NC Seafood Festival 2019

Who doesn’t love fresh, local seafood, libations, carnival games, fireworks, and more? The North Carolina Seafood Festival has it all! Seafood and sea-fun meet right here on the Morehead City Waterfront! This year was the 33rd year of the Seafood Festival on our beautiful coast and we are so glad we got to enjoy all it has to offer.

This festival is one of our favorites to attend each year – Our bellies get full with some of the most delicious seafood on the coast and local brews and liquors from the Crystal Coast’s distilleries. Sometimes, we even muster up the courage to get on the carnival rides – after stuffing our faces!

History of the NC Seafood Festival

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret County citizens and businesses in Morehead City. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc. organized to develop and conduct a festival every year. This festival is held every year on the first weekend of October to promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry in our community.

A special ‘thank you’ goes out to our local commercial fisherman for all you do in our area and our economy. They are the true celebrants of this festival.

Check out some highlights from the festival below!

2017 NC Seafood Festival

2017 NC Seafood Festival

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We somehow manage to make it to the NC Seafood Festival every year and it honestly surprises me. Now with two little boys I think, there is no way we can manage this. But we do and we did! We even went with a pair of friends who have a 1-month-old! I know! Two strollers deep we waded through the masses and actually enjoyed ourselves. The Morehead City Waterfront is more than capable of holding the growing numbers of visitors to the NC Seafood Festival comfortably and I REALLY appreciate it.

We have found our way to the NC Seafood festival every year since I met my husband in 2012. We were actually not planning on making it this year, but after a slight (not really) twist of my arm, we decided to go on opening night. EVEN though we were headed to the Asheboro Zoo at 7 AM the following morning. We had a blast, ate good food, and learned that our nearly 2-year-old Jettson has a mean left arm when it comes to ring toss. I think in his mind he won all the stuffed toys in the carnival from his “good” throws.