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.
Every Friday evening come join us for a fun filled art and social experience where students will paint their own interpretation of the workshop inspiration painting. Students will follow easy step-by-step instruction. At the end of the evening, you will have your own original 16 x 20” painting read to hang on your wall! BluSail provides the rest. Call 252-723-9516 to make a reservation.
Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Holiday Show & Sale
11/29/2013 to 12/15/2013
Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition invites you to join them as they celebrate 35 years of bringing local arts & crafts to the Crystal Coast!
Location: Morehead Plaza Shopping Center (2900 Arendell Street, Morehead City)
Times: Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm & Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm
Sponsored by Crystal Coast Hospice House. Join us for our first Cherished Moments Gingerbread House Competition December 5th - 8th at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. We will have a delightful wonderland of unique designs submitted by professional chefs and bakeries, civic groups, school children, and many more. Enjoy a sneak preview at the semi-formal Thursday night, December 5th, Gala with entertainment, food and beverages. Call 252-808-2244 or visit the website for more information, http://www.crystalcoasthospicehouse.org/.
4th Annual Downtown Art Gallery Walk & Tree Lighting
12/06/2013 to 12/06/2013
The 4th Annual Downtown Art Gallery & Tree Lightning is scheduled for Friday, December 6th. Vendors will be lined up and waiting for you to come check out there delicious hot chocolate, cider, baked goods, and much more!! There will be live music and the Christmas Tree Lighting also at Katherine Davis Park.
Join the N.C. Coastal Federation for two great events in downtown Beaufort on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7. Show support for the federation all weekend with N.C. food and beer on Friday afternoon and a 5K or 1-mile fun run on Saturday.
On Friday, Dec. 6, from 5-7 p.m., head to Backstreet Pub on Middle Lane to celebrate coastal North Carolina with local oysters and BBQ, local music and local craft beer. The event is free, and all donations will benefit the federation's education programs. A special discount will be offered for federation memberships. The oysters will go quickly so be sure to get there on time.
Then, on Saturday, Dec. 7, start your morning off right with a 5K timed run or a 1-mile fun run sponsored by Front Street Village, where hot drinks and breakfast goodies will be offered after the race. Day-of registration for the Pelican Run begins at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the federation's education programs. All registrants will receive a pelican fleece headband. Federation members can register for $15, non-members for $20. Children 10 and under are free and there is family pricing, as well.
Both events will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. For more information on either event or to pre-register for the run, go to the federation website at http://www.nccoast.org/.
Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend
12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, Harkers Island
Annual celebration of heritage! Demonstrations, local music, storytelling, artists and exhibitors, educational displays, programs, and Core Sound seafood
Saturday Festival 9am-5pm; Live Auction at 5pm
Sunday Church Service at 8am, Festival 10am-4pm
Celebrate the holiday season by skating on the Morehead City Waterfront. The Morehead City Parks & Recreation Department will be operating an artificial ice skating rink from Friday, December 6 - Wednesday, January 1 (closed on 12/24 & 25). Skating fees are $5.00 per skater (fee includes rental skates) for each 45-minute skating session. Skating sessions are limited to 40 skaters per session. For group ticket sales, please contact the MCPRD at 252-726-5083. All participants or parents/guardians of minor participants must read and sign a release waiver to skate. Rink Location: Katherine Davis Park parking lot (601 Arendell Street)
On the Crystal Coast, Santa arrives by boat. Evening parades of decorated and lighted boats bring him in to kick off the Christmas season celebration on the coast. During the first Saturday in December on both the Morehead City and Beaufort waterfronts at sunset, families gather to ring in the season as the brightly decorated boats slowly drift by in the Crystal Coast Christmas flotilla. Parade begins on the Morehead City waterfront at 5:30 pm and arrives on the Beaufort waterfront at approximately 6:15 pm.
Town of Pine Knoll Shores Christmas Parade
12/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, beginning at Magnolia Court and winding down Oakleaf Drive in Pine Knoll Shores.
Beaufort Christmas Parade
12/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
The Beaufort Christmas Parade begins at 3:30 on the Beaufort waterfront. Parade route starts at Queen and Front Streets. Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas music takes place afterwards. Call 252-728-2141 for more information.
Chowder & Cheer Crawl
12/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
Adults can get in on the holiday food fun at the Chowder and Cheer Crawl, which takes place from noon-5 p.m. with about a dozen downtown restaurants participating. Tickets will be available by calling the DMCRA at 252-808-0440. At 5 p.m. Crystal Coast Hospice House volunteers will light the Life Celebration Tree at Jaycee Park. The colorful Christmas Flotilla will cruise down the Morehead waterfront at 5:30 p.m. headed to Beaufort. Call the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for more information, 252-808-0440 or visit http://www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.
Atlantic Beach's 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea
12/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
The Annual "Christmas by the Sea" located at the Atlantic Beach Town Park is Saturday, December 7th from 6 pm to 9 pm. There will be kids activities, food from local chefs, Toys for Tots drive, live music and much more including photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Atlantic Beach merchants will also be participating in the "Light Up Atlantic Beach" decorating contest so be sure to visit our merchants and enjoy their holiday spirit!!
The History Place will host an indoor Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is FREE and the public is invited.
More than 40 talented crafters will be on hand. Their specialties include holiday gifts, pottery, fabric dolls, clay seahorses, jewelry and gemstones, fused glass pendants, painted gourds, sculptures, hand painted wood art, birdhouses, hand painted porcelain, beaded jewelry, Native American crafts, baskets, carved birds, doll clothes, aprons, nature photography, hand-made knives, carvings and much more.
Popcorn, hot dogs and drinks will be available to purchase during the day. This is a fund-raiser for the museum. The History Place is located at 1008 Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City.
Carteret County Partnership for Children's "Breakfast with Santa
12/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
The Carteret County Partnership for Children is hosting "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The event will be held at Applebee's Grill and Bar in Morehead City ( 5183 Highway 70W.) from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased by calling 252-727-0440 or at the door the day of the event. Ticket price includes a great breakfast of pancakes, sausage and beverage of choice as well as a picture with Santa.
Core Sound Decoy Festival
12/07/2013 to 12/08/2013
Harkers Island comes to life the first full weekend in December each year as the Core Sound Decoy Guild holds its annual Core Sound Decoy Festival. The first festival was held in 1988 and it has become an annual pilgrimage for many.
The festival has many attractions that include antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, competitons including duck calling, loon calling and head whittling. There's always decicious food offered by Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers, and plenty of shopping opportunies from the many vendors who flock to the festival each year.
Put the dates of December 7th and 8th on your calendar and come spend a day with us on Harkers Island. For more information visit http://www.decoyguild.com or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook!
Ports and Pilots
12/12/2013 to 12/12/2013
Location: NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort
Time: 9:00-11:30 am
See the big ships up close! Take a guided behind-the-gates tour of the North Carolina State Port facility in Morehead City. Fee includes transportation from the Museum and video presentation on the role of pilots in our harbor. Reservations: $10. For reservations, call 252-728-7317 or visit their website at http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Cut off for sign up is December 5th.
Santa by the Sea at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium
12/13/2013 to 12/13/2013
Holiday wishes and schools of fishes come together in Santa by the Sea at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on Friday, Dec. 13.
The highlight of this unforgettable evening for children is a personal visit with St. Nick in front of the Living Shipwreck, transformed into the North Pole for the occasion. One 5”x7” professional photo of the encounter is included with admission for each child 12 and under, courtesy FOTO FX. Additional prints are available for purchase.
Magic shows by Frost Magic Productions featuring Bill Frost add to the evening’s sparkle. Kids also help prepare snacks for Santa’s reindeer, elves lend a hand with take-home crafts, and Mrs. Claus reads favorite stories. Watch for appearances by Rudolph, the most famous reindeer of all, and other special holiday activities throughout the Aquarium.
Admission is $9 per person for all ages. Advance registration is advised. Tickets are available online, and also will be sold at the door from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please note that this is a special event, and membership discounts and daily admission tickets, passes and discounts do not apply. The Aquarium closes for regular admission at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 and reopens for Santa by the Sea at 5:30 p.m
Another way to get ready for the holidays this year is to visit beautiful Beaufort homes all "dressed up" for the holidays. See truly lovely decorations amid twinkling candlelight as you walk the festive streets of this quaint town and visit these inviting homes. Don't miss it! Tickets are $10 at the Beaufort Historical Association. Event times are 5 pm to 7 pm.
This will be held in downtown Morehead City and start at 11:00am.
Beaufort Holiday Art Walk
12/14/2013 to 12/14/2013
Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. Call 252-728-5225 for more information.
Camp Albemarle's "Christmas on the Sound"
12/14/2013 to 12/14/2013
Contact Tom Hussman at 252-726-4848
Camp Albemarle’s Christmas on the Sound is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Come gather around the campfire for s’mores, hot chocolate, live music, ornament decorating, caroling, hayrides and tree climbing. The camp store will be open with great items for stockings and under the tree. Donations to support the ministry of Camp Albemarle will be appreciated. Contact Tom Hussmann at 252-726-4848.
Crystal Coast Countdown 2013
12/27/2013 to 01/01/2014
An exciting New Year's celebration for all ages beginning Friday, December 27, 2013 - Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Come party Crystal Coast style!
This 6-day event will span multiple venues throughout the county and will feature indoor and outdoor activities with a lineup of musicians, storytellers, dance groups, tours, artists & art competitions and much more! New Year’s night promises an exhilarating countdown to midnight complete with a “Crab Pot Drop”, live music and fireworks!
Join your family and friends (and make some new friends too!) for “Crystal Coast Countdown 2014”, bringing the community together for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration!!
A plunge into the icy Atlantic offers fun seekers a way to get a fresh — a real fresh — start to the new year. Preregistration begins in November or you can register on site at 10:30 AM on the day of the event. The dash into the chilly waters starts at 1 PM. The 2014 Penguin Plunge event will donate all funds raised to the Hope for the Warriors. For more information, visit http://www.penguin-plunge.org/.
Crystal Coast Bridal Fair
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
Event Time(s): 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center
Brides to be you're invited to the largest bridal event on the coast of North Carolina. Visit with over 50 of the area's top wedding professionals, talk with vendors initimately about services and products they offer without the pressure of purchasing, and enjoy the fashion shows featuring the latest in styles and trends! Sample the fare of great caterers, see the world of the top wedding photographers & florists, and enjoy live musice with prizes, samples, and discounts! You and your guest will have a ball at the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair!
The Carolina Chocolate Festival is a sumptuous celebration of chocolate and charity. Held the first weekend of each February at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, this taste extravaganza has raised over $380,000 for 30 local charities. Carolina Chocolate Festival is non-profit. Don't miss the Chocolate Spa and the 3k Cocoa Run!
A large variety of the latest home & garden products for every stage of building or remodeling all under one roof. Hours are: Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission is $3 per person.
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.
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.