How to Make the Most of Your NC Seafood Festival Experience
It's that time of year again on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Are you excited? When the first weekend in October rolls around, you know it's time for the best local celebration of Eastern North Carolina seafood, its heritage and its importance. It's a time for families and friends to gather on our waterfront and for visitors to come from all over to spend time together during the annual North Carolina Seafood Festival.
The NC Seafood Festival is marking its 30th year in 2016, and with each year brings new and exciting ways to enjoy the best of what our area has to offer all in one place. We're here to help you make the most of your North Carolina Seafood experience this year. Here's how!
Know What's Happening & WhenThe first step is to look over the festival's daily schedule before you go so you can know what's happening and when. Each of the three festival days are jam packed with activities, entertainment, amusements, food and special events. You definitely want to get familiar with it all before arriving.
How? Check out the NC Seafood Festival 2016 Daily Calendar and start making your plans.
Know What's Free
Now that you have a good grasp of what to expect over the three-day festival, get to know what's offered free-of-charge. Who doesn't love free?
One of the things we love most is that admission to the North Carolina Seafood is free. Parking can be tricky at this busy festival, but you can find free parking offered at the NC State Port, 113 Arendell Street, Morehead City, with a free shuttle Saturday and Sunday to and from the festival grounds. The shuttle leaves from the state port and carries you to downtown 4th Street. The shuttle runs Saturday from 9a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
There is a host of free concerts and live entertainment on various stages throughout the three days. You can find out more about that later in this post!
Another way to score free stuff at the festival is to Like and Follow the NC Seafood Festival Facebook page. They are currently offering fun contests with prizes and freebies leading up to the festival. Go there right now and see what they have to offer! It's also a great way to keep up-to-date on all of the latest and greatest festival happenings.
Know Who's PerformingThe NC Seafood Festival performances are definitely one of the highlights of the event. This year's ticketed performers include Uncle Kracker on Friday evening and Michael Ray headlining on Saturday. You can read more about the concerts, performers and purchase your tickets for either or both performances on the NC Seafood Festival's ticketed concerts page.
Then there are the free concerts. So many free concerts! There are a variety of local and regional performers in a variety of musical genres for your listening pleasure. Don't forget to bring the kids over to SasSea's stage located on 8th and Evans Street, for entertainment that is geared towards children and families. From Blues and Jazz to clowns and dancers, this stage has a little bit of everything for everybody! Check out the NC Seafood Festival's Free Entertainment lineup right here.
Know the NC Seafood Festival HighlightsIn addition to the all of the freebies, live entertainment, headlining artists, and amusements—there are other festival highlights you need to know about.
Some of our North Carolina Seafood Festival event highlights are as follows:
- the seafood, of course!
- the Flounder Fling
- the fireworks display
- the Blessing of the Fleet
- SasSea’s Playground
Don't forget about all of the festival-related events that are also part of the experience. This year that includes NC Seafood Smart Education Day, the Southern Outer Banks Boat Show, daily cooking events, the Twin Bridges 8K Road Race, Pier Fishing Tournament, and the Sailing Regatta.
Wow it's a lot, isn't it? We're so excited about this year's event! Hope to see you there and we hope you found this blog post helpful in making your North Carolina Seafood Festival experience the best it can be.
Are you coming to the 30th Annual NC Seafood Festival on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina?