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February Local Events 2023

Onslow, Pender, Carteret Counties

**Events are added throughout the month so be sure to come back and see if anything’s been added!**

Black History Month

Also known as African-American History Month is an annual celebration and a time to recognize their role in history.

Starts Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 – Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

Carolina Chocolate Festival

There is so much to do at this years 20th anniversary at the Carolina Chocolate Festival! From enjoying the festival, Cocoa 5k Run to a Pro/AM Bake off there will be so much to do and plenty of chocolate!

When? Saturday February 4th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday February 5th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center on Campus of Carteret Community College

3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

Sledgehammer Beach Run

Running on the beach in their 5k, 10k or the half marathons! Take in that gorgeous view at this event in memory of Dr. E B. Sledge. Follow this link to read more event registration information and history!

When? Saturday, February 4th, 2023 (Check website above for times)

Location, North Topsail Beach

2250 Island Dr, North Topsail Beach, NC 28460, USA

Onslow County Black History Month Festival

Come celebrate African American culture through performances, shows, food trucks, vendors, guest speakers, etc! Look at the hosts Onslow County NAACP Branch Facebook page for more details and events.

When? Saturday, February 11th, 2023 at 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Jacksonville Commons Center

100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, NC 28546

African American Read-in at City Hall

Jacksonville Recreation coordinated to have local students from the City’s After School program to recite quotes and poems by African American authors. This free and open to the public will have a reception to follow in the City Hall Atrium.

When? Sunday, February 12th, 2023 at 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Location: City Hall

815 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540

My Little Valentine

Valentine’s Day Party with yours kids that are 4 – 35 months old! Click the link to book and see other event!

When? Sunday, February 12th, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: The Little Gym of Jacksonville

1092 Hampton Inn Way, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Art Walk

Go to different galleries, stop at the taverns and have dinner at some great restaurants in downtown New Bern. Click the link for more event information.

When? Friday, February 10th at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Downtown New Bern

317 Middle St. New Bern, North Carolina 28560

Adulting 101 Series

The first class in the series will be “Put the Ramen Down” to go over Healthy Eating on a Budget. Parents can stay and it’s open for young adults from 14-18 years of age. Within the series they will go over Car Maintenance (March 24th) and Healthy Habits & Stress Management (April 14th).

When? Healthy Eating on a Budget is Friday, February 17th at 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Jack Amyette Recreation Center

1825 South Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Design Your Own Resin Poured Sea Glass Mosaic

Adult painting party that you can enjoy with your own wine, beer, snacks and friends. They will walk you through each step creating you special piece. Click the link to see pricing, description, age requirements and other events that Wine & Design is hosting.

When? Saturday, February 18th at 6:30 PM

Location: Wine & Design

412 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557

Monster Truck Wars

You could get the chance to ride in a real monster truck! There will be a Kid Friendly activities and Kid-Zone. This multi day show is better than ever and the America’s Wildest Monster Truck Show is going to be in Kenansville, NC! Look at their website to look at the lineup and buy your tickets!

When? February 17th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

February 18th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

February 19th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Duplin Events Center

195 Fairgrounds Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349

Snow Dayz at Jacksonville Commons

The last one was so fun they are hosting another one! Enjoy the sledding, cocoa, games and concessions (for purchase).

When? Friday January 27th, 2023 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Jacksonville Commons Recreational Park

100 Recreation Loop, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Engaged Onslow Bridal Expo

Meet DJ’s, local caterers,, spa services, venues and much more! This event is for brides, grooms, and their families! There will also be a fashion show to see so many gorgeous wedding and bridesmaids options. Register at

When? Sunday, February 26th, 2023 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Jacksonville Commons

100 Recreation Ln, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Hydrangea Blossoms Paint Party

Paint Hydrangeas with no experience with guided help from Happy Cloud Art Studio! $40 for canvas 11″x14″. Visit Happy Cloud Art Studio for details on the event and registration link!

When? Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Social Hour starts at 5:30 PM)

Location: Carolina Home and Garden in Sun Room

4778 24, Newport, NC 28570

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