Fall Festival Spotlight: Autumn With Topsail

Autumn with Topsail

Autumn in Topsail wouldn't be the same without the Autumn With Topsail fall festival. Held annually in October since 1988, this locally loved event is a highlight of the season for both residents and vacationers alike.

The two-day arts, food and music festival is slated for Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 on the grounds of the Assembly Building and the Missiles and More Museum in south Topsail.

Ready to learn more about Autumn With Topsail? Check out our fall festival spotlight for everything you need to know about the event. Then mark your calendar and get your tickets!

For the Arts Lovers

If you love roaming festivals in search of a new painting to grace your walls, that perfect piece of pottery to add to your collection, or a coastal piece to take home with you as a memoir of your time in Topsail, you'll love the arts and crafts court. Autumn With Topsail showcases some of the best local and regional fine artists and craftsmen all in one place. There's a little bit of everything here from paintings and pottery to wood carvings, jewelry and clothing. Each and every piece is unique and reflective of this region of North Carolina.

Autumn With Topsail features a juried arts and crafts court with over 100 artists represented on the grounds. Shop for yourself, or think ahead to the upcoming holiday season and start your gift shopping now.

For the Food LoversAutumn With Topsail Festival food

Ah, yes. There's nothing like festival food! Come hungry and get your fill of your favorite fair fare. Barbecue, gyros, funnel cake, ribs, and so much more are here to tempt your palate. Of course there's a nice selection of beer and wine, too. Indulge!

Start each morning of the festival off right with a delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of the Kiwanis. Head inside to the Assembly Building for a hearty breakfask and then head out to the festival. The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is offered on Saturday from 7:30-10a.m. and Sunday from 8-10a.m.

For the Music Lovers

Autumn With Topsail always has an amazing musical lineup each and ever year, and 2015 is no different. Saturday features the Jason Lee McKinney Band from 12 noon to 3p.m and the North Tower Band from 5-8p.m. Sunday spotlights one of the Southeast's best with the Band of Oz performing from 1-4p.m.

Click here for video highlights of each of the bands performing this year at Autumn With Topsail.

For the History Lovers

You may wonder what history has to do with this festival. A lot! Proceeds from the Autumn With Topsail benefit the historic Assembly Building, which houses the Missiles and More Museum, and its maintenance.

The Missiles and More Museum came to life when a group of citizens were concerned for the future of the historical Assembly Building. The building was constructed in 1946 and was used by the government to assemble missiles for a secret missile operation, "Operation Bumblebee", being conducted on Topsail Island. So the citizens began to pursue their goal to preserve the building. Thus it was decided that the Assembly Building would be the perfect place to have the Missiles and More Museum. The late Betty Polzer´┐Żs dream was to promote the history of Topsail Island. Through hard work and dedication, her dream was finally realized and the Missiles and more Museum opened for all to enjoy in 1995.

For the Kids

Let's not forget about the kids and kids-at-heart. There are a lot of fun and entertaining options at the festival for the younger ones including inflatables, rides, games, touch tanks, face painting and colorful hair spraying, jewelry making, arts, magic and more. Bring your family, bring your friends!

And More

What else do you need to know about Autumn With Topsail? Just a few more things. Topsail Island Beach Vacation Rentals
  • Festival admission is only $5 for a day, $8 for both days.
  • Children ages 11 and under are admitted for free.
  • Active military are admitted for free (bring ID).
  • Need a place to stay on Topsail Island? Click here.
  • Want some more reasons to plan a vacation on Topsail Island during autumn? Read this.

We hope this fall festival spotlight on the Autumn With Topsail event is helpful, informative and motivating! We'd love to see you there. Will we?

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