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Topsail Island Events

A sampling of annual events – check websites for details – especially during COVID times.


Dolphin Dip. Noon. Virtually thousands of people gather at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in Surf City each Jan. 1 for this chilly dip to help raise money for Hospice. The swim is scheduled for noon. Details: 910.526.3788.



Battle of Moores Creek Anniversary. 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Moores Creek was the location of one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War and the first patriot victory of the war. Step back in time and enjoy reenactments, military camp life, musket and artillery firing, and broadsword use at the Moores Creek National Battlefield, Currie. Details: 910.283.5591, NPS.gov/mocr.



Surf City Women’s Expo. Join Surf City Parks and Recreation as it showcases local businesses and the region's women. Details: 910.328.4887.

Herb & Garden Market. The grounds of Poplar Grove will be filled with a wonderful selection of locally grown plants of all types – herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts, and houseplants, plus garden art & accessories, herbal and all-natural products, artisan crafts, and local foods. Details: PoplarGrove.org



NC Azalea Festival. A celebration of Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture, and its favorite flower stretches through five days of entertainment that includes a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, and pageant. Details: ncAzaleaFestival.org.



Pender County Spring Fest. Meet at the Pender County Courthouse Square in Burgaw on the first Saturday in May for this festival featuring local vendors offering homegrown and handmade goods. Join friends and family from 6:00-10:00 pm on Friday before for an evening of dancing. The festival runs from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday and includes arts and crafts and children’s activities. Details: VisitPender.com.


Earth and Surf Fest. Whether you can surf or just enjoy watching others shred, don’t miss the annual Earth and Surf Fest​ held in North Topsail Beach. The annual festival celebrates the environment and includes a surf competition, a stand-up paddleboard race, live entertainment, and a 5K run on the beach! Visit Earth and Surf Fest for details.