August events in Edenton, North Carolina, and Chowan County.

The events are listed chronologically by the last day the event will be held. Please make sure to look at the whole list to see if an event is going on during the time you plan to visit.


Friday, August 3, 2018

17th Annual Shrimp by the Bay

Shrimp, fish and the many fixings that go along. A Silent Auction with some great items. Dinner will be served from 6:30 - 8:00 pm and entertainment will take place from 6:30 - 10:00 pm.

This event is sponsored by the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce!

6:30-10:00 PM

Wharf Landing Pier

$35 plus tax



Wednesday, August 1 - 4, 2018

Edenton Steamers 2018 Season

Coastal Plain League Wooden Baseball Play comes to an end with playoffs after the 4th of August. For the full schedule go to

7 pm

Historic Hicks Field



Tuesday, August 7, 2018

National Lighthouse Day - 350th Anniversary Celebration

This year's annual celebration of National Lighthouse Day is part of the 350th Anniversary of Chowan County, observances will be held at the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, here on the waterfront in Edenton. We invite you to celebrate with us and explore how the Riverlights kept those traveling by water safe. We will have the lighthouse open free to visitors 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Built in 1886, the fully restored Roanoke River Lighthouse now stands proudly in the harbor at Edenton, NC. The lighthouse first served as a guide for ships navigating the waters of the Albemarle Sound into the Roanoke River, and then, after being decommissioned in 1941, was moved by barge across the sound to private land, where it ultimately deteriorated as a neglected residence.

National Lighthouse Day, August 7th is an annual commemoration of the anniversary of the federal lighthouse establishment and a day to celebrate lighthouses and the commitment and service of those who tended America's lights for generations.

For the bicentennial of the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1989, the Society petitioned Congress to declare National Lighthouse Day on August 7, the date in 1789 that the Ninth Act of the First Congress, establishing federal control of lighthouses, was passed and signed by President George Washington. Sen. John H. Chaffee of Rhode Island sponsored the joint resolution, which was championed in the House by Rep. William J. Hughes of New Jersey, and the measure was signed by President Ronald Reagan as Public Law 100-622 on Nov. 5, 1988.

All lighthouse organizations across the country are encouraged to celebrate each August 7 as National Lighthouse Day or a date closest to that can work.

10:00 - 4:00 pm

Colonial Park - South Broad and West Water Streets



Saturday, August 11-12, 2018

Slumber by the Sound

A Family Campout on the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green.

Pack up the kids, camping gear, and snacks and join Historic Edenton State Historic Site for the first-ever Slumber by the Sound! It's a family camp out in downtown Edenton on the courthouse green.

Call to reserve your campsite and receive the itinerary from Natalie at 252-482-2637 or

Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ginski

3:00 - 6:00 pm Set up your tent

1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green

$30 per campsite - 5 person limit



Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Night Before the Lights

Meet the Team, Retail Promotions, ACES cheerleaders, Face Painting and more.........Destination Downtown Edenton invites you to join them before the John A. Holmes Football Team heads out on the field for a pep rally send-off.

4-6 pm

Downtown Edenton



Saturday, August 18, 2018

Celebrating Blackbeard: But Should We?

Join Historic Edenton State Historic Site for an engaging lecture to help celebrate the arrival of the Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit! Our lecturer is Dr. Charles Ewen from East Carolina University who will be speaking on the topic. "Celebrating Blackbeard: But Should We?"

10 - 11 am

1767 Chowan County Courthouse



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

220th Anniversary of James Wilson's Death

In celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Chowan County, Historic Edenton State Historic Sites will be commemorating the death of James Wilson. Wilson was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. In 1789, Wilson became one of the first Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Wilson's last and final years were marked by financial failure, imprisoned and fled to North Carolina where he visited his friend James Iredell, suffered malaria and then died of a stroke at age 55. Was buried in the Johnston cemetery on Hayes Plantation near Edenton but was reinterred in 1906 at Christ Churchyard, Philadelphia.

Join us for a short lecture given by our Research Historian Charles Boyette August 21 at 6:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Event located at the Historic Edenton Visitor's Center. Admission Free

6 pm

Historic Edenton Visitor Center



August 27, 2018

The Cupola House Speakers' Series

The Speakers' Series takes place the last Monday at the Library - stay tuned for the August speaker.

5 pm Reception/5:30 pm Speaker

Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library 2nd floor




Thursday, August 9 - 31, 2018

Chowan Arts Council Presents Lynn Nash

Join the Arts Council as they feature Artist, Lynn Nash.

The Opening Reception is open to the public on Thursday, August 9th at 5:30 pm and the exhibit will run through August 31st for everyone to enjoy

5:30 pm for Reception Gallery daily 11 am - 4 pm

Chowan Arts Council



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Queen Anne's Revenge August 1 - September 30

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard's adventures along the North Carolina coast, the place where he was ultimately brought to justice, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is showcasing a traveling exhibit that includes artifacts representing weaponry, nautical tools and personal items recovered from his wrecked flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR). Open at the Historic Sites' Visitor Center 108 N. Broad Street, Edenton, NC, Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

9 am - 5 pm

Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center, 108 N Broad Street