When is the Festival?
The 37th Annual NC Seafood Festival will take place October 6-8, 2023. Festival hours are as follows:
Friday, October 6th - 12 noon - 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 7th - 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday, October 8th - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where can I park?
STATE PORT- FREE parking is offered at the NC State Port, 113 Arendell Street, Morehead City, with a free shuttle Saturday & Sunday ONLY to and from the Festival grounds. The shuttle leaves from the state port and carries attendees to 4th Street. The shuttle runs Saturday from 9 AM– Midnight and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00pm.
Other lots around the footwall area are operated by community groups with most charging a daily fee to park. We urge you NOT to park on side streets or alleys surrounding the festival. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at owners expense.
Do you offer handicap parking?
Handicap parking spaces are available on the North side of Arendell Street between 7th and 8th Streets and on the South side of Arendell between 8th and 9th Streets. Additional handicapped accessible parking is available at the North Carolina Port on Saturday and Sunday.
Are pets allowed at the Festival?
Over the last 36 years, the number of people visiting the Festival has steadily grown. In order to ensure the safety of our patrons and the pets, please leave pets at home.
Safety Policy Statement
In order to allow the Festival performances to be heard and maintain pedestrian traffic flow and safety, the following activities are prohibited in the festival streets during festival hours:
1. the use of sound amplification equipment (except for official Festival vendors and stages);
2. the erection or use of temporary platforms, stages, or other structures (except for Festival vendors);
3. other activities that significantly impede the flow of pedestrians through the Festival;
4. The Festival streets are closed to non-authorized vehicle traffic. Authorized vehicles include board member golf carts and emergency service vehicles (medial, fire and police). No skateboards, bikes, scooters, rollerblades, motocycles or motorbikes are permitted on the festival streets during festival hours.
COVID 19 Protocol
Guests will be required to follow all COVID-19 mandates in effect as set forth by the State of NC and the Carteret County Health Department. For more information regarding COVID-19 mandates, please visit: https://www.nc.gov/covid19