Programs | Special Events


Easter Egg Hunt – Sat., March 26 (9:30 a.m.  start)

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Rotary Park located at 2200 Mayberry Loop Road in Morehead City. The egg hunt activity areas are divided into three sections by the following age groups: 4 & under, 5-8, and 9-12. NO PETS PLEASE!

Although thousands of eggs will be in each age section, kids tend to clean up these toy and candy-filled eggs much faster than they clean their rooms!! Plan to arrive early because the youth usually collect all the eggs in less than two minutes. DON’T BE LATE!! For more information call 252-726-5083.

Family 1 Mile Walk/Fun Run – Sat., March 26 (10:00 a.m. start)

Following the Egg Hunt, bring the whole family to walk and/or run on the Rotary Park-O’Neal Field exercise trail. The 1 Mile Walk/Fun Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. and MCPRD staff will direct participants on the 1 mile course. This non-competitive event promotes family wellness and pre-registration is not required for this event.  NO PETS or BIKES PLEASE!

July 4th Celebration  (Saturday, July 4, 2015)

The waterfront in Downtown Morehead City comes alive on the 4th of July with live music and fireworks. The entire family will enjoy sounds of The Main Event Band as they perform from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront. Celebrate the 4th by dancing to the music and viewing a spectacular fireworks display on the waterfront. The fireworks display will be launched from Sugarloaf Island across from Jaycee Park at 9:00 p.m. For more information call 252-726-5083.

Outdoor Artificial Ice Skating Rink (December 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Celebrate the holiday season by skating on the Morehead City Waterfront. The Morehead City Parks & Recreation Department will be operating an artificial ice skating rink during the Christmas holidays. Admission fees are $5.00 per person (fee includes rental skates) for each 45-minute skating session. Skating sessions are limited to 50 people per session. For group ticket sales, please contact the MCPRD at 726-5083. All participants or parents/guardians of minor participants must read and sign a release waiver to skate.

Rink Location: Katherine Davis Park parking lot (601 Arendell Street)

Daily Skating Session Times: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, & 7:00   (closed 12/24 & 12/25); *Special New Year’s Eve Sessions @ 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00* 

OPENING DAY (Friday, December 18) FOOD DRIVE SPECIAL!!  Individuals may donate 2 cans/non-perishable items to receive free admission to a 45 minute skating session instead of the $5.00 fee. Donated items will be given to Martha’s Mission Cupboard.

** New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year with ice skating (additional NYE night sessions at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00), Live Music 9:00-midnight featuring Beaufort Blues Project, and The Crab Pot Drop & Fireworks at midnight.**



The use of an artificial ice skating rink and its facilities has inherent risks and dangers which may cause injury to skaters.  Any use of and/or participation in use of the rink is at your sole risk. No responsibility is accepted or undertaken by the Town or the rink’s provider/manufacturer for the wellbeing of the user, their guests, or the property of either.  We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse admission to anyone, or remove from the premises anyone, not abiding by the rules.  In consideration for your access and use, and by your use you expressly agree, to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Town of Morehead City, its officers, officials, employees and agents, from all claims for property damages, injury or death which you may suffer or for which you may be liable to others, arising out of the use of the artificial ice skating rink and any skates or other equipment/devices provided, whether such claims are for negligence or any other theory of recovery, except for intentional misconduct on the part of the Town.  Persons less than 18 years of age must have written permission from their parents or guardians to skate.

Crystal Coast Countdown

Crystal Coast Countdown is a nonprofit organization led effort between Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Down East, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Newport and Pine Knoll Shores, which offer family friendly New Year’s events and activities at multiple venues throughout the county. Crystal Coast Countdown further supports local business and encourages visitation during the holiday season and brings our communities together to ring in the New Year. This year’s event is an exciting celebration for all ages beginning Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Friday, January 1, 2016!

New Year’s Eve promises an exhilarating countdown to midnight complete with a “Crab Pot Drop”, live music from Beaufort Blues Project and fireworks!

Join your family and friends (and make some new friends too!) for “Crystal Coast Countdown 2016”, bringing the community together for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration! For a schedule of events, please go to