Swansboro Holiday Flotilla

Friday, November 26, 2021

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Swansboro’s Christmas Flotilla is also a cherished event each year among townies and visitors alike.  Scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, the flotilla kicks off the holiday season in style with boats decorated in the spirit of the season sparkling against the water.  And what would a Christmas Flotilla be without good ole Saint Nick?  Yep…he always shows… with a sack full of goodies for all the kids.

Friday after Thanksgiving - Annually
(Rain Date - Saturday, 11/27/21)

For more information,  Visit Swansboro Festivals

Bring Your Own Boat!

Don't miss your chance to join the fun and the possibility of winning a cash prize.  Sign up at www.SwansboroFestivals.com.


Parking for the 2021 Swansboro Holiday Flotilla will be street parking and as well as at Swansboro Town Hall, located at 601 W. Corbett Avenue.

Stay for the Weekend

Plan a weekend getaway to Swansboro.  Check out our unique accommodations with Airbnb and VRBO, as well as our Trip Advisor top-rated Hampton Inn & Suites, conveniently located to Historic Downtown Swansboro.

Downtown Swansboro Street Closures

Swansboro By Candlelight

Saturday, Nov. 13, 5 -9 pm

Historic Downtown Swansboro becomes a magical winter wonderland November 13th, 5 -9 pm as the Historic Downtown Merchants host their Annual Swansboro by Candlelight. Luminaries line the streets, shop windows display whimsical scenes, and ribbons & bows put the finishing touches on a journey back to the days of yesteryear.

Live entertainment in the Olde Towne Square, Wine Tasting at Bake Bottle & Brew and The Gray Dolphin. The downtown merchants will be offering refreshments to all of their guests and they will be open until 9 pm.

This years live music brought to you by the Seaside Arts Council

Velvet Rodeo

Powerful vocals, smooth harmonies -Country music, raw and heartfelt, the way it was meant to be.

Enter our Swansboro by Candlelight Winter Getaway Weekend!

If you haven't already, we invite you to discover the charm of Swansboro, North Carolina!
Tell us your favorite Swanboro shop or restaurant and be automatically entered to win!


1 Night Stay for Two at Hampton Inn & Suites - Swansboro*
1 $50 Gift Certificate to Your Favorite Swansboro Restaurant
1 $50 Gift Certificate to Your Favorite Swansboro Merchant

Send us an email to:  visitswansboro@gmail.com or add a comment to our contest post on the Visit Swansboro NC Facebook Page.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday, November 14th, 2021 on our Facebook Page.

One room for two individuals at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Swansboro is valid through November 14, 2022. Certain exclusions and black-out dates apply.


Mullet Festival of NC

The 2021 Swansboro Mullet Festival is celebrating its 67th year!

Friday, October 8 - Blessing of the Fleet, 5 pm at Casper's Marina
Saturday, October 9 - Mullet Festival
Sunday, October 10 - Mullet Festival 

What began as a small event to celebrate the completion of the bridge over the White Oak River has become a highly anticipated part of eastern North Carolina culture.  The festival has really put Swansboro ‘on the map’ during the month of October – while the mullet are abundant along the North Carolina coast.  Yes, it’s a fish and a yummy one at that!  Come and enjoy the parade, live entertainment, street vendors, and tons of seafood, especially our local delicacy – the mullet!

  • Admission to the festival is FREE.
  • Downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on both Saturday, 10/9, and Sunday, 10/10.
  • Visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.
  • Shuttles will carry festival attendants from the parking area at Ward Farm (located behind Hampton Inn) to drop off/pick up Swansboro Town Hall. Shuttles will run on Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-7 pm.

It's a great weekend for a getaway to the historic waterfront town of Swansboro, aka "The Friendly City by the Sea!"  Book your stay at our award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites Swansboro or one of our local Airbnb or VRBO accommodations.

The weekend festivities kick off on Friday, October 8, with The Blessing of the Fleet.  The Blessing begins at Casper's Marina at 5 p.m. All boat owners are welcome to participate. A wreath will be dropped in memoriam of boat owners who have passed.

The Blessing of the Fleet is for...

*those who work on boats
*those who protect our country
*those who provide food from these waters
*those who use these waters for family and pleasure
*any other boats and owners in our area

On Saturday, October 9th, come out to enjoy the parade that runs along Hwy. 24 starting at 9 am. Then head over to enjoy the over 150 craft vendors along with food vendors along the streets of downtown Swansboro, and of course the famous Mullet Fish Fry!

In the Children’s Area, several inflatables will be set up for kids to climb, bounce and slide on and a craft area for the little mullets. Many other activities will also take place throughout the weekend including the popular “Mullet Toss” in-between band performances.

We look forward to seeing you in Swansboro!  Please visit SwansboroFestivals.com for more information about the Mullet Festival weekend of activities including a 5K Virtual Run, 1 Mile Fun Run, Mullet Toss, and how to order Mullet Festival apparel! 

2021 Swansboro July 4th Celebration

The Town of Swansboro is happy to announce it will host activities to celebrate the 2021 Fourth of July in Downtown Swansboro!

RAIN DATE NOTICE:  The fireworks originally scheduled for Friday, 7/2 have been moved to Monday, 7/5 due to inclement weather forecasted.

Sunday, July 4th

Enjoy live music with the TAMS from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Harry C. Pugliese “Pug” Pavilion.  There will be a couple of food snack vendors and we encourage patrons to visit the downtown restaurants. Street closures will begin at 3 pm.

Monday, July 5th

A fireworks display will be held on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 9 pm.  Street closures will begin at 5:00 pm.  All public docks will be closed to pedestrian traffic.  Church Street dockage will be limited to vessels with reservations only. Boat traffic will be limited in the area around Spoil Island off the Swansboro Waterfront beginning at 8:30 pm until the fireworks conclude.

Streets affected by the closures include:

  • All of Front Street
  • All of Church Street
  • Water Street from NC 24 to Broad Street
  • Main Street from Elm Street to the water
  • Elm Street will be open for Southbound traffic
  • Walnut Street will be open for Northbound traffic

For more information on the Swansboro Festivals please visit swansborofestivals.com or call 910-326-2600.  Like Swansboro Festivals on Facebook for up-to-date festival information or visit www.swansborofestivals.com.

Arts By The Sea

The second weekend of June finds Swansboro in its Arts By the Sea celebration, a two-day juried arts extravaganza with photography, home décor, paintings, jewelry, and pottery.  The festival draws art lovers from around the state each year, eager to spy their next artistic find.

Second Weekend of June - Annually

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