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Here's the best list of fun happenings during sweater weather this year!

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Paranormal Investigation Tours

FRIDAYS October 7-28, 2022

Poplar Grove is presenting an evening to perchance be visited by the spirits along a lighted pathway. Haunts, or haunts, of all ages from 1850 through the 20th century continue to hover in and around the Manor House, Tenant House, graveyard and grounds. Deceased members of the Foy family still make their presence known in particular rooms of the house, and there are lots of stories to share of how they have introduced themselves over the years. The former slaves and tenant farmers are no less evident than the trees silhouetting the night sky. A Scroll of the Dead will be provided that includes the names of family members who have passed on in the house.


2022 Autumn with Topsail Festival

720 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC

Started in 1988, The Autumn With Topsail Festival is held on the grounds of the Historical Society of Topsail Island and the Assembly Building which houses the Missiles & More Museum in Topsail Beach, NC. The festival features a highly selective Artists’ and Crafts Court with over 110 regional artists displaying and selling their work. Enjoy exciting live musical entertainment, a variety of amazing food with beer and wine, inflatables and crafts for children, and much more!

More info HERE


The Non-Runners Run 2022

October 15, 2022

Faith Harbor United Methodist Church

14201 NC-50, Surf City, NC

On Saturday October 15th 2022, Operation Military Kids Club (OMKC) will be hosting the 4th annual Non-Runners Run: A Race for The Underachiever.

This race is a half mile in distance with a donut/water stop at the half way mark. All registered participants 21 and over will receive a ticket for a free beer at the Salty Turtle at the end of the race. Root beer will be provided for those 20 and under. The course starts at 10:00am at Faith Harbor United Methodist Church (14201 NC Hwy 50 Surf City, NC 28445) and ends at The Salty Turtle (103 Triton Lane Surf City, NC 28445). All participants (18 years and older) that are registered by Oct 5th will receive a Non-Runners Run t-shirt. If your registered child/ren would like an adult size t-shirt (XS, S, M, L) please email with your name and the sizes you would like.

Cost is: $28 for ages 18 and older $10 for ages 5-17 Under 5 is FREE

More info HERE


Girls Night Out- Making Clay Pumpkins

Let's get spooky and made some beautiful ceramic pumpkins to add to your display this fall season! All materials and instruction provided. Pre-registration is required.

More info HERE


Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

Sneads Ferry Community Center

126 Park Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina held the third full weekend of October each year.

More info HERE


The 1st Annual Fall Shootout & Halloween Party

SAVE THE DATE! The 1st Annual Fall Shootout Skate Contest Register online (coming soon) Day of registration is 8-9am 1st event is beginner Little Bowl 9am first drop in- Halloween Party

More info HERE


Night of Elegance Adult prom

Did you miss going to your prom or just want an excuse to dress up and dance the night away? Join us for a fun Night of Elegance Adult Prom, a tie and gown event for ages 25 and over. Hosted by Mitchell Locklear. Live DJ music, free hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and door prizes, are included as well as crowning of prom King and Queen. There will also be an entree menu and bar available. Tickets are $50 per person and $80 for couples.

More info HERE


Goosebumps in the Grove

Join us on Saturday, October 29 from 10-5 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 from 10-4 p.m. for GooseBumps in the Grove, a day-time Halloween Gift Show & Carnival for all those young at heart and full of verve. $5.00 admission, ages 2+ up.

More info HERE


Halloween at the Turtle w/ Mac & Co!

Salty Turtle Beer Company

103 Triton Ln, Surf City, NC

Join us for our Halloween Party at the Turtle! DJ Mac & Co will be on the 1s and 2s. Costume Contest!

More info HERE


Surf City Fire Department Trunk or Treat

Surf City Fire Department station 25

Our 2nd Surf City Fire Department Halloween trunk or treat event. FREE and open to all ages. Please check the discussion section (on their FB page linked below) for more details.

More info HERE


Topsail Fall Surf and Pier Fishing Challenge

East Coast Sports

409 Roland Ave, Surf City, NC


Surf Fishing Participants only compete against other Surf Fishing Participants

Pier Fishing Participants only compete against other Pier Fishing Participants

No participant can enter both the Surf Fishing Division and the Pier Fishing Division–you can only enter one division.

More info HERE


Fall Festival at Liberty Baptist Church

834 US Hwy 17 S, Holly Ridge, NC

Fall fun has begun! Join us for games, hayrides, and a bonfire! The church will provide the meat and drinks - you just bring your own sides, s'mores, and desserts!

More info HERE


NTB Gobble Wobble - Join us Thanksgiving Day!

Thank you for keeping the core of this race at heart! Our "WHY" is to support Share The Table financially and with food donations. No fancy stuff at this race! Our goal is to bring families and community together to support families and communities. Looking to PR? EXCELLENT! Use your watch! No high-tech stuff - you are on holiday and island time! We have a race, a shirt, a medal, some delicious post-race food and beverages AND...License to EAT for Thanksgiving!

Come and be a part of our Island Family's newest tradition - a fun, flat 5k supporting a wonderful charity, and honoring our NTB friend, Ryan Hansen - a wonderful pillar of our community who was a friend to all.

More info HERE


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