Fall and Winter Fun on the Crystal Coast


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The Fall and Winter months are fun on the Crystal Coast! We would like to share with you just a few of the fun events happening here. Be sure to give us a call when you make your vacation reservations; We can assist you in making an effortless vacation!


 Trick-Or-Treat Under The Sea

October 26, 2017 | 4:30 pm-8:00 pm

The annual Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea event brings a splash of Halloween fun to the Aquarium. Trick-or-treat at booths provided by local businesses and organizations, while checking out specially decorated exhibits. Look for great photo opportunities and a chance to show off costumes. Underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’ lanterns and other Halloween hi-jinks promise amusement for all. Explore the Haunted Marsh Walk if you dare! Tickets are sold at the door the night of each event for that event. Tickets are sold from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 (plus tax) per person. Members receive a 10 percent discount. Ages 2 and under are admitted free of charge.

1 Roosevelt Boulevard Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

(252) 247-4003

Fright Nights – Zombie Apocalypse

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - October 27, 2017 | 12:00 am

Fright Nights is a survival horror experience open to guests 13+ throughout the month of October. This immersive story line pairs guests against an apocalyptic zombie horde that has overrun the Battle Works CDC Test Laboratory. You will be briefed, armed and ushered into the multi-level Test Lab, where you must eliminate the infected, interact with any known survivors and attempt to re-arm yourself.

Fright Nights are an “intensely immersive and truly epic” horror attraction and only open to guests 13 years or older. Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays 7pm-12am (October).

1010 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 515-1074

Movie in the Biergarten Night @ Harrika’s Brew Haus

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

How do you put life into 500 words? We have teamed up with Moon Dog Cinemas to show the documentary Obit on a Big Screen in the Biergarten. The movie Obit. OBIT is a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the New York Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history. Seize the Ciders, Peruse the Brews and Sip the Wines. No Cover.

911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC 28584

(252) 354-7911

Shuck, Rattle & Roll

October 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm-11:00 pm

This is an exciting partnership with the North Carolina Shellfish Grower's Associate and C.C.C.'s Aquaculture and Culinary Programs. Talk to local growers about their growing techniques and taste the freshest shellfish (straight from the growers themselves) with hors d'oeuvres prepared by C.C.C. Chefs!

3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC


7th Annual Tri-County Amateur Golf Championship

October 28, 2017 | 9:00 am-2:00 pm

The 7th Annual Tri-County Amateur Golf Championship will be held at The Country Club of the Crystal Coast on Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, 2017.

Included in your entry fee of $120 per person is...

-Unlimited golf and carts for 3 days.

-36 Hole Stroke-Play Tournament - Flighted by Handicap.

-Lunch Saturday & Sunday following golf.

-Closest-to-the-Pin Contest Holes.


-152 Oakleaf Drive Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

(252) 726-1034

30th Annual Carolina Kite Festival

October 28, 2017 | 10:00 am - October 29, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Kites Unlimited presents the 30th Annual Carolina Kite Festival at Sands Villas Resorts in Atlantic Beach.

See Colorful Kites from Around the World
Candy Drops for the Children
Kite Building for Kids
Team Flying

Mass Ascensions of:Dragons
Soft Kites
Flat and Bowed
Sky Skimmers
Retro Kites
Art Kites
Dual & Quad Line Kites
Sky Ribbons

This annual event is designed as a THANK YOU to our customer and is a place to gather and fly with other kiters. Visitors are welcome to join us or watch the ever changing display of kites and people. Our wonderful volunteers are the reason we have been able to maintain this free event and new volunteers are welcome to join us in making this a fun event.

1400 E FT. Macon Rd.

(252) 247-7011

Promise Land Festival

October 28, 2017 | 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Festival will take place at the Morehead City train station on the corner of Arendell & 10th Streets.
Free admission, tour of the Promise Land with Rodney, storytellers, & music. Cakes, subs & clam chowder will be for sale.

1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

(252) 241-4767

Salt Presents: The CarnEvil Halloween Bash

October 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - October 29, 2017 | 2:00 am

We'd like to announce the fourth annual halloween party here at Salt. Dubbed CarnEvil, we will tranform the inside and outside of the club with an Evil Carnival theme.

The best voted costume will win $1000 in cold hard cash and the runner up gets $500. We aren't messing around, so you better bring your A game with the costume design.

Cirque De Vol will be sending a fire eater/breather and a machete juggling clown over for inside and outside performances.

Will will also have a Dunk Tank with Pennywise the Clown inside of it. $1 for 1 try / $3 for 5 tries. 100% of the proceeds will go to Do It For Drew Foundation, who will be onsite in support.

Let's all have a blast and celebrate Salt's favorite holiday together.

325 Mangrove Drive EmeraldIsle, NC 28594

(252) 354-2740

Carteret County Speedway

October 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

Bring the family and come on out for action packed racing at the most "pristine racing arena" ever !! . Kids 10 & under FREE. Enjoy pizza, hamburgers, beverages and much more!

501 Whitehouse Fork Rd Swansboro, North Carolina

(252) 436-7223

Stand Up Paddleboarding

October 31, 2017 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Explore Bogue Sound on a stand-up paddle board with an instructor to guide you. Discover the plants and animals that call the Roosevelt Natural Area their home. Ages 8 and up. $50. For details call252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

401 Money Island Drive, Atlantic Beach, NC

(252) 247-4003

Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack

October 31, 2017 | 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks!Ages 5 and up. $20. For details call252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

401 Money Island Drive, Atlantic Beach, NC

(252) 247-4003

Newport Hootenanny

October 31, 2017 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Newport Hootenanny sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club. Please join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food!! There will also be bounce houses, a DJ dance party and a costume contest at 7PM. Don’t miss out on the spookacular night of free fun!!

200 Howard Blvd Newport, NC 28570

(252) 223-7447

Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge

November 1, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Every Wednesday from March - December, 2017

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 Revengeconservation 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.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516


Carteret County 2017 Ducks Unlimited Banquet

November 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Join us at the annual banquet for a fun evening of great food, close friends, and exclusive Ducks Unlimited merchandise & prizes.

Greenwing - $25 / Adult - $45
Sponsor - $250

Become a sponsor for as little as $21 a month!!!

3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

(252) 241-9680

Front Street Gallop and Salty Dog Walk

November 4, 2017 | 8:00 am-11:00 am

Presented by the Beaufort NC Lions Club, Strides for Diabetes Awareness

Adult- $25
Under 12- Free
Active military (with ID)- $20
Race day- $30

Free t-shirts to the first 250 entrants and size preferences will be available for those registering by October 6, 2017.

Registration & Packet Pickup:
Registration available online at RunTheEast.com.

Packets available 7:00 AM- 8:00 AM at Beaufort Realty.

Easy, flat, along waterside Fronts St and Ann St. with water stations.

411 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

Hunt the Crystal Coast

November 4, 2017 | 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Want to take part in the largest scavenger hunt on the Crystal Coast? With over 100 clues, riddles, challenges and items to find, this is sure to be a fun filled day. The best part is, you can win hundreds in cash and prizes! You can tackle the list alone or form a team with friends and co-workers. Find hidden Easter Eggs with cash stuffed in them or attempt to be the first one to find one our Mad Dash items for bonus points and prizes. Check out our website for more information and to register!

844 Robert's Road, Newport, NC

(252) 223-2950

Christmas Tree Workshop @ BluSail Golitz Studios

November 4, 2017 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Join us as we hand build ceramic Christmas Trees with this Holiday workshop. Average finished & fired size ranges from 11-13" tall.

Space is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot.

903 Arendell St Morehead City, North Carolina 28557


Beaufort Wine and Food’s 4th Annual Oyster Roast

November 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Beaufort Wine and Food is celebrating its forth annual Oyster Roast, taking place at Beaufort East Village off Lennoxville Road from 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The site will offer guests outstanding views of Davis Bay while celebrating North Carolina’s coastal and culinary heritage.

The gathering celebrates the bounty of Eastern NC cuisine and will feature local steamed oysters, shrimp and other seafood selections along with North Carolina pork and poultry.

In addition to steamed oysters, guests can enjoy a variety of local seafood provided by Joe Darden Seafood, Blue Ocean Market, Fishtowne Seafood, Mr. Big Seafood, and many more.

Guests can enjoy entertainment in the form of live music, a silent auction, roasting s’mores on a fire pit and hayrides leading to the event site.

129 Middle Lane in Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 515-0708

Santa’s Workshop For Kids

November 18, 2017 | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's that time of year! The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center are having their annual Santa's Workshop for kids ages 4- 10. They will have holiday crafts as well as snacks at Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen! You can write a letter to Santa too! And.....Elf Mart will be returning! In exchange for a canned good, CHILDREN may choose ONE gift for their parents and get it wrapped to keep it a surprise!

1785 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC

(252) 728-1500

Beaufort Historic Association’s Community Thanksgiving Feast

November 19, 2017 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm

A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site - 130 Turner Street, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased through the link below, which is also listed on our website.


100 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC

(252) 728-5225

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise | Crystal Coast Lady

November 23, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Enjoy a bountiful feast aboard the Crystal Coast Lady and cruise while taking in the breathtaking views of the Beaufort Waterfront, Blackbeard's House, Rachel Carson Reserve, Duke Marine Lab, Fort Macon, Radio Island and the Morehead City Waterfront.

Dinner Menu:

Roasted Turkey & Giblet Gravy
Island Ham & Pineapple Glaze
Sweet Potato Casserole & Pralines
Sausage Stuffing
Whipped Potatoes
Vegetables & Greens
Cranberry Sauce
Tossed Salad with House Dressing
Dinner Rolls
Sweet/Unsweet Tea & Water

We also have full ABC licensing with beer, wine & cocktails for purchase.

Adults $47.50, Seniors (65+) $46.50, Active Military $46.50, Child (ages 3 - 11) $25.00, Infants (ages 0 - 2) FREE

All prices are subject to Sales Tax.

***NO REFUNDS on Special Event Cruises***
BOOK NOW by phone 252-728-8687 or online www.crystalcoastlady.com

14th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

November 25, 2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association and the Town of Emerald Isle will take place on Saturday, November 25th beginning at 3pm on Hwy 58, Emerald Drive. Important note to all entrants: There will be only ONE Santa Claus in the parade and he will be riding in a float at the end. All other Santa’s will be sent back to the North Pole! Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas Tree Lighting at Merchant’s Park! Enjoy free refreshments, as well as a holiday caroling sing-a-long as Santa Claus visits with the children. To enter, contact Don Wells at donaldjwells@gmail.com.

Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC

(252) 354-3424

The Grinch at Carteret Community Theatre

November 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Grinch and Santa Claus will be in the magical land of Whoville at the Carteret Community Theatre Thanksgiving Weekend.
Inside a snowflake at the Carteret Community Theatre exists the magical land of Whoville. The Who family invite your entire family to join in their annual Whoville Christmas Celebration. The Mean One, Mr. Grinch, will be your host for the celebration.

Families are encouraged to wear their Whoville Christmas attire and discover the magic of Christmas with “live action and classic movie event.”

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

(252) 726-1501

23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show

December 1, 2017 | 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

The 23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show offers a glimpse into the past with antique working model trains and model trains of all sizes. The model train layouts will include a variety of items of interest to railroad enthusiasts of all ages, ranging from simple circles, traditionally found around the Christmas tree, to more elaborate systems. Each display has been carefully designed by the owner or operator to appeal to those just beginning this hobby and others who have had a lifetime interest in model railroading. Any donations go to the Beaufort Lions Club who are assisting with this year’s show. Children ages 12 and younger will need to be accompanied by an adult. The train show takes place in the Old 1907 Train Depot, 2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort, NC.28516. Any questions call Doug Doubleday at 252-728-2259.

2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort, NC.28516

(252) 728-2259

Atlantic Beach 11th Annual “Light Up The Night” Christmas Parade

December 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Parade route begins at Dunes Club West down Fort Macon Road and around The Circle. Santa will meet the kids after the parade at the AB Fire Dept. Show your Christmas spirit by decorating your boats, floats, cars, and trucks and lighting up the night. Participants should complete the entry form and submit it to Town Hall. For more information email townclerk@atlanticbeach-nc.com

710 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC

(252) 726-2121

30th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

December 2, 2017 | 9:00 am-5:00 pm

The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver. There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event. Visit decoyguild.com for more information or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook! Enjoy the local attractions, whimsical shops, casual to world-class dining, and overnight accommodations in our historic inns and B&B's. For more event information, call 252-838-8818 Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild,1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516 www.decoyguild.com.

Beaufort Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

The annual Beaufort Christmas Parade will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 2, on Front Street. to sign-up to participate in the parade, contact Susan Sanders at 252-838-0059 to sign up. Event hosted by the Downtown Beaufort Development Association.

Front Street, Beaufort, NC

(252) 838-0059

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

December 2, 2017 | 5:30 pm-7:45 pm

The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 2, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry fee to participate. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

5th Annual Gingerbread Festival

December 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm - December 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Come join the fun at the Fifth Annual Crystal Coast Hospice House Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center! For Christmas lovers, gingerbread enthusiasts, master sculptors, kids, amateurs, professionals and candy connoisseurs of all ages! Enter your edible masterpiece in our competition to benefit SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and, of course, for a chance to win great prizes and revel in that "gingerbread feeling".

3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 808-2244

Race to the North Pole

December 9, 2017 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Meet at the west parking lot next to Dock House Restaurant in Beaufort. This event, sponsored by Holland Shepard Group, will feature an adult tricycle race to collect bikes for Toys for Tots. Event organizers are looking for bikes. For more information, call Holland Shepard Group at 252-504-2400.

Front Street, Beaufort, NC

(252) 504-2400

Morehead City Christmas Parade

December 9, 2017 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Come join the fun! Parade starts at 11 a.m. along Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City. Parade begins at 1700 Arendell Street and ends at 8th and Arendell Streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be featured.

For more information or an entry form, go to www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

1700 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

(252) 808-0440

Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

December 9, 2017 | 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour that showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly decorated for the season. These private homes represent a wide variety of Beaufort’s unique architectural styles from different periods of the town’s history. The creativity and imagination used to decorate theses residences is a real testament to the gracious hosts opening their homes for this holiday event. The fragrant greenery, dazzling ornaments, colorful candles, glittering tinsel and elaborate trees are sure to bring forth everyone’s holiday spirit. Image: Inn on Turner Tickets for this event are $14. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 252.728.5225 or email pr@beauforthistoricsite.org. Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.

130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC

(252) 728-5225

Crystal Coast Countdown at the North Carolina Maritime Museum

December 31, 2017 | 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Don’t ring in 2018 without some essential items! Visit the Museum to design your very own New Year’s hat and glasses and bring the New Year in with style. Make sure to visit crystalcoastcountdown.com to find out what other exciting programs will be going on. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

(252) 728-7317

New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast

December 31, 2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with a blast. Fort Macon will once again be firing off its big guns in celebration of the new year. This year there will be live entertainment starting at 6pm, and the cannons will go off at 7 to coincide with midnight Greenwich Mean Time. Feel free to bring a folding chair and picnic meal similar to summer concerts.

Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC

(252) 726-3775

For more information, please visit: https://www.crystalcoastnc.org/region/all/events