Through the years, the activities and events have grown, and this year is expected to dazzle first-timers as well as those who have attended past festivals. While some activities have come and gone, the famous Flounder Fling has stayed on the events list! Tradition has it that Miss North Carolina “flings” the first flounder on Saturday.
Entertain the whole family with live music as continuous acts hit the stage all weekend long. The entertainment will start on Friday night and continue through Sunday afternoon on the Main Stage, featuring country artists Paige King Johnson and Indian Outlaw on Friday night. Saturday will feature party and variety music from Carolina Dreamers, I-42, Cat 5, and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot. Get out your dancing shoes on Sunday for some “shag” music from The Entertainers and Jim Quick & The Coastline Band.
Bring your chairs or blankets as there is plenty of seating on the grass in front of the stage making this a great place to listen to music while enjoying some of the best seafood North Carolina has to offer.
For the kids and the young at heart, Armband Friday is a big deal. Buy an armband for $30 for unlimited access to amusement rides (Friday, Oct. 6 only) and the festival will donate $5 from each purchase to the school of the purchaser’s choice.
October is close enough to Christmas to knock a few things off visitor’s gift list with one-of-a-kind handmade goods from dozens of artisans and vendors. Photography, painting, pottery, glass blowing and molding, wood carvings, wall hangings, garden décor and more will line the streets.
Each Saturday night during the festival is celebrated for the love for North Carolina seafood and the success of another NC Seafood Festival with a fireworks show over Sugar Loaf Island across from the Morehead City waterfront. It’s a magical event filled with food, festival rides, and fireworks.