All concerts will be held on Saturdays at Clawson’s Restaurant in Beaufort, shows beginning at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $12 members, $15 general, $8 student. Tickets may be reserved in advance at the number listed below.
The Aquarium once again teams up with top restaurants to dish up recipes and tips on selecting and preparing fresh, seasonal, local seafood. Succulent Seafood sessions are scheduled for selected Mondays and occasionally other days of the week at 2 p.m. Aquarium staff members share information on the life cycles and habitats of featured seafood species.
Chefs provide favorite recipes and insights on preparing finfish, shellfish and crustaceans. A taste test of the featured dish tops off each gathering. Succulent Seafood is for ages 12 and up; $15 per person, per session. Advance registration is required. Feb. 2: Clawson's Restaurant- Beaufort, Feb. 24: Island Grille- Atlantic Beach, Mar. 3: Amos Mosquitos- Atlantic Beach & Mar. 17: Island Grille- Atlantic Beach. Call 252-247-4003 for more information.
International Film Series
02/21/2014 to 04/25/2014
Contact Tiffany Taylor at 252-222-6056
The Carteret Community College Foundation’s International Film Series are held at Joslyn Hall in the McGee Building at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. Live music at 6:45 p.m. Film begins at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Enjoy pastries of the culture of each film.
Upcoming films are:
Friday, February 21: “A Hijacking” (Denmark – Rated R)
Friday, March 21: “The Attack” (Israel – Rated R)
Friday, April 25: “The Sapphires” (Australia – Rated PG-13)
Enjoy dinner with local seafood prepared by Chef Tony Garnett of the Coral Bay Club and a special guest chef. The inspiration for a dinner was taken from the name of Jack Saylor’s signature painting, created especially for the Beaufort Wine & Food. As the Beaufort Wine & Food 2014 Artist, he will be on hand for the unveiling of the painting and to discuss his artistic vision. Cocktails and trawler tour 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Carteret Catch and the Beaufort Wine & Food charities. For more information, visit http://www.beaufortwineandfood.com. or call 252-515-0708.
"Get Hooked" Fishing School
03/08/2014 to 03/08/2014
Reel in some insider tips and new techniques with the Get Hooked Fishing School at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The one-day course on Saturday, March 8, features presentations from the pros on many topics and types of fishing. Participants can choose up to four sessions from the schedule that includes the following:
Shallow-water sight casting - John Mauser
Fishing near shore structure - Jeff Cronk
Striped bass on the Roanoke and Pamlico rivers – Mitchel Blake
Redfish and speckled trout - Rennie Clark
Trophy red drum on the Neuse River - Gary Dubiel
Spring fishing for cobia and Hatteras blues – Bryan Goodwin
Offshore bottom fishing - Chesson O’Briant
Offshore trolling – Mark Henderson
In addition, watch for mini-sessions such as flounder gigging and bow fishing by Dale Collins and a Dr. Bogus presentation on surf fishing with artificial bait; plus rigging and knot-tying stations, informal Q&A sessions, and fly-tying demonstrations by Cape Lookout Fly Fishers and Triangle Fly Fishers. The action-packed event includes a catered lunch, giveaways and drawings for gear. IfishNC.com, PointClickFish.com and Temple Fork Outfitters help sponsor this event.
Get Hooked is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and all sessions are at the Aquarium. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $60 per person; $54 for members. Sign up online, by phone or at the Visitor Services window at the Aquarium. See the Aquarium website for the full schedule at http://www.ncaquariums.com/.
St. Baldrick's Foundation Big SHAVE
03/08/2014 to 03/08/2014
Contact Sean Cowley at 252-728-4325
9 am - 3 pm at Beaufort Elementary School. Support the St. Baldrick's Foundation by participating in the Beaufort Fire Deptment's 2014 Big Shave. Games, food and drink, live music and dunk tank. Head shavings will also take place. For more information, contact Sean Cowley, Town of Beaufort at 252-728-4325.
East Carteret High School Presents "Rhythm City", The Musical
03/08/2014 to 03/08/2014
Location: East Carteret High School 3263 Hwy 70, Beaufort. Times: March 13-15 and March 21-22, 7:00 pm & March 15, 22, 1:00 pm. Tickets: $6 students, $8 general and $12 reserved. For information and tickets, call 252-728-3514 or visit http://www.rhythmcity.org/.
Boatbuilding Past and Present
03/14/2014 to 03/14/2014
This program will take participants on a tour of exhibits highlighting some of North Carolina’s early wooden boats. The next stop is a behind the scenes look at the Museums Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center where the art of learning how to build wooden boats is kept alive. The program ends with a factory tour of a local modern day boat manufacturer where fine fiberglass molded watercraft are restored or produced. (Transportation is provided to Jones Brothers Marine). Reservations required. Fee: $10. Not suitable for children under 12.
Traditional techniques, developed to solve woodworking problems unique to vernacular boatbuilding, are taught in this hands-on workshop. Participants work as a team to construct a twelve to fourteen-foot version of a traditional “rack of eye” flat-bottomed skiff. In the process they learn how to set up the boat, spile and bend planks, plane bevels, erect framing, and explore fastening options and the characteristics of traditional boatbuilding woods. 12 hours (2 day class) can be used as a prerequisite for 9-Day Boatbuilding Class. Fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. Advance registration.
23rd Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival sponsored by Transportation Impact on Saturday, March 15th from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission and parking are free for the festival.
This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, a climbing wall, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. As always, the festival will feature delicious foods such as corned beef and cabbage, shrimp burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, Mediterranean cuisine, BBQ, funnel cakes, fried peanuts, cotton candy and much, much more. Festival goers can also enjoy a beer garden. The Little Ms. & Mr. Leprechaun Contest will take place on the main stage at 10am. The contest is for boys and girls ages 2-3 and 4-5 with each participant being judged on the originality and creativity of their costume and overall stage presentation. Contest organizers require pre-registration by 12pm on Thursday, March 13th and ask that participants be under the main stage’s tent by 9:30am on the day of the event. Please contact 252-354-6350 to register.
Kids Decoy Carving and Painting
03/15/2014 to 03/15/2014
Throughout the year, the third Saturday of most months you will find Decoy Guild members working with budding decoy carvers and painters at the Guild workshop. Youngsters from ages 7 to 15 gather to learn how to carve and paint ducks and shorebirds.
Pre-registration is required. call Bob Sebecke at 252-269-2088. You may also call the Guild building (1574 Harkers Island Road) on the Thursday prior to the third Saturday between 9am and 1pm at 252-838-8818.
Go for the Gold! 5K Run
03/15/2014 to 03/15/2014
Go for the Gold! is a St. Patrick's day themed race for all ages and fitness levels, so get decked out in green, gold, and shamrocks and get ready to have some FUN! All proceeds will go toward the Croatan Athletic Boosters. Location: Croatan High School #1 Cougar Lane, Newport.
Event schedule and times
Pre-race sign-up and bib pickup: Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center, 300 Taylor Notion Rd., 28584.
4 pm - 7pm.
Race day registration/bib pickup: 8:15-9:00
Best Dressed contest: 9:00 am
Race start time: 9:30 am
Why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day along with the Beaufort Music Festival? On Sunday, March 16, beginning at 3 p.m., come to downtown Beaufort and enjoy food, beer and wine specials and great live music on Middle Lane.
This is a special celebration – the 26th annual Beaufort Music Festival line-up will be unveiled, local favorite The Spread will play their first live show in months and some new, exciting changes to the festival will be made public. Tickets include music and food and all proceeds from beer and wine specials will benefit the festival.
Tickets for the three-hour event are $10 and all proceeds benefit the Beaufort Music Festival, which will be held during the weekend of May 10, 2014. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.beaufortmusicfestival.com/ or from the Backstreet Pub, Clawson’s Restaurant and Hannah’s Haus in Beaufort.
Boats & Boating (Children's Program)
03/17/2014 to 03/17/2014
Children (grades 2-5) and their caregivers are invited to spend some of their day off at the Museum and learn about some of the different boats seen off the Crystal Coast and boat safety. Visitors will have the chance to build their own blow boats and learn more about the importance of wearing a life jacket. Program by School & Group Coordinator Christine Brin. Free Admission. Advance registration preferred.
Noon - 1 pm: Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag Gam during your lunch hour and join Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster for an informal discussion about the range and behavior of whales in North Carolina, with lots of photos. From the days of whaling to current conservation, whales have been part of our culture and environment. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Free Admission. Advance registration preferred.
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.
Morehead City was encouraged to be established as a port terminal in the mid-19th century by Governor John Motely Morehead. With access to deep water and a rail line that was completed to Sheppard Point in the late 1850’s the idea took hold. Today the port in Carteret County is one of two state ports operated by North Carolina. Come see what takes place at the State Port in Morehead City, part of our countries economic engine. Not suitable for children under 12. For security purposes, participants must give a driver’s license number to attend the program. Register by March 21. Fee: $10. Advance registration required.
Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers are asked to dress in their “sloppy” clothes in preparation for creating their own piece of art using fish. After learning about some of the different creatures that live off of our coast, visitors will have the chance to try their hand at fish printing. Program by School & Group Coordinator Christine Brin. Free Admission. Advance registration preferred.
Location: North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.
Bites and Blues will open up the semi-annual Toast to the Coast Restaurant Week in Morehead City, celebrating some of the Crystal Coast's finest chefs and their unique seafood dishes.
Bites and Blues will be on Saturday, March 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. as a kickoff event for the Toast to the Coast week. "Biters" will be able to walk the scenic downtown of Morehead City to each restaurant sampling appetizers from the 17 participating restaurants. While attendees venture down the waterfront, they will also be entertained by various jazz and Bluegrass ensembles along the way.
Tickets for Bites and Blues are available at some of the participating restaurants and at the North Carolina Seafood Festival office for $30 per person. The 2013 event was a huge success, selling out all available tickets. Once again there are a limited number of tickets and it is recommended to purchase your ticket early.
Noon-1 pm: Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag Gam during your lunch hour and join Associate Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly for an informal discussion on the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, an iconic landmark of Carteret County. Come learn about some lesser known facts on the ‘Diamond Lady’. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Free Admission. Reservations preferred.
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.
Blow up the Cape Lookout Lighthouse! Who would dare? On the night of April 3, 1864 Confederate saboteurs tried just that. Come learn about the events that unfolded in the early spring one hundred fifty years ago. National Park Service Historians from the Cape Lookout National Seashore will lead the presentation that will be followed by a question and answer session. Free Admission. Advance registration preferred.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Event - Anniversary of the April 3, 1864 Confederate Raid on the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Evening program at Maritime Museum: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Guided tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse: Saturday, April 5 and Sunday April 6. Standard Lighthouse climbing fees are charged: $8.00 per adult, $4.00 per child or senior) Visitors are responsible for transportation to the island. Call 252-728-2250 for more information or visit http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort.html/.
Lunch with a Dash of History
04/04/2014 to 04/04/2014
"Lunch with a Dash of History"
Location: The History Place, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Lunchtime Lecture: Morehead City—A Brief History presented by Rodney Kemp, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
As one walks the streets of Morehead City, they may not fully understand that it was once literally at “the end of the line.” Rodney will take us down that railroad track to Shepherd’s Point and explain how land speculation, a North Carolina governor, and the beginning of the county’s tourism industry began right here before the Civil War. Reservations/Admission: lunch - $15 / $12 for members; lecture only - $8 / $5 for members.
The History Place is located at 1008 Arendell Street, in downtown Morehead City. For more information, call 252-247-7533 or visit http://www.thehistoryplace.org/.
Tickets are $12 with lunch; $5 without lunch. Reservations and payment must be made before Wednesday prior to each lecture because seating is limited.
Newport Pig Cookin' Contest
04/04/2014 to 04/05/2014
Newport Pig Cookin' Contest
Event Dates: April 4th & 5th
The USA's Largest Whole Hog BBQ Pig Cookin' invites you to join us for two days of food, fun and springtime celebrations!
Free Admission and Free Parking
Barbecue Plates only $7.00
Bulk Pork when available sold for $7.00 per pound
Serving begins Saturday at 11:00 am
Souvenirs and so much more!
Saturday, April 5th's artist is Cavani String Quartet with Barbara McKenzie, piano
AMF and Chamber Music Wilmington have joined forces to commission a new work by composer Eric Gould, who leads the composition department at Berklee College. This new music premieres here in North Carolina prior to subsequent performances in Cleveland, Boston, and New York.
Tickets to individual concerts are $25 each. They may be reserved by calling 252-728-6152, and are available at the door on the evening of the concert. Tickets are $20 for teachers, full-time students and active-duty military personnel (with ID). (Discounted tickets for teachers, students and military are not available online, and must be purchased at the door.)
The Run Like a Kid event includes a 10K run, 5K run and family fun mile run. Location: 501 Evans Street, Morehead City. Time: 8 am. Proceeds benefit the Carteret County Partnership for Children and its programs. This year’s race proceeds go to the Reach Out and Read Program, a national program that supports doctors in their efforts to “prescribe” reading to young children and families in pediatric exam rooms. The theme will be storybook characters. So dress up as your favorite character and enjoy the beautiful coast of Morehead City while supporting a great cause.
10k participants travel from the downtown area of Morehead City, through the Promised Land and over the bridge to Atlantic Beach and return back to the starting point with plenty of great water views. 5k participants travel from the downtown area of Morehead City and through the Promised Land and back to the starting point with great waterfront views.The one mile course is an out and back along the waterfront of Morehead City.
7:55 am- 10K Wheelchair, 5K Wheelchair, 5K Baby Joggers
8:00 am- 5K & 10K Run
8:10 am- Family Fun Mile Run
Location: Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
“In honor of Earth Day, each April Carteret County government agencies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses come together to offer the best variety of fun and learning on the Crystal Coast! All activities take place at the Coastal Education and Visitor Center, located at Fort Macon State Park. Sponsors display products and facilitate programs that focus on creating and sustaining a clean and healthy planet. Each booth provides hands-on, engaging activities for youth and adults, alike!
Music, live animals, and fun activities showcase to participants how easy and important it is to care for the land, animals, air and water in beautiful Carteret County and beyond. Come out and see what local agencies are doing to help, and how you can join in, to keep our local environment healthy!
Event sponsoring agencies include the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island, N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and Fort Macon State Park.” Call 252-728-2250 or 252-726-3775 for more information.
Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend
04/23/2014 to 04/27/2014
Event Dates: Wednesday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 27th
Location: Downtown Beaufort
Great wines plus the food of Coastal Carolina's finest restaurants are a perfect pairing. Visit this quaint seaport town of Beaufort in grand style while attending tastings, seminars, dinners, wine and cheese pairings and much more. Each year this event gets better and better, confirming the increasing appreciation of fine wines in North Carolina and around the country: A not-to-be-missed culinary experience. For event and ticket information call 252-728-5225 or visit http://www.beaufortwineandfood.com/index.html.
Join the fun this summer with our Beach Run Series. All ages and skill levels welcome 1Mile, 5K, or 10K. Takes place on the Atlantic Beach Circle. Save money and time by registering one time for all 7 races for $25.00 (includes the t-shirt) ... or register individually $5 / race + $6 for the t-shirt. Registration opens at 5:30pm - race begins at 6:30pm. Download the forms from their website ( Click Here ) or register onsite.
2014 Beach Run Schedule:
1. Tuesday May 6
2. Tuesday May 20
3. Tuesday June 3
4. Tuesday June 17
5. Thursday July 17
6. Thursday July 31
7. Thursday August 14
26th Annual Beaufort Music Festival
05/09/2014 to 05/10/2014
The Beaufort Music & Performing Arts Festival brings an enormous amount of music to the Beaufort downtown waterfront. Blues, jazz, soft rock, reggae, gospel, and country.
Continuing with the long-time tradition of the Music Festival as a free event, the Beaufort Business Association, along with the Beaufort Music Festival, is presenting music in downtown Beaufort on Friday May 9. “This free evening of music is a great new partnership between the BBA, the BMF, and the town of Beaufort,” said Liz Kopf, BBA member. “We’re excited to help keep part of the Music Festival downtown and host some cool bands for everyone to enjoy.”
All of Saturday’s music will take place at the Gallants Channel site. “The new site will offer more of a festival-type atmosphere, with food trucks, a kids’ area, and other amenities, including transportation to and from downtown,” Mr. Taylor said. Tickets for Saturday will be $20 advance/$25 day-of for an all-day event!!
An exciting Crystal Coast tradition in mid-June, this is one of the largest sport-fishing tournaments in the country, and is fished by around 200 competitors in substantial cash categories. There are generally around 6 to 8 competitors in each boat.
Big winners are also community organizations that receive tournament support.
Event Dates: September 20th-27th, 2014
Free registration (August 23 - September 19) and excellent prizes! All flounder must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet, sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. Sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and The Reel Outdoors. Contact Lainey Gottuso at 252-354-6350 for more information.