Summer Events that Will Make You Feel Like A Topsail Local

Summer Events that Will Make You Feel Like A Topsail Local | Island Real Estate

Part of the value of vacationing in a place like Topsail Island is that not only are you able to enjoy all of the natural assets offered by our gorgeous, eastern North Carolina beaches, but you also get to experience events infused with our own special brand of local, southern charm. If part of your vacation planning includes getting the full Topsail Island experience, you'll want to do as many of the things on this list as possible!

Meet and Greet TWO Best-Selling Authors

Vacationing bookworms rejoice, because Quarter Moon Books & Gifts located at 708 S. Anderson Blvd in Topsail Beach has two coming in to visit this June!

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Susan M. Boyer

On Saturday, June 2, best-selling author Susan M. Boyer will be at Quarter Moon Books from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

From the author’s website: Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity.

Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal, among others. She is the recipient of Relief Journal’s editor’s choice award in fiction and has been recognized by the Carrie McCrary Memorial Literary Awards program.

She served on the board of directors for South Carolina Writers’ Workshop 2006 – 2009, and was chairperson for the organization’s annual conference 2007 – 2008.

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Mary Alice Monroe

On Sunday, June 17th, Mary Alice Monroe will be at the store from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for an author event benefiting Topsail Friends of the Library as well as the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

From the author’s website: New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. With the same heart of conservation, Monroe has written two children’s picture books as well.

TWO Kid's Fishing Competitions

Event #1: On Saturday, June 16, East Coast Sports will host their annual free Kid's Fishing Tournament in Surf City.

Pre-registration for this tournament can be done in person at East Coast Sports, located at 409 Roland Avenue in Surf City, NC from June 11th through 15th. Same day tournament registration will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Free rods and reels will be distributed at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event to the first 200 children to register for the event. Tournament awards will be given at 1:00 p.m.

Call 910-328-1887 for more information.

Event #2: On Wednesday, July 4, Surf City Pier is hosting their free annual children's fishing competition.

Pre-registration for this event is required. This event is open for kids aged 0-16. Pre-registration runs from June 1 through June 30 at 6:00 p.m., or from June 1 until the date the tournament participation maximum of 300 kids has been reached, whichever comes first.

Rules and registration requirements can be found here.

Surf City Evening Beach Yoga

Tuesday nights from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Roland Beach Access (102 N. Shore Drive, Surf City). Begins May 15.

Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Soundside Park (517 Roland Ave, Surf City). June, July, and August.

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  • $5 for facility pass holders / $10 for visitors.
  • No cash accepted! Pre-paid punch cards and credit cards will be processed on site.
  • Mats and/or beach towels are recommended. 
  • Classes are weather dependent.
  • Call 910-328-4887 or email [email protected] for more information.

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2018 Summer Aquarium Program

The Historical Society of Topsail Island, in conjunction with the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, is offering an educational outreach program over the course of 6 weeks this summer. These interactive programs are designed for families with school-aged children.

This program will occur on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly Building, located at 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445. A donation of $1.00 per child is requested in order to help offset the cost, which in turn supports the Historical Society in their efforts to host these types of exciting programs.

The schedule is as follows:

  1. June 27 - Frog Songs
  2. July 11 - Mermaids and Pirates
  3. July 18 - Fantastic Fish
  4. July 25 - Turtle Time
  5. August 1 - Scaly Survivors
  6. August 8 - Jammin' Jellies

Movies and Music in Soundside Park

Soundside Park in Surf City (517 Roland Avenue) is a one-location stop for a summer full of free, family-friendly fun. Bring your chairs or blankets, food and drinks, and join the community for these FREE events.

  • Alcohol is prohibited in Soundside Park.
  • Events may be weather dependent.
  • Music performances start promptly at their designated time.
  • Movie events begin at 7:00 p.m. with pre-movie activities and food vendors.
  • Call 910-328-4887 for more information.


Saturday May 26 6:30 p.m. The Carousels
Thursday June 14 7:00 p.m. Soul on the Beach
Thursday June 21 7:00 p.m. Slyde
Thursday June 28 7:00 p.m. Turnbridge Band
Thursday July 5 7:00 p.m. The Imitations
Thursday July 12 7:00 p.m. Vaughan Penn
Thursday July 19 7:00 p.m. Eastline
Thursday July 26 7:00 p.m. The Expressions
Thursday August 2 7:00 p.m. Matrix


May 25 The Incredibles
June 1 Trolls
June 8 Boss Baby
June 15 Ferdinand
June 22 Despicables Me 3
June 29 The Greatest Showman
July 6 Justice League
July 13 Jumanji
July 20 Captain Underpants
July 27 Paddington 2
August 3 Cars 3
August 10 Sherlock Gnomes
August 17 Leap
August 24 Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
August 31 A Wrinkle In Time

There's something for everyone here on Topsail Island. We hope that you'll use this list of community events to participate just like a local during your visit!

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