Arts and Entertainment

 Carolina Artist Gallery of Morehead City is seeking artists to enter a new show, Bridges and Lighthouses, which will run Sept. 4-Oct. 23. Entries featuring what bridges and lighthouses mean to you, either literally or figuratively, are due Aug. 28. Art in all media by local area artists is welcome. Visit the website for information.

2021 Photography Competition & Exhibition - Sunday, August 8, 2021 10:00 AM - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 PM . Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center 1785 Island Road Harkers Island, NC, 28531

Impressions Gallery to host reception for new exhibit - Reception Saturday August 28th 3 – 5 pm; Stephen Moore Paintings; From the Mountains to the Sea. Impressions Art Gallery located at 4426 Arendell St., #3, Morehead City NC (next to McQueens Design & Furniture)

Tryon Palace will host its Beer Festival on Aug. 21. Call (252) 639-3524 for information.

 Trial By Fire Journey Tribute Band will be on stage in New Bern on Friday, Aug. 27, part of the Footloose on the Neuse concert series. Footloose on the Neuse concerts take place at Union Point Park in New Bern. Concerts start at6:30 p.m.

 The Morehead City Alive at Five concert will feature Night Years on Thursday, Sept. 2, 5-8 p.m., at Jaycee Park, 807 Shepard St., in downtown Morehead City

 British Invaders will be on stage in New Bern on Friday, Sept. 3, part of the Footloose on the Neuse concert series. Footloose on the Neuse concerts take place at Union Point Park in New Bern. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m


Museums, Parks, Aquarium

N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores -International Vulture Awareness Day Celebration, Sept. 3. The global vulture defense movement is aimed at heightening awareness of these big birds, their importance to their ecosystems, and the troubles they face. Aquarium in-house activities include crafts and programs about vultures and displays about vulture species around the world.  Vulture Awareness activities are free with admission or membership. Can't make it to the aquarium that day? We'll have a video program featuring vultures on our social media.

The North Carolina Aquariums are offering Scholars Grants for the 2021-22 school year. The grants offer funding for Title 1 schools to help with educational opportuni­ties with the aquariums. Applications may be sub­mitted through Sept. 8. Call (252) 247-4003 for infor­mation.

 Discover Tryon Palace: Outlander – The Spark of the Rebellion will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 21, 9:15-10 a.m. Tickets are $20. Call (252) 639-3524 for information.

 Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County will offer the program Invading North Carolina on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Join us to learn about some of our invasive spe­cies we have here in coast Carolina and some of the damages they cause our native plants. Call (910) 326-4881 for information.

The Great Trent River Raft Race will take place Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. at Union Point Park in New Bern. The event will feature entertainment and events. Call (252) 639-2901 for information

Porch/Parlor Talk - Living on the Edge -Thursday, August 26, 2021 ,2:00 PM 3:00 PM , Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Store (map)  Join us in our upstairs parlor at 806 Arendell Street in Morehead City for our weekly Porch/Parlor Talk! This Talk is presented by Frank Tursi featuring "Living on the Edge."



Wild Caught Music and Local Seafood Festival on the Straits! August 27 - 28, 2021. Wild Caught celebrates roots music, local seafood and produce, and maritime traditions. This year the festival is located at the Gloucester Community Center, 476 Pigott Rd, Gloucester NC 28528. No camping on site. The festival opens Friday night at 7pm with music until 9pm. Saturday's music is from noon to 9pm. WILD CAUGHT seafood and fixings are served Saturday afternoon. Bring something to drink, chairs, bug spray, and sun protection.

N.C Seafood Festival- Fri, Oct 1, 12 PM – Sun, Oct 3, 5 PM ; Downtown Morehead City

 Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department has opened a brand-new, 10,000 square foot dog park.   The park is located inside Rotary Park at 2200 Mayberry Loop Road, Morehead City, NC.  The park is divided into 2 sections; a large dog section, and a small dog section.  There are certain rules that must be followed.  Click here to view our rules.  


Government and Civic Meetings

Due to current public health concerns and guidelines for public gatherings, the Town of Beaufort Board of Commissioners will be conducting a work session virtually on Monday, August 23, 2021.  Members of the Board of Commissioners will be participating in the meeting remotely.  Members of the public will be able to view and listen to the meeting and have the opportunity to provide public comment.  The public may submit written comments for the general public comment period by sending an email to  Individuals who wish to speak during the meeting can access the Zoom Link below. Zoom Link Information

 The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet by web conference Aug. 25-26. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 26. The meeting was originally scheduled as in-person but has been changed to a web conference meeting based on current guidance to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Call (252) 726-7021 for information

Carteret County Commissioners -  meet at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Commissioners' Boardroom, Administration Building, Second Floor, Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Public comment is allowed at all regular meetings. Board meetings are broadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 10 in Carteret County on the Thursday (8 p.m.) and Sunday (noon) following the Monday board meeting.

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