Topsail Island Annual Events

Topsail Island is well-known in North Carolina and in the United States for its beautiful beach side communities, excellent golf courses, and scenic landscapes with cypress and pine forests as well as its relaxed vibe and friendly people. Aside from these desirable aspects, the island locals encourage tourists to participate in their exciting annual events with the promise of good times, good food, and good company.

Topsail Island Holiday Boat FlotillaTopsail Island's Holiday Boat Flotilla

The Holiday Boat Flotilla is an event celebrating the maritime traditions of Topsail Island and its communities. Traditionally, it is held during the month of November every year with locals from all the three major communities, namely, Surf City, Topsail Beach, and North Topsail Beach participating in the parade. Tourists are also provided with the opportunity to participate in the festivities either on land or on water.

The flotilla is composed of dozens of decorated and lighted boats of all shapes and sizes sailing down the Intracoastal Waterway. The parade starts at the swing bridge in Surf City and ends at the southern end of Topsail Beach. Spectators can watch the parade from various vantage points including the Assembly Building, as well as docks, parks, and sound side beaches.

Each boat is decked out as extravagantly as possible. Contests are also held to determine the best boats, although it must be said that the opportunity to be part of the annual tradition is sufficient reason to join it. Plus, the Holiday Boat Flotilla gets everybody into the spirit of the Christmas season!

Autumn With TopsailAutumn With Topsail

Spend a fun fall weekend at Topsail Beach with the Autumn with Topsail Festival. Held annually every third weekend of October, it is the venue for locals and tourists to mingle in a relaxed environment while enjoying tasty food and drinks. The traditional venue for the festival is on the grounds of the Assembly Building located at Flake Avenue and S. Anderson Boulevard.

The activities include a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast followed by the opening of the arts and crafts booths. On the premises of the Assembly Building there is usually a food court, a beer and wine garden, and boat rides available for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike. Live entertainment is also provided for the guests.

Topsail Wine and Food FestTopsail Wine and Food Event

Wine enthusiasts have the Topsail Wine and Food Event to satisfy their cravings for the best wines from North Carolina wineries. The event is sponsored by the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism usually during the month of September every year. The venue for this event is the historic Assembly Building in Topsail Beach.

Wineries participating in the annual event include the Shelton Vineyards, the Duplin Winery and the Raylen Vineyards and Winery. Not only do festival goers enjoy great wines, but they also get to sample some delicious fare from local Topsail Island restaurants.

Be sure to plan your visits to Topsail Island to coincide with these annual events, so you can have a taste of the local community life. Don't forget the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival in August and the North Carolina Spot Festival in September. Check the Treasure Realty blog for more on local festivities throughout the year.