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Park and Ride! Parking will be available at Ward Farm behind the Hampton Inn. Shuttles will pickup there and drop off at the corner of Sabiston and Church Streets. The shuttle will run from 9:30AM - 10:30 PM on Saturday, October 14 and 9:30AM - 6:00PM on Sunday, October 15.

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Order your shirts in advance.

Long Sleeve Performance Unisex

Mullet parade

October 14, 9 AM, Hwy 24

The Swansboro Mullet Festival Parade begins the weekend long festivities on Saturday, October 14, 9 AM. Patrons can view the parade along Hwy 24 leading the way downtown. Parade applications are still available, this is a great way to promote your organization or business and participate in all the fun to be had while strolling through the parade line. Applications will be accepted until October 9, 2023.  You can download the application here

Please be advised that road closures will be put into place at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning – October 14th and remain in place until the parade concludes. There will not be any admittance onto NC 24 during this time. A detour route around the parade will be provided down Main Street Extension. Delays should be expected.  Click here for the parade map. 

Fried Mullet

with Crystal Coast Assembly of God Church

Enjoy delicious fried mullet and whiting in downtown Swansboro across from the stage on Front Street. Fish plates will be available both Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Plates include fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, and beans. Brought to you by the Crystal Coast Assembly of God Church in Peletier.

USMC Static Display

October 14, 2022, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM, 502 West Church St. 

Check out current USMC equipment at the static display on Church Street.


Combat Logistics Battalion-2 will be providing one Medium Tactical Vehicle
Replacement (MTVR), also known as a 7-ton Truck, and one High Mobility
Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), also known as a "hum-vee".  The MTVR is the
workhorse of the Marine Corps capable of carrying both cargo and troops in
the back.  The HMMWV is probably the most recognizable military vehicle in
production.  It has a multitude of different configurations to include;
troop transport, armored gun truck, ambulance, maintenance vehicle, and many

Blessing of the Fleet

October 13, 2022; 6 PM, Casper's Marina

Make plans now to join us for the Blessing of the Fleet! This event is for: those who work on boats; those who protect our country; those who provide food from these waters; those who use these waters for family and pleasure; any other boats or owners in our area. Join us for this annual event! ALL boats and boaters are welcome to join us - kayaks, motor boats, fishing vessels, etc. Boats will assemble at 5:45 in the water in front of Caspers Marina. Radio channel will be shared by the Coast Guard. The Swansboro Fire Department boat along with the Coast Guard will lead the boats into the Swansboro Basin. The Mayor will be reading a list of our area fishermen who have passed. Pastor Tapping from One Harbor Church will be providing the blessings. Swansboro High School Band student will play taps on trumpet while a wreath provided by Through the Looking Glass is placed in the water. Join us at Casper's for this emotional and appreciative event! Patrons can view from the Church Street Dock, Ward Shore, along the waterfront. 

 Free registration for interested boaters - email

Mullet Gnome Door Hanger Workshop
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October 13, 2023; 6:00 PM, Swansboro Recreation Center 

It’s Mullet Festival time! To celebrate, Susan from Hammer and Stain Crystal Coast will be creating a door hanger featuring an Old Salt Gnome dressed in yellow slicker and white boots while holding a bucket of Mullet. This is for all painting levels as you will be given step by step instructions to use water-based stain or paint for a round background. You will be painting and assembling a 3-D gnome on the background to hang on your door, on a wall or simply a decoration to support our yearly tradition and history of our town. Painting techniques including stenciling (if you choose) will be introduced to make your one of a kind 10-12” door hanger. All materials will be provided. Pre-register by October 7, 2023 All other supplies will be provided by the Recreation Department. Register online at!

Mullet Apparel with What the Fin?

October 14-15, 2023

Official Mullet Festival t-shirts will be on sale at the booth on Front Street near Yana's. Brought to you by What the Fin Apparel.

Mullet Toss

October 14, 2022; 1:00 PM, The Pugliese Pavilion

Come downtown to the Pug Pavilion on Saturday, October 8, 1:00 PM for one of the Mullet Festival's finest traditions...the Mullet Toss! Register for FREE and toss that mullet into the bucket for a chance to win some great prizes. This event is for all ages, and we will be competing by age groups. Pre-registration is preferred for this event. You can pre-register at

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