Things to Do in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Ocean Isle Beach offers much more to do and see than the beach itself. Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding area are home to numerous annual festivals and events. No matter what time of year you are visiting, there is bound to be exciting things to do in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert Series

Music lovers, rejoice! Every year from May through September Ocean Isle Beach hosts a free concert series. Every Friday night during the summer from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. the hottest local bands in the area get everyone’s feet stomping and tail feathers shaking with rock and roll, oldies, beach music, and shag. The free concerts take place in the parking lot of the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas.

NC Oyster Festival

The waters of Brunswick County are famed for their abundance of mollusks, and you don’t want to miss the chance to celebrate one of America’s favorite ocean treats. Each October over 30,000 people visit Ocean Isle Beach to enjoy a day of food, live entertainment, and contests including a road race, tennis tournament, beauty pageant, oyster-shucking contest, and oyster stew cook-off.

Day at the Docks

You’ll find two days of fun each April during Holden Beach’s Day at the Docks festival. Hosting over 50 arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors and exciting competitions, Day at the Docks is a full weekend of non-stop entertainment for the whole family.

The Swamp Park

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina is an amazing place for a vacation for countless reasons. Explore the swamps, go on an adventure in the trees, and try ziplining between cypress trees.

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Calabash Fishing Fleet

Calabash Fishing Fleet offers the best fishing excursions in the area as well as party cruises and dolphin cruises. Hop aboard one of the charter boats of Calabash Fishing Fleet led by Captain Robert!

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Museum of Coastal Carolina

Learn about the history and science that exists right in the Carolinas at the Museum of Coastal Carolina!

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North Carolina Wildlife: Bird Island Reserve

The Bird Island Reserve in Brunswick County is primarily used for research and study of NC wildlife. This is a a beautiful beach area and wonderful place to relax.

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Coastal Wine Room

Coastal Wine Room, the first wine room on the island, features a unique blend of novelty and hospitality. Browse our extensive collection of fine wines and beers around the globe, or relax at the bar with a glass of wine, beer on tap, wine and beer flights, food, family, and friends.

Super Saturday

Kick off the holiday season the island way on Super Saturday, held on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Festivities begin with a Christmas Parade, followed by a tree lighting ceremony, caroling, and a nighttime boat parade. Bring the little ones to tell Santa their Christmas wishes!

Ocean Isle Beach Events

Every Thursday


5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Shallotte Elks Lodge, 791 Bricklanding Road

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Shallotte Christmas Parade
10:00 am
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Sunset Beach Holiday Market
80+ vendors, featuring Paws-Ability's Photos with Santa
10:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Artsy Fartsy Holiday Jam
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, The SoundHouse, 3610 Express Drive, Shallotte
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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Shallotte Holiday Market
9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mulberry Park, 123 Mulberry St, Shallotte

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Christmas at the Old Bridge
Christmas carols, holiday lights, decorations, goodies at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

15th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Bridge Run for Food
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Silver Coast Bridal Show
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, The Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach
Meet local caterers, photographers, officiates, bakeries, DJs, entertainment, limos, venues, event planners and florists. Let the expertise of local wedding professionals make your wedding day extra special. Free admission.

Concerts on the Beach