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

RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS 

Battleworks

Days: DAILY

Location: Atlantic Beach, NC

Military, law enforcement, and firefighters present your ID for 10% off admission

Island Grille

Days: MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS

Location: Atlantic Beach, NC

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entrees

Tackle Box Tavern 

Days: WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS

Location: Atlantic Beach, NC

WEDNESDAY – DJ 10 PM – 2 AM | FRIDAY – DJ 9 PM – 1 AM | SATURDAY – DJ/Karaoke 9 PM – 1 AM

Crystal Coast Brewery

Days: WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

Location: Atlantic Beach, NC

WEDNESDAY – Team Trivia @ 7:30 PM | THURSDAY – 30 Second Rocks Music Trivia @ 7:30 PM | SATURDAY – Bend and Brew @ 10:30 AM

Amos Mosquitos

Days: THURSDAYS

Location: Atlantic Beach, NC

Fresh rolled sushi with karaoke starting @ 9 PM in the bar

Beach Yoga  

Days: SUNDAYS

Location: Fort Macon Bathhouse Beach, Atlantic Beach, NC

From 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. For information – call/text (252) 368-YOGA. $10 admission (pay at class)

Yoga on the Beach 

Days: TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS

Location: Circle Beach, Atlantic Beach, NC

$10 admission per person @ 7:30 AM

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Pancakes with Santa 

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

Location: 506 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC

Come to Beaufort Fire Station 1 for pancakes and get your picture taken with Santa. Adults $8/Children under 12 $5.  For more details, 252-728-4325.

Christmas in Downtown Morehead City 

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 12 AM – 12 AM

Location: Downtown Morehead City, NC

Locals and visitors are welcome to spend the day downtown as we celebrate the holiday season. Christmas in Downtown boasts a full day of holiday activities for the entire family. Events include Breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant, Tree Lighting, Flotilla and the famous Chowder & Cheer event. Visit www.downtownmoreheadcity.com for more information.

Breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC

Children can have breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant. There will be three seating times: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am. Tickets are  $12+ for adults and $8+ for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 252-727-1921.

7th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair 

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: 7500 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC

The Fair will feature handmade and hand-authenticated items by local artisans and crafters. This is a great way to support local businesses and crafters. Find that unique, one-of-a-kind item for the person who has everything, or treat yourself to something special! Event takes place from 9am-3pm in the Emerald Isle Community Center gymnasium located at 203 Leisure Lane.

9th Annual Chowder and Cheer – SOLD OUT  

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 1 PM – 5 PM

Location: 1001 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

The 9th Annual Chowder and Cheer takes place with over 20 different restaurants participating from 1pm until 5pm. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite chowder, soup, chili or gumbo as they travel to each restaurant that’s participating. In addition to the downtown restaurants competing in Chowder and Cheer, restaurants that aren’t located within the downtown district will serve samples at participating shops and art galleries.

2018 Santa and Mrs. Claus @ Jaycee Park 

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 5 PM – 6 PM

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

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Jaycee Park and hot chocolate and Christmas music. For more details, 252-808-0440 or www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

Christmas at the Barnyard 

Date: December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2018

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Location: 844 Roberts Rd., Newport, NC

Come visit The Barnyard with a Christmas twist! See all the petting zoo animals underneath hundreds of Christmas lights. Sit by the fire and drink some hot chocolate while the kiddos visit with Santa in his big red sleigh!

$7 per person, 2 years old and older to enter. Under 2 is free.
Hot chocolate and live wreaths will be for sale, extra cost.
Take as many pictures with Santa on your own as you’d like!

**CASH ONLY**
**no pets allowed at any Barnyard events**

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla 2018

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Location: 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC

The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 1, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry fee to participate. 252.728.7317.

31st Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival 

Date: December 1-2, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Location: 1163 Harkers Island Rd., Beaufort, NC

The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver. There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver’s Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area’s largest off-season event. Admission is $8 daily, children under 12 are free. Wonderful event full of decoys, great food, and friends! For more event information, call 252-728-3755 Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, 1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516.

Dinosaur Stomp Food Drive

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 12 PM – 4 PM

Location: Salty Air Open Market, 307 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC

Join us in helping the Naval Health Clinic of Cherry Point collect food to donate to the RCS Soup Kitchen of New Bern. New Bern was hit hard during hurricane Florence. It will take some time to recover! Together we can help! Come enjoy a Family Fun Day at the market. We will have Navy service members dressed as DINOSAURS! They will STOMP the YARD with the children. We will have a bounce house…admission will be a canned food item or $2. We will use the funds collected at the end of the day to purchase food for the donation. We also will have Sub Tropics food truck, the kids corner will be open, face painter, VENDORS, and more!

Newport Christmas Parade

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

Location: Newport, NC

Don’t miss the Newport Christmas parade on December 2 at 3pm.

The Elf on the Shelf Landing Parties 

Date: December 1, 7, & 8, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 2410 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

The Magic of Christmas Begins When the Scout Elves Fly Home to Teacher’s Pet!

Who knew we had so many Scout Elves in Morehead City? When Santa sent his report this year, we realized we needed four different landing times to make sure their was plenty of space for every family to enjoy the party!

Call us at the store at (252) 240-2515 or stop by to reserve your spot! Feel free to also email us at teacherspetmhc@gmail.com for more details.

Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout 

Date: December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: 400 Front St., Beaufort, NC

A Sunday Brunch holiday walkabout through Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”

Stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the region’s most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu.

Tour includes guided tour, brunch, mimosa, Bloody Mary, or a holiday drink, and non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuity. Take home a handcrafted traditional gingerbread man. Other alcoholic beverages additional.

Departs Sunday at 10 a.m. Rain, or shine. $69 per person. Duration 2 ½ hours. Ages: 21 yrs. old & up. Two-person minimum. Limited availability. Private tours can be arranged for groups or families with younger children. Schedules are subject to change.

Call for advanced reservations at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For a complete schedule of Hungry Town Tours, visit www.hungrytowntours.com.

Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several unique award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours. Winner, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. It’s the best way to see “America’s Favorite Town.”

Flags of Fort Macon & the Confederacy

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

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

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

Paint Night @ Shortway Brewing Co

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Location: 230 Chatham Street, Newport, NC

Create a beautiful wood sign while enjoying a signature craft beverage at Shortway Brewing Co. Select your craft online, from over 25 options at  paintedplankparties.com. Choose your stain and paint at the event. Reserve your evening of fun by December 2. For more details, 252-777-3065 or

Winter Cheer – A Wine Dinner @ Pescara

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Location: 208 West Dr, Atlantic Beach, NC

Pescara is happy to announce, in partnership with Sunrise Wines, a Five-Course Food & Wine Pairing Dinner. We will begin the festivities @ 6pm where you will be instantly greeted with your first course & pairing, whilst you mingle and find your table. Once seated, you will be taken away as we focus on some of Italy’s favorite wintry comfort foods and wine pairings. Tickets are $65 a person and are for purchase at Pescara restaurant. For more details, 252-499-9300.

NC Fest @ Backstreet Pub

Date: December 7, 2018

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Location: 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC

Join us for a night of fun and oysters at NC Fest in Beaufort. The Backstreet Pub will be hosting an oyster roast to benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Oysters are free – but we do suggest that you make a donation to the Coastal Fed at the oyster table! They are also donating $1 from each Waterman’s Brewing beer sold during the event. We hope to see you there so we can celebrate the coast together! Free live music in the Pub’s Beer Garden, too! No registration or fee is required. There will be donation buckets at the event to benefit the Coastal Federation. For more details, 252-728-7108.

The Elf on the Shelf Landing Parties

Date: December 7, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 2410 Arendell St, Morehead City,  NC

The Magic of Christmas Begins When the Scout Elves Fly Home to Teacher’s Pet! Who knew we had so many Scout Elves in Morehead City? When Santa sent his report this year, we realized we needed four different landing times to make sure their was plenty of space for every family to enjoy the party! For more details, 252-240-2515 or www.moreheadcitytoystore.com.

Atlantic Beach 12th Annual “Light Up The Night” Christmas Parade

Date: December 7, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Location: 710 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Join us for the 12th annual Light Up the Night Christmas Parade!

Parade route begins at Oceanana and moves down West Fort Macon Road to the Circle. After the parade, bring your kids to meet Santa at the Fire Department.

We are currently accepting applications for floats (cars, trucks, trucks with boats, etc.) Lights and Christmas spirit are a must! If you are interested in participating please complete the form below and we will be sending out more detailed information closer to the date.

Elf The Musical, Jr. 

Date: December 7, 8, 14, & 15 | December 9 & 13

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | 2 PM – 4 PM

Location: Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discovers his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

December 7&8 and 14&15 at 7:30PM and December 9&13 at 2:00PM

Morehead City Christmas Parade 

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 12 PM

Location: 1700 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Come join the fun! Parade starts at 11 a.m. along Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City. Parade begins at 1700 Arendell Street and ends at 8th and Arendell Streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be featured.

6th Annual Gingerbread Festival 

Date: December 8-9, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM – 5 PM

Location: 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Come join the fun at the Sixth Annual Crystal Coast Hospice House Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center!The Annual Gingerbread Festival has become a part of Holiday Magic as many hands come together to create a winter wonderland for the entire community to enjoy. At the heart of the Festival is a Gingerbread Village, created by local artists, individuals, schools and community groups, spectacular Crab Pot Christmas Trees designed and decorated by individuals and corporate sponsors, fun activities for kids of all ages, and holiday entertainment. For Christmas lovers, gingerbread enthusiasts, master sculptors, kids, amateurs, professionals and candy connoisseurs of all ages! Enter your edible masterpiece in our competition to benefit SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and, of course, for a chance to win great prizes and revel in that “gingerbread feeling”.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

Location: 100 McQueen Ave, Newport, NC

Santa Claus is coming to town. Don’t forget your camera for this fun and free community event. Santa will be here for pictures, and complimentary cookies and cocoa will be provided. Event will take place in Newport at the Fort Benjamin Rec. Center. For more details, 252-222-5858.

8th Annual Beaufort Holiday Art Walk 

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 1 PM – 5 PM

Location: 130 Turner St., Beaufort, NC

Enjoy a festive day in historic downtown Beaufort and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. art walk maps will be available at participating locations.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street, or visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.

Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour 2018

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Location: 130 Turner St., Beaufort, NC

Tour private in Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners will open their doors so the public can delight in their festive decor and decorations. Tickets are $16 per person.

Pine Knoll Shores Flotilla 

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Location: 101 W Olive Ct., Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Flotilla begins at Brock Basin and ends at McNeil Park.

Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout 

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday Brunch holiday walkabout through Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”. Stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the region’s most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu. Tour includes guided tour, brunch, mimosa, Bloody Mary, or a holiday drink, and non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuity. Take home a handcrafted traditional gingerbread man. Other alcoholic beverages additional. Departs Sunday at 10 a.m. Rain, or shine. $69 per person. Duration 2 ½ hours. Ages: 21 yrs. old & up. Two-person minimum. Limited availability. Private tours can be arranged for groups or families with younger children. Schedules are subject to change. For more details, 252-648-1011 or www.hungrytowntours.com/sunday-brunch-holiday-walkabout.

Santa @ Shortway Brewing Co.

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Location: 230 Chatham Street, Newport, NC

Join Bread & Barley @ Shortway Brewing Co. as we support Toys for Tots and bring Newport together for FREE pictures with Santa and goodies for kids of all ages. We only ask that those who are able bring a new (unwrapped) toy for children in need! For more details, 252-777-3065 or www.shortwaybrewing.com.

Wreath Make-n-Take Class @ Salty Air Open Market

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 2 PM – 4 PM

Location: 307 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC

GG’s Deco’s & Crafts will be having a holiday wreath making class on Sunday, December 9th. We will also have vendors, food, and cold drinks. Do some Christmas shopping at the Salty Air Open Market at this event! Local artisans and other small businesses will be out to help you choose an unique gift for that special someone!! The class is $55 a person. Reserve your space with paid invoice. Drop your email and receive your invoice. Class includes all materials for you to make a Christmas/Holiday wreath. Perfect for your home or gift your handmade creation!

Peace Song

Date: December 11, 2018

Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

Location: 4700 Country Club Rd, Morehead City, NC

Come celebrate the Holidays season with music. This concert will be free, but we will take donations at the door. Event takes place at West Carteret High School. For more details, 252-726-1176.

The FLIP’N AXE Returns

Date: December 14, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Location: 2610-E W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC

The Flip’n Axe will be setting up for another round of lumberjack fun! Experience for yourself the next big thing in the sporting world. Challenge your friends! Event takes place at The Growler in Atlantic Beach. For more details, 252-622-4567.

5th Annual “Santa and a Movie”

Date: December 14, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Santa and a Movie will take place on Friday, December 14th at 6pm • Children of all ages join Santa for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a short Christmas movie classic! Santa’s helper, Joy the Elf will be joining us this year for some clown-like fun! Kids are encouraged to wear their most comfortable Christmas pajamas! Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on during the movie! Children *MUST* be supervised by a parent as supervision is not provided! Event takes place at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle. Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child. Registration open now. You MUST pre-register by Thursday, December 13th at 5pm to attend but only 75 children spaces are available and are expected to fill up quickly. Call 252-354-6350 or email Slowe@emeraldisle-nc.org to register.

Jim Quick & Coastline @ Salt

Date: December 14, 2018

Time: 9 PM – 12 AM

Location: 325 Mangrove Dr, Emerald Isle, NC

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. For more details, 252-354-2740 or www.saltei.com.

The Nutcracker

Date: December 14-16, 2018

Location: 123 Bonner Ave., Morehead City, NC

DAS Academy of Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker”. Join us for this classic holiday ballet presented by DAS summer camp students, Dec. 14-16 at Joslyn Hall on the campus of Carteret Community College. Tickets must be purchased online and are $10 adult/$6 child under 12. This is a family-friendly event! For more details, 252-726-1720 or www.danceartsstudio.net.

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 11 AM

Santa Claus is coming to town. Don’t forget your camera for this fun and free community event. Santa will be here for pictures, and complimentary cookies and cocoa will be provided. Event will take place in Newport at the Fort Benjamin Rec. Center. For more details, 252-222-5858.

Pine Knoll Shores Christmas Parade 

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

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

Will take place at Garner Park in Pine Knoll Shores.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Festival @ Salty Air Open Market

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: 307 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC

Let’s have some fun! Wear your UGLY Christmas sweater to market. Bring the whole family. Let the kid’s participate in a vendor’s scavenger hunt. (Hunt card are located inside the market). Return your finished hunt for bounce house admission! SANTA will be at the market from 10 to 2. We have VENDORS, face painting, crafts, kid’s corner, food truck, donuts and cocoa, fried dough, gluten-free baked goods, and many of the vendors will have treat give away for the kids! Come celebrate with us at the Salty Air Open Market! 307 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point.

On-Farm Caviar Shop

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

We will have a special holiday shop open on the farm Saturdays in December (10am-1pm). Purchase caviar, smoked sturgeon and serve ware. Light refreshments served. Please bring your own cooler bag. You can also always purchase online at www.thecaviarfarm.com.

Saturday with Santa at the Gazebo

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 12 PM – 3 PM

Come see Mr. & Mrs. Claus and enjoy some cocoa, cookies, Christmas carols and enjoy some special surprises from Santa himself! Ho, Ho, Ho! See you there! For more details, 252-808-0440.

Free Wine Tasting at The Chandlery

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

Location: 2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC

Free wine tastings every Saturday at The Chandlery, located in The Boathouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort. For more details, 252-838-1524 or www.frontstreetvillage.com.

A Christmas Formal Tea @ Infusion Cafe

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: 1012 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC

You’re invited to come and enjoy a Christmas Formal Tea. Formal tea is served by reservation only, with at least 24 hours notice. You and your special guests may come and enjoy a private, formal tea service with all the detail and artisanship The Infusion Cafe is known for, especially created to celebrate the Christmas season!

Olde Fashioned Holiday Market

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 4:30 Pm – 8:30 PM

The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market is pleased to host our 4th annual Olde-Fashioned Holiday Market outdoors under the huge old oaks on the courthouse square in Beaufort. Festively decorated tents will be filled with 65 friendly vendors offering vegetables, seafood, meats and eggs, and delicious homemade breads and baked goods. Local artists and craftspeople will offer handcrafted treasures for your gift shopping list. There will be live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, free gift wrapping, and food trucks serving a hot delicious supper. You don’t want to miss this holiday event that fills kids and adults alike with the mesmerizing beauty, joy, and happiness of the holidays. For more details, 252-564-8822 or www.oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org.

Downtown Countdown 

Date: December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Time: 5 PM – 1 AM

Location: Downtown Morehead City, NC

Downtown Countdown will bring family fun to the waterfront on New Year’s Eve.  Check back for more details!

New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast 

Date: December 31, 2018

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Location: Fort Macon State Park, E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 with a blast. Fort Macon will once again be firing off its big guns in celebration of the new year. This year there will be live entertainment starting at 6pm, and the cannons will go off at 7 to coincide with midnight Greenwich Mean Time. Feel free to bring a folding chair and picnic meal similar to summer concerts.

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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.

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.

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!

Sleep with the Fishes

Date: January 19, 2019 – 6 PM  – January 20, 2019 – 8 AM

Location: 1 Roosevelt Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

It’s time for our winter sleepover, and what better place than the aquarium! Dinner, dessert and breakfast are provided. Last year we got to spend hours at the touch tank, touch snakes and turtles alike, and make t-shirts.

It’s $23 per a scout and $45 for adults (at least one is required) / siblings. We are having a pancake breakfast to raise money to help reduce costs.

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.