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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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23rd Annual Gloucester Mardi Gras

The Unknown Tongues cajun zydeco band will host the 23rd annual Gloucester, NC Mardi Gras at the Community Club.  Preparations start the Friday night before with veggie chopping and a music jam. Mardi Gras starts about 11:00 Saturday morning with live music. Gumbo, deep fried turkey, crawfish, and delicious side dishes are ready by early afternoon, announced by a Fool's Procession. Mask and hat-making available! Costumes welcome! Unknown Tongues plays around 3:00, kicking the dance off with the children's King and Queen coronation, march, and bead toss. "Keeper of the Sacred Food List" Margie is accepting gumbo donations (chicken, sausage, onions, garlic, etc.)! Email [email protected] This event is always FREE and OPEN to everybody. Kids and instruments? Oui! Dogs? Non! Need more info? Call Barbara or Bryan 252-729-8021. Gloucester Mardi Gras is a (c)2014 Accidental Production.

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From: Sat, February 14 2015 - Sat, February 14 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

24th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival

It’s not St. Patrick’s Day in Emerald Isle without the excitement and fun of the St. Patrick’s Festival! It’s been a shamrock holiday tradition in Emerald Isle for 23 years and is only growing better with time! This year we celebrate our 24th  Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival which is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 14th from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center.  Admission and parking are free for the festival.  This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, Oak Grove Stables petting zoo and rides, clowns and amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun family-oriented activities. Festival goers can also enjoy a beer garden (Age 21 and over only) and entertainment on any one of our three stages! The Little Ms. & Mr. Leprechaun Contest will take place on the main stage at 9am.  The contest is for boys and girls ages 2-3 and 4-5 and requires pre-registration by 12pm on Thursday, March 12th. The Transportation Impact No. 43 Ford Fusion will be joining the 2015 Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival fun! Locally-owned, Transportation Impact made its NASCAR debut at the Pocono 400 in June of 2012 and maintains an associate sponsorship with Richard Petty Motorsports. The 24th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is promised to be a day of leprechaun fun and nothing short of memorable! NEW this year! Strollers and pets will NOT be allowed on festival grounds. NO firearms, concealed or open carry, will be permitted on festival grounds. No exceptions. See more details at www.emeraldislestpatricksfestival.com

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From: Sat, March 14 2015 - Sat, March 14 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Emerald Isle Community Center (7500 Emerald Drive) Time: 1 pm. Easter Egg Hunt & Festivities will take place on Sunday, April 13th at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation beginning at 12pm (noon).  Join the EI Bunny at noon for festivities including sidewalk chalking, face painting, music and more.  Sharply at 1pm the egg hunting whistle will be blown.  Egg hunters should bring their own basket and arrive prior to 12:45.  There is no fee to participate in the egg hunt.  Three age categories: Ages 4 & Under • Ages 5 to 8 • Ages 9 to 12.  Prizes will be awarded in each age group for the person(s) finding the EI bunny’s prize eggs.  Joy the Clown will be present for fun face painting! The EI bunny himself will be on hand for photographs and to award the prizes.  Everyone is invited!  No registration is required.

From: Sun, March 29 2015 - Sun, March 29 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Easter Egg Hunt at Beaufort Historic Site

11 am at the Beaufort Historic Site (100 Block Turner Street). Children ages seven and younger are welcome to join the fun. Prizes, refreshments and lots of eggs - it’s all free - just bring a basket!  252-728-5225, www.beauforthistoricsite.org 

From: Sat, April 04 2015 - Sat, April 04 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

4th of July Fireworks off Bogue Inlet Pier

The Town will again present July 4th beginning at 9 pm on Saturday, July 4th.  Parking will be available at Bogue Inlet Pier as well as along NC 58.  The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 


From: Sat, July 04 2015 - Sat, July 04 2015

Categories: Holiday

Halloween Carnival

6-8:00 pm. Fun for the whole family includes creating a glow in the dark mural, face painting, photo booth, cake walk, ID kits by the EI Police Dept., Trunk or Treat and more!  Businesses interested in entering our Trunk or Treat contest should contact Sarah McNally at [email protected] for details. Admission fee to carnival 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 30 2015 - Fri, October 30 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Town of Emerald Isle Trick or Treat

The Town of Emerald Isle will officially observe Halloween Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 31st from 6-8:30pm.  Please think SAFETY at all times when taking children Trick-or-Treating!  For Halloween safety tips, information on the Town’s annual Halloween carnival and fun Halloween ideas, please visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org

From: Sat, October 31 2015 - Sat, October 31 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts 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

12th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

The Emerald Isle Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association and the Town of Emerald Isle, will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving 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 Don Wells 252-772-3282 or [email protected]

From: Sat, November 28 2015 - Sat, November 28 2015

Categories: Holiday

4th Annual Emerald Isle Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

8 am - 6 pm. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will host our 3rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the Gymnasium. 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 28 2015 - Sat, November 28 2015

Categories: 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 04 2015 - Sun, December 06 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts 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

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 05 2015 - Sun, December 06 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage 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: 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

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

An exciting New Year's celebration for all ages beginning Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 - Thursday, Jan 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 Eve 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: Thu, December 31 2015 - Sat, January 02 2016

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday