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May Local Events 2023

Jacksonville, NC (Onslow County) and Surrounding Areas

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

May the Fourth: Movie and Popcorn

On the big screen you can watch the complimentary Star Wars movie. Free Entry, you can bring blankets, pillow or sit in the seats they provide. You can get a photo in the galaxy with your family.

When? Thursday, May 4th at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Marine Federal Credit Union

4180 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Jacksonville’s Jamboree

Pet parade will be from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. There will be adult softball and basketball tournaments. Enjoy petting zoo, amusement rides, train rides, rock wall, all kinds of vendors, and food trucks! The only thing you will need money for are the vendors and food trucks!

When? Saturday, May 6th, 2023 starting at 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

1155 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Rescheduled- A2C Spring Car Show

Raffles, food and awards for certain categories. Call their store directly to pre-register 910-548-2234.

When? Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Antique 2 Chic

2501 Onslow Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28584

Annie Jr.

Buy tickets to Annie Jr. presented by Ferry Tales Youth Theater! Bring the whole family and enjoy the show!

When? Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 7th at 4:30;

Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM;

Sunday, May 14th at 4:30 PM

Location: Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry NC 58460

Buddies 2nd Annual Paw-Palooza

A day to come see local vendors, facility tours, food trucks and pet adoptions! You can get rabies ($10 4 months and older) and microchips ($20 must be in a carrier and or on a leash).

When? Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Buddies Country Kennels

4654 Gum Branch Rd, Suite E Jacksonville, NC 28540

International Food Festival

For mothers day, this festival is full of contests and dance parties! Choose from different foods from Japan to the Caribbean! By the way the best mom dance receives a $50 gift card for the food trucks! Register at the link below to help them get a head count, it’s free!

When? Saturday, May 13th from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM


201 West Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Race to the Coast 5k

To celebrate the moms Surf City Fitness Race for the coast will be providing special bib and flowers from Surf City Flouriest and a special award for the mom/kid team that is the fastest. It doesn’t end there though, after the races there will be fun for everyone! Horseback rides, Face painting, Raffles, Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Live Music, Local Vendors, and Bunny Rescue! Link to register for race is below!

When? Saturday, May 13th, 2023 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Southside Park

517 Roland Avenue, Surf City, NC, 28445

Encanto in the Park

Bring your family, blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy Encanto! You can also purchase from their concessions!

When? Friday, May 19th, 2023 at 7:00 PM (Movie starts at sunset.)

Location: Jacksonville Commons

100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Surf City Bridge Jam

Hosted by Surf City Parks, Recreation & Tourism is the annual Bridge Jam! There will be brews, live music by The Embers ft. Craig Woodard, food, shopping and kids rides.

When? Saturday, May 20th, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Soundside Park

517 Roland Avenue, Surf City, NC 28445

2nd Marine Division Band: Arts at the Ampitheatre

Memorial Day weekend bring a blanket, lawn chair and enjoy lawn games and enjoy filling the evening with fun and music. There will be concessions for purchase!

When? Friday, May 26th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Jacksonville Commons Amphitheater

1300 Commons Drive S, Jacksonville, NC 28546

The Sunshine Band (Orchestra)

Fort Macon State Park is hosting the summer concert series at Fort Macon that starts with Carteret Community Sunshine Band. No Alcohol is allowed. You can bring water, sunscreen, chairs and blankets!

When? Friday, May 26th, 2023 starting at 6:30 PM

Location: Fort Macon State Park

2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Cannon Day

Fort Macon State Park is hosting it’s monthly cannon day! Come see the Artillery demonstration of their favorite cannons!

When? Saturday, May 27th, 2023 from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Fort Macon State Park

2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

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