The Most Popular October 2018 Events on the Crystal Coast
October is here and you might be wondering what the status is for all of the locally loved events in Emerald Isle and on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Hurricane Florence has caused some of our big events to have to be rescheduled or cancelled, but there are also some new events happening this month as well—including a hurricane relief event hosted by the NC Seafood Festival in place of its usually scheduled event (read on for more about that below).
Here is the October 2018 event info you need to know for the remainder of this month. All updates are current at the writing and publishing of this blog post, but please follow the links to the specific events for the latest updates and information as each of these events draw near.
We'd also like to point out that several of these events have been geared toward raising money for local recovery efforts and are going right back into the Crystal Coast NC communities that we love and cherish, which makes us even more proud of where we live. Our communities, neighborhoods and businesses are some of the best around. Come on out and show your support!
2018 NC Seafood Festival Cancelled; Hurricane Relief Event Planned
Hurricane Relief Event Planned for November 3, 2018
The iconic and popular North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City, NC recently made the decision to cancel the 2018 North Carolina Seafood Festival event and instead host a Hurricane Relief Event on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The hurricane benefit event will be held on the Morehead City working waterfront with a focus on hurricane relief efforts with food, music, and fun for all ages. Mark your calendar!
Ed Stack, Chairperson of 2018 Festival says, “The board feels that we still want to produce an element of giving back to our community after experiencing such a major devastation. We look forward to bringing this event to the area and working towards planning of the North Carolina Seafood Festival in 2019”.
Learn more about the decision to cancel the NC Seafood Festival this year by watching the video below from Executive Director of the festival, Stephanie McIntyre.
Mullet Festival in Swansboro Rescheduled for November
November 10-11, 2018
Another locally loved festival that usually happens in October is being rescheduled for a later date. The Swansboro Mullet Festival is slated for November 10-11, 2018 this year. No worries, you can still enjoy all of the fun and festivities you've come to expect at this family-friendly celebration... just in November!
Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Tournament
October 13-24, 2018
Hurry, registration ends October 11, 2018 and the tournament begins October 13 and runs through November 24, 2018. Registration is free and the Reel Outdoors is providing prizes for the top three anglers. The Reel Outdoors is also 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. Register for the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Tournament here.
Friday Free Flicks in Emerald Isle
October 12, 2018
Come on out to the Friday Free Flick on October 12, 2018 at the Emerald Isle Parks and Rec gymnasium. The featured movie is Ferdinand. The show begins at 7p.m. Movies are family oriented, free and open to the public (children must be accompanied by an adult). Popcorn and drink are available for $1. Don't forget to bring chairs or blankets. No outside beverages or snacks, please.
Exploring the Heavens at Fort Macon State Park
October 13, 2018
Join other stargazers on October 13, 2018 at 2p.m. at the Visitor Center’s large auditorium as special guest NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman shares an overview of the first non-terrestrial telescope, NASA’s Hubble. Learn how it has changed our understanding of the universe around us, some of the mission’s highlights and an introduction to the next step in observing’s evolution, The James Webb Telescope. (Note: Fort Macon was affected by Hurricane Florence, so be sure to visit the NC Parks website for the latest event updates in the event of any changes to the scheduled programs, events and activities.)
Swansboro King Mackerel Tournament
October 15-21, 2018
This annual fall fishing favorite is slated for October 15-21, 2018. Check out this unique format King Mackerel Tournament where 50 of the best kingfish teams in the nation compete for big money for first place. In 2017, Wall Hanger celebrated their 1st place finish with a $83,260 pay day! It's the largest 1st place payout in any King Mackerel tournament in the world. Read more about the Swansboro King Mackerel Fishing Tournament on their website and find the schedule of events plus weigh-in times.
Tuna Run 200 Relay from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach
October 19-20, 2018
Have you heard about the Tuna Run Relay? You have two options if you're interested!
The Tuna Run 200 is an amazing, overnight relay adventure in which you and your friends Run 200 scenic miles to finish at the beach and enjoy tuna and your beverage of choice after a job well done. The Tuna Run 200 begins just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina in Lake Benson Park in Garner and will finish at the beach in Atlantic Beach on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.
The Tuna Run 70 is a fun one-day relay adventure in which you and your friends Run 70 scenic miles to finish at the beach with the same tuna and drink post-race reward. The Tuna Run 70 begins in the small town of Trenton, North Carolina and will join the Tuna Run 200 Relay for the last 70+ miles of that race running the length of Bogue Banks from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach before finishing at the beach.
Teams for the Tuna Run 200 are generally made up of 4 to 12 people who split 36 legs. The Tuna Run 70 teams are typically made up of 2 to 6 people who split 12 legs. Each team provides support vans to drop off and pick up runners at designated exchange zones along the race route.
The Tuna Run 200 and Tuna Run 70 are great fun for everyone – you don’t have to be an ultra runner to enjoy it. For a 12 person team in the Tuna Run 200 and 6 person team in the Tuna Run 70 the distances and training are similar to that of a half marathon. However, if you are an ultra runner you will still be challenged.
Interested? The Tuna 200 Relay happens October 19-20, 2018. You can register for either of the Tuna Relay Runs here.
Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival
October 26, 2018
The Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival Fun is a treat for the whole family and includes creating a glow in the dark mural, photo booth, cake walk, ID kits by the EI Police Dept and more. Admission fee to the carnival is two bags of candy per child. The Halloween Carnival is sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle. The Halloween fun runs from 6-8p.m. Hope to see you there!
Carteret County Speedway Race for Recovery
October 27, 2018
Gentleman (and ladies), start your engines at the Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, NC. The show will go on at Carteret County Speedway and the track will resume racing with events on October 27th and November 17th to close out the 2018 season.
Repairs are underway to facilities at the track damaged by Hurricane Florence. Carteret County Speedway will be ready to race on Saturday, October 27th with the Solid Rock Carriers Race for Recovery presented by C&S Paint Center and Sportsman’s Wholesale.
“This has been a challenging time for both Carteret County Speedway and for the Carteret County, Craven County and Onslow County communities,” Carteret County Speedway public relations director Andy Marquis said. “We have seen both the racing community and the Eastern North Carolina community come together. The outpouring of support for the track and for Bobby Watson has been astonishing and greatly appreciated.”
The Race for Recovery will not just be about racing but also helping to give back the community. Proceeds from each ticket will go to help benefit local hurricane recovery, while also producing a night of family fun for the community. Pre-race festivities for the Race for Recovery include a concert by James Carothers, a Nashville recording artist who vocally resembles country music legend George Jones, as well as a Trunk-or-Treat. During an intermission period, the track will host a Halloween costume contest for kids and adults as well. Pre-race festivities will begin at 5pm and racing will begin around 6pm.
Find the latest updates and information on the Carteret County Speedway Facebook page.
Town of Emerald Isle Trick or Treat
October 31, 2018
The Town of Emerald Isle will officially observe Halloween Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 31st from 6-8:30p.m. Please think safety first and foremost when taking your children Trick-or-Treating. Have a boo-tiful evening!
As you can see, Hurricane Florence has not dampened our determination or our spirit to get back to life as we know it here in Emerald Isle and all along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Stay tuned and follow our progress as we continue to regroup and reassess here on the coast. We thank you so much for your support, patience and encouragement.
Check out more local events, activities and things to do this month here:
Which October events are on your calendar?
We want to know! Happy October!