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Sunset Beach NC & Ocean Isle Beach NC Events

Old Bridge Museum Grand Opening!

May 24th, 2014

We're looking forward to Saturday, May 24, 2014, as we kick off the summer season at the Old Bridge in a big way! On this date will be the long awaited opening of the Museum at the Old Bridge. The Museum will officially open for visitors on Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Since the Old Bridge and Tender House were moved from the Intracoastal Waterway to its present site at 109 Shoreline Drive West in early 2011, OBPS volunteers have moved forward with its master plan to create a museum. Now the organization's efforts have come to fruition.

Just prior to the Tender House being moved all of the furniture, equipment, artifacts, and documents in it were removed and stored. Now the museum committee, chaired by Rose Dodds, has recreated the upstairs of the Old Bridge's Tender House. "We think people will be interested to see where the bridge tenders worked and have their first look inside the Tender House." said Dodds.

Also in the museum, there will be displays that highlight artifacts and stories of the Vesta, a Confederate blockade runner that ran aground at Bald Beach (now known as Sunset Beach) on its maiden voyage in January 1864, 150 years ago. Jean Hutchinson, executive committee member, commented "The story of the Vesta is an intriguing and fascinating piece of local history. We look forward to sharing it with our visitors."

On Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, volunteers and former Bridge Tenders will be there to tell visitors the story of the Old Bridge, Sunset Beach and the Vesta. Please come and join us. If you can't make it to opening day, the Museum, Old Bridge, and Store will be open throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Check the website or call 910.363-6585 for more details.

Summer at the Old Bridge

What would summer be without events and activities at the Old Bridge? We're excited to announce our summer programs which begin the week of

June 17!

Every Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m., A Moment in Time will be presented. Local volunteers and storytellers will share interesting stories about the history of Sunset Beach and the Old Bridge. Find out what Sunset Beach was like as it grew to what it is today. Come and learn about the escapades of the Vesta, a Civil War blockade runner, that ran aground at Sunset Beach more than 150 years ago.

Every Wednesday, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. is the

Young Explorers Program. This program is open to children of all ages. OBPS volunteers will help participants investigate the history of the Old Bridge and Sunset Beach. Children will create and take home a craft to remember their time at the Old Bridge. A snack will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will change throughout the summer so children can come once, twice or three times and not be bored.

Thursday nights are Family Fun Nights. Programming is varied and sure to have a topic that will catch your interest. Pirate Night, Snakes, Turtles & Birds--Oh My!, If Bridges Could Talk, and Family Fun Cookouts are some of the events we'll be having. These programs are 5 - 7 p.m. Check the website to see what fun is in store on any particular date!

On Friday, July 4, in what has come to be an annual Sunset Beach tradition, enjoy the Fourth of July at the Old Bridge. Decorate your bike or wagon and come to the Old Bridge for games, a bicycle parade and patriotic music. Check the website for details soon.

During the summer the Old Bridge, Museum, and Store will be open on Tuesday 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursday 5 - 8 p.m. All programming is weather permitting. Check the website or call 910.363.6586 for more information.

As always, our programs are free and your donations are much appreciated as they help to continue making the Old Bridge a very special place for everyone to enjoy. (There is a small charge to defray the cost of food at the cookouts.)

April -September, 2014

8am – noon
Shallotte Farmers Market
Typically there are fresh tomatoes, greens, peppers, corn, potatoes, fresh eggs, plants, herbs, jams and jellies honey and more. Located on Main Street in Shallotte behind Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce buildiing.

May - September, 2014
8am - 1pm
Southport Waterfront Farmers Market
Every Wednesday. The location on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn overlooking the Cape Fear River is a treat in itself. You can browse the beautiful local produce, baked goods and handcrafted items spread under ancient live oak trees. There is a breeze off the river as well as music in the air as entertainment is always available.

Summer 2014
The Old Bridge Preservation Society launched its second annual Summer at the Old Bridge. There will be a presence at the Old Bridge from 10AM – 1PM Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers will be there to offer the history of the Old Bridge and information about the role it played in the development of Sunset Beach. Evening programs are planned throughout the entire summer from 5-8 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to educational and historical talks by retired bridge tenders and long-time local residents.

July 2-4, 2014

N.C. 4th of July Festival
Arts, crafts, parade, 5K run, food, entertainment, children's games, naturalization ceremony and more. See "Events & Activities" page for more information and link to the preliminary schedule. Check out the festival's new website
Downtown Southport.
Contact: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
4433 Long Beach Road, SE Southport, NC 28461

July 4, 2014
At 9:05pm the Battleship fireworks spectacular will begin. You don’t want to miss this year as the fireworks display will take on new forms that have never been seen in Wilmington before. Primary viewing for the fireworks will be from downtown Wilmington. The entire Battleship complex on Eagles Island will be closed at 6:00pm and all vehicles will be required to leave by 6:30pm. Therefore, come early and visit the equally impressive Battleship NORTH CAROLINA before the activities in the evening. The production by PYRO SHOWS, an international award-winning pyrotechnics company, will dazzle residents and visitors alike. For those viewing the fireworks along the river turn your radio to WGNI 102.7 FM to hear a live radio broadcast of patriotic tunes. For those not able to be downtown, view the show on WECT TV-6 as they broadcast and stream the "BATTLESHIP BLAST" live from 9:00pm-9:30pm.

July 4, 2013
Bald Head Island 4th of July Celebration
Annual Bald Head Island Cart Parade.
Bald Head Island, NC
Contact: Bald Head Island Limited Rental Relations

October 4, 2014

Sunset at Sunset
Event DescriptionThe Sunset at Sunset Festival will begin at the Sunset Beach Pier at 8am for a 5K run over the Mannon Gore Bridge.
The festival will continue near the Ingram Planetarium where you will be entertained by the Brunswick Big Band featuring Linda Ladrick and The Imitations.
The will be artisans, non profits and food vendors for you to visit.
We will be having a childrens section.
The event is free and fun for the whole family.
For more information, please go to

Oyster Festival

The next NC Oyster Festival will be held October 18-19, 2014 for its 34th year!

The beach center becomes a walking district that offers something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children's activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off and the Oyster Shucking Contest.

Oct. 24-25, 2014
9am-5pm Saturday- 9am-4pm Sunday
NC Festival by the Sea Holden Beach – Free Event. Free parking. (910) 842-3828. Held on the Holden Beach Causeway.
NC Festival by the Sea Holden BeachThe last full weekend in October, the Holden Beach Merchants Association hosts the very popular "NC Festival by the Sea."
Arts & Crafts, contact Neil Watkins at 910-842-2844/Food Vendors, Contact Pete Pallas at 910-279-3606.