The Best 2018 Topsail Events You Need to Know About


2018 is rolling on full steam ahead. Have you planned your Topsail beach vacation yet? You should do it now! Block off a little time (or a lot) on your calendar to spend some time in coastal Carolina paradise. A Topsail NC beach vacation is just what the doctored ordered—vacations are good for you! While you're in the midst of your vacation planning, be sure to take a peek at these 2018 Topsail Island event calendar highlights to be sure you don't miss any of the wonderful festivals, family-friendly activities, and local happenings that are occurring during your stay. These are the most popular Topsail events that should go right on your calendar. Save the dates.

Greater Topsail Area Annual Events


Easter Egg Roll at Soundside Park in Surf City
March 31, 2018

Family fun for everyone at the Surf City Easter Egg Roll at scenic Soundside Park. This free holiday event is perfect for kids ages 10 and under and features the Easter Bunny himself and live rabbits as part of the interactive fun. It's BYOB (bring your own basket). Hop on over and check it out. 


Independence Day Fireworks & Celebration in Surf City
July 3, 2018

Start your Topsail Island Independence Day celebration early and with a bang! Come enjoy the Surf City Independence Day Celebration with a concert and fireworks display at Soundside Park. There's live music in addition to food, children's activities and more. It's a family favorite.


Independence Day Fireworks in Holly Ridge and Sneads Ferry
July 4, 2018

Off-the-island Independence celebrations and fireworks happen right on the Fourth of July. Take a quick drive over the bridge and explore what these nearby Topsail towns have to offer. 


Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival
August 11-12, 2018

The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival is the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina held the second full weekend of August each year. Bands, beer and wine, children's activities, great food, and arts and crafts are all part of the festival. The parade begins Saturday with queens and kings, military displays, contests and some of the best family-friendly fun around. Car, truck and bike show happen on Sunday. Celebrate North Carolina seafood and take a taste of the local flavor.


Hampstead Spot Festival
September 21-22, 2018


The 3-day Spot Festival celebrates the spot fish, a staple of Hampstead. The Spot Festival is a popular Topsail event with everything from Spot Fish dinners to beach music, plus arts and crafts to kiddie blow up rides and so much more family fun. The highlight is the Spot Dinner with all the fixings along with other regional food. The 5K Fun Run on Saturday kicks off the festivities. Enjoy the fireworks celebration on Saturday night. 


Autumn With Topsail Festival
October 20-21, 2018

Fall is a wonderful time at Topsail Beach. The Autumn With Topsail festival features a juried Artists' Court with many regional artists displaying and selling their work. Enjoy live musical entertainment, a variety of wonderful food, games and rides for children, and plenty of family fun for everyone. It's a fall favorite here on Topsail Island!


Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting
November 17, 2018

Join the town of Surf City at Soundside Park as it lights its holiday tree and kicks off the Christmas season. Santa will be there to welcome the youngsters with cookies and hot chocolate. The festivities begin at 6p.m. The holiday season on Topsail Island starts right here, so don't miss it.


Topsail Island Holiday Lighted Boat Flotilla
November 23, 2018

Topsail Island's Holiday Boat Flotilla in November of each year is a great way to add a little island vibe to your holiday season. The annual parade starts around 5:30p.m., when decorated and lighted boats sail down the Intracoastal Waterway beginning in Surf City at the Channel Bend development and continuing past the south end of Topsail Beach. Other than from a private dock, the best place for the public to watch the flotilla is from the Assembly Building, or any of the soundside beaches along the route. Please note, the flotilla can not be seen from Soundside Park in Surf City. This locally loved Topsail Christmas event takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving, just after sundown.


Where to Find More Topsail Island Events, Festivals & Activities

The calendar of events is always growing as the year marches on, so no matter when you plan your Topsail beach vacation be sure to check out these local resources for more details on what's happening and where to go for family fun and the best festivals, activities and local Topsail area events.

Topsail Rentals Online Blog

Be sure to follow our blog to stay updated with what's happening on the beach and around town in Topsail, NC. We love sharing our island paradise with you. 

Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Find events and local happenings in the greater Topsail, North Carolina area on the Chamber's website. See what Topsail has to offer you and your family while you're here. 

Town of North Topsail Beach

Stay up to date with local events in North Topsail Beach on the town's website and Facebook page. 

Town of Surf City

The Town of Surf City website and Facebook page offers insider information on what's happening around town with all the local events, family-friendly activities and favorite festivals. 

Town of Topsail Beach

Find out where to go, what to do and what's going on in Topsail Beach on the town's website and Facebook page. You'll get an insider's perspective on the local events and things to do.

Surf City Parks and Recreation

From movies and concerts in Soundside Park and other family fun, the Surf City Parks and Recreation page keeps a running list of events you'll want to know about. Both their Facebook page and website are wonderful local resources.

Visit Pender County

This county site is home to tourism and events on Topsail Island and beyond. Take a look at what they have to offer and stay in the know on the best things happening in the area.


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