Swansboro, NC and Cape Carteret, NC

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Cross over the White Oak River on highway 24 and you will find the Friendly City by the Sea, Swansboro, NC - a well-kept historic town with a panoramic view of the waters leading into Bogue Inlet. Methodically built in the early 1730’s, the downtown streets are ideal for strolling among shops, restaurants, and restored historic homes. This town of fewer than 3,000 hosts several popular festivals bringing in crowds from surrounding cities, and from across the state and nation. Swansboro (unlike the other Crystal Coast communities) is in Onslow County.


Once the warm breeze of summer floats inland, the locals and tourists know it’s festival time. From the Saturday night SwanFest with its variety of music genre to Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations to the Swansboro Arts by the Sea, this small town packs in a boat load of entertainment. A covered stage in the center of town is where folks gather to hear live music and local talent at the SwanFest every Sunday night at 6:30 in June, July, August, and two weeks in September. Also during the summer months, you can fill up your baskets with fresh produce and local artist’s fare at the Swansboro Downtown Market which is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

If you are looking for a place to gather with friends to eat, why not visit these places in Swansboro? Boro Cafe is a cozy place to sip gourmet coffee with a delicious sandwich or fresh bakery goods. For the finest fresh Italian pastas, sauces, and breads, take your friends to Trattoria’s Gourmet Pizza at a reasonable price for lunch or dinner. Yana’s Restaurant is a local favorite for breakfast and lunch, especially for those fond of 50’s memorabilia and fruit fritters. Nikki’s of Swansboro is the place to walk in off the street for a tasty seafood catch or even a home-ground burger. These are just a few of the many unique dining choices in this quaint town by the White Oak River.

Next door to Swansboro is a town called Cedar Key which also offers many amenities, such as a Veterinary Hospital, various small medical offices, shops, and neighborhoods. On the other side of Cedar Key is the town of Cape Carteret. It is the home to an expansive county recreational facility, Western Park, where local teams practice and play soccer, baseball, tennis, and football throughout each season. The well-kept playground and pavilion is a popular meeting place for moms with young children.

Cape Carteret is the first place tourists pass through when they are headed over the bridge to Emerald Isle.  In the spring, fields of wildflowers display their majesty at the intersection of highway 58 and highway 24.  Year round MacDaddy's and the Golfin’ Dolfin’ is the center of family fun and entertainment with bowling, billiards, games, miniature golf and much more. Whether it's sunny or rainy, this corner between highway 58 and highway 24 is the place to take your family for fun near the beach but out of the salty waves.

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Events and Hotspots...

Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Summer Show Swansboro and Cape Carteret Swansboro, NC and Cape Carteret, NCCarteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Summer ShowBeaufort Historic Site
100 Block Turner St.
Beaufort, NC 28516 • map(252) 728-5225

August 30-31, 2014  This under-the-tent event is an outdoor exhibition and sale of arts and crafts by juried coalition members and is held three weekends a year on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. There's also a holiday show that runs at another location for a three-week show between Thanksgiving and Christmas. With...more about Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition Summer Show

Free Concerts on the Crystal CoastVarious Locations
Various Cities, NC • map

EmeraldFest Outdoor Concert Series in Emerald Isle, August 28, Morgan Comer Band (Country/Originals)

 Alive at Five in Downtown Morehead City, August 29, Jupiter Jones

Jaycee Park Concert Series in Morehead City, August 30, Carolina Beach Club (Beach, Top 40)

SwanFest in...more about Free Concerts on the Crystal Coast

North Carolina Coastal Federation3609 N.C. Hwy. 24
Ocean, NC • map(252) 393-8185

September 13, 2014, Saturday, 8:00 AM  Cycling for the Coast.  Join cyclists of all ages and experience on a 20K, 40K, or 80K ride along the beautiful Bogue Banks to raise awareness and funds for the NC Coastal Federation. The adventure begins and ends at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic...more about North Carolina Coastal Federation

Summer Camp for KidsSwansboro Municipal Park
830 Main Street Ext
Swansboro, NC • map(910) 326-2600

There is fun and more fun planned for kids in grades K -6 all summer long at the Swansboro Municipal Park. From June 16 to August 22 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM children enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.  Each week of the summer has a special emphasis....more about Summer Camp for Kids

Swansboro Downtown MarketCorner of Church Street and Front Street
Swansboro, NC 28584 • map(910) 326-2600

WEDNESDAYS April from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM  meet at the corner of Church Street and Front Street at the Swansboro Downtown Market for hand-made crafted items from local artisans and locally grown products.  Swansboro Downtown Market is open every Wednesday in April.  Crafters and growers bring their goods from both Carteret...more about Swansboro Downtown Market

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