The Best Events for 2019 in Topsail, NC
We're flipping through the calendar pages and looking ahead to all that 2019 has to offer you and your family. The first question we have to ask is: Have you planned your Topsail beach vacation yet? No? Well then now's the time. Seas the day, literally!
We've laid out the event highlights for the entire year at a glance to help you plan your vacation. Take a look at what gorgeous Topsail Island has to offer, pencil in your vacation dates, and find your place in the sand. We're giving you plenty of reasons to visit. Just look at all of these annual event, festivals and family-friendly things to do.
Cheers to as much sun, sand and surf as you can fit into your schedule this year! Need help with your Topsail vacation planning? Let us know. We'd love to be of assistance. Your Topsail Island rental is ready and waiting for you.
2019 Topsail Annual Events, Holidays & Things to Do
Get out your 2019 calendar and start taking a look at the dates. These are the biggest and best Topsail Island events and holidays to plan your Topsail beach vacation around.
1/1: Dolphin Dip in Surf City on New Year's Day
An annual New Year's Day Tradition that you won't want to miss. Meet us on the beach and get ready for the most refreshing way to start off the year ahead. Bring your family, bring your friends. Do the Dip if you dare! Details: Dolphin Dip Website.
1/29: National Plan for Vacation Day
Did you even know that there's an annual National Plan for Vacation Day? There sure is. It's the last Tuesday in January, so save the date and book your Topsail Island vacation. Details: National Plan for Vacation Day Website.
2/14: Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is the perfect reason to plan a romantic getaway to Topsail Island, North Carolina. Spend a week away from it all with a couples-only vacation to the beautiful Topsail beaches. Need some help planning it? Read this.
2/18: Presidents' Day Holiday
Any time you have a long holiday weekend such as Presidents' Day means that it is also a potential family vacation waiting to happen. You already have the time off from school and work, so the rest is easy! Book your Topsail vacation rental today.
3/2: Surf City Business Expo
Check out this fun-filled day with over 50 of Surf City's local storefront and home businesses all in one spot. Admission is free! It's a great way to get to know Surf City and its business culture and community better. Details: Town of Surf City Website.
3/17: St. Patrick's Day
Holidays are always a reason to plan a vacation. Come spend St. Patrick's Day on Topsail Island and see what our local restaurants and bars have planned. Don't forget to wear your green and gold! Explore our Topsail Island restaurants here.
3/20: First Day of Spring
Spring break, anyone? Time to head to the beach and celebrate the start of springtime weather with their warmer temps and longer days. Put your toes in the sand, then sit back and take it all in. Until then, let these springtime quotes inspire you.
4/20: Easter Egg Roll at Soundside Park in Surf City
This is a super fun event geared for kids ages 10 and under. With over 10,000 eggs to hunt for, everyone leaves a winner. Don't forget to bring your own basket. The Easter Bunny loves this event, too. Details: Surf City Parks & Recreation Website.
4/21: Easter Sunday
Spend your Easter holiday at the beach! Make it a new family tradition. The kids already have off of school, so go ahead and plan to be here with us. Everything is better at the beach—holidays included. Book your Easter beach vacay today!
5/12: Mother's Day
What's the best gift you can give to mom on Mother's Day? A Topsail beach vacation, of course. Read all of the reasons mom needs and deserves it and then start planning her well-earned escape. Read more about why the beach is the best gift here.
5/27: Memorial Day Holiday
Memorial Day is a huge beach holiday and for good reason. Where else would you really want to kick-off the symbolic start of summer than here on Topsail Island where the summer beach vibe is strong and you can enjoy life on island time. Book now!
5/27: Movies in the Park at Soundside Park
Memorial Day starts the summer fun in Soundside Park with Movies in the Park on Friday evenings. This free, family event runs through the Labor Day holiday on Topsail Island. Details: Surf City Parks & Recreation Facebook Page
5/27: Summer Concert Series at Soundside Park
Another reason to come to Soundside Park in Surf City on Friday evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day is the Summer Concert Series. Stay tuned for 2019 details and be sure to like and follow the Surf City Parks & Rec on Facebook.
6/16: Father's Day
Dads deserves time away too! Plan your Father's Day getaway to Topsail, NC and give him the gift of quality time with family. You're giving him the opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime with those he loves the most. Family fun starts here!
7/3: Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration in Surf City
Ring in Independence Day with a family-friendly celebration and fireworks in Soundside Park the evening before July 4th. Start your holiday off with a bang! Family fun abounds. Details: Town of Surf City Website.
7/4: Fourth of July Fireworks in Holly Ridge/Sneads Ferry
The Holly Ridge Liberty Festival and Fireworks happens right on July 4th every year. Families love it and you will too. Come on out and celebrate Independence Day on the mainland in nearby Holly Ridge. Details: Town of Holly Ridge Facebook Page.
7/5-7: Ocean City Jazz Festival in North Topsail Beach
Ocean City is designated as a historical site on the Jacksonville-Onslow County African American Trail and provides a wonderful 2-day venue for jazz lovers of all ages. Details: Ocean City Jazz Fest Website.
8/10-11: Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival
Calling all seafood lovers! The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina, is held the second full weekend of August each year. Make your plans to be here. Details: Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Website.
9/2: Labor Day Holiday
Savor the remainder of summer with a Labor Day holiday vacation to Topsail Island. You won't regret it! Here are the 5 best ways to relax here with us on Labor Day. Book early to get your favorite Topsail Island rental before it's taken.
9/21-22: Topsail Island Jeep Week
It's a weekend filled with events for Jeep lovers! If you are a Jeep owner, or even just a fan, come join us every third week of September to be part of the fun. Details: Topsail Island NC Jeep Week Facebook Page.
9/23: First Day of Fall
The fall season on Topsail Island is one of our best kept secrets. It's so beautiful here and there are so many less people than during the busy summer beach season. Find out more about why we love autumn on Topsail Beach right here.
10/14: Columbus Day Holiday
Here's another long weekend that beckons you to head out for an off-season beach vacation. Don't underestimate the beauty and tranquility of this time of year on Topsail Island. Plan your Topsail beach escape and look forward to your long weekend.
10/19-20: Autumn With Topsail Festival
Held on the grounds of the Historical Society of Topsail Island in Topsail Beach, the AWT Festival is a local and visitor favorite featuring over 100 regional artists, live music, kid-friendly activities and more! Details: Autumn With Topsail Website.
11/2-3: NC Spot Festival in Hampstead
The 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 Topsail schools and Pender EMS and Fire. Details: NC Spot Festival Website.
11/11: Veterans Day
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. Learn more about the best Topsail Island day trips here.
11/16: Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting
We get in the holiday mood pretty early around here. We love to light up the island in preparation for the holiday season and it all starts with the Surf City Tree Lighting each and every year. Won't you join us? Details: Town of Surf City Website.
11/28: Thanksgiving Day
Whether you go out for Thanksgiving dinner at one of our Topsail restaurants or make your own right in your Topsail Island vacation rental kitchen, you really can't go wrong. Come celebrate a Topsail Island Thanksgiving this year!
11/29: Topsail Island Holiday Lighted Boat Flotilla
The Topsail Holiday Flotilla typically happens the Friday evening after the Thanksgiving holiday. The small parade of boats goes from Soundside Park in Surf City down to the south end of the island and then it turns around and comes back. Details TBA.
11/30: Topsail Beach Christmas Tree Lighting
Brush the sand off your shoes and put your jingle bells on! The annual Topsail Beach Tree Lighting is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. The Topsail Beach Christmas Parade follows with dates TBA. Details: Town of Topsail Beach Website.
12/21: First Day of Winter
Trade your snowman for a sandman this winter! Come on over to Topsail Island and experience the quiet and serene winter days on our shoreline. Everything is better at the beach, including winter! Plan your winter island escape today.
12/24: Christmas Eve
Spend a quiet Christmas Eve in the comfort of your Topsail Island rental or go out on the town and make some new holiday memories. However you decide to spend it, we hope you spend Christmas on Topsail Island.
12/25: Christmas Day
Start a new family tradition by spending the holidays on Topsail Island. Celebrate Christmas and then ring in the New Year on the coast of somewhere beautiful, right here! Read more about why it's the most wonderful time of the year on the island.
(*2019 event dates are accurate at the writing of the blog post but are subject to change. Visit each event site for the latest updates and information.)