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Atlantic Beach North Carolina , along with the other nearby Crystal Coast beach communities of Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Indian Beach, Emerald Isle and Amelia Island, holds dozens of special events throughout the year especially during the busy summer season. Fort Macon State Park alone holds many of their own special events, including fishing lessons, astronomy programs, off-trail hikes, kite workshops and interpretive programs led by park rangers. A summer concert series is also held at Fort Macon State Park, beginning in June each Friday night starting at 7:00P.M. Most of these events are free of charge, although some do require pre-registration.

Other special events in Atlantic Beach include fishing tournaments, golf tournaments, sandcastle building competitions, arts & crafts and antique shows. Listed below are some of the major events found in the area:

Atlantic Beach Fishing Tournaments including the Hardees/Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament.

Beaufort-by-the-Sea Music Festival usually held the end of April. A three-day music and arts festival that has been a tradition for over 15 years.

Woodenboat Show of the N.C. Maritime Museum a 30-year tradition that includes demonstrations and races, usually held in May.

Blackbeard Festival and Mystery of the Sea an annual street festival held in nearby Moorhead City in the month of June.

Harkers Island Race organized by the North Carolina Maritime Museum. A gathering of wooden sail boats for an annual competition of skill and speed.

Fourth of July Festivities many of the seaside communities hold fun-filled Independence Day activities. One of the most popular is the Beaufort parade and fireworks along the waterfront. An old-fashioned tradition with a potluck community picnic, parade with kids, pets, wagons, flags and music, and a fantastic fireworks display at the end of the day over the waterfront.

Civil War Reenactment at Fort Macon Civil War period activities are performed at the Fort throughout the day. Flag talks, uniform talks, Civil War dress talks, musket firings and more.

North Carolina Seafood Festival held the first week of October on the Morehead City waterfront. Seafood, music, entertainment, games and more fun for the whole family.

The Carolina Kite Fest in Atlantic Beach a two-day schedule of kite-flying demos and activities, usually held near the end of October.

Atlantic Beach Christmas Parade in early December

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla yachts and workboats are decorated for a waterfront parade at the Morehead City and Beaufort waterfronts.


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