This Week's Highlights

This Week

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 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 April 1, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Newport Pig Cooking Contest

  • Friday, April 5th - Saturday, April 6th
Newport

Initially started more than 40 years ago as a fundraiser for the Newport development center, the annual Newport Pig Cooking Contest has grown into one of the largest whole hog BBQ contests in the country, with plenty of ways for barbecue pros and everyday visitors alike to join in the fun. Held in the heart of Newport, and attracting visitors from all over the state and beyond year after year, this event is a great opportunity for BBQ fans of all ages to appease an appetite with plenty of great food and fun to go around.

Week of April 8, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Annual Bites & Blues

  • Saturday, April 13th 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Morehead City

Enjoy a taste of the Crystal Coast while enjoying one of the prettiest spots along the waterfront with a ticket to the Annual Bites & Blues. This popular event combines great bites, great music, and a stunning setting to create an evening that local and visiting food fans alike won’t soon forget.

Week of April 22, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

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

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
Swansboro

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 July 8, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Beaufort Historic Association's Summer Party

  • Saturday, July 13th 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Beaufort

Head to one of Beaufort’s favorite local landmarks for one of the most festive and anticipated parties of the year. The Beaufort Historic Association's Summer Party is an annual celebration that features an enchanting atmosphere complete with delicious food, an open bar, ample live music and dancing, auctions, and a host of ways to toast the summer while supporting a beloved local cause.

Week of October 7, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Mullet Festival of Swansboro

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

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.

Fall In-The-Water Meet

  • Saturday, October 12th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beaufort

Set sail to the small town of Beaufort, NC for this engaging event where mariners can meet and mingle with their water loving colleagues. The Fall In-The-Water Meet is a fun gathering that’s wide open to experienced mariners and newcomers alike, and which features a host of fun activities including free boat rides a pig pickin’, and plenty of opportunities to learn all about life on the water in this small and charming town.

Week of November 25, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

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

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.

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