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The 38th Annual North Carolina Festival by the Sea

If you are planning on coming and visiting Holden Beach this fall, then you don’t want to miss the 38th Annual NC Festival by the Sea. This event is held every year in late October in Holden Beach, NC. Staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun and activities are being held. This year the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th.

This event is held by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association and is a 2 day event that you and your family can enjoy. Not only will you get enjoy a parade on Saturday to start out the festival. And did you know that this is the only day during the year that you are able to walk across the bridge to Holden Beach? How awesome is that?!

Fun for the Whole Family

Just besides the parade, you and your family can enjoy so many different things happening during the festival. If you have children, there will be a children’s area that is just for them. Not only will there be something there for the kids, but there is something for everyone. The food will be amazing and there will be over 100 Arts and Crafts Vendors for you to shop from. This is the perfect way you can get Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! And if you want to hear live music there will be plenty of that for you to enjoy.

And just when you didn’t think you could have any more fun, there will be enough things for you to do during the weekend. If you are still searching for that perfect vacation rental for your vacation or getaway, allow us at Alan Holden Vacations to help you with your search! We hope that you will make coming in the fall a yearly vacation to Holden Beach!


Sandcastle Building Contest at the Festival by the Sea

Every year in late October the popular North Carolina Festival by the Sea event takes place in Holden Beach. This year the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. It’s open to all residents and vacationers alike!

NC Festival By the Sea

This 2-day festival begins with a jubilant parade that proceeds down the Holden Beach Causeway on Saturday. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the bridge to Holden Beach.

Festival By the Sea

During the festival, there will be arts & crafts vendors open all day, both days. Full-filled events will be taking place like a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle-building contest. Everyone is invited to participate!

Sandcastle building contest at NC Festival by the Sea

If you’re entering the sandcastle building contest here are some tips to help you increase your chances of winning:

1. Use moist sand!
2. Build towers using funnels and shovels.
3. Bring tools such as plastic cutlery to add details to towers such as carving the roofs, making walkways and creating windows.
4. Create a wall connecting the towers.
5. Add details to the wall with a smaller tool like a knife.
6. Create steps going up to the tower.
7. Carefully dig out an arched doorway in the middle of the castle wall.
8. Stand back and admire a job well done but try to be humble!

Facepainting at Festival By the Sea

A special treat for children will be the face painting, huge kites flying overhead and children’s rides and amusements.

And last but not at all least — bring your dancing shoes because there will be live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach Pavilion. All of us at Alan Holden Vacations hope to see you there!