Crystal Coast Calendar of Events

The Crystal Coast of North Carolina has many festivals and family friendly events during the late summer months into early winter. Here you can keep up to date with local activities, events and socials for one and all from Swansboro to Beaufort and beyond.

Ongoing Happenings

International Film Series
7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC

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!

    • 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.

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series
1901 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

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!

    • 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

February 2017

Musket Firing Demonstration 
2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC
February 22, 2017 | 10am – 11-am

Learn about a 19th century musket’s history, loading procedures, and firing.

Beaufort Mardi Gras Parade
114 Middle Lane, Beaufort NC 28516
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Middle Lane is home to Beaufort’s annual Mardi Gras celebration, the highlight of which is arguably the shortest parade in North Carolina. It’s a true display of Beaufort’s quirkiness.  The parade of “krewes” in costume tossing jewelry and charms is not to be missed.

Fisherman’s Post “Hands On” Saltwater Fishing School 2017
3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fisherman’s Post Newspaper, the free publication that covers all the saltwater fishing action along the Carolina coast, will be hosting its tenth annual full-day “Hands On” Saltwater Fishing School (its seventh year in Morehead City) on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center on Arendell Street from 7:30 am-5:00 pm

Mardi Gras Ball
100 McQueen Ave, Newport, NC 28570
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Step out for an evening of fun and flair with music and dancing! Sport your favorite costume or casual attire and hit the dance floor. Join in an evening of excitement as we step into the atmosphere of MARDI GRAS! Light refreshments provided. $30/couple, $20/person – Admission is an additional $10 at the door.

March 2017

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

April 2017

5th Annual Bites & Blues
412-D Evans Street, Morehead City
April 1, 2017 | 5-8:30pm

Buy your tickets early for this annual sell-out event put on by the North Carolina Seafood Festival. Purchase a $40 ticket and take a stroll along the Morehead City Waterfront stopping at restaurants and host businesses to taste a “bite” from numerous participating restaurants while listening to various soloists and bands perform as you enjoy your progressive dinner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Carteret Community College Culinary Arts Program. Tickets will be available for purchase at the beginning of March. Stay connected to the North Carolina Seafood Festival social media pages for more information and announcements!

39th Annual Newport Pig Cooking Contest
810 Mann St, Newport, NC 28570 | April 7-8, 2017

The USA’s largest whole hog BBQ Pig Cookin’ invites you to join us for two days of food, fun and springtime celebrations! Free Admission and Free Parking. Barbecue Plates only $7.00 Bulk Pork when available sold for $7.00 per pound. Serving begins Saturday at 11:00 am. Concession Stands. Rides for the kids. Live Music and MORE!

Beaufort Historic Associations Annual Easter Egg Hunt
100 Block Turner Street Beaufort North Carolina 28516
April 15, 2017 | 11:o0am-12pm

Hop over to the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street and join the fun at the Beaufort Historical Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 15 at 11 am. Children ages seven and younger are invited to search for hidden eggs filled with candy and enjoy light refreshments. This is a free event; all you need to bring is your Easter basket and arrive early to position yourself for the start of the hunt! The gates to the grounds will open at 11 o’ clock sharp for all age groups. Details, 252-728-5225 or

Crystal Coast Sports and Recreation Expo
2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
April 29, 2017  | 9am-4pm

Come learn more about the many wonderful opportunities that abound in Carteret County for those that are interested in sports for youth and adults, recreation and fitness for all ages, as well as health and wellness programs at the first annual Crystal Coast Sports and Recreation Expo. Here you will interact with a variety of vendors offering activities & education about their products and services as well as watch demonstrations of unique activities such as KnockerBall, Dance Fitness and laser tag. There will be outdoor activities for kids, concession sales and much more.  Don’t miss out on the FUN!! The admission fee to public is $2 (kids 3 & under Free). This price includes all the attractions and interactive booths inside and outside.