The Bluewater Real Estate Blog covers everything you need to know for buying or selling your home or property on the Crystal Coast. We’ll also share helpful home improvement tips, local events and so much more and you’ll get it all straight from the locals at Bluewater Real Estate who live and play here along the coast.

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!

Crystal Coast Holiday Events

The Crystal Coast is a wonderful place to celebrate the Holiday season!

Take advantage of the local parades, flotillas, and other events for some great family-fun.

Beaufort- America’s Favorite Small Town

And maybe Santa’s too!


  • Annual Christmas Parade

    • Downtown Beaufort- Saturday, December 7th  |  1:00 PM
  • Crystal Coast Flotilla to Beaufort

    • Downtown Beaufort Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  6:15 PM
  • 9th Annual Holiday Art Walk

    • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
  • Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

    • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
  • Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout

Morehead City- A Fisherman’s Paradise

Will you ‘fish what’s on your list’?


  • Small Business Saturday & Artwalk

    • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, November 30th
  • Chowder & Cheer

    • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, December 7th  |  *Ticketed Event
  • Breakfast with Santa

    • Floyd’s 1921 (400 Bridges St) – Saturday, December 14th  |  8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, & 10:30 AM
  • Christmas Flotilla

    • Downtown Morehead City Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  5:30 PM
  • Morehead City Christmas Parade

    • Arendell St (17th- 4th Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  11:00 AM
  • Community Tree Lighting

    • Jaycee Park (807 Shepard Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  6:00 PM
  • Downtown Countdown

    • Downtown Morehead City – Tuesday, December 31st  |  6:00 PM- Midnight

Atlantic Beach- Catch all the action at The Circle

Because it’s never too cold for a day at the Beach- Right?


  • ‘Light Up the Night’ Christmas Parade

    • AB Town Park to The Circle – Friday, December 6th  |  6:00 PM
  • ‘Smoke on the Water’ Bonfire on the Beach

    • The Circle (201 West Atlantic Blvd) – Sunday, December 29th  | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Penguin Plunge

Emerald Isle- Where ‘Nice Matters’

So you better make sure you’re on Santa’s ‘Nice List’!


  • 16th Annual Christmas Parade

    • Lee St to Mangrove Drive – Saturday, November 30th  |  3:00 PM
  • 8th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

    • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Saturday, December 7th  |  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Santa & A Movie

    • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Friday, December 13  |  6:00 PM
    • Admission is one unwrapped gift per child- Regsitration Required! Call (252) 354-6350

Preparing Your Home for the Winter

Are You & Your Home Ready for the Winter Season?

Take a look at some of these great tips to help prepare for the cold months that are to come.


We all depend on our heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable when the temperature drops.  There are some things you can do to help your home stay nice and toasty when you need it!

Do you have a fireplace?  Whether it’s a gas or wood burning fireplace it is important to get it checked out.  Hiring a professional to check the chimney on your wood burning fireplace for any critters that may have made a home, that the damper is functioning properly and also for any cracks or crumbling masonry will get a jump on any repairs that may be needed.  This will help to ensure any issues are addressed immediately to prevent future problems.  Gas burning fireplaces should be checked as well to make sure they will function properly before use to identify serious problems such as checking the lines for any carbon monoxide leaks, cleaning the blower and checking the pilot light.


This beautiful gas-log fireplace warms the room in more ways than one. Whether you plan on using your fireplace throughout the winter, or are just closing it up for the season- it’s crucial for the safety and protection of your home to have a professional check to make sure it’s in working condition.

The following winter maintenance schedule (Provided by Old Republic Home Protection) can help you prepare your home for winter weather and keep your home systems and appliances in tip-top shape!

  • Plumbing
    • Close and drain hose bibs
    • Inspect Water Heater temperature pressure relief valve for signs of leaks or discharge
  • Electrical
    • Ensure flashlights have fresh batteries in case of a power outage
  • Heating & Cooling
    • Have fireplaces and flues inspected and cleaned; repair as needed
    • Schedule heating system tune-up and cleaning
  • Exterior
    • Check paint, siding, or masonry for deterioration (detereriorated paint can lead to widespread rot)
      • One topcoat of paint sohuld last four or five years, but coats can last twice as long
    • Trim foundation plantings to leave a foot of clear space between plants and home
    • Rake debris away from house and other structures
    • Clean gutters and downspouts; repair as needed
    • Check roof and roof penetrations for leaks
    • Check exterior house siding for signs of rot
    • Trim any tree branches near or touching roof or gutters
    • Check all exterior caulk; repair as needed
    • Insulate for winter
      • On a windy day, feel around the edges of doors, windows, and fireplaces for any air leaks
      • Look for dust piles as clues to leaks
      • Caulk and repair weather stripping as needed
    • Clear debris from storm window weep holes
    • Clean out under decks and porches, as well as the space between deck boards
    • Clean out basement window wells

The contents of this blog was prepared by:

Jane Burger

Broker/REALTOR®


Jane Burger- Broker/REALTOR with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

Fall Styling With Pumpkins

Looking to make your home cozy, festive, and stylish this holiday season? Try your hand at fall styling with pumpkins. 

Welcome fall with open arms using pumpkins in your entryway, porch, fireplace, or as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner! Fall styling with pumpkins is a simple and affordable way to decorate in a modern way.

 

Fall Festivals Along the Crystal Coast

There’s Nothing Quite Like an Eastern NC Festival

Check out some of our favorite upcoming festivals and things to do around The Crystal Coast this Fall!

NC Seafood Festival

Downtown Morehead City
1st Weekend in October


Consistently one of the largest festivals in North Carolina, the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City offers fun activities, unique vendors, and you got it- delicious seafood for the whole family to enjoy. Nearly 20 local bands will hit multiple stages throughout the weekend, and a few other events including the ‘Port of Pours’ beer tasting, a Sunday Sailing Regatta, Thursday night Low Country Boil, and unlimited access to rides with the purchase of an Armband on Friday night will keep the fun circling around the clock. Make sure to test your skills at the ‘Flounder Fling’ contest where you try and toss a flounder into a cast iron skillet, and take some time to visit the chef demonstration tent to boost your seafood cooking techniques with the help of some of the area’s most prominent chefs.

The ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ is one of the most heralded traditions the Seafood Festival offers. It is a small but important gesture to the many men and women who work hard every day so that we can enjoy such quality seafood at events like this. Without the dedication of these individuals, the seafood industry in North Carolina and beyond would be severely impacted. The Festival works hard to make sure that food vendors support local fishermen and that visitors know how important the industry is to our coastal communities. Without a doubt, you’ll enjoy some of the freshest seafood on the East Coast at the NC Seafood Festival, and probably run into someone who caught it not all that long ago.


    Swansboro Mullet Festival

    Downtown Swansboro
    2nd Weekend in October


    The Swansboro Mullet Festival is always a highlight weekend of the small town and its vibrant display of shops and restaurants.  This year marks the festival’s 65th Anniversary, making it one of the oldest traditions along The Crystal Coast. If you’re not familiar with the area, we know what you might be thinking- ‘I can’t believe they have a whole weekend festival dedicated to that wacky haircut’. It’s an easy mistake to make, but the Mullet Festival actually celebrates the success of the fishing industry and the mullet has always been a popular catch along the small Eastern NC community. It’s a small, bony whitefish that was once hauled in from nets attached to tractors along the beaches. The process is still used to this day along some parts of Bogue Banks, and is truly a unique site to see.

    Fun for the whole family starts on Saturday morning with the Mullet Parade through the streets along Hwy 24. Once all of the floats have passed by, the crowd quickly heads toward the historic downtown district where craft vendors, food trucks and live music are easy to find. There is a designated play area for the kids at First Citizen’s Bank, and plenty of games and prizes to win. Parking can be a bit tricky this weekend in the ‘Boro’, but a shuttle service will be running from Ward Farm off Hammock’s Beach Road.

    Be sure to stop by and grab one of the popular festival T-Shirts and enjoy a heaping plate of fried mullet at the Rotary fish fry!


    Diamond City Gala- Art & Music Festival

    Martin Luther King Jr. Park- Morehead City
    October 19th


    As a non-profit organization, the Diamond City Gala is committed to celebrating local history, art and music while raising money to support The Crystal Coast community. This year’s First Annual Gala’s goal is to help restore and rebuild the Carteret Community Theatre that was unfortunately damaged during Fall 2018’s Hurricane Florence. The lineup for the event this year will include a Local Art Expo and Live Competition, Food, Drinks, Live Music and a Family Fun Zone. The main event of the evening, the Founders Dinner & Art Benefit, will include a partnership from Parrot’s on Eleventh and Promise Land Market with some delectable wine and food pairings. Local artists will also be on-hand to auction off some of their work for donations.  Tickets for the Founder’s Dinner are $100 and available for purchase from the link below.


    32nd Annual Carolina Kite Festival

    Sands Villas- Atlantic Beach
    October 26th


    Kites Unlimited- located in the Atlantic Station Shopping Center in Atlantic Beach, will host their annual Kite Festival at Sands Villas Resort. Admission is totally free, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own kite and a camera for photo opportunities. It’s one of the most unique sights along The Crystal Coast every year to see hundreds of kites flying high with the Carolina Blue skies showing off in the background. Most of the action will take place from 10 AM- 4 PM, but there will also be a night-fly starting at 6 PM. Stop by Kites Unlimited to get more details and pick out a new kite so that you can enjoy the fun!


    Garner’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

    Garner Farms
    5878 Arendell Street, Newport
    Saturday, September 28th- Saturday, November 2nd


    Garner’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a partnership of Garner Farms, Garner’s Landscaping & The Plant Stand. The maze was unfortunately closed last year due to damage from Hurricane Florence, but is planning to be back this year and better than ever! The goal of the partnership is to continue to provide the community with more fun-filled fall activities and a place for families and schools to come together and enjoy the changing of the seasons and holidays. If you get the chance, bring your loved ones out to enjoy the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, and Activity Center throughout the autumn months. More information and an update on special events and promotions can be found by clicking the button below!


    Coastal Fall Inspiration

    Coastal Fall Inspiration

    FALL IS HERE – so it’s time start planning your Fall decor for your home, office, etc!

    Do you live on the Crystal Coast or want to bring the coastal vibe to your own home? Perfect, we have created a fun, coastal Fall Pinterest board with lots of inspiration for this upcoming season!

    You will find beautiful table scapes, hand painted coastal pumpkins and lots of DIY projects to bring the beach into your home for the Fall!

    Click the image below to browse our Fall Pinterest Board for inspiration. You may even find inspiration from some of out other boards for other seasons, DIYs, etc!

    We would love to see your coastal fall decor, please share your beautiful photos with us!

    Want to vacation on the Crystal Coast during the Fall?

    This is the perfect time: great Rates, temperatures in the 70s, crowds clear out, and perfect for fishing and shelling!

    Visit our website to find the perfect vacation property for you and your family!

    Happy Fall Y’all!

    Take a Kid Fishing Recap

    Take a Kid Fishing 2019

    Every summer, hundreds of volunteers gather up along The Crystal Coast for Take a Kid Fishing Day. This year, a handful of our Real Estate Agents teamed up alongside other Real Estate Professionals within the County to partake in the day of fun in the sun.

    Sharon Salmon, who has been an active supporter of the program said, “The agents came together and worked as a team.  Captain Stacy was wonderful to try to assure that fish would be caught.  They pulled up anchor many times to move to another spot. Lots of different species were caught and the children were so excited.  Just to see the smiles and happiness this event produced can hardly be described.  It was truly heart warming! I’m proud to help with such a great cause!”

    “This was my first year helping out and what a success! Kids were all so well mannered and so excited to catch anything- whether it was small pin fish, small sharks and even crabs that latched onto the baits! Captain Stacy did an awesome job!” – Kathy Furtner

    To learn more about this great organization, and how to get involved for next year- Please click the button below to be directed to the Take a Kid Fishing Website.


    A Few New Food Options in Emerald Isle

    Get To Know Some of The Newest Hotspots Around Emerald Isle

    As expected, there’s lots of fresh seafood- but all prepared and served in a variety of ways.

    Nourish

    A healthy alternative to those good vibe mornings, and a lunch fix that will last all day.


    A chef driven spin on your everyday Juice Bar. Brandon & Elizabeth Shepeard, owners of Nourish, set out to bring an elevated juice bar to the Island with fresh eats to go along with it (and they did just that!). It’s evident that they take pride in working with small local businesses in the area to bring a great experience and strive to include the freshest, local ingredients into every serving.

    With a wide variety of menu items including, Avocado Toast, Acai Bowls, Poke Bowls, and hand-crafted juice, lemonade and canned kombucha- there’s something for everyone. If you’re palate isn’t particularly familiar with some of these unique items, we’re not judging- this is truly a new and exciting experience for most on the island. One thing’s for sure- you’re letting yourself (and your taste buds) down if you don’t give it a try.

    Nourish is located at 129 Bogue Inlet Drive. On occasion, the Urban Street Eats Food Truck will be on site, which is also owned and operated by Brandon & Elizabeth. Stop by to welcome these fine folks to the island, and keep an eye out for new menu items popping up all summer!

    *Worth Noting: This is the spot just before the Bogue Inlet Pier that the famous Flip Flops Donut Shop occupied for the last few years. Flip Flops hasn’t gone far, and if you’re craving your doughnut fix- they moved in with Polish Water Ice at 7702 Emerald Drive (Next to Circle Pizza).


    The best mode of transportation to check out Nourish might be by bicycle. There’s limited parking, and you’ll be juiced up for a nice ride around town after a tasty smoothie!


    Fish Hut Grill coming through with fresh seafood, cold beer, and island vibes. Tough to beat!

    Fish Hut Grill

    A fun & fresh, open-air grill serving up some tasty local seafood, cold beer, and drinks made-to-order.


    This new buzz-worthy, no frills grill & bar is floating around town and is conveniently located right across from our EI office, in the K & V Plaza. In the spot formerly known as The Emerald Grill, now stands The Fish Hut Grill, the island’s new home for relaxation and refreshment! The menu offers a variety of local seafood, burgers, wings, tacos. Fresh fish can be grilled or fried, and served on a bun or in a salad- whichever you prefer.

    Walk-through the front door and you’ll most likely see a line at the counter. Have no worries, there’s likely a cooler within arms reach with plenty of cold beer that you can enjoy while you wait. (Don’t forget to grab a koozie from the bucket to prevent beverage sweat!) Once you drool over the menu, and narrow it down (and agree to swap some with the rest of your party), you’ll place your order at the counter, give them your name, and try to find a seat. There’s a casual bar area to the right, family-style seating to the left, and a few shaded picnic tables out on the side. They’ll come find you when your food is ready, and you come find them if you need another beverage. Once all is said-and-done and everyone has proclaimed their fat-and-happy status, you’ll make your way back to the counter to pay and thank them for the wonderful experience. Walk-it-off along the bike path back home, or hop in the car and head down to top it off with some ice cream at one of the many fine frozen-dairy establishments around town.

    Parking is probably going to be a little tricky, once this place really gets going. If you’re nice and come ask to use our parking lot, we’ll most likely return the favor and allow it.

    The Village (Oriental?) Market

    Sushi & Hibachi- A match-made in heaven, now being served at one of our favorite local spots, The Village Market.


    Undoubtedly one of the most popular daytime spots in Emerald Isle, the Village Market is primed to ‘Come Alive in the Nighttime’. Owner Josh Sawyer has teamed up with Aaron Cruz for an Asian-inspired menu starting at 5 PM. Featuring over 15 unique rolls of fresh sushi & tempura, plus chicken, shrimp and steak hibachi plates- you’re surely going to be stuffed to the gills by the time you’re ready to leave. The portions are huge, so you can bring a friend to mix and match, or choose to be a little glutenous and take some home to save for later. The Yum-Yum sauce has an interesting blend of tangy spices mixed in, which you’ll be scraping every last bit out of the container, unless you’ve already gone back to get more.

    If the raw fish or grilled rice isn’t technically your thing, definitely stop by The Village Market in the morning or afternoon for a delicious breakfast or cup of coffee or at lunch for a sandwich or salad before you hit the beach. *Pro-tip: If you call your order in and tell them you’re headed out on the boat or on your way to the beach, they’ll wrap it up nicely so you won’t have to worry about carrying a bunch of trash around for the rest of the day. The Village Market is located at 7802 Emerald Drive – directly next to The Reel Outdoors, your one-stop shop for everything fishing related.


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    Who said Brooklyn style bagels can’t be found on the beach?

    Brooklyn Style Bagels on the Island

    Jackie’s American Grill has teamed up with Giovanni’s Brooklyn Bagels for a breakfast treat the whole family can enjoy!


    For the folks down Coast Guard Rd. who don’t want to head ‘into town’ for a quick breakfast, check out Giovanni’s Brooklyn Bagels at Jackie’s American Grille. The menu includes a wide variety of homemade items the whole family is sure to enjoy. Bagel types include: plain, cheddar, everything, asiago, salt, cinnamon, sundried tomato, spinach dip, seasame, and poppy seed. You can get almost any of these style bagels topped with a variety of homemade cream cheeses, or as a sandwich with bacon or ham, egg and cheese. Be sure to ask for the daily special, and fuel up for a big day out on the beach. Giovanni’s bagels are also available at some other locations around town including, the Emerald Isle Wine Market and the Cedar Point Market.

    Live Music Fills The Salt Air This Summer

    Start Planning Your Summertime Evenings Now!


    Town of Atlantic Beach ‘Sounds Like Summer at the Park’ Free Concert Series will kick of June 20th from 7-9 PM at the Town Park, located at 915 W Fort Macon Road. The park also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. There is a concession stand with snacks and drinks, and attendees are encouraged to bring a pop-up chair or blanket. Considering there is no covered shelter, all events are weather permitting, so let’s hope that late afternoon summer showers stay on the mainland! The special July 4th concert will take place at The Circle with local favorite, Robert McDuffy. Ride a bike, or walk if you can, but plenty of parking is available at the site.




    While you’re enjoying the tunes at the AB Park Complex, be sure to stop for a quick photo-op at this awesome mural. This wall was painted by our very own, Stephanie Ross!

    Fort Macon Summer Concerts

    (Will be moved inside Visitor’s Center in the event it rains)

    FRIDAYS – 6:30 to 8 PM

    May 31     The Sunshine Band, Show & Pop Tunes, Contemporary Mix
    Jun 14      Unknown Tongues, Zydeco
    Jun 28     Telluride, Beach, Bluegrass, Country
    Jul 12       Saltwater Gold, Favorite dance music
    Jul 26       Fab – The Band, Beach, Classic Motown
    Aug  2       Wild Honey, Country Rock & Blues

    SATURDAYS at 1:00 PM

    Jun 8        Caffeinated Soul Boogie, Funk Jazz, Am. Blues
    Jun 22      The Mad Fiddler, Feel Good Fiddling
    Aug 10      Morehead Brass Consortium, Pop & Classic Tunes

    Guests to Fort Macon Concerts are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and coolers with drinks and snacks.

    Alcohol and pets are prohibited from within the park.


    It’s pretty tough to top a music venue inside a preserved Civil War Fort! Definitely worth the trip, wherever you are.

    Photo from Carteret News-Times

    ALIVE AT FIVE is a free concert series during summer in Downtown Morehead City!

    Concerts take place at Jaycee Park at 807 Shepard Street, 5-8 pm. The park is located between the Bask Hotel and the waterfront. Public restrooms are available on-site, with handicap ramp access.

    Bring your own blankets and chairs. Beverage concession available. No coolers or outside beverages are permitted.

    This event is hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. and sponsored by Sound Bank, West Town Bank, and Trust, Golden Road by Adams Beverage. Special thanks to Twice the Ice and the Town of Morehead City.

    2019 SCHEDULE

    Friday, June 7….. The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra
    Friday, June 21…..Liquid Pleasure Band
    Friday, July 19….. North Tower Band
    Friday, August 16….. Bounce – Party Band
    Thursday, Sept 19….. Jim Quick & Coastline
    Thursday, October 17….. The Embers

    The Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department also sponsors a summer concert series from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend on the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront. The concerts are scheduled each Saturday evening from 7:00-8:30 PM at Jaycee Park, 807 Shepard Street in Morehead City. These performances are free and open to the public. For more information on the concert series, contact Kirk Peterson at the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department, 726-5083 ext. 3

    • SATURDAY, MAY 25TH 2019 | NITE OWL (CLASSIC ROCK/COUNTRY)
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST 2019 LIKWID PICKLE
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2019 | BUILT FOR COMFORT (BLUES, ROCK)
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH, 2019 |THE BACKBEAT (BEATLES, BRITISH ROCK)
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2019| SEASIDE BAND
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2019| THE CENTRAL PARK BAND
    • THURSDAY, JULY 4TH, 2019 | THE MAIN EVENT BAND (FIREWORKS @ 9:00) | 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
    • SATURDAY, JULY 6TH, 2019 |THRILLBILLIES
    • SATURDAY, JULY 13TH, 2019 | JAN MICHAEL FIELDS
    • SATURDAY, JULY 20TH, 2019| DONALD THOMPSON BAND (BLUES, R&B)
    • SATURDAY, JULY 27TH, 2019 | FREEWAY (CLASSIC ROCK)
    • SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2019 | EXPRESSIONS
    • SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2019 | CALICO CREEK BLUEGRASS BAND
    • SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH, 2019 | NAKED KNEES
    • SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH, 2019 | KUDUBAI
    • SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST, 2019 | 4EVERALL

    The Seaside Arts Council provides a family-friendly way to either kickstart and/or wind down your weekend activities.

    The Thursday Emeraldfest concerts are held at the Western Regional Beach Access down Islander Drive. Free Parking is available and lawn chairs/blankets are encouraged.

    On Sunday evenings, the Town of Swansboro comes alive and gathers at ‘The Pug’, located in the heart of downtown at the intersection of Church and Front Street. You’ll love watching the sunset behind this little coastal village, and with several restaurants, bars, and an ice cream/candy shop within eyesight, you’ll be toasting to another successful, fun-filled summertime weekend!

    2019 Atlantic Beach – Beach Music Festival

    6th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival

    Saturday, May 18th | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Get Ready for some Fun In The Sun


    Mark your calendars for May 18th- You sure won’t want to miss some good tunes and good food at the boardwalk at The Circle in Atlantic Beach!

    This year’s music lineup features some of the best bands in the business to make you shag the day away. Featured acts this year include:

    • The Embers
    • Jim Quick & The Coastline Band
    • Might Saints of Soul
    • Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band
    • Steve Owens & The Summertime Band


    It’s tough to find a better spot to kick back and listen to some good music!


    Bring some friends, and a volleyball for a little friendly competition in the sand!

    More Than Just Tunes


    Music isn’t the only great thing coming to Atlantic Beach that day! There will be several local food trucks, and Anheuser-Busch products will be sold to patrons over the age of 21, with alcohol sales benefiting the Atlantic Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Food Vendors include:

    • Sub Tropics: Hand Crafted Subs & Pizza
    • Roland’s Barbecue: Pulled Pork BBQ & Sides
    • Captain’s Kitchen: Fresh Seafood
    • Pop-Elato: Artisan Ice & Gelato Pops

    Hitch a Ride


    To reduce the congestion of traffic, this year’s festival will feature a Shuttle Service!

    Locations for the Shuttle are the Doubletree in Atlantic Beach, The Crow’s Nest Shopping Center in Atlantic Beach, and the Carteret Community College in Morehead City. Shuttles will be running from 9:30 AM- 6:30 PM.

    If you plan to ride in one of the shuttles please be mindful of the bus rules. Cooler limited to 32 quarts or smaller and may be inspected by the driver, please no glass. Large carry-on knapsacks or bags will be inspected by drivers. Limit of one folding chair per person. No open containers of any type of beverage will be allowed on the shuttle. Lastly, the drivers reserve the right to refuse to transport anyone who refuses or fails to follow the rules.

    Don’t drink & drive- You can always catch an Uber, Lyft, or call a cab to get you home safely.


    If you’re lucky enough to live or be staying somewhere close by, pack light & walk or ride a bike!


    There’s no need to limit your fun to just one day! The town of Atlantic Beach and various local businesses will have entertainment all week long, just be sure to pace yourself so you can still enjoy all of the bands on Saturday.

    Make A Week Out Of It


    Check out the complete list of Beach Music-filled events leading up to the day of the festival! This event keeps getting bigger and bigger, thanks to the support of the many dedicated people inspired to carry on the good vibes this genre of music brings with it.

    Emerald Isle Beach Nourishment