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Mullet Festival




Mullet is on for 2023!!! 

Planning to attend this year's festival? Coming from out of town?

Festival sponsor, Hampton Inn, is offering a discount to festival attendees. Go to the website for discount:

  • Mullet Fest Goers MFG


Join us downtown Swansboro for the 69th Annual Mullet Festival on October 14-15, 2023.  Featuring a parade Saturday at 9am, street vendors, kids’ area, live music, fish fry, food vendors, and more.  Stay tuned for more information. 

The Swansboro Mullet Festival, the oldest festival in the Crystal Coast, began in 1954. The weekend centers around the small, bony fish that appears as having a purplish-blue tint when found in Eastern North Carolina waters. Swansboro natives remember days long ago when mullets were hauled to shore in nets hooked to tractors along the beach.

In 1954, mullet fed the workers building the White Oak River Bridge that later became a vital link between Onslow and Carteret counties. Upon its completion, the conception of the Mullet Festival began. It was a way to celebrate the arrival of the modern era in bridge form. The event started as a potluck-type event with the town coming together and contributing to the celebration.

Hampton Inn and Suites if the official hotel for Swansboro Festivals. Book you stay and use the code MUL to receive a special rate by using this link​.   

The 2022 Mullet Festival T-shirts are now available. Get yours today here.


2023 Vendor Applications

Vendor Guidelines

Arts and Crafts, Non-Profit, Commercial, and Home Based Businesses Vendor App 

Food Vendor 

Limited Food Vendor 

2022 Parade Application

For more information, contact vendor chair at

Looking for a previous vendor? Checking to see if one of your favorite vendors is returning? Check the link below for our vendor list.

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