High School Laser Light Show & Dance Party. 7-10:30pm. Swansboro hosts these high school dances in the town hall community room. The cost is $15 per child. Family and group rates are available. Details: 910-326-2600.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Civil War Musket Firing Demonstration. 10:30am & 2:30pm. Learn about the history of the Civil War era musket, along with loading procedures and firing at Fort Macon State Park. Details: 252-726-3775.
Contemporary Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn skills essential for building round-bottomed boats through this NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $135. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.
Buddy Pelletier Longboard Memorial Contest. This annual competition attracts amateur and professional surfers from the East Coast to Atlantic Beach, including former and current East Coast, ESA and world champions. The contest is organized by the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation, a group created to commemorate a fallen local surfer which provides humanitarian and educational aid to members of the East Coast surfing community. The contest offers beginning surfers the chance to get in the water with some of the best while raising funds to help fellow surfers. Details: www.buddypelletier.com.
Injured Soldiers, Woulded Societies – Health Care in World War I. 2-3pm. Join NC Wesleyan College assistant professor Chad Ross at the NC History Center at Tryon Palace for this free program. Details: 252-639-3500.
Paddle the Roosevelt Natural Area. 4-6pm. 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 kayaks and canoes. Age 8 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or ncaquariums.com.
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. Performances include the Air National Guard Band (4th), The Central Park Band (11th), Donald Thompson Band (18th) and Outer Banks Philharmonic (25th). Details: 252-726-5083.
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 Band of the South (3rd), Trophy Husbands (19th), Spongetones (19th) and Jon Shain (26th).
Night Trek. 7-9pm Stroll the nighttime beach as you explore the fascinating lives of sea turtles and look for loggerheads nesting in the sand. Age 5 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or ncaquariums.com.