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Come to the NC Seafood Festival for a Fun Family Feast!

The NC Seafood Festival is an epic event celebrating the importance of seafood to the eastern North Carolina community. It consists of 3 days of food, fun, and family activities in Morehead City, NC. It also functions as a not-for-profit organization that allows other North Carolina non-profits, churches, civic groups and educational organizations to raise funds through their participation. The proceeds from the festival are shared with the organizations that donate their time to the festival.


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The NC Seafood Festival: What You Need to Know

The NC Seafood Festival started in 1987. Today, it remains a cornerstone event for the Carteret County community. It brings a festive crowd to Morehead City every fall; visitors enjoy the music, rides, vendors, and of course the seafood. The best part - the NC Seafood Festival is free and open to the public! You will want to bring cash, however, for food, rides, and souvenirs.

Free parking is also available for the event. You can find it at the North Carolina State Port, 113 Arendell Street, Morehead City. On Saturday and Sunday, a free shuttle will take you from there to the festival. There will also be community groups offering parking for a daily fee. Avoid parking on the side streets or alleys surrounding the festival, as illegally parked vehicles will be towed.

NC Seafood Festival - 2017 Event Details

The 2017 NC Seafood Festival will occur the weekend of Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8. The hours are as follows:

Friday, October 6: Noon - 11 pm (Vendors will open at noon. Rides will open at 2 pm.)

Saturday, October 7: 10 am - 11 pm (Vendors and rides will open at 11 am. Fireworks start at 9 pm.)

Sunday, October 8: 11 am - 5 pm (Vendors and rides will open at 10 am, and you can ride all day for just $25!)

For a full list of what will be happening each day of the event, see the NC Seafood Festival Daily Event Calendar.

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