Enjoy events including the Crystal Coast Boat Show, year-round live music and entertainment, a plethora of fine dining options and art galleries, endless maritime activities for the whole family and more!
Christmas in Downtown


ALIVE AT FIVE is a free concert series during summer in Downtown Morehead City! Concerts take place at Jaycee Park at 807 Shepard Street, 5-8 pm. The park is located between the Bask Hotel and the waterfront. Public restrooms are available on site, with handicap ramp access. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Beverage concession available. No coolers or outside beverages permitted. This event is hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. and sponsored by Sound Bank, West Town Bank and Trust, and Golden Road by Adams Beverage, and is made possible by our downtown business sponsors, the Arts Council of Carteret County, and individual concert sponsors. Special thanks to Twice the Ice and the Town of Morehead City.

Christmas in Downtown


Tickets for the 10th Annual Chowder & Cheer event, hosted by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. will go on sale Monday, October 28, 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the MHC Train Depot (1001 Arendell St). Tickets are $30 each, and this year we’ve increased the number we will sell to 600 tickets. If any tickets remain, we will sell them again on Tuesday, October 29 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Ticket purchases are in-person ONLY! We will not accept phone orders or pre-sale tickets. No holds and no online orders. Cash, check, or credit card are accepted. Chowder & Cheer is a part of Downtown MHC, Inc.’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas in Downtown. Local restaurants, bars, and shops provide tastes of soups and chowder, desserts, and libations at various downtown establishments.


Downtown Morehead City is bustling year-round with a mix of fishing charters, dive and tour boats, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, antiques and a rich seafaring history.

Stroll and discover quaint shops to find that perfect gift, painting, jewelry, clothing, local art, books, home accessories or antiques.  In the late afternoon, watch as the fishermen bring in their catches of the day on docks overlooking Sugarloaf Island. In the evenings enjoy a cold drink outdoors or a diverse selection of restaurants in Downtown Morehead City, from an elegant dinner to appetizers.

Whether you are a resident or are visiting during the tropical summer, fall fishing season or the winter, we want you to experience Downtown Morehead City year-round and enjoy the many opportunities to live, work and play.


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Downtown Happenings

FishWalk Sculpture Tour

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. hosted an evening to celebrate and view the works of Willie Baucom Lambert and Keith Lambert, the artists behind the colorful, fish sculptures that line the downtown Morehead City waterfront, side streets and Arendell Street. Each statue depicts sea life found in Coastal North Carolina waters. Enjoy all of downtown as […]

Downtown Means Business

Downtown means business! Downtown Morehead City is fortunate to have wonderful businesses and business owners who believe and invest in our area. This has a direct impact on our community and our economy. We’ve pulled together some numbers that show just how important these Main Street businesses are.

Facade Improvement Grant

Have you noticed the facade improvements downtown Morehead City?  Downtown Morehead City, Inc. offers a grant which helps businesses improve the exteriors of their property.  Qualifying projects are eligible for a grant up to $1,500. The most recent recipient is located at 910 Arendell Street, the soon to be new home for Tranquility.  As you […]

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As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Downtown Morehead City is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnership to spur economic development in partnership with the state agency.


Morehead City offers the best dining, music, art, festivals and views year-round, and now we have an official award to prove it! Evans Street has officially been recognized as a “Great Main Street” in the 2017 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association. Click here to read why APA chose downtown Morehead City and plan to stop by soon and experience the best of Morehead City soon! Read more...