The Friendly City by the sea









Due to mass gathering limitations in place during the COVID19 Pandemic, the Town of Swansboro has made the following decisions for the 2021 Festivals.

The Arts by the Sea Festival scheduled for June 12, 2021, will have some local events in the week up to June 12. We will also hold a VIRTUAL Vendor Marketplace. Links and schedules will be provided soon. Potential Virtual Vendors should download the application on the Arts by the Sea tab above.

We have an exciting event planned for the Fourth of July. Stay tuned for more information.


At this time, the Town of Swansboro is still planning to celebrate the 67th Annual Mullet Festival. An official decision will be made in August. Stay tuned for more information.

We are also optimistic that the 2021 Holiday Flotilla  will be held on November 26. Stay tuned fo more information.

Detailed information and registration information for each event can be found on the Festival website, the Parks and Recreation webpage, and the Town of Swansboro and Swansboro Festivals Facebook pages.

Welcome to Swansboro, the friendly city by the sea! Incorporated in 1783, our beautiful community is home to a rich history and a bounty of festivals and celebrations. Our downtown streets are great for taking a leisurely stroll and offer up an assortment of quaint shops and delicious restaurants. And don't forget water! Bordered by both the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River, we have a lot to offer in the way of fishing, kayaking, sailing, or just enjoying the view!


We sure love our festivals here! Our most popular festival by far is the Mullet Festival, which celebrated its 65th year in 2019. What began as a small event to celebrate the completion of the bridge over the White Oak River has become a highly anticipated part of eastern North Carolina culture. Taking place on the second weekend in October, it's celebrated with a parade, live entertainment, street vendors, and tons of seafood, especially our local delicacy--the mullet! The second Saturday in June is home to Arts by the Sea, where our fabulous local artists show off their arts and crafts. We also have lots of food and live entertainment. On the 4th of July, we celebrate our independence with a spectacular fireworks display at the waterfront. Grab some popcorn and a funnel cake and get ready to ooh and ahh at the sights! Finally, we welcome the holiday season with our Christmas Flotilla. Taking place on the Friday following Thanksgiving, it's popular with locals and visitors alike! If you want to see a parade of colorful, festive, and brightly-lit decorated boats, this is the event for you! The kids will also love this one because they get to meet Santa.

We hope you'll stop by and take part in one of our local celebrations!