Arts by the sea

****Due to COVID-19, the Arts by the Sea Festival has been cancelled for 2020****


News Release Town of Swansboro

Arts by the Sea Festival and July 4th Fireworks Cancellations

May 14, 2020


The Town of Swansboro regrets to announce that the 2020 Arts by the Sea Festival scheduled for June 13, 2020 and the July 4th Fireworks have been cancelled. Our priority is the health and safety of the community, including our staff, supporters, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it is becoming clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we need to make tough choices. With large gatherings being discouraged by global health experts until at least August, postponement was not a viable option.

Held annually on the second Saturday in June.

This fabulous arts and fine crafts festival takes place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Come and see the best artists and crafters as they line our historic streets with beautiful fine art and handmade crafts.  The show, which is a juried craft show, represents some of the finest crafters in the Southeast.  Pottery, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, fiber, carvings, photography, sculpture and metal work are just a few of the crafts represented at this annual event.

The festival also includes live, local entertainment at the Harry C. Pugliese “Pug” Pavilion throughout the day.  The Kids Zone will offer arts, crafts and a variety of other activities on the waterfront across from Olde Towne Square.  

To keep things safe, we ask that event goers abide by the following: no pets, bicycles or skateboards.  Streets are closed to vehicular traffic. As an extra treat, leave the parking to us! There will be a park and ride shuttle from Ward Farm, located behind the Hampton Inn.

Vendor opportunity

The Arts by the Sea Festival takes place on the second Saturday of June on the Swansboro waterfront.  This festival features arts, crafts, delicious food, wine tastings, stories, children’s entertainment and other fun activities. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, paintings, carvings, photography, sculpture, stained glass and more art.  All entries are juried.

Non-food vendor application (.pdf)

Food vendor application (.pdf)

Limited food vendor application (.pdf)

Click here for a list of confirmed vendors.

Arts by the Sea 2020 vendor guidelines (.pdf)



830 Main St. Ext.