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Carteret County Festivals And Special Events List In NC With Charities Links

List of Carteret County festivals and special events in NC for the Winter months, Spring months, Summer months, and Fall Months. Your comments and discussions about any of these festivals or events is encouraged using the form at the end of this article.

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Christmas 2018

Christmas Concert By The Sunshine Band

December 17, 7 pm – 9 pm

The Carteret County Community Sunshine Band will perform at First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City along with vocal holiday music by the First United Methodist Church Choir

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Winter Months

Candlelight Homes Tour (Second weekend in December)
Beaufort Historic Site

Tour private historical homes in the Olde Towne.
A celebration of the third oldest town in NC and coastal heritage.

Carolina Chocolate Festival (First weekend in February)
Crystal Coast Civic Center

Empowering Carteret County non-profit agencies to help local charities while enjoying chocolate.

Core Sound Decoy Festival (December)
Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, Harkers Island

Dedicated to the preservation of waterfowl and carving heritage in the Core Sound area of down east in Carteret County.

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla (December)
Morehead City & Beaufort Waterfronts

See boats on the waterfront in Beaufort and Morehead City that are decorated in Christmas themes and lights.

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Spring Months

Kayaking For The Warriors (May)
The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores
(252) 247-4353 ext. 10

Kayaking event to help local military service members and their families that have sacrificed for our safety and freedoms.

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival (March)
Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, Emerald Isle

Held at Emerald Plantation Shopping Center in Emerald Isle, has kids rides, exhibits, live music, and other festivities.

Newport Pig Cooking Contest (April)
Newport Community Park

Who can cook the best barbecue in Eastern NC while helping local non-profits? Attend this special events and find out!

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K (March)
Emerald Isle

Fitness and fun all for local charities.

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend (April)
Beaufort, NC

Culinary and Hospitality events in Beaufort to help raise money for local charities.

Beaufort Music Festival (Third weekend in May)
Beaufort, NC

Live music and artist celebrating tourism in the community.

Atlantic Beach Music Festival (May)
Atlantic Beach, NC

Largely centered around beach music and area tourism.

Crystal Coast Boat Show (Third weekend in May)
Morehead City Waterfront

Display of marine products and services, fishing gear, boat brokers, sailing races, boating education and various activities, including an antique car show and cornhole tournament.

Wooden Boat Show (First weekend in May)
Beaufort, NC

Boat building is a tradition in Carteret County and this special event is a celebration of this skill.

Crystal Kai SUP Cup (May)
Beaufort, NC

Like stand up paddle boarding? If so, then attend.

Summer Months

Bogue Banks Kiteboarding Festival (June)
Bogue Banks

Display of kiteboarding enthusiast and skill along the beaches of the Crystal Coast.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament (June)
Morehead City Waterfront

One of the largest events in the county and quickly becoming one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world.

Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour (June)
Beaufort Historic Site

Historical registry homes tour in NC’s third oldest city.

NC Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tournament (July)
Morehead City Waterfront

Fishing tournament and waterfowl preservation awareness and education.

The Beaufort Pirate Invasion (August)
Beaufort Waterfront

historical re-enactment from the Blackbeard era which is part of our local heritage.

Fall Months

Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival (September)
Beaufort, NC

If you love drinking craft beer and learning about different brews, then this is for you!

N.C. Seafood Festival (First weekend in October)
Morehead City Waterfront

Third largest festival in NC and a celebration of the local seafood industry.

Carolina Kite Fest (October)
The Circle Atlantic Beach

Clearly and kids and family favorite. Fly a kite and enjoy county beaches.

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Do you have specific questions about these Carteret County special events? If so, use the form below and we will be happy to tell you more.

Additionally, this list is constantly growing as we discover new events on the Crystal Coast.


Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

2 thoughts on “Carteret County Festivals And Special Events List In NC With Charities Links

  • October 4, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I used to live in the county and saw where the nc seafood festival was actually postponed this year? The county must have gotten hit pretty hard by Hurricane Florence!

    • October 4, 2018 at 8:36 am

      The seafood festival was initially postponed then the board of directors decided that it was best to cancel the 2018 festival and hold some type of benefit in November.


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