The Crystal Coast Festivals are a highlight for visitors to Atlantic Beach NC. Carteret County offers many festivals that expose vacationers to the culture of the NC Crystal Coast. Newport and the surrounding areas support the two largest annual festivals in North Carolina.

Newport North Carolina is home to the largest whole hog BBQ pig cooking contest in the United States. The Newport Pig Cooking Contest is an annual, two-day celebration at Newport Community Park. The festival features more than 80 competitors attempting to cook the finest pig using their secret sauces. The festival also offers entertainment, crafts, rides and fun for the entire family.

While Carteret County consists mostly of water rather than land, it is fitting that the North Carolina Seafood Festival is held in nearby Morehead City. The NC Seafood Festival is North Carolina’s second largest festivals and occurs during the fall. The Seafood Festival in Morehead City NC features seafood sampling prepared by renowned chefs, fresh NC seafood for sale at the Open Air Market, more than 150 arts and craft vendors, sporting events, amusement rides, and fireworks. You are invited to “catch the excitement” along the waterfront of Morehead City.

The Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament is one of the largest all-cash mackerel fishing competitions. For more than thirty years this Crystal Coast Tournament has taken place at Atlantic Station. Bring the entire family along to this fall fishing competition; there’s plenty of excitement for everyone!

The Beaufort By-the-Sea Music Festival is hosted annually in downtown Beaufort during the spring. The festival is set up throughout town on numerous stages. Come enjoy a delectable variety of music amidst refreshing ocean breezes! Bring the family along, admission is free of charge.

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