A variety of festivals and sporting events are held annually in the Topsail area. Special events and activities to celebrate the millennium can be found along with the standard calendar of events on the Internet at topsail2000.com.
Topsail Island Spring Fling, last weekend in April includes arts & crafts, vendor and food booths, boat show, entertainment and more. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island.
Surf & Turf Triathlon, a sprint triathlon in the North Carolina Triathlon Series, held the Saturday of Spring Fling, beginning 8:00AM with a 1/2 mile ocean swim, followed by a 12 mile bike ride and 5k run. Sponsored by the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
Pirate Jubilee, first weekend in August includes a parade, pirate invasion, pirates costume contest, search for buried treasure, sand sculpture contest, entertainment and more. Organized through The Shrimp Shack.
Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, second Saturday in August. Events include the famous Shrimparoo, pageants, parade, fishing tournament, arts & crafts, live entertainment and carnival rides.
National Big Sweep, third Saturday in September. Join in the cleaning of our beaches and waterways, making them safer for our marine life and birds as well as improving the beauty of these natural resources.
Hampstead Spot Festival, fourth weekend in September. Spot dinner, golf tournament, pageants, variety show, arts & craft booths and amusement rides.
Autumn With Topsail, third weekend in October. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, live entertainment, local arts and crafts, the Taste of Topsail, children's activities and more.
Holly Ridge Holly Festival, first weekend in November. Welcome in the holiday season with a Christmas parade, pageant, arts & crafts, food booths and children's activities.
Holiday Boat Flotilla, Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend, see boats decorated for the holidays cruising the sound in Topsail Beach beginning at dark. This is the kickoff for the annual Trail of Lights throughout the island and inland areas.
Sneads Ferry Winterfest, second weekend in December. Celebrate the holidays with Breakfast with Santa, community Christmas Tree display, choir concert and more.
Other events scheduled in the Topsail area include fishing and golf tournaments.
Special entertainment including bands, dance contests and instruction, comedy and musical entertainers can be found in local nightclubs especially during the summer vacation season. A local theatre group offers dinner theatre productions throughout the year.
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