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We’re covering Emerald Isle to Beaufort and everything in between to ensure you make the most out of the time you spend with us right here in coastal North Carolina. Can’t find what you’re looking for? No worries, just reach out to our Guest Relations team by phone or send us a message on social media. We’re always happy to help!

A young girl rests on the railing of the Morehead City Ferry while anticipating her next adventure.

What to Know About the Morehead City Ferry Service

A young girl rests on the railing of the Morehead City Ferry while anticipating her next adventure.

What to Know About the Morehead City Ferry Service

With its stunning oceanside vistas and iconic waterways, Morehead City is a picturesque town flooding with beauty. Among the various ways to explore the historic and vibrant Crystal Coast community, traveling by water is something every visitor should consider. Part of what makes a memorable vacation is “living like a local,” and hitching a ride on the Morehead City Ferry Service is your ticket to an immersive experience rife with gorgeous scenery and unwavering charm. Whether you’re planning to search for treasure on Sand Dollar Island or take a cruise to watch dolphins amid the sunset, you’re in for an unforgettable endeavor aboard the Morehead City Ferry!

Places to Visit near the Morehead City Ferry Service

Depending on when you’re leaving the mainland, you may wish to check out a few places near the ferry. Jaycee Park offers panoramic views of the Bogue Sound, several swing benches, and a pair of picnic tables if you’d like to enjoy a quick snack overlooking the waterfront. Grumpy’s is just up the street and makes a mean skillet if you’d like to grab something for breakfast. If you’re craving seafood after spending some time on the water, check out Red Fish Grill has an eclectic menu of unique features, classic dinner entrees, and handheld fare. And if you need a snorkel and goggles, Olympus Diving has you covered. Ensure you allow ample time for boarding as the ferry’s departures are stringent and dictated by the tide.

Sand Dollar Island Ferry and Tour

Sand Dollar Island reveals itself during the low tide, making it an intriguing outing for curious travelers. On your way, enjoy a fully narrated ride showcasing the Morehead City State Port, Sugarloaf Island, Fort Macon, and the Shackleford Banks. Once you arrive, you’ll find several tidal pools holding sand dollars. Scour the ankle-high pools, throw on a pair of goggles, and dive into the deeper basins to locate one of nature’s souvenirs. The Sand Dollar Island Tour is approximately three hours.

Sunset Dolphin Watch Cruise

Set sail on a spacious catamaran to take in Crystal Coast sunset while snagging a glance at emerging bottlenose dolphins. In addition to several points of interest included on the Sand Dollar Island Tour—minus the Shackleford Banks—you’ll also see Radio Island and the revered Beaufort Waterfront. Drift throughout several gorgeous Crystal Coast bays and inlets on a carefree voyage. The Sunset Dolphin Watch is approximately one and a half hours.

Find Your Crystal Coast Vacation Spot with Bluewater

Complementing the two main attractions offered by the Morehead City Ferry Service, the Special Sand Dollar Island and Dolphin Watch Tour adds an extra 30 minutes to the trip and combines the best of both tours for those who want to see it all! Thankfully, Bluewater has several vacation rentals in Morehead City and other nearby towns with easy access to a myriad of Crystal Coast attractions so that you won’t miss a thing!

Which Morehead City Ferry tour will you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments below!

May events on the crystal coast

Crystal Coast Events for May 2022

Crystal Coast Events for May 2022

Whether you’re vacationing with us or you’re a local, There’s always something to look forward to and always fun to be had. Don’t miss any of these May 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast.

BAKED AND BREWED ART EXPO

May 1- Time: 11 AM – 4 PM

The Market at Cedar Point | 1046 Cedar Point Blvd | Cedar Point

Come by for locally baked goods, pies, specialty treats, cupcakes, fresh bread, Coffee Trucks, Bakery Food Trucks, local art, and more!


MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: EARLY TOURISM: OUTERBANKS

May 4- Time: 11 AM – 9 PM

North Carolina Maritime Museum| 315 Front Street | Beaufort

The Outer Banks is one of North Carolina’s most popular destinations for summer tourism. It is also one of North Carolina’s oldest summer destinations. Join Curator of Maritime History David Bennett to explore what tourism looked like along the Outer Banks from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. Free, no registration is required for the in-person program, held in the museum auditorium.


30 SECOND ROCKS MUSIC TRIVIA AT BOGUE DISTILLERY

Reoccurring every Wednesday – Time: 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Bogue Sound Distillery | 108 Bogue Commercial Drive | Newport

Stop by for a chance to win one of three gift certificates in addition to the cash jackpot! 


ARTRAGEOUS WEDNESDAYS

Recurring weekly on Wednesday. Time: 6 PM – 8PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Every Wednesday local artists bring their work to show and sell. Join us for art and 1/2 price bottles of wine!


2022 ANNUAL WOODEN BOAT SHOW

May 5-8 Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

North Carolina Maritime Museum | 315 Front Street | Beaufort 

Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. This event, held each year on the first Saturday in May, 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.


2022 BEACH RUN SERIES

May 5 & 19, 2022 – Time: 5:15 PM – 8 PM

Carteret County Parks & Recreation | 207 W Atlantic Blvd | Atlantic Beach

Price: $8 per person, per race

All ages and skill levels are welcome! Beach run options include 1 mile, 5k, and 10k. All runs will take place on the beach. Registration is from 5:15 – 6:15 pm and the race starts at 6:30 pm.


NORTH CAROLINA SHELL CLUB SHELL SHOW

May 6 – May 8 , 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Crystal Coast Civic Center | 3505 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Price: $5 Adults | $3 Seniors/Students | Children Free

It’s a Shell-abration! Please come help us celebrate the end of the Covid pandemic and the return of the North Carolina Shell Club shell show. We welcome everyone- beginners, crafters, collectors, naturalists, and scientists. The show will feature educational exhibits, shell craft and artwork, and a huge selection of shells for sale from some of the best vendors in the country. The show is meant for beginners and experienced collectors, young and old, those who like collecting on the beach, and lifelong collectors who would like to grow their collection. F & S 9-5 pm, Sun till 3 pm.


PINE NEEDLE WORKSHOP

May 6, 2022 – Time: 9:30 AM – 2 PM

Beaufort Historic Site | 130 Turner Street | Beaufort

Price: $50 

Learn how to make your own Pine Needle Basket with Ms. Penny Holland! The class will be held three different times: May 6, July 22 (advanced session), and September 16. Pine needle basket-making dates back to almost 9,000 years ago and the baskets served as a vessel for grain, crops, and other essentials. The price for materials is $50 for each class. All supplies provided. Bring bag lunch. Must sign up by calling 252-728-5225 or visiting the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street. Sign-up ends a week before each class. Max for each class is 10. All Beaufort Historic Site Events are subject to cancellation and or change.


7TH ANNUAL BIKE THE BANKS

May 7, 2022 – Time: 8 AM-Noon

Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation | 203 Leisure Lane | Emerald Isle

Ride 1-8:30 am Emerald Isle-~10 mile fun ride on the multi-use path. Out and back from 203 Leisure Lane to the Eastern Regional Access ( 2701 Emerald Drive).

Ride 2-8:00 am Fort Macon-50 miles out and back along Highway 58 from 203 Leisure Lane to Fort Macon.

Ride 3- 8:00am-Cape Lookout-100 miles out and back from 203 Leisure Lane to Harker’s Island.


DOWNTOWN DERBY DARTY

May 7, 2022 – Time: 3 PM – 7 PM

Portside Marina | 209 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Price: $20

DMC, Inc. is excited to host a Kentucky Derby pub crawl sponsored by, Adams Beverages, Cirila Cothran Real Estate, Portside Marina Ship Store, and Tow Boat US. Stops include:

Arendell Room, Catch 109, Floyd’s 1921, Jack’s, Off the Hook, Portside Marina, Promise Land Market, Red Fish Grill, Taps & Tackle, Tight Lines, & Yellowfin Pub

Enjoy Derby drink specials, appetizers, and photo opportunities while walking around beautiful downtown MHC. Get dressed up to enter our best hat and outfit competitions – judged by local celebrities from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Portside Marina!

Participants will receive a complimentary drink voucher, raffle ticket, and some unique Derby swag. Additional drinks and appetizers will be available for purchase at participating locations.

 


MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH WITH LIVE MUSIC

May 8, 2002- Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Jacks Waterfront Bar | 513 Evans Street | Morehead City

Price: $40 Adults | $20 Children

Come out and enjoy live music with Lauren Nicole and a delicious buffet to celebrate mom!

BEAUFORT PAINT OUT

May 12, 2002- Time: 8 AM – 6 PM

Beaufort Historic Site | 130 Turner Street | Beaufort

The Beaufort Historical Association has partnered with Plein Air New Bern to host a “Paint Out” all around the town of Beaufort during the day on May 12th. Over 30 juried Plein air painters will set up their easels around Beaufort during the day to capture the city’s charm on their canvases. All are welcome to watch these talented artists in action (and purchase work all throughout the day)! Artists will meet back at the Beaufort Historic Site from 4 – 6 pm for a meet & greet and will display their work in a pop-up art show and sale. Free for all to attend!

Several demos will also be scheduled throughout the day.

Download the En Plein Air App to find painters’ locations around Beaufort throughout the day.


CELEBRATION ON THE SOUND

May 12 – May 15, 2002- Reoccurring Daily

3505 Arendell Street | 3409 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Price: Varies

Join us at Celebration on the Sound, an inaugural weekend festival hosting a carnival, fireworks, and live performances from Parmalee, Avery Anna, Randy Houser, and Shy Carter


BEATEN BISCUITS WITH SARAH SMITH

May 13,  2002- Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Beaufort Historic Site | 130 Turner Street | Beaufort

Learn the lost art of how to make biscuits without yeast! Join Sarah Smith for this special workshop in the Old Jail on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site. This event is free and open to the public. The Old Beaufort Shop will also feature a wide range of Historic Teas that are perfectly paired with your biscuits!


MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: MARITIME SUPERSTITIONS

May 13, 2002- Time: 11 AM-Noon

North Carolina Maritime Museum | 315 Front Street | Beaufort

Cats, women, and banana peels were all considered bad luck if found on the deck of a ship, but why? Join Associate Museum Curator Christine Brin in the museum auditorium as she explores some of the more common maritime superstitions and why they may not have been as ridiculous as they appear at first glance. Free, no registration is required for the in-person program, held in the museum auditorium.


CROATAN SPRING JAM ENDURO

May 14, 2002- Time: 6 PM – 11 PM

Carteret County Speedway | 501 Whitehouse Fork Rd | Swansboro

Price: $15

Spring is in the air and excitement is on the track! The fan-favorite Enduro hits the track for the first time this season. This is a race like no other: You can expect obstacles on the track and much much more! In action: Chargers, Mini-Stock, Street Stock, Super Trucks, Jr Mini Cup, Enduro


SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT- RED & THE ROCKERS

May 14, 2002- Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. City Park | Between 9th & 10th Street | Morehead City

Come join us for the first “Second Saturday” concert of the year! This week, we will feature Red and the Rockers, a classic rock band. Bring the whole family for a night of live music and fun in Downtown Morehead City!


BRUSHES AND BREWS DATE NIGHT

May 18, 2002- Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Crystal Coast Brewing | 219 West Fort Macon Road | Atlantic Beach

Price: $60 – Per Couple 

We are very excited that you will be coming to paint with us! Our goal is to provide you with an experience that encourages creativity, conversation, and FUN!! Wine & Design is not your typical art class. Be prepared to listen to music, laugh and let go of stress. Grab a friend or loved one and we promise you will have a good time. Our local artists will guide you step by step to create your very own masterpiece. This class is open to the public and perfect for all experience levels. Your ticket includes all art supplies.


32ND ANNUAL BEAUFORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 20 – May 21, 2022 – Time: 4:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Gallants Channel Event Space | 293 W Beaufort Road Ext | Beaufort

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 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 plenty of great music. As of 2019, the festival has moved to a new location in Beaufort called Gallants Channel, an annex owned by the NC Maritime Museum and is situated on that water at Gallants Point.  

This year’s lineup is the biggest and best yet!
Old Crow Medicine Show
Big Something
Susto
The Collection
Empire Strikes Brass
Blue Footed Boobies
L Shape Lot
Signal Fire
Isaac Hadden Project
49 Winchester
Harvey Street Co.
Shamarr Allen
and more to come!

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.


KAYAK FOR THE WARRIORS 3RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

May 2o, 2022 – Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Crystal Coast Country Club | 152 Oakleaf Drive | Pine Knoll Shores

Price: $85

Join us for out third annual Kayak for the Warriors Golf Tournament at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast. Registration fee of $85 includes 18 holes, a cart, and lunch. The shotgun start will begin at 8:30 a.m. A barbecue lunch is included, prizes for first and second and last place, mulligans, contests for longest tee, closest to the pin, a putting game, and other surprises. We are requesting that individuals and teams sign up online by May 14, 2022. Registration forms will also be available online at k4tw.org, at town hall, and in the golf shop. 

2022 ATLANTIC BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 21, 2022- Time: 11 AM – 6 PM

Atlantic Beach Circle | 115 Atlantic Boulevard | Atlantic Beach

Save the date for the 8th Annual AB Beach Music Festival on the boardwalk at the Circle on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This year’s festival will feature:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       The Embers
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.         North Tower
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.         The Mighty Saints of Soul
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.         I-42 Band

2022 CRYSTAL COAST RUN/WALK FOR AUTISUM

May 21, 2022- Time: 7 AM – NOON

Historic Downtown Beaufort| 500 Front Street | Beaufort

Price: $30 for 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk; $10 for Children 6 & Under

Join us for the 12th Annual Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism! We’re excited to announce that the Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism will be in-person this year! Join us for an amazing day of community that will improve the lives of children and adults with autism. Proceeds from the Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism will fund local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC), the leading statewide resource organization serving people in NC across the spectrum throughout their lifespans.


2022 NC OFFSHORE CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT

May 21- May 22, 2022- Time: 6 AM – 5 PM

Tipsy Turtle Tavern | 407- B Atlantic Beach Causeway | Atlantic Beach

Price: $500 per day for boats

The Hillsborough Sportfishing Club proudly presents the 18th Annual North Carolina Offshore Challenge. The purpose of this tournament is to raise funds to sponsor disabled veterans, sons, and daughters of fallen soldiers on family-friendly fishing trips. To meet our goals, support of the community and businesses across the state is greatly appreciated


EMERALD ISLE PARROTHEAD BEACH BIKE POKER RUN 2022

May 21, 2022- Time: 2 PM – 5 PM

Emerald Club | 8102 Emerald Drive | Emerald Isle

Price: $20 

Join the Emerald Isle Parrothead Club for the 18th Annual Beach Bike Poker Run! This adults-only event for a cause supports kid camps for the children of wounded, ill and injured Marines and Sailors of Eastern North Carolina. Enjoy a game of poker, drink specials, live music, and prizes. Make the event even more spectacular by dressing yourself and/or your bike in a PHUN theme. PHOLKS will be acknowledged and celebrated throughout the event for their innovative ideas!


PAINT AND RELAX AT THE HOLISTIC CO. OF MOREHEAD CITY

May 27, 2022- Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Wine & Design | 4737 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Price: $25

We are very excited that you will be coming to paint with us! Our goal is to provide you with an experience that encourages creativity, conversation, and FUN!! Wine & Design is not your typical art class. Be prepared to listen to music, laugh and let go of stress. Grab a friend or loved one and we promise you will have a good time. Our local artists will guide you step by step to create your very own masterpiece. This class is open to the public and perfect for all experience levels. Your ticket includes all art supplies.


NEVER FORGOTTEN MEMORIAL DAY 5K

May 28, 2022- Time: 7:30 AM – 11 AM

The Gym | 300 Taylor Notion Road | Cape Carteret

Price: $30

Transition Together is hosting a 5K to honor this nation’s heroes with a “Never Forgotten” Memorial Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Registration allowed until 7:45 a.m. on race day. Family fun activities will be on site! 

Award Classes: U18 / 18-34 / 35-49 / Masters (Male and Female)
5K: $30 – T-Shirt and Awards are being presented.

Crystal Coast Calendar of Events

Looking for more fun along the Crystal Coast? Check out our 2022 Crystal Coast Calendar of Events page! 

Photo of boats on water with text overlay: Things to Do in Swansboro NC

A Guide to the Best Things to Do in Swansboro, NC

Photo of boats on water with text overlay: Things to Do in Swansboro NC

A Guide to the Best Things to Do in Swansboro, NC

The North Carolina coast is a unique place full of charming port towns, fascinating history, and gorgeous beaches. Located five miles from Emerald Isle, you’ll find the coastal town of Swansboro, also known as “The Friendly City by the Sea.” This picturesque seaside town lives up to the nickname with its friendly, laidback atmosphere and water activities like kayaking, boating, and fishing. Whether you want to paddle the waterways or explore the historic downtown, there are endless things to do in Swansboro, NC!

Water Activities in Swansboro

Since Swansboro is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River, it’s no surprise that water activities are one of the most popular things to do here. Explore the water with kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, tours, and fishing adventures. 

Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park is easily accessible from Swansboro via ferry or paddling the canoe trails. Bear Island features some of the most unspoiled beaches and maritime forests on the Atlantic coast. Rent a kayak from PaddleNC and explore the water on your own or join one of their Hammocks Beach tours instead.

Fishing and Cruises

Anglers will love fishing on the North Carolina coast. Swansboro charters offer inshore, nearshore, and deep water fishing opportunities. Nancy Lee Fishing Charter and Pogies are the most popular options. For a different way to get on the water, join Lady Swan Boat Tours for a scenic sunset cruise or a historical tour of the Intracoastal waterway.

Photo of historic downtown Swansboro

Historic Downtown Swansboro

The port town of Swansboro has a significant maritime history that once thrived on shipbuilding. Over 200 years later, the downtown area is full of sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the charming architecture, boutiques, and restaurants in downtown Swansboro. 

Self-Guided History Tour

The Swansboro Historic District features 30 sites you can see on a self-guided walking tour. Most of the district was developed between the late 1800s and early 1900s with architectural styles like Greek Revival, Bungalow, and American Craftsman. Use the guide from the Swansboro Historical Association to plan your walking route.

Shopping

Historic downtown Swansboro is home to dozens of boutiques you can explore during your getaway. Bring home a piece of Swansboro with home decor, gifts, or antiques from Salt Marsh Cottage or Poor Man’s Hole. After a day downtown, stop at Candy Edventure and bring back a sweet treat to your vacation rental.

Swansboro Festivals

The quiet charm of Swansboro comes alive with annual festivals you can plan your vacation around. Celebrate talented local artists’ crafts and products during the Arts by the Sea event in June. October brings the oldest festival on the Crystal Coast to Swansboro with the Mullet Festival featuring seafood and live music.

Visit the Friendly City by the Sea

If Swansboro sounds like your kind of vacation destination, choose one of our vacation rentals at Bluewater. We have hundreds of rentals to choose from, including the 1906 Alex Moore House in the heart of Swansboro’s Historic District. Discover all of the things to do in Swansboro, NC, and experience “The Friendly City by the Sea” for yourself!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Swansboro? Let us know in the comments below!

Spring Break April Events

April 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast

Spring Break April Events

Spotlight: April 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast

Whether you’re vacationing with us or you’re a local, There’s always something to look forward to and always fun to be had. Don’t miss any of these April 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast.

TRIVIA NIGHT AT PROMISE LAND MARKET

Reoccurring Weekly on Wednesday until December 28, 2022 – Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Join Promise Land Market and Quiz Master Schnibbs each Wednesday for Trivia, food, and cocktails! Bring a good team and win PLM “cash” and the winning team at the end of the quarter will get $500 to a charity of their choosing. 


ALL YOU CAN PLAY ARCADE

Reoccurring every Thursday – Time: 5:00 PM – 9 PM

Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center | 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive | Cape Carteret

Enjoy game time every Thursday night from 5 PM -9 PM. $20 a person.


30 SECOND ROCKS MUSIC TRIVIA AT BOGUE DISTILLERY

Reoccurring every Wednesday – Time: 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Bogue Sound Distillery | 108 Bogue Commercial Drive | Newport

Stop by for a chance to win one of three gift certificates in addition to the cash jackpot! 


ARTRAGEOUS WEDNESDAYS

Recurring weekly on Wednesday. Time: 6 PM – 8PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Every Wednesday local artists bring their work to show and sell. Join us for art and 1/2 price bottles of wine!


MULLET BAR MUSINGO AT PROMISE LAND MARKET

Recurring every Thursday – Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Musingo is a game where songs replace the numbers on a bingo card. DJ  Schnibbs will play music and if you have the song listed on your card, you mark it off!


42nd ANNUAL NEWPORT PIG COOKING CONTEST

April 1 & 2, 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 6 PM

Newport Community Park | 200 Howard Blvd | Newport

Mayor Garner was one of the first to help get the Newport Pig Cookin Contest going. It started as a fundraiser for the Newport Developmental Center to raise money for needs they had at the time.  41 years later the Pig Cookin has grown into the Largest all Volunteer  Non-Profit  Pig Cookin in the USA.  In 2019 we will have given over one million dollars back to different charities.

  • Free Admission and Free Parking
  • Barbecue Plates only $9.00 includes BBQ, slaw, baked beans, and roll
  • Bulk Pork when available sold for $9.00 per pound
  • Serving begins Saturday at 11:00 am
  • Concession Stands
  • Rides
  • Bake Sales
  • Funnel Cakes
  • Live Music
  • Souvenirs and so much more!

ANGELA HARKER ART SHOW

April 1 , 2022 – Time: 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Mattie King Davis Art Gallery  | 130 Turner Street | Beaufort

The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery is excited to welcome artist Angela Harker this coming April. A free show will be held at the gallery on Friday, April 1 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. All events are subject to change. Harker will be the featured artist for the months of April and May.


MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE-RED RIDING HOOD

April 1 & 2, 2022 – Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

Price: $10-Adults. $5-Students

Carteret Community Theatre | 1604 Arendell St | Morehead City


6TH ANNUAL CORE SOUND RUN

April 2, 2022 – Time: 9 AM-Noon

 

1785 Island Rd | Harkers Island

A family-friendly 10K, 5K, and Fun Run on one of North Carolina’s most beautiful islands — Harkers Island. The Core Sound Run begins and ends “at the end of the road” – at the edge of Core Sound.


INTRODUCTION TO WOODEN BOAT BUILDING

April 2 & 3, 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Boat Building Course In October Events on the Crystal Coast

North Carolina Maritime Museum  | 315 Front Street | Beaufort

Join us on March 19th starting at 9 am at the Crystal Coast Civic Center for PickleFest Pickleball Tournament v.2! Format: Match is best 2 out of 3 games, first to 11 wins. Championship matches will be best 2 of 3 games, play to 11, win by 2. Guaranteed minimum of two matches.
To register today, visit our website at ccpr.recdesk.com
If the ages of partners fall into different divisions, the team must play in the younger division. Skill Level is self-rated; if uncertain of your skill level, refer to USAPA Player Skill Rating Definitions chart (https://www.ifpickleball.org/skill-rating-definitions).
All USAPA rules apply.
This is a non-sanctioned event.
For more information contact:
Darlene Austin or Paul Stanley at 252-222-5858

CARNIVAL TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

April 2, 2002- Time: 11 AM – 4 PM

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shore | 1 Roosevelt Drive | Pine Knoll Shores

The Carnival to Combat Climate Change on April 2 will combine conservation, science, and fun during the first-ever event at N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Youth leaders at the Aquarium are hoping the carnival will provide a space for all ages to discuss environmental issues.  This free event will be held outside in the Aquarium parking lot 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Leaders in science and conservation from across the state will be stationed at booths, ready to talk about climate change and how individuals can help lessen its effects on coastal communities. Enjoy hands-on activities and carnival games throughout the day. Brant Island Strings of Arapahoe will play live music from noon to 2 p.m.

A TOAST TO THE WEDDING VIEL WITH KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY

April 7, 2002- Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Crystal Coast Civic Center | 3505 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Price: $75

The Wedding Veil brings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time. Enjoy an evening with Kristy Woodson Harvey as she discusses the why and reads a selection from the book. After which there will also be time for a Q&A session and book signing.
The ticket will include a copy of The Wedding Veil, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, wine, and beverages. Culinary selections will be created by the Carteret CC Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Programs. Purchase your ticket here.


EASTER BUNNY AND A MOVIE

April 8, 2002- Time: 5:30 PM – 8 PM

Emerald Isle Community Center | 203 Leisure Lane | Emerald Isle

Join Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation for our special Easter Bunny & A Movie event on Friday, April 8, starting at 5:30 p.m.Join us for a free family-friendly movie night and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny and popcorn to enjoy. This event is open to children of all ages, but space is limited to 75 children. For more information or to pre-register, please call 252-354-6350.


AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL SERIES

April 9, 2002- Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

First Presbyterian | 1604 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Price: $32 Adult, $16 Student/Military- Call (252) -342-5034 to reserve

Praised by the New York Times for its vibrancy and “panache,” the Harlem Quartet has thrilled audiences in 47 states and toured extensively in Europe, South America, Asia and South Africa.

“Bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.”  — Cincinnati Enquirer

Program: Modern American favorites from Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Strayhorn, and Grant Still, among others.


MERRY TIME FOR TOTS

April 13, 2002- Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

North Carolina Maritime Museum | 315 Front Street | Beaufort

Price: $10 per participating child (Friends of the Museum members $5). Register online or by phone at 252-504-7758.

Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers participate in a maritime-themed hands-on experience, craft, and activity during this program, which is offered every second Wednesday. Topics rotate between pirates, sharks, whales, and fish with a focus on both experience and exposure. Each program is 45-60 minutes long. Caregivers are asked to stay for the entire program.


OCEAN INFANTS

April 14, 2002- Time: 9 AM – 9:30 AM

North Carolina Maritime Museum | 315 Front Street | Beaufort

Price: $10 per participating child (Friends of the Museum members $5). Register online or by phone at 252-504-7758

Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers participate in a maritime-themed hands-on experience, craft, and activity during this program, which is offered every second Wednesday. Topics rotate between pirates, sharks, whales, and fish with a focus on both experience and exposure. Each program is 45-60 minutes long. Caregivers are asked to stay for the entire program.


ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

April 16, 2002- Time: 11 AM – 12 PM

 

Beaufort Historic Site | 130 Turner Street | Beaufort

Children ages seven and younger are welcome to join the fun. This annual event features prizes, refreshments, and over 2,000 eggs. It’s all free – just bring a basket! For more information, visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org, call 252-728-5225, or stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner St. All events are subject to change.


ADULTS ONLY TOUR

April 22, 2002- Time: 6 PM – 7 PM

North Carolina Maritime Museum | 315 Front Street | Beaufort

Price: $30 – Register here or call (252) 504-7758 for more information.

Join Associate Education Curator for a selection of maritime stories she’d never tell before 5 p.m.

This program is rated R due to language, alcohol, and explicit content. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Laugh, drink, and learn during this hour-long alternative museum tour designed for adults only (ages 21+). Enjoy your beverage as you learn about some lesser told stories related to maritime history ranging from topics of love, maritime art subjects, and love diseases.

Select flavored moonshines (depending on availability) and soft drinks will be served.

Complimentary souvenir cup included. Discussion topics will include nudity in maritime art, alcohol and drug smuggling on the ocean, STDs among sailors, and more.

This event is designed to be a fun and different look at both the NC Maritime Museum and the history it interprets, documents, and promotes.

Cost includes tour, moonshine, and souvenir cup.


PUBLICK DAY

April 23, 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 4 PM

Beaufort Historic Site | 130 Turner Street | Beaufort

An old-fashioned flea market on the Beaufort Historic Site with vendors selling antiques and collectibles, art, crafts, handmade jewelry, books, food, and more. No admission charge. Vendor information is available for this fun spring event by visiting the website at www.beauforthistoricsite.org or emailing pr@beauforthistoricsite.org. This event is FREE to the general public. For more information, visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org, call 252-728-5225, or stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner St. All events are subject to change.


16TH ANNUAL BEAUFORT WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

April 27, 2022 – May 1, 2022

5-Day Wine and Food Festival ready to take over Beaufort and beyond.

Join Beaufort Wine and Food as it showcases award-winning talent from across the globe with over 20 culinary events – all in the name of charity.

Guests enjoy a variety of events over the five-day festival, including dinners in area Restaurants, seminars, a Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction, Vin de Mer Epicurean Village, the Champagne Celebration Brunch, and more.

Mingle with chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, winery owners, and wine aficionados from across the USA and beyond. Tantalize your taste buds with savory samplings from renowned chefs, specially paired with select wines from notable vineyards.
Expand your awareness at a seminar featuring exceptional wine educators. Sip, taste, learn, and enjoy!

CAVIAR FARM TOUR AT MARSHALLBERG FARM

April 29, 2022- Time: 2 PM – 4 PM

Marshallberg Farm | 811 Straits Road | Smyrna

Tour the sturgeon farm, taste the caviar, and enjoy friendly conversation with the staff. Products will be available for purchase.

The event will include:
• An in-depth tour of the indoor R.A.S. sturgeon farm
• Caviar tasting with Social House Vodka
• Sampling of smoked sturgeon products & more
• Opportunity to speak to staff and purchase Marshallberg Farm products.
To maximize your experience, each tour is limited to 20 guests.

14TH ANNUAL REELIN FOR RESEARCH FISHING TOURNAMENT

April 30, 2022- Time: 7 AM – 8 PM

Reelin’ for Research is a year-round fundraising effort benefiting the UNC Children’s Hospital and childhood cancer research. It culminates each year with a one-day fishing tournament in Morehead City, NC. To date, over 4.4 million dollars have been raised to help LAND A CURE for childhood cancer! For more info email info@reelinforresearch or call 919-971-4600

Calendar of Events

Looking for more fun along the Crystal Coast? Check out our 2022 Crystal Coast Calendar of Events page! 

A point-of-view shot of a kayak heading into the Crystal Coast's tranquil waters with the words "Experience Nature: Kayaking the Crystal Coast" in cursive.

Experience Nature: Kayaking the Crystal Coast

A point-of-view shot of a kayak heading into the Crystal Coast's tranquil waters with the words "Experience Nature: Kayaking the Crystal Coast" in cursive.

Experience Nature: Kayaking the Crystal Coast

If you’ve never traveled to the Crystal Coast, you may be wondering what the name is all about. The name refers to our glistening crystal clear waters and inviting white sandy beaches on 85 miles of beautiful coastline. Surrounded by the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, it makes sense that one of our favorite ways to explore the region is by water. 

Kayak the Crystal Coast and paddle through salt marshes and barrier islands as you spot local wildlife. Discover our crystal clear waters for yourself at one of these kayaking destinations on the North Carolina Coast:

Intracoastal Waterways

The Intracoastal Waterways extend 300 miles in North Carolina through scenic sounds, rivers, creeks, and marshes. Paddling the Intracoastal Waterways is an easy way to explore all of the coastal communities from Swansboro to Atlantic Beach. The water is shallow and calm, so anyone can enjoy kayaking, even if you’ve never done it before!

Where to access the Intracoastal Waterways: Emerald Isle Woods Park, Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail in Atlantic Beach, Jaycee Park in Morehead City.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Paddle the waterways to Hammocks Beach State Park from the dock off Hammock Beach Road in Swansboro. There are a variety of water trails to choose from that make up some of the best kayaking on the Crystal Coast. You will paddle through scenic salt marshes abundant with wildlife as you head towards Bear Island. Once you reach the island, you can spend time hiking or fishing before heading back to your Bluewater Vacation Rental.

Join Paddle NC for a guided tour of Hammocks Beach State Park and Bear Island!

 

Rachel Carson Reserve

The Rachel Carson Reserve is a collection of islands and marshes and a fantastic kayaking route for wildlife lovers. Launch your kayak from the Beaufort waterfront and paddle across Taylor’s Creek. On the way, keep an eye out for dolphins, diamondback terrapins, and sea turtles. Horse Island is one of four islands in the reserve known for its population of wild horses. Please read the reserve rules before you start your paddling adventure from Beaufort!

Join Beaufort Paddle for a guided tour of Rachel Carson Reserve and learn about the unique history and geology of the islands.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore has 16 paddling trails that are accessible in Carteret County. Pick up your paddle trail map at Down East Kayaks in Beaufort. The trails take you through saltwater marshes, channels, and swamps. The calm waters offer a relaxing setting to watch birds as you paddle along the barrier island chain. The best access point is from the Visitors Center on Harkers Island, but the route can be challenging, so check the tide charts.

A horse gently grazes near near the beach.

Discover Kayaking on the Crystal Coast Today!

Spend your vacation kayaking the Crystal Coast. Whether you want to stay in lively Emerald Isle or historic Beaufort, Bluewater Vacation Rentals has a premier collection of vacation homes on the Crystal Coast. 

Speak to one of our certified vacation planners, and we will help you find the perfect vacation rental based on your criteria. Just follow this link and fill out your information at the bottom of the page.

What is your favorite water sport on the Crystal Coast? Let us know in the comments below!

March 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast

March 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast

Don’t miss any of these March 2022 Events on the Crystal Coast. Whether you’re vacationing with us or you’re a local, There’s always something to look forward to and always fun to be had.

TRIVIA NIGHT AT PROMISE LAND MARKET

Reoccurring weekly on Wednesday until December 28, 2022 – Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Join Promise Land Market and Quiz Master Schnibbs each Wednesday for Trivia, food, and cocktails! Bring a good team and win PLM “cash” and the winning team at the end of the quarter will get $500 to a charity of their choosing. 


ALL YOU CAN PLAY ARCADE

Reoccurring every Thursday – Time: 5:00 PM – 9 PM

Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center | 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive | Cape Carteret

Enjoy game time every Thursday night from 5 PM -9 PM. $20 a person.


30 SECOND ROCKS MUSIC TRIVIA AT BOGUE DISTILLERY

Reoccurring every Wednesday – Time: 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Bogue Sound Distillery | 108 Bogue Commercial Drive | Newport

Stop by for a chance to win one of three gift certificates in addition to the cash jackpot! 


ARTRAGEOUS WEDNESDAYS

Recurring weekly on Wednesday. Time: 6 PM – 8PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Every Wednesday local artists bring their work to show and sell. Join us for art and 1/2 price bottles of wine!


MULLET BAR MUSINGO AT PROMISE LAND MARKET

Recurring every Thursday – Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Musingo is a game where songs replace the numbers on a bingo card. DJ  Schnibbs will play music and if you have the song listed on your card, you mark it off!


70S DANCE PARTY WITH 8-TRACK MINDS AT JACKS WATERFRONT BAR

March 12, 2022 – Time: 8PM – 11PM

Jacks Waterfront Bar | 513 Evans Street | Morehead City

8-Track Minds makes its debut at Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City to make you shake your booty, your body, your groove thing, and whatever else needs shaking! C’mon get happy with all your singalong and dancing favorites from the era of polyester suits, muscle cars, deep pile carpets, and rich Corinthian leather! Dig the classic gems from KC & the Sunshine Band, Abba, Bee Gees, Jackson 5, Commodores, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, and many more. This is a high-energy, visually exciting show that will make you move. Alright alright alright!


CROATAN BUCK FIFTY

March 19, 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Carteret County Speedway | 501 Whitehouse Fork Rd | Swansboro

The Fifty, the Buck & the Buck Fifty. Starting at Carteret County Speedway, the races will cover a 46 mile Out & Back lap that returns to the Speedway Pits each time. Aid Station at Mile 23.

The FIFTY is one lap, 46 Miles.

The BUCK is two laps, 92 miles.

The BUCK FIFTY is three laps, 138 miles.

95% of the lap is on gravel roads through Croatan National Forest.


PICKLEFEST TOURNAMENT V.2

March 19, 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 5 PM

Carteret County Parks & Recreation Department | 3505 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Join us on March 19th starting at 9 am at the Crystal Coast Civic Center for PickleFest Pickleball Tournament v.2! Format: Match is best 2 out of 3 games, first to 11 wins. Championship matches will be best 2 of 3 games, play to 11, win by 2. Guaranteed a minimum of two matches.
To register today, visit our website at ccpr.recdesk.com
If ages of partners fall into different divisions, the team must play in the younger division. Skill Level is self-rated; if uncertain of your skill level, refer to USAPA Player Skill Rating Definitions chart (https://www.ifpickleball.org/skill-rating-definitions).
All USAPA rules apply.
This is a non-sanctioned event.
For more information contact:
Darlene Austin or Paul Stanley at 252-222-5858

BURN YOUR SOCKS ON THE EQUINOX

March 20,2022 – Time: 4 PM – 7 PM

2361 Lennoxville Rd | Beaufort

Price: $30

In the mid-1980s at a boatyard in Annapolis, MD., Captain Bob Turner wore socks all during the long, cold winter months while working on OPB’s (Other People’s Boats). By winter’s end, his socks were stand-up stiff with sawdust, caulk, and bottom paint. ON the first day of spring, Capt. Bob placed his leavings-laden socks in a paint tray, doused them with lighter fluid, set them on fire, and then drank beer to celebrate. And so the spring tradition of sock burning began and it has grown to coastal communities across the country. Come join us and celebrate the age-old maritime tradition of burning your socks on the spring solstice. Enjoy food, brew, and music. Tickets are $30. Bring a pair of old socks to burn. Bring a pair of new socks to donate


THE 35TH ANNUAL SENIOR GAMES

March 22, 2022 – April 29, 2022 

Carteret County

In 1983 N.C. Senior Games began with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and education program for North Carolina residents 50 years of age and better.

Today, there are over 60,000 participants in 52 Local Games programs that serve all 100 counties across the state.

Locally Carteret County Senior Games offers a variety of sports events along with a SilverArts and Performing Arts program. Our events run through the month of April with registration beginning in late January. Carteret County Senior Games are open games.

These games take place all over Carteret County. Please see the entry packet for details.


6TH ANNUAL SPRING FAMILY FESTIVAL

March 26, 2022 – Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Camp Albemarle 156 Albemarle Drive, Newport

Join us for our 6th Annual Spring Family Festival on March 26th from 10 am to 2 pm. This event is a fundraiser for Nature School at Camp Albemarle. E-mail questions about this event to heather@campalbemarle.org.

There will NOT be an egg hunt this year.

1. Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted at the event.

2. The event fee for the i6th Annual Spring Family Festival is $20 per car day of the event. Bring cash for the event fee. Pre-purchase passes are $15 and can be purchased at https://campalbemarle.regfox.com/6th-annual-spring-family-festival Pre-purchased pass sales will end at 12 pm on Friday, March 25th. No refunds will be issued.

3. Activities: Toddler Bounce Houses and Bounce House Obstacle Course | Carnival Games | Cookie Walk sponsored by Chick-fil-A Morehead City | Foam Party (Participants may get wet. We recommend bringing a towel and change of clothes.) | Crystal Coast Gem Mining (this is an additional fee) | Explore fire trucks and antique tractors | Music by Amayzing Entertainment and more!

4. Cash is recommended for the event entrance. A limited quantity of credit card readers will be available.

5. Food Trucks on Site: Franks Franks, Jasmine Tasty Thai, McGrady’s Grill, Kona Ice of the Crystal Coast, Two Crazy Donuts. Food costs are not included in the entry fee.

6. Parking Info: Carpooling is recommended for this event. If needed, overflow parking will be at Broad Creek Middle School and shuttles will transport people to and from Camp Albemarle.

Calendar of Events

Looking for more fun along the Crystal Coast besides the March 2022 Events? Check out our 2022 Crystal Coast Calendar of Events page! 

Photo of shrimp: a common dish at the Emerald Isle restaurants

Try These Local Favorites for Seafood and Southern Cuisine on Emerald Isle

Photo of shrimp: a common dish at the Emerald Isle restaurants

Try These Local Favorites for Seafood and Southern Cuisine on Emerald Isle

Are you searching for a vacation destination where you can lounge on the beach and dine on mouthwatering seafood? If you answered yes to this question, then consider planning a getaway to beautiful Emerald Isle on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Emerald Isle restaurants reflect the unique culinary traditions of North Carolina, from freshly caught seafood to southern soul food. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite restaurants in Emerald Isle for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Start the Day with Breakfast in Emerald Isle

Gaffer’s

Start your morning with the most important meal of the day at Gaffers. Their breakfast items are a great introduction to southern cooking – and yes, you can have seafood for breakfast! Their menu has everything from shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy to pancakes and omelets.

The Village Market

The Village Market is a local favorite for breakfast on the Crystal Coast. They have something for everyone with bagels, biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, Belgian waffles, eggs, and hearty breakfast plates. Order a cup of Joe with your breakfast, and you’ll be ready for a day of adventures in Emerald Isle.

Giovanni’s Brooklyn Bagels

If you want something light for breakfast, we recommend stopping at Giovanni’s. The bagel flavors include cheddar, everything, asiago, garlic, cinnamon, sesame, poppy, and jalapeño cheddar served with various spreads. These bagels are not to be missed during your vacation!

Emerald Isle Restaurants for Lunch

Flipperz Family Bar and Grill

Flipperz is an excellent restaurant for a hearty lunch in a family-friendly atmosphere. They specialize in seafood, but you can also find steaks, sandwiches, and salads on the menu. Seafood lovers will love the crab cakes, shrimp, scallop, and oyster platters available here.

Surf’s Up Grill and Bar

Surf’s Up Grill and Bar is located at the Bogue Inlet Pier and offers beautiful ocean views. Unwind with a frozen drink while watching the waves and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere during your meal. With a variety of mouthwatering appetizers and seafood entrees, you are sure to love your lunch at Surf’s Up.

The Best Dinner Spots in Emerald Isle

The Trading Post

Southern hospitality is a central part of The Trading Post, where you can get more than just a delicious meal. The outdoor patio features activities for your family, such as cornhole and hula hoops. They have extensive options for seafood and burgers but are best known for Southern dishes like shrimp-n-grits, fried green tomatoes, hushpuppies, and chicken-n-waffles. The Trading Post is a must-stop for dinner in Emerald Isle!

Caribsea

If you are looking for a romantic date night spot, stop at Caribsea for an upscale dining experience. They focus on locally sourced seafood, exceptional steak, and signature cocktails. The menu constantly changes to reflect seasonal ingredients, but the baked oysters and crab dip are local favorites.

RuckerJohns

RuckerJohns offers a unique dining experience with fresh made to order dishes. They have something for everyone with sandwiches, salads, seafood, steaks, and flatbreads. The waterfront views, outside dining options, and relaxing atmosphere offer a wonderful ambiance for your dinner in Emerald Isle.

If you are looking for a sweet treat after dinner, we highly recommend getting some ice cream from Sweet Spot or Ben and Jerry’s!

Photo of one of our Emerald Isle properties with Bluewater

The Perfect Family Vacation in Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle restaurants have something to satisfy even the pickiest eaters with fresh seafood and southern comfort food. If you’re interested in visiting the Crystal Coast choose Bluewater Vacation Rentals to host your getaway. Our Emerald Isle properties offer close proximity to the oceanfront and nearby restaurants. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your vacation in Emerald Isle today! 

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Emerald Isle? Kick-off the comment by adding your favorites below! One lucky commenter will be chosen to win some Bluewater swag! 

February Calendar of Events

February 2022 Events

Looking for some fun to do along the Crystal Coast? Don’t miss any of these February 2022 events!

 

Trivia Night at Promise Land Market

Reoccurring weekly on Wednesday until December 28, 2022 – Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Join Promise Land Market and Quiz Master Schnibbs each Wednesday for Trivia, food, and cocktails! Bring a good team and win PLM “cash” and the winning team at the end of the quarter will get $500 to a charity of their choosing. 


All  You Can Play Arcade

Reoccurring every Thursday – Time: 5:00 PM – 9 PM

Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center | 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive | Cape Carteret

Enjoy game time every Thursday night from 5 PM -9 PM. $20 a person.


30 Second Rocks Music Trivia at Bogue Sound Distillery

Reoccurring every Wednesday – Time: 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Bogue Sound Distillery | 108 Bogue Commercial Drive | Newport

Stop by for a chance to win one of three gift certificates in addition to the cash jackpot! 


Artrageous Wednesdays

Recurring weekly on Wednesday. Time: 6 PM – 8PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Every Wednesday local artists bring their work to show and sell. Join us for art and 1/2 price bottles of wine!


Mullet Bar Musingo at Promise Land Market

Recurring every Thursday – Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Promise Land Market | 909-B Arendell Street | Morehead City

Musingo is a game where songs replace the numbers on a bingo card. DJ  Schnibbs will play music and if you have the song listed on your card, you mark it off!


DJ Fridays at Jacks

Recurring every Friday-Time: 8 PM – Midnight

Jack’s Waterfront Bar | 513 Evans Street | Morehead City


Ryan Rubich at Cru Bar

February 4, 2022 – Time: 8 PM – 11 PM

Cru Wine Bar & The Wine Store | 120 Turner Street | Beaufort

Join Ryan Rubich, a rock singer and songwriter with over 20 years of music experience and a decade of touring, for a night of music. 


Stephen Poole at E-Club

February 4, 2022 – Time: 8 PM – 11 PM

Emerald Club | 8102 Emerald Drive | Emerald Isle

Come out with friends for cold drinks and enjoy live music by Stephen Poole!


18th Annual Carolina Chocolate Festival

February 5th & 6th, 2022 – Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Crystal Coast Civic Center | 3505 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Chocolate for Charity! Chocolate Vendors, Bake-off, Pudding Eating Contest & more! Fun for the whole family! Sunday- active military FREE & come see new baking competition… Jr. Cupcake Wars !!! Don’t forget to join in or watch the famous Chocolate Eating Contest that goes on each day throughout the festival.


Thorn at Off The Hook

February 5, 2022 – Time: 9:45 PM-1:45 AM

Off The Hook | 105 S 7th Street | Morehead City

Don’t miss Thorn coming to you live at Off The Hook!


Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course

February 5, 2022 – Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

North Carolina Maritime Museum  | 315 Front Street | Beaufort

Students explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day hands-on course, beginning with lofting, and moving on to the setup, steam bending, and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake, and the 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. (12 hours). 


Caviar Farm Tour at Marshallberg Farm

February 11, 2022 – Time: 2 PM – 4:00 PM

Marshallberg Farm | 811 Straits Road| Smyrna

Tour the sturgeon farm, taste the caviar, and enjoy friendly conversation with the staff. Products will be available for purchase.

The event will include:
• An in-depth tour of the indoor R.A.S. sturgeon farm
• Caviar tasting with Social House Vodka
• Sampling of smoked sturgeon products & more
• Opportunity to speak to staff and purchase Marshallberg Farm products.

Smoke on the Water Annual Bonfire

February 11, 2022 – Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Atlantic Beach Circle | 125 W Fort Macon Road | Atlantic Beach

Enjoy live music and a roaring bonfire on the beach at the Circle! The event is free! Plan to bring your own chair or blanket to sit and enjoy the fire.


Super Bowl Part at Jacks Waterfront Bar

February 11, 2022 – Time: 5 PM – 1 AM

Jack’s Waterfront Bar | 513 Evans Street | Morehead City

Join us for our annual Super Bowl Party! No cover! BBQ Dinner at 6 pm. Large inflatable viewing screen. Raffle prizes, VIP PASS Give-a-ways, Buy a Board Square and more!!!!


Valentines Weekend Pub Crawl

February 12, 2022 – Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

Atlantic Beach Circle | 125 W Fort Macon Road | Atlantic Beach

Price: $10 Per Ticket

Invite your special someone and make plans to spend Valentine’s Day in Atlantic Beach! The Valentine’s Weekend Pub Crawl, sponsored by Diamond Bus Company, will be Saturday, February 12 with drink specials at 9 different Atlantic Beach locations:

-AB Bottle Co
-Beach Tavern Bar & Grill
-Crystal Coast Brewing Company
-Idle Hour Biergarten
-MF Chappell Wine Merchant
-On The Rocks
-Tackle Box Tavern
-Tipsy Turtle Tavern
-The Growler Bar

Beginning at the Circle, your pub crawl ticket includes valentine’s swag, drink specials at each location & access to shuttle service from 2-6 p.m.

Purchase your ticket here!


Sweethearts Food Truck Jamboree

February 14, 2022 – Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Katherine Davis Park  | 601 Arendell Street | Morehead City

Treat your sweetie to something yummy this Valentine’s Day! Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a special Valentine’s Day Food Truck Jamboree on February 14th, 2022. The event will be held at Katherine Davis Park in downtown Morehead City, NC (601 Arendell Street). Food trucks and vendors will be set up selling some of the best food around! Featuring Jasmine Tasty Thai, Meraki Mediterranean Kafe, Franks Franks, SunKorn Kettlecorn, 2 Crazy Donuts, and more!


Drag Show at Jacks Waterfront Bar

February 19, 2022 – Time: 8:30 PM -1 AM

Jack’s Waterfront Bar | 513 Evans Street | Morehead City


Mardi Gras on Middle Lane 2022

February 26, 2022 – Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

Downtown Historic Beaufort

The sounds of New Orleans and succulent Creole cuisine will be coming to Beaufort as part of “Mardi Gras on Middle Lane.” It’s the celebration of food, drink, music, and, of course, the parade. Beaufort’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is set for Saturday, February 26, 2022. The event starts at 2 pm and runs until 6 pm but you’ll want to get there early.

The Mardi Gras highlight, of which, is arguably the shortest parade in North Carolina. It’s a true display of Beaufort’s quirkiness. The parade of “krewes” in costume tossing jewelry and charms is not to be missed.

The Sweet Potato Queens always seem to steal the show! The group of women, aged 40-70, all dress in elaborate costumes and perform choreographed routines.

The parade starts at 3 pm sharp and may be finished by 3:15 pm.

January's events on the crystal coast

January Calendar of Events

January's events on the crystal coastJanuary 2022 Events

Whether you’re vacationing with us or you’re a local, There’s always something to look forward to and always fun to be had. Don’t miss any of these January 2022 events on the Crystal Coast.

Karaoke Sunday Nights at Cru

Every Sunday in January – Time: 9 PM – Midnight

Cru Wine Bar & Wine Store | 120 Turner Street, Beaufort

Bring your vocal talents to Cru Wine Bar every Sunday night this month and sing your heart out!


All  You Can Play Arcade

Every Thursday in January – Time: 5:00 PM – 9 PM

Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center | 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret

Enjoy game time every Thursday night from 5 PM -9 PM. $20 a person.


30 Second Rocks Music Trivia at Bogue Sound Distillery

January 5, 2022 -Reoccurring every Wednesday – Time: 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Bogue Sound Distillery | 108 Bogue Commercial Drive | Newport

Stop by for a chance to win one of three gift certificates in addition to the cash jackpot! 


Retriever Round-Up

January 8, 2022 – Time: Noon – 2 PM

Muttigans | 8101 Emerald Dr | Emerald Isle

Calling all Retrievers! Join us for our Retriever Round-Up! Whether you have a Golden, Labrador, Flat-Coated, Curly Coated, Chesapeake Bay, or even Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever this is your day! Meet other Retrievers and the owners who love them. Enter to win a gift basket!


Karaoke Sunday Nights at Cru

January 9, 2022- Occurring every Sunday night until the end of January – Time: 9 PM – Midnight 

Cru Wine Bar & The Wine Store | 120 Turner Street | Beaufort

Join us on Sundays and sing your heart out!


Front Street at The Growler

January 14, 2022 – Time: 7:30 PM – 11 PM

The Growler Bar | 200 Mallard Drive | Emerald Isle

Join Front Street (formerly Signature Blend) for their first time performing as their new band!


70s Dance Party with 8-Track Minds at Jack’s Waterfront Bar

January 15, 2022 – Time: 8 PM – 11 PM

Jack’s Waterfront Bar | 513 Evans Street | Morehead City

8-Track Minds makes its debut at Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City to make you shake your booty, your body, your groove thing, and whatever else needs shaking! C’mon get happy with all your singalong and dancing favorites from the era of polyester suits, muscle cars, deep pile carpets, and rich Corinthian leather! Dig the classic gems from KC & the Sunshine Band, Abba, Bee Gees, Jackson 5, Commodores, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, and many more. This is a high-energy, visually exciting show that will make you move.


Lookout at Taps & Tackle

January 15, 2022 – Time: 9:30 PM – 11 PM

Taps and Tackle| 704 Evans Street | Morehead City

Join Lookout for their first time performing at Taps & Tackle.


Chihuahua Meet-Up

January 16, 2022 – Time: Noon – 2 PM

Muttigans| 8101 Emerald Drive | Emerald Isle

Join us to celebrate these devoted, lively, alert and courageous, creatures! Meet other chihuahuas and the owners who love them.

Come with or without your dog and enter to win a gift basket.


Will & Tony Show at Taps & Tackle

January 20, 2022 – Time: 8:30 PM – 11 PM

Taps & Tackle | 704 Evans Street | Morehead City

This is our first time at Taps & Tackle so come help us celebrate!


Songs By The Sound

January 22, 2022 – Time: 12:30 PM – 6 PM

Price: $30 Advance/ $35 Day Of

Crystal Coast Civic Center | 3505 Arendell Street | Morehead City

There is certainly no shortage of Americana or Bluegrass music fans in the Carteret County area. Presenting two North Carolina bands in the beautiful facility at Crystal Coast Civic Center will be a unique offering for visitors and tourists.

An Americana & Bluegrass Show on The Bogue Sound Indoor Winter Concert

  • 12:30 pm Doors Open
  • 1:30 pm Diamond Creek
  • 3 pm Chatham Rabbits
  • 4-6 pm Open Bluegrass Jam for Ticket holders

You can find “Songs By The Sound” on Facebook, email songsbythesound@gmail.com, or call 919-612-0006 for more information.


American Music Festival Series

January 29, 2022 – Time: 7:30 PM – 9 PM

First Presbyterian | 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City

The Verona Quart is one of the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today.

Program: Beethoven’s Op. 131 and Schubert’s Quartettsatz

Tickets to individual concerts are $32 each. Tickets for students and active-duty military are $16 each and are available at the door.

Tickets may be reserved by calling (252) 342-5034, and are available at the door on the evening of the concert.


10th Annual Winter Festival

January 29, 2022 – Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center | 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive | Cape Carteret

Join Mac Daddy’s for their 10th Annual Winter Festival! There will be vendors with home decor, clothes, arts and crafts, jewelry and more. Buy one game of bowling per person and get 2nd game free!


German Shepherd Meet-Up

January 29, 2022 – Time: 12 PM – 2 PM

Muttigans | 8101 Emerald Drive | Emerald Isle

Calling all German Shepherd Lovers!! Join us for our German Shepherd Meet Up! This courageous and loyal dog is one of the top most popular breeds and a treasured family pet. Stop in and get a chance to meet other German Shepherds and the owners who love them. Come with or without your dog and enter to win a gift basket.

Looking for more fun along the Crystal Coast? Check out our 2021 Crystal Coast Calendar of Events page!