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.

2019 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.

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Musket Firing Demonstration 

Date: May 1, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

Open Mic @ Sweet Beans Coffee & Cafe 

Date: May 2, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM

It’s the Carteret Writers monthly “Open Mic!” We’re on a new day: now the first THURSDAY of the month. And, we’re at a new-ish location: SWEET BEANS COFFEE & CAFE! And Paloma Capanna, is the new emcee.

Please grab a fistfull of your poems and other scribbles and come on out and share. It’s a supportive group in a welcoming atmosphere. Some poets are published in chapbooks, literary magazines, e-zines, and on-line. Other poets and writers show up who are newcomers to the open mic scene. No experience is necessary!

Also, you do not need to be a member of the non-profit writing organization the “Carteret Writers.” Would I recommend it? Absolutely! For $30/year in membership dues, there is a monthly newsletter filled with upcoming activities, publication opportunities, and relevant contests. We also have a monthly luncheon with guest speaker that is held at Clawson’s in Beaufort, NC.

So come one, come all, but do come out to the Carteret Writers Open Mic. First Thursday of every month. Held at Sweet Beans Coffee & Cafe (Morehead City). Free and open to the public. Kid friendly.

Don’t overthink it!

Reelin’ for Research Tournament 2019

Date: May 3, 2019 – May 4, 2019

Time: 6 AM – 5 PM

Save the date! The Reelin’ For Research Tournament will be held May 3rd and 4th this year. Let’s keep up the effort to “land a cure” for childhood cancer. Visit http://reelinforresearch.org/ for information and registration details.

The Guns & Roses Tribute – Nightrain @ Salt 

Date: May 3, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Nightrain, The Guns N’ Roses Experience pays tribute to one of the most iconic bands in history. This act gives a night of high energy rock ‘n roll that never lets up. Nightrain plays each song from the Appetite For Destruction album with stunning accuracy in regards to both attitude and Music. But it doesn’t stop there. they play all the hits and most requested songs from the entire Guns N’ Roses discography.

Mosquito Run 2019

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 6:30 AM – 10 AM

This 5K & 10K run/hike, held at Fort Macon State Park will benefit the Friends of Fort Macon. The 10K & 5K course at Fort Macon State Park is not only one of the newest courses in the State, but already proven to be one of the most challenging courses in eastern North Carolina. The natural beauty of this course is unmatched. The course boardwalks cross natural wetlands and continues through an early growth maritime forest and thickets. It also wanders across pristine sand dunes. The 10K has the added challenge of running on the beach beside the Atlantic Ocean.

Awards will be given to the top 3 M/F overall, plus the top 1 M/F in the following age groups: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over.

Packet pickup/late registration will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 1:00- 5:30 PM and on race day from 6:30- 7:45 AM.

You are encouraged to signup early on “runtheeast.com.” Registration prices will increase after April 30th.

45th Annual Wooden Boat Show 

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations, and activities for children.

The annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” four consecutive years.

Throughout the show, please feel free to tag your photos with #BeaufortBoatShow.

45th Annual Wooden Boat Show Awards Reception 

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 5 PM – 6:30 PM

The awards ceremony for the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show will be held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Ticketed event. $10 per person. Tickets available at the Museum store.

On Set Cinema – The Mutilator 

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 10 PM

The Myers House NC presents
ON SET CINEMA – THE MUTILATOR
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina at The Mutilator Beach House!

By Sword? By Pick? By Axe? …find out exactly how you’re going to die on May 4th 2019 at a very special ON SET CINEMA screening of the 1984 horror flick The Mutilator! …one of only a few 80s slasher films shot in North Carolina. We will be screening the film directly in front of The Mutilator beach house – right where they park the car in the movie. And as fans know, a ton of the film takes place in that very spot! You guys will have the opportunity to go inside the infamous garage and check out the inside of the beach house …and a few fans will even be able to spend the night!! There will also be original props and other rare Mutilator memorabilia to check out, including the hook!

Make a weekend vacation out of it and stay at the Oceanana Family Resort Motel, which is located right by the beach house. Several scenes from the film were shot at the motel, including the pool scene. Ask for the ON SET CINEMA Mutilator rate – 10% off when you stay both Friday & Saturday night ($140). You’re also guaranteed to get a room where the cast & crew stayed during filming! Offer is limited – call 252-726-4111 for room reservations.

We are also offering overnight stays at the beach house on Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th! There are 2 rooms available with a single queen size bed. And yes, we will absolutely be playing Monopoly and blind man’s bluff at night!

ALL EVENT INFO AT www.myershousenc.com/onsetcinema

Space Coast Ghosts @ Salt 

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

SPACE COAST GHOSTS are just your Intergalactic Reggae, Hip Hop and Punk Rock crossover Band from another world…
100% Original Music. You dont want to miss these very talented, high energy performers!

Adam Hill @ Off The Hook 

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Rockin’ out to Adam Hill with great drinks and food at Off The Hook!!

Freeway Live @ Emerald Club 

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 1 AM

Come party with Freeway at the Emerald Club. Freeway takes the stage at 10 PM. Ain’t no party like a Freeway party. See you at the beach!

Tiffany Elaine & Now Or Never @ Royal James 

Date: May 5, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 10 PM

Tiffany Elaine is a recording Artist based out of Nashville and the Carolina’s. Elaine shows off her vocal range with her Debut single “Couldn’t You See” which was produced by Stokes Nielson of the Billboard acclaimed “The Lost Trailers. “The Lost Trailers issued a self-titled effort, which produced the singles “Call Me Crazy” and “Why Me”, both of which entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Elaine has teamed up with local musicians and songwriters Steve Mehan and Fernando Rivera for a sound no one has heard before forming the band every one is talking about, Now Or Never. Elaine is an BMI songwriter and CMA member. Tiffany Elaine performs both acoustically and with her band in NC and Nashville.

Flags of Fort Macon & the Confederacy 

Date: May 6, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet at the Fort Visitor Center to learn about the wide range of flags used by the confederacy during the War Between the States.

Musket Firing Demonstration 

Date: May 8, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

Merry Time for Tots 

Date: May 8, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the Merry Time for Tots program, which takes a unique look at a different nautical topic each month. Topics include Pirate Hooks and Peg Legs, Hatteras Jack, Boats that Float, Whale of a Time and Shark Tales. The program is free and includes lessons, activities and a make-and-take craft. Register at 252-504-7758.

2019 Carteret County Parks & Rec – Beach Run Series 

Date: May 9, 2019

Time: 5:15 PM – 8 PM

Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation – Beach Run Series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand. Offering 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome!! All runs take place on the beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle.

REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN ~ 5:15-6:15pm
All Races start promptly at 6:30pm. Cost for the entire 7 run series is $50 per person, includes a Beach Run T-shirt OR Individual races $7 per person per race.

2019 DATES:
Race 1 – Thursday May 9th
Race 2 – Thursday May 23rd
Race 3 -Thursday June 6th
Race 4 -Thursday June 20th
Race 5 – Tuesday July 23rd
Race 6 – Tuesday August 6th
Final Race – Tuesday August 20th (1 mile fun run & awards)

For more details and to register and pay online, visit: ccpr.recdesk.com or call 252.808.3301.

Villa*Nova @ Salt 

Date: May 10, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Villa*Nova turns rock ‘n’ roll upside down. Hailing from Columbia, SC, the band distills elements of funky pop and rock into a hypnotic hybrid. They have shared the stage with everyone from Korn, Shinedown, Evanescence, Slash, AWOLNATION, Staind, Chevelle, Filter, Crossfade, Dirty Heads, Nappy Roots, REHAB, and the list goes on. Their singles “Str8 to the Bottom” and “Rack City” charted nationwide and were featured on such prominent stations as Sirius XM Octane and KROCK LA, among many others.

Migratory Bird Day 

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 9:45 AM – 3:30 PM

Take a guided hike through the trails of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area and learn about the different migratory birds found within the old growth maritime forest, May 11. You’ll then kayak along the shoreline of Bogue Sound to view natures aeronautical beauties. Participants will also have a chance to get up close and personal with the avian animal ambassadors that call the aquarium home during a special behind-the-scenes tour.  The day begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 3:30, with a catered lunch included; the cost is $60 per participant and $54 for members. Space is limited. Book your ticket today.

Loon Day

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 3 PM

Loon Day is an annual event held by the Guild in May. The first several years the competition was for “loons only” but this year all birds will be included – puddle, divers, geese, confidence, and of course, LOONS! The competition is a donation in that the decoy itself acts as the entry fee. All decoys entered become property of the Guild. For the Loon Day decoy competition, the judging will take place at the Harkers Island Bridge area with the decoys out in the water and the judges making their evaluations from the shore. The decoys are hidden before judging so they cannot be prejudged from a closer perspective. The competition carries a $200 first prize cash award, a $100 cash award for second place, a $50 cash award for third place, and a $25 cash award for fourth place. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of skill, as this is an event to benefit the Guild. There will be a live auction of the competition decoys, including all the ribbon winners, as well as other decoys and items. We are looking forward to a fantastic auction! For more details, 910-777-1692.

Glow in the Dark Dance Party

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Spend a glowing evening with family and friends dancing the night way to your favorite music by DJ ” Tunes on the Move”. Enjoy refreshments and a fabulous evening out with the kiddos. Registration is open now. $15 per family until May 3rd. Wear your favorite glow in the dark accessories! 6-8 pm at Fort Benjamin Rec Center in Newport. For more details, 252-808-3301.

Mac & Juice @ Promise’ Land Market 

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 12 PM – 12 AM

We are excited to have these guys in to play! You won’t want to miss them. For more details, 252-222-0422 or www.promiselandmarket.com.

Jim Quick & Coastline @ Salt 

DateL May 11, 2019

Time: 9 PM – 12 AM

For Reserved Seating and VIP Call Betsy@ 617-750-9005 or just shoot us a message.

Mark Twain once said, “A Southerner talks music.” If this is true, Coastline speaks in volumes. An eclectic blend of soul, blues, and rock has produced the sound known as Coastline. From hard driving Carolina back beats, to Georgia southern rock, from Cajun inspired grooves, to Texas and Delta blues; Coastline truly defines the sound of historical Southern music. With finesse, the pure forms of southern music are transformed into a modern contemporary art form.

https://jimquick.com/

Bi Polar Express @ Off The Hook 

Date: May 11, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Come hear some great sounds with Bi Polar Express. Great drink prices and food.

Crystal Coast Full and Half Booty Triathlon

Date: May 12, 2019

Time: 7 AM (Start)

We are excited to introduce the inaugural Crystal Coast Full and Half Booty Triathlon. This not-for-profit race has two events. The Full Booty triathlon – a 2.4-mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run; as well as the Half Booty triathlon – 1.2-mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. Both races are on Sunday, May 12, 2019 and start at 7 a.m., ending at midnight. Relay and aquabike options are also available. The Crystal Coast Triathlon is 100% non-profit race, all profits will go to local charities such as the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum and the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club.  This event could generate an estimated $8,100,000 from participants and guests with direct impact to the economy in surrounding areas. We are interested in finding sponsors from within the community. If you are interested please find our sponsorship kit at https://crystalcoasttri.com/ or contact Kazem Yahyapour via email at yahyapour5@aol.com.

Bird Hike @ Fort Macon 

Date: May 13, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 10 AM

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Musket Firing Demonstration 

Date: May 15, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

Natural Side of Fort Macon 

Date: May 16, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

34th Annual Crystal Coast Quilt Show 

Date: May 17, 2019 – May 18, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

The 34th judged Quilt Show, “Crystal Coast Quilt Show,” will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th, 2019 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, Highway 70, Morehead City, NC.  Hours for the quilt show will be: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Admission to the Quilt Show is $8.00, with children under 12 years of age admitted free.

Quilts of all kinds are welcome to be entered and judged, you do not need to be a member of the Crystal Coast Guild.  There will be vendors, displays, our Silent Auction booth, Made in the U.S.A. booth, the Guild Boutique, and of course, lots of great quilts.

5th Annual Playing Through for Epilepsy Golf Classic 

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 10:30 PM

Hard to believe we are getting ready for the 5th annual event! This year along with the golf tournament, we will have TWO bands! Local band, The Green Room will be playing reggae by the pool for happy hour and Liquid Pleasure will follow that evening. This is always a popular event so reserve your spot early. Sponsorships and dinner/band tickets are available.

31st Annual Beaufort Music Festival 

Date: May 17, 2019 – May 18, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 11 PM

Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a community-supported, volunteer-run event put on by Beaufort Arts and Music, Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For over 30 years, the free festival has taken place each May in historic Beaufort, and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music.

This year’s festival will take place on the waterfront at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort. There will be several shuttle locations in downtown Beaufort taking people back and forth to the site, as well as a water taxi option too. There is limited paid parking on site for $10. There will be food trucks, vendors, beer tent and a kid’s area.

In an effort to eliminate single use plastics, the festival will not be serving drinks in plastic cups. In order to consume alcohol at the festival each patron will need to purchase a BMF Steel Pint. Please be sure to visit their website for more information.

Friday Evening Performances:

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm :: Chatham Rabbits
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm :: Driskill
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm :: The Tan & Sober Gentlemen
8:15 pm – 9:30 pm :: Stop Light Observations
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm :: No BS! Brass 

Saturday Performances:

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm :: Qualian
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm :: Strung Together
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm :: Hot Buttered Grits
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm :: Durty Dub’s Tribute to Charley Pride
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm :: Pie Face Girls
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm :: The Artisanals
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm :: Kamara Thomas
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm :: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm :: Lilly Hiatt
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm :: Hiss Golden Messenger

Astronomy @ Fort Macon 

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 10 PM

Come out to the Beach Access (bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please.

Rural Route Romance @ Jack’s Waterfront Bar 

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Don’t miss the Rural Route Romance @ Jack’s Waterfront Bar on the Morehead City waterfront!

Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course 

Date: May 18, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake, and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill, and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Cost is $135 ($121.50 for members of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum). Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758.

12th Annual Crystal Coast Boat Show 

Date: May 18, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is excited to host the Crystal Coast Boat Show. The 2019 Boat Show features new and used boats, a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. The weekend is also home to the 46th Annual Morehead City Chapter Antique Automobile Club of America car show on Saturday and the Carteret County Home Builder’s Association Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, both hosted at Katherine Davis Park in downtown Morehead City. We invite you to experience our beautiful beaches and waterfront first-hand by enjoying free sailboat rides from Sail Carteret at the 10th Street Beach downtown, steps away from the boat show. We will also host kid’s activities. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

3rd Annual Dive Against Debris 

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Join us as we clean up our favorite training dive site, Radio Island Rock Jetty for our pre-season clean-up/beach sweep. Clean with us then come back for prizes and a bbq.

6th Annual Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival 

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 6 PM

You don’t want to miss the 6th Annual AB Beach Music Festival along the Boardwalk at the Circle, Atlantic Beach, NC!

Featuring:
The Embers
Jim Quick & Coastline
The Mighty Saints of Soul
Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
Steve Owens and Summertime Band

Admission is free, but pets and glass containers are prohibited.

The following Food Trucks will be serving at the Festival:
Sub Tropics– Hand Crafted Subs & Pizzas
Roland’s Barbecue– Pulled Prok BBQ
Captain’s Kitchen– Fresh Seafood
Pop-elato– Artisan Ice and Gelato Pops

While coolers are welcome, Anheuser-Busch products will be sold with all beer proceeds benefiting the Atlantic Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Shuttle Service Information:
Shuttles will be running from 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM.
Locations for the shuttles are Carteret Community College, DoubleTree, and Crow’s Nest Shopping Center.

If you plan to ride in one of the shuttles please be mindful of the bus rules. Cooler limited to 32 quarts or smaller and may be inspected by the driver, please no glass. Large carry-on knapsacks or bags will be inspected by drivers. Limit of one folding chair per person. No open containers of any type of beverage will be allowed on the shuttle. Lastly, the drivers reserve the right to refuse to transport anyone who refuses or fails to follow the rules.

Blazin’ Keys Dueling Pianos @ Jack’s Waterfront Bar

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 12 AM

Ladies and Gentleman its time to rock and roll with one of the most interactive and fun shows coming to town. Live Dueling Pianos. An all request improv comedy night with high energy singing and crazy songs selections to keep the night interesting. Jacks WaterFront Bar. Feb 16,2019. from 8-12 that evening. Spread the word. Tickets will be sold. Please inquire for more info at the venue directly.

Core Sound @ Southern Salt 

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 9 PM – 12 AM

Come Country & Rock on the beautiful Morehead City waterfront!

Heads Up Penny @ Salt 

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Heads Up Penny is a five-piece band based out of Raleigh, NC with a dual mission – To rock out any event with songs we all know and love, & writing/performing original music. With influences rooted in blues, rock, country, funk, Americana, and soul, their sound is as wide-spanning as it is refined. Each song is carefully crafted with tasteful simplicity, captivating storytelling, and an organic, authentic texture. Heads Up Penny wants to help re-position thoughtful songwriting as an essential part of popular music.

Joe Brown Band @ Off The Hook 

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Come check out Joe Brown Band at Off The Hook. Come on out for great food, drink specials and LIVE entertainment!

Tiffany Elaine & Now Or Never @ Royal James 

Date: May 19, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 10 PM

Tiffany Elaine is a recording Artist based out of Nashville and the Carolina’s. Elaine shows off her vocal range with her Debut single “Couldn’t You See” which was produced by Stokes Nielson of the Billboard acclaimed “The Lost Trailers. “The Lost Trailers issued a self-titled effort, which produced the singles “Call Me Crazy” and “Why Me”, both of which entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Elaine has teamed up with local musicians and songwriters Steve Mehan and Fernando Rivera for a sound no one has heard before forming the band every one is talking about, Now Or Never. Elaine is an BMI songwriter and CMA member. Tiffany Elaine performs both acoustically and with her band in NC and Nashville.

Open Mic Hosted by Tiffany Elaine @ Cru Wine Bar 

Date: May 21, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 11 PM

Share your talents at Cru Wine Bar and Coffee shop! Join us for open mic hosted by Tiffany Elaine! There is a sign up sheet and 3 song limit during your turn.

Kayak the Salt Marsh

Date: May 21, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM

Learn about local history while on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons are followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; not suitable for children under 12. Cost is $35 ($20 with own kayak). Pre-Registration required. For more details, 252-504-7758 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

Musket Firing Demonstration 

Date: May 22, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

2019 Carteret County Parks & Rec – Beach Run Series 

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 5:15 PM – 8 PM

Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation – Beach Run Series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand. Offering 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome!! All runs take place on the beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle.

REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN ~ 5:15-6:15pm
All Races start promptly at 6:30pm. Cost for the entire 7 run series is $50 per person, includes a Beach Run T-shirt OR Individual races $7 per person per race.

2019 DATES:
Race 1 – Thursday May 9th
Race 2 – Thursday May 23rd
Race 3 -Thursday June 6th
Race 4 -Thursday June 20th
Race 5 – Tuesday July 23rd
Race 6 – Tuesday August 6th
Final Race – Tuesday August 20th (1 mile fun run & awards)

For more details and to register and pay online, visit: ccpr.recdesk.com or call 252.808.3301.

Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market Farm to Table Dinner 

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Join the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market for their annual fundraising Farm to Table Dinner on the Harborside Park deck overlooking Taylor’s Creek on the waterfront in downtown Beaufort. This fine dining experience features a menu prepared by the chefs at Clawson’s Restaurant from the freshest meats and vegetables raised by the market farmers and delicious breads and desserts from the market bakers. Live entertainment will be provided by the Beaufort Blues Project and wine and beer are included. Tickets may be purchased online at: oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org or at the market on Saturday mornings thru the 18th. Don’t miss this event that is sure to please! For more details, 252-564-8822 or www.oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org.

Into the Fog @ Cru Wine Bar

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 8 PM – 11 PM

Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. After competing in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. With two lead singers and a lot of instrumentation the band has a way of grabbing people’s attention, no matter what their musical preference. For more details, 252-728-3066 or www.beaufortcru.com.

Jonathan Bryan Williams @ Promise’ Land Market

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Jonathan Bryan Williams of the Pat McGee Band will be here. Super talented. Come on out! For more details, 252-222-0422 or www.promiselandmarket.com.

Mikele Buck Band @ Salt 

Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 12 AM

The Voice 2018 contestant Mikele Buck was born in the Hills of West Virginia, where his family was steeped in the traditional music of the Appalachians. Playing drums in rock bands for most of his high school days, after graduation Mikele bought his first guitar. He started writing songs and playing local taverns, bars, and bonfire parties, testing his own songs out on friends and family. His original songs are a blend of all his musical influences, including Steve Earle, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt and Red-Dirt artists like Randy Rodgers Band and Reckless Kelly. After returning from the Iraq war in 2005, Mikele went to Nashville to record his first CD and established his first band near Greenville NC. This band’s popularity grew and soon they were opening up for major acts such as Jason Aldean and Joe Nichols. From NC night clubs and fairs, the Mikele Buck Band began drawing record crowds of their own. His latest iTunes release has been pouring through car speakers all over the east…

Kayak for the Warriors 5K and 10K Beach Run 2019

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 8 AM – 10:30 AM

Kayak for the Warriors™ is an annual fundraising event for HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS® to benefit our brave, combat injured and fallen service men and women and their families, sponsored by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC.

We kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting 5K and 10K Beach Runs on Saturday, May 25, at 8:00 a.m. The event fee for the 5K is $25 and the 10K is $30. Both include a t-shirt. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores and run east and return on the beach. Additional information and registration can be found at www.k4tw.org or at www.runtheeast.com.

Cannon Day @ Fort Macon 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Come down to Fort Macon and learn how different Civil War era cannons were loaded, aimed, and fired.  Cannon demonstrations will be at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30.

Caviar Farm Tour & Tasting 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM

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 U.S.A., 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. Spaces are limited.

Big Drink Music @ The Trading Post 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Big Drink Music will be bringing the boogie to the Trading Post!

A Great Gatsby Party (with The Raynor Brothers Band) 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 9:30 PM

The Roaring Twenties… The Jazz Age…
GREAT GATSBY! The party of the season…
Destination The Infusion Cafe… Copacetic! (And how!)
On the evening of May 25, 2019, our joint will be jumpin in the jazz.
On the square! The cat’s meow… featuring the smooth jake sounds of ‘The Raynor Brothers Band!
(That’s the Raynor Brothers… They got the goods! See.)
This jazz ensemble is the bee’s knees!

Timmie Raynor III and
Gabriel Raynor will be leading the band.
The event’s gonna be a lollapalooza- and like Gatsby himself said,
“A little party never killed nobody!”
All you cats and dames hip to the jive, grab your glad rags and get ready to start “putting on the Ritz!”
Our kitchen artists are dreaming up a swanky 3-4 course meal that hit on all sixes and take you straight back to the 1920s like nobody’s business. Dinner will be served up with our famous ‘noodle juice’ and ‘joe’ (that’s twenties speak for tea and coffee- savvy?)… all this, our live-wire staff in the get up and The Raynor Brothers too!
This is sure to be the party of the season… and a night you wont want to miss.

Tickets Required. Seating is limited.
Call 252-240-2800 for event information and to guarantee your seats!

Irish Robinson @ Promise’ Land Market 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 1 AM

Join us for music by Irish Robinson. We have live music EVERY weekend. For more details, 252-222-0422 or www.promiselandmarket.com.

Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin’ Stones @ Salt 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 1 AM

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones are fronted by a 21-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. The South Carolina-born artist, who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of skills and makes it clear that the future is hers to conquer.
See her live @ https://youtu.be/PxWTf46X7qE
On their new self-titled album, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones (available everywhere now) the band — who’ve played over 2,000 shows — digs to their core and leaves it all on the floor. The album is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, all of which establish Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer.
Hannah credits her father with instilling the lesson of never losing the intensity that music requires. Her first guitar was a present from him, as a kind of atonement for getting rid of her backyard trampoline. That very night, he taught her to play “Rockin’ In The Free World” and Tom Petty’s “It’s Good To Be King.” (Creativity runs through the family: her mother, a talented artist, painted the latest Steppin Stones album cover.) She grew up knowing that her life would be consumed by music. And somehow it feels as though it is only the beginning…
Past appearances including major events such as the Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar.

Selah Dubb @ Off The Hook 

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Come check out Selah Dubb at Off The Hook. Come on out for great food, drink specials and LIVE entertainment!

Memorial Day Pig Pickin and Hawaiian Shirt Contest

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Fishtowne is throwing a Memorial Day Pig Pickin Luau and want to celebrate with their craft beer Ohana! Sunday, May 26th from 12pm – 5pm they will be cooking up a pig along with a Hawaiian shirt contest. Games, music and door prizes all day with the best Hawaiian shirt winner announced at 3pm. Winner receives a special edition Fishtowne Hawaiian Shirt. So join them at Fishtowne for a hella good BBQ and a hella good time! For more details, 252-838-1102 or www.fishtownebrewhouse.com.

Sea Stars and Stripes Event Salutes Active Military @ the Aquarium

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

 There is a significant United States military presence in North Carolina. All four branches are represented in some way; from Seymore Johnson Airforce Base in Goldsboro and Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, to Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point closer to Carteret County. On Memorial Day, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Sea Stars and Stripes as a way to salute active military and their families. The event is specifically designed for currently serving military who have young children. Join us for an evening after hours for dinner, live animal presentations, and take-home crafts that children of all ages can enjoy. For more details, 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.

Musket Firing Demonstration 

Date: May 26, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

Carteret Community Theatre presents “Let’s Hang On” 

Date: May 26, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

Carteret Community Theatre presents “Let’s Hang On”, a Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute band, on Sunday May 26th at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Arendell St., Morehead City. Doors open at 7:00PM and the show begins at 8:00PM. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and a table of 10 is $425.00. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 252-726-1501.

BigTime @ Jack’s Waterfront Bar 

Date: May 26, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 1:30 AM

BigTime returns to Jack’s Waterfront Bar to bring in the Summer 0f 2019 as we can only do it–stylin and profilin’!!!

Evening Gun @ Fort Macon 

Date: May 29, 2019

Time: 4 PM – 4:30 PM

Meet in the fort to watch a 19th century cannon be loaded and fired in the military tradition of the “Evening Gun.”  US Coast Guard Base Fort Macon will provide the cannon crew.

Kayak for the Warriors | Warrior Reception and Auctions 2019

Date: May 30, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

On Thursday evening May 30, 2019, at 6:00 PM, the annual Warrior Reception with its two auctions (Live and Silent) will be held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.This event, which especially honors our combat wounded, is also intended to recognize all of our veterans.

This is a delightfully entertaining evening for everyone. The auction is $10 for preregistration and $15 at the door and gains you admittance to the aquarium and all its exhibits and are invited to enjoy some of the finest food our local restaurants provide. One serving of beer or wine is included, as is unlimited water or soda. Additional wine/beer can be purchased for $3 per serving.

Please stroll through the galleries and take a few minutes to place a bid on one of the silent auction items.The Silent Auction will feature 100 items by local artists and craftsmen as well as items donated by local merchants. We will also have raffle tickets for sale, for a chance at some unique items.

Additionally, there will be a Live Auction featuring the antics of “Auctioneers on Deck” in the Aquarium Auditorium. There will be another 25 or so large ticket items in the Live Auction.
Last year these items included football tickets, hotels and vacation, golf outings, hang gliding, professional services, a beautiful hand-made quilt, fabulous stained glass, wooden art pieces and more. This year will feature the same caliber of items. Please plan to take your items home on the night of the auction as we will be charging a $20 holding fee per item to transport & hold the items at Town Hall.

We look forward to a fun evening, with entertainment, great auction items, good food and friends. We hope you participate generously for the benefit of our combat wounded.

Natural Side of Fort Macon 

Date: May 31, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Cruisin’ to the Cape Festival 2019

Date: May 31, 2019 – June 1, 2019

Time: 4 PM – 10 PM

Come out for MacDaddy’s “Cruisin’ To The Cape” Festival!

Annual Car Show, Crafts, food, live music, beer and more!

Vendors needed – contact tracy@macdaddys.com for more information.

3rd Annual Tri for Fun Kids Triathlon 

Date: June 1, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 11 AM

Tri for Fun is open to kids ages 5-15, and the second year of offering a Special needs division, this event is not to be missed. The event is fun, empowering and supports a great cause. Sponsorships are still welcomed, as are volunteers.  All  proceeds go to  the Carteret County Schools PE Programs and we encourage everyone to join us as we encourage the children to the finish line!

Kayak for the Warriors: Kayak/Paddleboard Race 

Date: June 1, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

A 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race through the Pine Knoll Shores canals begins Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. A $50 registration fee for a single kayak/paddle board and $100 for a tandem kayak includes a Warrior T-shirt and lunch for each paddler. The WARRIORS RACE will be based on the registrant who brings in the most donations in his or her name. We are asking each participant to create their own team of sponsors. Each racer is encouraged to raise at least $100 in additional donations from their sponsors. Sponsor dollars must be submitted 24 hours before the race including the electronic cut off if submitting online. There will be award categories for kayakers, tandem and paddle boarders. Register on line at www.k4tw.org.

ON SHORE

After all racers return to shore, an awards ceremony and Barbecue Feast will begin at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Garner Park. For those not racing in any other events, the cost to participate in the lunch is $10 per person or $15 per family. Our raffle will take place during the race, and kayak t-shirts will be available for sale. Residents are encouraged to display the American flag. Although most of the action takes place at Garner Park, there are many great viewing areas along the route including McNeill Park, Brock Basin and Ramsey Park.

Kristy Harvey’s Town Takeover 

Date: June 1, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 9:30 PM

Save the date for the weekend of May 31, 2019 when Peachtree Bluff, the fictional town in Kristy Woodson Harvey’s internationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, will be taking over Beaufort! The stories will come to life through bus tours, luncheons, and a beautiful farm-to-table dinner at the Historic Site and an exclusive VIP cocktail party at the home of Front Street resident, Jerri Sutton. Kristy is not only taking over the town, but she’s taking over the English Double Decker Bus to point out the people and the locations in her book.

11am – Beaufort Historic Site Tour – $12 per person
12pm – Combination Double Decker Bus/Peachtree Bluff Tour with Kristy Woodson Harvey – $12 per person
1pm – Lunch and Book Talk at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant – $35 per person
3pm – Beaufort Historic Site Tour – $12 per person
4pm – Combination Double Decker Bus/Peachtree Bluff Tour with Kristy Woodson Harvey – $12 per person
6pm – VIP Cocktail Party at the home of Jerri Sutton – $100 per person
7:30pm – Dinner Under the Stars at Beaufort Historic Site, with Scarborough Fare Catering and Blue Moon Jazz – $125 per person

Purchase tickets here.

Alive at Five Outdoor Concerts 

Date: June 7, 2019

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is excited to once again host Alive at Five in 2019! This FREE, family-friendly event showcases some of your favorite bands from June to October. Special thanks to our Alive at Five concert series sponsors Sound Bank and West Town Bank and Trust and our beverage sponsor R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company.

Friday, June 7….. The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra
Friday, June 21…..Liquid Pleasure Band
Friday, July 19….. North Tower Band
Friday, August 16….. Bounce – Party Band
Thursday, Sept 19….. Jim Quick & Coastline
Thursday, October 17….. The Embers

Alive at Five is held in Jaycee Park on the downtown Morehead City waterfront. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for music and dancing. Beer, wine, and sodas are available for purchase at the event. Jaycee Docks are available for boats to dock for free throughout the concert on most Alive at Five days. Stay tuned to the Downtown Morehead City, Inc. Facebook page as we continue to announce this year’s lineup. Questions? Contact Downtown Morehead City, Inc. at 252-808-0440 or info@downtownmoreheadcity.com. See y’all downtown!

Beaufort Old Homes Tour Kick-Off Party 2019

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Old Homes Tour kick-off party and art opening for 2019 Old Homes and Gardens Tour will showcase featured artist, Jim Carson.

Mac & Juice @ Off The Hook 

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Come check out Mac & Juice at Off The Hook. Come on out for great food, drink specials and LIVE entertainment!

EmeraldFest Series 2019

Date: June 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM

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

June 13 – Paul Coleman
June 20 – The Will & Tony Show
June 27 – Pamlico Joe & Clean Water Flow
July 4 – The Mad Fiddler
July 11 – Wild Honey
July 18 – Justin Castellano
July 25 – 4EverAll & Friends
August 1 – Big Drink
August 8 – Pure T Mommicked
August 15 – Naked Knees

Groove Fetish @ Off The Hook 

Date: June 14, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 1 AM

We are having a great evening of music here at Off  The Hook with Groove Fetish! Great food and drinks specials.

The Spread @ Off The Hook 

Date: June 22, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Don’t miss The Spread at Off The Hook!

59th Annual Old Homes & Gardens Tour 

Date: June 28, 2019 – June 29, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

This 59th annual walking tour of private homes, gardens, churches and historic places is the last full weekend in June.  Other highlights of the weekend include tours of the Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, and an antique car show.  Tickets are good for both June 28th and 29th.  The tour is self-paced with time to visit all the shops and restaurants in downtown Beaufort. For more information visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org or call 252-728-5225.

Adam Hill @ Off The Hook 

Date: June 28, 2019

Time: 10 PM – 12 AM

Rockn’ out to Adam Hill with great drinks and food at Off The Hook!!