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.

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.

January 13
Bird Hike @ Fort Macon | 9am – 10am

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. For more details, 252-726-3775 or www.ncparks.gov/fort-macon-state-park.

January 16
Natural Side of Fort Macon | 10am – 11am

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. For more details, 252-726-3775 or www.ncparks.gov/fort-macon-state-park.

Down East Folk Arts Society Concert – Hannah Kaminer @ Clawson’s | 6:30pm – 8pm
In keeping with our mission “To Build Community Through Music”, the Down East Folk Arts Society will once again be bringing World Class Singers/Songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina this Winter. Hannah is a Folk/Americana artist based in Asheville, NC. Raised in small towns in Western NC, she fuses echoes of Appalachian traditions with wistful, Americana style songwriting. Her clear, yearning voice and silvery melodies are a haunting pairing with gut wrenching lyrics about loss, love, and home. She’s been a finalist in the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting contest and won the Grand Prize and Crowd Favorite recognition in Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition. She’s had successful kickstarter campaigns and has received a Regional Artist Project Grant through the Asheville Area Arts Council. For more info, 252-646-4657 or www.downeastfolkartssociety.org.

January 17
Brown Bag Gam: Ocean Leather Co. | 12pm – 1pm

Join N.C. Maritime Museum Curator David Bennett on Jan. 17 at noon to learn about the origins of the Ocean Leather Company, a New York-based business that specialized in the manufacture of shark leather, as well as its shark fisheries and processing plants in Carteret County during the early 20th century. The program is part of the museum’s Brown Bag Gam series, informal lectures offered over the lunch hour. So bring your lunch and join the museum, located at 315 Front St. in downtown Beaufort, for the free program. Registration is not required, and walk-ins are welcome. For more details, 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

9th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off | 6pm – 8pm
Join the Friends of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort for one of the tastiest fundraisers around. Four guest clam chowder cooks will compete on Jan. 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, located on Front Street in downtown Beaufort. Attendees will sample the four chowders and vote for their favorite. The event also includes a cornbread taste-off. Space is limited for this ticketed event. Tickets are currently available in the Museum’s gift shop. For more details, 252-504-7740 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

Down East Folk Arts Society Concert – Hannah Kaminer @ St. Francis By The Sea | 7pm – 8:30pm
In keeping with our mission “To Build Community Through Music”, the Down East Folk Arts Society will once again be bringing World Class Singers/Songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina this Winter. Hannah is a Folk/Americana artist based in Asheville, NC. Raised in small towns in Western NC, she fuses echoes of Appalachian traditions with wistful, Americana style songwriting. Her clear, yearning voice and silvery melodies are a haunting pairing with gut wrenching lyrics about loss, love, and home. She’s been a finalist in the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting contest and won the Grand Prize and Crowd Favorite recognition in Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition. She’s had successful kickstarter campaigns and has received a Regional Artist Project Grant through the Asheville Area Arts Council. For more info, 252-646-4657 or www.downeastfolkartssociety.org.

Will & Tony @ 34º North Restaurant | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Join Will & Tony at the Gorgeous 34° North in Beaufort for awesome food, music and fun. Walk-ins welcome! Kick back and enjoy the sounds of Scott with a specialty cocktail in our 34° North Bar or outside on the patio overlooking Taylor’s Creek. The public is always welcome. Complimentary valet parking available for restaurant and bar patrons. For more details, 252-838-7250 or www.34degreesnorthrestaurant.com.

Now Or Never @ Cru Wine Bar | 8:30pm – 11:30pm
They just released their first single “Waves”, which is quickly growing in popularity. They are currently in the studio finishing their first EP, called Prevail. Now Or Never is one to watch for they have a sound like no other and are currently being produced at a national level .Catch them locally while you can! Admission is free. For more details, 252-728-3066 or www.beaufortcru.com.

Hip Pocket @ Salt | 10pm – 2am
Hip Pocket formed in 2009 and is sometimes referred to as the “Kings of the “Kings of the Party” or “Circus.” For more details, 252-241-7603 or www.saltei.com.

January 18
Oyster Roast @ Shortway Brewing Company | 5pm – 9pm

Come out for a shuckin’ good time! BYO oyster knives & favorite condiments. Pair oysters with your favorite brews and enjoy a fun night with friends. For more details, 252-777-3065 or www.shortwaybrewing.com.

Bobby Webb @ Cru Wine Bar | 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Join us for live music by one of our favorite local, down-home acts, Bobby Webb & Co! They play contemporary Americana and country. There is no cover charge, but please tip the band for their talent! For more details, 252-728-3066 or www.beaufortcru.com.

NTranze @ Off The Hook | 10pm – 2am
Party & Dance the night away all the way from SC for your pleasure! Come on out for great food and drink specials and LIVE entertainment! For more details, 252-499-9150 or www.offthehookmoreheadcity.com.

January 19
Beaufort Picture Show – Fleabag (National Picture Live) | 3pm – 4:30pm

Beaufort Picture Show is a non-profit organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds, and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. For more details, 252-528-7395 (text only) or www.beaufortpictureshow.com.

2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off @ Emerald Club | 4pm – 7pm
Come enter our 2nd annual chili cook-off Sunday January 19th at 4pm. It’s free to enter with cash and e-club swag prizes to 1st and 2nd! Also winners will win a chili cook-off trophy! NFL conference championships will be on. We will have live entertainment. Don’t miss out on some fun and great chili! For more details, 252-354-2929.

February 1 
American Music Festival Series presents Volante Winds | 7:30pm – 9pm
Personality, personality, personality! With their intoxicating stage presence and joyful music making, this vivacious ensemble from Indiana University’s famous Jacobs School of Music has already secured international residencies in South Korea, Japan, and Spain and won national awards. Event will take place at the First Presbyterian (1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City). For more details, 252-342-5034 or www.americanmusicfestival.org.

Stray Local @ Cru Wine Bar | 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Stray Local is the husband-and-wife songwriting duo of Hannah and Jamie Rowen based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The pair performs a bouquet of indie sounds punctuated by rich vocal harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and well crafted melodies all woven together by their folk beginnings and new pop sensibilities. The duo has completed three international tours performing in England, Wales, Scotland, Spain, France and Germany and have recently completed their first coast-to-coast national tour. For more details, 252-728-3066 or www.beaufortcru.com.

The Lost Artists @ Off The Hook | 9pm – 1am
Don’t miss The Lost Artists at Off The Hook! For more details, 252-499-9150 or www.offthehookmoreheadcity.com.

Southern Trouble @ Jack’s Waterfront Bar | 10pm – 1am
Enjoy live music with Southern Trouble at Jacks Waterfront Bar! Band booked by Dana Dixon VIA Big Chill Books. For more details, 252-515-0301 or www.jackswaterfrontbar.com.

February 1 – 2
17th Annual Carolina Chocolate Festival | varies
Chocolate lovers indulge! The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and is packed with activities from tastings, demonstrations and Pro/Am and Junior bake-offs to relaxing at the spa. Check their website for details about each activity and to purchase tickets for any one of the five main events. For more details, 252-393-2011 or www.carolinachocolatefestival.com.