Living on the Crystal Coast isn’t just exciting in the summer. The area serves up plenty to do for all ages all year long.

If you are looking for a home or a second home or rental property, the professional sales team Al Williams Properties knows how to find you the right place in the perfect location. We also are in the know about activities in the area, such as these coming up in March.


Festival Time in Emerald Isle.

St. Patrick’s Day most often comes to mind when thinking of March, and there’s no better place to celebrate the Irish tradition than at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Emerald Isle.

Sponsored by the town and the Emerald Isle Business Association, the festival will be spread across Emerald Plantation Shopping Center and will feature 75 arts and crafts vendors, great food and drink options, live music, kiddie rides, a beer garden, a golf cart raffle and more!

This year’s event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Admission and parking are free. On Friday, the night before the festival, it will be armband night for the amusement rides. Pay one price for the armband and enjoy unlimited turns on the amusement rides from 5 to 10 p.m. No food or arts and crafts sales will take place Friday evening.

Live music will be held on two different stages:

Gold Stage

  • 10 a.m. – Dust Parade
  • 11 a.m. – Highway Miles
  • 12:15 p.m. – Ashley LaRue Band
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4Everall
  •  2:45 p.m. – Monika Jaymes Band
  • 4 p.m. – Thomas Road Band

Emerald Stage

  • 11 a.m. – Pamlico Joe
  • 12 p.m. – Knok Knok
  • 1 p.m. – Pamlico Joe
  •  2 p.m. – Justin Castellano


There’s more to explore in March.


Astronomy Night

March 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Fort Macon State Park 2303 E Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC

Come out to the Beach Access (bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy presented by Crystal Coast Stargazers.

Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky, and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event and may be canceled if there is rain or heavy cloud cover.

If you have a telescope, feel free to bring it. No pets, please.


Coastal Home & Garden Show

March 4 at 10 a.m. • March 5 at 3 p.m.

Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

For the past 35 years, the Coastal Home & Garden Show has drawn crowds hungry for home improvement ideas from outdoor living, to gardening, landscaping and more! Professionals will be on hand to share the latest trends in color and style designs for everything from windows to doors and countertops to floors. Redesign your bathroom, kitchen or turn your backyard into a tropical oasis.

Whether you’re a fulltime resident, second homeowner, or a weekend warrior you will find something of interest at the show.

Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


NC Aquarium Beachcombing

March 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Take a hike with naturalists at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores as they guide you through our important coastal ecosystem to discover incredible shells, plant and animal life, and other organisms that you may find at the beach.

Ages 5 and up. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

You must provide your own transportation to the beachcombing location, which will be disclosed once you register.


Spring Family Festival

March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nature School at Camp Albemarle, 156 Albemarle Drive, Newport, NC

$15 per car in advance / $20 per car at gate

The 7th annual Spring Family Festival presented by the Nature School at Camp Albemarle will feature a variety of activities for the family, including a toddler bounce house, obstacle course, carnival games, cookie walk, foam party, fire trucks, antique tractors, music, and more! Food trucks will be on site.

Make sure to check out the Nature-ly Made booth and take home a special gift handmade by students and their families. Money raised from this event will benefit the Nature School at Camp Albemarle.


Croatan Buck Fifty

March 16-18

Carteret County Speedway, 501 Whitehouse Fork Road, Swansboro, NC

Bicyclists looking for a challenge need look no further than the Croatan Buck Fifty, a 50- to 150-mile bike through the beautiful Croatan National Forest! Registration includes on-site camping at Carteret County Speedway, post-race meal & beverages.

Cost: $170 per participant.

March is also a great time to shop around for real estate on the Crystal Coast, and at Al Williams Properties,  we are ready to help. Just give us a call!

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