Mullet Festival of North Carolina

October 12th & 13th, 2024

Join us for the 70th annual Mullet Festival of North Carolina in Historic Downtown Swansboro. It's so much fun, we bet you'll become a "Mulleteer Forever" and Feelin' Fine!

Admission is Free!

The Mullet Festival of North Carolina is a
Rain or Shine Event

Enjoy the convenience of transportation to Historic Downtown Swansboro via the Mullet Festival free parking shuttle running throughout the weekend from Ward Farm just behind the Hampton Inn off of Hwy 24!

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 is now 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!

The weekend festivities kick off on Friday, October 11th, with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet at Casper's Marina at 6 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 memory of the boat owners who have passed on.

Don't miss the Mullet Festival Parade that starts at 9 am along Hwy 24

The Mullet Festival is jam-packed with live music! The weekend features two stages for live entertainment!

Out of care and concern for your companion animals, please leave pets at home. However, we do allow trained service dogs to accompany a person with a disability, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information including a special hotel rate specifically for vendors, and the weekend's music lineup, go to and find out how to purchase a 2023 Swansboro Mullet Festival T-Shirt!

We look forward to seeing you in Swansboro!

Fall Fishing & Boating

Find out more about fishing and boating in Swansboro. Let our expert local fishing charters. outfitters and ???? eco-tour operators provide you with some of the most amazing and relaxing experiences on North Carolina's Coast.

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We look forward to seeing you in Swansboro!


Swansboro Independence Day Celebration

July 3, 2024 6pm to 10pm

Join us for the Town of Swansboro's 2023 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show along Swansboro's Historic Downtown Waterfront!

Admission is Free!

Enjoy live music starting with the National Anthem at 6 pm performed by Velvet Rodeo, followed by the TAMS jamming until 10 pm at the Harry C. Pugliese “Pug” Pavilion! There will be a couple of food snack vendors and we encourage patrons to visit our downtown restaurants. Street closures will begin at 3 pm until approximately 11 pm.

???? Hop on the golf cart shuttle that will be running from Swansboro Town Hall to the Visitor Center in Downtown Swansboro.

♿ Handicap parking at Town Hall.

Street closures are from 3 pm to 11 pm - as follows:
  • Front Street – from Main Street to Church Street
  • Church Street – from Front Street to Water Street
  • Water Street – from Church Street to Main Street
  • Main Street will be closed at Water Street for eastbound traffic

Plan Your Summer Getaway to Swansboro!

????️ It's a perfect time to plan your adventure and discover the charm of our quaint and historic coastal town. Book your stay at our award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites Swansboro or at one of our Airbnbs, VRBOs or Vacation Rentals!

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