Concerts take place at Jaycee Park from 5 PM – 8 PM. The park is located between the Bask Hotel and the waterfront. Free public restrooms are available on site with handicap ramp access. Bring your blankets and chairs! Beverage concessions are available. Limited boat parking is available during the concerts at Jaycee Docks. No coolers or outside beverages permitted.

June 1st – The Bounce Party

June 15th – Liquid Pleasure

July 6th – Night Years

July 20th – The Embers

August 3rd – Mikele Buck Band

August 17th – North Band

EmeraldFest Series 2018

Western Ocean Regional Access, Emerald Isle

The Town’s popular EmeraldFest outdoor concert series is back again this summer, with concerts every Thursday evening from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM on the oceanfront at the Western Ocean Regional Access (located off Islander Dr.). Please bring your family and friends, lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy some great music from several different genres!

June 7th – Paul Colman (Christian)

June 14th – 4EverAll & Friends (Pop/Variety/Original)

June 21st –  Dick Scearce (Acoustic)

June 28th – Wild Honey (Blues/Country/Rock)

July 5th – Justin Castellano (Eclectic)

July 12th – Pamlico Joe & Clean Water Flow (The Sound of Coastal Carolina)

July 19th – The Mad Fiddler (Heartbeat of Music)

July 26th – Big Drink (Pop/Rock/Variety)

August 2nd – Hank Bowman & Friends (Bluegrass, etc.)

August 9th – Pure T Mommicked (Rock/Alternative)

August 16th – Naked Knees (What a Party Sounds Like)

Movie Night at Atlantic Beach

115 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach

Come out for FREE Wednesday movie nights at the Circle along the Boardwalk in Atlantic Beach. Bring chairs or blankets. Movies start at 8:30 PM

Rain date: Thursday nights

June 13th – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

June 20th – Wonder

June 27th – Deep

July 5th – Double Feature: Beauty and the Beast (2017) -AND- Jaws

July 11th – The Emoji Movie

July 18th – Coco

July 25th – Grease

August 1st – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

August 8th – Despicable Me 3

August 15th – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

Morehead City Marlins 

Morehead City, NC

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Wrecks & Sharks

Date: August 1-6, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

Location: Olympus Dive Center, 713 Shepard St., Morehead City, NC

Join us for a weekend of fun, scuba diving in Morehead City… Dive in the graveyard of the Atlantic – Wrecks galore, U-boat, Sand Tiger Sharks, Tropical Fish, Great Viz, Warm Water, and more. You must be Advanced Open Water Certified with a minimum of 20 logged dives and at least 2 dives in the last 12 months.

Gallery Opening & Music Event

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8 PM

Location: St. Francis by the Sea, 920 Salter Path Rd., Salter Path, NC

The Gallery Opening begins at 5:30 and features the art and poetry of Dr. Julia Burns of Chapel Hill. The Concert begins at 6:30 and features CAROLINA PRO MUSICA of Charlotte performing “Music of Queen Anne’s Revenge – Music from the Golden Age of Piracy” and, of course, Carl Cannon “Blackbeard” and his crew will be on hand in search of booty!

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 8 PM – 10 PM

Location: Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Rumours is the southeast’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. Don’t miss this performance at the Carteret Community Theatre!

Purple Heart Fishing Tournament

Date: August 3-5, 2018

Time: 7 AM – 6 PM

Location: Beaufort Yacht Basin, 103 Cedar St., Beaufort, NC

Come fish with us at the Purple Heart Tournament at the Beaufort Yacht Basin to raise money and awareness for Wounded Warriors In Action. Over thousands of dollars in prizes!

Crystal Coast Artisan Show

Date: August 4, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Country Club of the Crystal Coast, 152 Oakleaf Dr., Pine Knoll Shores, NC

This free indoor event open to the public will feature 30 vendors with paintings, woodworking, textile, jewelry, pottery, decoy carving, nautical decor, and more! Shop & dine with a beautiful view of the Bogue Sound. Event will take place at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast.

Bend and Brew (Yoga)

Date: August 4, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Location: Crystal Coast Brewing Co., 219 W Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Jenn Melton and Crystal Coast Brewing Co. are at it again, but this time we’re taking the fun to the beach! That’s right! Bend and Brew is now being offered at the Atlantic Beach taproom! The class is suitable for all levels. Tickets are $15 and include the 1 hour yoga session and your first beverage!

Free Wine Tasting at The Chandlery

Date: August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: The Chandlery (The Boathouse at Front Street Village), 2400 Lennoxville Rd., Beaufort, NC

Free wine tastings every Saturday!

Essential Oil Seminar – First Aid 

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 12 PM

Location: 100 McQueen Ave., Newport, NC

This is a FREE Essential Oil Seminar. This month’s topic is on First Aid. Replace the items found in a standard first aid kit with natural product with no side effects! You will learn how to create your very own essential oil first aid kit using oils, a carrier for blending, plus give you step-by-step instructions for using them. This is a free event, but please register beforehand online.

Atlantic Beach National Night Out

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 915 West Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

The Atlantic Beach Police Department would once again like to invite all residents and visitors to join them, the Mayor, the Town Council, and the Town Manager to Atlantic Beach’s annual National Night Out celebration. This year’s event will be held at the Town Park. This fun and exciting event is completely free of charge thank to our generous community partners and will feature bouncy houses, music, free food, and prize giveaways. See you there!

Shackleford Banks Hike: Did Blackbeard See Horses?

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC

Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Participants will see an undeveloped barrier island like Blackbeard may have seen. This field trip requires hiking through sandy terrain for long distances. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, not suitable for children under 12. Advanced registration required. Call the Program Registrar at (252) 504-7758. Fee: $30

Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Date: August 10-11, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 11 PM

Location: 400 Front St., Beaufort, NC

It has been 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, in Beaufort waters. Since that time, many legends have emerged, some based on facts, some born of imagination. Either way, Blackbeard has become an inseparable part of our history by adopting the theme, “The Year of Blackbeard,” coinciding with other events in the community.

Every August, the Beaufort Pirate Invasion attracts thousands of people to our community to be entertained by pirate-themed activities and historical reenactments while enjoying spending time in the nation’s “Coolest Small Town.”

4th Annual Do It for Drew 5k Color Run

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC

Please join in the 4th Annual Do It for Drew 5K Color Run on Emerald Isle. The run begins at 7:30 AM and the route will take you on a scenic tour of the sound side of the island. Along the way you will be dusted with the bright colors that remind us of how bright and  happy Drew Hughes always was, and is in our hearts! Your participation in and support of this event will help The Do It for Drew Foundation save lives and make a positive difference in so many more.

To learn more about The Do It for Drew Foundation and for links to all events and more, visit https://www.doitfordrew.org/. Visit the DI4D Facebook page for full details of this great event at https://www.facebook.com/events/834047213447455

Parking will be along the NC 58 corridor. Strollers are welcome, no pets please (we don’t want the animals startled by the colored powder). Be sure to wear clothing that can be “stained” with the colored powder. If you do not wish to take part in the color, please raise your hand at each color station, with a peace sign and they will try not to get any powder on you.

This is a family friendly event that is great for all ages! We look forward to seeing you on race day!

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Run 5K 2018

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Corner of Turner and Front St., Beaufort, NC

This 5K is a fundraiser hosted by and to benefit the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. This event attracts participants of all ages to run, walk, swagger, or jog along the downtown waterfront for this fun and scenic event.
Registration opens at 7:00 AM. Warm up is at 7:30 AM. At 8:00 AM, cannon fire will resonate through Beaufort marking the beginning of the race. Pirates will be located at various course positions along the route  to encourage and cheer participants on.

Prizes and awards will be presented immediately following the race for race winner as well as for the best pirate costumes for individuals and crews. Early registrants will receive a race t-shirt. Strollers and 4-legged friends are welcome.

Registration fee is $30 per participant or $100 for a “crew” of 4. On-site registration will be accepted at 7:00 AM on day of race.

6th Annual Blackbeard 7’s Beach US Rugby Championship 

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: 107 E Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Time to head to the beach for the 6th Annual Blackbeard Sevens Beach Rugby Championship! $150 entry fee per team. Men’s and women’s bracket.

Email camplejeunemisfitsrfc@gmail.com to register your team today and stay tuned for updates.

I Love Beach Music Tour

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 8 PM – 12 AM

Location: 407 Atlantic Beach Cswy., Atlantic Beach, NC

DJs Alan Stokes and Brooks Lee play 1940s through 1960s fas’ dancin’ beach music. Guarantees: Records, sax breaks, whiskey, lies, and loaded dice.

Carteret County Speedway Racing

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 501 Whitehouse Fork Rd., Swansboro, NC

Bring the family and come on out for action packed racing at the most pristine racing arena in the area! Kids 10 and under are FREE. Enjoy pizza, hamburgers, beverages, and much more!

Game Truck in the Park

Date: August 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM  – 12:00 PM

Location: 100 McQueen Ave., Newport, NC

Come join us for a Game Truck at Fort Benjamin Park!

Justice League Movie in the Park

Date: August 18, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 200 Howard Blvd., Newport, NC

Join us in the Newport Community Park as part of Newport Public Library’s summer reading program. This is a free event! There will be activities for kids beginning at 6:30 PM and will also include information for the summer reading program. The movie will being at 7:30 PM. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the kick off to all the town’s summer events!

Summer Taste of Core Sound 

Date: August 24, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Location: 1785 Island Rd., Harkers Island, NC

Summer Taste of Core Sound… A Brand New Experience. Special Guest Chef Ricky Moore of the Salt Box, Durham will be the featured chef with a mix of old and new recipes! Tickets on sale now. This event will sell out so don’t wait!

Caviar Farm Tour and Tasting 

Date: August 25, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 12 PM

Location: 811 Straits Rd., Smyrna, NC

That’s right, there’s a caviar farm right here in Carteret County! Marshallberg Farm is the largest producer of Russian Sturgeon caviar in the USA, with capacity to produce up to 3 tons of caviar per year. Due to popular demand, the Down East facility will be holding a series of farm tours and caviar tastings.

The tour includes a guided walk amongst 40 indoor recirculating aquaculture tanks that teem with sturgeon and span some 54,000 square feet of building space. Following the tour, there will be a caviar and smoked sturgeon tasting and a chance to purchase products.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.marshallbergfarm.com/tours or by calling (252) 646-1713. Fall and Winter tour dates are coming soon!

1st Annual Sarah James Fulcher Redfish Tournament 

Date: August 25, 2018

Time: 12 PM – 10 PM

Location: 3557 Cedar Island Rd., Cedar Island, NC

As a way to give back in Sarah’s honor, we will be hosting food, live music, and a fishing tournament. The tournament entry fee per person is $25 (for early entry) or $30 (the week of) and will include a t-shirt. Rules for tournament as well as prizes will be posted as we get closer to the event.

This tournament is a non-profit event where all monies will go to the Sarah James Fulcher Fund. This money will be put to use in the local communities helping kids.

Register for the event, or donate, here: https://aperspective.squarespace.com/

Bogue Sound Full Moon Paddle

Date: August 26 & 27, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 9404 Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC

Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above the Bogue Sound. There is just something magical about moonbeams and water – and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you.

Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset, and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft up”, and lay back to fully take in our surroundings.

Arrive 6:30 PM and depart at 7:00 PM. The paddle will last about an hour and a half and kayaks are provided. Couples can each have individual kayaks or a tandem kayak (please note when checking out if you prefer tandem). We look forward to seeing you!

Paddle will launch from the sound side boat ramp around the 18 mile marker in Emerald Isle.

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Crystal Coast Beacon of Hope

Date: September 8, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

Location: Front and Turner St., Beaufort, NC

Join us for a 5K/1 mile fun run/walk on the beautiful historic waterfront in downtown Beaufort. Race proceeds will benefit our Cancer center right here in Carteret County! The race will start at the corners of Front and Turner Streets. Following the race, enjoy the shops and restaurants. While there, you might catch a glimpse of the wild horses on Carrot Island. Easy, flat course.

Newport Community 5K Fun Run and Kids Fun Run

Date: September 8, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 9:30 AM

Location: 606 Verdun St., Newport, NC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes Overall | 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Male | 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Female | No age group awards.

$30 for Adults 18 and over; $20 for ages 17 and under; $5 Kids Fun Run, ages 11 and under.

Deadline for registration: August 15th

Packet Pick Up and Pasta Dinner will be Friday September 7, 2018 at Shortway Brewery

Newport Community Festival 2018

Date: September 8, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Location: 200 Howard Blvd., Newport, NC

Featuring: Performances by the band 4EverAll  and Magician Bryan Sanders. Face Painting by Independent Airbrush. Touch A Truck, Mini Food Truck Rodeo, Hands on Demonstrations, Performing Arts, Crafts and Living History Demonstrations,  Bounce Houses, Police Department and Fire Department Displays. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Free Admission.

Kayak the Salt Marsh

Date: September 11, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM

Location: North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC

Learn about local history and the importance of salt marshes while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. Advanced registration required. Call the Program Registrar at (252) 504-7758. Fee: $30 per person, $20 with own kayak.

Bone Suckin’ Sauce presents King of the Cape King Mackerel Tournament 2018

Date: September 14 – 15, 2018

Location: Town Creek Marina, 232 W Beaufort Rd., Beaufort, NC

Tight Lines to all and be safe!

Prizes for: Lady Angler                   Junior Angler                     Senior Angler     $500 each!

Gypsy at Carteret Community Theatre

Date: September 14 & 15, 21 &22 | September 16 & 23, 2018

Time:  7:30 PM | 2:00 PM

Location: Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Gypsy, loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, focuses on Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” The musical features songs that have become standards of musical theatre, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”

General admissions seats are $18-$24 in advance, $20-$25 day of show and include NC Sales Tax and Service Fee.

2018 Lookout Shootout Poker Run

Date: September 15, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM

Location: 513 Evans St., Morehead City, NC

Hope you will make plans to join us in September as we are currently planning for our 7th episode… AND it will coincide with Jack’s Waterfront Bar celebrating their 10 year anniversary!

3rd Annual Crystal Coast Beach Volleyball Tournament

Date: September 15, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Location: 107 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Third Annual Crystal Coast Beach Volleyball Tournament for the United Way of Coastal Carolina. A one day double elimination tournament fundraiser for United Way agencies in Carteret County. Participate or just watch at the Atlantic Beach Circle volleyball courts.

Team registration is $100 for a 6-person team  – includes lunch and a t-shirt for each player (up to 6).

Core Sound Family Fun Day

Date: September 15, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Location: 1785 Island Rd., Harkers Island, NC

Calling all families, kids, parents, and grandparents: Mark your calendar for fun times together the Core Sound way!

13th Annual Day4Kids

Date: September 15, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Location: Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center, 203 Leisure Ln., Emerald Isle, NC

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. Rain or Shine.

4th Annual Sports Center Chum Run

Date: September 22, 2018

Time: 7:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Location: 156 Ablemarle Dr., Newport, NC

The 4th Annual Sports Center Chum Run is the first event of its kind on the Crystal Coast.

The Chum Run is a 5K Obstacle Run to benefit children’s programs at Camp Ablemarle. There are approximately 15 obstacles of all types, including an open-water swim, to challenge your strength and endurance. Must be 16 years of age to participate in main event.

The Little Chummers Run for ages 7-15 makes this a fun event for the whole family. Participants swim, jog, crawl, climb, slide and jump their way to the finish line, where fans, refreshments and showers are waiting.

Multiple heats accommodate participants of different ages and ability levels. A timing system is provided for a select number of heats, but the goal is to HAVE FUN completing the event.

Choose to complete both the run and the swim, or just the run. Participants must complete both the run and the swim to be eligible for awards.

Times:

7:45 AM – Little Chummers Run | 8:00 AM – Police & Fire Dept Race | 8:30 AM – Wave #1 | 8:45 AM – Wave #2 | 9:00 AM – Wave #3 | 9:15 AM – Wave #4

[Number of waves depends on number of participants]

Fees:

Little Chummers Race – $20 | Police vs. Firefighters Race -$100 (Team of 4) | Chum Run – $35 (in advance), $45 (day of race)

T-shirts included in Chum Run & Police/Fire Dept races (not Little Chummers race)

Bogue Sound Full Moon Paddle

Date: September 24 & 25, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 9404 Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC

Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above the Bogue Sound. There is just something magical about moonbeams and water – and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you.

Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset, and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft up”, and lay back to fully take in our surroundings.

Arrive 6:30 PM and depart at 7:00 PM. The paddle will last about an hour and a half and kayaks are provided. Couples can each have individual kayaks or a tandem kayak (please note when checking out if you prefer tandem). We look forward to seeing you!

Paddle will launch from the sound side boat ramp around the 18 mile marker in Emerald Isle.

3rd Annual Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival

Date: September 28-29, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM – 7 PM

Location: Beaufort, NC

The exciting 2-day festival will feature a variety of Beer seminars, luncheons and dinner in area restaurants, pubs and breweries as well as a Pub Crawl and crowd favorite – Beer, Bubbles, and BBQ!

The festival will focus on North Carolina craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state.

Check back often for details on this not-to-be-missed event. This incredible festival line-up will be published soon!

Tickets on sale in late July, 2018. Email beaufortwineandfood@gmail.com to sign up for the mailing list. Don’t miss a single drop!

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend any Beaufort Wine and Food events – no exceptions.

2018 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival

Date: September 29, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 5:30 PM

Location: 101 Islander Dr., Emerald Isle, NC

The Town of Emerald Isle hopes to see you at the 2018 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on Saturday, September 29!

After 17 years of not hosting this event on the beach of Emerald Isle, it came back in 2016. Over 9,000 joined last summer and we can see this close to doubling now! Make plans early!

This year’s free concert will again take place on the beach strand at the Western Ocean Regional Access and promises to be another great Emerald Isle event!

Featured Bands: Band of Oz | Fantastic Shakers | Chairmen of the Board | The Embers | The Tams | Sammy O’Banion (MC and performing)