Ocean City Jazz Festival on North Topsail Beach

A Jazz Party with a Higher Purpose

By Guest Blogger Laura Oxley, Town Clerk, Town of North Topsail Beach

In North Topsail Beach, we are home to a special piece of history. Founded in 1949, 15 years prior to the Civil Rights Act, the Ocean City community was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina.

To honor this unique community on its 60th anniversary, a jazz saxophonist and his accompanist provided entertainment on the porch of the Ocean City community center. This simple concert set into motion a beloved summer tradition.

This past July, the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary. With nearly a dozen performances and approximately 2,500 people in attendance, it is safe to say the festival has quite a following.

North Topsail Beach is pleased that so many people are dedicated to preserving this piece of history. If you missed the Ocean City Jazz Festival this year, put it on your calendar for next year’s July 4th weekend of 2020. You don’t want to miss this jazz party with a higher purpose. There’s nothing else like it!

Visit online at

http://oceancitync.com and https://oceancityjazzfest.com

Historic Ocean City Beach, is located on Topsail Island in the North Topsail Beach community of Onslow County in what is known as the sunshine belt. It is the perfect place for a family vacation or to enjoy the beach.

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