Alive at Five. 5-8pm. Join the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for a free concert at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. This month the Bound Party Band (3rd), Soul Psychedelic (17th) and Scearce & Ketner (24th) perform. Details: www.downtownmoreheadcity.com or 252-808-0440.
Concert at the Fort. 7pm. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. The season kicks off with the Carteret Sunshine Band (3rd); Unknown Tongues (17th); and Scearce & Ketner (24th). The concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775.
James Wesley Performs. 6pm. Last year, Big Rock and Calcutta joined forces to film the Crystal Coast’s first country music video for the “Hooked Up,” the official song of the tournament. This year, James Wesley returns to perform the popular tune at Big Rock Landing. Castaways will warm up the crowd at 6pm and John Wesley takes to the stage at 8pm. Free to attend. Details: www.thebigrock.com.
Half Price Ferry Rides. Enjoy half price ferry rides to Cape Lookout National Seashore as the site celebrates its 50th anniversary. Details: 252-728-RIDE.
Roosevelt Natural Area Paddle Trip. 4-6pm, Thursdays; 9-11am, Saturdays. Explore tidal flats and quiet backwaters as you become aware of the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment through this NC Aquarium program. Site provides canoes or kayaks. Age 12 and up, $25. A morning program is held each Saturday. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.
Build a Boat in a Day. 9am-4:30pm. Adult and child teams use the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble a prepared kit for a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for rowing or paddling. Teams are limited to four people with at least one adult. Minimum age is 8. Cost is $600. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseum.com.
Diamond in the Rough Treasure Dig. 9-11am. Youngsters are allowed to dig through sand at the Cape Lookout National Seashore office on Harkers Island to search for shells and sparkly gems.
Cape Lookout 50th Anniversary Ceremony. 11am. Elected officials and park staff commemorate the park’s anniversary at the Harkers Island visitor center.
Turtle Trek. 1:30pm. Join biologist Jon Altman at the Cape Lookout lighthouse for a program are area sea turtle. Free.
Horse Sense & Survival. 1:30pm. Join Dr. Sue Stuska for a walking trip to find horses and watch their behavior. Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes that can get wet and muddy are a must. Bring water, lunch/snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, a sun hat, binoculars and camera. The only charge is the ferry fee. Participants who arrive on their own boats pay no fee. Details: 252-728-2250.
Cannon Firing. The cannons at Fort Macon State Park will be fired during demonstrations at 10:30 and 11:30am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. Details: 252-726-3775.
Concert in the Park. 7-8:30pm. Join the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free summer concert at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. This month performances include the Seaside Band (4th), The BackBeat (11th), Liquid Pickle (18th) and Built for Comfort (25th). Details: 252-726-5083.
Big Rock Awards Banquet. 7-10pm. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament rolls to a close with the annual awards banquet at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door. Details: www.thebigrock.com.
Musket Firing Demonstration. 10:30am & 2:30pm. Learn about the Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedure and firing at Fort Macon State Park. Details: 252-726-3775.
Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.
SwanFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro. Bring chairs, blankets, even dinner if you’d like. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Free. This month’s performers include Wild Honey (5th), Dana & Susan Robinson (12th), Phantom Playboys (19th) and Tim & Myles Thompson (26th).
Sea Turtle Trek. 7-9pm. Stroll the nighttime beach as you learn about the fascinating life of sea turtles and look for loggerheads nesting in the sand with the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Age 5 and up, $10, Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.