2022 Croaker Festival Guide


When It’s All Happening

Croaker Festival is Friday, July 1 – Saturday July 2. The Parade is Saturday at 10a, Fireworks are Saturday night at 9:30p.

Croaker Festival Schedule


Friday 7:00a: South Ave. becomes one way

Friday 8:00a: Vendor set up starts

Friday 9:00a: Vendors booth are open

Friday Noon: South Ave. closes at the Festival Grounds

Friday 3 – 4:30p: Drop off your baked goods for the Baking Contest – behind the Croaker Booth

Friday 4:00p: Opening Ceremonies @ Lou Mac Park for the 42nd Annual Croaker Festival

Friday 4:00p: Pamlico Chorale & Pamlico Community Band

Friday 4:45p: Baking Contest Judging Begins

Friday 6:00p: Miss Minnow Pageant

Friday 6:30p: Croaker Queen Pageant

Friday 7:00p: Baking Contest Winners Announced

Friday 7:00p: Barefoot Wade plays at the Tiki Bar

Friday 7:30p: Dancing in Street: Southern Hellcats perform


Saturday 8:15a: South Ave. closes at the Festival Grounds

Saturday 8:30a: Vendor booths open

Saturday 9:00a:Check in for the CroakerFest Regatta at Bow to Stern

Saturday 9:00a: Croakerfest Regatta Skipper’s meeting at Bow To Stern. (With time to see the parade after.)

Saturday 9:00a: In the parade? The line begins at Ragan Rd. Ragan Rd closes to vehicle traffic.

Saturday 9:00a: Streets close to vehicle traffic – pedestrians only on Hodges St, down Wall St to South Ave for the parade.

Saturday 10:00a: The Parade begins, leaving from Ragan Rd, heading down Broad St, to snake along Hodges and down to South Ave, eventually ending back at Ragan Rd.

Saturday 10:30a: Broad Street reopens immediately after the parade – Hodges Street down Wall Street to South Ave remains closed.

Saturday 11:00a: Marine Corps Band play on the Riverfront Stage by Lou Mac Park.

Saturday 11:00a: Croakerfest Regatta – first gun. The race can be viewed from Lou Mac Park.

Saturday 11:45a: Kid’s Park opens on Mildred Street

Saturday Noon: Parade Winners announced on the Main Stage

Saturday Noon: Hoff & Finch play the Main Stage.

Saturday 1:00p: Gary Dudley & The Maxxtone play the Main Stage

Saturday 3:00p: Bridge Closes for Fireworks Traffic will have to take the long way around

Saturday 4:00p: Rick &Jenna Huff play the Main Stage

Saturday 4:00p: Big Jim Kohler plays the Main Stage

Saturday 6:00p: Vendor booths & The Kid’s Park close

Saturday 6:50p: Coloring Contest Winners Announced

Saturday 7 – 9:15p: Dancing in the Streets: Cooper Greer performs

Saturday 8:00p: Southern Hellcats play at the Tiki Bar

Saturday 9:30p: Fireworks from the Oriental Bridge

Saturday 10:00p: Streets and bridge reopen


Sunday 8:00a:All Vendor booths and trash must be removed

Sunday 9:30a:Community Church Services 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 Oriental in July 2017 & 2018 - they return for the 2019 Croaker Festival Parade. They also play the Main Stage Saturday.

Marine Band

Saturday night, fireworks light up the sky over Oriental. The fireworks launch from the bridge.


Sunfish, FJ, and 420 class sailboats race on the Neuse. It’s the Croaker Fest Regatta Saturday starting at 11a.

Croakerfest Regatta

The second annual Croaker Festival Golf Tournament happens Monday at Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

Golf Tourney