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


Give the gift of making memories at a downtown Morehead City restaurant, bar, or shop. Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is introducing Downtown Dollars, certificates used in lieu of cash at all participating downtown Morehead City businesses. Downtown Dollars can be purchased in increments of $10. Please note that no change is given and dollars cannot be used to substitute for tips. To purchase Downtown Dollars, contact Downtown Morehead City, Inc. at 252-808-0440 or at info@downtownmoreheadcity.com. For a list of Downtown Dollars participating businesses, visit our Business Directory page by clicking HERE.

Christmas in Downtown
Christmas in Downtown


Downtown Morehead City lights up for the holiday season! Join us for scheduled events or just a magical time in our area as our stores and local establishments decorate their windows and welcome visitors and locals alike. From Small Business Saturday where you can shop local to the crab pot drop on New Year's Eve to everything in between, you and your family can enjoy all that downtown has to offer. Click HERE for event details.






Downtown Morehead City, Inc. and the Town of Morehead City is proud to host Downtown Countdown on December 31, 2019. The family-friendly event kicks off at 5:00pm with New Year’s Eve activities for all age children around Big Rock Fountain including face painting, games, coloring stations, balloons and a DJ. Watch and countdown as the Morehead City Fire Department’s ladder truck drops a festive crab pot at 6pm.  Then stick around and make plans to visit one of downtown’s many local businesses for a little shopping, dinner and entertainment.

For those who like to stay up later, the evening culminates on the corner of 6th Street and Evans with the traditional midnight crab pot drop countdown, DJ and a firework show visible from anywhere on the waterfront. Both the early and later crab pot drops are a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages.


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...