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When October rolls around, there are all sorts of fun and frightening events planned! And, there are activities for all ages and fright-factors to enjoy. Check out any or all of these events, and you are in for a great time!
Hematoma Paint Ball Zombie Thrill Ride
6 Nights of Fright Hayride & Trail
Spookly the Square Pumpkin
Raised in a Barn Farm Corn Maze
The Twilight Zone at the Turnage Theatre
Historic Washington Ghost Walk
Oct. 21-22 ~ It’s almost time for Smoke on the Water in downtown Washington presented by Noon Rotary. This year will bring another fantastic event that includes a barbecue cook-off, chili cook-off, Dragon Boat Races, a fire engine pull, Arts of the Pamlico Fine Arts Show, vendors, artists, music, and more! Music in the Streets will kick things off on Friday evening, and be sure to check out the impressive showmanship of the pig cookers. These guys and girls have a lot of fun cooking pigs! For more information, www.smokeonthewater.info.
10/15 ~ Darleen’s Flamingo 5K
10/15 ~ Fossil Day Celebration
10/22 ~ Run Like a Pirate 5K
10/27 ~ Guitar Masters
Through 10/29 ~ Last chance for River Roving
11/12 ~ Sound Rivers Oyster Roast
11/19 ~ Goose Creek Trail Race
Raised in a Barn Farm has a great weekend planned as it kicks off the inaugural NC Sunflower Festival. There will be music, hayrides, corn maze, artist and vendors, and Praise by the Maze. Did we mentioned the beautiful sunflowers that are brightening the farm? Weather permitting, there will also be hot air balloon rides. Enjoy this family fun weekend at Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity, NC.
The weekend of September 24 is shaping up to be a great one here in Washington. Make plans now for a getaway that includes a night at the Turnage Theatre and crabs and music at Pickin’ on the Pamlico. Packages are available at local bed and breakfasts, as well as several hotels. While you are in town, don’t miss the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Pamlico River Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show, or the Hands on Arts Festival. CLICK HERE for complete weekend details.
9/3 ~ Ghost Walk in downtown Washington
9/4 ~ Soul Food Sunday at Underground Railroad Museum
9/16 ~ Dining in the Dark at Washington Yacht & Country Club
10/20-22 ~ 53rd Annual Fine Arts Show at Turnage Theatre
10/21-22 ~ Smoke on the Water in downtown Washington
We love summer here on the Pamlico River. Take advantage of some of the best parts of summer in eastern NC this month. Get out on the water. If you don’t have a boat, visit Liane at Inner Banks Outfitters to rent a kayak or stand up paddle board. The NC Estuarium offers a free River Roving cruise. The Belle of Washington, the Jeannie B, and Miss Bea Charters can also help get you on. the Pamlico. Or, take it up a notch and visit Park Boat Company to buy your own boat! Richard Andrews of Tar Pam Guide Service can put you on the big fish around here, too. We love supporting local businesses here in Washington and Beaufort County, and we encourage you to do the same.
August is also a good month to try out a new restaurant in Washington. Really, it’s too hot to turn on the oven or stand over a grill. Washington is fortunate to feature a mix of cuisine and menu options to suit even the pickiest of palates. Some even feature live music on the weekends. And, the best part is that you are supporting locally owned restaurants! For a full list of area restaurants, click here.
The Bank Bistro Backwater Jack’s Down on MainStreet
Rachel K’s No Wake Zone Grill King Chicken
Grub Brothers The Meeting Place Bill’s Hot Dogs
On the Waterfront LaBella Pizza Marabella’s Italian Restaurant
Frank’s Pizza Ne’er Do Well Hog Heaven
Boss Hog’s Barbecue
8/6 ~ Summer Slam Cross Fit Event
8/6 ~ Ghost Walk
8/13 ~ History Hike at Goose Creek State Park
8/20 ~ African American History Tour
8/27 ~ Washington Sprint & Olympic Triathlon
June 10-11 ~ School is almost out, the weather is warming up, boats are ready for the water. You know what that means? It’s time for the annual Washington Summer Festival in downtown Washington. The Summer Festival will be June 10-11, 2016. Besides festival food, vendors, and artists, you will also enjoy The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, fireworks, and so much more. Click here for a complete schedule of activities next weekend.
June 18th ~ Hear history interpreted during this walk through Washington’s historic district. Guide Leesa Jones will share African American history of Washington and the Pamlico. This fascinating history led to the creation of the Underground Railroad Museum in downtown Washington inside the Atlantic Coastline Caboose. Washington recently became listed on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom passport for the National Park Service. Learn more here.
June 18th ~ The annual AACA Car Show will return to Washington’s downtown waterfront this month. Come and reminisce while admiring the restorations and originals the owners take such pride in. And, perhaps you, too, will notice that the classics are as old as they used to be! Learn more here.
June 4th ~ PraiseFest
June 12th ~ Love & The Outcome
June 17th ~ NFL Community Fun Day
June 17th ~ Music in the Street
June 21st ~ Save the Pool Golf Tournament
June 24th ~ ArtWalk
Every Saturday ~ Farmer’s Market
April typically kicks off our event season, and May is when we’re full steam ahead. This month is a great time to visit Washington and the Inner Banks area. Perhaps check out a quaint bed and breakfast like the Pamlico House or Elmwood 1820 in Washington’s historic district. Treat mom to a cruise on the Jeanie B, shopping spree in downtown Washington, or a painting class at Wine & Design. May is also a month to celebrate graduations. Plan a special dinner or fun night out with friends. Whatever you choose to celebrate in May, make Washington a special part of your memories.
May 27-29 ~ The annual Aurora Fossil Festival, across the Pamlico River from Washington, is a fantastic, family-friendly event. This event is held annually on Memorial Day weekend. There will be music, fossil hunting, a parade, tours, and more. Be sure to visit the Aurora Fossil Museum, the centerpiece of the festival, and have your picture taken in the jaws of a megalodon! For more information, call 252-322-4238.
May 28 ~ Historic Bath will celebrate becoming the state’s first port of entry with a daylong event with history, fun, and celebration. Visitors are encouraged to come early and stay late. Historic interpretations, hands on actives, food and craft vendors, and skydivers help make this a fun-filled day. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end with a performance by Jim Quick & Coastline Band and fireworks over Bath Creek. For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, call 252-923-3971 or visit bathfest.com.
Save the Date
Washington Summer Festival ~ June 10-11
Washington’s 4th of July Festivities ~ July 4th
Belhaven’s 4th of July Festivities ~ July 3rd-4th
Washington Triathlon ~ August 27th
For a complete listing of Inner Banks area events, CLICK HERE.bathfest, belhaven, little washington, May, mothers day, special events, the original washington, washington nc, washington summer festival
We always welcome the return of Spring here on the Pamlico. Not only do the flowers bloom and temperatures rise, but some of our favorite events return making Washington a magical place to visit.
River Roving, perhaps the best (and FREE) way to explore the Pamlico River begins mid-month. The North Carolina Estuarium offers these free cruises from Spring to Fall. They are educational and entertaining for folks ages 6 and up. Call the Estuarium today to make reservations for your River Roving cruise, 252-948-0000.
Saturday Market brings fresh vegetables, flowers, arts and crafts, to downtown. This has become a must-do on Saturday mornings in Washington. The variety changes every week, so you’ll want to come to the local market as often as you can. Enjoy Saturday Market every Saturday beginning April 16th near the lighthouse the Washington waterfront. Call 252-946-3969 for more information.
If you were on the fence about when to visit Washington, we have the perfect weekend for you. Make your plans to visit the weekend of April 30th. There will be no shortage of activities for everyone in the family! Get on the water for the 10th Annual
Kayakalon, a unique triathlon event held at Goose Creek State Park. Want to take it a little easier? The BoCo Traditional Music Fest is a day of music, full of variety and talent. Held at the Turnage Theatre and in outdoor venues downtown, the Traditional Music Fest is music to our ears. The Washington Marine Market complements the Traditional Music Fest and other activities on the waterfront. The Marine Market features boat displays, demonstrations, nautical artisans and vendors. . .and maybe a pirate or two. Make your reservations at one of our local lodging properties TODAY for the weekend of April 30th.
Welcome to Elmwood 1820, a new luxury bed and breakfast in Washington’s historic district. Elmwood has remained as one of the crown jewels of style and sophistication. Now, Elmwood continues to share its beauty with people who were born to wander, find adventure, explore, and seek respite in the most unique and curious of places. Make Washington and Elmwood 1820 your next getaway.
The art of scratchboard will come to the Washington waterfront on Saturday, March 5th. Ginger Gehres and Rodman Leisure will work to capture the essence of the schooner Jeanie B using their unique techniques. They invite the public to view their demonstration and work, as well as other plein aire artists who may with to join in. The artists will begin their work at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The two artists are among only 16 others in the US labeled as master scratchboard artists.
Hailing from North Carolina, but known wordwide, the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble “edutains” audiences of all shapes and sizes. The AADE describes dance this way, “Beginning with the first breath and ending with the last, humans move, and from the expressive urges of that movement, dance is born. If life is movement, then the art of that movement is dance.” On March 12th the Ensemble will bring the Turnage Theatre stage to life. The AADE will be in Washington with Arts of the Pamlico doing a weeklong residency, and the public is invited and encouraged to participate.
Angels N Camo will hold its second annual fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, March 12th at Tar Heel Variety Theater. This year’s event will feature Amanda Daughtry in concert. This fun, family event will help raise money to grant hunting and fishing adventure trips to children with disabilities or life threatening illness. For tickets or information, contact Lisa Adams at (252) 402-6575 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Turnage Theatre will host Diana Tuffin on Saturday night. Her sultry sounds will remind you of past greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. You expect to have good glass of wine on Valentines, and Wine & Words on Main Street can make that happen. On Friday and Saturday they will be featuring Wines for Lovers during their tastings. On Sunday, South Market Antiques and Little Shoppes will celebrate Valentines with Champagne, Shopping and Chocolate from 1 to 4. What’s not to love? Of course, a walk on the waterfront to watch a sunset is a must (even if it is a little cool). You won’t be disappointed.
Make it a weekend getaway today by booking your hotel or bed and breakfast stay, even if just for one night. Washington’s Harbor District offers a number of great restaurants for your dining pleasure this weekend or any other.
Feb. 25th ~ Taste the Good Life in Little Washington
Feb. 26th ~ Jeanne Jolly at the Turnage Theatre
Feb. 27th ~ Bath High School Preservation Oyster Roast
March 12th ~ A Night Out with Angels N Camo
March 19th ~ Slam Dunks & Alley Oops
For a full listing of all there is to see and do this month, please visit www.VisitWashingtonNC.com for our complete Calendar of Events.diana muffin, little shoppes, little washington, romantic weekend, valentine's day, weekend getaway, wine and words
Festive Fridays are happening this Christmas season in downtown Washington. Buy local this year with the help of downtown shops that will be staying open late on Friday nights to make your shopping easier. While you are here, enjoy the festive lights, savor a good meal and spend time making this season a little brighter. Festival Fridays will occur through December 18th. For more information about other special activities during downtown’s Festive Fridays, click here. #buylocalenc
The first weekend of December in Washington has come to be known as Hometown Holidays. This weekend is full of events like the annual Christmas Parade, Christmas Tour of Homes, the Kris Kringle Craft Show, and more. Swinging Through the Holidays at the Turnage Theatre on Saturday night will be the perfect musical accompaniment for Hometown Holidays. You won’t want to miss the lights on the Pamlico from the lighted boat contest that begins on December 5 along the Washington waterfront. Enjoy all that Washington has to offer this weekend and every other day this month. #hometownholidays
Saturday, December 5th ~ Washington Christmas Parade, 10 AM
Saturday, December 5th ~ Belhaven Christmas Parade, 4 PM
Sunday, December 6th ~ Bath Christmas Parade, 2 PM
Sunday, December 13th ~ Aurora Christmas Parade, 3 PM.
For a full listing of all there is to see and do this month, please visit www.VisitWashingtonNC.com for our complete Calendar of Events.aurora, bath, belhaven, Christmas parade, downtown washington, festive fridays, little washington, tour of homes, turnage theatre