2018 Croaker Festival Guide


When It’s All Happening

Croakerfest 2018 is Friday June 29 – Sunday July 1. Saturday June 30 is the big day (parade, fireworks)…

Croaker Festival Schedule


Friday 7:00a: South St becomes one way from Hodges to 1st Ave.

Friday 9:00a: Vendor booths are open to the public.

Friday 12:00p: South St closes completely to through traffic. Pedestrians only.

Friday 2:00p: Croaker Festival Information booth is open for info & t-shirts.

Friday 3-4:30p: Drop off pies, cakes, and other baked edibles for the Baking Contest. Entries accepted behind the Croaker booth.

Friday 4:00p: Lou Mac Park plays host to the Croaker Festival Opening Ceremonies. Live music from The Pamlico Chorale and The Pamlico Community Band.

Friday 4:45p: The Baking Contest begins and the Judges start eating. May the best sweet and/or savory entrant win.

Friday 6:00p: Two pageants: Miss Minnow and the Croaker Queen.

Friday 7:00p: Baking Contest winners are announced.

Friday 7:30p: Saltwater Gold play the Main Stage. Dancing in the streets is highly encouraged.


Saturday 8:30a: Vendor booths are open.

Saturday 9:00a: In the parade? The line begins at Ragan Rd.

Saturday 10:00a: The Parade begins, leaving from Ragan Rd, heading down Broad St, to snake along Hodges and down to South Ave, eventually ending back at Ragan Rd.

Saturday 10:00a: Registration for the Croakerfest Regatta, courtesy of the Oriental Dinghy Club, opens at the Midyette Wildlife Ramp.

Saturday 11:00a: High Street hosts the Heartworks Kid’s Carnival. More live music on the Main Stage courtesy of the Marine Corps Band.

Saturday 11:30a: Skipper’s Meeting for the Croakerfest Regatta at the Midyette Wildlife Ramp.

Saturday 11:45a: The Kid’s Park at Mildred Street opens. Admission is free.

Saturday 12:00p: Parade winners announced on the Main Stage followed by music from Moonshine.

Saturday 1:00p: Brant Island Strings plays the Main Stage.

Saturday 1:00p: The Croakerfest Regatta Race begins.

Saturday 3:00p: The Bridge closes to all traffic.

Saturday 3:00p: Moores Creek Bluegrass on the Main Stage.

Saturday 4:45p: Ken Belangia plays the Main Stage.

Saturday 5:00p:The Heartworks Kid’s Carnival closes.

Saturday 6:00p: Vendor booths close for the day.

Saturday 6:50p: Children’s Coloring Contest Winners announced.

Saturday 7-9:15p The Embers featuring Craig Woolard play the main stage.

Saturday 9:30p: Fireworks over the harbor. It’s a big show…

Saturday 11:00p: The Bridge reopens.


Sunday 10:00a: Community Church Service at Lou Mac Park. All are welcome.


Monday 8:00a: Registration opens for the first Croaker Festival Golf Tournament, at the Minnesott Beach Golf & Country Club.

Monday 9:00a: Tournament Shotgun Start

Cool Stuff
Croaker Festival Fun Facts Ya Gotta Know...

The Cherry Point Marine Corp Band plays around. They played in New Orleans in February 2017, and Oriental in July 2017 - they return for the 2018 Croaker Festival Parade. They also play the Main Stage Saturday.

Marine Band

Saturday night, fireworks light up the sky over Oriental. The fireworks launch from the bridge.


Sunfish, FJ, and 420 class sailboats race on the Neuse. It’s the Croaker Fest Regatta Saturday starting at 11a.

Croakerfest Regatta

The first Croaker Festival Golf Tournament happens Monday at Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

Golf Tourney