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Mullet Festival of Swansboro

Downtown Swansboro
204-208 Main Street Extension
Swansboro, NC 28584
October 12, 2024 – October 13, 2024

Event Description

Mmm, mmm, mullet! Whether you prefer fried, broiled, grilled, smoked or stewed, you can get mullet any way you like it at the annual Mullet Festival of Swansboro. The festival began in 1954 and is the oldest festival in the Crystal Coast.


Mullet Festival Schedule

The Swansboro Mullet Festival offers a glimpse into history that is combined with a celebration of all things mullet. This family-friendly festival kicks off on Saturday in downtown Swansboro with a parade down Highway 24.

Enjoy the sounds of beach music and live bands coming from the Harry C. Pugliese Pavilion. And the kiddos will love the children’s area that includes games, a climbing wall, inflatables and the always popular “Mullet Toss!”


More beach music favorites will be featured from the pavilion while craft and food vendors line the downtown Swansboro streets for the famous Rotary fish fry.

Parade at Swansboro Mullet Festival in Downtown Swansboro, NC

Mullet Festival Event Information


Admission is FREE



Saturday: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Parade starts at 9 am on Saturday
Vendor booths open at 10am on both days
Live music at Pug Pavilion starts at 11am on both days


Mullet Festival Parking

Downtown streets in Swansboro will be closed to traffic during both days of the festival. Parking is available at Ward Farm and Park Facilities, with shuttle services provided.

Band at Swansboro Mullet Festival in Downtown Swansboro, NC

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