The Sunset Beach Paddle Fest is the only festival and competitive paddle event on the coast of North Carolina.
This year’s paddleboard and kayak competitions include an elite 9.5-mile course, 5.5-mile open course and a 1.9-mile fun paddle. New to the festival activities is a kayak and paddleboard fishing tournament with cash prizes.
The family friendly event features over 50 artisans and vendors, children’s games, activities, as well as a pet costume contest and pie baking contest.
A portion of contest proceeds are to benefit local charities, including Paws-Ability, Brunswick County Homeless Coalition and Sunset Beach Turtle Watch.
There will be lots of great food available at this year’s festival, including seafood prepared by Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant and Backstreet Café.
The festival’s music is headlined by Randy McQuay Trio beginning at 3:00pm with opening performer and local favorite Ashton Stanley, beginning at 12:30pm.
This year’s island and beach theme will inspire visitors to enter the Gilligan’s Island look-alike contest and limbo contest.
The popular Craft Beer Garden will be serving several craft beers from North Carolina’s Blind Squirrel Brewery.
Free admission, with parking and shuttle service provided by Sea Trail Resort & Conference Center.
The festival is held at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Park, located at 206 Sunset Boulevard N., Sunset Beach, NC 28468.
For more information and schedule details visit www.sunsetbeachpaddlefest.com.
The Sunset Beach Paddle Fest is an event run by the Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association. The SBBMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the town and businesses of Sunset Beach, North Carolina.