Swansboro Holiday Flotilla

Friday, November 24, 2023 5pm to 8pm

🎄 Join us in Swansboro at dusk, on Friday, November 24th, 2023 from 5 pm to 8 pm for the Swansboro Annual Holiday Flotilla! The event kicks off the holiday season in style as a parade of boats decorated in the spirit of the season sparkles against the water as they make their way down the White Oak River.

🎅🏼 Music will fill the air! Enjoy sweet treats, cider, and hot cocoa! You might even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus as he disembarks to visit with the children.

🎄 Feel the excitement of Christmas as the Town of Swansboro Christmas Tree is lit at Olde Towne Square!

Bring Your Own Boat!

Don't miss your chance to join the fun and the possibility of winning a cash prize.  Sign up at Swansboro Festivals Boat Sign Up.


Parking for the 2022 Swansboro Holiday Flotilla will be street parking as well as at Swansboro Town Hall, located at 601 W. Corbett Avenue.

Stay for the Weekend

Plan a weekend getaway to Swansboro! Bring your holiday shopping list and enjoy Shop Small Saturday! Check out our unique accommodations with Airbnb and VRBO, as well as our Trip Advisor top-rated Hampton Inn & Suites, conveniently located within a short distance from Historic Downtown Swansboro.

For more information, visit www.SwansboroFestivals.com

Flotilla Parade Route

Downtown Swansboro Event Road Closures Map

Swansboro by Candlelight

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023  5 pm to 9 pm

🎄 Historic Downtown Swansboro becomes a magical winter wonderland on November 11th, 2023 from 5 pm - 9 pm as the Swansboro 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.

🩰 Don't miss the Swansboro Dance Studio as they perform scenes from their Nutcracker Ballet at 5 pm!


🛌🏾 We invite you to stay for a long weekend in Swansboro! Visit our website at www.visitswansboro.org for information on where to stay, including Swansboro's award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites!

Live music on the Pug Pavillion Stage in Olde Towne Square is brought to you
by the Seaside Arts Council


Enjoy the original acoustic sounds of 4Everall and their blend of Americana, folk, with a hint of grainy bluegrass as well as covers of Simon & Garfunkel and the Beatles, The Dave Matthews Band, Zack Brown & The Allman Brothers,  as well as Alison Krauss, KT Tunstall & The Pretenders!

Enter the Win the Swansboro by Candlelight Winter Getaway Contest

If you haven't already been to our quaint and historic coastal town, we invite you to discover the charm of Swansboro, North Carolina at this year's Swansboro by Candlelight!
Come out to enjoy this year's event,  tell us which Swanboro shop or restaurant is your favorite, and be automatically entered to win a chance for a Getaway to Swansboro!


2 Nights Stay for Two at Hampton Inn & Suites - Swansboro*
1 $50 Gift Card from Bake, Bottle & Brew
1 $50 Gift Card from The Boro Restaurant & Bar

It's easy to Enter! Just send us an email to visitswansboro@gmail.com or add a comment to our contest post on the Visit Swansboro NC Facebook Page.

This year's winner will be randomly selected and announced on the evening of Sunday, November 13th, 2022 on our Facebook Page.

*One room for two individuals for two nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Swansboro. Valid through November 30, 2023. Certain exclusions and black-out dates apply. Reservations must be made 7 days prior to arrival. Total value is a maximum of $250.



Mullet Festival of North Carolina

October 14th & 15th, 2023

🐟 Join us for the 2023 Mullet Festival of North Carolina in Historic Downtown Swansboro. It's so much fun, we bet you'll become a "Mulleteer Forever!"

Admission is Free!

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 first Swansboro Mullet Festival took place in 1954 and has now become known as the oldest festival on North Carolina's Crystal Coast. The occasion celebrates the mullet, a species of fish found in Eastern North Carolina waters. Swansboro natives remember days long ago when mullets were hauled to shore in nets hooked to tractors along the beach.

Plan Your Mullet Festival Getaway to Swansboro!

🛏️ It's a perfect fall weekend to discover the charm of our quaint and historic coastal town. Book your stay for Mullet Festival Weekend at our award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites Swansboro!  Enjoy the convenience of transportation from the hotel to Historic Downtown Swansboro via the Mullet Festival free parking shuttle that will run throughout the weekend from Ward Farm located behind the Hampton Inn!

🚤 The weekend festivities kick off on Friday, October 13th, with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet at Casper's Marina at 5:30 pm.  This is a very festive occasion, for both spectators and boat owners. All are welcome to participate. As the tradition continues, a wreath will be dropped in memoriam of the boat owners who have passed on.

🎶 The Mullet Festival is jammed packed with fun! The weekend features two stages for live entertainment, a FIREWORKS SHOW, a parade on Saturday morning, food and shopping vendors, a fish fry, a military display, and more!

👕 For more information including the weekend music lineup, go to www.swansborofestivals.com and find out how to purchase a 2022 Swansboro Mullet Festival T-Shirt!

We look forward to seeing you in Swansboro!


2023 Swansboro July 4th Celebration

The Town of Swansboro is happy to announce it will host activities to celebrate the 2023 Fourth of July in Downtown Swansboro! More details to follow!

Tuesday, 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.

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

June 10th & 11th, 2023

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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