GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Another sign of a return to normal in Eastern North Carolina is a return to the number of festivals in and around Eastern North Carolina.

From pickles to watermelon, boats, arts, BBQ and so much more, ENC is filled with all kinds of festivals and events to check out. With the coronavirus pandemic (hopefully) on its way out, what better opportunity to celebrate a return to some sort of normal by checking out these many places.

So … Let’s Go Out!

We’re starting a new feature that takes a look at all of these festivals in the WNCT coverage area. Digital reporter Emily Cervarich and digital content producer Kimberly Wooten will take a look at these festivals listed below and interview some of the people who are helping make it all happen. We’ll also have links you can check out with more information for each festival.

What’s Happenin’ in ENC this weekend

We’ve tried very hard to make sure we’ve got every traditional festival or related event on this calendar. However, there’s always a chance we missed something. If so, let us know at newsdesk@wnct.com. We’ll be glad to add it. Be sure to include links to the event, whether it be through a website or Facebook page.

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WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE

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May

North Carolina Fossil Festival, Aurora, May 28-29

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June

Ocrafolk Music & Storytelling Festival, Ocracoke, June 3-5

NC Black Bear Festival, Plymouth, June 4-5

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Washington Summer Festival, June 10-11

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival, June 11

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NC Blueberry Festival, Burgaw, June 17-18

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July

42nd annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival, Oriental, July 1-2

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Happening later this year

Ocracoke Fig Festival, Aug. 4-6

2022 Winterville Watermelon Festival, Aug. 25-27

Ayden Collard Festival, Sept. 9-10

Beaufort Pirate Invasion 2022, Sept. 23-25

Havelock Chili Festival, Sept. 24

2022 NC Muscadine Festival, Kenansville, Sept. 24

North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead City, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

MumFest, New Bern, Oct. 8-9

Mullet Festival, Swansboro, Oct. 8-9

Smoke on the Water, Washington, Oct. 21-22

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, Ocracoke, Oct. 28-29

Carolina Kite Fest, Atlantic Beach, Oct. 29-30

NC Poultry Jubilee, Nov. 4-5, Rose Hill

North Carolina Whirligig Festival, Wilson, Nov. 5-6

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Contact us at newsdesk@wnct.com if you have a traditional festival or event going on that you’d like to share with us.