Spirit of Christmas in Oriental

December 13 - 14, 2019

The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2018 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 13-14. Recent years have featured a lighted small boat parade in the harbor on Friday night and a parade on Saturday along with a live nativity. Downtown businesses have open houses and hot cider. (Photos from TownDock.net)

Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival

October 4 - 6, 2018

22 Bands. 14 Porches & Stages. You.

The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Jazz… all in the walkable village of Oriental, North Carolina. Add in arts, crafts, food & more. It’s a weekend that will make you smile.

October 4-6, 2019.

And thanks to our supporters, this amazing weekend of music is absolutely free to attend. The internationally acclaimed Folk-Americana band The Way Down Wanderers will headline the 2019 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival.

“Credit The Way Down Wanderers with giving a nod toward tradition and having the gumption to break the mold. While they take their cues from bluegrass and other Americana influences, the melodies that dominate this self-titled effort vary substantially rather than being bound to any one style specifically.” – Relix Magazine

In addition to The Way Down Wanderers, the lineup for the 2019 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival includes Hank, Pattie & The Current, Chatham Rabbits, River Ratz, Hooverville, Cane Mill Road and more.

The festival kicks off Friday Oct 4, running from 2-8:30pm, Saturday 10am-8:30pm, Sunday 8:30-10am.

The complete schedule is here.

For complete list of the 2019 performers, click here.

Harborfest for Heartworks

September 27 - 29, 2019

Have fun while supporting HeartWorks, a unique non-profit. HeartWorks provides counseling, day care, After-school and Summer programs to over 400 at-risk kids in Pamlico County each year.

Arrive by land or sea to attend Harborfest for HeartWorks September 27 – 29, 2019 at Grace Harbor, River Dunes. This 2-night event starts Friday with SaltWater Gold – The Band, beer, wine and Roland’s BBQ. Saturday night’s gala features music by The Entertainers, an Open Bar, a gourmet buffet by The Chelsea of New Bern, plus Live and Silent auctions. Boaters can reserve a slip and stay for the weekend to enjoy all of the amenities at River Dunes plus breakfast on Sunday. To register for tickets for either night, sign up for the Boater’s Special, become a Gala Host or Sponsor go to heatworksnc.org

Works of art, jewelry, trips, an oyster roast, or other items or experiences are needed to make the auction a success. To donate, call 252-745-9703 or drop by HeartWorks at 709 Main St., Bayboro.

Friday Fun Night: Starting at 5:30

  • Beer & Wine
  • BBQ Dinner
  • Casual Harborside Dinner
  • Live Music : Dancing : Raffles
  • $25/person

Saturday Night Gala

  • Open Bar
  • Buffet Dinner
  • Live & Silent Auctions with outstanding auction items
  • Live Music & Dancing
  • $75/person. Sponsorships Available

Register now to be a GALA HOST at this year’s Harborfest for HeartWorks. Funds raised at the event support this local non-profit organization provide counseling, daycare, after school and summer programs for over 400 at-risk children in Pamlico County. Gala Hosts receive two tickets for each night.

Got to www.harborfestNC.com or call 252-745-9703.

The event includes 2 nights of music, fabulous food, drink, dancing plus silent and live auctions. To become a Gold, Silver or Bronze Sponsor, call HeartWorks at 252-745-9703.

Dragon Boat Races in Grace Harbor

August 9 - 10, 2019

The 10th Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival is August 9-10, 2019 at River Dunes. Teams get in practice sessions Fri Aug 10, arrive early Sat August 10th for the parade of teams at 9:00a.

It is free to attend if you’d like to see the races. They run from 10a-12noon and 12:30p- 3:00p Saturday, all in Grace Harbor @ River Dunes.

Dragonboat Racing has been called “the ultimate team sport” by the sport’s ability to accommodate a wide spectrum of ages and skill levels. Crews vary in makeup, style, intensity, experience, age and purpose. This festival has had racers from 12 to 87. There are Military Men and Women’s Teams, Cancer Survivor Teams, Senior Teams. Youth Teams, Club Teams, NonProfit Teams, Community Teams and Corporate Teams.

Registration info is here. For more info contact festival organizer Flora Moorman at 252-675-9424 or email: info@orientaldragonboat.com.


This colorful event features teams of racers from organizations and communities all over the Southeast.  Dragon Boats are the world’s largest flat water racing canoes, propelled by a crew of 20 rowers, plus a drummer and a steersperson.  Teamwork is everything in Dragon Boat racing, and synchronicity outweighs strength.  In addition to the dragon boat racing, other activities will include great food, music, kids activities, a parade of teams and much, much more for friends and family.


Hope Regala 2019

June 7 - 9, 2019

The Hope Clinic holds their annual Hope Regala Weekend, June 7-9 at River Dunes. Come out for a fabulous time for a great cause as they “Fill the Harbor with Fun.”

Friday night features award winning barbecue from Dennis Brinson and live bluegrass music from Harbor Sounds. Saturday evening’s Gala event includes a cocktail reception, catered dinner, live auction, dancing to the Chuck Eatmon Band, and drawing of the $10K Golden Raffle winner.

Enjoy 3 nights’ dockage at River Dunes’ Grace Harbor for your sailboat or power boat with boat registration – related amenities included.

Hope Clinic has been caring for the community for 20 years, providing free medical care, prescription medications, referrals, lab work, and chronic disease management for low-income uninsured adults in Pamlico County and surrounding communities.

Make a difference and help raise funds so less fortunate neighbors can lead their best possible lives. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the Regala Weekend events, register your boat, sponsor the event, get in on the $10K Golden Raffle tickets – or just make a contribution to Hope Clinic because you care.

Questions? Contact Sheri Rettew, Executive Director of Hope Clinic, at (252) 745-5760.

Mastering the Rules of the Road Seminar

March 2, 2019

This is one of the most important seminars a recreational boater could attend. It provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS). It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater regardless of vessel and when meeting another vessel on the water.

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: 1st Presbyterian Church, 211 W. 2nd Street, Washington, NC
Cost: $15 for member/$20 non-members (no additional cost for couples sharing materials)
To Register: Contact our PSPS Educational Officer, Linda Erickson, by email pspsed@gmail.com or call her at 252-964-3009

Deadline for registration is February 25th.

Website: http://www.pamlicosailandpowersquadron.org

Pamlico Musical Society: Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen Bluegrass Band

April 13, 2019

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Sat. Apr 13, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT
At the Oriental Old Theater
Price: $22.00
All Ages
Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, DC, he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist- and become a major festival attraction with his band Dirty Kitchen.  Simmering a Bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal, and songwriting skills so hot the group has been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass band of the year for four consecutive years and earned IMBA’s 2014 and 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year and a 2015 Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

Pamlico Musical Society: Natalie Clein

March 22, 2019

Natalie Clein

Fri. Mar 22, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT
at the Oriental Old Theater
Price: $22.00
All Ages

With a global reputation, British cellist Natalie Clein first came to international attention when, at age 16, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 1994 and was nominated as best female at the Classical Brit Awards 2008.  In residence at Oxford University and regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide, her playing has been praised for its “astonishing range of colors and…wide variety of expressive styles.”

Pamlico Musical Society: Ensemble Mélange

February 1, 2019

Ensemble Mélange

Fri. Feb 1, 2019 at 7:30pm EST
At the Oriental Old Theater
Price: $22.00
All Ages

This award winning New York based chamber music ensemble of exceptionally accomplished musicians changes the rules of performance and delivers the unexpected.  The audience is invited to actively participate in the selection of works to be performed by choosing from a menu of over 30 works derived from 15 different musical genres ranging from classical, baroque, and romantic, to jazz, Latin, and Broadway.  The result is a high energy performance you won’t want to miss.

UNC Harp Ensemble at River Dunes

March 3, 2019

UNC Harp Ensemble

Sun. Mar 3, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
At River Dunes
Price: $30.00
All Ages

What could be more beautiful than the ethereal sound of the harp, but a group of harps playing together!  Under the direction of UNC faculty harpist, Laura Byrne, this group of talented artists will perform musical favorites from around the world from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionist eras all the way to the music of today.  Join us on a musical journey through the centuries – five harps in the beautiful River Dunes Harbor Club.

Pamlico Musical Society: Will Martin

January 9 - 10, 2019

Will Martin

Wed. Jan 9, 2019 at 7:30pm EST
at the Oriental Old Theater
Price: $22.00
All Ages
Will Martin 

Internationally acclaimed entertainer and vocalist is stealing the hearts of audiences around the world.  A celebrated and accomplished recording artist, Will has achieved phenomenal success in his home country of New Zealand, as well as in Europe, becoming the youngest man in history to top the UK Classical Charts. Described by one fan as a “once in a generation talent”, Will gives a new voice to the music of the late, great Dean Martin.