Spend Labor Day in Emerald Isle and Enjoy Pristine Beaches, Local Arts & Crafts, Free Live Music, and More!


As the symbolic end of summer approaches this weekend, we want to encourage you to come and visit with us here on the coast of North Carolina over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Stay on our Emerald Isle beaches, play in our warm coastal waters, and savor the summer on our salty shores. We'd love to see you, your family, and your friends and celebrate the long weekend with you all. Extend the holiday and stay longer, if you can!

Let the kids shake off the back-to-school blues with some fun, sun, sand, and surf. They will thank you for it. And we definitely think that you should join them in the fun.

Take some time off from work, responsibilities, and the usual daily grind. Dig your toes deep into the soft warm sand, breathe in the moist salty air, feel the soothing touch of the coastal breeze on your skin, and view the magnificence of the crashing waves against the ever-changing shoreline. Ahhhhh, it is so relaxing and rejuvenating.

In addition to basking on our lovely beaches, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and about to experience everything else we love about Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast. The fun doesn't end when Labor Day arrives, it continues on and on and on... (Remember what we said about an endless summer in last week's blog post? It's true!)

In the town of Emerald Isle, visitors and residents alike enjoy the array of local events. Keep a close eye on what's happening during your time here; you don't want to miss out. Whether you enjoy beach volleyball tournaments, free Friday flicks, or live musical performances?you'll find it all, and so much more.

Speaking of live music, don't forget that EmeraldFest and SwanFest both provide great opportunities to groove to live musical performances while enjoying the local coastal surroundings.

On Sunday, September 2, SwanFest hosts a free, outdoor performance by Acoustic Highway from 6:30-8:00p.m. at Olde Town Square in nearby Swansboro (right across the Cameron Langston Bridge from Emerald Isle).

On Thursday, September 6, EmeraldFest hosts Caribbean performers Barefoot Wade from 6:30-8:00p.m. at the Western Ocean Regional Access in Emerald Isle. Free live Caribbean music at the beach, well what could be better than that? (See, you should stay longer than just the Labor Day weekend.)

Drive over to the historic waterfront town of Beaufort. Plan to spend the day there walking the waterfront boardwalk, admiring the yachts and sailboats, exploring the shops, and trying the local fare. If you're able to get there on Saturday or Sunday, be sure to visit the Beaufort Historic Site for the Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Fall Show. It's a fantastic opportunity to browse and buy arts and crafts from our local coastal artisans during this juried show and sale. Plan ahead for the holiday season by purchasing some unique gifts during your time here.

There is so much we love to do here over the Labor Day weekend (and beyond). We hope we get to share some of it with you. If you make an annual trip to Emerald Isle over the Labor Day holiday, tell us about it. If you are planning to come this weekend for the first time, tell us about it. Our comment section is always open, and we welcome your comments. Happy Labor Day to you, wherever you may spend it!