It’s the time of year I lovingly refer to as flip-flop-fire-pit-weather. Summer has officially given in to fall… open the windows, break out the hoodies, fire up the crockpot and pumpkin spice it up!
Step into the Season
When we flip the calendar to October, it truly feels like a new beginning. Autumn is a welcome season on the Carolina Coast as hot summer days wave goodbye and cool nights settle in. While our friends to the North are trending house-bound, Carolinians step outside to enjoy a tourist-free world without humidity. Most forecasts have 75 as a high, not a low, and those mid-70 days seem to bring about a renewed sense of spirit.
sunny days + warm water + empty beaches = our kind of season
The story of the season is falling leaves, falling temps, fall festivals, fishing, food, football… sure is tough not to fall in love with fall 🍃🍂
Our inshore fishery is alive year-round… but fall reigns supreme.
Many an angler put their skills to the test this time of year catching trout, stripers, drum, tarpon and flounder. The old drum are spawning visitors to the wide waters of the Neuse River, and larger trout show up in the river and warm waters of the creeks.
Reeling in dinner from your backyard is pretty sweet… bonus if it’s followed by firepit s’mores. Suffice it to say, we’ve had many happy dinner tables lately. Check out few of our favorite recipes from resident chefs. It’s an exciting time of year for those that have a love of fishing… and those that have a love of eating!
Need to get hooked up? Visit our friends at Neuse River Bait & Tackle for all things fishing.
Festing Round Town
Our local fall festivals draw hundreds of thousands of people to our area from all over the country, and we’re lucky enough to have them right down the street. The NC Seafood Festival, Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, MumFest and the Oriental Chili Cook-off have all been popular weekend hot-spots. Add in ECU football, Oktoberfest, Parade of Homes and neighborhood trick-or-treating and your calendar is full.
For over three decades, Morehead City has hosted the largest 3-day festival in the state the first weekend in October. Come and “catch” the excitement at the NC Seafood Festival… there’s lots to see, do, and eat with vendors and artisans from all over the coast.
And of course the main attraction, the delicious seafood cooked up just about every way you can imagine 🍤🦀🦞🐟
This has my ‘favorite festival’ vote. The Old Front Porch Music Festival takes over the downtown streets and porches of O’Town the second weekend in October. Thousands descend on our little village to band-hop all over town. From Cane Mill Road and Chatham Rabbits on the main stage to blueberry beer and bluegrass at the brewery, the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival rocks.
We love to walk the village streets on a fall day and hear sweet strumming sounds on just about every corner.
Downtown New Bern is decorated with mums in cascading rainbows of fall colors for MumFest which draws 100,000+ visitors to this historic waterfront. The Mumfestivities begin the second weekend in October. Festival-goers enjoy live music, boat shows, amusement rides, street performers, dog shows, shopping, a petting zoo, and lots of tasty treats.
And this 2020 born tradition (thanks to covid) seems like it’s here to stay. The weekend following MumFest is MumFeast, where New Bern’s downtown streets are blocked off so restaurants can spill outside for a safe and unique dining experience. This 3-day event is full of good food, good music, good friends, and downtown is still in bloom with thousands of mums🏵
Is there really anything better than all-you-can-eat chili on a cool October day? At the Oriental Chili Cookoff, local chefs serve up tasty samples to local eaters. At stake… ‘best chili in town’ bragging rights awarded by ‘the people’ and the judges. This delicious event took a pause in 2020 but it’s back this year with Team AP defending their first place People’s Choice title.
Lots of Tricks, Lots of Treats
A growing annual tradition, these excited neighborhood kiddos love making their rounds and showing off their costumes to a very spirited group of neighbors. The evening starts with a party at the clubhouse then the mini pirates, super heroes and princesses are let loose in Burton Village, often running door to door until their pumpkins runneth over. It’s such a fun evening to wrap up an eventful and event-filled month👻
As my great-great-great Aunt once wrote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Lucy, we couldn’t agree more.