This Week's Highlights

This Week

Art From the Heart

  • Friday, February 9th - Thursday, March 8th
Morehead City

Art fans can discover a wealth of talented local and regional artists at their leisure with this annual show that shines a spotlight on the brilliantly creative minds of the Crystal Coast area and beyond. The 28th Annual Art From the Heart exhibition and contest features a roughly three-week exhibit, and an opportunity to see a host of works which pay homage to the coastal landscape, and which were created close to home.

Taste of Core Sound

  • Friday, February 23rd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Harkers Island

Come discover the inherently coastal flavors of the Crystal Coast by attending the always delicious Taste of Core Sound event. Held twice throughout the year to cater to summertime visitors and winter visitors, this exceptional event is always brimming with fresh flavors, local seafood, downhome hospitality, and plenty of reasons to dig in and enjoy.

Week of February 26, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Art From the Heart

  • Friday, February 9th - Thursday, March 8th
Morehead City

Art fans can discover a wealth of talented local and regional artists at their leisure with this annual show that shines a spotlight on the brilliantly creative minds of the Crystal Coast area and beyond. The 28th Annual Art From the Heart exhibition and contest features a roughly three-week exhibit, and an opportunity to see a host of works which pay homage to the coastal landscape, and which were created close to home.

Run Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

  • Saturday, March 3rd 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Morehead City

Embark on an exploration of the Crystal Coast that includes plenty of incredible views along the way with the annual Run Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10k & 5k. Held in the month of March, which is one of the most picturesque and temperate times to explore the area, this unique course that follows the water features a few challenges, tons of scenery, and ample opportunities to get out and get active with fellow Crystal Coast racing fans.

Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show

  • Saturday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 4th
Morehead City

Find all the décor, furnishings, and indoor and outdoor touches you’ll need to make your vacation home investment a stellar success, or explore little coastal items to take home to spruce up your own off-island residence with a little coastal style. No matter your ambition, you can find everything you need to celebrate the Crystal Coast in your own home and backyard at the Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show. Celebrating its 30th year in 2018, this annual event is a great way to discover the trends in home décor, landscaping, and much more, while meeting all the area vendors and businesses who brighten up the Crystal Coast, one residence at a time.

Week of March 5, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Art From the Heart

  • Friday, February 9th - Thursday, March 8th
Morehead City

Art fans can discover a wealth of talented local and regional artists at their leisure with this annual show that shines a spotlight on the brilliantly creative minds of the Crystal Coast area and beyond. The 28th Annual Art From the Heart exhibition and contest features a roughly three-week exhibit, and an opportunity to see a host of works which pay homage to the coastal landscape, and which were created close to home.

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Races

  • Saturday, March 10th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Emerald Isle

Rapidly becoming a favorite tradition for active Crystal Coast visitors and locals alike, the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Races are a great opportunity for folks to discover the gorgeous communities and shorelines of Emerald Isle and beyond, while supporting a worthy local cause and enjoying a little competitive spirit in the heart of the Outer Banks.

Week of March 12, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Irish Evening and St Patrick's Day Celebration

  • Friday, March 16th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Morehead City

The Irish Evening and St Patrick's Day Celebration is a popular event in Morehead City that is hosted by the Infusion Café, and which has been going strong for roughly 10 years. A combination of food, music, and a lively pub atmosphere, this event is a great way to celebrate the holiday with friends in the heart of the Crystal Coast.

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival

  • Saturday, March 17th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Visitors of all ages will have a ball at the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival, which is an annual celebration that has become one of the most anticipated events of the springtime season. Going strong for more than 25 years, the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival features a wealth of food, arts and craft vendors, rides, and activities for kids, which will all combine to get attendees into a festive holiday spirit.

Week of March 19, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Easter Eggstreme

  • Saturday, March 24th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Brighten your spring getaway with this engaging event that will have kids grinning from ear to ear. The Easter Eggstreme is a special celebration that is geared towards kids from 1 to 10, and which features a large collection of activities that are completely free for visiting and local children alike. From cake walks, and spoon races, to an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself, this special morning celebration is sure to make any Easter holiday in Emerald Isle even brighter.

The “Do’s and Don’ts” Charity Fashion Show

  • Saturday, March 24th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Atlantic Beach

Get a leg up on spring and summer fashions while supporting a wonderful local cause with the annual “Do’s and Don’ts” Charity Fashion Show. Held in the heart of Atlantic Beach, this glamorous fashion event and luncheon is a fine opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow coastal fashionistas while helping the Carteret County community.

Week of March 26, 2018 - April 1, 2018

BHA Annual Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, March 31st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaufort

Head to the heart of downtown Beaufort for an annual East Egg Hunt that combines a little history and a ton of local charm. The BHA Annual Easter Egg Hunt has become a beloved event for locals and visitors alike, and features an extensive hunt in one of the prettiest spots along the Crystal Coast – the downtown Beaufort Historic Site.

Week of April 2, 2018 - April 8, 2018

Newport Pig Cooking Contest

  • Saturday, April 7th - Sunday, April 8th
Newport

Initially started 40 years ago as a fundraiser for the Newport development center, the annual Newport Pig Cooking Contest has grown into one of the largest whole hog BBQ contests in the country, with plenty of ways for barbecue pros and everyday visitors alike to join in the fun. Held in the heart of Newport, and attracting visitors from all over the state and beyond year after year, this event is a great opportunity for BBQ fans of all ages to appease an appetite with plenty of great food and fun to go around.

Mill Fest Homebrew Competition

  • Saturday, April 7th 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beaufort

Beer fans will want to bring along their appetites for fantastic locally crafted brews and good eats when they attend the annual Mill Fest Homebrew Competition. Now in its second year, this already popular event features a friendly competition where patrons can enjoy being the judges of a host of locally crafted beers, and can eat, drink, and be merry while enjoying one of Beaufort’s newest destinations for good times, the Mill Fest Brewery.

Week of April 9, 2018 - April 15, 2018

6th Annual Bites & Blues

  • Saturday, April 14th 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Morehead City

Enjoy a taste of the Crystal Coast while enjoying one of the prettiest spots along the waterfront with a ticket to the 6th Annual Bites & Blues. This popular event combines great bites, great music, and a stunning setting to create an evening that local and visiting food fans alike won’t soon forget.

Week of April 16, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Publick Day

  • Saturday, April 21st 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Beaufort

The small town of Beaufort is well known for its collection of unique boutiques, gift shops, and other stores that can’t be found anywhere else, and visitors can take an area-wide shopping excursion to the next level by attending the annual Publick Day at the Beaufort Historic Site. During this special day-long event, the Beaufort Historic Site will be crowded with vendors of all varieties, selling unique goodies that can range from homemade jewelry to locally crafted artworks, and patrons are free to attend, explore, and discover new treasures to take home as a truly unique souvenir.

Week of April 23, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend

  • Wednesday, April 25th - Sunday, April 29th
Beaufort

Treat your taste buds and your senses to a delightfully inviting and engaging experience by attending the Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. This multiple day festival shines a spotlight on the cuisine scene of the Crystal Coast, and offers a wealth of ways for chefs and food fans alike to dive in and satisfy an appetite for delicious coastal flavors and fare.

Week of May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Beaufort Music Festival

  • Friday, May 18th - Saturday, May 19th
Beaufort

Now in its 30th year, the Beaufort Music Festival has become a beloved event for music lovers everywhere, thanks to its amazing line-up of talented artists, and its home base in the charming coastal town of Beaufort. Featuring two full days of music that are stocked with local, regional, and even nationally recognized artists and performers, the Beaufort Music Festival is an enchanting way for newcomers to discover a range of new sounds and talents without ever leaving the heart of the Crystal Coast.

Crystal Coast Boat Show

  • Saturday, May 19th
Morehead City

Life on the Crystal Coast revolves around the water, as it has for centuries, and locals and visitors alike can celebrate this heritage with the annual Crystal Coast Boat Show. Going strong for more than a decade, this waterfront festival features a range of vendors, exhibitors, and other enticements to attract water fans from all over the region and beyond, and to provide an exceptional time for mariners of all tastes and ages.

Crystal Kai Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Cup

  • Saturday, May 19th
Atlantic Beach

Quickly becoming a favorite annual event for watersports fans, the Crystal Kai Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Cup is breezing into the Crystal Coast for a fun and challenging day of racing on the water. Held in the town of Beaufort, and featuring multiple courses and corresponding activities, this unique event is a crowd-pleasing day that beginning and advanced SUP fans will adore.

Atlantic Beach Music Festival

  • Saturday, May 19th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Atlantic Beach

Kick off the flip flops and get ready to dance the day and night away at this annual festival that entices everyone to have some fun in the sand. The Atlantic Beach Music Festival is a community-wide celebration that takes place just steps away from the oceanfront, and which always features a talented line-up of local, regional, and even national musicians that pay a visit to the sunny Crystal Coast shoreline.

Week of May 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Kayak for the Warriors Reception

  • Thursday, May 31st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pine Knoll Shores

Enjoy an evening out that kicks off a favorite annual event on the Crystal Coast by attending the Kayak for the Warriors Reception. This fun night that takes place at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores goes to benefit a very worthy cause, (wounded veterans in the Carteret County area and beyond), while also providing lots of ways to celebrate and have fun with locals and visitors alike.

Week of June 4, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

  • Friday, June 8th - Saturday, June 16th
Morehead City

Known as one of the biggest and best fishing tournaments along the Eastern Seaboard, the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a Crystal Coast-wide celebration that extends from the open and offshore Atlantic waters to the local docks of the Beaufort, Morehead City, and the Atlantic Beach waterfront.

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

  • Saturday, June 9th
Swansboro

There’s a host of reasons to explore a creative side, as well as the picturesque Swansboro waterfront, at the Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival. This unique and day-long festival has a wealth of activities, entertainment and enticements for everyone in the family, and with plenty of food, crafts, children’s activities, shopping opportunities and more, the festival is sure to be a highlight of any Crystal Coast vacation.

Week of June 11, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

  • Friday, June 8th - Saturday, June 16th
Morehead City

Known as one of the biggest and best fishing tournaments along the Eastern Seaboard, the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a Crystal Coast-wide celebration that extends from the open and offshore Atlantic waters to the local docks of the Beaufort, Morehead City, and the Atlantic Beach waterfront.

Week of June 18, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour

  • Saturday, June 23rd - Sunday, June 24th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Beaufort

Visitors can explore the best aspects of downtown Beaufort inside and out with the annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour. Held throughout this coastal community, and featuring a number of popular sites including the buildings within the Beaufort Historic Site, area gardens, local churches, the Old Burying Ground and much more, this event provides an in-depth look into what makes Beaufort both historic and continually charming.

Week of July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Wednesday, July 4th 9:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Grab a beach chair, towel, or blanket, and head to the sand to catch one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year along the Crystal Coast. The Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Show is one of the most popular events annually, and visitors throughout the town will be treated to an incredible display over the ocean waters as the Town of Emerald Isle rings in the holiday with a little coastal style and flair.

Pine Knoll Shores Independence Day Parade

  • Wednesday, July 4th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pine Knoll Shores

Take a break from the sunny Crystal Coast beaches and celebrate the 4th of July holiday with a little local style at the annual Pine Knoll Shores Independence Day Parade. This popular small town celebration features plenty of ways to join in the fun, from donning your best red, white and blue attire, to decorating a bike or cart and marching in the procession, and the high spirits and entertainment is sure to start any Independence Day celebration off with a bang.

Week of August 27, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Taste of Core Sound

  • Friday, August 31st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Harkers Island

Come discover the inherently coastal flavors of the Crystal Coast by attending the always delicious Taste of Core Sound event. Held twice throughout the year to cater to summertime visitors and winter visitors, this exceptional event is always brimming with fresh flavors, local seafood, downhome hospitality, and plenty of reasons to dig in and enjoy.

Week of September 10, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Emerald Isle Day4Kids

  • Saturday, September 15th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Emerald Isle

The youngest members of your vacationing party will have a ball at this special event that’s designed just for them, and which features a wealth of free activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. Emerald Isle Day4Kids is a special celebration that features plenty of fair-style games, food, and other activities that showcase how fun Emerald Isle can be.

Week of October 1, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Annual Community Yard Sale

  • Saturday, October 6th 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pine Knoll Shores

Enjoy a little bargain hunting and shopping while exploring the heart of one of the prettiest small town communities along the Crystal Coats by stopping by the Pine Knoll Shores Annual Community Yard Sale. This yearly event that has grown in popularity brings together locals and visitors alike with an array of second-hand or locally crafted goodies that can’t be found anywhere else, and which presents an undeniably unique shopping experience in this enticing little beach town.

Pine Knoll Shores Craft Fair

  • Saturday, October 6th 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pine Knoll Shores

Get an early jump start on your holiday shopping, or enjoy an opportunity to discover a wealth of talented local artists and craftsmen with a visit to the Pine Knoll Shores Craft Fair. This annual event which is traditionally held in the fall showcases a wide array of talents from all across the Crystal Coast area, and is a prime opportunity for shoppers of all tastes to pick up a few wholly unique and one-of-a-kind souvenirs in the heart of the Crystal Coast shoreline.

Week of October 8, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Mullet Festival of Swansboro

  • Saturday, October 13th - Sunday, October 14th
Swansboro

If you’re a southern seafood fan, then you’re going to love the annual Mullet Festival of Swansboro. This two-day affair features a wealth of ways to enjoy this local crystal coast staple, as well as plenty of games and activities that celebrate the food, flavor, and all around fun of the heart of Swansboro and the North Carolina coastline.

Week of October 15, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Swansboro Five-0 King Mackerel Tournament

  • Wednesday, October 17th - Saturday, October 20th
Swansboro

Head to the Crystal Coast to enjoy some of the best fishing conditions all year long by participating in October’s annual Swansboro Five-0 King Mackerel Tournament. This popular fishing tournament features up to $180,000 in prizes for participants, and is a great way to enjoy the down home culture, hospitality, and great coastal waters of Swansboro and the greater Crystal Coast region.

Tuna Run 200 Relay

  • Friday, October 19th - Saturday, October 20th
Atlantic Beach

Have a lot of stamina and want to explore the coastal North Carolina region in its entirety? Then you’ll want to grab your friends and family and sign up for the massive but all-around fun Tuna Run 200 Relay. This relay race that extends more than 200 miles from start to finish takes participants on a fascinating tour of eastern North Carolina, and eventually lands in the heart of the Crystal Coast in the sunny town of Atlantic Beach.

Flavorfest

  • Saturday, October 20th 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Visitors who crave great tastes and plenty of coastal atmosphere will want to make a date to attend the annual Flavorfest, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular local festivals on the Crystal Coast foodies’ scene. Held in mid to late October every year, this afternoon festival is a delicious combination of food, drink, and fellowship that will appease any appetite for plenty of food-oriented fun.

Week of October 29, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Denim and Diamonds

  • Saturday, November 3rd 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Morehead City

Spend a fashionable night decked out in your best jewels and most well-loved jeans at this annual fundraiser that has become a staple on the Crystal Coast social scene. The annual Denim and Diamonds gala is a fabulous opportunity to meet and greet with fellow coastal residents, enjoy plenty of dancing and live music, and eat and drink the night away in a sparkling and undeniably fun atmosphere.

Week of November 19, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

  • Thursday, November 22nd 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pine Knoll Shores

Get a jump start on burning off all those excess Thanksgiving Day calories with this scenic run, jog, or walk that takes place along some of the prettiest regions of Pine Knoll Shores. The annual Pine Knoll Shores Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is a fun and free celebration that is open to vacationers and locals alike, and which features plenty of ways to enjoy the local scenery while enjoying a little community spirit.

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

  • Friday, November 23rd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Swansboro

Celebrate the holidays Crystal Coast style with this annual event that entices locals and visitors alike to get into the holiday spirit. The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla is a time-honored tradition that combines Swansboro’s love of life on the water with a truly festive atmosphere, and the event is sure to become an annual celebration that Crystal Coast visitors will want to return to again and again.

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

  • Saturday, November 24th 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Celebrating its 15th year in 2018, the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting is a favorite wintertime event for visitors and locals alike that provides a fun and unforgettable way to ring in the season. Held in the heart of town, and featuring a line of floats that capture both the holiday and the coastal spirit, this annual parade and celebration will make everyone want to celebrate the holidays, Emerald Isle style.

Week of December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Flotilla

  • Saturday, December 8th 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Pine Knoll Shores

Get into the holiday spirit with a little coastal flair with this annual boat parade that will have participants and spectators alike grinning from ear to ear. The Pine Knoll Shores Flotilla is an annual event that longtime residents and frequent vacationers look forward to, as it presents a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday spirit in the heart of the Crystal Coast.

Week of December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 15th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pine Knoll Shores

Visitors of all ages can ring in the holiday season with a big dose of local and coastal charm by heading to the annual Pine Knoll Shores Christmas Parade in the heart of Pine Knoll Shores. This coastal celebration is an annual tradition that longtime residents and vacationers have grown to adore, and it serves as the perfect vehicle for gearing up for the bright and cheery spirit of the holiday season.

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