Sunset Beach News and Events
Sunset Beach, North Carolina
As you travel from the mainland, over the one lane pontoon bridge, across the calm salt marsh, you'll find yourself entering a relaxed and quiet world of Southern coastal living.
Imagine a day spent browsing through the specialty shops, teeing off at one of the many nearby championship golf courses or launching your boat for a day at sea. Follow this up with a great meal at one of the many fine restaurants in the area, or by picnicking on your deck while watching the waves roll in.
If you enjoy the idea of visiting or even living in a soothing, slow paced atmosphere then Sunset Beach is your perfect getaway. Pastel colored cottages and homes nestled by the sea oat covered dunes line the oceanfront. You can lounge on the beach or hunt for sea shells while children build sand castles by the shoreline.
Annual Events & Festivals
Jolly Mon King Classic (May): This is a one day tournament, with an optional weather day. Fishermen can fish out of any port they choose within boundaries so as long as their lines are not in the water before 7:00am and they are in weight-in line by 5:00pm. This means easy fishing while always keeping on an even playing field. There is complimentary dinner for everyone and medallions for all Junior anglers participating in the event.
Sunset at Sunset (October): Sunset at Sunset is the Town of Sunset Beach's Community Block Party. More than 100 vendors, crafters, food services, and non-profit organizations participate in the day's activities. Only good quality goods are permitted to be sold and year after year the variety of items continues to expand. Throughout the day high quality bands entertain attendees. A photography contest is held each year and a 5K Run/Walk over the Mannon C. Gore Bridge is a highlight of the day.
Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic (August): Fishing competition at Holden Beach.
Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival (May): The festival will feature approximately 200 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, tremendous entertainment and a phenomenal children's area. The World Famous Blue Crab Festival has been awarded the Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand by readers of the Sun News newspaper for the past six consecutive years. The festival continues to be the premier event on the Grand Strand with excellent vendors, entertainment, food and fellowship.
North Carolina Oyster Festival (October): People come from far and wide to visit the Oyster Festival, a favorite festival to anyone who has been. The coastal waters of Brunswick County provide an abundance of the marine mollusks each year bringing over 30,000 people to Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate the tasty treat.
Festival by the Sea (October): Held during the last full weekend in October. The Holden Beach Merchants Association hosts the very popular "NC Festival by the Sea." This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge and each year several hundred take that high altitude stroll to stake out the perfect spot to view the parade.
Points of Interest - Bird Island
Bird Island is a 1,300 acre State Preserve barrier island that is connected to Sunset Beach and reachable by boat, walking, or biking along the beach. You can walk from the public parking area and gazebo at Sunset Beach, along the Bird Island beachfront, all the way to South Carolina.
Bird Island is home to Loggerhead turtles and the purple sandpiper, found only on Bird Island. The shoreline, dunes, maritime forest, and marshland are also important habitats and nesting areas for various species of birds that are threatened or endangered.
On December 4th, 2006 the North Carolina Birding Trail officially recognized the Town of Sunset Beach as Official Stop #10 on the Southeastern portion of the trail.
Golf Resorts & Courses
Sunset Beach is ideally located for a golf vacation. Here golfers can stay closest to some of Myrtle Beach's most requested courses. Courses such as Oyster Bay, Sea Trail, Panther's Run, Heather Glenn and many more are within a fifteen minute drive. There are over 100 courses within a forty mile radius!
Attractions - Ingram Planetarium
A few minutes drive, between Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, is the Ingram Planetarium where you can explore the heavens. The Planetarium boasts the world’s third SciDome HD Digital Sky Theater, a state-of-the-art facility with a 40-foot dome. See the planets up close and in your face. It has interesting astronomy and science programs for all ages in the 85-seat Sky Theater.