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Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival

Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center
1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
December 1, 2023 – December 2, 2023
6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Event Description

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend brings a celebration of waterfowling heritage to the Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island during the first weekend in December. 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!

Waterfowl Weekend Schedule

2023 schedule coming soon


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.

Decoy Festival Schedule

Located at Harkers Island Elementary School, 1163 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC

2023 schedule coming soon

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival

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