This Week's Highlights

Week of January 28, 2019 - February 3, 2019

Carolina Chocolate Festival

  • Saturday, February 2nd - Sunday, February 3rd 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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 February 4, 2019 - February 10, 2019

Annual Fur Ball

  • Saturday, February 9th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Atlantic Beach

Love is in the hair at this event that encourages Crystal Coast residents and visitors to enjoy a fun night out while supporting a fantastic local cause. Now in its third year, the Annual Fur Ball is a fundraiser for Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue, but it’s also a shining opportunity to enjoy a wealth of great food, drinks, company, and music all night long.

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

Run Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

  • Saturday, March 2nd 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 2nd - Sunday, March 3rd
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 31th year in 2019, 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 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.

Week of March 25, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Races

  • Saturday, March 30th 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 April 15, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Publick Day

  • Saturday, April 20th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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 22, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

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

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.

Week of June 3, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

  • Saturday, June 8th

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 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

  • Monday, June 10th - Saturday, June 15th
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 24, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour

  • Friday, June 28th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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 1, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Thursday, 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.

Week of September 16, 2019 - September 22, 2019

Emerald Isle Day4Kids

  • Saturday, September 21st 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 7, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Mullet Festival of Swansboro

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

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 November 25, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

  • Friday, November 29th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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 30th 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.

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