Best Fall Events Happening in Atlantic

Atlantic Beach, NC, is known for its abundance of stunning public beaches, its rich and exciting history, and its wide range of amenities for holidaymakers. If you’re planning a trip to our sunny island in the Fall, you’ll be amazed by the huge selection of Fall activities on the Crystal Coast. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a handy guide to fall events in Atlantic Beach. Read on to find out about all of the best events in the region and plan your stay in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals!

children on a hayride

Howling Hayride at Fort Macon

About 

If you’re looking to hear ghost stories about the Crystal Coast, you’ll love this Halloween themed hayride at one of the most famous attractions on the Crystal Coast. A hayride is the perfect classic fall activity for the whole family. The second part of the event includes a mile-long hike back along the coast.      

Details 

  • Bring a flashlight and bug spray
  • Donations go to the Fort’s trail improvement efforts.
  • Suitable for all ages

Location

Fort Macon, 2303 Fort Macon Road, NC 28512

The hike leaves from the bathhouse and goes along the Elliott Coues Nature Trail.

Dates & Times

October 14th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How to Get There

Fort Macon State Park is found on the eastern end of Bogue Banks. Head east on the US 70 towards Morehead City, then turn south on the Atlantic Beach Causeway. Take a left on the NC 58. You’ll find the fort at the edge of the island.

Cost

Donation of $5 per person suggested. 

pumpkin patch

North Carolina Aquarium Preschool Pumpkin Patch

About 

If you are the proud parent of a preschooler, you’ll be able to create some adorable memories at this kid-friendly pumpkin-themed event. Enjoy a morning of Halloween themed games, stories, crafts, photo ops, and more. You’re sure to create some wonderful lasting memories at this wonderful event.

Details

  • Free for members
  • Kid-friendly

Location

NC Aquariums, 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Dates & Times

October 25th, 8 a.m. to 12 noon

How to Get There

The aquariums are located on Roanoke Island in Pine Knoll Shores.

Cost

$3, free for members

people flying kites

33rd Annual Carolina Kite Festival

About

This charming two-day event is one of the best and most unique things to do with your kids in Atlantic Beach. The event is sponsored by Kites Unlimited. If you love the sound of joining dozens of kite-flyers as they send their vessels to the sky, you are sure to love taking part in this charming, colorful event.

Details

  • Everyone can join in 
  • Bring your own kite
  • Spectators welcome
  • Suitable for all ages

Location

Sand Villas Resorts, 400 East Fort Macon Rd, NC 28512

Head to the beach and follow the kites!

Dates & Times

October 28th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 29th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. “night fly”

How to Get There

The subdivision is located next to Island Quay just a few minutes from Fort Macon Road and Fort Macon State Park.

Cost

Free of charge.

santa talking to a little boy

Santa Arrives in Beaufort

About 

If you’re planning a trip to one of our Atlantic Beach rentals on the ocean in November, get ready, because Santa Claus is coming to town! This lovely event is sure to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit in time for the holidays. Kids can visit Santa in his house at John Newton Park, where you’re sure to get some absolutely priceless photos.

Details

  • Santa arrives by boat near 11 a.m.
  • Prepare for some lines to greet Santa
  • Elves and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance to help all the children have a visit with Santa

Location

John Newton Park, 500 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

Dates & Times

November 29th, arrival at 11 a.m. and visits until 3 p.m.

How to Get There

Head to the park under the oak trees midway along the boardwalk off Front St.

Cost

Free of charge.

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