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Engelhard's Twenty-Seventh (27th) Annual Seafood Festival


The Engelhard Development Corporation is busy preparing for the Twenty - Seventh Annual Engelhard Seafood Festival. It will be help on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Everyone wants this year's festival to be the best yet. We are hoping it will be a great day of celebration to honor the seafood industry in Hyde County. We are looking forward to a fun day of rides, music, games shopping, and of course seafood.


Port Discover’s Earth Day Festival!

Elizabeth City, NC

Port Discover’s Earth Day Festival!

Elizabeth City, NC — Port Discover’s 3nd Annual Earth Day Festival is set for Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Elizabeth City’s Mariners’ Wharf Park. This year we will have a bike extravaganza theme, complete with a bike rodeo, bike maintenance station, bicycle powered activities, and more. Bring your bike and helmet to join in the downtown bike ride. The festival will include other Earth friendly activities like environmentally friendly living, recycling, water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and all natural products. This year will also include live music and Earth friendly food choices. Hands-on activities will be available and free to visitors. Celebrate Earth Day with us while learning about the environment in a creative, fun, family-friendly atmosphere. This event is partially funded by Vidant Health’s Community Benefits Program.

Port Discover is located at 611 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The science center’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Programs can be arranged at other times for special groups. To find out more about the festival please call 252-338-6117 or email Find out more about Port Discover at Visit us on Facebook!

A hands-on science museum for the kid in all of us, Port Discover is a community-based, non-profit organization, established to enhance the public’s understanding and enjoyment of science through engaging programs, activities, and exhibits. Elizabeth City State University along with the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce initiated the project that has attracted broad community support, including Elizabeth City Morning Rotary, College of the Albemarle, Albemarle Hospital, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. Port Discover is also a member of ASTC and the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.

252-338-6117 or email

16th Annual Black Creek Heritage Day Festival

Town of Black Creek
The event will have art, crafts and food vendors, non-profit organizations, live entertainment, inflatable's, hay-rides, classic car and antique tractor show, demonstrators of yesteryear, local schools art displays and more. All profits are placed back into our community, over the years we have purchased playground equipment, sound equipment, beaches, banners, planters, plants to name a few.

Supporting us helps us show our citizens another way of life.

The event is Free to the public.


Annual Born Learning Children's Festival 2014

Herman Park Goldsboro Nc

We are a 501(c)(3) Partnership for Children which provides or connects families with early care and education, health, and family support services needed for young children. We host an Annual Born Learning Festival that is a free family festival held in Herman Park, Goldsboro N.C. This festival is for children age birth through five and their families. The festival is funded in part by the local United Way and by Smart Start. The festival, food, activities and prizes are free of charge for all who attend.

PFCW 919-735-3371

The Son Fun Festival

Ayden United Methodist Church 460 East 3rd Street Ayden, NC
One man's junk is another man's treasure, so be there for our silent auction. There won't be any junk, we promise.

For the kids, there will be activities galore.

Arts & Craft Vendors, Silent Auction

Corn Hole Tournament $100 1st Prize, $50 2nd, and $25 3rd

Great Food


Dare County Arts Preps for Second Annual Rock the Cape Festival

at Koru Village’s Beach Klub in Avon

Dare County Arts Preps for Second Annual Rock the Cape Festival

On Friday, May 30 the Dare County Arts Council will host the second annual Rock the Cape festival from 4-10pm at Koru Village’s Beach Klub in Avon.

Rock the Cape is a festival to benefit the Dare County Arts Council. The fundraiser will celebrate life on the water’s edge and will feature local music, artists, a raffle, food, drinks, a kids’ zone, and live art.

"As artists, we are excited to participate in the second annual Rock the Cape. With the success of last year, we anticipate great things,” said Joe and Kris Caroppoli from Caroppoli Fine Art & Photography.

North Carolina surf rock legends Southern Culture on the Skids will return for their second show on Cape Hatteras to headline Rock the Cape.

“Hey Outer Banks we (SCOTS) can't wait to get back to Koru’s Beach Klub for the Dare County Arts Council Fundraiser. It's gonna be rockin' grooves for surfing feet with the deepest reverb on the beach. All for a cause that can't be beat! Good times guaranteed,” said Rick Miller from Southern Culture on the Skids.

Tickets for the event are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets are available now online at and will be available soon at select locations.

Outer Banks band Eddy and the Rip Tides, Virginia’s Cashmere Jungle Lords, and students from the Dare County Arts Council’s Community School program will be playing throughout the day.

“Cashmere Jungle Lords is pleased to participate in Rock the Cape. It's an excellent opportunity for us to give something back to a community that has given so much to us. We feel blessed to be able to support the Dare Country Arts Council's mission and perform again with our old friends, Southern Culture on the Skids,” said lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of Cashmere Jungle Lords Dominic Carpin.
This project is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau.

For more information, contact Dare County Arts Council at or 252 473 5558.

The Annual Havelock Heritage Blues Festival and Reverse Raffle

Havelock Tourist and Event Center
The Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club and the Havelock Chamber of Commerce have scheduled the annual Havelock Heritage Blues Festival and Reverse Raffle for 7 p.m. April 25 at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The annual fundraiser includes a steak dinner and music from the Havelock High School Jazz Ensemble and national blues musicians Cool John Ferguson, Captain Luke and Big Ron Hunter. Reverse raffle participants have the chance to win a grand prize of $5,000.

Proceeds go toward the Rotary club’s college scholarship program, the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Polio Plus and other local nonprofit groups as well as the Havelock chamber.

Reverse raffle tickets are $150 each and include admission for two for the concert. The reverse raffle tickets will be drawn during the concert, with the final winner being drawn after the concert.

A limited number of individual dinner and concert tickets will be available for $50 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, located inside the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The evening will begin with dinner at 7 p.m. with music provided by the jazz ensemble. After dinner, Big Ron Hunter, Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson will take the stage.

Hunter is known as the world’s happiest bluesman. The guitarist and singer has performed in Belgium and at New York’s Lincoln Center as well as at blues festivals throughout the United States.

Captain Luke Mayer has a deep voice and low-key style that has made him popular on various tours in Europe and the United States, as well as at the Capitol Blues Night in Washington, D.C.

Ferguson has been called one of the top five blues guitarists in the world. He began his self-taught journey in the world of blues at age 3, learning to play the guitar backwards, which makes for a unique sound and style.
A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the concert, call the Havelock Chamber of Commerce at 252-447-1101, stop by the chamber office at the tourist center or go online to

For more information or to purchase tickets for the reverse raffle, contact Rotary Club members Frank Amato at 252-447-8178, Tim Newton at 252-447-7372, Nate Johnson at 252-675-0686 or Gary Baldree at 252-671-6711.

For more information on the concert, call the Havelock Chamber of Commerce at 252-447-1101, stop by the chamber office at the tourist center or go online to

For more information or to purchase tickets for the reverse raffle, contact Rotary Club members Frank Amato at 252-447-8178, Tim Newton at 252-447-7372, Nate Johnson at 252-675-0686 or Gary Baldree at 252-671-6711.

8th Annual White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort Bluegrass Festival

Stella, NC

Don’t miss the 8th Annual WHITE OAK SHORES CAMPING & RV RESORT BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, April 25th and April 26th in Stella, NC. Twenty shows in two days, the perfect day trip. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Carteret County.

For tickets and information on the 8th Annual White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival, call 252-393-3244 or visit online at

Spring Celebration at Raised In A Barn Farm

Apr 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2106 NC Hwy 33 East, Chocowinity, NC 27817
Antique Tractor Show * Hayride to Easter Egg Hunt * Pig Pickin * Baked Goods Egg Decorating Contest * LIVE MUSIC * Handmade Crafts * Vendors
Farm Animals * Goat Cheese Blends * 4H Club Enrollment … and MORE!

Jane Boahn 252-945-6153


Apr 5, 2014 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beaufort County Community College, Washington, N.C.
A spring festival to raise money for Student Government Association activities featuring bands, children's games, over 40 arts and crafts vendors, a car show and food and fun for the entire family

Theresa Edwards, Student Activities Coordinator, at or 252-940-6217

Exciting Changes Coming to 26th Beaufort Music Festival

Waterfront in downtown Beaufort
Exciting Changes Coming to 26th Beaufort Music Festival

What started 25 years ago as a group of local musicians coming together to pick out some tunes has turned into a unique, first-class festival. Through the years, locals and visitors alike have seen locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally-acclaimed artists playing along the waterfront in downtown Beaufort. The 26th Beaufort Music Festival, which takes place on Friday May 9 and Saturday May 10, hopes to build on the success of last year’s festival through a new partnership with the Beaufort Business Association and a new location at the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel site.

“We’re really looking forward to collaborating with the Friends of the Maritime Museum and local businesses to help the Music Festival grow and bring more music lovers to the area,” said Jack Taylor, co-chair of the 2014 music festival committee. 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.

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.”

For more information about March fundraisers for the Beaufort Music Festival, about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, or about the BMF itself, visit the website at, or email John Hackney at


Feb 24, 2014 - Mar 2, 2014 --

Feb 24: Succulent Seafood Series- 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

Feb 24-Mar 1: Art from the Heart- Sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County, this three-week exhibition and sale of original, innovative and traditional works by area artists occurs each year in mid-February, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb.14 from 5:30-7:30. The reception is free and open to the public. Combined with an annual exhibit of work by area school children, this exhibition is a great opportunity for art lovers to view and buy original oils and acrylics; water media; photography and computer generated art; glass, stone, fiber arts and other three-dimensional artwork; pastels and drawings; and mixed media. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Arts Council. The show is open 7 days a week through March 1.

Location: Morehead Plaza, 3000 Arendell Street, Morehead City, just west of Lowes Food Store. Gallery Hours: Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6 pm, Thus - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm For more information go to the ACCC's website at or call 252-726-9156

Feb 27: Book Fair- 7 am to 4 pm at Carteret General Hospital (1st floor, birthing center) 3500 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Event sponsored by the gift gallery and benefits patient care.

Feb 28: Taste of Core Sound- Every winter the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center in Harkers Island gathers to celebrate the a wonderful winter menu of stewed oysters, duck and rutabaga, scallop fritters, stewed beef and taters, collards and sweet potatoes, light rolls, homemade pie ... the list goes on ...

Wine & cheese begins at 6, dinner at 7, program at 8 ... There will be music, and good friends, a silent auction, a live auction, and a great time "at the end of the road." Guest speaker is Joe Smith (an avid waterman and fishery biologist and is employed by the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory. He maintains the annual fishery-dependent databases for the Atlantic and Gulf menhaden fisheries. Joe's perspective of fisheries spans nearly 30 years and is one that has been honed from the water and working alongside fishermen). For more information call 252-728-1500 or visit

Feb 28: Merry Time for Tots- 10 am at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Admission to the program, designed for ages 2-5 is free, but advance registration is preferred as space is limited. The program theme for Feb. 28th is "Ahoy, Pirates!". To register, call 252-728-7317 or visit

Mar 1: Coastal Home & Garden Show- This annual trade show in March assembles the services, wares and expertise of local businesses that focus on aspects of building, landscaping and decorating. With more than 65 exhibitors you can gath-er ideas, good advice and the right products for do-it-yourself projects. Or you can shop for professional services during the show. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity for businesses and the community, too. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM & Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Entrance fee is $3. Call 252-247-3883 for more information.

Mar 1: Spring Craft Fair- Location: The History Place Museum, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Three times a year we bring talented crafters in ceramics, alpaca products, shell ornaments, jewelry and gemstones, etched glass, and a changing variety of artwork to our History Place. We also feature a bake sale that has some of the best homemade cakes, cookies, scones, breads, Greek pastries and candies. All proceeds go directly to the Carteret County Historical Society. Bring your appetites and be ready to indulge yourself. Hosted by the CCHS/History Place, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, refreshments will be available. 252-247-7533 or

Mar 1: Crystal Coast Half Marathon & 5K- 8 am in downtown Morehead City. The race starts and finishes on the More-head City Waterfront and makes a loop past the neighborhoods and businesses of Downtown Morehead City. After passing the gift shops and charter fishing boats, runners cross the bridge to Atlantic Beach. This part of the race offers a beautiful view of the sound and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. For information on the marathon and how to register, visit

Mar 1: Seafood “Shellabration:- Join the N.C. Coastal Federation and Swansboro Parks and Recreation in Historic Down-town Swansboro for a celebration of North Carolina oysters and seafood and the healthy coastal habitats and waters that provide them. Time: 11 am - 5 pm. For all details, visit;jsessionid=59CBEB878CC0F86B84F24D1F72B7CF17.worker_registrant?llr=zt44nadab&oeidk=a07e8sspkql9171956b or contact Lexia Weaver,

Mar 1: Fishtowne 5K Race Series- 9 am beginning on the corner of Turner and Front Street along the Beaufort waterfront. Registration at 8 am. Fee is $15 per runner per race. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina. Register online at For more information, contact Lauren Hermley at l.hermley@beaufortnc.ort or call Beaufort Town Hall at 252-728-2141.

Mar 1: About Boating Safety- Location: Carteret Community College, Morehead City. This one-day seminar will be taught by certified instructors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The seminar will meet all requirements to satisfy NC laws for recrea-tional boating certification. The course is suitable for beginning boaters or for the more experienced boater who may wish to remain current on boating requirements and regulations. Cost is $25 with a family discount available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For information or to enroll, contact Ben Crabtree at 252-808-3091 or

Mar 1: Mardi Gras on Middle Lane- 2-6 pm on Middle Lane in Beaufort. Parade begins at 3 pm. Cajun and New Orleans delicacies, jazz and zydeco music, games, street dance, "krewes" competition and crowning of Mardi Gras king and queen. Hosted by Beaufort Sister Cities.

For all programs and events offered at our major attractions, please visit individual websites:

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: (252-247-4003)

North Carolina Maritime Museum: (252-728-7317)

Beaufort Historic Site: (252-728-5225)

Fort Macon State Park: (252-726-3775)

The History Place: (252-247-7533)

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum: (252-728-1500)

Cape Lookout National Seashore: (252-728-2250)

ShamRock! For Local Music Festival

Mar 16, 2014 beginning at 3 p.m.

downtown Beaufort
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. If you look forward to the Beaufort Music Festival each May, as a local homeowner, business owner or purely a music lover, please come to show your support.

Interested sponsors are invited to a special lunch to be held on the same day before the fundraiser. Local band Kudubai will be playing for this invitation-only affair. If interested in learning about festival sponsorship levels and packages or participation in the sponsors’ lunch, please contact John Hackney at

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 from the Backstreet Pub, Clawson’s Restaurant and Hannah’s Haus in Beaufort.

Dare Day Festival

Jun 7, 2014 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Downtown Waterfront, Manteo, NC
In its 39th year, Dare Day Festival is a free, fun-filled family event, presented by the County of Dare and the Town of Manteo. Dare Day is considered by locals as the official kick-off of summer. Over 100 vendors will open booths on the Manteo Waterfront and surrounding downtown areas to display a variety of beautiful items, delicious foods and drinks. Children will be able to ride a kiddie train, play games and enjoy an inflatable slide and moonwalk.

There will be plenty of local musical entertainment on two stages for the enjoyment of all ages.

The smell of seafood, polish sausages, hotdogs/ hamburgers, funnel cakes and kettle corn will fill the air. There will be homemade and soft serve ice cream as well as a variety of cold drinks to quench your thirst.

Come to the Dare Day Festival and make some memories.

Melva Garrison, Jackie Tillett, or Cara Daniels
Dare Day Office - 252.475.5629

4th Annual Carolina Strawberry Festival

May 9, 2014 - May 10, 2014 --

Downtown Wallace, NC
Friday, May 9- 7-10 pm
Saturday, May 10- 11am-9 pm

Friday- Strawberry Jam Street Festival- Midway rides, food, beer & wine garden, music by the Band of Oz. Saturday- Food & Craft Vendors, Midway rides & games- entertainment, music by Ken Knox & Company, beer & wine garden.

Lou Powell, Executive Director- Greater Wallace Chamber of Commerce- 910-285-4044

Mardi Gras on Middle Lane

Mar 1, 2014 2-6PM

Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC
A free family event with parade of "krewes", New Orleans food and drink, jazz, dancing and games for the kids. Dust off your beads, put on your mask and get ready to "let the good times roll" on Saturday afternoon in Beaufort.

Ann Goellner, 252 504-2988

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

Aug 14, 2010 - Aug 15, 2010 See Summary of Event

Sneads Ferry Community Center Fairgrounds
40th Annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival will be held on August 14 & 15, 2010. SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Parade 10:00am Saturday
Grounds Open 11:00am Saturday and 12:00Noon Sunday
$3.00 Adults & a 2-Day Pass is $5.00
Rides and Activities for the kids
Arts & Crafts Booths
Beer and Wine Garden, featuring our very own annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Wine!
Enjoy a fine Shrimp Dinner in our air-conditioned Community Center.
Live Music and Entertainment on both stages Saturday and Sunday
Shrimp Heading and Peeling Contests
Shrimp Cooking Contests
Get your annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival shrimp beads, t-shirts and posters to add to your collection.
Karioke and so much more!

Debbie Todd
910-539-2920 or
Hillary Boutwell 910-327-3335