Events on the Crystal Coast

The Crystal Coast is home and host to a variety of events throughout the year. From fishing tournaments to seasonal festivals; from children’s celebrations to athletic events, each month holds something different to delight everyone in your family. Find out what’s going on during your stay, or learn when to plan your next trip. We look forward to seeing you!

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Womble, Tuchek, and Johnson Art Opening

December 4, 2020 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an art opening on December 4 from 4:30 – 6PM at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery! The show will feature artwork from Jimmy Craig Womble, Lisa Tuchek, and Mandy Johnson! For more information about the artists visit beauforthistoricsite.org, call 252-728-5225, or stop in at the gallery Monday – Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please be aware that the opening will follow all COVID guidelines at the time it takes place. Masks are required for entry to the gallery and only a select number will be allowed in the gallery at a time. Thank you for understanding.

130 Turner St, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-5225

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29th Annual Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

December 4, 2020 | 6:00 pm - December 6, 2020 | 1:00 pm

Waterfowl Weekend is one of Core Sound’s most highly anticipated events!

A entire weekend dedicated to celebrating Down East history, traditions, and community spirit. The weekend will kickoff Friday night with a ticket preview party, followed by two days of wildlife artists, decoys carvers and collectors, model boatbuilding and other crafters selling their wares, plus boat building, oar making, & retriever demonstrations, plus local seafood ,children’s activities, and much more.

To purchase tickets to the the Friday night preview please call the museum store 252-728-1500

1785 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC, United States

(252) 728-1500

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A Dickens of a Dinner @ Infusion Cafe

December 4, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Infusion Cafe is pleased to present our 7th annual DICKENS OF A DINNER.

“Yo ho, my boys!” said Fezziwig.
“No more work to-night. Christmas Eve!”

You are invited to a festive Christmas Dinner Theatre of literary proportions! Join us as we retell portions of that time-honored story and celebrate the season in a most memorable way!

“Hilli-ho!” cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk, with wonderful agility. “Clear away, my lads, and let’s have lots of room here. Hilli-ho!” Our floor cleared & our tables set— we will joyfully greet each of our guests and welcome them with an old English flair… then journey into “Christmas past” with three courses of culinary creations straight from the pages of “A Christmas Carol” & two courses of Christmas infusions… presented merrily by costumed staff.

This joyful & traditional Christmas celebration will feature readings from Dickens’ beloved tale, wandering minstrels (Allison Wise, Jesse Damiani and our own Kurt Petersen) playing instruments and singing well loved Christmas songs, and Christmas fare… all presented to you in twinkling lantern lit halls, decked with holiday finery!
Surely it will be a night in which the treasured memories of Christmas future are made…

“and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!”

7:00 PM
Tickets Required. Seating is limited.
Call 252-240-2800 for event information and to guarantee your seats.

1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 240-2800

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Christmas in Downtown Morehead City 2020

December 5, 2020 | 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Mark your calendars for Christmas in Downtown! Saturday, December 5 is a full line-up of holiday events in downtown Morehead City, including:

8:30-11:30 am – Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering
12:00-5:30 pm – Chowder and Cheer (Ticketed event with downtown establishments. Participating businesses and ticket sale information coming soon)
5:30 pm – Flotilla on the downtown MHC waterfront

On Saturday, December 12, the Town of Morehead City will host the annual Morehead Christmas Parade, beginning at 11:00 am.

Morehead City, NC, USA

(252) 808-0440

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Drive-Thru Gingerbread Festival of Lights

December 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The year’s Festival is a drive-through Gingerbread Festival of Lights. This free, family- friendly attraction will be open to the public Dec 5th & 6th. The display route will begin on McQueen Avenue and include “food-to-go” at Ft. Benjamin Park, various holiday displays including Santa & his workshop, Crab Pot Christmas Trees, holiday goodies distributed to each car, and end at Big Rock Weigh with a spectacular light display at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.

100 Big Rock Way, Newport, NC 28570

(252) 808-2244

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Drive-Thru Gingerbread Festival of Lights

December 6, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The year’s Festival is a drive-through Gingerbread Festival of Lights. This free, family- friendly attraction will be open to the public Dec 5th & 6th. The display route will begin on McQueen Avenue and include “food-to-go” at Ft. Benjamin Park, various holiday displays including Santa & his workshop, Crab Pot Christmas Trees, holiday goodies distributed to each car, and end at Big Rock Weigh with a spectacular light display at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.

100 Big Rock Way, Newport, NC 28570

(252) 808-2244

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Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course

December 12, 2020 | 9:30 am - December 13, 2020 | 4:30 pm

Explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake, and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill, and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Admission fee. Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 504-7740

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13th Annual Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

December 12, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrate the season in Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus as you view the outside of the adorned holiday historic homes, churches, and inns. Enjoy a guided tour of the Beaufort Historic Site buildings and Old Burial Grounds and find unique gifts in the Old Beaufort Shop. Tickets (limited) are $20. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit www.beauforthistoriciste.org, call 252-728-5225, or stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner St. Stay tuned for online ticket sales under SHOP at beauforthistoricsite.org. Please be aware that all events at the Beaufort Historic Site are open to change in light of COVID19 and will follow all of the guidelines corresponding to it. For more information please call 252-728-5225. Thank you.

130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 728-5225

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2020 Downtown Countdown

December 31, 2020 | 5:00 pm - January 1, 2021 | 1:00 am

Downtown Countdown will bring family fun to the waterfront on New Year’s Eve. Join in the fun beginning at 5pm for activities for all ages. Enjoy watching the fire department drop the kid’s crab pot drop and children’s activities from 5pm- 6pm at Big Rock Landing. Local businesses and restaurants will provide activities and bands throughout the evening, please check individual websites for schedules. End the night at midnight with the big crab pot drop downtown and a fireworks show for all downtown to enjoy shot from Sugarloaf Island. For more information, visit www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

Downtown Morehead City, NC

(252) 808-0440

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33rd Annual Beaufort Music Festival

May 14, 2021 | 5:00 pm - May 15, 2021 | 11:00 pm

Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a community-supported, volunteer-run event put on by Beaufort Arts and Music, Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For over 30 years, the free festival has taken place each May in historic Beaufort, and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music.

The festival will take place on the waterfront at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort. There will be food trucks, vendors, beer tent and a kid’s area.

In an effort to eliminate single use plastics, the festival will not be serving drinks in plastic cups. In order to consume alcohol at the festival each patron will need to purchase a BMF Steel Pint. Please be sure to visit their website for more information.

172 West Beaufort Road, Beaufort, NC, USA

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63rd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

June 11, 2021 | 12:00 am - June 19, 2021 | 12:00 am

The 2021 Big Rock Tournament will take place June 11-19, 2021 in Morehead City. Among the largest and oldest sport fishing tournaments in the country, The Big Rock calls avid deep-sea fishermen to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast for a full week of angling and community celebration. Over the course of the last half-century, many boats have docked here, many tourists have gathered here, and many Morehead City natives have come and gone. Our mission has always stayed the same: to represent the sport fishing community as superbly as only Morehead City can!

710 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557

252-247-3575

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Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament

July 14, 2021 | 12:00 am - July 17, 2021 | 12:00 am

The Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament is a three day non-profit, full release fishing tournament occurring July 15-17, 2021. We promote sport fishing in the next generation of anglers & give back to Eastern NC children’s charities.

710 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA

(252) 241-1515

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