Hitting the beach during the summer is a no-brainer, but the coast is just as gorgeous in the fall when the weather’s still nice, the crowds are fewer, and fun festivals come to town. If you’re looking for a way to dig your feet back into the sand, check out these 7 fall beach festivals to get you back to the coast:
Coastal Uncorked in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Of all festivals in Myrtle Beach, the food and wine festival stands out for treating visitors and locals to the best of the Grand Strand’s food, wine, beer, spirits, arts and entertainment. With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the state, Myrtle Beach is the perfect host. Over Labor Day Weekend, festival events will include Chocolate Under the Moon, a dessert and moonshine mixology competition; the Brews ‘N the Beach Craft Beer Event; and the Grand Wine Tasting Event.
The Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head, North Carolina
On October 21, 2017, this fun and educational festival will honor and celebrate the area’s seafood heritage and community. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Outer Banks watermen and see the tools of their trade, including boats, crab pots and pound nets. You’ll find educational booths, live music, an arts and crafts village and the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants. New for 2017, there will be an on-site Boat and Tackle Show at this Nags Head festival.
Day at the Docks in Hatteras, North Carolina
Farther south in the Outer Banks, this local festival celebrates the heritage, strength and traditions of the community’s watermen with family-friendly activities, games, and seafood tastings. Held right on the waterfront in Hatteras Village, September 15-16, 2017, the festival’s events typically include seafood talks with people in the industry, the Seafood Chowder Cook-off, artists tents, the Concrete Marlin Competition, fishing demos, and the Kid’s Fishing Tournament. The finale includes the annual boat parade and blessing of the fleet at Hatteras Harbor Marina.
Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama
The 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival is a delicious reason to head to the Gulf on October 12-15, 2017. The festival features more than 80 hours of musical entertainment from all genres; 50 local and regional vendors with mouth-watering dishes; activities like Outdoor World, which will feature fishing, boating, hunting and other outdoor activities; and contests like the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest and 10K and 5K races. Art lovers can also browse almost 200 booths of fine arts and local crafts at this Gulf Shores beach festival.
HHI Motoring Festival in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This unique, multi-day Lowcountry motoring experience showcases major names in automotive collecting and racing, spotlighting the centuries-old love story between man and machine. This year, from October 27 – November 5, 2017, the Hilton Head festival events will include a Club Car Showcase, Aero Expo, Concours D’Elegance, Savannah Speed Classic, Bluffton State of Mind Driving Tour, Flights and Fancy Aeroport Gala, the Hilton Head Auction, and more.
Destin Fishing Rodeo in Destin, Florida
Held throughout the month of October in “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” this fishing tournament is the ultimate for salt water anglers of all ages. Prizes range from fine rods and reels to fishing trips, weekend stays and cash prizes. All anglers who fish aboard a boat that’s registered in the rodeo are welcome to compete. For the rest of the family, rodeo events include watching the daily weigh-ins, kids’ activities like the annual wagon boat parade and Kids FallFest, and more.
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival in Delaware Beaches
This annual arts festival takes place on the Saturday after Labor Day, featuring a range of works from local artists and craftsmen. More than 100 juried artists, both local and from around the country, will display their works along the bandstand and boardwalk areas, as well as through street festivals in downtown Bethany Beach. The fall beach festival includes jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, woodworking and more, all against the coastal backdrop of Delaware Beaches.
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