2019 Croaker Festival Guide


When It’s All Happening

Croakerfest 2019 is Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30. Saturday, June 29 is the big day (parade, fireworks)…

Croaker Festival Schedule


Friday 7:00a: South St becomes one way from Hodges to 1st Ave.

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

Friday 12:00p: South St closes to through traffic. Pedestrians only.

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: The Baking Contest begins and the Judges start eating. May the best sweet and/or savory entrant win.

Friday 6:00p: Two pageants: Miss Minnow and the Croaker Queen.

Friday 7:00p: Baking Contest winners are announced.

Friday 7:30p: The Bryan Mayer Band play the Main Stage. Dancing in the streets is highly encouraged.


Saturday 8:30a: Vendor booths are open.

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

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 10:00a: 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: Parade winners announced on the Main Stage followed with music from Moores Creek Bluegrass.

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

Saturday 1:10p: The River Ratz play the Main Stage.

Saturday 2:40p: Brant Island Strings play the Main Stage.

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

Saturday 4:00p: Shannen Grace plays the Main Stage.

Saturday 5:00p: Ken Belangia plays the Main Stage.

Saturday 6:00p: Vendor booths and the Heartworks Kid’s Carnival close for the day.

Saturday 6:50p: Quilt Raffle Drawing and Children’s Coloring Contest Winners announced.

Saturday 7-9:15p The Embers featuring Craig Woolard play the Main Stage.

Saturday 9:30p: Fireworks over the harbor. It’s a big show…

Saturday 10:00p: Streets reopen.

Saturday 11:00p: The Bridge reopens.


Sunday 8:00a: Deadline for all vendor booths to be cleared and trash removed.

Sunday 9:30a: Community Church Service at Lou Mac Park. All are welcome.


Monday 8:00a: Registration opens for the 2nd Annual Croaker Festival Golf Tournament, at the Minnesott Beach Golf & Country Club.

Monday 9:00a: Tournament Shotgun Start at Minnesott Golf & Country Club

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