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    October Events


    New Hanover County


    Airlie Oyster Roast

    October 19th, 6-10pm

    Airlie Gardens

    300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

    Admission: $100


    The Annual Airlie Oyster Roast at Airlie Gardens features steamed oysters from Elijah’s Restaurant; appetizers, BBQ, fried chicken and fixins’ from Middle of the Island Catering and cash bar. There will be live music with Band of Oz. Advance tickets only. Proceeds benefit Airlie’s Environmental Educational Programs.


    Harvest Festival

    October 28th, 10am-4pm

    Poplar Grove Plantation

    10200 US Hwy 17 North, Wilmington, NC 28411

    Admission: $5


    The Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove features local artisans and crafters, concessions, carnival games, bouncy houses, food and kids activities. Entertainment provided by Mr. Twister, Mr. Mark from The Broccoli Brothers, and The Folkstone String band.



    Brunswick County


    NC Festival by the Sea

    October 27th-28th; Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 9am-4pm

    Holden Beach Pavilion

    Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach, NC 28462


    Two-day event that kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway on Saturday. Arts and crafts vendors are available both days. Enjoy a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest. Children will enjoy face painting, kite flying and children’s rides and musements. Live musical


    Boo at the Beach

    October 19th, 5:30-7:30pm

    Holden Beach Pavilion

    Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach, NC 28462


    Join the Halloween festivities at the Holden Beach Pavilion featuring booths with carnival games for children. Dress in your Halloween costumes for a chance to win the costume contest. Event is free.



    Pender County


    Autumn with Topsail

    October 20th & 21st, Sat: 9:30am-8pm; Sun: 9;30am-4pm

    Historic Assembly Building & Missiles & More Museum

    720 Channel Boulevard, Topsail Beach, NC 28445

    Admission: $5-8


    Fall festival featuring a juried Artists’ and Crafts Court with over 100 regional artists’ displaying and selling their work. Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer and wine, games, and rides for children.  Free shuttle provided.


    Surf City Fall Fest

    October 27th, 4-6:30pm

    Soundside park

    517 Roland Avenue, Surf City, NC 28445


    Kick off for Performance Club’s ‘THRILLER & Other Strange Things’. Includes food vendors, inflatables, games and a costume contest. Be sure to stick around for the showing of Hocus Pocus at  sundown.



    Onslow County


    Onslow Oktoberfest

    October 19th-27th

    Jacksonville Riverwalk Crossing Park

    421 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540


    Enjoy a weekend full of amazing sights and sounds celebrating the German culture. Enjoy authentic German food, beverages, and music by the New River. The weekend includes a Last Man Standing contest, The Foothills Oompah Band, a beer garden, and more.


    Fall on the Farm

    October 28th, 3-6pm

    Trinity United Methodist Church

    301 marine Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28540


    Join Trinity United Methodist Church for fun, games and food with Trunk-or-Treat from 5-6pm. All other activities will be from 3-5pm including pony rides, a petting zoo and games. You must have a wristband to participate in activities.



    Craven County


    Youth Fishing Derby

    October 20th, 9am-12pm

    Lawson Creek Park

    1309 Country Club Road, New Bern NC 28562


    New Bern parks and Recreation present the Youth Fishing Derby at Lawson Creek Park for ages 5-16. Prizes will be awarded for the smallest fish, biggest fish and most fish caught. Hotdog lunch will be provided for participants. Fishing poles, lines and bait will be provided while supplies last.


    Hocus Pocus Halloween Ball

    October 26th, 6:30-9:30pm

    203 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560

    Admission: $42


    Join the Lewis ‘n Clark  Band for an evening of dinner and dance to Fall and Halloween inspired songs. Costumes are welcome but not required. Features cash bar. Tickets must be bought in advance.



    Carteret County


    Oktoberfest Celebration

    October 20th, 1-5pm

    702 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC


    Celebrate Oktoberfest at Crystal Coast Brewing Company with contests, food, and a new beer. Contests are all free to play and include a stein-holding competition, shuffleboard tournament, cornhole, and a Beat the Brewer competition. Winners get swag and gift certificates. German style food and a custom glass will be for sale.


    Carolina Kite Festival

    October 27th-28th, 10am-4pm

    Sand Villas 400 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

    Admission: Free


    Kites Unlimited presents the 31st Annual Carolina Kite Festival at Sands Vilas in Atlantic Beach. Bring a kite and a camera and enjoy the day.


    Newport Hootenanny

    October 31st, 6-9pm

    200 Howard Boulevard, Newport, NC 28570

    Admission: free


    Join the Newport Rotary Club for ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food.  There will also be bounce houses, a DJ dance party, and a costume contest.

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