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Events Calendar

There’s always something fun happening on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. To find out what’s going on check out our events calendar below.

For a list of on-going activities and events offered at our major attractions, please contact them directly.

 

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Trick or Treat Under the Sea

Bring the kids to the aquarium for early Halloween trick-or-treating! Candy stations, special programs and decorations provide a fun and safe Halloween building for this event. This popular event is held on four dates from 5-8:30 p.m. each night. Please select the tickets for either Thursday, October 23; Friday, October 24; Wednesday, October 29 or Thursday, October 30. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Admission is $11.00 for children and adults. NC Aquarium Members receive a 10% discount. Kids 2 and under are admitted free. 
ATTENTION PARENTS: No masks for adults please. No refunds or exchanges. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 252-247-4003, www.ncaquariums.com
 

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From: Thu, October 23 2014 - Fri, October 24 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Halloween Carnival

6-8 pm. Fun for the whole family includes creating a glow in the dark mural, face painting, liver toss, hanging donut eating contest, ID kits by the EI Police Dept., and more!  Admission fee is two bags of candy per child.  Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.  Please call 252-354-6350.

From: Fri, October 24 2014 - Fri, October 24 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Seaport Spooks- A Scary Spectacle of Beaufort's Past

Join the Beaufort Historical Association (BHA) for the first Seaport Spooks! A Scary Spectacle of Beaufort’s Past.  This eerie event will include tours of the Old Jail, Apothecary & Doctor’s Office, the Courthouse, and the Old Burying Grounds.  There will also be carnival games, treats, and more for the whole family to enjoy!  Seaport Spooks will be on Friday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street.  Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under age 6.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street, or visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.

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From: Sat, October 25 2014 - Sat, October 25 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Trick or Treat Under the Sea

Bring the kids to the aquarium for early Halloween trick-or-treating! Candy stations, special programs and decorations provide a fun and safe Halloween building for this event. This popular event is held on four dates from 5-8:30 p.m. each night. Please select the tickets for either Thursday, October 23; Friday, October 24; Wednesday, October 29 or Thursday, October 30. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Admission is $11.00 for children and adults. NC Aquarium Members receive a 10% discount. Kids 2 and under are admitted free. 
ATTENTION PARENTS: No masks for adults please. No refunds or exchanges. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 252-247-4003, www.ncaquariums.com
 

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From: Wed, October 29 2014 - Thu, October 30 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Halloween Dinner Cruise Aboard the Crystal Coast Lady

Time: 7-9:00 pm. What could be better than enjoying the sights and sounds of the Crystal Coast aboard a beautiful Supercruiser that not only brings together the best scenic areas of Beaufort and Morehead City, but you and your friends as well on the biggest party holiday night of the year – Halloween!  Be prepared to bring out your best costumes for this stellar event that features a full dinner buffet, dancing and entertainment by one of the area’s biggest DJs, and a full cash bar to keep the party going. Don’t even think about attending a boring, old Halloween party on a night like this.  It’s time for you and your friends to be a part of an experience that will last a lifetime.  Just make sure to get your tickets while you still can!  Cost: $37.50 per person. Call 252-728-8687

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From: Fri, October 31 2014 - Fri, October 31 2014

Categories: Food/Wine Holiday

Halloween Hootenanny

Newport ‘s Halloween Hootenanny is an annual event featuring games, costumes, food and plenty of fun for kids and their families. This year’s event will be held on October 31st from 6-9 pm in Newport Little League Park on Howard Boulevard. Admission is free and canned goods are requested for donations. The Hootenanny is coordinated by the Newport Rotary Club. For more information contact Angela Christian, [email protected] 

 

From: Fri, October 31 2014 - Fri, October 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Night at the Museum: Coastal Legends and Lore!

6 -8:00 pm. Visit the Museum for some of the sweetest treats and exciting tricks of your Halloween evening.  Museum staff and East Carteret High School Drama Club will bring to life the mysterious stories from up and down the coast.  Intended for families with children 12 an under.  Suggested donation: $4 adults, $2 children.  Proceeds help support the East Carteret High School Drama Club.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Fri, October 31 2014 - Fri, October 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Kindergarten Thanksgiving

9-11:30 am on November 4-7 & 11-14 on the Beaufort Historic Site. Similar to our Harvest Time, Kindergarten Thanksgiving is open for kindergarten classes. Children will visit the quaint Leffers Cottage to learn from Mr. Leffers and his family how they prepared for the winter months. Students will see open hearth cooking, butter churning, weaving and spinning and will have a lively conversation with Mr. Leffers himself! Reservations required. 252-728-5225

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From: Tue, November 04 2014 - Fri, November 14 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show


9 am to 4 pm at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. This one day show has been very successful for many and attracts over 1000 people. Exhibitors come from near and far to showcase their merchandise. Categories include but not limited to floral, quilts, art, children’s items, dolls and accessories, basketry, clay items, fine art, glass and stained glass, jewelry, photography, pottery and ceramics, wearable art, scarfs, candles, wood and more. 
 

From: Sat, November 08 2014 - Sat, November 08 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Jumble Sale

9 am - 3 pm at the Beaufort Historic Site turns into a community market with art, handmade crafts, holiday gifts, pre-loved treasures, antiques, clothing, food and much more. No admission fee. Vendor information is available. 252-728-5225

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From: Sat, November 22 2014 - Sat, November 22 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Community Thanksgiving Feast

A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area's finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site from 11: 30 am - 1 pm, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee. 252-728-5225

From: Sun, November 23 2014 - Sun, November 23 2014

Categories: Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

11th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association and the Town of Emerald Isle will take place on Saturday, November 29th beginning at 3pm on Hwy 58, Emerald Drive.  Important note to all entrants: There will be only ONE Santa Claus in the parade and he will be riding in a float at the end.  All other Santa’s will be sent back to the North Pole!  Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas Tree Lighting at Merchant’s Park!  Enjoy free refreshments, as well as a holiday caroling sing-a-long as Santa Claus visits with the children.  To enter, contact Diane Schools at 252.354.2916.

 

From: Sat, November 29 2014 - Sat, November 29 2014

Categories: Holiday

3rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will host our 3rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the Gymnasium from 8 am - 6 pm. The Fair will feature all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. This is also the weekend of our annual Christmas Parade which is the kick-off to the holiday season here in Emerald Isle. For more information or to become a vendor, contact Lainey Gottuso at (252) 354-6350 or [email protected] There is no application deadline but space is limited and expected to fill up quickly.

From: Sat, November 29 2014 - Sat, November 29 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

This celebration held the first weekend in December boasts local waterfowl art, music, seafood, museum exhibits and more. It also includes educational displays, competitions, arts & crafts, community boat building and a fellowship service on Sunday morning. It’s the perfect way to experience the holiday season “Down East.” 252-728-1500 or www.coresound.com

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From: Fri, December 05 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

20th Annual John Costlow Model Train Show

The twentieth annual model train show exhibit by the Carteret County Model Railroad Buffs, in cooperation with the Town of Beaufort, will be held Friday, December 5 from 4-8 pm, Saturday, December 6 from 9am-6pm and Sunday, December 7 from 11am-4pm in the Old Beaufort Train Depot on the corner of Pollock and Broad Streets.  Admission is free to the public, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more details, call (252) 728-2259.

From: Fri, December 05 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

27th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

Location: Harkers Island Elementary School. Hours: Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Admission: $8.00 daily, children under 12 free.  Sunday is Youth Day, and all children under 18 will receive free admission and door prizes! The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Festival events include antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, children’s decoy painting, educational exhibits, duck calling competitions, head whittling contest, and a live decoy auction.  The decoy competition has many categories to suit nearly every carver, including IWCA Working Decoy, IWCA Gunning Shorebird, Canvas Decoy, Root Head, and the Duplin County Ducks Unlimited Competition (with a sizeable purchase award). There are also several youth divisions in the carving competition, and this year the Guild will be hosting the 2014 Young Guns Championship. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and over 90 vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event.  Visit decoyguild.com for more information or join the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook!

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Holiday Craft Fair

December 6th, Holiday Craft Fair

Location: The History Place (1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City). Hosted by the Carteret County Historical Society, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, refreshments will be available

Need a few last minute gifts for the holidays? Swing by the History Place and select from the wares of forty-plus talented crafters whose specialties include pottery, alpaca products, shell ornaments, jewelry and gemstones, etched glass, painted gourds, sculptures, hand painted wood art, birdhouses, hand painted porcelain, beaded jewelry, baskets, wood turnings, doll clothes, aprons, carvings and much, much more. And, if that's not enough, we will have food! Our generous and talented members contribute an array of delectable homemade cakes, pies, cookies, scones, breads, Greek pastries and candies to help us raise money for the Carteret County Historical Society. Bring your appetites and be prepared to purchase some goodies for the holidays. 252-247-7533

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

5:30 pm. The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season.  The decorated boats can be seen starting at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and about 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront.  Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 6, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store.   All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded!  Entry fee to participate.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Holiday

Friends of the Maritime Museum Annual Meeting & Holiday Open House

2 pm. Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's annual Membership Meeting at 2 pm. followed by a Holiday reception 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.  For information, call 252.728.7317.  Learn more about the Friends at www.maritimefriends.org.  North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Holiday

Merry Time for Tots: Fish Printing

10 - 11 am. Warning: This WILL get messy!  Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers will try their hands at “Gyotaku”, also known as fish printing.  After learning about some of the different fish in our North Carolina Waters, students will review their colors as they create their beautiful works of art.  Space is limited,  pre-registration is required.  Free Admission.   252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Wed, December 10 2014 - Wed, December 10 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Santa and a Movie

Santa and a Movie will take place on Friday, December 12th at 6pm • Children of all ages join Santa for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a short Christmas movie classic! Kids are encouraged to wear their most comfy Christmas pajamas! Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on during the movie! Event takes place at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 7500 Emerald Drive.  Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child.  You MUST pre-register by Thursday, December 11th at 5pm to attend.  Reservations will be accepted beginning November 1st.  Only 75 (children) spaces available!  Contact Sarah McNally at 252-354-6350 or [email protected]

 

From: Fri, December 12 2014 - Fri, December 12 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Breakfast with Santa

10 am. Children of all ages join Santa for a Christmas story and enjoy breakfast before his arrival. Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 7500 Emerald Drive.  Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child or 5 canned goods per child.  You MUST pre-register by Friday, December 12th at 5pm to attend.  Reservations will be accepted beginning November 1st.  Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation.  Contact Sarah McNally at 252-354-6350 or [email protected]

 

From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: Holiday

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. 252-728-5225

From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Christmas Candlelight Tour

Tour private homes in Historic Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners will open their doors so that the public can delight in their festive décor and decorations. Admission fee. 252-728-5225

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From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: History/Heritage Holiday

"Crystal Coast Countdown"- A Countywide New Year's Celebration!

An exciting New Year's celebration for all ages beginning Monday, December 29, 2014 - Thursday, January 1, 2015.  Come party Crystal Coast style!

The event will span multiple venues throughout the county and will feature indoor and outdoor activities with a lineup of musicians, storytellers, dance groups, tours, artists & art competitions and much more!  New Year’s night promises an exhilarating countdown to midnight complete with a “Crab Pot Drop”, live music and fireworks!

Join your family and friends (and make some new friends too!) for “Crystal Coast Countdown 2015”, bringing the community together for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration!  Check the website for a list of all activities, www.crystalcoastcountdown.com.

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From: Mon, December 29 2014 - Thu, January 01 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Crystal Coast Countdown at the History Place

December 31st, Crystal Coast Countdown at the History Place (A New Year's Eve Celebration) Location: The History Place (1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City)

Hosted by the Carteret County Historical Society, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission: By donation – various craft activities in the museum’s auditorium.

This year, the museum is participating in the Crystal Coast Countdown (CCC) – a regional New Year’s Eve extravaganza for the whole family. Discounts will be given to those who purchase CCC buttons, which are now available through the tourism bureau. Go to www.facebook.com/crystalcoastcountdown to get more information about the buttons. In the museum, we will have craft and multiple “areas of distraction” for all ages – pirate hat making, fishing for artifacts, and other activities to keep you and your kids busy on the eve of the New Year!

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Crystal Coast Countdown to the New Year

Noon - 5 pm. Come prepare for the countdown to 2015. Visit the Museum to design your own New Year’s hat and glasses to ring in the New Year in style.  For a complete schedule of events visit www.crystalcountdown.com.   252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Community Thanksgiving Feast

11:30 am - 1:00 pm. A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee. 252-728-5225, [email protected] 

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From: Sun, November 22 2015 - Sun, November 22 2015

Categories: Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

5:30 pm. The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season.  The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront.  Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 5, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store.   All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded!  Entry fee to participate.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sat, December 05 2015 - Sat, December 05 2015

Categories: Holiday Outdoors/Nature Sports/Athletics

Friends of the Maritime Museum Annual Meeting & Holiday Open House

2 pm. Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's annual Membership Meeting at 2 pm. followed by a Holiday reception 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.  For information, call 252.728.7317.  Learn more about the Friends at www.maritimefriends.org.  North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sun, December 06 2015 - Sun, December 06 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

Beaufort Holiday ArtWalk

1-5:00 pm. Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations.  A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.  Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. 252-728-5225, [email protected] 

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From: Sat, December 12 2015 - Sat, December 12 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday