Crystal Coast Boat Show

For the past decade, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. has partnered with vendors, nonprofits and boat dealers in our area to celebrate something that is a major part of our lives – boating and fishing.

Living on the Crystal Coast, some of our fondest memories are on or along the waterfront, and the annual Crystal Coast Boat Show has become a reminder of this. For two days boat and fishing enthusiasts and their families have a chance to stop by and learn the latest in boating, while taking time to enjoy all that downtown Morehead City has to offer, visiting shops and restaurants and enjoying the many special events that enhance the experience of the Crystal Coast Boat Show.

Those who enjoy the show year after year, will be pleased to see some of the traditional events return to the line-up, including the Sunshine Band’s kick-off celebration in Jaycee Park, the Morehead City Chapter, Antique Automobile Club of America’s 45th annual Classic Car Show and the Carteret Home Builders’ cornhole tournament. From free sailboat rides by Sail Carteret to delicious food from local vendors to marine products and merchandise, and of course boats, there is something for the entire family to enjoy May 18-19 in downtown Morehead City.

The waterfront sets a perfect backdrop, providing restaurants, bars and shops to visit while in the area. In spite of the devastation of Hurricane Florence, downtown Morehead City has seen wonderful additions and changes and still boasts the popular establishments everyone has come to know and love.

"We are so excited to present to the community a variety of events throughout the weekend, all celebrating some of the most vital industries to our Morehead City community," said Lisa Rueh, executive director of Downtown Morehead City, Inc. "This event wouldn't be possible without our wonderful partners and sponsors. We welcome the community to come and see the largest in-water salt water boat show in Eastern North Carolina and invite them to enjoy all that downtown Morehead City has to offer."

The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats, in-water and on land, and showcases a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. The boat show is free and open to the public from 9am-5pm on Saturday, May 18 and 9am-4pm on Sunday, May 19. 

For more information on the Crystal Coast Boat Show, visit

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