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Jacksonville NC Summer Festivals

Jacksonville NC Summer Festivals

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There are plenty of unique things to do in Jacksonville, NC but sometimes you just want to break out and have a new experience. Boy have we got some excitement jam-packed for you! The kids are out of school and you're likely itching for a vacation, too. Even if you don't have little people in your life, there's nothing like the summer sun to motivate you to get into some outdoor activities.

What better way is there to scratch that itch to be outdoors than to partake in one of the many local festivals going on right here in Jacksonville? That's right, we've got a whole list of festivals coming out this season that are sure to sweep you off your feet and out into the streets. Each event has a base of food and live music. They are all themed in ways that make it possible to attend each one for different reasons and continuously have a blast.

Now, go get your calendar out. It's time to save some special dates!

  • North Carolina Pacific Arts Festival
    • When: June 18th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and June 19th from 10:00 am to 6 pm
    • Where: American Legion 146
    • Cost: FREE

The aim of this festival is to raise awareness and pique interest in attendees on the beauty of art by the people west of the continental USA. Artists represented will be from the Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian Islands. There will be food specific to the origins of the art, entertainment, and plenty of vendors showing off their crafts. There will also be competitions, so you really will want to try and make both days because they have enough family fun to spread out.

  • Jacksonville Fourth of July Freedom Festival
    • When: July 4th from 3:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Where: Onslow Pines Park
    • Cost: FREE

Celebrate America's birthday during a friendly festival where all your neighbors are invited. There will be food trucks, two stages of music, and fireworks to round out the evening. Come early and save some space on the lawn for both eating and enjoying the after-sunset activities. There will also be plenty to keep even the little ones entertained throughout the day. Attending Independence Day family fun will be well worth the wait for fireworks in the end!

  • Christmas in July
    • When: July 23rd from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Where: The Rustic Barn at Half Noon
    • Cost: $5 per car

Who doesn't love the holidays? No longer do you have to wait until November to get into the spirit, you can do so right here in Jacksonville this summer! ELJ Farms is making the most wonderful time of the year in July by opening up their Christmas Town! Wouldn't it be great to get holiday shopping out of the way so you can just enjoy December? Well, here you can. There will be a vendor market to browse through, a variety of food trucks, games for all, a cash bar, an opportunity to feed animals, and much more!

Oh, we should mention that Santa will be in attendance as well!

  • Hot Summer Fashion Show
    • When: July 23rd from 7:00 to 11:00 pm
    • Where: Sturgeon City
    • Cost: $25

If you're looking for a more adult vibe, come check out a stylish experience in the last half of July. This will be an evening to remember for the fashion trends it will produce. This isn't just a fashion show, however. This is a festival for fashion that is so much more than clothing and accessories. For the price of your ticket, you will get access to the hottest trends worn by inclusive models. To keep you entertained, there will be sweet and savory dishes, performances, vendors, and prizes. Designers will also be on hand to strike up a chat with!

  • National Night Out
    • When: August 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
    • Where: Riverwalk Park
    •  Cost: FREE

12,000 annual attendees have been making their way every summer to Jacksonville for this festival of activities. The goal is to promote public and community safety. That means to bring the whole family!

There are things for children to do and plenty of food. Included events throughout the day are:

  • 10k race
  • Live music
  • Fireworks
  • Live demonstrations
  • Giveaways


To sum up summer fest options in Jacksonville, there are plenty of excuses to get out and about throughout the season. From artistic heritage to fashion and a whole lot more, there are plenty of bases covered here.

You have the North Carolina Pacific Arts Festival bringing a whole new genre of art from beyond the west coast to our east coast. There is the Independence Day celebration and Christmas in July festival where you can celebrate two major holidays in one month. Then to have a fashion show months before Fashion Week, what a luxury.

We round out the list with a festival in August to bring more community awareness to safety. If that's not a summer well spent in Onslow County, we don't know what is!

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