This Week's Highlights

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
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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