Fishy Festivals in North Carolina


North Carolina Fish Festivals

Throughout March, April and May, there is no shortage of fun fish-themed festivals across the state for North Carolinians to enjoy:

Blowing Rock Trout Derby: Held the first weekend in April, this family-friendly festival celebrates the opening of trout season. Bring your prized trout to the American Legion to be measured, and awards will be given out at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in five categories: Men, Women, Girls, Boys and Small Fries. For more information, visit

Grifton Shad Festival: One of the state’s longest-running festivals, this annual event celebrates the river herring in Grifton, the Shad Capital of North Carolina. Held the second weekend of April, activities include a fishing contest, carnival rides, craft show, live music and more. Learn more at

N.C. Herring Festival: Celebrate the arrival of spring with friends, food and fun at the N.C. Herring Festival in Jamesville. This lively festival, held on Easter weekend, features a pancake breakfast, Easter egg hunt, a Saturday night street dance and sunset fireworks. Find out more at

Engelhard Seafood Festival: Seafood lovers can make their way to Engelhard for the annual Englehard Seafood Festival held the third weekend in May. The event offers carnival rides and games, crafts, historical displays, the Miss Seafood pageant and, of course, lots of fresh seafood. Find more information at

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