March 2024 Events on the Crystal Coast

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NC Coast March Events 2024

Looking for a perfect getaway this March? Look no further than the Crystal Coast! With a range of exciting events and activities, this stunning stretch of the North Carolina coast is the perfect destination to kick off the spring season. From strolling along the beach and feeling the gentle breeze on your face to admiring the vibrant blooms that dot the coastline, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the shifting landscape and welcome the arrival of spring. Don’t miss out on the magic of the Crystal Coast this March – mark your calendar and plan your unforgettable journey today! 

Crystal Coast Restaurant Week  

March 1-10 

Location: Various Bars and Restaurants on the Crystal Coast 

Crystal Coast Restaurant Week is coming soon! This event is presented by Beaufort Wine and Food and no tickets are required. Various dining spots will offer pre-fixed, multi-course menus within a set price range. Participating restaurants include Promise Land Market, Oceana Pier House Restaurant, Gaffer’s Sports Pub, and Beaufort Grocery Company. Contact the restaurant directly for menu inquiries. 

Beach WalkCoastal Home and Garden Show 

March 2-3 

Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City 

Take advantage of the 36th annual Coastal Home & Garden Show! This premier exhibition offers an abundance of unique exhibits, products, and services for all homeowners and enthusiasts. Admission is $5 at the door, and concession sales will be available. See you there! 

Dr. Seuss Day 

March 2 

Location: Teacher’s Pet in Morehead City 

Join this whimsical adventure with The Cat in The Hat at Teacher’s Pet. It’s all about fun and learning as we meet Thing 1 and Thing 2, dive into stories, sing along, snap some photos, and grab autographs! Don’t miss out on this free event filled with laughter and excitement!

Cousins Maine Lobster Truck 

March 9 

Location: The Periwinkle in Beaufort 

 The “Shark Tank” Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck is coming to the Periwinkle. The menu features a range of New England’s loved dishes, including the Connecticut Lobster Roll, Maine Lobster Roll, Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder, and other delicious options. Don’t miss this Maine food truck experience on the Crystal Coast. 

Light up the Night | Daddy-Daughter Dance 

March 9 

Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City 

Light up the Night Daddy-Daughter Dance” is a glow-in-the-dark-themed event for fathers and daughters of all ages. Attendees need to pre-register and submit song requests upon registration. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and the event includes captivating lighting and an engaging DJ. 

Build Your Own Terrarium Workshop 

March 12 

Location: The Watering Hole in Beaufort 

Join in the fun at the Watering Hole to craft your very own miniature garden oasis with Wine and Design. At the event, The Watering Hole will be selling mocktails, beer, wine, and snacks. In addition, there will be a food truck on site where you can purchase food. The cost of the event is $60 per person, and it starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Paint Party

March 12 

Location: Bogue Sound Distillery 

Join us for a Paint Party at Bogue Sound Distillery on March 12! Paint a charming oyster shell on an 11×14″ canvas. All necessary materials will be provided. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. Painting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Secure your spot by registering and paying online before March 11. Seats are limited, and ticket sales are nonrefundable. 

Shamrock Shenanigans 

March 15 

Location: Shortway Brewing Company in Newport 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Shamrock Shenanigans at Shortway! Enjoy unique brews like Stout o’ Gold and Blarney Stone Blonde. Join the friendly stein-holding competition and satisfy your hunger with the delicious food from Causey Grills Food Truck. Cheers to good times and green beers! 

Get Hooked Fishing School 

St Patrick's Day Dog

March 16 

Location: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 

Save the date for the Get Hooked Fishing School. This event has a $60 admission fee. A one-day course for all levels of anglers. Six instruction sessions, catered lunch, giveaways, and fishing gear drawings. Agencies and businesses catering to fishermen and boaters will also be onsite. Sign up now for a day filled with fishing fun! 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival 

March 16 

Location: Emerald Plantation Shopping Center in Emerald Isle  

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Emerald Isle! Head to the annual festival at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center for live music, amusement rides, food vendors, a beer tent, and more. Free admission. Fun for all ages! 

Working with Clay Class 

March 21 

Location: Beaufort Historic Site 

Join the Working with Clay class at Beaufort Historic Site to learn hand-building techniques and craft 2-3 unique pieces. The three-hour immersive workshop costs $65 per person and is led by Mary Kathryne Cooper, a retired art teacher. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artisan, all are welcome to join, but spots are limited to 12 participants, so sign up early to secure your place. 

Fort Macon Astronomy Nights 

March 22 

Location: Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach 

Mark your calendars for an exciting stargazing event at Fort Macon! Join Ranger Paul as he guides us through exploring the night sky from 6:00p.m.–9:00 p.m. Please note that this event is weather-dependent, and if you have a telescope, please bring it along. As a reminder, pets are not allowed at the event. It would be best to arrive on time to ensure you don’t miss out on celestial sights. 

Atlantic Beach Egg Hunt 

March 23 

Location: The Circle in Atlantic Beach 

Take advantage of the Beachfront Egg Hunt! Enjoy free photos with the Easter bunny and join the egg hunt for your age group: 

  • Toddlers (0-3): 10:15 a.m.
  • Children (4-7): 10:20 a.m.
  • Kids (8-12): 10:30 a.m.

Bring your basket and come rain or shine! 

Easter Egg Hunt at Mac Daddy’s 

March 23 

Location: Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret 

 Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center driving range! Over 15,000 eggs, special golden eggs with cash prizes, and a hot dog lunch await you. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy activities by the Girl Scouts. Come and celebrate the Easter fun! 

Egg Hunt and Cookout at Camp Albemarle 

March 23 

Location: Camp Albemarle in Newport 

Hop over to Camp Albemarle for a fun-filled event with First Methodist Church. Bring your family and grab your favorite Easter basket! The Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 a.m. Don’t be late! Remember to stick around after for a cookout lunch as you listen to live music from members of the Rise Band.  

Easter Beach Bunny

2nd Annual Carolina Wedding Fair 

March 23 

Location: Carolina Home and Garden in Newport 

Save the date for an exceptional day! Visit the Carolina Wedding Fair, where engaged couples, along with their family and friends, can explore a variety of fantastic vendors for their special day, all under one roof. This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Secure your tickets now for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. 

Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt 

March 28 

Location: Rotary Park in Morehead City 

Join Morehead City’s Easter Egg Hunt! Egg hunt zones are organized by age. No pets allowed. Please arrive early to participate; the hunt starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. Park entry closes at 5:50 p.m.  

Good Friday Food Truck Rodeo 

March 29 

Location: The Market at Cedar Point  

Join us for the Good Friday Food Truck Rodeo from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious options like Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ, The Burger Bus, De La Rosa’s, Coastal Cay Fish Tacos, and more! Bring your friends and indulge in local coastal cuisine. 

BHA Easter Egg Hunt 

March 30 

Location: Beaufort Historic Site 

Join the Beaufort Historic Association for their annual Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Children seven and younger can enjoy fun-filled activities and discover over 2,000 eggs. Prizes, refreshments, and the joy of the hunt await. Remember your basket! 

Easter Farmer’s Market 

March 30 

Visit the Easter Farmer’s Market at Cedar Point for a variety of local handmade items, baked goods, fresh produce, and more. The market is dog-friendly and has food trucks and outdoor seating. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop and enjoy a beautiful day with family and friends! 

Experience March on the Crystal Coast 

Here’s to hoping that March on the Crystal Coast was nothing short of amazing, and we are eagerly anticipating the adventures that await in the coming months! 

If you’ve discovered the perfect events and are seeking a comfortable home base during your time on the coast, look no further. Head this way to find the ideal vacation rental on the Crystal Coast! 

Crystal Coast Events Year-Round 

Next month, April beckons you to join the Beaufort Historic Association’s Publick Day! We eagerly anticipate sharing all the details with you and other exciting happenings in the area. Beyond the thrilling events of March 2024 on the Crystal Coast, this region offers a year-round calendar overflowing with adventure. There’s never a dull moment in this coastal paradise – always something exciting on the horizon! 

Explore the diverse events awaiting you by perusing our extensive events calendar featuring recommended activities. Your next thrilling adventure on the Crystal Coast is just a click away!