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October 2021 Events

Looking for some fun to do along the Crystal Coast? Don’t miss any of these October 2021 events! 


Every Friday and Saturday in October- Dusk until 10:30 PM

2365 Miller Creek Road, Newport, NC 28570

Take a walk through Mill Creek’s Haunted Woods that features a blood cemetery, Noose Creek Bridge, Johnny’s Maze, The Butcher Shop Open Air Meat Market, Mill Creek Chemical Corp, smoke-filled tunnels, lots of monsters, ghouls, and candy for the kids.


Friday, October 1st – 12 noon – 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 2nd – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, October 3rd – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit the NC Seafood Festival this year and we know you won’t go away hungry. From traditional “Down East” Clam Chowder, Shrimp Burgers, and Charcoal Mullet to Sea Urchin on a stick, Calamari and Marinated Eel – all are available for you to sample during the Festival. Friday night starts with a kickoff. Saturday and Sunday feature nearly 100 individual booths sponsored by restaurants, civic organizations, school groups, and churches all featuring their own interpretation of the best North Carolina has to offer from the bounty of the sea. Then this is the place for you! If not, then there will be numerous other treats to try, some common and some not so common for the more adventurous.

In any event, no one should go away hungry! One of the festival’s main goals is to promote the seafood industry on the Carolina coast. By giving you the opportunity to try so many wonderful treats we hope you will be tempted to try other seafood creations when you return home.

Fun and Entertainment

A weekend of FREE entertainment from local and regionally known artists to street clowns will start on Friday night and continue through the close of the festival on Sunday afternoon. Entertain the whole family by visiting all three stages featuring continuous acts to enjoy, sing along with or just clap your hands. There is plenty of seating on bleachers or grass, making this a great place to listen to the music while eating some of the best seafood North Carolina has to offer. Enjoy the music while having cold refreshments in the Oyster Rock Pub, hear the traditional music of the Menhaden Chanteymen, those rugged sailors who worked the seas pulling the nets filled with the day’s catch aboard the first commercial fishing boats, and awesome music featuring local artists and regionally known singers are all part of the entertainment at this year’s Seafood Festival. Nationally known performers at past seafood festivals have included Blake Shelton, Tracy Byrd, Ryan Cabrera, and The Spinners among others. Come early, stay late and be ready for the best entertainment – all for free!
Vendors and Shopping

While at the Festival you will be amazed at the number of vendors and artisans offering their handmade goods for sale. Many of the vendors are local civic organizations, school groups, and church members who use the Festival as their main source of raising funds for their annual projects. Photography, painting, glass blowing and molding, wood carvings, wall hangings, and pottery are just a few of the arts and crafts you can expect to find along the streets in Morehead City during the Festival. Even though the Festival attracts well over 150,000 visitors, parking is so abundant and near, you can carry your prize purchase to the car within minutes and return so as not to miss any of the events. Be sure to stop by the Festival Booth for apparel, posters, and other items unique to each year’s event.

All events, times, locations, and performers are subject to change without notice. Call the Festival Hotline – (252) 726-NCSF for the latest information


Recurring daily from October 2, 2021 – October 23,  2021

The Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Fishing Tournament is a non-profit fundraiser supported entirely by volunteers with the mission of purchasing lifesaving equipment for the AB Fire department.  All money donated is tax-deductible due to the 501(c)(3) status of the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, Inc.


October 7, 2021 – October 10, 2021 

A wine and food weekend experience that pays homage to our rich maritime roots by pairing fine wine and spirits with the culinary talents of Carteret County.

10/7 | 5:30 – 9:30 pm: Featuring six talented chefs, craft cocktails, fine wine pairings, and an unforgettable setting. Join us for a five-course dinner and cocktail hour on Beaufort’s scenic waterfront.

10/8 | 3 – 6 pm: The fashion event of the season featuring the latest trends, signature cocktails, delicious appetizers, and an exciting shopping experience!

10/9 | 2 – 5 pm: Shucking Good Time – Experience a one-of-a-kind seafood event, featuring local oysters, shrimp, and clam farmers paired with the best Chefs in town! Spirit tastings, local artisans, and live music will set the scene while overlooking the views of a down east waterfront oasis. The event will take place at Beau Coast Development

10/10 | 11 am – 2 pm: Blues, Bubble and Brunch – Featuring the talented Michael Lee behind acclaimed M Sushi, M Kokko, and M Tempura. Chef Lee will bring his big city taste to the town of Beaufort. Don’t miss this event that will bring local seafood to a new level. The event will take place at Beaufort Hotel.


October 9, 2021 – 9 AM – 3 PM

Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center – 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret, NC 28584



Registration will begin at 9 AM. Contact Dolly Witt at 919.922.9409 for details.

You could be one of these lucky winners.
Best in Show 2021-1988
Best in Show 1987 – Older
Best in Bike
Sponsor’s Choice
Best Ford, General Motors, Mopar, Import, Engine, Interior, or Paint.
Children’s Hot Wheels Race
50/50 Raffle


October 9, 2021 – October 10, 2021 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

North Carolina Maritime Museum – 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516


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).


 October 10, 2021 – 8:00 AM – 3PM

Olympus Dive Center – 713 Shepard Street, Morehead City, NC 28557


Price: $145

Take a 2-tank trip with Olympus Dive Center. This is an Inshore trip with a short boat ride and a max depth of 65 feet. There are several excellent wrecks to explore. This is a great way to get your first NC ocean dive under your belt. Meet at the dock at 8 am. Tanks are not included.

Minimum Requirements for In-shore dive trip:

  • A minimum of 10 logged dives.
  • At least 1 logged boat ocean dive.
  • At least 2 dives in the last 12 months.
  • The minimum age for an In-Shore dive charter is 12 years of age.
  • Minimum safety equipment-recommendation is a surface marker buoy suitable for diving in the ocean. Neon yellow is best for our area.
  • In addition to the basic scuba equipment, our Off-Shore charters require that each diver dive with a computer. Please be aware of how the computer functions as well as how to set the computer for the appropriate mix. In addition, having the computer manual with you on the dive boat is always advised.
  • For divers who are close to but do not meet all of the requirements to dive on the In-Shore dive charter arrangements for a guide can be made through the shop.  Please contact us for more information.


October 14, 2021 – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Jaycee Park- 807 Shepard Street, Morehead City, NC 28557


Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for music and dancing. Beer, wine, and sodas are available for purchase at the event. Jaycee Docks are available for boats to dock for free throughout the concert on most Alive at Five days.


October 21, 2021 – October 31, 2021 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Beaufort Picture Show is pleased to present the first annual Beaufort Film Festival! We’re looking to treat and inspire an otherwise under-served (festival-wise) and appreciative audience of movie-lovers all along the so-called Crystal Coast — it’s beautiful here at the beach, and we’ve got our boats and our books and our beers all lined up, but what we’re looking for now is “boffo box-office, bay-bee.” 

We sought submissions of all stripes: student films, experimental films, shorts, feature-length, you name it. And now we’re selecting the “coolest” flicks to screen at one of our (honestly) cool movie venues — we’ve got a retro-hip Drive-In (made out of shipping containers!) at Gallant’s Channel, plus we’ve got a more intimate indoor venue (right next door to a micro-brewery!) – Mill Whistle Brewing, and there’s all manner of “great lawns” about town where we can celebrate both the art of film and the practice of maintaining social distance (if need be).


October 23, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Gallant’s Channel Event Space- 293 W. Beaufort Road Extension, Beaufort, NC 28516


Price: $12 in advance and $20 at the gate.

This will be a day of family fun for all ages, there will be demonstration Scottish dancing, Heavy Athletics, Scottish vendors, kids area, clan tents and of course the sound of bagpipes. Bring the family for a look at Scottish heritage. There is no refund rain or shine.

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