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

International Film Series 2018 | 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City

We are back at it this year with four new films from four new countries. Join us for a wonderful dinner catered by Floyd’s 1921 and inspired by the featured movie’s country. After dinner, stroll over to Joslyn Hall for popcorn and the movie!

  • January 18 – Lila Lila – Germany (Bonus Showing – January 19 at 2 PM)
  • February 22 – The Salesman – Iran (Bonus Showing – February 23 at 2 PM)
  • March 22 – Lost In Paris – France/Belgium (Bonus Showing – March 23 at 2 PM)
  • April 12 – Timbuktu – Mauritania/France (Bonus Showing – April 13 at 2 PM)

Films: 5:20 PM, 7:30 PM. Admission is FREE – Donations support the series. Dinners: 6 PM. Enjoy the cuisine that reflects the culture of the evening’s movie. $30/person (dinner and one drink ticket) Cash bar available.

Escoffier Chefs Dinner Series | Crystal Coast Civic Center

The Escoffier Chefs Dinner Series is an annual event that occurs once a month in January, February, March and April. All four dinners will feature the best French Cuisine. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Culinary Students and top local chefs. Get a ticket for an individual dinner, or the whole series, but act fast because they always sell out!

This amazing unique event supports the Carteret Community College Culinary Program. The Culinary Program is vibrantly training tomorrow’s chefs. Carteret Community College is very proud that they send 3-4 students annually to France for a month internship. During this month-long trip the students train under the best French Escoffier Chefs in the world!

  • January 30th – featuring Chef Olmsteaad & Students
  • February 27th – featuring Chef Park & Students
  • March 20th – featuring Chef Garnett & Students
  • April 17th – featuring Carteret Community College Culinary Students

Four Dinner Package: $200 per person

Individual Dinners: $60 per person per dinner

For more information, call (252) 222-6262 or visit


 March 2, 2018
 5:00 PM

Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub kicks off their featured North Carolina Brewery each month at Friday Night Flights, a free monthly craft beer tasting. Featured North Carolina Brewery of the Month: Shortway Brewing Co. of Newport. From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. pm, stop by the pub and grab a free sample flight. You’ll taste the beers they’ll be featuring that month, plus one or two wild cards. Talk with a brewery representative and expand your beer horizons! Beer lover or not, come out and give some North Carolina Beers a try! Take part in some raffles, enjoy Live music from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub, 425 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 252-728-2133,

Coastal Home & Garden Show 2018

 March 3-4, 2018
 10:00 AM
Location Crystal Coast Civic Center 3505 Arendell St, Bldg 203, Morehead City,NC
30th Annual – Coastal Home & Garden Show

With over 12,000 Sq Ft of exhibits – this is the best source for products and services. See all the latest trends in home décor, landscaping, and much more

Meet with professional builders, landscapers, interior design, home improvements, pool and spas, furniture, lawn care, etc.

Saturday March 3rd – 10am-5pm
Sunday March 4th- 11am-3pm
Admission $4

Friday Free Flicks 

 March 9, 2018
 7:00 PM
 Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Movies are family oriented.  Free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Popcorn and drink for $1.00.  Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks.  Call (252) 354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing.


  March 10, 2018
 2:00 PM
 315 Front Street Beaufort NC

Over the past three hundred years the Crystal Coast culture, economy, and geography have made some significant changes. In 1718 the Crystal Coast that Blackbeard and other pirates of the Golden Age would have encountered would have looked significantly different than what we are familiar with today. Mike Carraway, Exhibits Curator, is uniquely qualified to present on “Blackbeard’s Crystal Coast” as he is both a Carteret County Native and has coordinated exhibits not only in Beaufort, but across North Carolina, about Blackbeard and the artifacts recovered from his associated shipwrecks. During this program Mike Carraway will give his audience some insight into what the Crystal Coast looked like in the 1700s by focusing on the short visit of Blackbeard the pirate in 1718. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. 252-504-7740.

27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival

 March 17, 2018
 9:00 AM
 6:00 PM
 Emerald Isle Plantation Shopping Center, 8700 Emerald Plantation Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

The 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 17 from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.  Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350

St Patrick’s Day Kids Fun

 March 17, 2018
 10:00 AM
830 Main St Extension, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584

Imagination Place will be hosting a crafting and fun hour for kids 8 years and under with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Did we mention…No clean up at home!

he luck of the Irish is with you, Ms. Jenn from Imagination Playce will be providing either one hour of drop off care or one hour of stay and play ticket for every child who registers. These tickets will be redeemable at Imagination Playce, 518 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point. The kids will love it!
For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main St. Ext.

Easter EGGstreme

 March 24, 2018
 10:00 AM
 12:00 PM
 Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Easter EGGstreme will take place on Saturday, March 24th at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation from 10am-12pm.  Join the EI Easter Bunny for photos, play games to win egg prizes, cake walk, egg and spoon races and more! There will be a coloring contest and a raffle for the EI Easter Bunny’s prize basket of goodies! Everyone is invited!  No registration is required. It is suggested that you bring a basket or bag to carry your game prizes in.

Atlantic Beach Egg Hunt

Date:  March 31, 2018

Where: Jordan Park


Bring the little ones for a classic Egg Hunt at beautiful Jordan Park. Ride the train, enjoy refreshments and the festivities with family and friends while meeting “Bunny.” For more information, call 904-247-4038.


 April 6, 2018
 315 Front Street Beaufort, NC

This day-long event will include presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices. Participants will learn about species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters, historical records of killer whales off North Carolina and about the fate of the whale ship Secheylle. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. 252-504-7740. Photo by Paula Dailey.


  April 7, 2018

 2303 East Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC

Come down to Fort Macon and learn how Civil War Cannons function. Cannon firing demonstrations will be at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30. In 2016, the North Carolina State Park system turns 100-years-old. It started with 795 acres of rugged-mountain land at Mount Mitchell and has grown to 225,000 acres hosting 17 million visitors a year. In 1924 the property at Fort Macon was acquired for the second state park in the system. Unlike the raw property on Mount Mitchell the required years of work, the park at Fort Macon had existing buildings and more manageable land. Consequently, Fort Macon State Park was actually the first state park to open to the public in 1936. Fort Macon State Park, 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC. 28512

Friday Free Flicks

 April 13, 2018
 7:00 PM
 Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure lane, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Movies are family oriented.  Free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Popcorn and drink for $1.00.  Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks.  Call (252) 354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing.

Shakespeare in the Park

 April 13-14, 2018
 8:00 PM
Johansen Park Atlantic Beach, NC

The City of Atlantic Beach presents “Shakespeare in the Park” under the direction of Dr. Pam Monteleone, PhD. Enjoy the evening of Shakespeare on an open stage under the stars (chairs provided). The play is free and open to the public to appreciate.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

 April 20, 2018
 2:00 PM
 7:00 PM
 Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Carteret County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center from 2-7pm, 203 Leisure Lane.  Please give!
Arts in the Park
  April 21, 2018
 10:00 AM
Johansen Park Atlantic Beach, NC

This 15th annual one-day event is sponsored by the Atlantic Beach Cultural Arts & Recreation Advisory Committee. Original art will be available for purchase by many accomplished artists exhibiting their fine arts and crafts. Enjoy the day amidst elegant shade trees, live music by local musicians, and delicious food…all at Johansen Park!


April 25-29, 2018

The April festival is Beaufort Wine and Food ’s signature event, and will feature an exciting five days of tastings, seminar, dinners, live and silent auctions and more. Talent from around the world descends on Beaufort to be paired up with some of the Crystal Coast’s best restaurants for an unforgettable experience – All in the name of charity! The festival combines the public’s appreciation for wine and food with its drive to support worthy local organizations, and has positioned itself as one of the area’s premier tourism events. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age to attend any Beaufort Wine and Food events. All events are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable as these events are for charity. For more information: email: or call: 252-515-0708. Beaufort Wine & Food, 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 28516.