Posted on 9/4/2023

Fall 2023 Topsail Island Festivals You Do Not Want to Miss This Year

As the seasons shift and the island's energy comes alive, you're invited to experience a blend of festivities that capture the essence of this coastal paradise. From the inspiring Reel Housewives charity bike ride on October 7 to the eco-surf-music celebration of Ocean Fest on October 13-14, and the vibrant Autumn With Topsail Festival from October 20-22, there's so much to explore.

And the best part? You can savor every moment by staying in one of our cozy beach vacation rentals, perfectly situated for easy access to all the action. Keep reading to learn more about four great festivals to attend on Topsail Island this fall!

Reel Housewives

The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island is an annual event that features a bike ride to raise money for breast cancer research. The event is on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Any skill level is welcome to join the 26-mile bike ride, which starts and finishes at Surf City Soundside Park.

The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island is a nonprofit organization that utilizes the funds raised from the bike ride to support breast cancer research. It's a meaningful opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause while enjoying a scenic bike ride on Topsail Island. For more information about the event, you can visit their official website.

Ocean Fest and Music Festival

Ocean Fest is a two-day, award-winning, nonprofit eco/surf/art/music festival in downtown Surf City, NC, held on October 13-14, 2023. The event takes place at the Roland Avenue Beach Access, near the Surf City Pier, with activities happening on the beachfront and in the streets of the center city. It features live music from some of the region's top musicians, arts and crafts vendors, surf competitions, eco-friendly exhibitors, and a 5K beach run open to all skill levels.

The festival's mission is to benefit the ocean and raise awareness about environmental conservation. In 2022, Ocean Fest received the Green Initiative Award from the Southeastern Festivals & Events Association for its efforts to be eco-friendly, among many other awards

The festival also works with the Topsail Island chapter of Ocean Friendly Establishments, promoting sustainable practices. The motto of this festival and the many events they hold throughout the year is "To Surf and Protect."

Autumn With Topsail Festival

Autumn With Topsail Festival is an annual event held on Topsail Island. The festival takes place from October 20-22, 2023. It is held outside the Historical Society of Topsail Island and the Assembly Building. Enjoy the Artists' and Crafts Court with hundreds of artists displaying and selling their work.

Visitors can enjoy live musical entertainment, a variety of food options, including beer and wine, inflatables, crafts for children, and more. Free shuttle service is provided from various parking areas in Topsail Beach to the festival grounds. For more detailed information about the festival, visit the official website of the Autumn With Topsail Festival.

The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival is an annual event in the small coastal town of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. The festival celebrates its 52nd anniversary in 2023. The event is held on the grounds of the Community Center in the heart of the growing town. 

The festival features live music, a classic car show, a cornhole tournament, a parade, a beauty pageant, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, shrimp. The festival is a locally loved event that draws visitors from all over the region. The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival is an excellent opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood, live music, and family-friendly activities while experiencing the area's local culture.

If you want to make your time at these festivals even more amazing, browse our extensive list of inviting vacation rentals. These properties aren't just places to stay; they're your coastal havens amid the fall festivities. From beachfront condos to spacious family retreats, Ward Realty has the perfect accommodations to complement your island vacation

Take advantage of the chance to make your Topsail Island escape genuinely memorable. Explore Ward Realty now and get ready for a vacation that blends relaxation, adventure, and the magic of fall events. Come spend October with us!

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