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

Summer Concerts in the Fort 2018

2303 East Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach

All concerts are free! Doors open early for picknickers and all who want to take in the beautiful setting. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the Education Center at the Fort. Free, family fun for all!

June 1st 6:30 PM – FAB The Band (Classic Motown and Beach Music)

June 9th 1:00 PM – Morehead Brass Consortium (Pop and Classic Tunes)

June 15th 6:30 PM – Saltwater Gold (Something for Everyone)

June 29th 6:30 PM – Telluride (Beach, Bluegrass and Country Music)

July 7th 1:00 PM – The Mad Fiddler (Fiddle favorites at their Best)

July 13th 6:30 PM – Wild Honey (Country Rock and Blues)

July 27th 6:30 PM – 4EverAll (Contemporary Mix)

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)

Sounds Like Summer at the Park 2018

915 West Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach

Come out to Atlantic Beach this summer for free concerts in the park on Thursday nights!

June 21st – Bryan McCoury

June 28th – Steel Shot

July 5th – Monjah

July 12th – The S.P.A.

July 19th – Carolina Sky

July 26th – Robert McDuffy

Morehead City Marlins 

Morehead City, NC

JUNE 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Wilmington Sharks
7:05 PM
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Wilson Tobs
7:00 PM
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Holly Springs Salamanders
7:05 PM
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Wilmington Sharks
7:05 PM
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Holly Springs Salamanders
7:05 PM
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Wilmington Sharks
7:05 PM
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Edenton Steamers
7:00 PM
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Fayetteville SwampDogs
7:05 PM
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Fayetteville SwampDogs
7:05 PM
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Wilmington Sharks
7:05 PM
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Peninsula Pilots
7:05 PM
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Edenton Steamers
7:05 PM
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Fayetteville SwampDogs
7:00 PM

Cruisin’ To The Cape Festival

Date: June 1, 2018 – June 2, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: MacDaddy’s – 130 Golphin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret, NC

Annual car show, crafts, food, live music, beer, and more!

Military Appreciation Day MHC 2018

Date: June 1, 2018 – June 2, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Jaycee Park, South 9th St., Morehead City, NC

Military Appreciation Day Inc., Morehead City chapter will host our Heroes for a fun day of fishing and treating the family members to many land based activities, great entertainment, and awesome food! In the tradition of the Moregead event, expect the same or more as last year – boat rides, kids Pirate Ship, land based games, DJ, corn hole, wild pony boat tours, and much more!

Kayak For The Warriors – Kayak & Paddleboard Race

Date: June 2, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Location:  Garner Park, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Visit Kayak for the Warriors Facebook Page for details of this event and other related events! https://www.facebook.com/kayakforthewarriors/

World Oceans Day 2018

Date: June 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Dive into oceans of inspiration on World Oceans Day, an international observance to promote ocean conservation. Answer the annual call to celebrate ocean conservation iwth themed crafts and activities. This year’s theme is “Turn The Tide.” We will celebrate the wonders of our beautiful blue planet and share easy ways we can all help make a difference. They will have hands-on ocean themed activities and crafts for the whole family to enjoy! Learn how long it takes plastics to degrade through an interactive activity, find out how baleen whales eat, pin the jellyfish dinner to the sea turtle, challenge your family to a bean bag toss, and make a cool craft to take home.

Big Rock Blue Marlin 60th Tournament

Location: 710 Evans St., Morehead City, NC

The 2018 Big Rock Tournament is among the largest and oldest sport fishing tournaments in the country. The Big Rock calls avid deep-sea fishermen to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast for a full week of angling and community celebration.

This year’s Big Rock Tournament is the 60th anniversary of its inception – a true testament to the spirit of Carteret County. Over the course of the last half-century, many boats have docked here, many tourists have gathered here, and many Morehead City natives have come and gone. Their mission has always stayed the same: to represent the sportfishing community as superbly as only Morehead City can!

MONDAY, JUNE 11-16

Begins 6 Days of Fishing, 2 Lay Days Required – Captain’s Choice

Daily Weigh-Ins Monday thru Saturday

710 Evans Street, Morehead City.
Approximately 4 pm (Sat. 3 pm.)

Tournament schedule for more details https://www.thebigrock.com/tournament/schedule/

Youth Fishing Derby 2018

Date: June 9, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, Bogue Inlet Dr., Emerald Isle, NC

This is a FREE event open to kids, ages 5-12. Pre-registration (limited to 100 youth) is required and will run until June 8th, or until all spots are filled. Please bring your own rod. Bait will be provided (while supplies last) or you can bring your own. To register, stop by the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center or call (252) 354-6350

Fun with Legos: Building Dinosaurs 

Date: June 12, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Teacher’s Pet, Inc. 2410 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

It’s dinosaur week at Teacher’s Pet! Join us for our first Lego Dinosaur Day! Travel to a Jurassic World as we build Dinos with Legos! This will be a fun morning of creativity and wonder, all you need to bring is your imagination! We hope to see you there! For more details, call (252) 240-2515 or visit www.teacherspetmhc.com

Dive Educators is Heading to the Graveyard of the Atlantic!

Date: June 13-16, 2018

Time: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Interested in a historical diving adventure? Dive Educators is heading to Morehead City to dive The Graveyard of the Atlantic with Olympus Dive Center. For more details, call (252) 726-9432 or visit www.olympusdiving.com

Brushes and Brews

Date: June 14, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Crystal Coast Brewing Co., 702 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Join Crystal Coast Brewing in Morehead City and Wine & Design of Morehead City for a fun night of painting and drinks! A local artist will lead everyone through a class in painting an image of a marlin, just in time for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. All supplies are provided, but seating is limited so make sure to register in advance online. For more details, call (252) 773-0974 or visit www.crystalcoastbrewingcompany.com

Out of School Bash – Interactive Playground

Date: June 15, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Newport Community Park, 200 Howard Blvd., Newport, NC

Join us in the Newport Community Park for an Out of School Bash equipped with Bazooka Battle, Human Foosball, and Galaxy Arena. For more details, call (252) 223-4749 or visit www.townofnewport.com

Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Crawl

Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: Emerald Isle, NC

The 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Crawl is an event to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. We will walk the beach from sunrise to sunset in honor of those living and those lost the Alzheimer’s disease.

Crystal Coast Beer Mile 

Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Company, 709 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

In the vast world of extreme sports, there exists a sub-culture at its heart best known as “digestive athletics.” The most famous, glorified, respected, and celebrated of all the events of this underworld is the Beer Mile. The foundation of any true beer mile is built upon two things: drinking beer and running a mile. The most common format of the beer mile requires a single participant to drink a full-sized beer, run a quarter mile, then repeat the process 3 times. This results in the consumption of 4 beers and the running of 4 quarter miles (hence the beer mile). The entire process is timed. Tickets are available – Individual and Team. For more details, call (252) 773-0641 or visit www.tightlinesbrewing.com

Free Wine Tasting at the Chandlery 

Date: June 16, 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! For more details, call (252) 838-1524 or visit www.frontstreetvillage.com

Father’s Day Brunch on the Crystal Coast Lady

Date: June 17, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: 600 Front St., Beaufort, NC

Enjoy the Crystal Coast Lady’s annual Father’s Day Brunch with the Dolphins Cruise. Enjoy an elegant brunch cruise aboard their luxury vessel. This special brunch features a hearty and delicious brunch buffet, a complimentary mimosa to each passenger over 21 -AND- a FREE GIFT for DAD!

Reservations are required. For reservations, please call (252) 728-8687

Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour 58th

Date: June 22-23

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Beaufort, NC

The 58th annual walking tour of private Beaufort homes, gardens, churches and historic places is Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd . Tickets are $20

Grease at Carteret Community Theatre

Date: June 29 & 30, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their
“Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through more songs!

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

July

Morehead City Marlins 

Morehead City, NC

JULY 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Wilmington Sharks
7:05 PM
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5
Holly Springs Salamanders
7:05 PM
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Fayetteville SwampDogs
7:05 PM
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12
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Wilmington Sharks
7:05 PM
14
Holly Springs Salamanders
7:00 PM
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16
Edenton Steamers
7:05 PM
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Peninsula Pilots
7:05 PM
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Wilmington Sharks
7:00 PM
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Fayetteville SwampDogs
7:00 PM
30
Wilson Tobs
7:00 PM
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Grease at Carteret Community Theatre 

Date: July 1 & 8, 2018 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) -AND- July 6 & 7, 2018 (7:30 PM – 9:30 PM)

Location: 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Here is Rydell’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the sounds of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through “Greased Lightnin'” and more.

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

Crystal Coast Summer Festival 2018

Date: July 1, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: Big Rock Landing, Morehead City, NC

This Festival features live music, NC local seafood, beverages, street vendors, and beautiful waterfront views! The mission of the festival is to honor our active duty and retired military with proceeds from the event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

General admission tickets are available with a $5 suggested donation, VIP tickets and more information are available online at www.CCSummerFest.com. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to attend. Wear your red, white, and blue to the event and celebrate and honor with us!

Pine Knoll Shores Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Garner Park, Oakleaf Dr., Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Come celebrate independence day with us at the PNS Independence Day Parade!

4th of July Fireworks Off Bogue Inlet Pier 

Date: July 4, 2018

Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Bogue Inlet Pier, 100 Bogue Inlet Dr., Emerald Isle, NC

The Town will again present July 4th fireworks beginning at 9:00 PM! Parking will be available at Bogue Inlet Pier as well as along NC 58. The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Sail On Beach Boys Tribute at Carteret Community Theatre

Date: July 14, 2018

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute focuses on performing songs by America’s Band, The Beach Boys, to sheer perfection. Members of Sail On have performed with musicians from Brian Wilson’s Band, The Zombies, Earth Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, Mark Lindsay, and produced recordings for Micky Dolenz.

Reserved seats are $25-$30 in advance, $28-$33 day of show and include NC Sales Tax and Service Fee

30th Annual Ducks Unlimited Band the Billfish Tournament 

Date: July 18, 2018 (12:00 AM) – July 21, 2018 (12:00 AM)

Location: Morehead City, NC

Since it’s inaugural year in 1989, the NCDU Billfish Tournament has produced some memorable and enviable results within the communities of both N.C. Ducks Unlimited and the avid tournament sports fisherman in the state.

Waterslide in the Park 

Date: July 20, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: 200 Howard Blvd., Newport, NC

Lots of fun on a waterslide in the park!

11th Annual CCCF Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Tournament 

Date: July 20, 2018 (5:00 PM) – July 21, 2018 (3:00 PM)

Location: 2400 Lennoxville Rd., Beaufort, NC

Join us for the 11th Annual Carteret Community College Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Tournament taking place at The Boathouse at Front Street Village. This is a family-friendly tournament with prizes for children as well as adults. Don’t miss out on the Friday night Captains’ Social and concert by Spare Change! For more information, visit: www.CarteretSMT.com

34th Annual RSWSC King Mackerel Tournament 

Date: July 27, 2018 & July 28, 2018

Location: South 9th St., Morehead City, NC

The Raleigh Saltwater Sport Fishing Club is pleased to announce its 34th Annual RSWSC King Mackerel Tournament. They have lots of great things planned for this year’s tourney so we hope you’ll come celebrate this annual event with us that has been a North Carolina tradition for more than 3 decades.

We look forward to seeing you this year, but until then we wish you tight lines and following seas!

Bogue Sound – Full Moon Paddle 

Date: July 27 & 28, 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 round to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up”, and lay back to fully take in our surroundings.

Arrive at 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 with 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.

18th Annual Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic 

Date: July 28, 2018 (7:00 AM) – July 29, 2018 (5:00 PM)

Location: 700 E Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

The Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic will be held at the Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach, NC. Please join us!

Save the date and check back for more info at www.BuddyPelletier.com

Carolina Chocolate Festival | Coastal Farm to Table Dinner 2018

Date: July 28, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 601 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Coastal Farm to Table Charity Dinner will be having it’s annual dinner on July 28. This is a sister event to the Carolina Chocolate Festival. They have a new location, new menu, new band, and new sponsors. This event benefits local charities, such as Carteret Domestic Violence, White Oak Bridge, and Second Blessing. Come out to have a great meal, listen to some good music, and participate in their action. Lots of fun for charity.

Event will take place at Katherine Davis Park

Kayak the Salt Marsh 

Date: July 31, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 315 Front St., Beaufort

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.