Crystal Coast Calendar of Events

The Crystal Coast of North Carolina is enchanting and rich in coastal culture. Looking for a low key getaway or an action packed adventure during your visit; check out our monthly calendar of events for a list of activities to keep you entertained while you’re here.

2017 On-Going Events

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series
1901 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 222-6056

Winter 2017
The popular dinner series is back! Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Culinary Students and top local chefs. Get a ticket for an individual dinner, or the whole series but act fast because they always sell out! This is an annual event that occurs once a month during January, February, March and April.  This year we are offering four dinners (no luncheon) in the series. All four dinners will feature the best French Cuisine (four course-meal). This event sells out every year! This amazingly unique event supports the CCC Culinary Program.  The Culinary Program is vibrantly training tomorrow’s chefs.  Carteret Community College is very proud that we send 3-4 students annually to France for a month internship.  During this month-long trip the students train under the best French Escoffier Chefs in the world!

•  January 24 – Chef Floyd Olmstead
•  February 28 – Chef Charles Park
•  March 23 – Chef Anthony Garnett
•  April 25 – C.C.C. Culinary Students

Four dinner package – $200/person
Individual dinners – $60/person

All dinners will take place at the Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach.

Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
9am – 4:30pm

In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. All courses are limited in size. Advance registration required.

All Event Dates:
  • February 25, 9am – February 26, 4:30pm
  • March 18, 9am – March 19, 4:30pm
  • April 22, 9am – April 23, 4:30pm
  • May 20, 9am – May 21, 4:30pm
  • June 24, 9am – June 25, 4:30pm
  • July 29, 9am – July 30, 4:30pm
  • August 19, 9am – August 20, 4:30pm
  • Sept 16, 9am – Sept 17, 4:30pm
  • October 14, 9am – October 15, 4:30pm
  • Nov 18, 9am – Nov 19, 4:30pm
  • Dec 9, 9am – Dec 4:30pm

International Film Series
3505 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 222-6056

Winter 2017

We are back at it this year with four new films from four new countries. Join us for a wonderful dinner catered by Floyd’s 1921 and inspired by the featured movie’s country. After dinner stroll over to Joslyn Hall for popcorn and the movie!
•  January 26 – The President (Bonus Showing – January 27, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)
•  February 23 – The Carer (Bonus Showing – February 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)
•  March 23 – Nakom (Bonus Showing – March 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)
•  April 6 – I Wish (Bonus Showing – April 7, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.)

Films: 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m.  Admission is FREE – Donations support the series.
Dinners: 6 p.m. – Enjoy cuisine that reflects the culture of the evening’s movie. $35/person (dinner and one drink ticket) Cash bar available.

Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

Every Wednesday from March – December, 2017 | 9am-3pm

Have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts from the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Conservators will be available every Wednesday to answer questions about the processes required to conserve the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge site.  Free Admission. North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Art from the Heart
Morehead Plaza Shopping Center, Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC
February 17 – March 4, 2017

The Arts Council of Carteret County announces the 28th annual show and sale of original artwork, Art From the Heart. The exhibit will open on Friday, February 17 and close on Saturday, March 4. This non-juried show is open to artists 18 years of age or older who reside in Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico Counties.

Horszowski Piano Trio
1008 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC
February 18, 2017 | 8-10pm

On Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 PM, the American Music Festival  (AMF) continues its 27th season of classical music, featuring the Horszowski Piano Trio, performing Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Clarke.  Hailed by the New York Times for “impressive musicianship”, success has come quickly to this astonishing trio. Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills joins cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and concert pianist Rieko Aizawa in this impressive polished trio. After meeting at the Juilliard School, the trio has taken two world tours, including Japan and India. Recent performances include the Marlboro Festival, Duke Performances, the Philips Collection in Washington, DC, and the Da Camera Society in LA. The Horszowski Trio are based at Columbia University and the Longy School of Music, Bard College.

14th Annual Empty Bowls
3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC
February 22, 2017  |  11am-1pm

The 14th Annual Empty Bowls soup luncheon, pottery selection and silent auction will take at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are on sale now at Hope Mission. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Handscapes Gallery in Beaufort, Webb Memorial Library in Morehead City, and Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center.

Winter Taste of Core Sound Honoring the Decoy Carvers Guild
1785 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC
February 24, 2017  |  6-7pm

There is no better time on Core Sound than winter…And our annual Winter Taste of Core Sound is proof! It will be a great night of old stories and wonderful seafood and game. The evening celebrates traditional Down East home cooking with a full local seafood dinner, wonderful atmosphere in high style complete with music and entertainment. And enjoying the same good food … Menu includes:  Stewed Oysters, Duck & Rutabaga, Scallop Fritters, Seafood Casserole, Collards and Sweet Potatoes, Light Rolls, Fig Cake (and more …)

Make your reservations today by calling 252-728-1500 ext. 21

For members: $75 individual | $100 couple for members
Non-members: $100 individual | $125 couple (price includes an annual membership)

Mardi Gras! On Middle Lane
Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC
February 25th, 2017  |  2-6pm

Come join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras on Middle Lane! There’ll be costumes, music, food and beverages…as well as the shortest parade! Live Music by Blue Moon Jazz and Out of Nowhere. Parade begins at 3pm

La Mystique Masquerade | Festival Fantastic!
1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC
February 25, 2017 | 7-10pm

The Infusion Cafe is celebrating the 4th annual FESTIVAL FANTASTIC and LA MYSTIQUE MASQURADE! Masks, three courses of fine food. Featuring live musical performances (in keeping with our theme) from some of today’s best loved musicals… The music will be big and bold, the food elegant and tasty, the costuming a swirl of formal, epic color that spans three centuries and the evening- it will be simply magical! Seating is limited. Call (252) 240-2800 for tickets.

Fisherman’s Post “Hands On” Saltwater Fishing School 2017
3505 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC
February 25, 2017  |  7:30am-5pm

Fisherman’s Post Newspaper, the free publication that covers all the saltwater fishing action along the Carolina coast, will be hosting its 10th annual full-day “Hands On” Saltwater Fishing School on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

29th Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show
3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC
March 4-5, 2017 @Crystal Coast Civic Center

Turn all of your home and garden dreams into a reality! With over 12,000 sq feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, landscapers, interior design, outdoor living spaces, home improvement, pools and spas and so much more. See the latest trends in kitchen & baths, learn to complete a DIY project, or speak to the area’s finest professional service providers.   Saturday March 4 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm   Sunday March 5 – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10K and 5K
202 South 8th Street, Morehead City, NC
March 4, 2017 |  9AM

The Crystal Coast is the perfect spot for your next race or adventure. The event starts and ends in Morehead City, the largest town in Carteret County, on the coast of North Carolina. The climate in March is perfect running weather, with an average high temperature of 64 and low of 44. The course is picturesque running from Morehead city, over one of the state’s most iconic bridges, into Atlantic Beach and back.  After the race enjoy a true celebration of all the finishers, friends, family and community.  This event is family friendly and a must do for all. With more than 85 miles of enticing coastline, nine distinct regions and hundreds of events and activities, you’re sure to find something for everyone.

Art Unveiling & Wind Competition
Beaufort, NC
March 4, 2017

Join Beaufort Wine and Food as it unveils the signature 2017 painting during an evening celebrating the organization’s upcoming 13th annual festival. In conjunction with the unveiling of the signature artwork, BWF will also be holding the FINAL ROUND of judging for its wine competition. Guests have the opportunity to sample and judge close to 40 selections, which have been narrowed down from over 200 selections. The wines will be covered to keep judging bling and the winning selections will be announced and medaled at the event.

Boat Building Past and Present
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
March 9, 2017 | 9am – 11pm

his program covers wooden boat building of the past and modern construction methods of today. Participants visit the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center where wooden boats are restored and the art of building them is taught. Transportation is then provided to a local boat manufacturer where modern methods of boat construction will be observed. Not suitable for children under 12.  Advance reservations required. 252.728.7317.  Fee: $10 per person.

26th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival 
8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC
March 11, 2017 | 9am-6pm

26th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival sponsored by Transportation Impact takes place on Saturday, March 11th 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, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, a climbing wall, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. As always, the festival will feature delicious foods such as corned beef and cabbage, shrimp burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, Mediterranean cuisine, BBQ, funnel cakes, fried peanuts, cotton candy and much, much more.  Festival goers can also enjoy a beer garden.

Fairy Day at the Aquarium
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
March 11, 2017 | 10am-4pm

Put on some wings, a dash of glitter and let your imagination fly during the Aquarium’s annual Fairy Day. Build fairy and gnome houses on the nature trail, search for mermaid and fairy doors around the Aquarium and make your own magic wand. Add to the fun and come dressed as a fairy, gnome, sea serpent or other mythical character. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Free with admission or membership.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit