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March 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!**

Astronomy Night

There will be a ranger who will talk about the night sky and they will have telescopes set up for viewing. You can bring your own telescope! No pets allowed and you can read their Facebook event to get more information on parking and things to make note of for the day of the event!

When? Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Fort Macon State Park Beach Access (Bathhouse parking lot)

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“Bee Kind” Paint Party Fundraiser

Happy Cloud Art Studio is partnered with BE INSPIRED, INC to support art education scholarships. This event is for ages 6 and up! Tickets range from $25 – $40! Go to Happy Cloud Art Studio’s Facebook page to register and get more details for this event.

When? Saturday, March 4th from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Swansboro Recreation Center

830 Main St Ext, Swansboro, NC 28584

Ainsley’s Angels Run with Your Heart 5K

Run With Your Heat in a 5K / 10K / 15K/ Virtual is a fundraiser for Ainsley’s Angels in Eastern Carolina and Ainsley’s Angels in America. You can also volunteer to be an angel and help a person using mobility aids to complete the race! Enjoy the scenery of Jacksonville, NC! Click their event link to see registration, price and racing options!

When? Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Riverwalk Crossing Park

421 Court St, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Prom ExtravaGOWNza

It’s PROM time! Pick a beautiful prom dress and accessories for Free! Get information on Makeup, hair tips and you could win a chance to get a free session with a local stylists for hair and makeup! High School Junior and Seniors ONLY, have to have your school ID and a parent/guardian has to be with you.

More Info you can contact Mary Caldwell (910)381-8251 or Rena McAllister (252) 772-3252

When? Saturday March 4th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: J T Kerr Memorial Baptist Church

150 L P Willingham Pkwy, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Surf City Expo

Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Surf City is having The Expo. Visit for a day of door prizes, shopping from Beauty, Fitness, Education, Health Services, Décor and so much more by their local businesses!

When? Saturday March 4th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 201 Community Center Drive, Surf City, NC 28445

Women in Business Fair

Join and visit with shops and vendors at this years Women in Business Fair!

When? Friday March 10th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: National Guard Armory

142 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival

Enjoy the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. They will have rides, live music, art, craft vendors, food, drinks, beer tent, and more! Wear your best green!

When? Saturday, March 11th, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Emerald Plantation

8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

St. Paddy’s 5 Mile Engineer Challenge

By Marines for Marines! Tackle this course through dirt and obstacles that challenge your mental and physical tolerance! Register at or look at their Facebook to get more event information and registration requirements!

When? Saturday March 19th at 8:00 AM

Location: Courthouse Bay, MCB Camp Lejeune

Carolina Wedding Fair at the Gardens

Go by and get information from 30+ vendors that can help make your day special! Couple, families and friends are welcome to join! Click the link below to reserve your tickets.

When? Sunday March 19th at 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Carolina Home & Garden

4778 North Carolina 24 Newport, NC 28570

Adulting 101 Series… Continued

The next session of Adulting 101 will be Service Engine Soon! This session will be on car maintenance and is a great thing to teach new or future driver/car owners! You can register online or at the administration office

When? March 24th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Jack Amyette Park, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Mac and Cheese Festival

Presented by the Island Men is the 4th annual Mac and Cheese festival! Click the link below see event details!

When? Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Good Hops Brewing

811 Harper Ave, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Family Bingo Night

Fundraiser family bingo night to help support Sturgeon City Environmental Education Center programs. $15 per person and extra cards are available for purchase.

When? Friday, March 31st at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)

Location: Sturgeon City

50 Court St, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Flashlight Egg Hunt (Ages 7-12 ONLY)

Registration as well as yard games start at 7:00 PM in the Richard Ray parking lot. The egg hunts will begin at 8:00 PM and there will be two different age groups. (7-9 years old and 10-12 years old) Bring your own flashlight and basket.

When? Friday, March 31st at 7:00 PM – Hunt starts at 8:00 PM

Location: Richard Ray Park

1200 Commons Drive N, Jacksonville, NC 28546

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