Memorial Day Weekend Events for Eastern and Coastal North Carolina

What are you doing for Memorial Day weekend? Let’s face it with the price of gas being so high, traveling out of state for a holiday weekend may not be an option for the money-conscious for this Memorial Day weekend.

If you’re considering a stay-cation for Memorial Weekend but wonder if there will be fun things to do locally, no problem. With local Memorial Day events being so numerous, there is plenty to do in your area to celebrate the holiday without traveling very far. More good news, there are many free or inexpensive choices for celebrating the holiday weekend.

Art, Music, or Drama anyone?

For those who enjoy an open-air concert, May is a beautiful time to enjoy one. Duplin Winery is offering a free courtyard music series to be held every Saturday from 2-5 from April through October including Saturday, May 28. Wine is available for purchase by the glass.

Art lovers are invited to attend Carteret County ‘s Arts and Crafts Coalition Spring Show in Beaufort on Saturday, May 28. For more information call (800) 575-7483 or (252) 728-5225.

A long-time favorite, opening Memorial Day Weekend is the Lost Colony at Manteo, NC. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Lost Colony website.

Festival Fun:

Annual Aurora Fossil Festival Friday, May 27- Sunday, May 29 at the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC. This event features classic cars, activities for children, live beach music, vendors, rides, and games. More info can be found at the Aurora Fossil Museum website.

The Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival, Saturday, May 28 at Holden Beach, NC. Free admission; bring a chair. Food vendors and crafts will be available. For more information call: 910-603-2995

Hatteras Kite & SUP Expo!, Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30, Rodanthe, NC. Free admission to the public. Demonstrations of kiteboarding and paddleboarding each day. Live music each evening. Local seafood restaurants will have plates available for purchase.

Enjoy Nature:

It is a natural choice for Memorial Day, nature, preferably sun and water. It never gets old even if you go every Memorial Day. You can’t go wrong with any of NC’s beaches or lakes. Spend some time sunning yourself, collecting shells, or fishing. Camping is available in many areas at very reasonable rates.

Don’t forget local attractions also inspired by nature such as any of the NC Aquariums.

Memorialize Our Heroes:

In our quest to enjoy a much needed long-weekend, don’t forget to check out events to celebrate the meaning of the holiday. Most of these will be held on Memorial Day Monday. Many town halls will be holding special remembrances of fallen soldiers. Check with your town hall for more information on these services.