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!



  • Mar 10

    Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

    Location: Western Regional Beach Access | Start Date: 03/10/2018 | End Date: 03/10/2018
    Start Time: 7:00 | End Time:

    Hello runners! We hope that you will join us for our fifth annual race on March 10, 2018. As promised, each year we choose a new charity that will benefit from the race proceeds. We are excited to announce that the chosen beneficiaries are the Little Pink Houses of Hope and the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path. Breast Cancer effects many lives and is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Please allow me to thank all of the committee members who work throughout the year to provide to best experience for everyone on race day, our hundreds of volunteers who selflessly work on race day to make our event a success, our sponsors who make this race possible for so many and to the Town of Emerald Isle for their continued support and enthusiasm for this race!


  • Mar 17

    27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival

    Location: Emerald Isle Plantation Shopping Center | Start Date: 03/17/2018 | End Date: 03/17/2018
    Start Time: 9:00 | End Time: 6:00

    The 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly presented by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 17 from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent.  Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350.

  • Mar 24

    Easter Eggstreme

    Location: Emerald Isle Community Center | Start Date: 03/24/2018 | End Date: 03/07/2018
    Start Time: 10:00 | End Time: 12:00

    Easter EGGstreme will take place on Saturday, March 24th at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation from 10am-12pm.  Join the EI Easter Bunny for photos, play games to win egg prizes, cake walk, egg and spoon races and more! There will be a coloring contest and a raffle for the EI Easter Bunny’s prize basket of goodies! Everyone is invited!  No registration is required. It is suggested that you bring a basket or bag to carry your game prizes in.

  • May 05

    4th Annual Bike the Banks

    Location: 3 Locations | Start Date: 05/05/2018 | End Date: 03/07/2018
    Start Time: | End Time:

    Three rides to choose from!  Ride 1:  Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles along Multi-Use Path) $25 entry fee, Ride 2:  Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $40 entry fee, Ride 3:  Cape Lookout (100 miles) $40 entry fee.  T-shirts guaranteed to all who register by April 5.

    Registration Link: active.com

    Email: mrt@ec.rr.com 

  • May 18

    Beaufort Music Festival

    Location: Downtown Beaufort | Start Date: 05/18/2018 | End Date: 05/19/2018
    Start Time: | End Time:

    Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a community-supported, volunteer-run, non-profit organization working with and for the community to bring music and tourism to Beaufort and Carteret County. This free festival takes place each May in Beaufort’s historic downtown, and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music

    Two of the main goals of the Festival are to present a diverse music line-up and to introduce attendees to fresh musical acts. In addition, the BMF strives to be a family-inclusive event and to provide an immersive experience for all ages over two days with food trucks, a family area with children’s activities, and a beer garden highlighting North Carolina craft brews.

  • Jul 04

    July 4th Fireworks

    Location: Bogue Inlet Pier | Start Date: 07/04/2018 | End Date: 07/04/2018
    Start Time: 9:00 | End Time:

    The Town will again present July 4th beginning at 9 pm on Wednesday, July 4th.  Parking will be available at Bogue Inlet Pier as well as along NC 58.  The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 


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