This Week's Highlights

Week of February 18, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Empty Bowls Luncheon

  • Wednesday, February 20th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Morehead City

Make a contribution to a very worthy cause in the local community while enjoying comradery and fellowship with friends at this annual luncheon that has been going strong for more than 15 years. The Empty Bowls Luncheon helps out the local Hope Mission, and features a soup meal that is traditionally served in beautiful handcrafted bowls that are donated by local potters and area businesses and organizations. With unique and beautiful bowls to take home, and a great cause as the heart of the event, the Empty Bowls Luncheon is a wonderful winter activity in more ways than one.

Taste of Core Sound

  • Friday, February 22nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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 25, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Taste the World

  • Friday, March 1st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Beaufort

Let your taste buds go on a global journey at this special event that celebrates worldly cuisine in the heart of the Crystal Coast. The Taste the World event lives up to its name with a hefty sampling of dishes from restaurants from all across Beaufort and beyond, as well as drinks and music to create a festively international evening that attendees won’t soon forget.

Mardi Gras on Middle Lane

  • Saturday, March 2nd 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Beaufort

No need to travel to New Orleans for a taste of Mardi Gras – a celebration is waiting close to home in the town of Beaufort, North Carolina! Mardi Gras on Middle Lane is an enticing afternoon event that pays homage to the grand annual party with an array of ways to have fun for visitors of all ages. From activities for the kids, to live Cajun music and jazz, there will be a fun party atmosphere throughout at the Mardi Gras on Middle Lane event.

Week of March 11, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Irish Evening and St Patrick's Day Celebration

  • Friday, March 15th 7:00 PM - 9:30 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 16th 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.

Caviar Farm Tour and Tasting

  • Saturday, March 16th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
myrna

The Crystal Coast has always been known for its exceptional cuisine and seafood, and newcomers may be surprised to discover that this also includes caviar! Visitors can get a first-hand look (and taste) of this local delicacy with the seasonal Caviar Farm Tour and Tasting. Held at Marshallberg Farm in the barely inland Down East region of Carteret County, this unique event is sure to be a crowd pleaser with foodies and seafood fans of all varieties.

Week of March 25, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series

  • Tuesday, March 26th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
more dates....
Morehead City

Local students and top chefs combine their skills to present a multiple course meal that diners won’t soon forget at this monthly springtime event that will appeal to anyone with great tastes. The Escoffier Chef Dinner Series features a local celebrity chef for each of its monthly affairs, and is an opportunity to discover a world of flavors and local fresh ingredients without ever leaving the heart of the Crystal Coast area.

Shuck, Rattle & Roll

  • Saturday, March 30th 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Morehead City

Eat, drink, and be merry while supporting a host of talented students from all across the Carteret County region and beyond at this fun event that will appeal to anyone who loves food, music, education, and all of the above. The Shuck, Rattle & Roll celebration features live music by The Embers, as well as local beers, southern cuisine, and even educational sessions and talks with area growers, making it an event that everyone will adore from start to finish.

Week of April 1, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Newport Pig Cooking Contest

  • Friday, April 5th - Saturday, April 6th
Newport

Initially started more than 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.

Bunco Beach Brunch

  • Sunday, April 7th 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Atlantic Beach

Enjoy a lively afternoon that combines food, fun, and plenty of lightly competitive games at this annual event that raises funds for a worthy local cause. The Bunco Beach Brunch is held at the enticing Coral Bay Club in the heart of Atlantic Beach, and is a fine chance to enjoy a little springtime fun with amazing prizes, cool drinks, great local fare, and much more.

Week of April 8, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Annual Bites & Blues

  • Saturday, April 13th 5:30 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 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.

Bluegrass, Bikes and BBQ

  • Saturday, April 13th 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Morehead City

The springtime on the Crystal Coast is a fine time to break out the motorcycle and enjoy a ride, and bike fans of all tastes and ages can celebrate the warm weather in style at this fundraising event that supports a very worthy cause. The Bluegrass, Bikes and BBQ combines music, food, and a fun bike ride through the heart of Morehead City in a full-day event that will appeal to anyone who loves a lively celebration along the Crystal Coast.

Week of April 15, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series

  • Tuesday, April 16th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
more dates....
Morehead City

Local students and top chefs combine their skills to present a multiple course meal that diners won’t soon forget at this monthly springtime event that will appeal to anyone with great tastes. The Escoffier Chef Dinner Series features a local celebrity chef for each of its monthly affairs, and is an opportunity to discover a world of flavors and local fresh ingredients without ever leaving the heart of the Crystal Coast area.

Week of April 22, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

  • Wednesday, April 24th - Sunday, April 28th
Beaufort

Treat your taste buds and your senses to a delightfully inviting and engaging experience by attending the Beaufort Wine & Food Festival. 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.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Event

  • Saturday, April 27th 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
more dates....
Morehead City

If you ever daydreamed about joining Alice, the Mad Hatter, and other colorful characters at their famed afternoon tea in the book “Alice in Wonderland,” this is your chance. The Alice in Wonderland Tea Event is a fun and lively afternoon that will feature a grand afternoon tea, plenty of nonsense and whimsy, and a group of mad hatters who can meet and mingle while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere that the Crystal Coast is known for.

Week of May 27, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Go Sailing on a Traditional Wooden Boat

  • Friday, May 31st - Saturday, June 1st
Beaufort

Fans of the popular and bestselling Peachtree Bluff book series won’t want to miss this event, when the community of Beaufort is transformed into the fictional town with plenty of activities and sights along the way. The Town Takeover pays homage to the books through a series of bus tours, luncheons, and a number of special events that will bring the rich stories to life.

Week of June 3, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

  • Saturday, June 8th
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 July 8, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Beaufort Historic Association's Summer Party

  • Saturday, July 13th 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Beaufort

Head to one of Beaufort’s favorite local landmarks for one of the most festive and anticipated parties of the year. The Beaufort Historic Association's Summer Party is an annual celebration that features an enchanting atmosphere complete with delicious food, an open bar, ample live music and dancing, auctions, and a host of ways to toast the summer while supporting a beloved local cause.

Week of July 15, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Annual Crab Cake Cook-off

  • Friday, July 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Beaufort

Dive into an Outer Banks staple that has been making appearances on local menus and dinner tables for generations with this annual event that is celebrating its 12th year in 2019. The Annual Crab Cake Cook-off is a competition of acclaimed and volunteer local chefs, who serve their best crab cakes to the delight of the hungry crowd. With lots of fresh fare to go around, this fundraiser is a delicious way to sample the heart of the Beaufort cuisine scene.

Week of October 7, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Mullet Festival of Swansboro

  • Saturday, October 12th - Sunday, October 13th
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.

Fall In-The-Water Meet

  • Saturday, October 12th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaufort

Set sail to the small town of Beaufort, NC for this engaging event where mariners can meet and mingle with their water loving colleagues. The Fall In-The-Water Meet is a fun gathering that’s wide open to experienced mariners and newcomers alike, and which features a host of fun activities including free boat rides a pig pickin’, and plenty of opportunities to learn all about life on the water in this small and charming town.

Week of November 25, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

  • Friday, November 29th 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.

Week of December 16, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Old Fashioned Holiday Farmer’s Market

  • Saturday, December 21st 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Beaufort

The summertime Beaufort Farmer’s Market is revitalized for the holidays at this special annual event that combines Christmas shopping, local fare, kids’ activities, and plenty of community spirit. The Old Fashioned Holiday Farmer’s Market is celebrating its 5th year in 2019, and is a delightful opportunity to connect with local fishermen, bakers, craftsmen, artists, and vendors of all varieties to load up on unique holiday presents, or to take home some goodies of your own.

Casa San Carlo Italian Restaurant