Fall is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the culture of the Crystal Coast. The weather begins to cool off and the calendar heats up. From beach music festivals to holiday festivities, the North Carolina coast comes to life with fun times for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some of the must-see events this fall.
Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival – September 29, 2018
Using influences from swing, jazz and rock, beach music makes up the iconic sound of the southeast. At the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, locals and visitors alike can enjoy free concerts from some of the Carolinas most famous beach music bands. Grab a partner and learn how to do the Carolina shag dance or enjoy fresh food and drinks from local vendors. This year, the lineup includes Sammy O’Banion, the Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Chairmen of the Board, the Embers and the Tams.
North Carolina Seafood Festival – October 5-7, 2018
Representing NC as one of the Top 20 Festivals & Events in the Southeast is the NC Seafood Festival. Drawing in more than 200,000 people, attendees get to experience live cooking demonstrations from local chefs and an array of seafood options to enjoy. There’s plenty of other food options, amusement rides, concerts, races, fishing tournaments, a sailing regatta and boat show to provide entertainment for the day.
Tuna Run 200 – October 19-20, 2018
Get a group together and head off on an eastern NC adventure in the Tuna Run 200, a 200-mile overnight relay race. The race is a scenic run from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach, typically made up of 4 to 12 people. There’s also an option for the Tuna Run 70, a one-day race which joins the 200-mile runners for the last 70 miles of the trip. At the end of the race, both participants and friends can enjoy some freshly cooked tuna, drinks and music at the post-race party.
Carolina Kite Festival – October 27-28, 2018
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend of kite flying in Atlantic Beach at the Carolina Kite Festival. The festival will be two days of beautifully colored kites, exciting demonstrations, kite building with local artists and candy drops for the kids. Be sure to attend the night fly on Saturday night for an especially luminous show.
Swansboro by Candlelight – November 10, 2018
As the holiday season begins, visit the town of Swansboro for Swansboro by Candlelight. The small-town streets are lined with luminaries and filled with warmth and laughter as attendees sip hot cider and explore quaint storefronts decorated with lights, ribbons and bows. Guests are invited to gather in the Old Town Square for live entertainment and wine tastings all night long.
Emerald Isle Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting – November 24, 2018
Join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade with holiday-themed floats from local groups, businesses, and organizations. After the parade in Merchant’s Park, enjoy snacks and cider while watching the Christmas tree light up for the first time of the season. Make sure to bring the whole family because rumor has it that there will be a special visit from Santa Claus himself!
Crystal Coast Oyster Festival – November 24, 2018
After the Christmas parade on Saturday, finish the weekend by spending Sunday at the 3rd Annual Crystal Coast Oyster Festival. The event takes place at the Big Rock “Jib” Landing site in Morehead City and is hosted by Pints for Purpose, a nonprofit organization. Funds will benefit the N.C. Shellfish Growers Association as well as a commercial fishing organization. The festival will include a day of live music, local vendors with beer, wine, arts, crafts, jewelry and fresh North Carolina oysters! VIP tickets are available for unlimited oysters, access to a private waterfront deck and private bars.
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