7 Summer Events You Need to Know in Topsail NC

Summertime has arrived on Topsail Island, North Carolina. The sun is shining, the weather and water are heating up, and the beautiful beaches are ready and waiting for you. Have you made your summer Topsail beach vacation plans? Then you know there’s so much summer fun to be had on our beaches and in our coastal NC towns—and it’s all close and convenient to your Topsail Island vacation rental.

Here’s a summer rundown of the best Topsail area events and things to do. Save these dates and mark your calendars, so you don’t miss a thing.

1. Summer Fun at Your Topsail Rental

You chose your Topsail vacation rental and its amenities for a reason, so be sure to put them to good use. Do you have a pool? Swim the day away. An oceanfront deck? Be sure you get out there every chance you get to take in the views. Tennis courts? Play a match a two. Are you right by the sound? Go ahead and find a place to drop a fishing line and see what you reel in.

Your Topsail rental has everything you need for summer fun. It’s a cool escape after a long day at the beach. It’s a place where you and your family can gather for special meals courtesy of your well-equipped vacation rental kitchen. It’s also the perfect place to catch up on a good read or curl up and take an afternoon nap. Enjoy a family movie night together watching your all-time favorite flicks in the comfort and convenience of your vacation-home-away-from-home.

How you use your vacation rental is up to you, but be sure you make the most of it!

2. Free Summer Movies in the Park

Come and enjoy a free movie at Soundside Park in Surf City every Friday night during the summer months. The movie starts at sundown but the pre-show fun and festivities begin at 7p.m. with family-friendly activities and mouthwatering food vendors on site.

Movie admission is free with popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Parking is limited at the park, so you are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool if you can. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. See you under the stars!

You can find the 2018 Movies in the Park dates and movie titles here. 

3. Free Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Free movies aren’t all you’ll find this summer at Soundside Park. There are summer concerts, too! The Free Sounds of Summer Concert Series is another local family favorite where you can enjoy the sounds of the best local and regional performers every Saturday night during the summer months.

The Surf City Summer Concert Series is free and open to the public. Of course you’ll want to bring a chair or blanket and your dancing shoes for an evening of toe-tapping fun and entertainment.

You can find the 2018 Surf City Sounds of Summer Concert Series lineup right here.

4. Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebrations

Independence Day is a pretty big deal around here. We celebrate in true island style, of course, filled with beach days, outdoor cookouts and barbecues, on-the-water adventures and more.

Topsail offers two local July 4th fireworks displays for your viewing pleasure—one on the island and one on the mainland. The Surf City Fireworks happen on the evening of July 3, while the Holly Ridge & Sneads Ferry Fireworks happen right on July 4th. That way you get to enjoy the best of both July 4th celebrations, on island and off.

Learn more about these Topsail 4th of July fireworks and festivities here:

5. Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

August 10-12, 2018 are the dates for this year’s annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, so mark them on your calendar. There is a long list of event activities and things to do for you and your family, so take a peek at what this year’s NC Shrimp Festival has to offer by checking out the 2018 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival schedule of events.

Sneads Ferry has some of the besting eating around, so take a look at these local seafood establishments and Topsail area restaurants to see what’s being served up. You can feel good knowing that you’re eating and buying local NC shrimp!

If you’re not a seafood lover (gasp), that’s okay. There is still plenty of mouthwatering festival food for you to enjoy. You can find the ever-growing list of other 2018 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival vendors slated for this year’s event to get your mouth watering.

Stay up to date with all of the latest and greatest news about this year’s festivities on the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Facebook page. Like and follow along!

6. Labor Day on Topsail Island

Celebrate the symbolic end of summer on Topsail Island and its beaches where you can savor the sun, sand and sea as long as you want. Make memories that last a lifetime and spend some quality time together as a family before the kids head back to school.

Planning your Topsail beach vacation over the Labor Day holiday is easy. It only takes a few clicks to reserve your Topsail vacation rental. Then all that’s left to do is count down the days until you’re back on our beaches and exploring our Topsail towns.

7. Hampstead NC Spot Festival

One thing you’ll learn about Topsail Island is that there’s an endless summer vibe here that extends well into the fall months. We’ll tell you a little secret. The fall months are actually some of the best times to be here if you are in search of wide open beaches with less crowds, beautiful coastal weather, and all of the usual Topsail Island experiences you’d expect to have during the summer.

The same is true of our local events. The NC Spot Festival in Hampstead is a local favorite event that happens annually during the first weekend of each November. The 2018 NC Spot Festival is slated for November 3 and 4, so you may want to consider coming back during that time for a little Topsail Island escape.

The festival highlights the best of the area with delicious spot dinners, arts and crafts, kid-friendly activities, live music and entertainment, fireworks and more.

You can read all about the NC Spot Festival here. You can also find them on Facebook.

Well, there you have it—7 of the best Topsail summer events you need to know about. Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you choose the right Topsail beach vacation rental for you. That’s what we do. Hope to see you this summer around town and on the beach. Have fun!

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