Try These Fun Events and Day Trips This Fall

Try These Fun Events and Day Trips This Fall | Sunset Vacations

Fall is a great time to visit Sunset Beach, NC. 

The mosquitoes have abated. Most of the tourists have gone home. Our turtles are on the move from their nests. And the sun, while still very much a part of our daily lives, is not quite as unrelenting. Vacation rental prices are going down, down, down. It's a wonderful time to visit Sunset Beach! 

We have gathered up some of our favorite local events and happenings, all right here in this little blog post. We hope you find the time to book a quick vacation at the beach this fall, and Sunset Vacations is ready to help you find a place to stay when you do. 

2019 Fall Events & Happenings

... in and around Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

Sunset Beach Summer Market | Sunset Vacations

Sunset Beach Summer Market

September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10  |  9:00am - 1:00pm

Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd.

The Sunset Beach "summer" market actually goes right into fall, with its last day on Thursday, October 10th. The market is popular with locals as well as tourists, as it encourages the use of local farm products and locally prepared foods.  A secondary goal is to "enhance the quality of life in our communities by providing social gathering and interaction". Stop by and join the fun! 

Sunset at Sunset (Festival)

October 5, 2019 |  10:00am - 5:00pm

7625 High Market St , Sunset Beach (in front of the Ingram Planetarium)

Enjoy fabulous music, crafts and food all day. This annual event is held on the first Saturday in October every year, and it just gets better and better. There will be awesome bands and a photography contest as well as a kid-friendly section. Enjoy our fantastic fall weather and our great Sunset Beach tradition. 

St. John's Greek Festival

October 17 - 20, 2019  |  Opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday.

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (3301 33rd Ave Ext. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577)

"Get your fill of spanakopita, gyros, baklava, cookies, salads, pastries, breads and more as St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosts this tasty annual event. The event is fun for the whole family and offers inflatables, live performances and music, craft and vendor tables and tours of the beautiful church."

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North Carolina Oyster Festival

October 19 - 20, 2019  |  Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5

Ocean Isle Beach:  3 West Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Admission:  Adults: $5 CASH ONLY / 12 & Under: Free

Love Oysters? Stop by the Ocean Isle Beach Oyster Festival. Click here for the entertainment and events schedule! There are bands, food, stuff for the kids, as well as shag dancing and oyster shucking competitions. 

Image courtesy of the Ocean Isle Beach Pier


October 26, 2019  |  11am to 6pm

947 Carter Dr., Calabash NC (behind the Fire Station)

The 6th Annual Calabash Oktoberfest will be held on October 26, 2019!  Who needs to go to Germany when you can find a beer tent, great vendors, a brass band, traditional Bavarian food, delicious Oktoberfest beer, a horse drawn carriage, and an alpine horn player all right here in Calabash? 

North Carolina Festival by the Sea

Oct 26, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019  | Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm 

Holden Beach Pavilion (0 Jordan Blvd,  Holden Beach, NC 28462)

The NC Festival by the Sea is a coastal arts & crafts festival that features art by local craftsmen and hosts quality live entertainment. Free admission and free parking. The Holden Beach Pavilion is located about 30 minutes from Sunset Beach. 

15th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla

November 30, 2019  | 5:30 pm

Ocean Isle Beach, near Inlet View Bar & Grill

"The boat parade lines up at 5:30 p.m. in front of Inlet View Bar & Grill. Once dusk has fallen and all the lights are on and ready to go, they will begin their way down the Intracoastal Waterway, ending at Sharky's restaurant around 7:00 p.m. for awards and an after party. You will find excellent viewing spots between both restaurants, including the ending point in the commercial canal in front of Sharky’s Restaurant."  More info at

Sunset Beach Holiday Market | Sunset Vacations

Sunset Beach Holiday Market

December 7, 2019  |  10am - 3pm

"Over 80 of the area’s finest artisans will offer their handmade and homemade items for sale.  Pawsability’s "Pictures with Santa" will be available.  Holiday gifts galore along with food and warm drinks.  Fun for the whole family!  The “Giving Tree” will be back as part of our BeKIND Project to benefit Brunswick County School Children." Follow the event on Facebook

Day Trips

No events happening the week you arrive? No problem. 

Check out these fabulous day trips from Sunset Beach, NC. 

Bald Head Island | Sunset Vacations

Bald Head Island

Would climbing a lighthouse complete your ideal beach vacation? You are in luck, because a quick day trip to Bald Head Island will check this item off your bucket list. Located on a quiet barrier island off the coast of Southport, you can get there in under two hours from Sunset Beach. 

Battleship North Carolina

(Wilmington, NC) Battleship North Carolina is one of the state's must-see attractions! Commissioned in the spring of 1941, the ship played a major role in maritime operations during the Second World War. This trip will appeal most to history buffs, engineering enthusiasts, and people who love exploring interesting places. The battleship is open every day of the year (including holidays!). 

Calabash, NC

The sleepy little town of Calabash is located just 10 minutes from our office here at Sunset Vacations. Calabash is one of our favorite spots to eat, shop and explore. If you love Carolina-style seafood it can't be beat. 

Calabash is the seafood capital of the world!

Bird Island Coastal Reserve | Sunset Vacations

The Bird Island Coastal Reserve

A day trip to the Bird Island Coastal Reserve is a great way to expand your Sunset Beach, NC vacation without ever leaving town. Home to the infamous Kindred Spirit Mailbox, this stretch of protected land is easily accessible by walking west along Sunset Beach. Whether you seek sand, surf, sand dollars or sunsets, Bird Island is perfect for you. Read on to learn how to get there, what to do, and why it’s important to our local area.

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Sunset Beach! We hope you can make it a part of your fall travel plans. Our Sunset Beach vacation rentals come equipped with Wifi, so pack up the laptop and work from the vacation rental if you have to... just get down here! 

Read our blog for more fun things to do. 

Try These Fun Events and Day Trips This Fall | Sunset Vacations

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