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The Best Fall Events You Won't Want to Miss

Fall is here bringing with it beautiful coastal Carolina weather. We don’t like to brag, but there isn’t any place better to enjoy a fall vacation than Ocean Isle Beach. We may be beach experts, but fall lets us show you there is so much more to Ocean Isle Beach and this diverse region of North Carolina. With so many great things to do and see this fall, it is time to plan that late vacation and head over to Ocean Isle Beach. Here are just of the few family-friendly activities awaiting you.

Haunted Trail Schedule

Haunted Trail

Each year on Ocean Isle Beach the dedicated firefighters at the GrissettownLongwood Fire Rescue don a different kind of uniform and take to the woods to create a truly exhilarating and fun Haloween experience. Each Weekend in October the fire dept creates the Haunted Trail. All the actors on this self-guidedtour are volunteers or firefighters. As the website says this isn’t for the real little ones, but definitely fun for those 10 and older. Be prepared to be scared and thrilled for about 30 minutes. A great thing about this event is not only is it fun, but all proceeds from the event go to help the Fire Dept. Events like this are critical to the annual budget of these departments and the dedicated firemen and women who work there. So come on out enjoy a cool night and a little haunting fun.
Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue
758 Longwood Road
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(910) 287-3030


Break out the lederhosen, turn up the polka music and get ready to party Bavarian style during the annual Calabash Oktoberfest. Taking place in nearby Calabash, North Carolina, which is about a 20-minute drive west of Ocean Isle Beach this event is sure to bring out the laughs and good times. Taking place on October 28 between 11-5:30 pm the event features all things Bavarian, with a dash of beach style added for good measure. Some of the eventstaking place include wiener dog races, Arm wrestling contests, and Bierstein Holding Contest. They had me at Weiner dog races, how cute is that. Admission is free for everyone. Vendors will be available selling food, arts, and crafts. Live music will be provided by the Harbour Towne Fest Band.
Calabash Oktoberfest
10102 Beach Drive
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 616-6113

Hay Ride

Go Chicken Coop

If you’re looking for a great family-outing with all those traditional fall activities then the Go Chicken Coop farm is the place to be this October and November. Located about 35 minutes Northeast of the Ocean Isle Beach, Go Chicken Coop farm is an easy drive and well worth it. Featuring a huge Corn Maze, hayrides, farm train, and a pumpkin patch you’re sure to leave with a camera full of memories. One of the great missions of the farm is to “steer kids away from their devices”, and with all the fun activities and games we are sure you’ll agree they have succeeded. The farm is open Saturday 10-5 and on Sunday from 12-5. Note: Hayrides stop an hour before closing so make sure to get there in plenty of time to take advantage of that there is to do.

7 Bell Swamp Road Connection NE
Winnabow, NC 28479
(910) 209-5051

Haunted Swamp Tours

You didn’t think we wouldn’t combine Halloween with boating, did you? Perhaps one of the more unique and fun activities is the Haunted Swamp Tours. These tours take riders out on the Shallotte River for a night of good-naturedterror on the local water. Tours last about 30-40 to minutes. The tours will be happeningevery weekend in October so you have plenty of time to RSVP. These are all in the pitch black so as the website notes, this is not something to do if you are truly afraid of the dark. Come hear the tales of local bootleggers, smugglers, pirates, and look out for gators as you troll the Shallotte River with heart pumping excitment behind every cypress stump. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20.00 per person.
Haunted Swamp Tours
5550 Watts Road
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
(910) 687-6100

The Imitations

Purple Feet Festival

On November 5, a great cause and fun collide during the Purple Feet Festival. This event takes place at the Silver Coast Winery, right here on Ocean Isle Beach. The event proudly supports the Special Kids Sponsor Program helping area foster children in need. With lots of food vendors, arts, and crafts vendors, and live music you can’t help but have a great time at this event, all the while helping area children with your admission fee. Admission costs $8.00 or $5.00 dollars with a donation of a recreational item. Appropriate items include games, soccer balls, footballs, cards, coloring and art supplies. Live music will be supplied by the toe-tapping hip-swaying beats of The Imitationswho have been playing together for over 20 years. Coolers are welcome as are outside beverages. Make sure to bring your own lawn chair as there is no seating.

Silver Coast Winery
6680 Barbeque Road
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
(910) 287-2800
With all these wonderful events we are sure you’ll make some great memories during your Ocean Isle Beach vacation. Looking to find that perfect vacation, give us a call or click below to get started planning your fall vacation today.

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