Where Is the Best Place to Find Topsail Events for 2020? Right Here!
Check out this year's 2020 Topsail, NC event preview right here! Now's the time to grab your calendar and save these dates for the best and most popular annual events held on Topsail Island and nearby on the mainland. This is your opportunity to plan your Topsail beach vacation around your favorite local events—or if you live here, you can use this as a guide all long year as to what's happening on our local beaches and around our Topsail towns. You'll definitely want to bookmark this page so you can refer to it in the future.
The dates for these events are accurate at the writing of this blog, but are subject to change. We'll keep this page updated as more information becomes available, but it's always best to confirm the event dates and times before you go. We'll give you links on exactly where to find the information below.
Go ahead and take a look at the local Topsail events, concerts, festivals, fishing tournaments, and family-friendly activities that are slated for 2020. All that's missing is you! It all starts by blocking off your vacation time and booking your Topsail Island vacation rental.
JANUARY 1ST ANNUALLY
It wouldn't be the new year without a nice refreshing dip into the Atlantic Ocean waters with a few thousand of your closest friends. The Topsail Island Dolphin Dip in Surf City is the place to be on New Year's Day. Will you do The Dip? Event details here.
NATIONAL VACATION DAY
JANUARY 28, 2020
There's no excuse to not plan your 2020 vacation this month! Why? Because there's actually a nationally designated day to do just that. National Plan for Vacation Day is held annually on the last Tuesday of January each year.
FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Don't let Valentine's Day sneak up on you! Plan a romantic Topsail beach getaway for your sweetheart and give the gift of memories. A couple's getaway is the perfect way to celebrate. Here's all you need to plan your romantic Topsail beach getaway.
PRESIDENTS' DAY HOLIDAY
FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Anytime you get a long weekend is your chance for a Topsail beach escape. If you have the Presidents' Day holiday off, make the most it by enjoying some time on the coast of somewhere beautiful. Right here! Book your Topsail beach vacay today.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
MARCH 17, 2020
Come drink some green beer with us and raise a toast to beach life! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true island style while enjoying the local dinner and drink specials courtesy of Topsail's restaurants and bars. See what's happening at your favorite local spot.
MARCH 19, 2020
Spring is coming! It officially starts on March 19th this year, but you can come and enjoy a spring break whenever your kids have off of school or you can get away from work for a week or two this month. The weather is warming up and the beach awaits.
APRIL 12, 2020
Speaking of springtime, the Easter holiday is another wonderful time to go to the beach with the family! Give them something to look forward to this Easter and see how we celebrate the holiday at the beach. Read more about Easter on Topsail Island right here.
SURF CITY EASTER EGG ROLL
TBA (TYPICALLY THE DAY BEFORE EASTER)
Now that you're planning to be on Topsail Island for the Easter holiday, your younger kids (10 and under) will want to be at the Surf City Easter Egg Roll held at Soundside Park. It's typically held the Saturday right before Easter. More event details coming soon.
MAY 10, 2020
Mom deserves the best! Give it to her! She works hard all year long taking care of everyone else. It's time to give her a break. Plan a Mother's Day beach getaway filled with all the things she loves: sun, salt, sand, sea, and family. Read why it's the best gift ever.
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
MAY 31, 2020
It's a time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and there are some amazing ways to do that during your time on Topsail Island. It's also the symbolic start of summer so where else would you spend it but at the beach?
MOVIES IN THE PARK
MEMORIAL DAY THROUGH LABOR DAY
Memorial Day starts the summer fun in Soundside Park with free movies in the park (on alternating Friday evenings). The other Fridays host the free summer concert series. More event details to come.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
MEMORIAL DAY THROUGH LABOR DAY
Memorial Day starts the summer fun in Soundside Park with free concerts in the park (on alternating Friday evenings). The other Fridays host the free summer movies in the park. More event details to come.
KIDS FISHING TOURNAMENT
JUNE 20, 2020
Held on Father's Day weekend and sponsored by the Town of Surf City and East Coast Sports, this annual event is open to all ages 12 and under. In years past, the first 200 kids to sign up received a free rod and reel from East Coast Sports! More event details to come.
JUNE 21, 2020
Bring dad to the beach this Father's Day and give him the gift that keeps on giving. No matter what Dad loves to do—fishing, golfing, relaxing on the beach, getting out on the water, hiking, biking, camping, or whatever floats his boat—you'll find it all here on Topsail Island.
OCEAN CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
JULY 3-5, 2020
Did you know that Ocean City in North Topsail Beach is designated as a historical site on the Jacksonville-Onslow County African American Heritage Trail? It is! Check out this wonderful 2-day venue for jazz lovers of all ages this summer. Event details here.
SNEADS FERRY SHRIMP FESTIVAL
AUGUST 7-9, 2020
The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina, is held the second full weekend of August each year and is celebrating 50 years in 2020! Enjoy live music, great food, fireworks, a parade and more. Event details here.
KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT
Participants in the Sneads Ferry, NC Rotary Club’s annual King Mackerel Fishing Tournament come from all over North Carolina to fish in this popular two-day annual event. 2020 marks the 29th year for this popular fishing tournament. More event details to come.
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer, but the endless summer spirit lives on here well after Labor Day. It's a wonderful time to be here, so maybe you should consider booking your Topsail Island rental now for the holiday. Relax at the beach this Labor Day!
TOPSAIL ISLAND JEEP WEEK
TBA (TYPICALLY THE 3RD WEEKEND IN SEPT)
September on Topsail Island means Jeep Week! What better place to put your top down and take in the salt air than beautiful Topsail Island? Bring your family and enjoy family fun, jeep adventure, and island living at its best. Spanning six towns and two counties, this truly is an island takeover. Event details here.
SURF CITY OCEAN FEST
OCTOBER 10, 2020
In its 2nd year, this event celebrates the Topsail area's wave-riding heritage where everyone can enjoy live music, food and drink, and learn about ways to protect the ocean. There's also a retro surf contest and adaptive surf clinic for veterans. Event details here.
AUTUMN WITH TOPSAIL
OCTOBER 16-18, 2020
Celebrate the autumn beach season! Held on the grounds of the Historical Society of Topsail Island in Topsail Beach, Autumn With Topsail is a local and visitor favorite featuring over 100 regional artists, live music, kid-friendly activities and more! Event details to come.
SURF CITY FALL FEST
Another local fall favorite event is the Surf City Fall Fest held each year at Soundside Park. Enjoy a free day of family fun full of food trucks, inflatables, games, live music, and so much more. Don't miss it! Event details coming soon.
OCTOBER 31, 2020
Halloween in Topsail, NC is an experience all its own. Explore our local haunts, if you dare. You never know what's lurking around the dark corners and historic sites of Eastern North Carolina. You might also enjoy these Topsail Tales that will send chills down your spine.
NC SPOT FESTIVAL
TBA (TYPICALLY THE 1ST WEEKEND IN NOV)
The NC Spot Festival is a popular event with Spot Fish Plates paired with beach music all weekend! Find everything from arts and crafts to activities for the kids. Proceeds benefit local schools and community services. More event details coming soon.
FALL FISHING CHALLENGE
NOVEMBER 6-8, 2020
Enjoy a little friendly competition with this Fall Surf and Pier Fishing Challenge. Offering two divisions (surf and pier), anglers of every ability enjoy this annual fishing tournament sponsored by East Coast Sports. More event details to come.
NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Learn more about the military history of our little island and its big impact on our country! Nearby Wilmington and Jacksonville have plenty of great places to visit in honor of this day, too. Read more about the best Topsail Island day trips here.
SURF CITY TREE LIGHTING
We love our coastal holidays so it's no wonder that our tree lightings and parades are something to look forward to each and every year. The Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting at Soundside Park usually happens before the Thanksgiving holiday so you have plenty of time to enjoy the view. Event details coming soon.
November 26, 2020
Spend your Thanksgiving at the beach! It's nice to change things up sometimes, and once you spend Thanksgiving on Topsail Island—you may never want to celebrate elsewhere. Here are our tips on how to have the most amazing Thanksgiving wherever you spend it.
TOPSAIL BEACH TREE LIGHTING
As the end of November rolls around, it's time to brush the sand off your shoes and put your jingle bells on! The annual Topsail Beach Tree Lighting and Topsail Beach Christmas Parade are all part of the holiday festivities at Town Center. More event details to come.
SNEADS FERRY WINTERFEST
TBA (TYPICALLY THE 2ND WEEKEND OF DEC)
For more than twenty years, Sneads Ferry has been ushering in the holiday season with the annual Winterfest. Festivities include a tree-lighting ceremony, arts and crafts vendors, and a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus. More event details to come.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Have you ever celebrated a coastal Christmas and a Topsail Island New Year? No? You're missing out! This just might be your year to spend the holidays at the beach and with some island flair. Topsail Island really is decorated so beautifully and it's exudes a holiday ambiance all its own. Read more about it here.
We'll keep you posted as more 2020 Topsail events and dates are announced. Stay tuned and check back often! If you have any that we missed, drop them in the comments below.