Croaker Festival Guide


When It’s All Happening

Croakerfest 2017 is Friday June 30 – Sunday July 2. Saturday July 1 is the big day (parade, fireworks)…

Croaker Festival Schedule


Friday 9:00a: Vendor booths are open to the public.

Friday 2:00p: Croaker Festival Information booth is open for info & t-shirts.

Friday 3-4:30p: Drop off pies, cakes, and other baked edibles for the Baking Contest. Entries accepted behind the Croaker booth.

Friday 4:00p: Lou Mac Park plays host to the Croaker Festival Opening Ceremonies. Live music from The Pamlico Chorale and The Pamlico Community Band.

Friday 4:45p: Judges begin sampling entries for the Baking Contest. May the best sweet and/or savory entrant win.

Friday 6:00p: Two pageants: first for the Minnows and then for the Croaker Queen.

Friday 7:00p: The winners of the Baking Contest are announced.

Friday 7:30p: Jill and The Authentics take the Main Stage.


Saturday 8:30a: Vendor booths are open.

Saturday 9:00a: Parade participants gather and get in line on Ragan Rd.

Saturday 10:00a: The Parade begins.

Saturday 10:00a: Registration for the Croakerfest Regatta, courtesy of the Oriental Dinghy Club, opens at the Midyette Wildlife Ramp.

Saturday 11:00a: High Street hosts the Heartworks Kid’s Carnival. More live music on the Main Stage courtesy of the Marine Corps Band.

Saturday 11:30a: Skipper’s Meeting for the Croakerfest Regatta at the Midyette Wildlife Ramp.

Saturday 11:45a: The Kid’s Park at Mildred Street opens. Admission is free.

Saturday 12:00p: The winners of the Parade are announced on the Main Stage followed by music from Saltwater Acoustics.

Saturday 1:00p: Ken Belangia plays on the Main Stage.

Saturday 1:00p: The Croakerfest Regatta Race begins.

Saturday 2:00p: The Children’s Coloring Contest Winners are announced.

Saturday 3:00p: The Bridge closes to all traffic.

Saturday 4:00p: Live Music from The Casuals on the Main Stage.

Saturday 5:00p:The Heartworks Kid’s Carnival closes.

Saturday 6:00p: Zumba Demonstration on the Main Stage, and Vendor booths close for the day.

Saturday 7-9:15p The Masters of Soul Motown Review and Dance Band on the main stage.

Saturday 9:45p: Fireworks over the harbor. It’s a big show…

Saturday 11:00p: The Bridge reopens.

Sunday 10:00a: Community Church Service at Lou Mac Park. All are welcome.

Cool Stuff
Croaker Festival Fun Facts Ya Gotta Know...

The Cherry Point Marine Corp Band plays around. They played in New Orleans in February 2017, and lead the 2017 Croaker Festival Parade.

Marine Band

The hand built wooden vessel Frances Mae will be trailered in the parade with the parade Grand Marshalls aboard - Ben & Zach Bruno

Frances Mae

This is the 37th Croaker Festival in Oriental. A collection of Croakerfest t-shirts is at the Oriental History Museum on Broad Street.

Croakerfest T-shirts

The "semi-marching" Kazoo band The Kazooligans will be making their third Croakerfest appearance.