Autumn with Topsail

Goodbye summer, hello autumn! Though we’re sad to see the summer fade, we’re equally excited to welcome the fall season here on Topsail Island on North Carolina’s Treasure Coast. Think vibrant colors, diminished humidity, fall fishing, quiet shores and autumn festivals. What’s not to love?

Autumn with Topsail

Spending your autumn with Topsail means plenty of salty sea breezes for you to enjoy, stunning coastal sunrises and sunsets, and some good ol’ Southern R&R. If you haven’t tried a Topsail Island vacation in autumn, you’re definitely missing out.

What else can you expect during the fall season here? Well, the beaches are still beautiful and even less crowded than during the summer months. The water is a bit cooler but still perfect for wading. The surf and pier fishing are spectacular. You can even drive on the beach (just be sure to check each town’s rules and regs, permissible dates and permit info).

Autumn with Topsail is not only a vacation destination this time of year, it’s a popular local event. If you’re wondering what we’re talking about, then you probably haven’t been to the annual fall festival appropriately namedyou guessed itAutumn With Topsail. That also means you need to see what it’s all about this year.

Autumn With Topsail happens the third week in October each year at the festival grounds across from the historic, soundfront Assembly Building on Channel Boulevard. It’s a beach festival, a music festival, an arts and crafts festival, and a fall celebration all rolled into one.

Come early for breakfast and stay on into the evening during this two-day festival. Peruse some of the finest handcrafted wares by talented artists and crafters while you sample the delicious festival fare from the open-air food court. It's a great place to get a head start on your holiday shopping and pick up that unique gift for someone special. Splurge on yourself, too.

Take a break from shopping and stop by the beer and wine tents for a refreshing adult beverage or two. The children’s area offers fun for all ages including rides, inflatables, touch tanks, boat rides and more. You can expect some of the best local and regional performers to hit the stage, so you might want to consider bringing your dancing shoes. Or, your favorite flip flops will do.

Whether you're here on Topsail Island to bask on our shores, to get away from it all for awhile, or to explore our seaside towns and local festivals, you'll find plenty of things to do during your stay. Spending some of the autumn season with Topsail is a thing of beauty. It's relaxing. It's inviting. It's tranquil. It's lovely. Won't you join us?

What are a few of your favorite things about Topsail Island in the fall?

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