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It’s been a month since Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, and the storm’s devastating effects are still being felt in communities throughout the eastern part of the state. The hurricane also closed attractions and forced the cancellation of some — but not all — festivals and events that were planned for this fall. Wondering if your favorite festival is still taking place? We’ve compiled a list of coastal events throughout October and November that are still on — plus a list of events from across the state that will benefit relief efforts.

Hurricane Relief Events


Wilmington Strong — Hurricane Florence Relief Concert • Wilmington • October 13

Head to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for a free concert, and donate to support rebuilding efforts in the community. All proceeds will benefit local charities that assist with emergency food, housing, and home repairs through United Way of Cape Fear.

Learn more: facebook.com/events/185594425666843

Over Flo Benefit Concert and Community Event • Wilmington • October 20

Celebrate Wilmington’s tight-knit community with live music, refreshments, and creative local businesses. A downtown concert featuring regional bands is free, but guests can donate to support hurricane recovery.

Learn more: (910) 232-0505 or wilmingtondowntown.com/events/over-flo

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series: Music That Heals the Soul • Wilmington • October 20

Enjoy a performance by mezzo soprano Mary Gayle at the Wilson Center, and donate nonperishable food items to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Those who donate will be entered to win two tickets to WSO’s Symphony Pops! concert on March 16.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or wilmingtonsymphony.org

Banding Together: Hurricane Florence Relief Concert • Oak Island • October 21

Bring a lawn chair to Middleton Park and help victims of Hurricane Florence by eating food truck fare, enjoying live music, and participating in a silent auction that benefits local businesses. All proceeds will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance.

Learn more: brunswickfamily.org

Amped Up For YOU-tilities • Morehead City • November 3

Although the North Carolina Seafood Festival was cancelled due to storm damage, organizers still wanted to do something for the city. At this hurricane relief benefit, there will be live music all day, food vendors, and more in Jaycee Park. Proceeds will help pay for hurricane victims’ utility bills this winter.

Learn more: facebook.com/NorthCarolinaSeafoodFestival

Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief • Greenville • November 13

The Avett Brothers will partner with Future Islands and Valient Thorr, bands with North Carolina connections, for a performance at Minges Coliseum. All concert proceeds will be donated to people and organizations participating in recovery efforts.

Learn more: ecutickets.net


Walk-In Hurricane Florence Fund-Raiser • Dobson • October 11

Work on a project at DIY wood studio Hammer & Stain and give back at the same time. Half of all project sales will be donated to no-kill animal shelters and other humanitarian efforts assisting with Hurricane Florence relief. 

Learn more: (336) 864-0044 or facebook.com/events/682617875450517

This Is America: A Hurricane Florence Relief Benefit + Party • Raleigh • October 12

Eat, drink, and be merry with Transfer Company Food Hall to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. Each of the organizations is working closely with communities heavily damaged by Hurricane Florence.

Learn more: (984) 212-7175 or transfercofoodhall.com

Hurricane Florence Donation Project • Durham • October 13

At the Durham Farmers Market, help assemble flood buckets and hygiene kits for North Carolina families affected by Hurricane Florence. To help, bring gloves, trash bags, dish detergent, and travel-size toiletries.

Learn more: durhamfarmersmarket.com

Hurricane Florence Benefit Concert • Fayetteville • October 13

Enjoy an afternoon spent listening to SonRise Band and 2nd Generations Bluegrass Gospel Band at Deep Creek Outfitters to raise money for areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Learn more: (910) 709-1612 or deepcreekoutfittersnc.com

Hurricane Florence Fund-Raiser Paint Night • Wake Forest • October 18

Head down to Sugar Magnolia Café and take part in a night of painting. A portion of proceeds will be donated to North Carolina coastal cities for rebuilding efforts.

Learn more: (919) 435-4436

A Yoga Buffet for Hurricane Florence Relief • Fuquay-Varina • October 21

Come to Breathing Space Yoga Studio to take part in a variety of mini classes like meditation and sound healing. Bring donations for organizations aiding Hurricane Florence survivors.

Learn more: (919) 744-7935 or breathingspacefv.com

Broadway Sings for Florence • Raleigh • October 22

Craig Schulman, who has performed in musicals such as Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, and Jekyll and Hyde, has organized a group of performers to sing their favorite show tunes at Meymandi Concert Hall. All ticket sales and donations will be given to hurricane recovery projects and victims.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

October Wine Dinner Benefiting Hurricane Florence Relief • Raleigh • October 23

Take part in a four-course dinner at Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar to raise money for Hurricane Florence relief.

Learn more: (919) 838-8595 or mulinoraleigh.com

Hurricane Florence Relief Initiative • Pinehurst • October 31

Cox’s Double Eagle Harley-Davidson will donate $250 to the American Red Cross for every new or used motorcycle purchased.

Learn more: (910) 420-1563 or doubleeagleharley.com

BARN AID — Hurricane Florence Benefit Horse Show • Mocksville • November 3

Participate in horse classes and watch an equestrian show at the Thoroughbred Training Center. Proceeds will benefit five small family farms in eastern North Carolina that were damaged by Hurricane Florence.

Learn more: (336) 998-5280 or ttcmocksville.com

Hurricane Florence Wood Bat Tournament Benefit • Sanford • November 3

Gather a few friends and bring your wooden baseball bats to Tramway Park. All ages are welcome, and tournament proceeds will benefit Hurricane Florence disaster relief.

Learn more: (919) 888-3715

Hurricane Florence Fundraiser with Humorist Jeanne Robertson • Graham • November 4

Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and share a few laughs as you listen to Robertson at the Vailtree Event Center. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Florence.

Learn more: (336) 506-3071 or brownpapertickets.com/event/3625176

Come Together for the Coast Community Lunch • Raleigh • November 11

Snack on food from some of the best restaurants across North Carolina while sitting at a 1,000-person table on Fayetteville Street. Proceeds from food and festivities will benefit veterans and hurricane recovery.

Learn more: thesundaysupper.org


An Evening of Standup Comedy for Hurricane Relief • Asheville • October 17

Comedian Aziz Ansari, who grew up in South Carolina and whose parents now live in North Carolina, will perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. All proceeds will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Florence relief fund.

Learn more: azizansari.com

Hurricane Florence Relief Fund-Raiser • Asheville • October 27

Come by PennyCup Coffee Co. dressed in your Halloween costume for prizes, snacks, dancing, music, drinks, and more. Proceeds from the event will be donated to those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Learn more: (828) 575-9495


October Coastal Events

Mumfest • New Bern • October 12-14

Dan + Shay will kick off this festival with a concert on Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a beer garden, amusement rides, a boat show, street performers, food vendors, and races downtown near the waterfront.

Learn more: mumfest.com

Blackbeard Tricentennial • Bath • October 19-20

It’s been 300 years since Blackbeard met his fate off the coast of Ocracoke. In honor of its most infamous former resident, Bath will host this two-day festival at Bonner Point. There will be fireworks, music, food, a parade, a pirate encampment, an epic sea battle, historian talks, and much more.

Learn more: (252) 413-9517 or blackbeard300.com

350 Years of Haunts • Edenton • October 19-20

In honor of Chowan County’s 350th anniversary, take a tour through historic downtown as a guide tells haunting ghost stories.

Learn more: (252) 482-3400 or visitedenton.com

Onslow Oktoberfest • Jacksonville • October 19-27

A softball tournament, a tapping-of-the-keg ceremony, a pageant, and children’s programming are all on the schedule for this weeklong celebration.

Learn more: (910) 455-5733 or onslowoktoberfest.org

Oyster Festival • Ocean Isle Beach • October 20-21 

Walk along East Second Street, which will be filled with food, music, and crafts, and compete in a variety of oyster-themed competitions.

Learn more: (910) 754-6644 or ncoysterfestival.com 

Autumn With Topsail • Topsail Beach • October 20-21

This festival will feature a juried arts and crafts competition, with more than 100 regional artists selling and displaying their work. There will also be live entertainment, food and drink, and games and rides for children.

Learn more: (912) 312-5244 or autumnwithtopsail.com

Oysterberfest • Wilmington • October 20

Celebrate Oktoberfest and oyster season at this event at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, which will combine an oyster roast with German food and seasonal brews.

Learn more: wbbeer.com

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree • Ocracoke • October 25-28

Celebrate Ocracoke Island’s pirate heritage with a weekend of swashbuckling fun. The Jamboree includes a historically accurate pirate encampment and a reenactment of Blackbeard’s infamous last battle.

Learn more: (252) 928-6711 or visitocracokenc.com

Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair • Elizabeth City • October 26-28

During this three-day craft show — one of the oldest in the state — visit with more than 60 guild artists, who will be selling their wares and demonstrating their crafts at the Knobbs Creek Recreation Center.

Learn more: (252) 338-3954 or albemarlecraftsmansfair.com

Oktoberfest • Calabash • October 27

Compete in the arm wrestling, stein-holding, and polka dancing competitions in between ordering Bavarian bites and pints.

Learn more: calabashoktoberfest.multimediamoments.com

Trunk-or-Treat at the Museum of Coastal Carolina • Ocean Isle Beach • October 27

Children are encouraged to come to the museum in costume and collect candy and goodies from local sponsors.

Learn more: (910) 579-1016 or museumplanetarium.org

November Coastal Events

NC Spot Festival • Hampstead • November 3-4

Celebrate the North Carolina spot fish at this annual festival featuring beach music, arts and crafts, kids’ rides, and fireworks.

Learn more: (910) 233-8017 or ncspotfestival.com

Cuerdas • Oriental • November 4

This husband-and-wife duo — Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria and American soprano Sarah Cullins — will combine classical training with traditional Latin American and Spanish folk rhythms in a performance at the River Dunes Harbor Club.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or pamlicomusic.org

Festival Latino de Ocracoke • Ocracoke • November 10

Celebrate traditional Mexican foods, games, art, and dance at this free festival in Ocracoke Village.

Learn more: (252) 928-6711 or ocracokealive.org

Mullet Festival • Swansboro • November 10-11

This 64th annual two-day festival will celebrate the delicious mullet fish. Every year, a parade down NC Highway 24 kicks off the event, and patrons enjoy food, crafts, and music.

Learn more: visitswansboro.org/festivals

Sound Rivers Oyster Roast • Washington • November 10

Support eastern North Carolina waterways and enjoy unlimited steamed oysters, a silent auction, live music, and craft beer at this annual gathering at the Washington Civic Center.

Learn more: (252) 637-7972 or soundrivers.org

Veterans Day Parade • Wilmington • November 10

Honor our nation’s veterans at this parade down Front Street, beginning on Red Cross Street and ending on Orange Street. All veterans are welcome to participate.

Learn more: (910) 279-0956 or sencveteransparade.com

Historic Homes Tour • Windsor • November 10

Celebrate Windsor’s 250th anniversary with a historic homes tour, starting with the Hope Mansion and lunch at the Historic Hope Plantation and followed by a self-guided tour of nine other sites.

Learn more: (252) 794-3140 or hopeplantation.org

Wilmington Symphony Pops! Music From the Silver Screen • Wilmington • November 13

Watch Buster Keaton’s silent film One Week as you listen to songs from your favorite movies, including Gone With the Wind, The Pink Panther, Dances With Wolves, Batman, and more.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or wilmingtonsymphony.org

Come Alive With Christmas • Belhaven • November 16-17

Enjoy shopping, dining, music, and a live Nativity in downtown Belhaven. The Wilkinson Center will host the fifth annual Christmas Craft Show, which will feature a variety of vendors.

Learn more: (252) 943-1384

Jumble Sale • Beaufort • November 17

For one day, the Beaufort Historic Site will turn into a community market, and will be filled with art, antiques, clothing, and food.

Learn more: beauforthistoricsite.org/events1

Swansboro by Candlelight • Swansboro • November 17

Stroll through Swansboro by candlelight, admire the festively decorated storefronts, and enjoy live entertainment and dinner in the town square.

Learn more: (910) 326-2600

Community Thanksgiving Feast • Beaufort • November 18

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner at the Beaufort Historic Site. All food will be provided by local restaurants.

Learn more: beauforthistoricsite.org/events1

Christmas Flotilla • Swansboro • November 23

People will line the Intracoastal Waterway at dusk to watch a parade of boats and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or cider. Prizes will be awarded to boats decorated in the holiday spirit.

Learn more: (910) 326-2600

This story was published on Oct 10, 2018

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