Community Connections

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2022 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

The 51st Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival will take place October 21st and 22nd of October 2021.  In 2011, the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival was designated as The Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina and continues to live up to that title.

The festival offers the charm of festivals past, the present spirit of a proud fishing community, and the hope of preserving the essence of this maritime village and what it has to offer. The proceeds benefit the local community, as well. The running of the entire festival is strictly volunteer based.

Parade, fireworks, family fun, and shrimp plates available with Shrimparoo! More info at

Start: 10/21/2022
End: 10/22/2022

Lenoir County Agricultural Fair

The fair will celebrate 67 seasons of family fun with midway rides, Great Lakes Timber Show, motorsports, pro wrestling, local entertainment, Extreme Fear ScareGrounds haunted house (Friday – Saturday), community exhibits, contests and favorite fair food.

Highlights include the 34th Annual Cheerleading Competition (6:30 pm Tuesday); Extreme Shock Pro Wrestling (7 pm Wednesday); 24K Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team (7 pm Thursday); Rockreation Therapy (6:30 pm Friday); Demolition Derby (3 pm) and Motocross Racing (6 pm) on Saturday ($10 Motorsports Entrance Gate fee).

Fair admission: $6 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; $7 Saturday; free for kids 4 & younger

Dollar Day (Thursday): Admission and rides are $1 each (10-ride minimum purchase).

Unlimited ride wristbands are $25. Ride tickets are also available on the midway.

Admission specials:
* Free admission for ages 6-18 on Wednesday from 5-7 pm
* Free admission Tuesday – Thursday from 5-7 pm for ages 62 & older and vocational rehab residents + 1 chaperone

Fair hours are 5-11 pm Tuesday – Friday and 1-11 pm Saturday at the Lenoir County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Kinston.

Visit the website for more information, including Extreme Fear ScareGrounds tickets.

Start: 2022-10-04
End: 2022-10-08

Community Mural Project

Reviving Lives Ministries of New Bern (RLM)

October 2, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
810 Broad St. New Bern, NC 28560

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of painting, live music, food and activities for
the kids, while Jesse Doyle and Lee Hood, begin painting a transformative mural at 810
Broad Street. The Community Mural Project supports recovery and resilience by
building connections between helpful neighbors.
Reviving Lives ministers to people seeking recovery in a safe and sober-living home;
good recovery needs good neighbors. Come out and help us revive the old metal shed at
810 Broad St. because this project will be better when we do it together.
Reviving Lives Ministries carries a faith-based solution for addiction to people willing to
change, who need a stable home, wellness skills, and connection to community. We have
been building resilience in our community for nearly a decade. Check out our Facebook
event for more information or contact Lainy at 252-624-9826.

Start: 10/02/2022
End: 10/02/2022

Chowan County Regional Fair

The fair will celebrate 76 seasons of family fun with midway rides, The High Flying Pages Thrill Show, Woody’s Barnyard Racers, live music, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, Wednesday night fireworks, animal barns, community exhibits, pageants, favorite fair food and more.

On Car Load Night (Tuesday), fair admission and unlimited rides are $60 per vehicle for up to 6 passengers.

Regular gate admission is $8 on site, $6 online in advance and free for children under 36 inches tall. (Pre-sale ends Mon., Sept. 26 at 11:59 pm.)

Unlimited ride wristbands are $20 on site or $17 pre-sale. A Family 4 Pack (2 adult/2 child ride wristbands/admissions) is $85 pre-sale. Ride tickets are also available on the midway.

K-8 students are admitted free on Wednesday with a paying adult. Ages 60 and older are admitted free on Thursday. On Saturday, active-duty military and their families receive half-price admission and ride wristbands (with Military ID).

Fair hours are 4 to 11 pm Tuesday – Friday and 11 am to midnight Saturday at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 1317 W. Queen Street in Edenton.

For more information, call 252-482-4057.

The fair is sponsored by the Edward G. Bond American Legion Post 40 and run by the Chowan County Regional Fair Association.

Start: 2022-09-27
End: 2022-10-01

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department Pumpkin Patch

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department in Bayboro, NC is hosting a child friendly Pumpkin Patch including pumpkin and face painting, a bouncy house, and a giant slide! Children’s activities are scheduled for Oct. 22nd and 29th, 2 – 6 pm. $10 per child.

Adults, and older children, are invited to stay and go through the Trail of Terror after the Pumpkin Patch! The Trail of Terror is October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th, from 6 to 11 pm. $10 per entry.
All proceeds will go to our new building, which is currently under construction.

Start: 2022-10-22
End: 2022-10-29

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department Trail of Terror

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department in Bayboro, NC is hosting their second annual Trail of Terror. This haunted trail is almost half of a mile long, with terrors at every turn! Come prepared for the fright of your life! The dates are October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th. The trail is open from 6 – 11 pm each night. Entry fees are $10 per person, per entry.

There will also be a child friendly Pumpkin Patch including pumpkin and face painting, a bouncy house, and a giant slide! Children’s activities are scheduled for Oct. 22nd and 29th only, 2 – 6 pm. $10 per child.

All proceeds will go to our new building, which is currently under construction.

Start: 2022-10-21
End: 2022-10-29

Monster Bash- Trunk or Treat

Come join us for a gourd o’ time at our Monster Bash at Onslow Pines Park! Come trunk or treat with us, paint some pumpkins and participate in our costume contests! Food Trucks will be on site! It will be spooktacular! October 29th from 5P to 9P!

Start: 10/29/2022
End: 10/29/2022

Food Truck Rodeo

Onslow County Parks & Recreation is excited to offer another Food Truck Rodeo!

Food vendors include Hawaiian Kine Shave Ice, Funnels of Love, The BFT, Smoking Joe’s BBQ, Mari’s Hella Fat Food, The Cheesecake Hustle, Dirty Taco & Mas, R.L. Street Dogs, The Meat Shack, Frothy Sloth Coffee Hut, and many more! October 16, 2022 from 10A to 6P at Onslow Pines Park.

Start: 10/16/2022
End: 10/16/2022

ENC Pride Festival 2022 (Presented by Belk)

Pride is celebrated across the nation in June, but here ENC it’s too hot! We will be showing our pride during LGBT History month in October.

Now is the time to come together and celebrate the diversity and community in Eastern North Carolina! ENC Pride’s Festival isn’t just for the LGBTQIA+ community, it’s for everyone! Come see what it means to be a part of the LGBTQIA+ community and show support for diversity, inclusion and acceptance.

Put it in your calendar now… October 8th, 2022 at Pearson Park in Kinston, NC.

Start: 2022-10-08
End: 2022-10-08

Liver Life Walk

Walk for those fighting liver disease!
Registration starts a 8. The walk begins at 9. We will be there until 1. We will have vendors, for and much more. Please come out support NC! This is the first liver awareness walk in North Carolina and we are hoping for a big turn out for those needing support in any way.

Start: 2022-10-15
End: 2022-10-15

Walk to End Alzheimer’s New Bern 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Craven County and the surrounding area residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® — the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter will be hosting Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern at Union Point Park. Check-in opens at 9 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. and a Walk Start at 10:30 a.m.
On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  In North Carolina alone, there are more than 180,000 people living with the disease and 356,000 caregivers.
To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor or volunteer
of Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern, visit or call 800-272-3900.

Start: 10/22/2022
End: 10/22/2022

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour


When the days get shorter and the nights cast a chill over the Lower Cape Fear, we are drawn to the light and joy from the glow of the holiday season; A Christmas tree, the candles of a menorah, the festive lights illuminating downtown Wilmington, and the luminaries lighting the way to an historic home like lanterns in times gone by.

The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is very pleased to announce the Annual Old Wilmington by Candlelight Walking Tour is back in full force this year. In observance of the 50th Anniversary of this signature event it will feature a Grand Gala kicking off the weekend’s festivities. The events will be held beginning Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. with the Gala Celebration. The walking tour will be self guided and homes, houses of worship, and other historic sites all within Downtown Wilmington will be open for tours Saturday, December 10 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 from 1- 5 p.m. The festivities will conclude with a Holiday Open House held at the Latimer House, 126 S. 3rd St., on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. It will feature refreshments and entertainment.

Tickets for the Walking Tour and Grand Gala will go on sale Monday, July 11 at 10 a.m. The cost for the Walking Tour is $50 apiece; the Grand Gala is $100 each, or $150 for both events. The Open House will be free and open to the public.

For more information or to book your tickets, please visit or contact the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society at 910.762.0492.

Start: 12/09/2022
End: 12/11/2022