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The Swansboro Mullet Festival of north Carolina

 

70th ANNUAL MULLET FESTIVAL

INFORMATION ABOUT THE 70TH ANNUAL MULLET FESTIVAL COMING SOON!!!

Planning to attend this year's festival? Coming from out of town? Festival sponsor, Hampton Inn, is offering a discount to festival attendees.  

 

Mullet Festival Goers use code MFG and book your stay here

Mullet Festival Vendors use code MFV and book your stay here

Join us downtown Swansboro for the 70th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival of North Carolina on October 12-13, 2024.  Featuring a parade Saturday at 9am, street vendors, kids’ area, live music, fish fry, food vendors, and more.  The 70th Annual Mullet Festival of North Carolina is presented by Team Chevrolet Swansboro. Stay tuned for more information. 

The Swansboro Mullet Festival of North Carolina, 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 your stay and use the code MUL to receive a special rate by using this link​.   

2024 Vendor Rules and Applications

2024 Mullet Festival Vendor Guidelines

2024 Non-Food Vendor Application

2024 Limited Food Vendor Application - 1-2 SNACK ITEMS ONLY

ALL FOOD VENDOR SPACES ARE FULL - ONLY LIMITED FOOD AVAILABLE

2023 Parade Application

For more information, contact vendor chair at dpylypiw@ci.swansboro.nc.us

Looking for a previous vendor? Checking to see if one of your favorite vendors is returning? Click here for our vendor list.

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