The Best Fall Events and Things To Do in Topsail

The Best Fall Events and Things To Do in Topsail | Century 21 Action

We're quickly approaching the end of the summer beach season on Topsail Island. Don't be sad! Did you know that the spirit of summer and the beach vibe continue on well into autumn here on the coast? They do. In fact, the fall season is one of the best times to be on our beaches and exploring our Topsail towns. The weather is idyllic, the beaches are bright and beautiful, the coastal sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and there are so many family-friendly events and things to do this time of year. Here's the short list. Grab your calendar and save these dates. These local events are not far from your Topsail rental. Enjoy the best of fall at the beach!


Here comes Labor Day. Are you ready to finish out the symbolic end of summer with us on the sand? Great! While you're vacationing on Topsail's beaches this month, don't forget to check out these September events that are sure to please. 

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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.

9/20-22: 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


Just because you're at the beach doesn't mean you have to forego all of the fall fun and festivities. Autumn With Topsail is a big local event centered around all things autumn. Then there are the pumpkin patches at nearby Mike's Farm, haunted hayrides, and ghost tours of the historic sites in Wilmington. 

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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.

10/31: Halloween

Don't worry, you can still celebrate Halloween at the beach. In addition to the local festivities happening around our Topsail towns, the Surf City Fall Festival and Haunted Hayrides at Mike's Farm are two of our favorite Halloween-themed events. 


November is a very full month just with the holidays but there's also the famous North Carolina Spot Festival where you can sample this local seasonal favorite. Spend your Thanksgiving holiday at the beach this year and shortly after that, the Christmas season begins!

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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. Find more details on the NC Spot Festival here.

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? Find more details here. 

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. Find more details here.


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