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Live Local Entertainment: EmeraldFest Concert Series

local concert series, emerald isle outdoor music fest

Live Local Entertainment: EmeraldFest Concert Series

We’re finally getting back to our “new” normal and enjoying outdoor activities in our communities. Tonight kicks off Emerald Isle’s 2021 EmeraldFest Concert Series which takes place at 6:30 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access.

This fun Summer concert series is always enjoyable so pick your favorite dates, bring your favorite date, your lawn chairs, or blanket, and get ready to enjoy some great music outdoors!

These free outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening throughout the Summer on Emerald Isle. Come on out and enjoy some great music with locals and visitors alike! No alcohol, please.

EmeraldFest Concert Series

EmeraldFest Concert Series – 2021 Lineup

Thursdays 6:30-8 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access

  • June 24 – Pamlico Joe and Clean Water Flow (The Sound of Coastal Carolina)
  • July 1 – 4EverAll (Americana/Rock/Folk/Pop)
  • July 8 – The Mad Fiddler (Heartbeat of Music)
  • July 15 – Pure T Mommicked (Rock Alternative)
  • July 22 – Wicked Shimmies (Variety)
  • July 29 – Big Drink (Pop/Rock/Variety)
  • August 5 – Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • August 12 – Scearce and Ketner (Seagrass)
  • August 19 – Naked Knees (What a Party Sounds Like)

About Emerald Isle

Named the best beach in North Carolina by USA Today, Emerald Isle is a little slice of heaven for guests with an adventurous spirit. With choices like surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, or paddleboarding there’s plenty to do. Families can take delight in miles of walking, jogging, and bike paths plus nature trails which are yours to enjoy in this pristine natural environment. You can spot white-tailed deer, a variety of birds, and waterfowl throughout the island.  Visit “The Point” to watch the absolutely breathtaking sunsets!

Live Local Entertainment Updates

For all the latest updates on live local entertainment on Emerald Isle and the EmeraldFest 2021 Concert Series, visit 2021 EmeraldFest Concert Series. Most importantly, have fun! 

Fall Events on the Crystal Coast

As the sweltering heat of summer changes over to breezy days and crisp nights, all living things who dwell on the Crystal Coast will notice and emerge from their hiding. Including fish, you may not see during the summer and other wildlife. Gorgeous pink, purple and orange sunsets paint the sky making it easy to have lazy late afternoons. These are just some of the few reasons many call Fall their favorite season on the Crystal Coast. 

Although we have been in the midst of a pandemic, life seems to still go on in the Crystal Coast.

Many events have been scheduled for the fall such as Fishing and Golf Tournaments, Highland Games, Fall Festivals and much more. You will also find that towards the end of the summer the wild horses that roam some of the islands of the Crystal Coast will have foals. This is the perfect time to take the ferry over to Shackleford Banks to see the horses or find shells on the shore of Cape Lookout. The crowds are gone and the beach is yours for the taking. Even your dog will be able to enjoy the beach! Enjoy a morning stroll on the beach or even relax with a book in the afternoon. After your time on the beach be sure to grab dinner with the sunset at one of the many waterfront restaurant locations such as Southern Salt Seafood, Sanitary, 34 North, and many more. 

Here are just a list of a few events happening this fall!

25th Annual Transportation Impact and Carteret Community College Golf Tournament- October 23,2020| 1:00pm-6:30pm

1st Annual Carteret Cancer Crew Fishing Tournament- October 24, 2020 |8:00am-6:00pm

For all additional information please visit our website www.carteretcancercrew.com.

Car Cruise-In and Fall Vendor Fair-October 24, 2020| 8:00 am – 2:00pm

If you are a fan of old cars, shopping, and food this is the event for you!

Halloween Candy Cruise- October 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cars will be stationed around the Atlantic Beach Circle to provide a safe environment for trick or treating! For more information visit, http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/candycruise/.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Dinner at  34º North Restaurant- October 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

34° North Restaurant at the Beaufort Hotel will host a four-course Maker’s Mark Bourbon Dinner on Friday, October 30 from 6 – 8:30 pm. Sarah Poole, Maker’s Mark Diplomat, will be on hand to lead us through this special tasting dinner. Dinner will include a welcome cocktail, tastings from the Maker’s Mark Bourbon family – including our Beaufort Hotel’s Maker’s Mark Private Select and Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series Limited Release Bourbon. Please call the restaurant regarding reservations and pricing. Overnight accommodations are also available at the Beaufort Hotel.

First Annual Fall Festival at Camp Albemarle-October 31, 2020 | 4pm – 8pm

Local businesses will be sponsoring this event that will be held outside at Camp Albemarle with plenty of space to social distance. Along with the vendors there will be trick-or-treating, s’mores, food trucks as well as games and other activities.

Slime Time Challenge – Raising Money for Local Organizations

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.


Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Fest and Swansboro Rotary Oyster Roast

28th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Saturday, March 16th | 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Get ready for a great time at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival! The annual event includes a great lineup of live music, an impressive amount of local arts and crafts vendors, plus a wide variety of food and drinks the whole family can enjoy. The little ones will especially enjoy the amusement rides setup in the parking lot behind Ace Hardware. The always popular Beer Garden will be open from 10 AM- 5 PM, and will host the Gold Stage under a large tent. The final band of the night, Spare Change is always a crowdpleaser and will take the stage at 4 in the afternoon. Make sure to bring your ID’s if you plan on entering the tent area. Parking diagonally along Hwy 58 is permitted for the town-sponsored festival and any other questions regarding the event should be directed to EI Parks & Recreation department at (252) 354-6350.




Be sure to bring the family over to our Emerald Isle office at the corner of Mangrove Drive & Hwy 58

& pose for a photo-op in your festive outfits on our Big Green Beach Chair!

We will have an Agent on Duty all day, if you have any questions Real Estate related questions.

Swansboro Rotary Club 40th Annual Oyster Roast & Pig Out


For those folks who want to keep the party going throughout the evening, the Swansboro Rotary Club is cookin’ up quite the festival of their own. The 40th Annual Oyster Roast & Pig Out will start up around 5:00 PM, although some folks do gather ’round before to try and make their way to the front of the line. The cost to enter is $60 at the door, or $50 if you buy a ticket before. Rotary members have tickets available for purchase, and they can be found at participating local businesses. A ticket to the event includes all the oysters you can eat, plenty of barbeque, fried fish and sides, plus free beer to wash it all down. Chances are they’ll have your favorite college basketball team on the big screen and the band will play a few tunes you know. There’s always a good crowd so have fun & be safe getting home!


Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show

31st Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show

March 2nd & 3rd- Crystal Coast Civic Center

With a sense of Spring finally hitting the air in Carteret County, now is a great time to start thinking about an improvement to your property. There’s no better place to gather ideas and information than the Crystal Coast Home & Garden Show. The event features dozens of local vendors- including pool builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and much more. You’ll be able to speak directly with representatives from these companies, and ask any questions that can directly relate to your situation. The cost of admission ($5 per person, kids 12 and under free) is well worth it for such a wide variety of helpful resources. You can sign up to win prizes throughout the day, and even schedule a further consultation with a company you’re looking to work with. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to improve your property value, and get more out of your Crystal Coast Home!




New Years Eve Events

Looking for something to do on New Years Eve? Check out our Calendar of Events Page to find out the many happenings on the Crystal Coast!



Looking for some New Years Eve inspiration? Be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards filled with great ideas for the whole family! Click the image below to view the entire Pinterest board.


Wake-Boarding the Intracoastal Waterway

Wake-boarding is a fun way to get a good workout and the Intracoastal Waterway & Bogue Sound are the perfect places to give it a shot.

The wet and wild cousin of skateboarding, snowboarding, waterskiing and surfing, wakeboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world!


1. Wear a Lifejacket:

This tips section is no exception to this extremely important boating safety rule. Be sure to wear a life preserver, or personal flotation device (PFD), at all times when you are on the water

2. Use a Spotter

Make sure you have a designated spotter to help alert the driver to your position at all times and keep an eye out for other approaching boats or objects in the water.

3. Put Your Best Foot Forward

Before you go out on the water for the first time, one of the most basic wake-boarding tips to remember is to decide which foot you want to face forward. The foot you choose should be the foot you always instinctively put forward. When I first started to wake-board, my driver stood behind me and pushed me with slight force. Whichever foot landed forward to catch my balance was the foot I chose to face forward while wake-boarding.

4. Use a Beginner Wake-Boarding Stance

This will make the board easier to control and navigate in the water. The best way to position yourself as a new wake-boarder is to place the back binding as far back towards the end of the board and align it at zero degrees so that your weight is able to press directly on top of the rear fin. The front binding should be angled (around 15 degrees) and slightly pointed towards the front of the board.

5. Use a Shorter Rope

The shorter the length of the rope, the easier it is for beginners to get up and out of the water. The recommended length for a beginner is about 30-50 feet.

6. Stay Close to the Board at First

Keep your arms and knees tucked in and stay crouched down until you are fully out of the water. Then try standing slowly and deliberately so that balance and weight distribution are evenly maintained.

7. Distribute Your Weight Correctly

When trying to stand up and get out of the water, most of your weight needs to be on your front foot (about 60%). Once you are in a standing position, make sure to shift the weight back to distribute it evenly on the board.

8. Keep the Tow Handle Low

Beginners will find it easier to stay up if the rope handle is held in a lowered position that is parallel to the water.

9. Use the Correct Boat Speed

Be sure to make the boat driver aware that wake-boarding requires less boat speed than water-skiing or other water sports. The maximum recommended speed should be around 15-20 mph

10. Check Conditions

Be sure to check the conditions of the environment before wake-boarding. Windy conditions are often detrimental to wake-boarders because of preexisting waves. The purpose of wake-boarding is to ride the wake being made by the boat. When the water is already rough and choppy, it is much more difficult to stand up and get out of the water.

DO NOT WAKE-BOARD AT NIGHT – It is a hazard to both you and other boaters. Wake-boarding, as well as many other water sports, should only be done during the day when it is light out so others can see you!

11. Keep Calm and Wake-Board On!

Take your time, stay relaxed, and remember that practice makes perfect! Don’t become frustrated if it takes several tries or more to get up on your first time. Mistakes and spills are a normal part of the learning process!

Check out this video of me wake-boarding in the Bogue Sound

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Special *SHOUT-OUT* to Jay W. for being my boat driver and to Maria L. for being my spotter!

Chateau of the Isle Wedding

Wedding at Chateau of the Isle – Indian Beach

Check out these stunning photos from a wedding at our property Chateau of the Isle last month! All photos were taken and edited by Mike at Beaufort Photography Co. Chateau of the Isle is an 8 bedroom Oceanfront home in Indian Beach, NC. Perfect for any wedding or event!

Thank you to all the vendors who made this beautiful wedding take place!

Photographer: Beaufort Photography Co.

Wedding Planner: Knot a Second Thought 

Venue: BluewaterChateau of the Isle 

Catering: Beaufort Grocery Company

Rentals: Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals