The Best May 2018 Events on the Crystal Coast


May days here on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina are filled with natural wonders, family-friendly activities, beach and watersports, music festivals and more. Let's not forget about the symbolic start of summer with Memorial Day happening this month, too. Whew! Are you ready? Have you booked your Emerald Isle beach rental? Now is the time. Here are the highlights of May on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. You'll want to mark down these dates. Hope to see you out and about in our coastal towns and on our local beaches. Happy May!

May 2018

NC Sea Turtle Season 

It's that time of the year again here on the coast of North Carolina: sea turtle nesting and hatching season, which runs from May through October. Check out the link above to learn all you need to know about sea turtle season on the Crystal Coast and what you can do to help during your Emerald Isle beach vacation. We thank you in advance for your support.


May 5, 2018

Bike the Banks

The 4th Annual Bike the Banks happens this month with three rides to choose from! Ride 1: Emerald Isle Ride (10 mile Fun Ride along Multi-Use Path) $25 entry fee, Ride 2: Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $40 entry fee, Ride 3: Cape Lookout (100 miles) $40 entry fee. Click the link above for more info and to register. Pedal your way along the Crystal Coast and enjoy the ride.

May 11, 2018
Friday Free Flicks in EI

The second Friday of each month offers Friday Free Flicks at the Emerald Isle Community Center. Movies are family-oriented and suitable for all ages. It makes for a perfect family night out. Admission is free! Bring a blanket or comfy chair then sit back and enjoy the show. Popcorn and drink are available for a buck. May's movie feature is Leap. Showtime is 7p.m. 

May 13, 2018
Mother’s Day at the Beach

Give the gift of the beach this Mother's Day and let mom sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal scenery and ambiance. There's nothing quite like a Mother's Day getaway to the Crystal Coast. If you're looking for more ways to show mom love and appreciation on this special day, follow the link above for the best Mother's Day ideas—then start making your plans. Mom deserves it!

May 18, 2018
Beaufort Music Festival

Take a nice coastal drive down Highway 70 East into the historic town of Beaufort and enjoy a music festival set right on the waterfront where yachts dock and boats sail along the waterway. For over 30 years, this free festival has taken place each May and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music.


May 19-20, 2018
Crystal Coast Boat Show

Entering its 11th year, the Crystal Coast Boat Show in Morehead City, is one of Eastern Carolina’s premier events, featuring marine products and services, fishing gear, boat brokers, sailing races, boating education and various activities, including an antique car show and corn-hole tournament. Come and experience it for yourself. Bring your family, bring your friends!

May 26, 2018 
Kayak for the Warriors 5K

Kayak for the Warriors is an annual fundraising event for Hope for the Warriors to benefit our brave, combat injured and fallen service men and women and their families, sponsored by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. Join in the 11th anniversary event at the annual kayak and paddle board race on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10am, traversing a 3.2-mile route along the town’s beautiful canals and Bogue sound. Kayakers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The 5K Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 (Memorial Day weekend) at 8a.m. and the K4TW reception happens on May 31, 2018. Check the link above for more info.

May 28, 2018
Memorial Day at the Beach

Memorial Day isn't just about the symbolic start of summer, the cookouts and family gatherings, and the rest and relaxation—it's a holiday of remembering. You probably don't know that there are so many amazing Memorial Day destinations along the Crystal Coast that bring history to life and real meaning to the day. You can read more about the historic locations, local heroes, and epic battles fought right here on these shores and in the nearby towns. It's a wonderful history lesson for all ages that brings powerful reminders of what this day is all about. Read more by following the link above for all the local Memorial Day details.

May 31, 2018
K4TW Reception 

On Thursday evening May 31, 2018 at 6p.m., the annual Kayak for the Warriors (K4TW) Reception with its two auctions (Live and Silent) is held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. This event, which especially honors our combat wounded, is also intended to recognize all of our veterans. This is a delightfully entertaining evening for everyone. For an admission fee of $10, you get admittance to the aquarium and all its exhibits and are invited to enjoy some of the finest food our local restaurants provide. One serving of beer or wine is included, as is unlimited water or soda. Learn more by following the link in the heading.


This is just a sampling of what's happening in May on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Isn't it time you booked your Emerald Isle beach vacation rental? We hope to see you over the Memorial Day holiday both on the beach and around town. Let us know if you'll be here!


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