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Top Activities in Oriental, NC

For a tiny coastal town with barely 1,000 residents, Oriental, NC seems like one of the busiest places in North Carolina! It’s been called the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina” because the boating season never ends. This quaint and historic maritime town is situated on the Inner Banks and along the Neuse River. The mild, year-round weather, sunny days, and access to multiple waterways mean there are water activities to enjoy every month, and plenty more about town. Here are a few of the places and events to enjoy in Oriental, NC!


2022 Events in Oriental, NC


Dragon Burn | March 19th | The Red Rooster Bar

Benefits the Pamlico County Arts Programs


PAWS Pet Parade | March 26th | Lou Mac Park (Register the morning of the event)

Benefits the animals of Pamlico County 


The Oriental Boat Show | April 8th – 10th | Oriental Harbor Marina 


Town Wide Yard Sale | May 7th | Multiple locations across town


Classic Car Poker Run | Date TBD | Lou Mac Park

Benefits the Oriental Rotary Club’s charitable missions


Silospalooza | May 28th | The Red Rooster Stage and Bar 


Charity Dinghy Poker Run | July 23rd | Oriental Marina & Inn

Benefits the Pamlico Coastal Activity Council, in support of Pamlico youth sailing


The Parrothead Regatta | July 23rd | The Neuse River, from New Bern to Oriental 


Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival | Sept 30th – Oct 1st | The Riverfront Stage @ Lou Mac Park


Oriental Classic Car Show | Oct 8th | Lou Mac Park

Benefits the Oriental Rotary Club’s charitable missions




Lou Mac Park

Scenic waterfront beauty and favorite local event space


John Bond Town Beach

A quiet place to enjoy the water 




Oriental’s History Museum

Rotating exhibits and permanent collections all with a nod to Oriental and its maritime history


The Old Theater

Hosts Sunday Classic Cinema


Nautical Wheelers 

Wine tastings & events


Sea Harbor Yacht Club

Private marina retreat on a tranquil creek




Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar

Waterfront dining with live music on the weekends


New Village Brewery and Taproom

1-barrel nano-brewery and taproom serving NC craft beer on guest taps


The Silos Restaurant

Tunes and eats on tap, Wednesday open mic nights




The Village Gallery

Local art of all kinds with visiting artist events


Sailing Clubs


Sailing Club of Oriental

Cruising the local region and beyond


Neuse Sailing Association

One of the oldest (and friendliest) sailing clubs in North Carolina


Oriental Dinghy Club

Hosts district, regional and national events for numerous One Design class organizations


If you’re interested in living in Oriental, NC so that you can enjoy all these activities and more year-round, Nature’s Run is a quiet new home community that you’re sure to love where JC Jackson Homes can Build on Your Land. There’s boat and RV parking available, as well as an indoor area to work on your vessels. All this plus a community center, walking trails, and waterfront lots! Contact us for more information. 


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