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 2, 2019

18th 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 7, 2019

National Lighthouse Day

This year's annual celebration of National Lighthouse Day 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 10-11, 2019

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



Saturday, August 24, 2019

African American History Tour

Historic Edenton State Historic Site features at 3 pm an African American History Tour - a great way to explore Edenton and Chowan County's rich history.

3:00 pm

Historic Edenton Visitor Center