The Most Popular April Events on the Crystal Coast
What's happening on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina in April? So, so much! You'll want to get your calendar out for this. Mark down these dates with awesome events from Emerald Isle to Beaufort and everywhere in between. It's going to be a busy month here, so it's best to start your planning now. Don't forget to pencil in some beach time while you're at it.
Here are the most popular April events on the Crystal Coast for you to enjoy. Bring your family, bring your friends!
Newport Pig Picking Contest
April 7-8, 2017, Newport Town Park
It's that time of year again! Can you smell the barbecue wafting through the air? The 39th Annual Newport Pig Picking Contest is the largest whole-hog pig cooking event that combines food, fun and a springtime celebration like no other into two glorious days. This family-friendly event also has rides, live music, concessions, baked goods, funnel cake and souvenirs. Dig into a plate of barbecue while you're there and take some home with you. There's free admission and free parking, too. Come hungry! Also read up on what makes Eastern Carolina Barbecue so unique and get your taste buds prepared for what's to come.
Easter Activities & Egg Hunts
Various dates, times & locations
Emerald Isle Easter Egg Hunt, April 9, 2017 @12 noon, Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation: Join the EI Bunny at noon for festivities including sidewalk chalking, face painting, music and more. The egg hunt begins at 1p.m. sharp! Egg hunters should bring their own basket. The egg hunt is free and has three age categories: Ages 4 & Under - Ages 5 to 8 - Ages 9 to 12. Prizes are awarded in each age group for finding the EI bunny’s prize eggs. Joy the Clown joins the celebration, too. Everyone is invited!
Annual Beaufort Easter Egg Hunt, April 15, 2017 @11a.m., Beaufort Historic Site: Every bunny ages seven and younger is invited to search for hidden eggs filled with candy and enjoy light refreshments in beautiful Beaufort-by-the-Sea. This is a free event; all you need to bring is your Easter basket and arrive early to position yourself for the start of the hunt!
Annual Easter Festival to Benefit Autism, April 15, 2017 @12 noon, Garner Farms: Hop on over to Newport, NC for an Easter celebration for a cause. There's family-fun for everyone in a beautiful farm setting.
Book Signing with Emerald Isle Author Tom Gill
April 14, 2017 @2-4p.m., Caribsea
Emerald Isle resident Tom Gill, author of The Bridge and the just-released sequel Return to Emerald Isle, is on-hand for a book signing in Emerald Isle at Caribsea, located at 8921 Crew Drive. Stop by and visit with Tom in the restaurant to get your copy and discuss his most recent projects. Also check out next week's blog post featuring these good reads which happen to be perfect for your beach bag.
Party for the Planet 2017
April 21-23, 2017, NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Celebrate Earth Day at the Aquarium during the Party for the Planet days. Special programs and activities focus on Conservation Connection and learn what you can do to help animals and their habitats. This special event is free with admission or membership.
Lookout Rotary Road Race
April 22, 2017, Train Depot in Morehead City
The 28th Annual Lookout Rotary Road race is the perfect family-friendly race for all ages and fitness levels and goes from the Port to the Fort. This is a USATF sanctioned event that focuses on health-oriented family fitness event organized by Lookout Rotary, Morehead City, NC. Race proceeds are given as donations to Rotary-sponsored charitable groups with emphasis on local county programs. It's a flat and fast certified neighborhood course with race times and options listed as follows: 6:30 am- Race Registration; 7:30 am- Half marathon start; 7:35 am- 5K Wheelchair start; 7:45 am- 5K Run & Fitness Walk start; 7:50 am- "Run for Healthy Living" 1 mile .
Publick Day at the Beaufort Historic Site
April 22, 2017 @9a.m. to 4p.m.
Publick Day is an old-fashioned flea market on the Beaufort Historic Site at 100 Block Turner Street with vendors selling antiques and collectibles, art, crafts, handmade jewelry, books, food and much more. Admission is free. Buy unique gifts for yourself and for your friends.
Beaufort Wine & Food Festival
April 26-30, 2017, Downtown Beaufort
Since 2004, Beaufort Wine & Food has been bringing to the Crystal Coast top-notch chefs and award-winning wines for their signature five-day festival. Get your tickets now and see what all of the buzz is about. This is a local favorite!
Reelin' for Research Fishing Tournament
April 28-29, 2017, Downtown Morehead City
Reelin’ for Research is a year-round fundraising effort benefiting the UNC Children’s Hospital and childhood cancer research. It culminates each year with a one-day offshore fishing tournament in Morehead City. Make plans to join the best party of the year and help "land a cure” for childhood cancer!
Crystal Coast Sports & Recreation Expo
April 29, 2017, Crystal Coast Civic Center
Come learn more about the many wonderful opportunities that abound in Carteret County for those that are interested in sports for youth and adults, recreation and fitness for all ages, as well as health and wellness programs at the first annual Crystal Coast Sports and Recreation Expo. Here you can interact with a variety of vendors offering activities and education about products and services, as well as watch demonstrations of unique activities such as KnockerBall, Dance Fitness and laser tag. There are outdoor activities for kids, concession sales and much more.
You can find out all of the details on these events and other Crystal Coast events here. See you on the beach and around town!
Which April events on your Crystal Coast beach calendar?