May 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.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

9th Annual Edenton-Chowan Kiwanis 5K Race/Walk

Historic Edenton with its 18th Century Historic Buildings, Tree Lined Streets and Friendly Faces becomes the footprint for this year's event. Register at prior to the event.

The day of the event, registration takes place at the Historic Edenton State Historic Site, 108 North Broad Street.

The race is the primary funder for multiple yearly $1,000 scholarships for Holmes seniors as well as literacy and character enhancement programs at Chowan Elementary and middle schools. Detailed information and on-line registration at

Discount registration for Educators and First Responders Race day registration begins at 7:30 am at the Edenton State Historic site on North Broad Street, Paul Metzger is the contact.

7:30 am registration/9 am run/walk

Historic Edenton State Historic Site



Saturday, May 4, 2019

May Play Day

350th anniversary celebrating with Games, Entertainment, Great Food and Family Fun - BBQ Chicken Plates $9 3 - 6 pm, Kids Fishing Clinic - Free Rod & Reel Prizes, BB Gun Shooting Clinic & Contest and Optimist Club Train Rides. This event is sponsored by the Rocky Hock Ruritan Club

10 am - until

Rocky Hock Community Building



Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2019

Paddle, Pedal, Plod Triathlon

6th Annual Paddle, Pedal, Plod is a race through Historic Edenton and rural Chowan County. It can be run individually or as a 2-3 person relay team. It is organized by the Chowan/Edenton Optimist Club to raise money for the Devine Intervention Cancer Fund. The fund is named after Dr. Lei Devine, a founder of the Chowan/Edenton Optimist Club, who was lost to cancer a few years ago. The fund helps those in Chowan County who cannot afford their cancer treatments.

Friday, 5/17 - 5 - 7 pm Registration at Watermans Grill downtown Edenton

Saturday, 5/19 - 7 am - 8 am - Registration at Queen Anne Park

April 1st $50 and Team (3 person) through April 1st $75 with late registration and day of race additional $10.

3k Kayak; 20k Biking; 5k running/walk

This event can be followed by the 20th annual Edenton Music and Water Festival in Colonial Park with Music; Great Food; Boat Rides; Exhibits; and Arts and Crafts.

8:00 am Race with Paddle Portion

Queen Anne Park

$50 Individual/3 Man Team $75/add $10 per after April 1st



Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2019

21st Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival

Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 - 7:00 pm launching time from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation (with small deposit returned upon arrival) along with bringing your own for participation. Refreshments served on the water following the paddle while watching the sunset.

Saturday, the Wooden Boat Exhibit with handmade boats made by many of our local artisans, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and on the water.

Free Boat Rides, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors- something for everyone

6:30 - Friday and 10 am - 5 pm Saturday

Colonial Park - Edenton Bay

Free and Open to the Public



Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26, 2019

Double Trouble

RC Lasers and Star 45s will serve as the North American Championship for the RC Laser Class and will also be the Regional Championship for the Star 45 class.

please email Rick Furgusen

9 am - 5 pm

Penelope Barker House Welcome Center Lawn


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Student Art Show

Opening Exhibit of the Student Art Show and Reception - this show will run through the rest of May.

Join us in congratulating our talented students during the reception and the show can be seen daily at the Arts Council.

5:30 pm Reception and Daily 11 - 4 pm

Chowan Arts Council