The largest town on the Crystal Coast, Morehead City has a vibrant waterfront with fishing charter boats that unload their catches every afternoon. Charming shops and restaurants feature views overlooking the water and Sugarloaf Island. The internationally acclaimed Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is held annually with over one hundred boats competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars while enjoying the many social events held during tournament week. Crowds at the weigh station enjoy watching Blue Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo weighed in daily, as well as enjoying tastes of fresh seafood and entertainment. Morehead City is also home to the most popular festival in North Carolina- the North Carolina Seafood Festival, held every year the first weekend in October. Vendors line the waterfront with all types of seafood & arts and crafts, along with kid’s rides and activities! Families can also enjoy watching the Morehead City Marlins play baseball as the wood bat team takes on rivals for the championship.