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Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival

Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center
1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
December 2, 2022 – December 4, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Event Description

Each year, the first weekend in December, brings a celebration of waterfowling heritage to the Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island. The Core Sound Decoy Guild also hosts the annual Core Sound Decoy Festival during this same weekend.

This unique celebration brings together dozens of artists, carvers and crafters to showcase their work during the Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend. Throughout the weekend, in addition to the museum filled with artists and crafters, patrons can enjoy unique events, great food, fun entertainment and a fellowship service on Sunday morning.

The Decoy Festival will be hosting decoy exhibits and retriever demonstrations, along with duck calling, loon calling and head whittling competitions. It’s the perfect way to experience the holiday season “Down East.”

This event is fun and family-friendly, so make your way out to Harkers Island for Waterfowl Weekend and the Decoy Festival this December!

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend Schedule

2022 Schedule coming soon!

The weekend begins Nov. 22nd with the launch of the Core Sound Heritage Online Auction. Register early and start the bidding at


Waterfowl Weekend Kick-off

Friday, Dec 3rd

Come Down East for a night of Christmas decorations all over the Island including the museum. Carvers, artists and crafters will be on hand outside, the Gallery of Trees will be on full display, the Museum Store open for business and the Carolina Decoy Collectors Display will be in place!


Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

Saturday, Dec 4th

Tailgating will begin at 9am Saturday with carvers, collectors, artists, photographers and crafters here to help you with your Christmas shopping.

The Museum Store will be open 9am to 9pm with Crab Pot Trees and a new collection of Christmas collectibles.

Online Auction is open. Log in to to view and bid on over 100 decoys, old and new.  Lots of Core Sound decoys and hunting collectibles are up for bid. The auction closes at 7pm, Saturday evening, December 4th.

Our partners, the Carolina Decoy Collectors Association will host a special exhibition for the Weekend and educational opportunities will also be back with a focus on oyster season – past and present!


Sunday, Dec 5th

Waterfowl Weekend Church will be held at 8am Sunday morning, location and food tbd.

United States Marine Corps 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band Christmas Concert at 12:30pm.



As always, admission is free and everyone is welcome.



Parking at National Park Service, golf carts will be circling to pick you up
(No cars – except pickup and deliveries – inside the Museum parking lot)
CCATS Shuttle Service will be provided from the school.

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival

Waterfowl Weekend Contact Info

Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center
1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531


*During the Weekend, as with all Museum activities, all Covid-19 precautions will be in place to protect the safety of all who participate and in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

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