The North Carolina Seafood Festival is among the most popular free festivals in the state. It takes place on the first weekend of October in Morehead City, North Carolina, attracting more than 200,000 attendees. The festival has been held since 1989 gaining a reputation for its premium entertainment, family fun, and the most delicious seafood. Over 100 vendors offer a wide choice of foods. Everyone has to try “Down East” Clam Chowder, Charcoal Mullet, Sea Urchin on a stick, Calamari, Marinated Eel or Shrimp Burger.
The festival features a moving "Blessing of the Fleet" ceremony on the Morehead City waterfront is dedicated to brave men and women who risk their lives on commercial fishing vessels of Carteret County, supplying fresh seafood all over the country.
The musical lineup of this free festival includes nationally known stars like Blake Shelton, Tracy Byrd, The Spinners, Ryan Cabrera. A Beach Music Adventure takes place on the main stage. Also, there is a live music concert, road race, pier fishing competition, a regatta, and a boat show. Amusement rides are available for all ages.