Week of October 3, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Mullet Festival of Swansboro

  • Saturday, October 8th - Sunday, October 9th
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.

Barktober Fest

  • Saturday, October 8th 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Morehead City

Come celebrate the Halloween holiday with this fun event that is strictly for the dogs. The Barktober Fest celebration is a great way for Crystal Coast pet lovers to meet and great with their furry friends and have some spooky fun in the heart of Morehead City.

Week of October 17, 2022 - October 23, 2022

Go Sailing on a Traditional Wooden Boat

  • Saturday, October 22nd 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Beaufort

Come and celebrate an ancient tradition in a familiar location with this unique event that is celebrating its second year in 2022. The Crystal Coast Highland Games is a full day of fun for fall visitors, with activities that range from demonstrations and games, to live music, to unique and Scottish-themed activities that every member of the family will enjoy.

Fall Festival at The Barnyard

  • Saturday, October 22nd - Sunday, October 23rd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

When fall is in the air, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the season with this annual event that is wide open to coastal North Carolina visitors of all ages. Held in the quiet town of Newport, the Fall Festival at The Barnyard offers a world of activities and enticements that also celebrate the day-to-day farm life of this unique and locally renowned Crystal Coast site.

Week of October 24, 2022 - October 30, 2022

Carolina Kite Festival

  • Saturday, October 29th - Sunday, October 30th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Atlantic Beach

Wit breezy weather and warm temperatures, the fall is an ideal time to go fly a kite on the Crystal Coast, and this event is an ideal launching point for folks to celebrate their high-flying abilities. The Carolina Kite Festival, which is hosted by the local Kites Unlimited & Bird Stuff, has grown into a stellar and full-day event with hundreds of kites decorating the sky, and plenty of fun to go around.

Week of October 31, 2022 - November 6, 2022

Town of Cape Carteret Fall Festival

  • Saturday, November 5th 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cape Carteret

Come explore a unique and picturesque corner of the Crystal Coast with this grand event that celebrates all the activities and fun of the fall season. The Town of Cape Carteret Fall Festival features a myriad of food, activities, and entertainment for visitors of all ages, and the free festival is a great opportunity to uncover this scenic town that’s located just a shell’s throw away from the Emerald Isle coastline.

Week of November 7, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Dirt Nap Fest

  • Saturday, November 12th 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beaufort

Held just after Halloween, the annual Dirt Nap Fest at Mill Whistle Brewing has become a favorite event for Beaufort locals and visitors alike, thanks to its spooky and surprising atmosphere, wholly unique car show, cool vendors, and plenty of delicious Mill Whistle beer to go around.

Emerald Isle Car Show

  • Saturday, November 12th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Take a break from the beach and head over to this unique event that is held just a few steps off the sand, but which features a lively and unique atmosphere that car lovers everywhere will adore. The Emerald Isle Car Show is a fun and family-friendly opportunity for Crystal Coast visitors to see decades of unique automobiles, and for car fans to show off their most amazing and favorite rides.

Week of November 21, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

  • Friday, November 25th - Saturday, November 26th
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 26th 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Emerald Isle

Celebrating more than 15 years, 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 January 30, 2023 - February 5, 2023

Carolina Chocolate Festival

  • Saturday, February 4th - Sunday, February 5th
Morehead City

A favorite celebration for more than 15 years, the annual Carolina Chocolate Festival is a welcome event for food lovers who want to indulge a sweet tooth in seemingly endless ways in the heart of the Crystal Coast. Held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, and overflowing with activities that can range from tastings to spa trips, the Carolina Chocolate Festival is a decadent celebration that shows how sweet life can be along the beach.

Week of May 1, 2023 - May 7, 2023

Annual Wooden Boat Show

  • Saturday, May 6th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Beaufort

The annual Wooden Boat Show is a tradition in the town of Beaufort, and its 49th celebration in 2023 promises to be bigger and more engaging than ever before. With a long roster of activities that are slated for the weekend-long event, visitors will be treated to a wealth of activities, displays, exhibits, and interactive ways to join in the fun.

Week of June 5, 2023 - June 11, 2023

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

  • Saturday, June 10th
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.

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