Oak Island NC Events

Special Events

7:40 pm

We’ve got special events throughout the year that highlight a variety of holidays, national observances and just plain fun! Plan a trip to our beloved island and choose from many Oak Island NC beach rentals that are conveniently close to great attractions and kid-friendly activities.



Southern Cape Fear Coast Bridal Showcase
Southport Community Building, 223 E Bay Street, Southport NC

1:00pm to 4:00pm
Find everything you need to make your wedding perfect- from caterers to jewelers and everything in between.
Admission: $5.00 per person, Brides are Free

Coastal Consumer Showcase
St. James Community Center, 4140-A Southport-Supply Rd, St. James NC
Come check out the products and services that our local businesses have to offer!
Admission: Free

North Carolina Azalea Festival
Wilmington, NC
Enjoy four days of parades, pageantry, concerts, street fairs and more at the annual North Carolina Azalea festival.
Visit the NC Azalea Festival website for details

Oak Island Lighthouse 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
Oak Island, NC
Whether you are participating or just cheering from the sidelines, the Lighthouse Fun Run is exciting and fun for all and follows a beautiful race route through Caswell Beach and Oak Island.
Visit the Lighthouse 10K website for more details

May to September
Southport Waterfront Farmers Market
Fort Johnson Garrison Lawn, Bay Street, Southport NC
8:00am to 1:00pm every Wednesday
Come shopping for local produce, crafts and baked goods along the banks of the Cape Fear River.
Admission: Free

May 3
Relay for Life Brunswick County
West Brunswick High School, Shallotte, NC
6:00pm May 3rd to 1:00pm May 4th
Come together to fight for a cure at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Visit the Relay for Life website for information.
Ride the Tide Kayak Float
Oak Island, NC
The Oak Island Recreation Center and The Adventure Kayak Company are sponsoring this kayak float and race from the Rec Center to Blue Water Point Marina. There will be various age group awards and kayak rentals are available.
Admission/Fees: Entry fee is charged, see oakislandnc.com for more information

June 7, 2014
Bridge to Bridge Triathlon
Oak Island, NC
Grab your swim suit and running shoes!  The 1st annual Bridge to Bridge Triathlon features a 750 yard swim, 18 mile bike ride, and a 4 mile run.
Registration fees: $60+ depending on date of registration.
Visit the Bridge to Bridge Triathlon page for more details.

June 28, 2014
Annual NC 4th of July Festival Freedom Run
Southport Waterfront Park, Southport NC
5k run begins at 8:00am, 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 9:00am
The 5K and 1 mile Freedom Fun Run/Walk leaves from Southport’s Waterfront Park and is great fun for participants and observers.
Admission/Fees: $25.00
Please visit the NC 4th of July Festival Freedom Run page for more information.

July 1, 2014
NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day
Middleton Park Extension and Beachfront Cabana area, Oak Island, NC
Begins 10:00 am
This event is organized and sponsored by the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department and features youth activities and contests, such as surfing and skating, beach music and shag contest (sponsored by N.C. 4th of July Festival).
Admission/Fees: Free
Please visit the NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day page for more information.

July 2 – 4, 2014
NC 4th of July Festival
Downtown Southport, NC
The N.C. 4th of July Festival is an unforgettable event that features numerous events and festivities such as a parade, fireworks, arts, crafts, 5K run, food, entertainment, children’s games and more.


August 22-23, 2014
Phlock To the Beach Buffett Style Beach Bash
Southport – Oak Island Area
Dress like a Parrot Head and enjoy a ‘Buffett’ style beach bash starting with a Pub & Grub Crawl Firday night. Continue the party on Saturday with beach volleyball and Bocce ball tournaments, concerts, free contests for adults and children alike. So much food and fun there’s something for everyone!

October 2 – 4, 2014
Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
Southport Marina
Come down for the biggest fishing event of the year, whether you’re entering to win or just want to watch- there’s plenty to do for everyone!
Admission: Registration fee to enter, spectators are free.
Visit the US Open King Mackerel Tournament webpage for more details.

December 6, 2014
Christmas by the Sea Parade
Oak Island Drive, Oak Island NC
Come enjoy the annual Christmas by the Sea parade!

December 13, 2014
Southport Christmas Flotilla
Southport river-front, Southport NC
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Stroll along the historic river-front and view the beautifully lit and decorated boats as they drift along.
Admission: Free