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The 9th Annual White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort Bluegrass Festival

Stella, NC
Don't miss the 9th Annual White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort Bluegrass Festival. 19 Shows in 2 days, the perfect day trip. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Carteret County.

252-393-3244 or visit online at

45th Annual Grifton Shad Festival "Car & Truck Show"

Grifton School Baseball Field
Best of Show Best Ford, Best G.M., Best Mopar, Best truck, Best Foreign, Most Unique, mayors Choice, Longest Distance Driven, 50/50 raffle

Ronnie Bowen 252-258-0263
Charles Mitchell 252-531-0584

Dare Day Festival 2015 - 40th Annual

Downtown Waterfront - Manteo, North Carolilna
The Dare Day Festival, sponsored by The County of Dare and The Town of Manteo, is a celebration of Dare County and its heritage. It is considered a kickoff for the 2015 summer season. This will be the 40th annual Dare Day Festival.
Vendors open booths on the Manteo Waterfront and surrounding areas with something for everyone.
There will be a variety of live music and entertainment on two stages throughout the day for all to enjoy.
Children can have their faces painted, play games and enjoy the inflatable slide and moon walk.
The smell of fresh seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and much more will fill the air. There will be homemade and soft serve ice cream, slushies, fresh squeezed lemonade and many cold drinks to quench your thirst during the day.
Dare Day is a fun filled family event that you will not want to miss.

Melva Garrison
Dare Day
PO Box 1000
Manteo, NC 27954

Annual Born Learning Childrens Festival

Herman Park Goldsboro NC
Born Learning 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. Families enjoy the park, activities, miniature train rides, snacks, a petting zoo, live entertainment and stories with costume characters. Families are also given literature about each activity.

Thomas Nevins 919-735-3371

Pink Hill RoseFest

Downtown Pink Hill
Pink Hill was named for its flowers — which is obvious in May when the storybook town blooms with more than 2,200 pink roses. To celebrate its namesake, Pink Hill will host the RoseFest May 16 celebrating all things Pink. Celebrity series includes A Chef's Life Vivian Howard, Artist Ben Knight & Week's Roses' David Johnson. Learn to cook with organic roses and drink pink wines. Free entertainment includes Steve Hardy's Original Beach Party, Seabreeze Band, Hank Barbee, and teen band I Forgot. Free Inflattables for the kids to have tons of fun on, along with Camel rides and a petting park!

Yard Sale starts at 6am-10am
Festival starts at 10am-10pm

Susan Myers or Bailey Stepps (252)568-4477

Frontstretch Fest

Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C.
Frontstretch Fest at Carolina Horse Park will be huge celebration of bourbon, beer and horse racing

Tickets on sale now!

Major new festival kicks off as official infield event

of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase, April 4, 2015
The biggest new event of 2015, Frontstretch Fest will debut as the official infield affair of the 64th annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase at Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C.

A Southern celebration of horse racing, quality bourbon and craft beer, Frontstretch Fest will feature artisanal food and drinks, hand-rolled cigars, live music, interactive entertainment and much more. “Bourbon Bend” and “Craft Beer Boulevard” will offer tastings and classes from local and national distilleries and breweries alongside “Cuisine Corner,” which will showcase the best local chefs and food trucks.


Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Carolina Horse Park

2814 Montrose Rd

Raeford, NC 28376


General Public are on sale now at / 1-800-514-3849. ALL

General Admission tickets purchased before Sunday, February 1 will include

three (3) extra food and drink sample tokens!

● General Admission: $39 in advance / $49 at the door (includes 15 food and drink tokens plus an additional three tokens if purchased before Feb. 1)

● VIP (access to exclusive tastings, catering, private brewing and distillery classes, private restrooms and more): $89 in advance / $99 at the door (includes unlimited food and drink samples)

● Designated Driver: $20 (includes eight food tokens)

● General Admission Package (including admission to both Frontstretch Fest and Stoneybrook Steeplechase): $49 until February 1 / $59 after

● VIP Package (including admission to both Frontstretch Fest and Stoneybrook Steeplechase): $99 until February 1 / $109 after

All prices subject to taxes and fees. Patrons must present a ticket for both Frontstretch Fest and Stoneybrook Steeplechase for festival admission. For more information, visit

Featured Vendors and Brands
Woodford Reserve, Woodford Reserve Double Oak, Jack Daniel's, Gentleman Jack, Old Forester, Old Forester Signature, Southern Pines Brewery, Dirtbag Ales, and more to be announced!

About Frontstretch Fest

Frontstretch Fest is a unique festival series celebrating Southern culture and the time-honored tradition of horse racing. With a mission to build community and boost tourism within festival cities while complementing popular horse racing events, the festival series will capitalize on Southern enchantment by providing a space where quality bourbon, craft beer, comfort cuisine and a celebration of the renowned equine sport embody the spirit of the South and create an authentic Southern experience. For more information, visit


Delanie Olsen, 317.602.7137

2015 Carolina Strawberry Festival

Downtown Wallace, NC
May 8- Strawberry Cooking Contest. Wallace Women’s Club Building, NE Railroad St., Wallace.
May 8- Carolina Strawberry Festival BBQ Cook-off and Strawberry Jam Street Party- 7:00 p.m.- Wallace Train Depot, SW Railroad St, Wallace. Band of Oz performs, food vendors, beer & wine garden.
May 9- Carolina Strawberry Festival 5K run (Time and route TBD), Carolina Strawberry Festival 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Street Fair with craft and food vendors, beer & wine garden, strawberry vendors, amusement midway rides & games, Little Miss Strawberry pageant, local entertainment and performances by Spare Change Band in the afternoon and Jim Quick & The Coastline Band in the evening.
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Contact info: 910-447-9925
Matt Livingston

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


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