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A Taste of Duplin

 

Our event is focused on creating a refreshing and relaxed atmosphere highlighting everything that makes Duplin County a great place to live and visit.  A Taste of Duplin and more is designed to promote and position Duplin County businesses and the Events Center as local tourism destinations.

Millpond Day

Fun day of exhibits, vendors, food, kids activities, health information.

Food Drive

5K

Must register to be in 5K or be a vendor/exhibit

Historic Edenton Pilgrimage Tour of Homes and Countryside

16 Private homes and plantations along with five public buildings which are each more than 100 years old open to tour. Many special features include celebration of the 250th birthday of the Historic Chowan County Courthouse, carriage rides, history reenactments, and displays highlighting table decorations for holidays throughout the year.

Also available: boat tours, luncheons, and on Friday evening Destination Downtown Edenton presents Boogie on Broad, a family friendly street dance with The Embers.

For more info and photos of past tours, go to the Edenton Pilgrimage website.

Tickets available January 1st. $30 in advance (includes sales tax) $35 day of event. Groups of ten or more $25 each

19th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival

19th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival

Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 – 7:00 pm launching time from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation along with bringing your own for participation. Entertainment from 7 – 10 pm for listening and dancing under the stars and a Beverage Garden all at the foot of South Broad along the water.

Saturday, this festival promises to delight with Coast Guard participation, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and on the water.

Free Boat Rides, Eco-Paddles with the Eastern 4-H Center, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors- something for everyone

 

Christmas Extravaganza and Flotilla

Kick off the joyous holiday season with a wonderful annual event in Historic Downtown Edenton to include Tree Lighting and Flotilla – 5:30 pm. This event is sponsored by Destination Downtown Edenton.

Time:

Tree Lighting & Flotilla 5:30 pm

36th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

Enjoy Christmas Celebrations with natural decorations in beautiful private homes. Many weekend activities accompany the tour making the weekend visit a holiday wonder.

This tour is sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission with tour headquarters at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center.

Tickets can be purchased by going to the Edenton Historical Commission Web Site linked below.

For more details see our special Candlelight Tour Page.

39th White Lake Water Festival

Sunset Jams Concert Series

Summer Sounds Concert Series

Commemorative Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek

North Carolina, first in freedom, was the first colony to declare independence, and it all started right here, at Moores Creek National Battlefield. This is the site of the first Patriots’ victory over the Loyalists. See it unfold before your eyes.

 

 

Wells Fargo Championship

 

The 2017 Wells Fargo Championship will be located in Wilmington, NC at Eagle Point Golf Club. Eagle Point, which opened in 2000, was designed by Tom Fazio and is currently among the Top 100 Golf Digest courses in America. Fazio has overseen alterations and re-design of Quail Hollow Club for several years. While it is obviously in a different region of the state and on the coast, several TOUR players have played Eagle Point and believe it will be well received by the TOUR players. The club is just north of downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

NC Blueberry Festival

The Blueberry Festival provides an opportunity for people to enjoy a full day of family entertainment while experiencing the southern hospitality of a small town. More than 30,000 people are estimated to attend the annual one day event. The Festival is a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in promoting Burgaw to the world in its finest shade of blue. More than 100 volunteers are required to stage over 20 events ranging from entertainment to car show, a street fair, recipe contest, barbeque cook-off, a 5K run, special exhibits, and a variety of other events. At the North Carolina Blueberry Festival, we’re certain you’ll find something for the entire family. Come join us!

 

Ghost Walk: The Ghosts of Pender’s Past

Tours will begin from the Historic Burgaw Train Depot. Tour guides will lead groups to various haunted sites as the Ghost of Pender’s Past tell scary stories. Tickets will go on sale in September. Call the Pender County Tourism office for details. 910-259-1278.

Autumn with Topsail

Ham & Yam Festival

A full schedule of events on Saturday, May 6 will attract thousands of people to Downtown Smithfield, where the festival occupies several blocks. Craft and commercial vendors line the streets, food vendors offer a variety of fair foods and menu items featuring country ham and sweet potatoes, and local bands and dance groups perform on the festival’s three stages throughout the day. The festival features a barbecue cook-off, rubber duck race, 5k, and the always popular “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest. See you soon in Downtown Smithfield!

301 Endless Yard Sale

Johnston County and its towns along US 301 will host the sixth annual “Endless Yard Sale” which takes place annually the third weekend of June.  The communities will joing together with deals, antiques, collectibles, and more along a 100-mile stretch of highway.

 

Clayton Harvest Festival

 

Enjoy 5 days of exciting events on Main St. in Downtown Clayton.  Concerts, karaoke, a dance party, food trucks, and a classic car show, along with over 200 vendors.

Benson Mule Days

 

The 4th Saturday of September has been home to Benson’s Mule Days Festival for over 60 years.  This four-day, family-fun festival is packed with mule competition events, rodeos, carnival rides, arts, and crafts, street dances and concerts.

Railroad Days Festival

Join the fun in Uptown Selma as the town celebrates its rail heritage every year the first Saturday in October.  The annual event will offer its regular fare, including live entertainment, vendors, food, rides, a parade and 5K run.  However this year Selma will be celebrating its 150th anniversary as a town and other special events will be happening during Railroad Days, like guided historical and architectural tours.

C.A.R.E. Party-Casino Night

Cost: $50/per person – Includes dinner, beer/wine, dancing, and chance to win prizes from $25 to $2,000.

Our annual C.A.R.E. Party is held every February at the Historic Assembly Building in Topsail Beach. C.A.R.E. stands for “Chamber’s Annual Raffle Event” and is a fun-filled charitable night of dinner, dancing, and lots of prizes! Proceeds from the C.A.R.E. Party help assist the Chamber’s mission of supporting economic growth and civic well-being of our local community and membership. 

 

Spot Festival

Topsail Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament

Join us for our 2017 Topsail Area Scholarship Golf Tournament
on Friday, April 21st at
​North Shore Country Club!

The Topsail Area Scholarship Golf Tournament supports educational advancement for our local youth through a scholarship awarded to each of our area high schools and our local community college. Chamber Member Businesses have the opportunity to contribute to this event through volunteering, sponsoring, and/or participating at the event

Ocean City Jazz Festival

Topsail Island Jeep Week

Pig in the Park

PIG IN THE PARK, presented by Goldsboro Milling Company and Sam’s Club in partnership with Goldsboro Wayne County Travel and Tourism and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation, is a series of events celebrating Wayne County’s barbecue tradition. On Saturday, April 9, up to 24 teams will compete in a whole-hog cook off for the title of Wayne County’s Best Barbecue! But, PIG IN THE PARK is more than just a cook-off! Arts and crafts vendors, bouncy houses for the kids, live music, and a whole lot more will be featured during the festival at Old Waynesborough in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  

Wings Over Wayne Air Show May 20-21, 2017

Beak Week Festival

Washington Summer Festival

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Schedule of Events
Friday, June 10th, 2016 5:00pm-9:00pm
Summer Festival T-Shirts Stewart Parkway 5pm-9pm
Festival Opens- Food, Arts & Crafts, Amusements- Stewart Parkway 5pm-9pm
Amusements (Rides, Games) 5pm-9pm
The Embers featuring Craig Woolard sponsored by PotashCorp-Aurora–
Festival Park Stage 7pm-9pm
Firework display 9pm

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 10:00am-9:00pm
Summer Festival T-Shirts Stewart Parkway 10am-9pm
Festival Opens- Food, Arts & Crafts, Amusements- Stewart Parkway 10am-9pm

$15 Amusement Wristbands- Allows you unlimited amusement rides between 11am and 3pm
Little Washington Sailing School Regatta
Princess & Super Hero Meet & Greet on the Chamber’s First South Bank Community Deck– 11am-12pm
Live Music from The Main Event sponsored by PotashCorp– Aurora-
Festival Park Stage 7:00-9:00pm

Smoke on the Water

Harbor Walk of Lights

Washington Marine Market & Boco Music Festival

Glass Tulip Film Festival

Featuring Amateur and Student films from North Carolina. Eligible students must be attending a NC high school, college or university.

Amateurs are non-student, non-professional full-time film makers living in NC.

The festival will be held at the Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, North Carolina.

Opening April 14th at 7 PM with the winning Best Overall film shown preceded by a meet & greet with some of the judges, film makers & cast.

Best of each film category shown on Saturday, April 15.

Tickets on sale March 1, 2017.

Entry application will be posted soon.

2017 Submission Categories:

– 3D

– Short (30 minutes or less)

– Animated

– Nature

– Historic

– Horror

– Documentary

Submissions of DVDs and fees accepted from January 2 through March 2, 2017 by Film Freeway only.

Winners will be notified by March 15, 2017 by email.

Questions? Email Crystal at crystal.holman@artsofthepamlico.org, call or visit AOP at www.artsofthepamlico.org.

Awards & Prizes

Acknowledgement for the Best of Category and cash prizes across submissions for

  1. Best Overall ($350)
  2. Best Short ($150)
  3. Best Full Length ($150)

accompanied by an Arts of the Pamlico’s unique Glass Tulip Award.

Rules & Terms

Rules & Fees:

Applicants must be living or studying in North Carolina.

Applicants may enter as many entries in a single category as they like but may not enter the same entry in multiple categories.

Fees are per entry. $25 non-students, $15 college/university students & $10 high school students.

Paddle for the Border

Paddle For the Border – May 6, 2017

 

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In early spring hundreds of paddlers launch their vessels into the Dismal Swamp Canal’s dark, mirrored waters. This historic waterway serves as the backdrop for Paddle for the Border, an annual 7.5-mile paddling excursion to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

This 14th annual event celebrates the canal’s rich history, which dates to 1763 when George Washington’s land company first surveyed the swamp before commissioning the waterway’s construction. In the 19th century, the canal’s dense wetlands provided refuge for slaves traveling the Underground Railroad before continuing their journey north.

After enjoying a traditional pre-launch breakfast at the Dismal Swamp State Park, in South Mills, NC, paddlers embark on the leisurely three-hour journey to cross the state line. They finish the day out with a picnic lunch on grounds of the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail at the Great Dismal Swamp Boat Ramp at Ballahack Rd. in Chesapeake, VA.

Interested in participating? Like spring’s arrival, enthusiasm for Paddle for the Border begins building early. Registration opens January  3, 2017. The event is limited to the first 300 participants and fills up quickly due to its popularity.

Open Registration:  January 3, 2017-April 7, 2017

Late Registration:  April 8, 2017-Until Full; Online Only

Camp Crystal Kai

2nd Annual Crystal Coast Music Festival

 

The Crystal Coast Music Festival debuted in 2016 with a full day of music, food, activities and VIP perks. Details for the 2017 event will be announced in the coming months, including artists, shuttle service, VIP offers and other information.

 

Tuna Run 200

he Tuna Run 200 is an amazing, overnight relay adventure in which you and your friends Run 200 Scenic Miles to finish at the beach and enjoy tuna and your beverage of choice after a job well done. The Tuna Run 200 begins just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina in Lake Benson Park in Garner and will finish at the beach in Atlantic Beach on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.

The Tuna Run 70 is an amazing, one day relay adventure in which you and your friends Run 70 Scenic Miles to finish at the beach and enjoy tuna and your beverage of choice after a job well done. The Tuna Run 70 begins in the small town of Trenton, North Carolina and will join the Tuna Run 200 Relay for the last 70+ miles of that race running the length of one of Crystal Coast’s outer banks from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach before finishing at the beach.

Teams for the Tuna Run 200 are generally made up of 4 to 12 people who split 36 legs. The Tuna Run 70 teams are generally made up of 2 to 6 people who split 12 legs. Each team will provide support vans to drop off and pick up runners at designated exchange zones along the race route.

The Tuna Run 200 and Tuna Run 70 are great fun for everyone – you don’t have to be an ultra runner to enjoy it. For a 12 person team in the Tuna Run 200 and 6 person team in the Tuna Run 70 the distances and training are similar to that of a half marathon. However, if you are an ultra runner you will still be challenged.

If you have any questions about either race please e-mail us at info@tunarun200.com.

Coastal Consumer Showcase

 

The Coastal Consumer Showcase, “Highlighting the Best Products & Services” in the Southport Oak Island area is held annually the first Thursday in March (3/2/2017) from 4pm-7pm at the St. James Community Center. Admission is free.  There are free samples, giveaways, Pick-A-Prize Auction and register for the $100 cash drawing.  The Showcase is organized by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce for the public.   Sponsored by Fulford Heating & Air, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Carolina Window Coverings, The State Port Pilot, Southport Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine.

Oak Island Lighthouse Run @ Middleton Park Extension

Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Run and 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Run or Walk is a fun and enjoyable event for all fitness levels. The run courses showcase the best scenery on the North Carolina Coast — with salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, foot bridges and a lighthouse as a cheerleader. Pair the breathtaking scenery with the Parrot Head theme and you have an event worthy of taking a weekend trip with your friends.   The festivities start on Friday, April 21st from 5pm-8:30pm at Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration at the Cape Fear Yacht Club. There will be music and fellowship with food and drink available for sale. It continues with the Phlock After Run Celebration on Saturday, April 22nd at Middleton Park Extension. Participants will be given drink token(s) and be eligible to participate in the many contests – hula hoop, flip flop fling, Mr. Longitude, Miss Latitude and Costume Contest with cash prizes. In keeping with our Parrot Head theme, Half Marathon runners will receive a Margarita glass on a lanyard as your finisher award. The overall and age group awards are prints by renowned coastal artist Ricky Evans of The Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport. So, come dressed as an island girl, pirate, parrot or any Jimmy Buffett look you choose and join in the fun.     Half Marathon begins at 8am, 10k at 8:10am, 5k at 8:30am and 1 Mile at 8:35am on Saturday, April 22nd at the Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital. Check the run website for additional details and link to register www.lighthouse10k.com

 

Lights Up Downtown

 

 

Join us for a night of family fun as we flip a switch and light up Downtown Goldsboro for the holiday season! This FREE event featuring visits with Santa Claus, holiday characters, hot cocoa, kid’s crafts, trolley rides, holiday entertainment and ICE SKATING!

Free horse-drawn trolley rides will start at the corner of Mulberry and Center Street and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. While waiting, guests will enjoy a holiday movie in the John Street Parking Lot.

Also, we’re excited to add ice skating to our line-up this year! From 6-8 in the John Street Parking Lot, enjoy ice skating for $5/skater.

Get tickets to see the NC Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Paramount Theatre after the event, or plan to shop and dine at downtown’s great shops and restaurants.

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

The N.C. 4th of July Festival is held annually in the City of Southport July 2nd – 4th and Beach Day on July 1st in the Town of Oak Island July 1st.   The City of Southport first celebrated our nation’s independence in 1792 as the “Festival of Free Men”.  Over the years, the name of the festival changed until 1972, when the festival incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival. Today, the festival celebrates our freedom as it remembers the sacrifices with some fun thrown into the mix. This year will be no exception.  Join the over 50,000 people who attend the N.C. 4th of July Festival each year. Festival events include: Naturalization Ceremony, Flag Raising Ceremony, Flag Retirement Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony, Over 100 Arts & Craft Booths, Food Vendors, Parade, Live Stage Entertainment, Fireworks, Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, Shine & Show Classic Car Show, Voter Registration, Old Jail Tours, Used Book Sale, Lions Club Boat Raffle Drawing, Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta, St. Philip Episcopal Chapel of the Cross Open, Children’s Entertainment, Children’s Games, Pancake Breakfast, and Firefighters Competition.   Prior to the Festival: Freedom Run, Military Band Concert and Beach Day Events – July 1st (sandcastle building, horseshoe, volleyball and shag contests plus evening concert and fireworks).

 

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

 

The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament began over thirty-five years ago, when a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing in the Southport-Oak Island area. Today, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament attracts 400 boats annually and is one of the largest kingfish tournaments on the east coast. The tournament has a guaranteed prize structure and in 2016, paid out over $248,276 in cash with 464 boats fishing the tournament. In 2017, the U.S. Open will once again be part of the Southern Kingfish Association Mercury Tournament Trail. Entry Fee Charged. Music, food and beverages. Public Welcome. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Southport Marina, Garmin and BEMC.

 

 

Christmas Gift Show

Christmas Gift Show comes to Southport-Oak Island Area highlighting local retailers and restaurateurs bringing convenience to your holiday shopping on Sunday, November 19th from 1pm-5pm at St. James Community Building, locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to shop-till-they-drop in one convenient location all for free admission. In addition to having all your favorite retailers right at your fingertips, attendees will have a chance to win a $300 Gift Local Card just for registering at the event. The Christmas Gift Show, an event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has partnered with The Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) to help bring awareness, funding, and resources to the BCLC organization. During the Christmas Gift Show, holiday wreathes and centerpieces will be available at a silent auction where a portion of the proceeds will benefit BCLC. A book drive will also be in full swing, where any book donation will automatically earn you one additional raffle ticket towards the $300 Gift Local Card. Please bring books aimed for children in the 0-12 age range or word searches for our senior citizens. Santa will be on hand to read to all the good little boys and girls while mom and dad peruse and pick out the perfect holiday gift. For those of you who purchase gift cards for your holiday giving, the Christmas Gift Show is a handy and easy way to purchase them in one location.

Christmas by the Sea Parade

Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to visit the North Carolina coast. The average air temperature is 59.4 degrees and the sun is warm. In a celebration of this wonderful weather and the holidays, the Chamber organizes the Christmas by the Sea Parade, the first Saturday in December on Oak Island.  The Christmas by the Sea Parade steps off on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2pm on the 2.4-mile parade route from Oak Island Town Hall, traveling Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street.  The parade showcases the businesses and organizations in our community.  The hometown feel of the parade makes it a favorite event of locals, second homeowners and visitors.  A float decorating contest will be held.  An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Memorial Day Beach Blast

 

Memorial Day Beach Blast

 

Gather up the family and join us for a free, fun-filled day of great beach music! Performances by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, DJ Harvey Taylor and Aquarium Big Band. Event is FREE 12p-5p. Food and beer vendors will be on site.  Bring your beach chairs, relax and enjoy!  Beer, food and drinks may be purchased on-site.  No outside alcohol may be brought into the park.  NO COOLERS ALLOWED

 

 

 

July 4th Independence Day Celebration

JULY 4th FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN COROLLA – What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music by the Tidewater Drive Band and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks! The 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free; event starts at 12:00 p.m. with children’s games, activities, and food vendors, music starts at 5:00 pm with a fireworks display at dusk. Sponsored by Currituck Outer Banks Travel & Tourism

Currituck Heritage Festival

We are so excited to share this wonderful event!  Get ready for a fun-filled day for the entire family as we are partnering with the Currituck County NC Cooperative Extension Center and,  Kansas City Barbeque Society for a day of good food, family activities, and excitement!

Currituck Heritage Festival will be a fun-filled day with activities for adults and children…

Come out and experience the smells and excitement of a sanctioned KCBS Cook-Off.  Unfortunately, the competition BBQ is for judging only,  so tastes of the competition barbeque aren’t allowed.  However, there will be plenty of local fare and good food vendors selling food on site.

Whalehead Wednesdays

Join Sanctuary Vineyards and Vineyards on the Scuppernong as we present local wine tastings in the breathtaking and peaceful setting of Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy live music and family friendly activities every Wednesday from May 31st to September 13th .

A $15 General Admission ticket gets you a souvenir wine glass and samples of featured wines (Please bring a photo ID if you are interested in purchasing a ticket).  Bring your chair, blanket and the entire family to enjoy local live music as you sip wine and watch the beautiful sunset over the Currituck Sound! Local food will be available for purchase; pets on a leash are also welcome!”

Whalehead Wednesdays are free for non-drinking adults and children.

Under the Oaks Arts Festival

Enjoy this annual outdoor art show on the waterfront grounds of Historic Corolla Park at Whalehead in Historic Corolla. This festival features the unique talents of quality artists with a wide variety of media plus local food concessions, and art auction. Admission is free!  Event runs 10am-5pm June 21 and 10am – 6pm on June 22, 2016.

3rd Annual Crystal Kai SUP Cup

Jingle in the Park

Come enjoy Ice Skating, Outdoor Movies, the Polar Express, a Candy Cane Hunt, Smores, Hay Rides, and of course Santa Claus. FREE Admission!!!

 

Annual Swansboro Derby Day

Arts by the Sea Festival

63rd Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival

Annual Swansboro by Candlelight

Annual Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

NC Muscadine Festival

Join us Friday, September 29th for the 13th Annual NC Muscadine Festival featuring several wineries from North Carolina, vendors, and the Fantastic Shakers.  Ticket price includes samples and a souvenir wine glass.  For tickets call 910-275-0009.

NC Muscadine Festival

 

The 13th Annual NC Muscadine Festival is Saturday, September 3oth.  Over 20 wineries offering multiple wines  from across North Carolina will be on hand with samples.  Ticket price includes samples and souvenir wine glass.  Gates open at 10am and The Entertainers will take the stage at 12pm, followed by the shag contest, and then Nantucket at 5pm.

There will be food and retail vendors as well.

2018 Oak Island Lighthouse Run

Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Run and 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Run or Walk is a fun and enjoyable event for all fitness levels. The run courses showcase the best scenery on the North Carolina Coast — with salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, foot bridges and a lighthouse as a cheerleader. Pair the breathtaking scenery on the courses with the Oak Island beaches and historic Southport you have an event worthy of taking a weekend trip with your friends.   The festivities start on Friday, April 20th from 5pm-8:30pm at Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration at the Cape Fear Yacht Club. There will be music and fellowship with food and drink available for sale. It continues with After Run Celebration on Saturday, April 21st at Middleton Park Extension. Participants will be given drink token(s) and be eligible to participate in the many contests – hula hoop, flip flop fling, Mr. Longitude, Miss Latitude with cash prizes. Half Marathon runners will receive a beautiful finisher award. The overall and age group awards are prints by renowned coastal artist Ricky Evans of The Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport.  Half Marathon begins at 7:30am, 10k at 8:00am, 5k at 8:15am and 1 Mile at 8:20am on Saturday, April 21st at the Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital. Check the run website for additional details and link to register www.lighthouse10k.com

Oak Island Lighthouse Run

http://www.nc4thofjuly.comOak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Run and 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Run or Walk is a fun and enjoyable event for all fitness levels. The run courses showcase the best scenery on the North Carolina Coast — with salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, foot bridges and a lighthouse as a cheerleader. Pair the breathtaking scenery on the courses with the Oak Island beaches and historic Southport you have an event worthy of taking a weekend trip with your friends.   The festivities start on Friday, April 20th from 5pm-8:30pm at Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration at the Cape Fear Yacht Club. There will be music and fellowship with food and drink available for sale. It continues with After Run Celebration on Saturday, April 21st at Middleton Park Extension. Participants will be given drink token(s) and be eligible to participate in the many contests – hula hoop, flip flop fling, Mr. Longitude, Miss Latitude with cash prizes. Half Marathon runners will receive a beautiful finisher award. The overall and age group awards are prints by renowned coastal artist Ricky Evans of The Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport.  Half Marathon begins at 7:30am, 10k at 8:00am, 5k at 8:15am and 1 Mile at 8:20am on Saturday, April 21st at the Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital. Check the run website for additional details and link to register www.lighthouse10k.com

N.C. 4th of July Festival

 

The N.C. 4th of July Festival is held annually in the City of Southport July 2nd – 4th and Beach Day on July 1st in the Town of Oak Island July 1st.   The City of Southport first celebrated our nation’s independence in 1792 as the “Festival of Free Men”.  Over the years, the name of the festival changed until 1972, when the festival incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival. Today, the festival celebrates our freedom as it remembers the sacrifices with some fun thrown into the mix. This year will be no exception.  Join the over 50,000 people who attend the N.C. 4th of July Festival each year. Festival events include: Naturalization Ceremony, Flag Raising Ceremony, Flag Retirement Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony, Over 100 Arts & Craft Booths, Food Vendors, Parade, Live Stage Entertainment, Fireworks, Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, Shine & Show Classic Car Show, Voter Registration, Old Jail Tours, Used Book Sale, Lions Club Boat Raffle Drawing, Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta, St. Philip Episcopal Chapel of the Cross Open, Children’s Entertainment, Children’s Games, Pancake Breakfast, and Firefighters Competition.   Prior to the Festival: Freedom Run, Military Band Concert and Beach Day Events – July 1st (sandcastle building, horseshoe, volleyball and shag contests plus evening concert and fireworks).

Contact:

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

4433 Long Beach Road, SE

Southport, NC 28461

910 457-5578

patriot@nc4thofjuly.com

www.nc4thofjuly.com

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament began over thirty-five years ago, when a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing in the Southport-Oak Island area. Today, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament attracts close to 500 boats annually and is one of the largest kingfish tournaments on the east coast. The tournament has a guaranteed prize structure and in 2017, paid out over $271,000 in cash with 470 boats fishing the tournament. The U.S. Open is part of the Southern Kingfish Association Mercury Tournament Trail. Entry Fee Charged. Music, food and beverages. Public Welcome. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Southport Marina and BEMC.

Contact:

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

4433 Long Beach Road, SE

Southport, NC 28461

910 457-5787

fish@usopenkmt.com

www.usopenkmt.com

 

Christmas Gift Show

Christmas Gift Show comes to Southport-Oak Island Area highlighting local retailers and restaurateurs bringing convenience to your holiday shopping on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm-5pm at St. James Community Building, locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to shop-till-they-drop in one convenient location all for free admission. In addition to having all your favorite retailers right at your fingertips, attendees will have a chance to win a $300 just for registering at the event.

The Christmas Gift Show, an event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has partnered with The Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) to help bring awareness, funding, and resources to the BCLC organization. During the Christmas Gift Show, holiday wreathes and centerpieces will be available at a silent auction where a portion of the proceeds will benefit BCLC. A book drive will also be in full swing, where any book donation will automatically earn you one additional raffle ticket towards the $300 Gift Local Card. Please bring books aimed for children in the 0-12 age range or word searches for our senior citizens.

Santa & Mrs. Claus will be on hand as well as a BCLC volunteer to read to all the good little boys and girls while mom and dad peruse and pick out the perfect holiday gift. For those of you who purchase gift cards for your holiday giving, the Christmas Gift Show is a handy and easy way to purchase them in one location.

 

Contact:
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce

4433 Long Beach Road, SE

Southport, NC 28461

910 457-6964

events@southport-oakisland.com

www.southport-oakisland.com  

Christmas by the Sea Parade

December 1, 2018 Christmas by the Sea Parade @ Oak Island Drive, Oak Island @ 2pm

Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to visit the North Carolina coast. The average air temperature is 59.4 degrees and the sun is warm. In a celebration of this wonderful weather and the holidays, the Chamber organizes the Christmas by the Sea Parade, the first Saturday in December on Oak Island.  The Christmas by the Sea Parade steps off on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2pm on the 2.4-mile parade route from Oak Island Town Hall, traveling Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street.  The parade showcases the businesses and organizations in our community.  The hometown feel of the parade makes it a favorite event of locals, second homeowners and visitors.  A float decorating contest will be held.  An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Contact:
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce

4433 Long Beach Road, SE

Southport, NC 28461

910 457-6964

events@southport-oakisland.com

www.southport-oakisland.com  

39th Annual Greater Goldsboro Road Run

135th USCT Living History Weekend: The Lost Troop

Oyster Roast

Jan 27th, 2018    

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Cooler weather means oyster season in Eastern North Carolina!  Tickets include shrimp, oysters, slaw, hush puppies, beer, wine and entertainment.  

You eat the oysters…the birds eat the shells! Did you know that Sylvan Heights staff feed crushed oyster shells to nesting birds?  The shells provide critical calcium to many shore birds and waterfowl.  So come eat oysters and help the birds!

Tickets: $45 per person, $40 for Sylvan Heights Bird Park members.

Tickets will be available at www.shwpark.com

 

 

 

 

Birds, Brews, & BBQ

Nothing complements great Eastern NC BBQ better than craft beer from local breweries! Local cooks will compete to be BBQ cook-off champion – try them all and vote for your favorites while sampling beer from NC craft brewers.  Your ticket includes admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park, plus games, live music, and more!

Tickets:

BBQ & Beer Ticket: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

BBQ only & Designated Driver ticket: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Kids’ Ticket (ages 12 and under): $10

Sylvan Heights Bird Park members receive a 10% discount on tickets!

Tickets will be available at www.shwpark.com

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Celebration

Local organizations with an environmental focus will have educational booths and hands-on activities set up throughout the park.  Live animal encounters, crafts, and much more!  Sylvan Heights Bird Park’s Earth Day Celebration is part of the NC Science Festival.

 

Free with paid park admission or membership.

 

 

 

Sylvan Heights Bird Park 2018 Annual Fundraiser

Sylvan Heights’ annual fundraiser for the birds! Enjoy a variety of delicious cuisines, live and silent auctions, and live music. Proceeds support the conservation and education programs at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.

 

Cost: Please see website for 2018 tickets.

Trick-or-Tweet

Trick-or-treat with the birds in a safe, family-friendly environment! Costumed characters will be stationed throughout the park handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Enjoy Halloween-themed educational activity stations and live animal encounters!

 

Children must be accompanied by an adult.  There is no admission fee for adults accompanying children.

 

Cost: Please see website for 2018 event admission fee.

 

 

First Day Hike

Start your year off on the right foot!  Join a park ranger for our annual First Day Hike.  Meet at the Visitor Center.  We will hike approximately 2 miles along Bennett’s Creek Trail.  Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for the hike.  For more information call (252)357-1191.

 

Easels in the Gardens 2018

Easels in the Gardens 2018

As we celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Chowan County, make plans to attend Easels in the Gardens with Art, Music, and Garden Party to benefit the 1758 Cupola House, a National Historic Landmark. Tours will be offered of fine gardens lush with beautiful spring blooms while noteworthy artists paint interpretations of these horticultural gems en plein air

350th Anniversary of the Albemarle

350th Anniversary of the Albemarle

In celebration of North Carolina’s Founding, Chowan, one of the 4 original Precincts is joining all 16 counties in hosting the NC Charter at the Museum of the Albemarle in May. The two-day event will bring all the counties together on the Museum Lawn with exhibits as well as programs for students and adults inside and outside the Museum. Friday, May 11th will be for NC Students and Saturday, May 12th will be for the general public.

The two days are free and open to the public in Celebration!

9 am – 5 pm

 

350th Celebration Albemarle Sound Tour

350th Celebration Albemarle Sound Tour

In 1668, four precincts were formed out of the County of Albemarle, the first governmental unit of what would become North Carolina. These four precincts are now the counties of Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan, were later subdivided further, giving rise to what we now think of as northeastern North Carolina, the Albemarle Region. In 2018, our Region will celebrate the 350th anniversary of this founding through a variety of commemorative activities including for the first time in history a Boat Excursion aboard the Belle of Washington.

Aboard the boat will be Bland Simpson, David Celceski and Tom Earnhardt sharing stories, legends and playing a little NC music for all to enjoy. The Tour will begin in Elizabeth City, the Harbor of Hospitality, with Harbor town stops along the way for touring in Hertford, Edenton, Plymouth, and Columbia.

To find out more about this amazing opportunity, contact LeRae Umfleet, NC Department of Cultural and Natural Resources Archives and History, 919-807-7289

20th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival

Celebrating Chowan County’s 350th Anniversary

Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 – 7:00 pm launching time from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation along with bringing your own for participation. Refreshments served on the water following the paddle while watching the sunset.

Saturday, the Wooden Boat Exhibit with handmade boats made by many of our local artisans, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and on the water.

Free Boat Rides, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors- something for everyone

Early evening craft brew and wine tasting and music to close out the weekend activities.

6:30Friday and 10 am – 7 pm Saturday

Colonial Park – Edenton Bay

Free and Open to the Public

20th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival

Celebrating Chowan County’s 350th Anniversary

Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 – 7:00 pm launching time from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation along with bringing your own for participation. Refreshments served on the water following the paddle while watching the sunset.

Saturday, the Wooden Boat Exhibit with handmade boats made by many of our local artisans, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and on the water.

Free Boat Rides, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors- something for everyone

Early evening craft brew and wine tasting and music to close out the weekend activities.

6:30Friday and 10 am – 7 pm Saturday

Colonial Park – Edenton Bay

Free and Open to the Public

37th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

37th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

Enjoy Christmas Celebrations with natural decorations in beautiful private homes. Many weekend activities accompany the tour making the weekend visit a holiday wonder.

This tour is sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission with tour headquarters at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center.

4 – 8 pm

Penelope Barker House

$30 in advance and $35 days of includes tax – Groups of 10 or more $25 per person

 

Memorial Day Beach Blast

Under The Oaks Art Festival

Independence Day Celebration

Currituck Pirate Plunder Festival

Currituck Heritage Festival Bulls & BBQ

Military Appreciation Day

The goal of this event is to show community appreciation for our men and women in all branches of military service.  Last year the event drew a crowd of nearly 5,000 people. It is a lively community celebration that has included free hotdogs and snacks, ferry rides to Bear Island, inflatable jumping houses, slides, craft activities, a band, a magician and community based educational vendors.

 

 

 

Chris Campbell Community Service Day

This annual special event is in memory of the late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Campbell, a former lifeguard and enthusiast of Hammocks Beach State Park. Chris was one of thirty American service men killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011. He was an advocate to ocean conservation as well as sand dune preservation to ensure that our beaches are maintained for future generations to enjoy.  This event invites the community to come out to the park and volunteer their time doing a service project on Bear Island, a place Chris loved.

•Trunk or Treat Halloween Bash

The Trunk or Treat Halloween Bash gathers community organizations and businesses to decorate their vehicle and hand out candy to local children in the Hammocks Beach State Park parking lot.  Kids dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy a haunted house, hay rides, games, candy, and prizes!

 

Jazz in the City

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Jacksonville’s Jamboree

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New River Splash

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Onslow Oktoberfest

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Winterfest

Location: Winterfest Activities on Saturday at Riverwalk Park, 421 Court Street
Artisan Market, FridaySunday, at Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane
 
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Beak Week

Three Eagles Beer Festival

Downtown Lights Up

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

Come and stroll the waterfront of historic downtown Swansboro and enjoy the craft vendors, kids art zone, dance and musical entertainment. Jewelry, glass, paintings, drawings, photography and so much more. Fun for the entire family!

 

Swansboro Pirate Fest

Avast ye! Swansboro and Onslow County Parks and Recreation proudly present Pirate Fest coming to Downtown Swansboro, NC.

Watch as swashbucklers engage in sword fights, witness black powder weapons demonstrations, and listen to musicians sing sea shanties at this all day event that brings coastal North Carolina’s rich pirate history to life. This free, family friendly event also includes games and activities for the little buccaneers. Visitors can enjoy a pirate meet and greet, children and adult costume parade, pirate shows, storytelling, live music, and much more! Featured entertainment includes The Shadow Players sword combat, music of The Motley Tones and even a live pirate invasion on the water. New this year, join us at the Pirate Ball the evening before to get your jolly roger on!

64th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival of NC

FREE  Admission, Arts & Crafts, Street Vendors, Kids Crafts, Parade, Live Music, Mullet Fry.

 

Swansboro by Candlelight

Historic Downtown Swansboro becomes a magical winter wonderland as the Historic Downtown Merchants host their Annual Swansboro by Candlelight. Luminaries line the streets, shop windows display whimsical scenes, and ribbons & bows put the finishing touches on a journey back to the days of yesteryear.

Live entertainment in the Olde Towne Square.  The Swansboro Dance Studio will be performing scenes from their Nutcracker Ballet.  Wine Tasting at Bake Bottle & Brew and The Gray Dolphin. The merchants will be offering refreshments to all of their guests. Downtown Swansboro Shops will be open until 8pm every Saturday up until Christmas.

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

Nothing will get you more in the spirit of Christmas than Swansboro’s Annual Christmas Flotilla! A beautiful night of boats decorated as they parade down the ICW and Swansboro’s waterfront. See Santa as he comes in on his very own special sleigh boat and greets the children. Food, music and so much more!

Blue, Brew, & ‘Que Festival

 

Come out and enjoy some great eastern NC BBQ, Bluegrass from top artist, and local craft brew, from Mother Earth, Nicklepoint Brewing, and Double Barley, along with wines from Duplin Winery and Country Squire.

 

 

Muscadine Harvest Festival

Join us on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 for some of the best wine North Carolina has to offer.  Our festival offers 20+ wineries to sample, plus beach music, vendors, great food, and even a shag contest.

Killer Dune Run

July 4th – “Killer Dune Run”  Start the July 4th holiday off on a good note.  This event is hosted by the Outer Banks Running Club and proceeds go to support Friends of Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  This run is a two mile event up the dunes and through some of the maritime forest in the park.  T-shirt and medals are provided!  Check out the Outer Banks Running Club a few months out from the race.

Nags Head Pier fireworks and Manteo fireworks

July 4th – View both the Nags Head Pier fireworks and Manteo fireworks from on top of the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge.   The park stays open late to accommodate viewers for this special event.  Check Nags Head and Manteo community pages for times.

22nd East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

NC Blueberry Festival

 

The NC Blueberry Festival, Burgaw, NC, www.NCBlueberryFestival.com 

The North Carolina Blueberry Festival is filled with a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in promoting Burgaw to the world in its finest shade of blue. The Blueberry festival provides an opportunity for people to enjoy a full day of family entertainment while experiencing the southern hospitality of a small town. Enjoy over 20 events ranging from entertainment to a car show, a street fair, recipe contest, barbeque cook-off, a 5K run, special exhibits and more. 

 

 

 

22nd East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

NC Pickle Festival

Rumba on the Lumber

Arts on Elm

Dixie Youth World Series

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

 

MISSION STATEMENT
To promote sportfishing throughout Carteret County and the state of North Carolina.
To promote Conservation among Sportfishermen.
To raise money for Charities and Worthy Community Projects.
To preserve Maritime Culture and Heritage.
To promote Marine Education

NC Seafood Festival

 

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is in its 31st year.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret county citizens and business people, in conjunction with the town of Morehead City, N.C. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc., organized to develop and conduct a festival every year, the first weekend in October, to: promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry on the citizens of North Carolina; educate the public about seafood and its importance to the state economy; publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to North Carolina and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it; boost tourism and recreation in eastern North Carolina in the non-summer months; establish a scholarship program for educational pursuits related to the seafood industry; provide the opportunity for North Carolina non-profit, civic, church and educational organizations to raise funds through participation in the festival.

Festival proceeds are shared with community organizations who donate their efforts to the event. Since 1987, over $1.8 million has been dispersed among participating Carteret County non-profit groups.

Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend

Crystal Coast Boat Show

Entering its 11th year, the Crystal Coast Boat Show in Morehead City, NC, is one of Eastern Carolina’s premier events, featuring marine products and services, fishing gear, boat brokers, sailing races, boating education and various activities, including an antique car show and cornhole tournament.

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival

     
   
 
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membership@coasthost-nc.com
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