Coastal NC Fall Festivals and Events
Fall is one of the best times of the year at the North Carolina Coast… the beaches are less crowded, the temperatures are still warm, and the days are chocked fill of fun festivals, wine and food events, ghost tours, outdoor music, golf, and more!
Fall is a great time to drop a line from the fishing pier, rent a kayak and take a guided tour along the shores and marshes of our island beaches, or rent a beach bike and cruise around town
Whatever you choose, Fall at North Carolina Coast is a perfect time for a beach getaway!
The south facing beaches of Southeastern NC are in the northernmost subtropical region on the East Coast… so the air and water stay warmer into the Fall than elsewhere on the NC Coast.
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Learn more about Coastal NC Fall Festivals and Events and what’s going on at the beach in Fall below and on our events calendar!
The NC Oyster Festival
The Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival held in October offers a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family!
People come from far and wide to visit the Oyster Festival, a favorite festival to anyone who has been. The coastal waters of Brunswick County provide an abundance of the marine mollusks each year bringing over 30,000 people to Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate the tasty treat.
The North Carolina Oyster Festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, festival food, NC Oyster Festival Road Race, NC Oyster Festival Tennis Tournament, Surf Contest, a girl’s Beauty Pageant, a kids area, the Oyster Shucking Championship, and an Oyster Stew Cook-off.
Nearby Wilmington’s Riverfest is celebrated in October and runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, Riverfest began in 1979 as a modest two-day event and has expanded to three fun and food-packed days.
Riverfest has about 200 craft and food vendors plus fireworks, entertainment on two stages, the Great Waiters Wine Race, Run the River 8K Race, various exhibits and a children’s area. Additional Riverfest activities include skateboard competitions, street dance, wakeboard competition and a musical Battle on the River by a number of bands, a film festival, and Art in the Garden tours of gorgeous private and public gardens enhanced by art and music.
During Riverfest, the Invasion of the Pirates is a festival within a festival, beginning with the arrival of the “pirate ship” on Friday evening, followed by the Pirates Ball. On Saturday, kids can participate in a treasure hunt and pirate costume contest.
Sunset at Sunset Festival at Sunset Beach, NC.
Also, held in October the Sunset at Sunset Festival begins at 10:00 near the Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. Last year over 4,000 people attended! The Sunset at Sunset event is fabulous! Great vendors, spectacular events, great music and tons of fun for everyone are in the plans. Also included is the 5K Beach Run/Fitness Walk for Adults and a Children’s Fun Run.
NC Festival By The Sea
At Holden Beach over the last full weekend in October, “NC Festival by the Sea” is hosted by the Holden Beach Merchants Association.
This 2 day event is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge and each year several hundred take that high altitude stroll to stake out the perfect spot to view the parade.
Arts and Crafts vendors are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sat. and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sun.?You’ll want to plan to be onsite for at least a couple of meals and a snack or two, just to sample a tiny portion of the food on hand.
For the competitive sort, there is a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle-building contest. Children enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead and the children’s rides and amusements. There is live musical entertainment both days at Holden Beach’s new Pavilion.
La Belle Amie Vineyards Music Festivals
Enjoy a relaxing and fun afternoon of live outdoor music in the vineyards of La Belle Amie. The vineyard is a popular attraction and hosts many popular festivals and events during the year, This Fall they’ll be hosting The Summer Breeze Music Festival (Aug. 31), The Dog Days Blues & Jazz Festival (Sept. 14), The Autumn Big Band Blast (Oct 5), and The Island Fever Music Festival (Oct 19).
Vineyard guests are also invited in the wine tasting room to sample wines and a variety of sauces, spices and preserves. Tours of the vineyard are also available during the festivals.