The 34th consecutive Washington Summer Festival will be held on the Pamlico River along Stewart Parkway and Festival Park on June 9th and 10th. Downtown Washington comes to life with the music of The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, the sound children’s laughter, and the smell of funnel cake. Celebrate the lifestyle
that we enjoy on the river with your neighbors, friends and newcomers. Stroll through the downtown shops and see what the artists and vendors have to offer along the waterfront. Friday features the Embers and fireworks. Saturday features a Princess & Super Hero meet and greet, CW Trials Bicycle Stunt Show, and finishes the day with music from the Eli Craig Band. Click HERE for a full schedule of events or call 252-946-9168.
The NC Sunflower returns this year to Raised in a Barn Farm. The 2nd annual event on June 23-25 promises to be a fun-filled weekend in Chocowinity and Beaufort County. Music during the Festival includes Bryan Mayer, Johnny Diaz, Mac & Juice, Liquid Pleasure, Mikele Buck Band and Doug Flowers Bluegrass Band. Sunflowers for SALE to support Riley’s Army; wonderful photo ops; up to 100 vendors of Food, covered pavilion to relax and enjoy daytime musicians and entertainers; Drink, Beer & Wine Garden, Crafts, Art, Products, Educational Exhibits; D C Amusements (per ride or wrist band passes additional), Seed Spitting Contest, Primal 4×4 Jeep Expedition, BMX Bike Show, non-denominational Worship and Praise Service on Sunday (free admission from 10-11). On June 17th at the Turnage Theatre in Washington, the Miss Sunflower will be crowned at the Miss Sunflower Festival Pageant. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.NCSunflowerFestival.com.
Yes, we’re already thinking about July 4th! It’s not too early to make plans for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Washington’s Waterfront and Festival Park will be abuzz with activity. Food vendors, music and more are planned for Tuesday, July 4th. We’ll keep adding information to the calendar listing as it becomes available. Be sure to bookmark the July events page. In nearby Belhaven, the town that has hosted a 4th of July celebration for 75 years, the festivities will begin on July 1st with the parade, music and fireworks on Tuesday, July 4th.
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The month of May is full of all the good stuff we love in Washington! Our little town really comes to life with a flurry of activities to keep you busy, entertained, and lovin’ life! Here’s just a snippet of things to come in May. Be sure to check our online calendar to see everything that is coming up.
Annual Aurora Fossil Festival ~ Aurora, May 26-28th
BathFest~ Bath, May 20th
Memorial Day with the Embers ~ Bath, May 27th
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Arts of the Pamlico at the Turnage Theatre has an unbelievable schedule planned for the month of April. 3 Exhibits, 6 concerts, 2 festivals, 2+ shows on the big screen, 3 workshops AND MORE. Included in this listing is the annual BoCo Music Festival presented by the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association on Saturday, April 29th. And, the inaugural Glass Tulip Film Festival is scheduled for April 14th & 15th. Learn more about all of the programs available for ALL AGES at www.ArtsofthePamlico.org.
The North Carolina Estuarium is a must-see for visitors and newcomers to Washington and Beaufort County. The free River Roving Cruises are just an added bonus! On April 8th the public is invited to an open house at the Estuarium as part of the statewide NC Science Festival. There will be extra exhibits, in addition to the 200+ permanent exhibits, programs, and activities throughout the day for children and adults to enjoy. Make plans today to enjoy another beautiful Saturday in Washington at the North Carolina Estuarium. Call for more information, 252-948-0000.
The Washington Marine Market returns this year on Saturday, April 29th. Find some of everything related to the water at this outdoor market. Vendors and individuals bring their wares. You may even score one of those hard to find replacement parts for your old boat or an antique fishing rod. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself. Complementing the activities of the Marine Market will be the BoCo Music Festival and Saturday Farmer’s Market. All are great reasons to come to downtown Washington and enjoy a day on the Pamlico!
There is so much happening this Spring in Washington that we couldn’t fit it all in our newsletter. Be sure to check out the complete CALENDAR OF EVENTS here! We don’t want you to miss a thing!
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It’s one of the most popular events held during the year at the North Carolina Estuarium, and there are still spaces available. The East Carolina Wildfowl Guild and the Estuarium present this annual decoy painting workshop where children ages 4-12 will learn to paint a miniature decoy. Each child will leave with his or her own masterpiece! Two class times are available, 9:30 and 11. While you are there be sure to check out the winning entries from the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition. Call 252-948-0000 to register for this free class.
Admit it, you sing Let It Go even when you’re in the car alone with no kids! Oh, what fun will you have at the Frozen Sing-a-long at the Turnage Theatre. Let the kids dress as their favorite character (you can dress up as Elsa if you’d like, too!) and be a part of a day that will leave lasting memories and earn you some great parent points. Tickets are $5. Showtime is 2 pm. Visit the Arts of the Pamlico website for tickets and information.
The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association will present the 4th annual Don Skinner GuitarFest again this year at the Turnage Theatre Gallery. There will be music from 2 to 10 pm with 9 acts performing music from almost every genre imaginable. Did we mention this event is free? Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.bctma.org.
For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit www.VisitWashingtonNC.com for the full calendar of events.decoy painting, Frozen, guitarfest, little washington, nc estuarium, pamlico river
Here in Washington we’ve jumped feet first into the new year! There are so many exciting events and offerings coming up in the next few months that we wanted to be sure you were among the first to know. So, grab your calendar and make your plans now to visit Washington and enjoy a little visit on the Pamlico!
4th Annual BCTMA Guitar Fest at the Turnage Theatre ~ February 25th
Friends of Brown Library Book Sale at the Washington Civic Center ~ January 20th-22nd
Children’s Decoy Painting Workshop at the NC Estuarium ~ February 11th
Race for Epilepsy Half Marathon & 5K ~ February 25th
River Roving at the NC Estuarium Begins in April
Glass Tulip Film Festival at the Turnage Theatre ~ April 14th – 15th
Annual BoCo Traditional Music Festival ~ April 29th
Washington Marine Market ~ April 29th
Washington Summer Festival ~ June 9th – 10th
This is just a snippet of the many fun things to come.
Our online calendar is ever changing. New events and details are being added daily! Set a bookmark on the calendar so you can catch a glimpse of everything happening in Washington right in one spot.
You may also request to have a printed calendar mailed to you by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This weekend marks the last full weekend before Christmas arrives. But, it is also a wonderful time to spend with family and friends enjoying the things that make this the most wonderful time of the year. Here in Washington we are celebrating all of that!
• Enjoy the Harbor Walk of Lights and the beautiful lights that sparkle on the Pamlico River each night until Christmas.
• Hayrides with Santa will have you reminiscing and will also leave you with lasting memories of time spent with your children and grandchildren.
• Laugh at the Turnage Theatre as you enjoy Tinsel Almost Sorta Saves Christmas.
• Shop local and pick up those last minute gifts along Main and Market Streets and know you are helping to support small businesses.
• Rest your weary feet while dining in one of our local restaurants.
We do hope you will join us in Washington to celebrate the Christmas season!#christmasinlittlewashington, christmas, downtown washington, harbor walk of lights, hayrides with santa, pamlico river, turnage theatre
When October rolls around, there are all sorts of fun and frightening events planned! And, there are activities for all ages and fright-factors to enjoy. Check out any or all of these events, and you are in for a great time!
Hematoma Paint Ball Zombie Thrill Ride
6 Nights of Fright Hayride & Trail
Spookly the Square Pumpkin
Raised in a Barn Farm Corn Maze
The Twilight Zone at the Turnage Theatre
Historic Washington Ghost Walk
Oct. 21-22 ~ It’s almost time for Smoke on the Water in downtown Washington presented by Noon Rotary. This year will bring another fantastic event that includes a barbecue cook-off, chili cook-off, Dragon Boat Races, a fire engine pull, Arts of the Pamlico Fine Arts Show, vendors, artists, music, and more! Music in the Streets will kick things off on Friday evening, and be sure to check out the impressive showmanship of the pig cookers. These guys and girls have a lot of fun cooking pigs! For more information, www.smokeonthewater.info.
10/15 ~ Darleen’s Flamingo 5K
10/15 ~ Fossil Day Celebration
10/22 ~ Run Like a Pirate 5K
10/27 ~ Guitar Masters
Through 10/29 ~ Last chance for River Roving
11/12 ~ Sound Rivers Oyster Roast
11/19 ~ Goose Creek Trail Race
Raised in a Barn Farm has a great weekend planned as it kicks off the inaugural NC Sunflower Festival. There will be music, hayrides, corn maze, artist and vendors, and Praise by the Maze. Did we mentioned the beautiful sunflowers that are brightening the farm? Weather permitting, there will also be hot air balloon rides. Enjoy this family fun weekend at Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity, NC.
The weekend of September 24 is shaping up to be a great one here in Washington. Make plans now for a getaway that includes a night at the Turnage Theatre and crabs and music at Pickin’ on the Pamlico. Packages are available at local bed and breakfasts, as well as several hotels. While you are in town, don’t miss the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Pamlico River Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show, or the Hands on Arts Festival. CLICK HERE for complete weekend details.
9/3 ~ Ghost Walk in downtown Washington
9/4 ~ Soul Food Sunday at Underground Railroad Museum
9/16 ~ Dining in the Dark at Washington Yacht & Country Club
10/20-22 ~ 53rd Annual Fine Arts Show at Turnage Theatre
10/21-22 ~ Smoke on the Water in downtown Washington
Click Here for a complete listing of area events.arts festival, blue crabs, chocowinity, little washington, picking on the pamlico, sunflower festival, turnage theatre
We love summer here on the Pamlico River. Take advantage of some of the best parts of summer in eastern NC this month. Get out on the water. If you don’t have a boat, visit Liane at Inner Banks Outfitters to rent a kayak or stand up paddle board. The NC Estuarium offers a free River Roving cruise. The Belle of Washington, the Jeannie B, and Miss Bea Charters can also help get you on. the Pamlico. Or, take it up a notch and visit Park Boat Company to buy your own boat! Richard Andrews of Tar Pam Guide Service can put you on the big fish around here, too. We love supporting local businesses here in Washington and Beaufort County, and we encourage you to do the same.
August is also a good month to try out a new restaurant in Washington. Really, it’s too hot to turn on the oven or stand over a grill. Washington is fortunate to feature a mix of cuisine and menu options to suit even the pickiest of palates. Some even feature live music on the weekends. And, the best part is that you are supporting locally owned restaurants! For a full list of area restaurants, click here.
The Bank Bistro Backwater Jack’s Down on MainStreet
Rachel K’s No Wake Zone Grill King Chicken
Grub Brothers The Meeting Place Bill’s Hot Dogs
On the Waterfront LaBella Pizza Marabella’s Italian Restaurant
Frank’s Pizza Ne’er Do Well Hog Heaven
Boss Hog’s Barbecue
8/6 ~ Summer Slam Cross Fit Event
8/6 ~ Ghost Walk
8/13 ~ History Hike at Goose Creek State Park
8/20 ~ African American History Tour
8/27 ~ Washington Sprint & Olympic Triathlon