Crystal Coast Spring Festivals and Events You Can’t Miss

Spring is an idyllic time to visit Emerald Isle, North Carolina. With the arrival of the season, the town comes to life with a rich tapestry of spring festivals and events. Whether it’s the allure of the pristine beaches along the Crystal Coast or the promise of delightful weather, Emerald Isle offers an unparalleled experience.

Attending one of the many spring festivals and events adds an extra layer of excitement, providing an opportunity to engage with the local community and savor the unique culture of the region. From seafood extravaganzas to arts and music celebrations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So come, explore the beauty of Emerald Isle in spring, and partake in the festivities that make this coastal gem truly unforgettable.


St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Emerald Isle Saint Patrick’s Day Festival
Photo credit: @EmeraldIsleSaintPatricksDayFestival Facebook

When: March 16, 2024
Where: Emerald Plantation Shopping Center

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Emerald Isle is a must for anyone visiting the Crystal Coast during the spring season. The festival features a variety of arts and crafts vendors, a petting zoo, amusement rides, a climbing wall, and face painting.

Do you love festival foods? Enjoy funnel cakes, hamburgers, BBQ, and more that will be served up. There is even a beer garden for the age-appropriate guests.


Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

Beaufort Wine & Food Festival - Beaufort, NC

When: April 25-28, 2024
Where: Various locations throughout the Crystal Coast

The Beaufort Wine & Food Festival celebrates the culinary talent and cuisine of Eastern NC. Celebrity chefs will showcase their top dishes, the Crystal Coast’s best restaurants will share popular menu items, and fine wines from around the world will be served.

If you love food, wine, and celebrations, this popular spring festival is for you! Take a peek at Beaufort’s fashion scene during the Runway Rendezvous, a fashion show and lunch where local chefs will serve up delicious bites. Or tempt your taste buds as 6 guest chefs prepare a delectable multi-course meal at the Dine at Dusk event. Wrap up the weekend’s events at The Emerald Brunch, hosted in partnership with Emerald Isle Realty.


Beaufort Wooden Boat Show

Beaufort Wooden Boat Show
Photo credit: North Carolina Maritime Museum

When: May 3-5, 2024
Where: North Carolina Maritime Museum

Looking for unique spring break ideas in North Carolina? Check out the Beaufort Wooden Boat Show, which has been named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events for the Southeast” four years in a row, and for good reason. It is suitable for people of all ages and features beautifully handcrafted wooden boats, demonstrations of wooden boat building, and the sport of boat racing.

So, mark your calendars and bring the family to this free spring event filled with fun family activities, free exhibits, and children’s arts and crafts. You can even take a free sailboat ride and watch the boat races.


Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century

Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century

When: May 4, 2024
Where: Emerald Isle Community Center

Join us for the 9th annual Bike the Banks – Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century race. This cycling event in North Carolina is part of a larger campaign to make Carteret County one of the country’s best cycling destinations and raise money for the 12-mile Emerald Isle bike and pedestrian path that runs through Carteret County, NC.

Cyclists have the choice of three different courses to choose from that vary in length. The 10-mile Emerald Isle Run takes cyclists along the bicycle and pedestrian path in Emerald Isle. The roundtrip ride to Fort Macon is 50 miles, and the Crystal Coast Century is a 100-mile round trip ride to Cape Lookout Lighthouse.


Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival

Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival
Photo credit: Atlantic Beach, NC Facebook

When: May 18, 2024
Where: The Circle in Atlantic Beach

The Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival returns to the Boardwalk at The Circle in Atlantic Beach, NC. Spend a fun-filled day on the beach soaking up the sun and listening to live music while enjoying cuisine from local food trucks, specialty drinks and cocktail specials, and gorgeous ocean views. This year’s festival lineup includes Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot, The Band of Oz, The Embers, I-42 Band, and The Mighty Saints of Soul.


Book Your Spring Getaway Today

Don’t wait any longer—now is the ideal time to plan and reserve your next vacation! Whether you envision a retreat in an oceanfront oasis, a serene soundfront getaway, or a cozy cottage nestled in the heart of it all, Emerald Isle Realty offers a great selection of vacation rental properties designed to cater to your needs. From spacious condos to classic Carolina cottages, you’re sure to find the perfect setting for your springtime getaway.


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