Special Events


October 11-13, 2019

Downtown Swansboro

The Mullet are running and jumping and so are plans for the upcoming 65th Annaul SWANSBORO MULLET FESTIVAL October 11-13, 2019 in historic downtown Swansboro.

The weekend festivities kick off on Friday, October 11, with The Blessing of the Fleet.  The Blessing begins at Casper's Marina at 5:30 p.m. Any and all boat owners are welcome to participate. A wreath will be dropped in memoriam of boat owners who have passed.

This is for:
*those who work on boats
*those who protect our country
*those who provide food from these waters
*those who use these waters for family and pleasure
*any other boats and owners in our area

The celebration begins with the closing of Hwy 24 for the parade to lead the way downtown. Over 100 craft vendors along with food vendors will line to streets of downtown Swansboro, and of course the famous Jacksonville Rotary Fish Fry – there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Admission to the festival is free.  Downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic both days.  Visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.

In the Children’s area a number of inflatable rides will be set up for kids to climb, bounce and slide on. Many other activities will also take place throughout the weekend including the popular “Mullet Toss” in between band performances.  The Scrap Exchange is joining the festival once again.  In the kids area The Scrap Exchange will be on hand with their traveling creative arts program.  Kids will have an opportunity to enjoy upcycling craftivities.

Shuttle service to the festival has been a HUGE success for the festival and patrons of the SWANSBORO MULLET FESTIVAL will continue to be offered shuttle service again this year. Shuttles will carry festival attendants from the parking area at Ward Farm (located behind Hampton Inn) to drop off/pickup Swansboro Town Hall. Shuttles will run on Saturday 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m.-6:30 pm.

Music and entertainment are always big hits of the festival, and this year’s lineup is sure to please the crowd.


Mystic Vibrations      10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Holiday Band      2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Party Prophets          7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.



The Tams                 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Liquid Pleasure          2:30-5 p.m.


For more information or if you would like to volunteer
please visit the festival website –www.swansborofestivals.com or call 910-326-2600