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Morehead City, NC

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Bustling with locals and visitors on the waterfront and downtown, Morehead City, NC, is the largest of the Crystal Coast cities with a population over 8,500. This 150-year-old city has kept its remarkably friendly atmosphere to all who come, whether for a short visit or for a lifetime. Come by boat and dock at the public pier or drive into town on Highway 70 which is the spine of this lovely city surrounded by water.

A wonderful park in downtown Morehead City that is a true find for parents with small children, kids who just need to run around, and for tennis players, and families or groups who need a picnic pavillion is Shevan Park on 16th Street and Evans Street. Built on the park is the “Sea of Dreams” - a huge wooden, hand-built playground that will keep your little (and big) kids busy for hours. Jaycee Park, a small area on the downtown waterfront, is a lovely place to watch the sun set and is often used for small presentations. Captain Hook was spotted there once during a performance of Peter Pan.

It’s no surprise with all the water that Morehead City is the home of the award-winning NC Seafood Festival - the largest of its kind east of Raleigh, NC. Stroll the booths and follow your nose to tasty fare from the ocean. Cooking with the Chefs is just one of the many entertaining and delicious choices you’ll find during this three-day family-friendly event the first weekend in October. Be sure to watch Miss North Carolina fling a flounder, tap your toes to the live bands, stay late for the closing fireworks, and find out why over 180,000 people come back every year to this unforgettable festival.

Locals and visitors, alike, find the restaurants in Morehead City to be outstanding - from the newer ones on the block to those like Sanitary Fish Market which has been serving baskets of piping hot hush puppies and boat loads of fresh seafood for well over 75 years. At another locals’ favorite overlooking Bogue Inlet - Ruddy Duck Tavern - taste their savory Black and Blue Burger or fish tacos made with the freshest ingredients. For a trip back to the 1960’s park your car under one of the spreading live oak trees at El’s Drive-In on Arendall Street near Carteret General Hospital and order a shrimp or oyster burger or any other tasty meal.

Much of Morehead’s growth is in the western area, toward Newport, a growing community known as “the town with old-fashioned courtesy.” Chartered in 1866, Newport was first supported by logging, farming, and fishing. One of Newport’s more popular annual events is the Newport Pig Cooking Contest in April, the largest whole-pig cooking event of its kind.

Events and Hotspots...

American Music Festival Morehead City Morehead City, NC
P.O. Box 1099
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-7876

November 2017 - March 2018 The American Music Festival is a non-profit chamber music series featuring concerts performed from September through April. Performers scheduled for the 2017-2018 season include Schumann Quartett (November 4, 2017) held at the First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City, Duo Francais (January 27, 2018) held at the History...more about American Music Festival

Domestic Violence Tea Luncheon Morehead City Morehead City, NC
Crystal Coast Civic Center
3505 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 247-9247

November 19, 2017, Sunday The Carteret County Domestic Violence Program presents their annual fundraiser. This tea luncheon also hosts one of the county's largest silent auctions, a fashion show from local boutiques, and a 50/50 raffle. The $30 tickets can be bought by calling the CCDV office, and tables may be reserved...more about Domestic Violence Tea Luncheon

1311 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC
(252) 479-8919

November 17 - 19, 2017  25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee You don't have to go far to enjoy outstanding live entertainment. Carteret Community Theater, located in downtown Morehead City, seats 500 and gathers exceptional local talent and guests from around the country. The CCT offers summer camps in June and...more about Carteret Community Theatre

Morehead City Plaza Shopping Center
2900 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC

November 24 - December 10, 2017  Holiday shoppers and everyone who appreciates art can stroll through a gallery of original juried artwork for three weeks, Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Morehead City Plaza Shopping Center. Local artists combine...more about Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition Holiday Show & Sale

Big Rock Fountain on the Waterfront
Evans Street
Morehead City, NC
(252) 240-1979

April through October come to the waterfront to watch local artists in action at this monthly event. Every third Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM during these months, artists set up their easels and paint the beauty of their surroundings. Come and browse their handiwork. Many will have their original...more about Plein Air Art Event

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