Laser Light Show & Dance Party. 7:30-10:30pm. Swansboro hosts these youth and teen dances in the town hall community room. The cost is $15 per child. Family and group rates are available. Details: 910-326-2600.
Kids Night In, Parent’s Night Out. 6-8pm. Calling all K-6th graders – get into the Halloween spirit with Swansboro Parks and Recreation with an evening of fun and creative crafts, games and activities. Dinner and refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Details: 910-326-2600 or swansboro.recdesk.com.
Concert at the Fort. 7pm. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. The series wraps up this month with a performance by Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam. The concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Beaufort Pirate Invasion. With events at the Beaufort Historical Association and the Beaufort waterfront, this annual festival includes a reenactment of a pirate attack on Beaufort and the subsequent trials. A parade, educational programs and rousing parties make this fun for the whole family. Don’t forget your pirate costume! Details: 252-728-3988.
Beaufort Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1pm. This weekly market is held at Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Visitors can expect local foods, arts, crafts and more. Details: www.beaufortfarmersmarket.com.
Paddle the Roosevelt Natural Area. 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. Runs from 4-6pm on Thursday and 9-11am on Saturday. Age 8 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or ncaquariums.com.
Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Run. Registration begins at 7am and cannon fire marks the beginning of the race at 8am. This Beaufort Pirate Invasion event invites visitors to run, walk, swagger or job along Beaufort’s beautiful waterfront. Registration is $25 per person, or $75 for a crew of four. Details: www.runtheeast.com.
Swansboro Hook and Bones Redfish Open. This is event two in the three-tournament series. This series features a 100 percent payout per event and a series winner. Anglers can either fish individual events, or commit to fishing the entire series. Cash and sponsor prizes are awarded. The public is invited to participate in the live weigh-in after a day of fishing. Registration for the series is $750. Details: Chasin’ Tails Outdoor Bait and Tackle Shop, 252-240-3474 or carolinaredfishseries.com.
Kayak/Yoga Trip to Jones Island. 1-4:30pm. April Clark, owner of Second Wind Ecotours, yoga instructor Cheryl LeClair and the NC Coastal Federation are teaming up to create a fun and relaxing afternoon on the White Oak River. Paddle from Cedar Point to Jones Island to learn about the ongoing conservation efforts and participate in a gentle yoga session on the shore. The cost is $45 with kayak rental and $30 without. Federation members receive a $10 discount. Details: 910-325-3600 or email email@example.com.
Tryon’s Tots – Life is a Garden. 10am. You’re never too young for history. Chart a course to Tryon Palace for an exciting program for children ages 3-5 in the palace kitchen garden. Cost is $6 per child. Details: 252-639-3524.
Race, Rights and the Great War. 2-3pm ECU assistant professor Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry explores the role African American played in the early Civil Rights movements during World War I during this free lecture at the NC History Center at Tryon Palace. Details: 252-639-3500.
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 Thrillbillies (1st), Big Drink Music Co. (8th ), Pure T Mommicked (15th), Wild Honey (22nd) and Freeway (29th). Details: 252-726-5083.
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.
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 Selah Dubb (2nd), Spare Change (9th), Samantha Casey (16th), Wild Honey (23rd) and Pure T Mommicked (30th).