Crystal Coast Events Coming Soon!

There are plenty of events and activities to enjoy around our Atlantic Beach community! Come vacation in North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and check out a few of these upcoming events!

Crystal Coast Tourism Authority: Events Calendar

March 27 | Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20. Available on Tuesdays and Fridays. For more details, 252-247-4003 or

March 28 | Musket Firing Demonstration at Fort Macon | 10am – 11am

Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. Meet in the fort. For more details, 252-726-3775 or

March 28 | Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance | 12pm – 12:45pm

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat. Ages 5 and up. Available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. $12. For more details, 252-247-4003 or

March 29 – 31 | Bogue Sound Distillery – Open House Weekend | 11am – 8 pm

The Distillery will be open to the public for the weekend of March 29-31. Visitors are welcome to browse the facility, tasting room, and museum display. Come get acquainted with Richard Chapman and the family that started it all. You’re sure to enjoy the experience of Bogue Sound Distillery. For more details, 252-354-9131 or

March 30 | Live Music by WireGlass @ Shortway Brewing Co. | 6pm – 9pm

Come by Shortway to grab your favorite brew for a great cause! We are hosting a food drive to support our local food pantry, Martha’s Mission. WireGrass kicks off at 6 pm Friday. Come by and support local music & charity. Bring in a non perishable food item for a $1 gift certificate to be used toward your next purchase. Limit 2 gift certificates per person. For more details, 252-777-3065 or

March 31 | Easter Egg Hunt & Family Fun Run | 9:30am – 11am

Celebrate the holiday weekend with the Morehead City Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department. Thousands of candy/toy-filled eggs will be spread throughout three egg hunt activity areas. Areas are divided by the following age groups: 4 & under, 5-8, and 9-12. NO PETS PLEASE!!! Event will take place at Rotary Park in Morehead City. For more details, 252-726-5083 ext. 3 or

easter activities along the crystal coast

March 31 | Beaufort Historic Site’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt | 11am – 12pm

Children ages seven and younger are invited to search for hidden eggs placed all around the Historic Site filled with candy and enjoy light refreshments! This annual event, coordinated with volunteers from the National Charity League, a mother-daughter service organization, is fun for the whole family! This is a free event; all you need to bring is an Easter basket! For more details, 252-728-5225 or

March 31 | Bogue Sound Full Moon Paddle | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above a Bogue Sound. There is just something magical about moonbeams and water — and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you. Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. For more details, 252-422-0559 or

April 1 | Easter Brunch with Dolphins | 11:30am – 1pm

Special Event Cruise….Easter Brunch with the Dolphins aboard the Crystal Coast Lady. Passengers will experience an elegant BRUNCH CRUISE this Easter Sunday aboard our luxury vessel. Sip on a complimentary mimosa as you take in the beauty of the Crystal Coast and delight in a wide variety of food selections from our gourmet brunch buffet including an irresistible choice of desserts. Tickets are $35 per person and $20 for children age 2 – 11. For more details, 252-728-8687 or

April 4 | Musicians’ Night Open Mic Jam @ Promise’ Land Market | 7pm – 10pm

Are you a musician? Are you a Songwriter? Are you looking for a place to play and share your talents? Look no further, Promise Land Market in Morehead City is the ONLY open mic in Carteret County. For more details, 252-222-0422 or

April 6 | Grenoldo Frazier Jazz Concert | 6:30pm – 8pm

Grenoldo Frazier, the dynamic performer and multiple Audelco award-winning composer and director, will perform a concert of jazz music at St. Francis by the Sea. At 5:30 preceding the concert, an art gallery opening will feature the work of Anne Cowie and her students. For more details, 252-240-2388.

April 7 | 40th Annual Newport Pig Cooking Contest | times vary

The USA’s largest whole hog BBQ Pig Cookin’ invites you to join us for two days of food, fun and springtime celebrations! For more details, 252-223-3112 or

April 6-7 | 2nd Annual Mill Fest Homebrew Competition | 12pm – 9pm

Mill Whistle Brewing and Crystal Coast Brewing, both Carteret County breweries, are working together this year to put on the 2018 Mill Fest and Home Brew competition. There will be new beer releases from Mill Whistle Brewing and Crystal Coast Brewing. A minimum of twelve commercial locally brewed beers will be on tap at any time during the event including IPAs, red ale, dark beer, fruit beer, sour beer, and lagers. For more details, 252-342-6929.

April 8 | Introduction To Wooden Boat Building | 9am – 4:30pm

A two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course Fee: $135. Friends of the Museum: $121.50. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. Advance registration required. For more details, 252-504-7740 or

*Special thanks to the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority for compiling the list of events*