North Carolina's largest festival highlight seafood, amusements, and rides for children

North Carolina Seafood Festival

North Carolina Seafood Festival

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is one of the area’s most popular, drawing in more than 200,000 people to Morehead City. For more than 30 years, the festival has provided residents and visitors alike with world-class entertainment, family fun, and most importantly, the best seafood you’ve ever tasted. Food lovers have the chance to sample just about every piece of seafood imaginable or learn how to prepare their own with chef cooking demonstrations. The North Carolina Seafood Festival also features amusement rides, music concert, road race, pier fishing tournament, and sailing regatta. For food, you’ll find goodies such as calamari, “Down East” clam chowder, and charcoal mullet, as well as carnival classics like funnel cakes and even a wide array of desserts. Live music is offered at three different stages with continuous acts playing, all of which are free to attend. There are carnival rides and arcade games at the festival as well, perfect for the kids. Selected as a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for October 2019 by the Southeast Tourism Society. Free admission.

Locals Recommend

“Plan early to attend as this is the largest festival in North Carolina and rooms are often difficult to find.”

Event Details
  • Date & Time: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 2-4, 2020
  • Location: Downtown Morehead City and waterfront
  • Distance from Hotel: 5.7 miles (14-minute drive)

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