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NC Seafood Festival 2020 In Morehead City – Music, Events, Exhibits, Food, Kids

Is the 2020 NC Seafood Festival Cancelled? Yes, due to Coronavirus. We are maintaining last year’s information for those interested in this event.

2019 NC Seafood Festival in downtown Morehead City NC information on live music, events, food, fireworks, kids rides and exhibits, and educational opportunities to learn about the local seafood industry and it’s economic impact on the local and NC economy. The dates for the 2019 event will be October 4th, 5th, and 6th. This is a not for profit organization helping with local charities and scholarships helping youth in Carteret County NC pursue their educational goals. This festival started in 1987 and has raised funds in the amount of $1.8 million dollars to help local citizens from vulnerable communities.

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Administrative offices: 412 D Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone number contact: 252-726-6273
Email contact: fun [AT] ncseafoodfestival [DOT] org
Website: ncseafoodfestival.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaSeafoodFestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NCSeafoodFest

If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor of this incredible charitable organization in Carteret County, then we encourage you to visit their website and find the links in the menu (Get Involved) to becoming a sponsor. Furthermore, this organization readily accepts volunteers during the main event.

This website is in no way affiliated or providing content in conjunction with any official entity of the NC Seafood Festival. This website is simply educational information about events, exhibits, live music, history, education, and kids information that we know about.

After the first day of this years event, we will have a detailed video of the festival on this frequently updated page. For any questions, corrections to information in this article, or to alert us to information we missed, please use the comment section at the end of this article.

2019 Entertainment, Live Music, Exhibits, Food Tastings, and Events

The Cove at Katherine Davis Park Stage

Friday, October 4th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – Wild Honey band (Country, Rock, and Blues).

Friday, October 5th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – The CSA band (Southern Rock).

Saturday, October 5th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – 4EverAll band (Acoustic Americana/Rock/Folk/Pop).

Saturday, October 5th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Johnathan Bryan Williams (Guitar)

Saturday, October 5th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Kudubai Band (Nerd Rock).

Saturday, October 5th, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – John Sullivan (Guitar).

Saturday, October 5th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Will McBride Group (Jazz, Rock, Pop).

Sunday, October 6th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Calico Creek Bluegrass Band (Bluegrass).

Sunday, October 6th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – The Dust Parade Trio (Jazz, Rock Blues).

Sunday, October 6th, 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Rochelle Dawn (Singer).

We do know that the festival does offer an extensive fair with kids rides, education events, and historical information about the local seafood industry each year.

The Sound At Jaycee Park Stage

Friday, October 4th, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Kasey Tyndall (Singer, Guitar).

Friday, October 4th, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Rivermist Band (Classic Rock).

Saturday, October 5th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – The Breakfast Club.

Saturday, October 5th, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – The Hip Pocket Band (Beach, Country Music).

Sunday, October 6th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Gal Friday (Country, Southern Rock).

Sunday, October 6th, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm – The Band of Oz (Beach Music).

SaSSea Stage

Friday, October 4th, 7:00 pm – Strung Together.

Saturday, October 5th, 10:30 am – Crystal Coast All Stars Cheerleading.

Saturday, October 5th, 11:30 am – Havelock Middle School Cheerleading.

Saturday, October 5th, 1:00 pm – The Carolina Strut Dancing.

Saturday, October 5th, 2:15 pm – Justice Elite Dancing Company.

Saturday, October 5th, 5:00 pm – Newport Elementary Choir.


Saturday, October 5 at 9 p.m. on the waterfront near Sugarloaf Island.

Triple Bridge Road Race

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Consisting of a half-marathon, 10K, and 5K road race. The half-marathon will begin near the new Gallants Channel Bridge at 7 a.m. and end at the Atlantic Beach Causeway Bridge. The 10K race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the same place but takes a shorter route to the Causeway Bridge. The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m. and starts at 3rd street in downtown Morehead City and ends at the AB Causeway Bridge.

31st Annual Sailing Regatta

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – Traditional skiff race from Morehead City to Beaufort. Call the N.C. Maritime Museum for more information (252) 728-2762.

2019 Low County Boil

Thursday, October 3, 2019 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cove at Katherine Davis Park located at 601 Arendell Street, Morehead City.

Come enjoy some really great seafood dishes from local chefs done the Carolinas way.

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Babes And Bubbles

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Yoga on the water

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Buffet, alcoholic beverages, entertainment, and giveaways all in the name of women’s empowerment.

Location: The Sound @ Jaycee Park (Shepard Street on the waterfront)

Oyster Shucking Contest

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Cove.

Blessing Of The Fleet Ceremony

The blessing of the fleet ceremony takes place annually on the last day of the main event and honors those that have lost their lives while working in the seafood industry, while commercial fishing (link), and those that support the area and their families.

Sponsor: NC Ports
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019, at 10:00 am at the North Carolina State Port in Morehead City NC.


The Southeast Tourism Society has named the 33rd annual NC Seafood Festival as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for October, 2019.


Festival officials have announced that the NC Education Lottery is a sponsor and will be providing a free shuttle from the port to 4th street.

Downtown Morehead City is surrounded by water on three sides and is actually a very narrow peninsula, therefore parking is something you need to think about before heading out to this festival. We do know that there will be free parking this year at the NC Ports and that a shuttle bus will be taking passengers to the main event area. Additionally, there are various businesses, churches, and even homeowners who allow paid parking on their premises. However, if you want a word of advice, we encourage you to use the Uber, Lyft, or Taxi service to get you as close as they can get to the event.

Parking and traffic during the festival is significant.


In 2018, this festival was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts still being underway. However, the Board of Directors established a fundraising effort called “AMPed Up For Youtilities” in conjunction with the local Salvation Army to assist people with utility bills in the county after the storm fearing that people from vulnerable communities may be unable to pay those bills after spending money on survival supplies related to the hurricane.

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