There are a lot of reasons we all live in Elizabeth City and the month of May is hands down one of them. Comfortably situated within an hour of the Outer Banks along the Intercoastal Waterway, and forty minutes from downtown Norfolk, VA, life in our small city offers all the amenities you could ask for, and more. And while you might be planning a trip to the beach, or to Virginia every once in a while, there is hardly any reason to leave our little slice of life here in Elizabeth City. We have festivals, live theatre, live music, art, history and even science.
In May, the big event is the North Carolina Potato Festival. This three-day festival is bigger and better than ever. Running May 15, 16 and 17, the downtown Elizabeth City waterfront and historic Main Street are closed to vehicle traffic and open for a whole lot of family fun. Families that live in the nearby historic neighborhoods simply walk to the waterfront for the festivities. But if you drive over from across town, parking is plentiful. Just get out of the car and get ready for a whole lot of midway rides and games, three stages with live music and a variety of entertainment, and a large selection of vendors and food. On Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. the fun begins with a DJ and live music at the main stage. Regional favorites Out 'n the Cold will perform their brand of bluegrass/popular music to celebrate the start of another great season of outdoor fun in Elizabeth City.
On Saturday night, after a day of rides, games, food and music, you can hang around for the street dance featuring The Breakfast Club. Day three at the festival is more fun, more music, more of everything that keeps people coming back each year. This year, by the way, the Potato Festival is celebrating the Coast Guard's 75th anniversary. We are home to one of the largest bases in the country and the men and women from the Coast Guard are our neighbors, friends and family, so to celebrate them this spud fest is dedicated to them. The weekend will feature free tours of a Coast Guard ship, search and rescue demonstrations and more.
For the rest of the month, activities include a golf tournament at The Pines Country Club, live music on Grouper's Deck overlooking the beautiful Pasquotank River and every Saturday you can enjoy the Downtown Waterfront Market at Mariners' Wharf Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They feature fresh produce from around the region, and a variety of other vendors. May only gets us started for the warm months. Keep an eye on this blog and we'll fill you in on even bigger happenings from food fests to a gathering of artists from across North Carolina and beyond.