Topsail Island’s 31st Annual Autumn with Topsail Festival

This week our guest blogger from the Treasure Realty Treasure Coast is Rick Stidley, Chairman of the 31st Autumn with Topsail Festival.

“Celebrating Fall on Topsail with Art, Music, Food and More”

For the 31st year in a row, art and beach music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach, North Carolina at the Autumn with Topsail Festival. Autumn with Topsail takes place, rain or shine, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 19th and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 20th on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Boulevard, Topsail Beach. Admission is $6 for adults, or $10 for an adult two-day pass. Children age 12 and under and active-duty military with an ID are free.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a volunteer non-profit organization which owns and operates the Assembly Building and Missiles and More Museum and support its mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the history of the Greater Topsail Area.

This year’s juried art festival will feature arts and crafts from a variety of categories including oils, acrylic, charcoal, photography, ceramics, glass, metal, pottery, wood working, leather, fiber, wool, musical instruments, jewelry and much more. The most vendors ever! Good food, live music, a beer and wine tent and lots of activities for children will also be available, but the focus is on the art.

Live bands will perform both afternoons at the festival. Starting at noon Saturday, The Carolina Band will take the stage, followed at 5:00 p.m. by the North Tower Band. The next day, The Band of Oz will be playing from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the art, there is a food court that will have a large selection of food cooked on festival grounds. Snacks and sweets will be available alongside traditional southern food and ethnic options. There will be a wine and beer tent and plenty of tables and chairs for diners to relax.

In the Assembly Building, there will be children’s crafts to include painted friendship rocks, pirate eye patches, mermaid tiaras, seashell critters and designing beaded anklets, necklaces and bracelets.

The Assembly Building houses the Missiles and More Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the festival. The museum houses exhibits including Operation Bumblebee, Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, Pirates of the Carolinas, Camp Davis, Native American Indian artifacts and much more.

For additional information visit or the HSTI website at

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