Festivals & Events in and near Emerald Isle

There's always something going on in and around Emerald Isle. From arts and craft shows, seafood and music festivals and outdoor concerts, you can almost always find an interesting diversion. There are several big Emerald Isle events that are worth scheduling your vacation to coincide with. Check them out below and Book Online Today!



  • Jan 09

    Musket Firing Demonstration

    Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States | Start Date: 01/09/2019 | End Date: 05/26/2019
    Start Time: 10:00AM | End Time: 11:00AM

    Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

    January 9, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    January 16, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    January 23, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    January 30, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    February 6, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    February 13, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    February 20, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    February 27, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    March 6, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    March 13, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    March 20, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    March 27, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    April 3, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    April 10, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    April 17, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    April 24, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    May 1, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    May 8, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    May 15, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    May 22, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

    May 26, 2019 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

  • May 09

    County Parks and Recreation – Beach Run Series

    Location: 105 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, USA | Start Date: 05/09/2019 | End Date: 08/20/2019
    Start Time: 6:30PM | End Time: 8:00PM

    Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation – Beach Run Series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand. Offering 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome!! All runs take place on the beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle.

    REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN ~ 5:15-6:15pm
    All Races start promptly at 6:30pm. Cost for the entire 7 run series is $50 per person, includes a Beach Run T-shirt OR Individual races $7 per person per race.

    2019 DATES:
    Race 1 – Thursday May 9th
    Race 2 – Thursday May 23rd
    Race 3 -Thursday June 6th
    Race 4 -Thursday June 20th
    Race 5 – Tuesday July 23rd
    Race 6 – Tuesday August 6th
    Final Race – Tuesday August 20th (1 mile fun run & awards)

    For more details and to register and pay online, visit: ccpr.recdesk.com or call 252.808.3301.

    May 9, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

    May 23, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

    June 6, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

    June 20, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

    July 23, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

    August 6, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

    August 20, 2019 | 5:15 pm-8:00 pm

  • May 25

    Kayak for the Warriors 5K and 10K Beach Run 2019

    Location: The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores | Start Date: 05/25/2019 | End Date: 05/25/2019
    Start Time: 8:00AM | End Time:

    Kayak for the Warriors™ is an annual fundraising event for HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS® to benefit our brave, combat injured and fallen service men and women and their families, sponsored by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC.

    We kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting 5K and 10K Beach Runs on Saturday, May 25, at 8:00 a.m. The event fee for the 5K is $25 and the 10K is $30. Both include a t-shirt. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores and run east and return on the beach. Additional information and registration can be found at www.k4tw.org or at www.runtheeast.com


  • May 31

    Cruisin' to the Cape Festival

    Location: 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret, NC, United States | Start Date: 05/31/2019 | End Date: 06/01/2019
    Start Time: 4:00PM | End Time: 10:00PM

    Come out for MacDaddy’s “Cruisin’ To The Cape” Festival!

    Annual Car Show, Crafts, food, live music, beer and more!

    Vendors needed – contact tracy@macdaddys.com for more information.

  • Jun 13


    Location: Western Ocean Regional Access | Start Date: 06/13/2019 | End Date: 08/15/2019
    Start Time: 6:30PM | End Time:

    The 2019 EmeraldFest Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access!  

    Free outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening throughout the summer!  Bring your blanket or chair, and come on out and enjoy some great music with us!

    Free concerts are also offered in Swansboro each Sunday evening throughout the summer.  Check out the EmeraldFest and SwanFest lineups when they become available at http://www.seasideartscouncil.com/ .


    2019 EmeraldFest

    Thursdays 6:30-8pm @ Western Ocean Regional Access

                June 13             Paul Coleman                                           Christian

                June 20             The Will & Tony Show                              Rock/Variety    

                June 27             Pamlico Joe & Clean Water Flow            The Sound of Coastal Carolina   

                July 4                The Mad Fiddler                                       Heartbeat of Music

                July 11              Wild Honey                                               Blues/Country/Rock

                July 18              Justin Castellano                                      Eclectic

       July 25              4EverAll & Friends                                    Pop/Variety/Originals

                August 1           Big Drink                                                   Pop/Rock/Variety         

                August 8           Pure T Mommicked                                   Rock/Alternative           

                August 15          Naked Knees                                            What a Party Sounds Like

  • Jun 14

    Friday Free Flick - Wreck it Ralph

    Location: Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation - Gymnasium | Start Date: 06/14/2019 | End Date: 06/14/2019
    Start Time: 7:00PM | End Time:

    Movies are family oriented. Free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink for $1.00. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks.

  • Jun 15

    Alzheimer's Association Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Crawl

    Location: At the Emerald Isle Beach, NC, Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594, Carolina, United States | Start Date: 06/15/2019 | End Date: 05/09/2019
    Start Time: 5:00AM | End Time:

    Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Crawl will take place Saturday June 15 to walk the beach in Emerald Isle. Once again we will be fighting to #endalz by walking from sunrise to sunset to raise funds and awareness. http://act.alz.org/goto/EISTC

  • Jul 04

    4th of July Fireworks

    Location: Bogue Inlet Pier | Start Date: 07/04/2019 | End Date: 07/04/2019
    Start Time: 9:00PM | End Time:

    Grab a beach chair, towel, or blanket, and head to the sand to catch one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year along the Crystal Coast. The Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Show is one of the most popular events annually, and visitors throughout the town will be treated to an incredible display over the ocean waters as the Town of Emerald Isle rings in the holiday with a little coastal style and flair.

    The annual Independence Day fireworks are launched from the end of the Bogue Inlet Pier, which is found along the oceanfront in the heart of Emerald Isle. As a result of this central locale, visitors throughout the beach town will be able to catch a great view of the show when they head to the sand, and folks can also have a solid vantage point from both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bogue Sound. The display starts at 9 p.m., and visitors can head to virtually any public beach access in the town of Emerald Isle to catch the ensuing display. Always a grand show with large-scale fireworks of all varieties, the annual Emerald Isle 4th of July Fireworks Show is a great way to celebrate the summer on the Crystal Coast.


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