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3 Really Good Things to Know About the NC Festival by the Sea

Save the date! The 2022 NC Festival by the Sea in nearby Holden Beach is an annual event and festival you won’t want to miss. It’s not far from your Ocean Isle Beach rental, so if you’ll be here vacationing in OIB over the weekend of October 29-30, 2022 then make plans to join in the festive fun and community spirit. If you haven’t booked your fall beach vacation yet, no worries! You still have time to do that. In the meantime, here are 3 things you should know before you go.

✅ Quick Stats


2022 NC Festival by the Sea


Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm, October 29 & 30, 2022


Near the Causeway & Bridge, Holden Beach, NC 28462


Find the Google Maps location and directionshere

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✅ Important Things to Know About the NC Festival by the Sea

1. A coastal tradition since 1979, the NC Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach offers free admission & free parking.

What more could you ask for in a family-friendly event? Free fun for everyone! The festival truly is a local tradition and crowd favorite. Be sure to stay up-to-date on this year’s events by visiting the Festival by the Sea Facebook page.

2. The only time of the year the Holden Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway is open to pedestrian traffic.

This two-day event kicks off with a parade over the Holden Beach Causeway. Since it’s the only time when the Holden Beach Bridge is open to pedestrians—why not? Come on over and see for yourself. It’s a picturesque view that’s definitely worth the trip.

3. There’s family fun for everyone with arts, crafts, live music, a parade, tournaments & contests,fishing, sand-sculpting, kids area, food & more!

Stroll the festival and get your steps in while you support the local businesses, artists, crafters, and vendors that are on-site for your shopping pleasure. Shop and buy local! There’s also the annual horseshoe tournament, sandcastle building contest, and plenty more family-friendly entertainment and activities for all ages.

✅ Watch this 4 Minute Walkthrough Video of the Festival

If you’re a visual person who likes to see things before committing, well then this is the video for you. It’s a short walkthrough of the NC Festival by the Sea from a few years ago. It’s the perfect preview to your festival experience. Enjoy!


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3 Really Good Things to Know About the NC Festival by the Sea
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