Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events – 2024




Southport Spring Festival
Southport Spring Festival

March 29th & 30th  


Welcome Spring Easter weekend in style at the Southport Spring Festival, a tradition that started in 1996. This festival features a wide variety of activities.
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N.C. Azalea Festival
N.C. Azalea Festival

3rd thru 7th

Wilmington has been celebrating Spring Southern Style since  1948.  There’s something for everyone among their community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture. This festival is considered one of the top events in the Southeast.
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Strawberry & Wine Fest

Strawberry & Wine Fest

April 28th
Sunset Beach


The Strawberry and Wine Festival, hosted by the Old Bridge Preservation Society since 2014. There will be wines available from Silver Coast Winery with strawberries as the main fare of the day. It’s a day of wine, food, entertainment, and craft vendors.  
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Days at the Docks Festival

Days at the Docks Festival
April 27th & 28th
Holden Beach


The annual festival which started in the 1980’s occurs in April or May and is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. It’s the Holden Beach way to kick-off the Spring and start the vacation season. In addition to the food and arts & crafts, enjoy live music & entertainment, a horseshoe tournament and the world famous “Bopple Race”. Lots of activities for the entire family!
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Blue Crab Festival

Blue Crab Festival

May 18th & 19th

Little River SC

Little River has been celebrating the World Famous Blue Crab Festival since 1981. It is held on the waterfront in Little River and is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast. The purpose of this festival is one that supports and showcases the fabulous atmosphere of the local communities.

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Conway Riverfest - CR

Riverfest Celebration
June 29th               

Conway SC


Held along the Waccamaw River in downtown Conway the festival celebrates Independence Day since 1980 with music and events for the entire family.
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4th of July Southport - CR 190
N.C. 4th of July Festival
July 4th


The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.
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Battleship Blast 4th of July Celebration

Battleship Blast
4th of July Celebration
July 4th    


Annual 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington since 1981. Featured entertainment will perform from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, followed by fireworks at 9:05 PM launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River adjacent to the USS North Carolina Battleship. The only place you need to be this holiday is downtown Wilmington for the best view of fireworks.

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U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament
U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament
October 3rd thru 5th


The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament has taken place since 1979 and is held annually the first week in October. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast and part of the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) Tournament Trail. The tournament now attracts almost 400 boats annually.
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October 5th & 6th

Wilmington’s Riverfest is celebrated in October since 1979 and runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College over a half mile of free family entertainment.
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Sunset at Sunset

Sunset at Sunset
October 5th
Sunset Beach


Held the first Saturday in October each year, Sunset at Sunset is the Town of Sunset Beach’s Community Block Party.  The annual autumn event has been celebrated since 2007, and is scheduled to happen again this year, in front of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Beach.
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               Run Holden Beach
Run Holden Beach

October 5
Holden Beach

Run Holden Beach is part of the BAM! Race Series that started in 2014. The series includes four (4) events that have runs on Holden Beach, Oak Island, Sunset Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach.
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Oyster Festival Logo - CR

N.C. Oyster Festival

19th & 20th
Ocean Isle Beach

The annual North Carolina Oyster Festival has been taking place since 1978
. Come celebrate everything Oyster with a variety of foods, crafts, contests, children’s activities, and musical performances at Mulberry Park in Shallotte. Signature Festival events include the Oyster Shucking Contest, Oyster Eating Contest, and Oyster Stew Cook-off.

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N.C. Festival by the Sea

N.C. Festival by the Sea
October 26th & 27th
Holden Beach


Hosted by the Holden Beach Merchants Association this annual two-day festival which started in the 1980’s occurs on the last full weekend in October. The festival is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. There is a fishing tournament, horseshoe tournament, and a sandcastle building contest. Vendors provide food, arts and crafts, amusement rides and other activities. There is live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach’s Pavilion.
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North carolina'sDiscover a wide range of things to do in the Brunswick Islands for an experience that goes beyond the beach.
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A Second Helping

“A Second Helping”

Their food collections have now totaled more than two hundred and ninety-eight thousand (298,000) pounds of food since the program began in June of 2005. Hunger exists everywhere in this country; join them in the fight to help end hunger in Brunswick County.

A Second Helping is a volunteer organization that does a transfer of food program and is beginning its twentieth year this June.

It is a program to collect any leftover items from people as they leave the island. Food items are distributed to the needy of Brunswick County.

They take donations Saturday mornings (8:00am to 10:30am) during the summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Program to collect food Saturday mornings (8:00am to 10:30am) during the summer at the Beach Mart on the Causeway.

The drop-off site is at the Beach Mart, south end of the parking lot, on the Causeway just off Holden Beach Road.

Your donations are put to good use in helping to feed the hungry in this area.

Ways to Give
You can either donate food or you can send cash donations. Cash donations are gratefully accepted. One hundred percent (100%) of these cash donations are used to buy more food. You can be assured that the money will be very well spent.

Mail Donations to:
A Second Helping
% Sharon United Methodist Church
2030 Holden Beach Road
Supply, NC 28462                         

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Guest Information

Guest Information

Town of Holden Beach Website /
.     a) Visitors /
.     b) Renters Information /

Holden Beach Information Network Website /
    a) Holden Beach Locator
.     b) Tide Tables
    c) Beachcombing Guide
.     d) Concert Schedule
.     e) Dining Guide
.     f) Restaurant Reviews

Quiet Enjoyment:
All parties are expected to act with respect and regard toward all members of the community

Garbage and Trash Removal /
Garbage and trash must be placed at the end of the residential driveway no sooner than the night before the day of collection and returned the day after collection
.       a)
Garbage pails – every Tuesday and Saturday (June through September)
.       b)
Curbside Recycling – every Tuesday (June through September)
         * If blue trash can is at property

Day Trip –

Southport / Fort Fisher Ferry Schedule

Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Calendar of Events – Island

Parks & Recreation /

Concerts by the Sea –
Free concerts every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. during the summer at the Pavilion
.     a) 
Bring your lawn chair with you
.     b)
Beginning May 29th through September 4th

Tide Dye –
Join us every Tuesday between 1:00 to at 2:00 p.m. at the Pavilion to tie dye your own shirts.
.     a) The cost is $7 per shirt.
.     b) Beginning June 14th through August 9th 

Turtle Talk –
Educational program every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel
.     a)
Beginning June 29th through August 17th

 Children’s Turtle Time held every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel
.     a) Crafts, stories and activities for children ages 3 – 6
.     b) All children must be accompanied by an adult
.     c)
Beginning June 29th through August 3rd

A Second Helping –
Program to collect  food Saturday mornings during the summer at the Beach Mart 
a) Food is distributed to the needy in Brunswick County

Island Wide – Rules & Regulations

.     1) Note posted speed limit signs
§ Chapter 71 –Traffic Schedules / Schedule I – Speed Limits

.     2) Observe signs for exact parking prohibitions
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.       a) No parking on the streets or rights-of-way
         * except in designated parking spaces identified by signs
.       b) Do not leave any portion of vehicle in designated travel lane of any street
Do not block crosswalks, sidewalks, access ways, driveways, or mailboxes
.       d) No parking within 15 feet of any fire hydrant or emergency vehicle access
§ Chapter 72 –Parking Schedules / Schedule I – Parking Prohibited At All Times

.     3) Fireworks are not allowed on the island
.       a)
Possession of fireworks is a Class 2 misdemeanor
§ 130.15 / Sale or use of fireworks are prohibited

 Beach Strand – Rules & Regulations

1) There are no lifeguards on the beach strand. Rip tides are dangerous. When swimming, if     you get caught in a rip tide pulling you away from shore, swim parallel to the shoreline until you get out of the current — do not try to swim against the current back to shore.

2)  Keep off the dunes

All beach equipment must be removed from the beach by its owner or permitted user on a daily basis between the hours of 6pm and 7am.
§ 94.06 / Placing obstructions on the beach strand

4) Pets are not allowed on the beach strand from May 20th to September 10th
.    • During the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm daily
§ 90.20 / Responsibilities of owners
Pets must be on a leash at all times on the island.
Owner’s need to clean up after their animals (It’s their doody!)

5) It is unlawful to dig into the sand on any part of the beach strand greater than 12 inches deep, without having a responsible person attending the area. Prior to leaving the area, any hole greater than 12 inches deep shall be filled to be level with the surrounding area, leaving the area in the same general condition in which it was found.
§ 94.05 / Digging of holes on beach strand

6) Alcoholic beverages are not allowed anywhere on the beach strand.
§ 130.03 / Sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages prohibited

7) Trash receptacles are placed along the beach for your convenience
  a) P
lease do not litter.
§ 130.30 / Littering prohibited

8) Only emergency and official Town Staff vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach.
§ 94.01 / Official vehicles allowed on beach strand
§ 94.02 / Privately owned vehicles prohibited on beach strand

9) If you want to fish a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required, please be courteous to those swimming and relaxing nearby.