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Best Fall Festivals in the Emerald Isle, North Carolina Area

Fall in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, is a beautiful time of year featuring gorgeous fall foliage in this picturesque small town tucked along the Crystal Coast. The fall weather in Emerald Isle, NC, is crisp and pleasant, and on the colder days, you can even break out your favorite cozy sweater. 

The team at Spinnaker’s Reach put together a list of the best fall festivals in the Emerald Isle, North Carolina area for you to explore below. Enjoy the splendor of the North Carolina fall in one of our enchanting Emerald Isle vacation rentals featuring options with gorgeous oceanfront views and homes with a pool

7 Fall Festivals To Enjoy Near Emerald Isle, North Carolina

  1. Carolina Kite Festival: Witness hundreds of kites flying over the beautiful Atlantic Beach in North Carolina this fall. This festival is hosted by Kites Unlimited & BirdStuff, and there will also be fun kid activities like a candy drop and kite building. There won’t be vendors there, so make sure to pack snacks!
  2. The North Carolina Seafood Festival: Enjoy delicious seafood at one of the most popular fall festivals in North Carolina. You can experience hundreds of booths of each participating organization’s unique interpretation of the perfect seafood dish.
  3. Mullet Festival of Swansboro: Come and experience the oldest festival on the Crystal Coast. The event centers around the mullet fish that calls the eastern North Carolina waters home. There will be a parade, vendors, live music, an area for kid activities, and more to explore.
  4. 2022 Fall Fest at Humphrey Farm: Have a blast with the whole family at this North Carolina fall festival featuring a petting zoo, inflatables, food trucks, karaoke, DJ, dancing, hay rides, pumpkin patch, and more! You can also devour delicious pumpkin treats like deep-fried pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie funnel cakes, or enter their pumpkin pie eating contest.
  5. 2022 Chili Cook-Off & Fall Beer Festival: Humphreys Farm has another fall festival where you can enjoy delicious food and $1000 in cash prizes for chili cook-off winners. This festival will also have fall beer tasting cards, food trucks, an area for kids with inflatables, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, and all the North Carolina fall fun you can ask for!
  6. Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival 2022: This excellent North Carolina fall festival is also free to enter. Bring your beach chairs and blankets to relax on the North Carolina beach with great music and food vendors. You could also buy one of the T-shirts for sale. 
  7. Crystal Coast Highland Games: Celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture at this great North Carolina fall festival. Some of the exciting activities are Highland dance demonstrations, Highland bagpipes, food trucks, and traditional Highland athletics! Some athletic games will be Stone Put, Weights for Distance, Caber Toss, Weights for Height, and Sheaf Toss

Enjoy the North Carolina fall in Emerald Isle when you book your stay today!