Don’t Miss the 38th Annual NC Festival by the Sea

Don't Miss the 38th Annual NC Festival by the Sea

If you are planning on coming and visiting Holden Beach this fall, then you don’t want to miss the 38th Annual North Carolina Festival by the Sea. This is held every year in late October in Holden Beach, NC. Staying in one of our pet-friendly vacation rentals  will keep you close to where the fun and activities are being held. This year the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th.

This event is held by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association and is a 2 day event that you and your family can enjoy. Not only will you get enjoy a parade on Saturday to start out the festival. And what a better way to experience the festival than to walk across the bridge to Holden Beach. This event has free admission and free parking.

Let the Fun Begin

Don't Miss the 38th Annual NC Festival by the Sea

Just besides the parade, you and your family can enjoy so many different things happening during the festival. If you have children, there will be a children’s area that is just for them like face painting or crafts. Not only will there be something there for the kids, but there is something for everyone. And if you want to hear live music there will be plenty of that for you to enjoy. food will be amazing and there will be over 100 Arts and Crafts Vendors for you to shop from. If you have someone on your Christmas list that likes unique gifts, then this is the event for you to attend. Get handmade gifts for those special people in your life.

Don't Miss the 38th Annual NC Festival by the Sea

And just when you didn’t think you could have any more fun, there will be enough things for you to do during the weekend. If you are still searching for that perfect vacation rental for your vacation or getaway, allow us at Brunswickland Realty to help you with your search! We hope that you will make coming to this event and Holden Beach a yearly vacation!

Local Activities Around Brunswick County

With spring here and Easter rapidly approaching there’s plenty of local activities taking place around Brunswick County. If you’re making plans to visit the area and are seeking information on where to stay, give us a call at Brunswickland Realty, 800-842-6949.

We’ll give you the specifics on what’s going on in the area over the next few weeks. Be sure to come out and take part in as many events as you can to support the local residents and businesses.

What's Going on Around Here

First 2000 Days 5K

Come out and support Smart Start of Brunswick County with this 5k run/walk on March 21 from 8-10 a.m.. There will also be a 1 mile fun run/walk. Runners, walkers, families, teachers and students are all invited to join. Group rates available. Free caps, prizes, and children’s awards. For race details and to register online go to or contact Smart Start of Brunswick County at 910-754-3166. Location: Lowes Foods at Brunswick Forest, 1152 East Cutler Crossing, The Villages at Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC.

What's Going on Around Here

Calabash Easter Egg Hunt

Calling all children! On Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Town of Calabash will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Meet the Easter bunny! Parents should bring their cameras! Children should bring their own baskets. There will also be children’s games and crafts. Locdation: 868 Persimmon Road, Calabash, NC.

What's Going on Around Here

Sea Notes Sings the 60’s

The Sea Notes Choral Society will hold its 2015 Spring Concert from March 27-29, 2015. The singers will sing “Songs from the 60s”. The chorus will be directed by Susan Linton with Jane Boberg accompanying. The free concert will be held at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Caswell Beach/Oak Island and three performances are scheduled. The first performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27. There is an extra matinee on Saturday, March 28 in celebration of “Friends of Sea Notes.”  Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 will both be Matinees at 3:00 pm. Concerts are free to the public. Donations are welcomed as Sea Notes is a nonprofit organization. For more information go to or call 910-620-6275.

Spring Art Show in Southport

The Annual Southport Spring Art Show that takes place each year is a sure sign of spring that just about everyone looks forward to. Artists from throughout southeastern North Carolina will display their latest paintings, pottery, and sculpture from March 2 through March 21, 2015 at the Franklin Square Gallery.

Spring Art Show in Southport

Guest artists from throughout the region will unveil their latest paintings and pottery as they join the Associated Artists of Southport. The show opens on March 2 and runs three weeks until March 21. Over $1500 in prizes and awards will be presented at the evening reception, part of Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk, on March 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Many of the artists participating are long-time area professionals that are introducing the latest additions to their body of work. New artists just arriving in the area will be showing here for the first time. Many of the students from the gallery’s painting, watercolor, and figure drawing classes use this as their first major exhibition.

Spring Art Show in Southport

Professional painter Susan Mauney notes, “This show is a good one for people in the community because it’s open to all and it gives talented beginning artists a chance to hang their work.” Mauney is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and this is the first local showing of her painting “Shell Game,” a soft, abstracted piece with layers of granulating watercolors that bring a lot of texture to the surface.

Spring Art Show in Southport

This is also the first competitive show for member Susan Dade’s “Old Yacht Basin,” part of a series depicting the changing light of this marina at morning, noon, and evening. Award-winning acrylic painter from Holden Beach, Greta Swaim, will bring two of her newest linear expressionist abstract paintings.

This diverse group of painters and ceramic artists bring a range of style, techniques, and creative vision to the exhibition this year. Painters focus on local scenery, still life, a variety of cultures, and scenes from their travels. Ceramic artists will be displaying large decorative pieces, hand-built clay creations that stretch the imagination, as well as functional platters, bowls, and vases.

Spring Art Show in Southport

      The show will be judged by Skip Lawrence for two-dimensional work, and Brian Evans for three-dimensional. Lawrence is a well-known and versatile artist and instructor from Maryland who is known for his painting workshops from Springmaid in Myrtle Beach to locations in Maine. Award-winning potter Brian Evans, owner of Evans Pottery in Wilmington, has taught at Cape Fear Community College and is a founding member and past officer of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.

In addition to the work presented in the Spring Show, the Associated Artists also offer an additional selection of paintings and pottery for everyday use, reproductions, matted originals, note cards, and ceramic gift items on display in the gallery.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Admission to the gallery and this event is free. The public is invited to meet the artists and judges at the evening reception on March 6, part of Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Super Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching we have some super suggestions on ways for you and your valentine(s) to have a really extra special holiday this year. Put these ideas into practice and they will leave a lasting impression on someone if not everyone you love. Just imagine the thrill of discovering you’re being treated to a holiday beach vacation for Valentine’s Day. If you want to impress someone this is a great way to do it!

Super Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

Many people come here to enjoy beach vacations every year but they usually wait until the heat of summer arrives and the kids are out of school. Try something special this year and come during the off-season when rates are low and the beaches are relatively vacant. You’ll like the change of having the beachfront to yourselves.

Many restaurants in the area will have special meals and rates for the holiday. You and your valentine can enjoy a lovely dinner out if that’s what you want to do. If so, call to make your reservation now. You can add the Bam! factor to dinner when you opt for a candlelit dinner at home that you’ve made yourself or had catered in. Decorate your vacation rental in pink and reds and have live flowers and paper hearts strewn about. If you have children along, they’ll love to participate in this.


Super Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

When it’s just the two of you coming, you can’t go wrong with choosing from any of our beachfront accommodations. Each year we put the fun and comfort in many people’s beach vacations. So when you’re thinking about where to dine on Valentine’s Day consider a romantic beachfront candlelit picnic or a dinner theatre at the Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations, Dixie Stampede or the Alabama Theatre across the nearby border in SC. Again, be sure to make your reservations now as they may fill up quickly.

Beach vacations and their accommodations are what we know well. Give us a call at 800-842-6949 when you’re ready to book your accommodations. We’d be happy to help!


NC Festival by the Sea at Holden Beach NC

One of the most popular of the local events, the Holden Beach Festival By The Sea, is taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, beginning with a parade down the Holden Beach NC causeway. There will be free admission and free parking during both days of this year’s festival.


Holden Beach Festival By The Sea


This annual event features an in-shore fishing tournament, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, hot air balloon rides, a sand castle building contest and a horseshoe tournament. The arts and crafts vendors will be open for shoppers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Children will enjoy special activities just for them including face painting, kite flying, Home Depot workshop for kids and other amusements. There will be live musical performances both days in the pavilion at Holden Beach.

Following is the schedule for this year’s Festival by the Sea:

Saturday, October 25 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7:30 a.m. In-Shore Fishing Tournament
Captain’s meeting will be Friday night.

10 a.m. Parade
Holden Beach Bridge will close at 9:30 a.m. and open after the parade. Parade Grand Marshall for 2014 is CC Martin, a local county music singer and songwriter from Shallotte, NC.

10 a.m. to 12:30 Brickhouse Band

11:30 a.m. Horseshoe Tournament Registration
Location: Mermaid Island Bar and Grill

1:30 to 4:00 p.m. CC Martin Performs

2 p.m. Sand Sculptures Judging Begins
You may begin your sand sculpture any time Saturday morning. The contest will be held at the public beach access across from Jordan Blvd. Please check the Holden Beach tide tables for tide times and plan accordingly.

11:30 a.m. Car & Motorcycle Show Registration
You are welcome to come early and be in the parade or just come afterwards.

11:30 a.m. Re/Max Hot Air Balloon Rides
On Blockade Runner, weather permitting.


The Catalinas performing at North Carolina Festival by the Sea


7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Street Dance
The Catalinas (shown above) will be performing at the Beach Mart Parking Lot. Bring your chairs and your dancing shoes! Free parking. No admission fee.

Sunday, October 26 – 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8:00 a.m. Church Service
Service by Pastor Tom Johnson of Harvest Fellowship. Music by Laura Lee and Harley Lytton

10 a.m. to 12 noon Morris Cardenas Band Performs

12 noon Corn Hole Tournament
To be held on festival grounds

1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Gary Lowder & Smoking Hot Performs

1:00 p.m. Children’s Costume Contest
To be held in the children’s area.

2:00 p.m. Womanless Beauty Pageant – Tips and Assets
All tips collected will go to Wounded Warriors.


The Festival by the Sea is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. A mission of charity and local promotion, the Greater Holden Beach Merchant Association was formed over 30 years ago to promote local businesses and tourism.

Holden Beach Sea Turtles Have Hatched

The Holden Beach turtle watch program has been in existence since 1989. Their sole responsibility is to monitor and protect the sea turtle population on Holden Beach, North Carolina. This nonprofit conservation organization is made up of all volunteers and operates under the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. There are presently 65 members. Members of the program were excited to announce the first nest of the year was laid on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Holden Beach. There were a total of 157 Loggerhead eggs and the nest was relocated. They watch for hatchlings beginning on or about July 9. The area is roped off with yellow tape to protect the nest so steer clear if you see it. The yellow color means the nest was laid in May. For the next 55-70 days of incubation, the nest will be monitored by program volunteers until hatching. At that time, Turtle Patrol members account for each hatchling or non-fertile egg and insure that the baby turtles make it safely into the ocean. This process is repeated with every nest.


holden beach turtles hatched

Did you know?

  • Sea Turtles predate dinosaurs and have existed for over 200 million years.
  • There are 8 species of Sea Turtles. 5 visit North Carolina: The Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Green (green sea turtle) and Leatherback.
  • Mature Loggerhead Turtles weigh up to 400 pounds!
  • There are typically 100-125 eggs in each nest.
  • A fine of up to $100,000 and or 1 year in prison is the penalty for harassing a Sea Turtle or disturbing its nest.

How you can help

  • Turn off all lights that face the ocean before retiring at night including carports. If staying up late, close all blinds and draperies in oceanfront rooms between May 1 and October 31.
  • Fill in any large sand holes you dig before nightfall, they could trap a turtle, cause a night or early morning beach walker to fall and possibly break a leg or cause an accident to Turtle Patrol ATV riders in the early morning.
  • Call 910-754-0766 to report mother turtles laying nests, injured or stranded turtles, unattended hatchlings, disturbed nests or harassment of a sea turtle. Please use this number only for turtle emergencies.
  • Pick up any trash, especially plastic, from the beach. Do not release balloons on the beach. These items look like jellyfish to sea turtles.

To learn more about the Holden Beach turtle watch program visit their website and consider becoming a volunteer.

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Holden Beach

Memorial Day savings

Although the weather has been gorgeous for some time now, the official start isn’t for a few weeks. Why not pack up and get away to Holden Beach for Memorial Day to kick off your summer the right way. Can’t spend a whole week here? That’s okay too! Although you can only book for a full week on our website, we accept last minute nightly bookings 2 weeks prior to arrival date, and prices start at just $106/night plus tax and fees.  A 3 night minimum is required for all homes. Please feel free to give our reservationists a call at 800-842-6949 or browse our website for availability.

If you find a property you like and are wondering if they will accept a long weekend, please either fill out the contact form on the page or give us a call at 800-842-6949

Days at the Docks Festival

One of the biggest events in the Brunswick Islands is coming up later this month. The Days at the Docks Festival will be held on Jordan Blvd., under the Holden Beach Bridge on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Days at the DocksCome help the North Carolina locals and visitors officially kick off the start of the vacation season! This festival has plenty of arts and crafts vendors to browse through and lots of tasty food to try. If you enjoy dancing you’ll like knowing there will be live music and other entertainment. Bands performing will be Fat Jack Band, Legree Graham Band, and The Fabulous Daddy O’s. There will also be a horseshoe tournament and the very popular “Bopple Race.”

There’s a children’s area that will be set up for kids on both days that include a Home Depot workshop, The Almost Amazing A with his Awesome Balloons, Miss Jenn’s Face Painting, Harvest Fellowship and an assortment of new games along with prizes, too! Free admission and free parking for Days at the Docks 2014!

Saturday, April 26
9:30-12 p.m. Fat Jack Band will perform
9 a.m. Registration begins for Cardboard Box Paddle Race
12-2 p.m. WWZZ Live Broadcast
1 p.m. Cardboard Box Paddle Race Begins
1:30-4 p.m. Legree Graham Band performs
6 p.m. Street Dance with The Fabulous Daddy O’s performing at the Holden Beach Pavillion. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes!
Sunday, April 27
8 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Motorcycle and Car Show
10-12 p.m. Parkton UNC Praise Band
12 Noon Rock the Dock Singing Competition
1- 3 p.m. Pantastic Steel
3 p.m. Bopple Race
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Closing Announcements

Bopple sales will be held up until race time at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Price is $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00 or a full sheet for $35.00. There will be three $100 winners and you do not need to be present to win. "A bopple is an apple boat that is assigned a number and dropped into the Intracoastal Waterway from atop the bridge by the mayor and commissioners," says the Insiders' Guide to North Carolina. "The bopples that pass the finish line first and second earn prizes for their owners."?

If you’re looking for comfortable accommodations where you can stay over the weekend, give Brunswickland Realty a call at 800-842-6949 or reach us through the Contact Page on our website. We have plenty of affordable vacation rentals that you’re sure to love!

Holden Beach Spring Activities

With winter weather hitting most of the country very drastically this year, it might be hard to believe that there is an end in site. But spring is coming, and it’s just a few weeks away! We have had an unusual year here in Holden Beach, experience snow and ice a few times, which is a rarity around here. It’s finally thawing out, and we’re hoping to have 70 degree weather right around the corner! While you’re stuck at home, why not start planning a spring vacation to Holden Beach? The family friendly atmosphere of Holden Beach, North Carolina is the perfect place to take the kids this years when they’re off for Easter Break.  Below are some ideas of things to do this spring;

•    April 20th- Don’t miss the sunrise Easter service at the Holden Beach Pier
•    April 26th- Check out the annual Days at the Docks festival in Holden Beach
•    Love to fish? Why not let a professional angler take you out on a fishing charter? Visit for more information
•    Spring is the perfect time to golf! With many courses with in a few miles, you can take a break from the sand, and hit the green! Check out or ask us about our favorite courses!
•    Visit for some old fashion candy and fun!

If you have any questions, call our friendly reservation staff at 800-842-6949.  Here at Brunswickland Realty, it’s all about the beach. We want to help you make memories of a lifetime this spring!

Plenty to Do Around Holden Beach

There’s never a lack of things to do when you live at the beach, especially in any of the Holden Beach NC real estate that are just ready and waiting to be your next home. Give us a call at Brunswickland Realty if you’d like to take a closer look at any of the Holden Beach NC real estate you’ve seen on our website. We’d be happy to show you around!

Holden Beach NC real estateDays at the Docks is the Holden Beach way to kick off Spring and start the vacation season. This event is held April 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the bridge at Holden Beach, NC. Over 30 arts & crafts vendors and a dozen food vendors set up for a full day of fun. In addition to the food and crafts, enjoy live music and entertainment, a king mackerel fishing tournament, a horseshoe tournament and the world famous "Bopple Race" will be held. There will be lots of activities for the entire family! For more information call 910-842-3828.

Come out and enjoy Wine Fest 2013 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, April 27. The event lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Join us for a fun evening of food, live and silent auctions, and many delectable wines to taste. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased now at any of these locations: Ingram Planetarium, Museum of Coastal Carolina, Sunset River Marketplace, and Victoria’s Ragpatch (Ocean Isle location only). Your ticket purchase will help support two great local facilities, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

Holden Beach NC real estateIn conjunction with Wine Fest 2013, the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation and the Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society are sponsoring an Amateur Wine Competition. Enter your wine for a chance to win gold, silver, or bronze medals in various categories. Your wine must be at the Museum of Coastal Carolina by April 17, 2013.

The image shown (left) is a new acrylic work by Sunset Beach artist Liz Roberts that has been selected for promoting the festival. Roberts’ bold and colorful art is inspired by her world travels, interesting music, dance, and the beauty of coastal Carolina. You will see this painting on Wine Fest posters and billboards. The original painting will be auctioned off at a live auction during the festival.