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Festival By the Sea 2018

October 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018

The Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association hosts the very popular “NC Festival by the Sea” on the last full weekend in October. This two-day event is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway.

Over 100 arts and craft vendors will be attending this year, with many children’s play areas set up. The will be over a dozen food vendors to choose from, so plan on having a full belly!

This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the bridge. Each year several hundred visitors enjoy this time to enjoy the birds-eye view.

The North Carolina Festival by the Sea is presented by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association in cooperation with the Town of Holden Beach.

Games Include

Children’s Pumpkin Patch
Dunking Booth
Photo Booth
Festival Fun Area

Daily Schedule

Saturday, October 27th
9am – 5pm

9am – Festival opens
9-11am Jaded Mayberry Band on stage
10am – Parade down Holden Beach Causeway
10:30am – Sand sculpting contest begins @Jordan Blvd beach access
11:15 – Opening Ceremony with Festival Grand Marsha @HB Pavilion
11:30 – 12:30pm – Variety Show Band on stage
1:30pm – Judging for Sand Sculping
1:30 – 5pm –  The imitations on stage

5pm – Festival closes

Sunday, October 28th
9am – 4pm

8:30am Worship Service with Pastor Tom from Harvest Fellowship @HB Pavilion
9am – Gospel music on stage
12pm – Costume Contest
2pm – Impromptu Karaoke Hosted by Johnny Jackson on stage
4pm – Festival final closing

For a full listing of craft and food vendors, visit the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association website.


October 27, 2018
October 28, 2018
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Holden Beach Pavilion
120 Jordan Blvd
Holden Beach, NC 28462 United States
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