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Oriental’s Croaker Festival – 2018

More than 10,000 people agree, the Croaker Festival is the best July 4th festival in Eastern NC!

If you’re looking for something to do this 4th of July then we’ve got just the event for you! The Pamlico County Croaker Festival is a fun filled, family friendly celebration of friends, fellowship and freedom! Come for the parade and stay for the music, vendors and fireworks! Graciously hosted once again by the beautiful waterfront village of Oriental. You won’t find a better place to spend the day amongst smiling faces!

Croakerfest 2018 is happening on the weekend of Friday June 29 thru Sunday July 1. Headlining music act this year – The Embers, of beach music fame. Check back for more details about Oriental’s biggest summer festival.

(A scheduling note: Croakerfest typically takes place on the weekend-with-the-first-Saturday-of-July. Some years that Saturday has been as far into the month as July 7, which would have been the case again this year. The 2018 Croakerfest was scheduled far a week earlier because, Croakerfest organizer Cheryl Thompson says, it was the weekend The Embers could play. Another factor was the festival coming after the 4th of July. )

Oriental Dragon Boat Race and Festival 2018

We have had dragons for a long time and now we will have DRAGON BOATS.  Oriental, North Carolina expects to draw large crowds
August 10-11, 2018.  This event will be two days of a fun filled weekend
on the water with entertainment for friends, family, co-workers and everyone who visits.

Dragon Boat paddlers move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China. Dragon Boats are the world’s largest flat water racing canoes, propelled by a crew of 20 plus a drummer and a steersperson.  Teamwork is everything in dragon boat racing.  Synchronicity is more important than strength.

In addition to the dragon boat racing other activities will include; great
food, great music, kids activities, a parade of teams and much,
much more for friends and family alike.

Hope to see you there!

Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival -October 5-6

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6, 2018
Oriental, North Carolina

Free Concert Saturday, Oct. 6, on The Main Stage
∼ On the green across from Lou Mac Park ∼

 Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Jazz…
Music for just about any taste, plus arts, crafts, food & more!

Art on the Neuse

May12, 2018
Art & Music Festival
A total reinvention puts the AON Festival in a new location along the waterfront in historic Oriental, NC. An opening ceremony is planned presided over by our “Queen of Arts”, Mayor Sally Belangia. A wide variety of musicians will perform throughout the day and pop up performances will happen courtesy of the Old Theater players and a dance performance by Wendy Osserman. Keep your eyes peeled for another surprise or two during the day. (Image by Lynn Hines, local artist and River Dunes featured artist)

Pamlico Musical Society


Friday, April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
Parker String Quartet
This Grammy Award-winning group has been described as “something extraordinary” by the New York Times.  Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are its hallmarks.  In demand worldwide, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

Free Community Concert
May 4th, 7:30 PM, at the Red Rooster
Rissi Palmer
Rissi Palmer, who describes her musical style as “Southern Soul,” has received widespread media attention in national publications including Ebony, Parade, People, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and more. She has performed on the CBS Early Show, CNN, The Tavis Smiley Show, Oprah & Friends, at the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Grand Ole Opry. Rissi has also shared the stage with such notable artists as Charley Crockett, Chris Young, Taylor Swift and The Eagles, to name a few. And, on top of all that, she made music history in 2007 with the release of her Top 40 debut single, “Country Girl,” becoming the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987.
Since the release of her nationally distributed debut album, Rissi has released two albums on her own indie label Baldilocks LLC, including the children’s albumBest Day Ever and her latest critically acclaimed EP, The Back Porch Sessions. She is currently working on a new album scheduled for release in 2018.

Town Wide Yard Sale

Oriental’s Town Wide Yard Sale is Saturday morning May 5, 2018. Lots of one-of-a-kinds to find among what usually is more than 60 yards.

Habitat For Humanity will make a town wide pick-up after the yard sale for those unsold items that you don’t want to have around anymore. You will have to contact Habitat to make sure they know to stop at your yard.

If you are downsizing your Collection Of Things, but don’t want to be out there selling, you can donate items to Prime Time, the program for those 50 and older. To arrange a time to drop off your items or to have them picked up, call 252-371-1600.

Oriental Tour of Homes

Like many people who stroll the streets of Oriental, you may have stopped to take in stop to take in the view of a home or yard. You have a chance to venture into some of them for 6 hours on Saturday, April 21 during the Tour of Homes. From 10a to 4p, you can visit more than a half dozen homes. in this fundraiser for Oriental’s History Museum and St. Thomas Episcopal Church Women.

The list of homes includes the old Town Hall, jail and Electric Light Plant, an updated condo in the old Grade School House, a South Avenue home with Craftsman-style details; another South Avenue home with stunning river views, an updated home with gardens front and back; on a boat house built up and out of what had been the Pentecostal Holiness Church; a modern-style home on Whittaker Creek graced by a Zen garden.

Tickets – $20 – will be available in April at Nautical Wheelers and at Oriental’s History Museum (802 Broad Street. Hours: Fri 11-3, Sat 1-4, Sun 1-4. . On the day of the Tour, tickets will be available at any home on the Tour and at the Museum, Click here for more info, or contact the Museum at or 252-249-3340.

Oriental In-Water Boat Show

The 2018 Oriental In-Water Boat Show Friday April 13 – Sunday April 15

boat show logoSpringtime, a historic boating village, a great array of exhibitors, and visitors from ten states all make for a great Oriental In-Water Boat Show.

Oriental’s annual In-water Boat Show has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2009. The 2017 show drew over 100 exhibitors from as far away Hampton, Virginia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Bryson City, NC. In addition to nautical goods and services, dealers and brokers brought in boats on land and in the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina, many of which were available for in-water sea trials.

Based on the combination of number of vendors, number of boats, sales attributed and number of attendees, the Oriental show has become one of the largest and most successful in-water shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2018 show is scheduled for April 13-15.


Croakerfest happens on the weekend of the first Saturday in July. July 1 is the first Saturday in July 2017. The yearly festival kicks off the Friday afternoon before with performances by the Pamlico Community Band and the Pamlico Chorale, Miss Croaker and Miss Minnow Pageants, baking contests and a street dance at Freemason and South. Saturday features the Croaker Parade, Croaker Regatta, and amusements for children as well as food and artisans’ booths. All of it is then capped with an outsized fireworks display.

Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival

The 2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival on Friday and Saturday October 6 and 7 will once again bring musicians to town and turn Oriental’s porches in to stages.

This will be the 4th annual OFPMF. If you’ve not been to any of the first three, here are links:
The 2016 OFPMF.
The 2015 fest.
Oriental’s 1st OFPMF.