Press Kit: Festivals

Whether peering at shipwreck loot and lore, or unreservedly indulging in distinctive cuisine and discovering the areas historic southern charm, visitors have the freedom to enjoy and explore festive activities on North Carolina's Crystal Coast.

Carolina Chocolate Festival - February
For vacationers looking to dabble in sweets, the Crystal Coast offers two days of chocolate specialty sampling, cooking competitions, entertainment and restaurant specials, all featuring the “to die for” candy.

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day - March
This green-filled festival allows a huge bit o’ fun for guests venturing to the “emerald” isle finding sham“rock” entertainment with a leprechaun-like parade, merry music, dainty dancing, green brew and cuisine to fit not only Irish eyes but all attendees present.

Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest - March/April
Visitors discover the area by joining the locals as they celebrate this annual tradition with the acclaim to be one of the U.S.’s largest whole hog pork barbecue cooking contests. With hassle-free hospitality, vendors range from farmers in overalls offering barbeque and all the fixins to tuxedo adorned chefs presenting gourmet pork with succulent sauces on a silver platter.

Tour of Homes - March/April/June
From mansions upon a hill-top and residences over-looking the pristine ocean to
cottage-like humble abodes and coastal antique homes, the magnificent tour showcases the architectural history of Beaufort, Morehead City and Emerald Isle with the newest ideas for homebuilding and remodeling.

Morehead City - 252-247-3883
Emerald Isle - 252-354-3691
Beaufort - 252-728-5225

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend - April
With wineries around the world and hometown fare, attendees explore tastes of an extensive selection of wines as well as local restaurant cuisine featuring special dinners at Beaufort restaurants, Gala Reception, Saturday's "Vin de Mer" wine tasting and Sunday's Champagne Brunch.

The Wooden Boat Show - May
Visitors examine the true livelihood of the area at the annual Wooden Boat Show highlighting the talent of wood boat carvers at The North Carolina Maritime Museum. The boat-building tradition goes back in history and is experienced with a week-long schedule of wide-ranging activities including demonstrations and races.

Beaufort Music & Performing Arts Festival - May
This annual event offers attendees an adventurous range of concerts and performances for a spirited weekend.

North Carolina Yacht Racing Association - May
Guests gather to experience the State Championship Regatta offering the annual race series, triangular ocean races and "fun" races, during Memorial Day weekend in Beaufort.

Summer Concert Series - May-September
Locals and visitors alike gather every third Thursday of the sunny summer months on Emerald Isle, luminous Saturday evenings on Morehead City and every second starlit Friday at Ft. Macon to jive and thrive to the beats of a different drum all summer long with distinctive concerts each week.
Emerald Isle - 252-354-6350
Morehead City - 252-726-5083
Fort Macon - 252-726-3775

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament - June
From amateurs to experts this exciting Crystal Coast tradition is fished by more than 100 fierce competitors in substantial categories. The prize collected for the winner has changed drastically over the years from a red wagon full of silver dollars at the first tournament in 1957 to the present-day prize of more than $1 million in cash.

Fourth of July Underwater Bike Race - July
The audacious competition of “underwaterized” bicycles is an unforgettable adventure occurring on the shipwreck of the Indra drawing quirky participants and undersea spectators.

Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter Sandcastle Competition - August
On Atlantic Beach, determined sandcastle building teams work to create a vision in authentic sand. Creations are built all day where many gather in anticipation to discover the outcome of each sandcastle and determine the winner of the reign of
“Best Built Sandcastle.”

Harvest Time - September/October
Guests step back in time with living history at the Beaufort Historic Site where participants reveal the ways of the Colonial times from re-enactors demonstrating household chores typical of the time, such as food storage, weaving and candlemaking.

North Carolina Seafood Festival - September/October
Festivalgoers tempt taste buds at the annual North Carolina Seafood Festival on Morehead City’s waterfront with scrumptious seafood, marvelous music, enthusiastic entertainment and the cultural heritage and traditions that surround the freedom of a commercial fishing town.

Surf Fishing Workshop - October
Anually, sightseers put down the binoculars and hook a line, discovering surf fishing basics under the guidance of experts exploring topics from rods and reels to cast netting and reading the surf.

Trick of Treat Under the Sea - October
This aquatic Halloween festival offered at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores invites spirited merrymakers to come in costume and partake of “scary” fun and enjoy flavorsome treats.

The Cape Lookout Albacore Festival - October
Participants catch a big one while fishing on one of the greatest False Albacore fisheries in the country at this release-only fishing event that provides conventional and fly fishers an opportunity to investigate the Cape Lookout region. The weigh-in winner is awarded with top-of-the-line fishing equipment, angler adornments for the wall and many other donated prizes.

The Carolina Kite Fest - October
More than 100 kites fly-freely dotting the shoreline of Atlantic Beach with reds, fluorescents, polka dots and stripes where partakers experience a two-day innovation of kite-flying demonstrations and become independent experts on the flying high activity.

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend - December
Vacationers learn the cultural heritage surrounding waterfowl and fishing on Harkers Island with the annual show and sale of waterfowl carvings by the
Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. Allowing onlookers to discover the tricks of the trade through retriever demonstrations, this distinctive festival includes an animated auction and down east cuisine.

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla - December
Guests gather at Morehead City and Beaufort waterfronts to view the endless array of decorated yachts and workboats adorned for the Christmas parade of twinkling lights on the sea.

The Coastal Carolina Christmas Walk - December
Sightseers and locals alike set out on this adventuresome excursion beginning at the Beaufort Historic Site for open house tours of Historic Beaufort Bed and Breakfast Inns and the Beaufort Historic Site buildings decorated in period fashion for Christmas.

Festival of Trees - December
Travelers walk in this winter wonderland and discover decorated trees in Morehead City bringing joy and amazement to onlookers.

Year 2008
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