One of the most fun things to do this time of year along the NC Coast are the annual flotillas. It is a chance to participate in fun events and raise a lot of money for local charities!
The folks who enter their boats in the flotillas take the competition seriously and put a lot of thought and planning into their boat’s theme. Some spend all year gussying up their boats. They really get them “decked out” for the occasion!
All of these flotillas are always looking for more boat entries (the more the Merrier right?) so visit their websites if you’d like to enter your boat!
Here is the skinny on a few annual flotilla events along our coast:
The Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla:
The Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla boat parade is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Saturday, November 25th, 2017) and begins at dusk (about 5:30 PM) in front of Inlet View Bar & Grill.
The Flotilla will then proceed down the Intra Coastal Waterway ending up at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant & Marina.
All of this will be to benefit the Brunswick Family Assistance Program! Be sure to come join the fun at the Flotilla and party with your friends for a GREAT CAUSE.
Boat parade starts at 5:30 in front of The Inlet View Bar and Grill at Shallotte Point and proceeds down the Intracoastal waterway to the commercial canal in front of Sharkey’s Restaurant where judging will take place.
As always there will then be a gi-normous Flotilla Party in the main dining room (and all over Sharky’s) with a night of music (local band Bailout) and general Merry Making!
After awards are given out the party cranks up with live music provided by Bailout Band. There will be a number items for auction including Jimmy Buffet concert tickets. Flotilla T- shirts will be available for purchase.
For more information about next year’s event or to enter a boat, call (910) 612-7799 or (910) 612-2793
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT BRUNSWICK FAMILY ASSISTANCE!
For more information visit the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla website.
The Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla:
The 33rd Flotilla weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th, 2016. From humble beginnings over thirty years ago, the Flotilla has grown to become one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and a must see family weekend, attracting an estimated 50,000 people to Wrightsville Beach annually.
Tree Lighting + Visit With Santa
Tree lighting ceremony and visit with Santa at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall. Tree lighting begins at 5:30pm on Friday, November 24th, 2017. Santa will make an appearance at the Park.
Captains Meeting at the Blockade Runner
The Captains meeting is on Friday, November 24th at the Blockade Runner. It begins at 6:30pm.
Atlantic Marine Launch Party
Come kick off the Flotilla weekend and enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and good times. The Embers Featuring Craig Woolard will be performing live to make sure the weekend gets kicked off right!
The Blockade Runner will be serving up hors d’oeuvres and a fully stocked cash bar. The event is open to the public. We hope to see you there.
When: Friday, Nov. 24th, 2017 beginning at 7:00 pm
Where: Blockade Runner Boutique Resort
Tickets: $35.00 per person
What: Silent Auction, Live Music, Food & Drinks
Buy Tickets HERE
Food is provided by the Blockade Runner and there will be a cash bar available. The band plays from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm
Festival In The Park
The Festival in the Park is quickly becoming one of the highlights of the flotilla weekend. Held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Park. This year’s festival will include a large play area for children including several inflatable slides and bounce houses, a coloring contest, the always popular Arab Choo Choo, festival food, and more.
In addition to the children’s area, the Festival in the Park also includes a large selection of arts and crafts booths displayed by local merchants and artisans, and an antique car show.
Boat Parade + Fireworks
The boat parade begins at 6pm with fireworks following the parade on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. The duration of the boat parade varies every year by the number of boat entries. There is no official location to watch the parade, but you can park in the Wrightsville Beach park parking lot and walk to any number of vantage points along the parade route, including the Banks Channel Bridge, the two South Harbor Island mini-parks, or the west side of Waynick Boulevard. The parade judges are located at our Host Sponsor the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
There will be fireworks following the parade.
For more information visit www.ncholidayflotilla.org
The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
December 2, 2017
The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront.
Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 2, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store.
All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum.
Viewing Party, held in the Watercraft Center, is a catered event and tickets may be purchased for $50 beginning Nov. 21st. Visit the Museum Store or call 252-728-1638. Tickets to the Viewing Party are for Friends members only. Tickets include Awards party. LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS!
Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry fee to participate. 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.
December 2, 2016 | 5:30 pm-7:45 pm
Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum website for more information!