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28th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival Offers An Original Beach Experience

May 8, 2013 - Carolina Beach, NC - For an original beach experience—complete with a Boardwalk, beach music, shag-dancing, and good old-fashioned summer fun—plan to visit Carolina Beach on Saturday June 1st during the 28th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. Held on the beach strand near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, the annual summer music extravaganza features the best in beach music, a laid-back style of rhythm & blues with roots on the Carolina coast. The Carolina Beach Music Festival kicks off on Saturday at 11:00am with continuous live music until 4:30pm. This year’s bands include festival favorites Jim Quick & Coastline (11:00am); The Craig Woolard Band (1:00pm); and Spare Change (3:00 pm). Gates open at 10:30am, so bring your chairs, sunscreen, and coolers (no glass please) so you can spend all day listening and shag-dancing to classic beach tunes.

The 28th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival is presented by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Gates open at 10:30am. Coolers, beverages and food are allowed. No glass; no pets; no refunds. Tickets are now on sale ($15 in advance; $20 at the gate) and are available at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.) and Island Tackle & Hardware in Carolina Beach. Attendees with an Anheuser-Busch product in their cooler can register to win a Budweiser Beach Cruiser and a heavy-duty beach wagon. For details and online ticket purchases, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org/beachmusicfestival.asp or call 910-458-8434.

Jump-start the weekend Thursday night (6:30pm-9:30pm) with a free concert by Radio Flyer (70’s rock), followed by fireworks over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Continue the fun on Friday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk where you’ll find rides and amusements, souvenir shops, surrey rentals, and the legendary Britts Donuts. Rise early on Saturday so you can check out the produce and locally made goodies at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market at Carolina Beach Lake Park (8am-1pm). Then spend Saturday afternoon dancing on the beach to three live bands at the Carolina Beach Music Festival (11:00am-4:30pm). Enjoy a laid-back Sunday brunch at an island restaurant, relax at the beach, and wind down on Sunday evening with a free outdoor movie at the Stingray Amphitheater at Carolina Beach Lake. This week’s family film is “Frankenweenie” (PG-13; begins at 8:45pm).

Discover Carolina Beach’s simple pleasures and unexpected treasures. Take a Carnivorous Plant Hike with a park ranger at Carolina Beach State Park and see rare plants such as Venus Flytrap, bladderworts and pitcher plants. Cast your rod and reel from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Sign up for a party cruise or fishing excursion at the Carolina Beach Marina. Just minutes away, explore Kure Beach—North Carolina’s small wonder—where you can unplug and unwind. Catch a fish from the state’s oldest fishing pier. Meet a rare albino alligator and a loggerhead sea turtle, or observe sharks and marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Sign up for a surf lesson at local surf schools. You can also stroll along a 5-mile stretch of undeveloped beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, explore Civil War history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, or take a ferry across the Cape Fear River. Shop the island’s beach boutiques for souvenirs and summer fashions. Dine at restaurants specializing in fresh seafood and regional fare. At day’s end, bunk in at one of the island’s accommodations that range from oceanfront hotels and condominiums to independently-owned motels, beach cottages, or a bed-and-breakfast inn.



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