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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 Health Care 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...

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Morehead City Morehead City, NC
Various locations
Morehead City, NC
(252) 247-3575

June 8-16, 2018 Big Rock — one hardly needs to say more. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament celebrates its 59th anniversary in 2016 and is one of the oldest and largest sport-fishing tournaments of its kind in the country. The nine-day event includes a one-day lady angler tournament boasting 60-plus boats...more about Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Jaycee Park
807 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC
(252) 808-0440

July 6: Night Years. See all 2018 Dates Below The free "Alive at Five" concerts are held May through October, presenting popular crowd-pleasing bands at Jaycee Park on the Downtown Morehead City Waterfront from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. This family-friendly series is promoted by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association. Coolers and...more about Alive at Five Concert Series

Jaycee Park
807 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC
(252) 726-5083

June 18: Liquid Pickle (Variety, Classic Rock) 2018 Scheduled dates listed below. Come to Jaycee Park on any Saturday nights from May to August and enjoy live music while you watch the sunset on the water. Morehead City Parks and Recreation sponsors this free concert open to the public in downtown Morehead City...more about Concert Series in the Park

Various locations
NC
(252) 726-8148

July 4, 2018  Fourth of July fireworks and festivities take place throughout the Crystal Coast. Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Swansboro and Emerald Isle regularly have evening fireworks, and Beaufort has a great "small-town" morning parade that is followed by a community picnic on the courthouse lawn with free ice cream and...more about Independence Day Celebrations

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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