Kure Beach Holiday Whoobie Whatty

December 15, 2023
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion
105 Atlantic Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28482

Don your best Whoville attire and join in a Grinch-themed outdoor holiday celebration. The evening starts with a viewing of the 2000 version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." While the film is playing, everyone can visit different stations set up throughout the park for face painting. Grinch crafts, cookie decorating, and photos with the Grinch.

Holiday Story Time by the Sea

December 16, 2023
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion
105 Atlantic Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28482

The Princesses return once again for a special Holiday version of Story Time by the Sea! Join this magical morning of storytelling and crafts with a Christmas flair! Three Princesses will be hosting this family fun program.

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K NYE Run

December 31, 2023
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28482

Celebrate New Year with an exhilarating trail run! The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a timed trail race with 13.1 and 3.1 mile courses. All levels of speed and ability can race along a rolling pine-laced single track with water views.

Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31, 2023
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 284449

Come celebrate New Year's Eve at the beach with the Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments available for purchase. This is the perfect way to welcome 2024!

13th Annual East Coast Shag Classic - Shaggin' on the Boardwalk

January 24 & 25, 2024
Courtyard by Mariott
100 Charlotte Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

A three day charity event for Hope Abounds Cancer Network. Shag to The Band of Oz, The Entertainers, The Rick & Lesa Duo, and The Catalinas. Sign up now to shag for a great cause!

20th Annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge

February 17, 2024
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavillion
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Show your strength at the 20th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge or one mile fun walk for all abilities-- this flat course is stroller, wheel chair and dog friendly. Be one of the Brave and participate as plungers to conquer cold conditions while diving into the chilly Atlantic Ocean. Contestants are encouraged to dress up, find their inner superhero and can opt for the 5K Run-N-Plunge, a one mile fun walk or just the Plunge. You can even take the Plunge with your pooch!

20th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run 5K Walk/Run & 10K

March 16, 2024
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
101 Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Join the fun with the 20th Annual flat course (USATF Certification) run, a St. Patrick's Day Celebration and tribute to two truly amazing men whose paths crossed in Carolina Beach. Costume clad in Irish attire (or not) Participants can choose either the 10k Run or the 5k Run/Walk followed by an awards ceremony and after party.

Star Party: Sun & Moon

April 12, 2024
Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Come learn about the night sky join the Cape Fear Museum and Carolina Beach State Park for a fun, free, family astronomy event. Featuring The Cape Fear Astronomy Society with telescopes set up for viewing the night sky, there will also be vendors and many activities everyone will enjoy. This year's theme will be Sun & Moon in honor of the April Solar Eclipse. Parking will be in the Marina area, be sure to bring a flashlight and some bug repellent.

Pleasure Island Spring Surf Fishing Challenge

April 13 & 14, 2024
Municipal Docks
224 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Providing the perfect coastline for surf fishing, Pleasure Island home to Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, holds the area's premiere land-based surf fishing tournament. Everyone is welcome to come and join this weekend of fishing for a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes. This event welcomes either Teams or Solo Anglers Age 21+. Please check latest updates on social media. Registration available closer to the event.

5K and One Mile Fun Run: Race for the Planet

April 28, 2024
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Join the excitement when the 5K and One Mile Fun Run Race for the Planet welcomes racers of all skill levels to an easy flat course beginning and ending at the Aquarium. Serious runners can take advantage of the excellent course for a fast pace. The fun, no-pressure atmosphere makes it a great choice for families and both power and leisure walkers. The flat, mostly asphalt course runs through scenic Fort Fisher with amazing views of the ocean, maritime forest and the majestic Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Pleasure Island Jeep Jam

May 17 & May 18, 2024
118 Riverfront Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Calling all Jeep lovers for a pet-friendly celebration of all things Jeep at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher. The central location and site of the Show and Shine Jeep Exhibition, will also have live bands, food trucks and other festivities with dates and times to be announced. They will even have special activities for the kids. See the latest updates on their social media page. No Jeep? No problem, it’s not required…but you definitely will want one after attending. Come celebrate the beach, music, and joys of Jeep life!

Surf Dog Experience

May 18, 2024
1800 Carolina Beach Ave N
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Bring your furry friend to be part of the fun Surf Dog Experience (no previous pet surfing experience needed) or just have a great time watching the pups show their surfing style at Carolina Beach. This annual event provides softboards and life jackets, or you may bring your own surfboard and life jacket for your dog to catch a wave. You may also join your dog in the water as they catch their wave.

Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast

5/24/2024, 5/30/2024, 6/6/2024, 6/13/2024, 6/20/2024, 6/27/2024, 7/11/2024, 7/18/2024, 7/25/2024, 8/1/2024, 8/8/2024, 8/15/2024, 8/22/2024, 8/30/2024

Cape Fear Blvd and Carolina Beach Ave N
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Pleasure Island Summers 'officially' begin with the weekly fireworks display the Friday before Memorial Day and then continue every Thursday evening until the final fireworks show the Friday before Labor Day. The best place to view this Thursday spectacular show is on the beach strand located in front of the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, where live music plays at the Gazebo stage. So 'pack up' the family and head to the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. The music usually starts at 6:30 PM followed by the fireworks at 9:00 PM. Please check their Website and Social Media for latest updates. Details available closer to the event.

Free Summer Movies at the Lake

May 26 - September 1, 2024: Every Sunday
Lake Drive and Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Enjoy a series of free outdoor movies through Labor Day Weekend. Grab your kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to Carolina Beach Lake Park to enjoy a free outdoor movie on a 'gigantic' screen! Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more. You can also bring your own food and beverages. Movies start at dusk. Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy this true summertime treat for adults and kids alike! Movies announced closer to the event date. Please Note that movies are weather dependent and selections may be subject to change.

Historic Boardwalk Tours

May 28 - August 27, 2024: Every Tuesday
Carolina Beach Boardwalk by the Hampton Inn
1 Harper Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Join a member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society for a newly revised Historic Boardwalk Tour. This guided tour features interesting revelations from the past as you stroll along today’s Carolina Beach Boardwalk and envision it in its heyday. Phone reservations are suggested, but not required for this tour that meets near the Hampton Inn on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Parking is available at the Municipal Parking Lot across from the Town Marina.

Carolina Beach Music Festival

June 1, 2024
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave S
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Here is your chance to dance barefoot on the sand or just sway to the Beach Music Beat while standing in the surf. Hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, the Carolina Beach Music Festival is billed as "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast" and one of the longest running beach music festivals in the US. On Saturday swing in the sand to the sounds of top selling Beach Music Bands. Come out and enjoy live entertainment with some of the hottest beach music bands in the South! You can access the Saturday festival on the sand via the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.