The Best October Events and Things to Do in EI

 Best October Events

Can you believe that October 2017 is almost here? Crazy! Time flies when you're having fun on the beach. The good news is that beach season doesn't end when fall arrives here on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. It just gets more beautiful. Cooler temps, lower humidity and stunning colors are some of the highlights of the season. Not to mention breathtaking coastal sunrises and sunsets, less crowds and more beach, and a host of family-friendly events and things to do. Speaking of events, there's a lot going on in Emerald Isle in October. Here are this month's highlights—you'll definitely want to write these down on your calendar. They're all close and convenient to your Emerald Isle vacation rental, so enjoy as many as you can during your time here. 


Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Fishing Tournament
Registration Through Oct. 12, 2017; Tournament runs Oct. 14-Nov. 25, 2017Speckled Trout

Don't miss this fall fishing favorite event on Bogue Banks. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and The Reel Outdoors are sponsoring the 15th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament. The tournament runs from 8a.m. Saturday, October 14 – November 25, 2017. Registration is free and the Reel Outdoors is providing prizes for the top 3 anglers! Registration is September 12 - October 12. The Reel Outdoors is the official weigh-in station.  All trout must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet, sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle; no boats. See complete rules on the back of the registration form, which will be available on September 12th at The Reel Outdoors or the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center. Tournament registration forms and rules may also be downloaded online. Good luck!

Dr. Bogus Free Surf Fishing Seminar
October 2, 2017

In conjunction with the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament, Dr. Bogus is offering a free fishing seminar to help you fine tune your surf fishing technique and skills. Learn more about speckled trout surf fishing from one of the area’s most renowned experts at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department Community Center. For more information, contact 252-354-6350. Hurry, space is limited and pre-registration is required so reserve your spot now. 

Sound to Sea Paint Out & Sale
October 6-8, 2017Beach Painting

Calling all artists! The Sound to Sea Paint Out is an all medium Art Show and Sale in Emerald Isle sponsored by the Seaside Arts Council and Oil Painters of America. Artist find places to paint on Emerald Isle or the surrounding area on Saturday. Local home owners who want their view painted are given to the artist. Maps and name tags are given to artists Friday night at the Registration Social at Irene Baileys Studio & Gallery, 905 Ocean Drive, Emerald Isle. Artists can choose to have their canvases stamped, in order to compete for the People's Choice Cash Award from the Seaside Arts Council, presented Sunday at the Art Show and Sale. All paintings must be hangable for the competition. All artists (whether you paint Plein Air or not), are invited to exhibit and sell their work at the Art Show on Sunday, located at The Trading Post restaurant in Emerald Isle. All artists participating are responsible for their own display equipment such as easels, table, chairs and tent or umbrellas. For more details, visit the Sound to Sea Paint Out event page.

Emerald Isle Fire House Open House
October 7, 2017

Emerald Isle is fortunate to be served by a dedicated group of firefighters providing quality fire and emergency medical services for residents, property owners, and visitors.  Come out on Saturday from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at the Emerald Isle Fire Department located at 7516 Emerald Drive and meet the guys, learn more about fire safety, tour the station, check out the trucks and equipment, let the kids enjoy activities, and grab a hot dog! For more information, please contact Chief Bill Walker at 252-354-2445.


Friday Free Flicks: "Hocus Pocus"
October 13, 2017 Popcorn

You are invited to join in the family fun in the gymnasium at the Emerald Isle Community Center located at 203 Leisure Lane on the second Friday of each month for the Friday Free Flicks movie series. Admission is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and a drink are available for only a $1. Don't forget to bring a chair or a blanket with you. No outside food or beverages, please. This month's film is "Hocus Pocus" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy. This supernatural comedy follows a trio of 17th century sibling witches who are accidentally resurrected into the 20th century by teenager Max. Movies are suitable for all ages unless otherwise noted. Enjoy the show!



PEP Program (Police Education the Public)
October 17, 2017

The Emerald Isle Police Department is proud to introduce the PEP program to Emerald Isle. The PEP program, or Police Educating the Public, is a series of one hour classes presented on the third Tuesday of every month in the Town Board Meeting Room located at 7500 Emerald Drive at 10am. These classes cover a variety of subjects relevant to issues being faced by communities across the country. The goal of this program is to increase public awareness, as well as provide education and tips on how you can prevent yourself from becoming vulnerable to these issues. PEP Class topic for October is Teen Dating Violence with Instructor Delorme.


American Red Cross Blood Drive
October 20, 2017Donate Blood


Carteret County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center from 2-7pm, 203 Leisure Lane.  Please give!


Golf with a Cop Community Tournament
October 21, 2017


The Emerald Isle Police Department and Neighborhood Watch invite all golfers to join in the second annual golf outing at 8a.m. at the Star Hill Golf Club, 202 Club House Drive in Cape Carteret. Get to know your area police and neighborhood watch volunteers while enjoying a round at beautiful Star Hill Golf Club in Cape Carteret. It is a 4 person captain's choice tournament. The price is $40 per golfer, which includes greens fee, cart fee and lunch. Beverages and snacks are available to purchase during the round. Please note, this is not a fundraising event. See you on the green!


Coffee with a Cop
October 26, 2017Coffee with a Cop

Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation. No agendas or speeches—just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Coffee with a Cop sessions take place on the 4th Thursday of each month at different locations in town. This month's Coffee with a Cop event happens at 9a.m. at Rucker Johns. For more information contact Police Chief Tony Reese at 252-354-2021. 

Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival
October 27, 2017

Fall fun for the whole family abounds at the Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival from 6-8p.m. at the EI Community Center at 203 Leisure Lane. Festivities include creating a glow in the dark mural, photo booth, cake walk, ID kits by the EI Police Dept., Trunk or Treat and more! Admission fee to carnival is two bags of candy per child. Please call 252-354-6350 for more details and information. 

Town of Emerald Isle Trick or Treat
October 31, 2017Trick-or-Treat

The Town of Emerald Isle is officially observing Halloween Trick or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st from 6-8:30pm. Please think safety at all times when taking children Trick-or-Treating. Happy Halloween!


You can find out more details along with other wonderful Emerald Isle events and things to do this month and every month on the town calendar. Check it out! 



Need a few more reasons to come visit this time of year? Read this: We Love the Fall Season in Emerald Isle: Here's Why!


As you can see, there is a lot going on in Emerald Isle during the month of October. The good news is that you still have time to be here and join us for the fall fun. Go ahead and book your Emerald Isle rental and we'll see you around town and on the beach. We're confident that you'll love an off-season beach vacation in Emerald Isle. It's one of our best kept secrets. Happy October!




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