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.

january

2019 Resolution Run 1 Mile & 5K

Date: January 1, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 10 AM

Location: 411 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

Get your 2019 resolutions in gear first thing on the first! Join our 1 mile or 5k run and get ahead of the curve this new year. The race travels down Front Street in beautiful downtown Beaufort, starting at the corner of Turner and Front streets. Registration is $15 online or $20 day of the race.

Penguin Plunge 2019

Date: January 1, 2019

Time: 1 PM – 2 PM

Location: Atlantic Beach, NC

Ring in the New Year taking a dip in the Ocean and help raise money for local charity. Takes place at the circle in Atlantic Beach.

First Day Hike 2019

Date: January 1, 2019

Time: 2 PM – 4 PM

Location: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC

Start the new year off right with a hike in your favorite state park.  Fort Macon will be offering two ranger led hikes this year, both starting from the Visitor Center at 2pm. One will be a short nature hike on the Yarrow’s Loop Trail and inlet beach covering about 3/4 of a mile. The second hike will be along the 3.2 mile Elliot Caues Trail.

Musket Firing Demonstration

Date: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019

Time: 2 PM – 4 PM

Location: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC

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

Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag

Date: January 4, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Location: 100 McQueen Avenue, Newport, NC

Teens! Come out for this free event. Love the classic outdoor game Capture the Flag? Imagine playing it with glow in the dark lights. Bring a friend or two and join in on the fun. This is an event for ages 12-16. This is a free event, but waiver by guardian is required.

Gene Gregory @ Treehouse Beer Company

Date: January 5, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 10 PM

Location: 911 Cedar Point Blvd. Cedar Point, NC

Gene Gregory plays originals and covers ranging from Tom Petty to Merle haggard to prince to Dolly Parton!

Astronomy @ Fort Macon

Date: January 11, 2019

Time: 6 PM -7 PM

Location: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC

Meet at the bathhouse to view space through a telescope and learn more about our Universe.

Heads Up Penny @ Salt

Date: January 11, 2019 – 9:30 PM
Date: January 12, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Location: 325 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle, NC

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.

Crystal Coast Bridal Fair 2019

Date: January 12, 2019

Time: 10 Am – 3 PM

Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

Come join us for a day of fun while you talk with many different vendors to see what they have to offer you for your special wedding day. Speak with vendors and sample items. Enter contest and win door prizes all day long and at the After Party.

Lisa Frank Paint Party

Date: January 12, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 412 Evans St., Morehead City, NC

Do you dream of neon colors and unicorns? Did you own ALL of the folders, binders, and pencil cases? Does your inner 90’s child love all things Lisa Frank? If so, this pARTy if for you! Sign up, show up, sip up, PAINT! No artistic talent is needed- we’ll take you through step by step!

Wine & Design is not your typical art class. Be prepared to listen to music, laugh and let go of stress. Bring friends or come alone, we promise you will have a good time.

This class is BYOB; bring your favorite wine/beer and snacks- (we supply cups and bottle openers!)

Bird Hike @ Fort Macon

Date: January 14, 2019

Time: 9 Am – 10 AM

Location: 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC

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

Natural Side of Fort Macon

Date: January 17, 2019

Time: 10 Am – 11 AM

Location: 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC

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

Down East Folk Arts Society presents Tom Kimmel in MHC 

Date: January 17, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 513 Evans St., Morehead City, NC

The Down East Folk Arts Society will once again bring World Class Singer/Songwriters to the Crystal Coast with a 2019 Winter Concert Series beginning in January and running through March.

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more. Since 1980 dozens of Tom’s compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Randy Travis. They’ve been featured in films from Twins to Serendipity and Runaway Bride, and in television shows from Miami Vice to Touched By An Angel. Once an eclectic artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes across the US and in Europe.

Down East Folk Arts Society presents Tom Kimmel in Salter Path 

Date: January 18, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 920 Salter Path Rd., Salter Path, NC

The Down East Folk Arts Society will once again bring World Class Singer/Songwriters to the Crystal Coast with a 2019 Winter Concert Series beginning in January and running through March.

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more. Since 1980 dozens of Tom’s compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Randy Travis. They’ve been featured in films from Twins to Serendipity and Runaway Bride, and in television shows from Miami Vice to Touched By An Angel. Once an eclectic artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes across the US and in Europe.

8th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-off

Date: January 18, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Location: 315 Front St., Beaufort

Four guest clam chowder cooks will compete at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Participants enjoy a tasting-sized portion of each of the four chowders and then vote for their favorite. In addition to clam chowder, the event will host a cornbread taste-off. For ticket information, please contact the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at 252-728-1638 or visit www.maritimefriends.org/events. Proceeds help support the operations of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. 252-504-7740.

Trey Calloway Band @ Salt

Date: January 18, 2019 -9:30 PM
Date: January 19, 2019 – 12:30 AM

Location: 325 Mangrove Drive Emerald Isle, NC

The boys are back! Ask anyone who has heard them and they will tell you they are one of the best country bands the Carolina’s have to offer!

Pop Up Party @ Crystal Coast Brewing AB 

Date: January 19, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Location: 219 W Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

We’re throwing an all day party event to support our friends over at Crystal Coast Brewing Co! Join us for beer (obviously), food, yoga, shopping, live music, raffle prizes, and puppies! Every 2 beers purchased* will receive a raffle ticket for a prize full of goodies donated by the businesses of Downtown Morehead City, Beaufort, and Atlantic Beach! Start your day with 10:30 Yoga with Jenn Melton, Stay for an adoption event held by Misplaced Mutts at 12! Live music by the Beaufort Blues Project begins at 2 and Vendors will be there for all day shopping such as Côte Boutique, Jake’s on Arendell, Duck Dog Clothing Co., Sea Oats Candle Company, Beaufort Proper, Turner Street Market, Nettie’s Natural Scrubs, and more! Must show valid ID and be 21+ years of age. For more details, 252-269-2841.

Justin West @ Salt

Date: January 25, 2019 – 9:30 PM
Date: January 26, 2019 – 12:30 AM

Location: 325 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle, NC

With a voice resembling a mixture of Chris Janson, Granger Smith, and Brantley Gilbert, Justin is a natural. Fans are instantly attracted to his contagious energy, refined sound, and humble personality on and off the stage. His hit single “Baby Lie” reached 21st on New Music Weekly, has over 10,000 spins on the radio, and was featured on CMT’s top music videos.

Justin West @ Salt

Date: January 26, 2019

Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

Location: 108 Bogue Commercial Dr, Newport, NC

You’ve enjoyed his fiddle for years, now come out to see his original, complex depictions of coastal life and music. Peruse the art while tasting the latest offerings at Bogue Sound Distillery. Complementary appetizers. Music by Robert Gasperson.

february

3rd Annual Fur Ball  

Date: February 9, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 10 PM

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlantic Beach Waterfront, West Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Love is in the Hair!

3rd Annual Fur Ball of the Crystal Coast in support of Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue. A great opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Please join us for great music, food, and a silent auction for items to support the Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue. With your support we can help save more dogs and cats in 2019.

We look forward to seeing YOUR paws on the dance floor!

Caviar Farm Tour & Tasting 

Date: February 14, 2019

Time: 3 PM – 4:30 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 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.

16th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon 

Date: February 20, 2019

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Location: 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Empty Bowls fundraiser luncheon:  11 to 1, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, NC to raise money for Hope Mission of Carteret County, (Soup kitchen) and they share proceeds with Martha’s Mission Cupboard food pantry. The $20 tickets are available at Hope Mission now at 252-240-2359.

Ticket holders may choose a handmade pottery creation & two soups. There will be a silent auction too. In January, tickets will also be sold at Pet Provisions on Turner St., Beaufort; Webb Memorial Library, 9th & Evans, Morehead City; & Cape Carteret Aquatic Center on Taylor Notion Road. Early ticket purchases are recommended.

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series 2019

Date: February 26, 2019

Time: 5:30 Pm – 7:30 PM

Location: 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

The popular dinner series is back! 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!

Doors open at 5:30pm, Hors d’Oeuvres until 6:30pm

This is an annual event that occurs once a month during January, February, March and April. All four dinners will feature the best French Cuisine (four course-meal). This amazingly unique event supports the CCC Culinary Program. The Culinary Program is vibrantly training tomorrow’s chefs. Carteret Community College is very proud that we 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!

This event sells out every year!

    • January 29 -Chef Charles Park
    • February 26 – Chef Anthony Garnett
    • March 26 – Chef Floyd Olmstead
    • April 16 -Michelin Star Chef Pascal Coulon

Four dinner package – $200/person
Individual dinners – $60/person

All four dinners will take place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center on the campus of Carteret Community College.

International Film Series 2019

Date: February 21, 2019 | February 22, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

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

    • January 24 – Waterboys – Netherlands (Bonus Showing – January 25 at 1:30 p.m.)
    • February 21 – The Concert – Russia (Bonus Showing – February 22 at 1:30 p.m.)
    • March 21 -My Afternoons with Margueritte – France (Bonus Showing – March 22 at 1:30 p.m.)

Doors open at 5:30pm; Dinner is from 6:00pm to 7:00pm; Movie starts at 7:30pm

This is an annual event that occurs once a month during January, February and March that includes dinner with each movie one night.  The series includes three movies, one per month January – March.  Menu for each dinner will reflect the country in which the movie is from.