The Eastern Carolina Showcase Theater, part of The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events, is located in downtown Morehead City on Arendell Street, and gratifies the community as a top-tier performance center. Its exceptional acoustics and lighting display enhance its wide variety of shows and entertainment. Originally a movie theater, it boasts a weekly itinerary of live music, plays, and even stand-up comedy.
The first weekend in October brings the annual North Carolina Seafood Festival. As the second-largest festival in the state, it brings thousands of visitors and millions of dollars into the local economy for three days of entertainment and festivities surrounding the area’s most prized commodity — seafood. Visitors enjoy carnival rides, live music, and plays as they peruse a mile of vendors purveying all things edible and collectible. The festival is family-oriented, and showcases such famous events as the Blue Crab Races and “the Flounder Fling,” where participants can attempt to toss fish into distant barrels for prizes. The festival is free to attend, and even well into autumn, the weather is warm and welcoming.
Morehead City is adjacent to Bogue Island and the towns of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, and Emerald Isle. Each has several public beach accesses and fishing piers, so fun in the sun is merely minutes away. Pine Knoll Shores is home to the North Carolina Aquarium, which brilliantly displays both freshwater and saltwater marine life in recreations of their natural habitats. Visitors are invited to see fish, sharks, crabs, sea turtles, and much more, and many activities are provided each day.