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The Swansboro Festival Committee along with the Town of Swansboro will host the annual Arts by the Sea festival on Saturday, June 8 in historic downtown Swansboro. Festival hours are 9am-5pm.

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The ever-growing Ocean City Jazz Festival in North Topsail Beach celebrates a milestone in 2019. The annual fest, which turns 10, celebrates a decade of bringing cool jazz to the historic Ocean City Community Center with an expanded four-day event featuring musicians at the top of their art …

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Each May, locals and visitors alike anxiously await the Beaufort Music Festival, a free two-day celebration of great music, family fun, local eats and vendors, all staged on the waterfront in Beaufort. The Beaufort Music Festival, now in its 31st year, is organized and presented by the recen…

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Beaufort Wine and Food’s 15th annual signature event is set to take place April 24-28 featuring five days of tastings, seminar, dinners, live and silent auctions and more. Talent from around the world descends on Beaufort as guest chefs are paired up with some of the Crystal Coast’s best res…

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Emerald Isle has been the place to be when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Carteret County. The town’s annual festival draws more than 30,000 folks to the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center for a day of green splattered family fun. Planned this year for 9am-6pm on Saturday, Marc…

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The Gloucester Mardi Gras has been giving Down East Carteret County the chance to celebrate rural Louisiana traditions. Planned from 11am-6pm on Saturday, Feb. 16, the annual event at the Gloucester Community Center, 476 Pigott Road, includes turkey, red beans and rice, hot gumbo, live music…

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Each year confectioners from around the region come together for a weekend dedicated to chocolate. The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival takes over the Crystal Coast Civic Center Feb. 2-3 with vendors offering all things chocolate. Expect goodies in all varieties, including a chocolate foun…

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Beaufort Wine and Food celebrates its fifth annual Oyster Roast at Beau Coast, off of Lennoxville Road, from 2-5pm on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Are you ready to get amped! After Hurricane Florence devastated the area the always-popular NC Seafood Festival made the difficult decision to cancel this year's event. But the board of directors felt strongly about doing something to bring the community together.

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The science fiction and gaming community is gearing up for the fourth Crystal Coast Con. The convention will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret. The one-day event is packed with door prizes, costume contests, sci-fi vendors and giveaways.

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Prepare to raise a glass Sept. 28-29 to mark Beaufort Wine and Food’s third annual craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin. Due to the recovery effort following Hurricane Florence, the two-day festival, which normally features a variety of events, has been streamlined into two - a Pub Crawl o…

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Music and seafood combine tonight and tomorrow in Gloucester at the 7th annual Wild Caught Local Seafood and Music Festival. Organized by Accidental Productions, the festival celebrates local seafood and produce, homegrown music and the maritime heritage of Down East Carteret County.

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For the past decade, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. has partnered with vendors, nonprofits and boat dealers 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 C…

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Are your running shoes, kayaks and paddle boards ready for the 11th annual Kayak for the Warriors events? The events comprise a major fundraiser for Hope for the Warriors, an organization whose mission is to help those warrior heroes who have sacrificed so much.

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We're always excited that the first round of big events along the Crystal Coast each year brings the opportunity to take in great some live music. From much loved traditional beach music to something little more funky, it's time to dust off those dancing shoes in preparation for the upcoming…

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The Atlantis Lodge, Atlantic Beach, plays host to the annual Mile of Hope weekend May 11-13, which provides an all-expense paid getaway for children suffering from cancer and their families. The children, who are all receiving treatment from ECU, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, are treated to a va…

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White Oak Shores Camping and RV Resort is hosting the spring White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday April 28-29. The campground, located at 400 Wetherington Landing Road in Stella on the White Oak River.

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Barbecue is a serious topic in North Carolina and that’s certainly true in the Town with Old-Fashioned Courtesy. It is barbecue, after all, that put the small rural town of Newport on the map. As the home to what many claim is the largest whole hog cooking contest in the country, the friendl…

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For some 27 years, Emerald Isle has had the honor of hosting the first big party of the year – the annual St. Patrick's Festival. It's normally a friendly, quiet beach town with visitors filtering in throughout the year for a week or a weekend at the shore. With a population of about 4,000, …

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Join Beaufort Wine and Food as it unveils the signature 2018 painting by artist Libby Smart during an evening celebrating the organization’s upcoming festival.

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Everything is coming up chocolate in Morehead City this February – and no, it's not just for Valentine's Day. Vendors will converge on the Crystal Coast Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4 for the annual Carolina Chocolate Festival – a wonderful reason to indulge in a little sweete…

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The Gloucester Mardi Gras has been giving Down East Carteret County the chance to celebrate rural Louisiana traditions. Planned from 11am-6pm on Saturday, Feb. 10, the annual event at the Gloucester Community Center includes turkey, red beans and rice, hot gumbo, live music, a parade and loa…

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The annual NC Chili Festival be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21 in Havelock, and has a long history of raising funds to give to local nonprofit organizations in the community.

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FALL IS ONE of our favorites time along the Crystal Coast. Cooler weather, smaller crowds and great fishing are the hallmarks of autumn in Eastern Carolina. But smaller crowds doesn't mean that there isn't plenty to do. Fall is festival time – a time for celebration, a time for fellowship an…

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IT'S ALL ABOUT the seafood each October as Carteret County pays homage to its abundant catch. The NC Seafood Festival takes over the Morehead City waterfront Oct. 6-8 with a full slate of entertainment, rides, vendors, educational opportunities and enough fun to keep the whole family busy al…