Experience everything the fall season has to offer and much more by setting sail to Bald Head Island. Once you cross the Cape Fear River, there's no turning back from the fun and festivities that await you on this island sanctuary. There are plenty of things to do on Bald Head Island this fall, from early October through late November, so check out these seasonal events and plan your fall trip accordingly! 

Roast and Toast on the Coast of Bald Head Island in October

If you’re up for exploring local culture and delicious food, then the Roast and Toast on the Coast festival is for you! This three-day island festival runs Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, and opens with an oyster roast on Friday evening. You’ll enjoy live music, beer and wine tastings, and the best of Southern food and Southern living, island-style.

Historic Happy Hour

Looking for a thrilling lighthouse adventure this fall? Nothing can be merrier than the Historic Happy Hour at the Old Baldy Lighthouse grounds where island history is combined with a wine-and-beer happy hour. This curated tour of the Smith Island Museum of History explores a different topic of Bald Head Island history each month. Don’t hesitate to make plans because space is limited! Reserve your place in island history this fall on Wednesday, October 17 and Wednesday, November 14; both happy hours run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Howl At The Moon

What may sound like the title for a scary werewolf film is actually an invitation to a not-so-scary island tradition sponsored by the Maritime Market each month. You can join the islanders at Beach Access 39 for the Howl at the Moon beach party, called “The Howl” by locals. Bring your favorite drinks and appetizers to share at the bonfire and let out your best howl with everyone in unison as the moon rises into the night sky. Upcoming party dates this fall are scheduled for Saturday, October 24 and Friday, November 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Halloween Events on Bald Head Island

Head over to Bald Head Island with the family for a day-trip of ghoulish delights this fall. Annual Halloween activities on the island include a pumpkin carving contest, trick-or-treat trail, and an island hay ride by moonlight that's sure to be spooky!

Thanksgiving Brunch at the Bald Head Island Club

If you want a break from making Thanksgiving dinner, you can enjoy a delicious brunch at the Bald Head Island Club Thursday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The spectacular fall buffet menu features the traditional mouth-watering favorites along with seasonal trimmings at the carving station. Make your reservation early before seating is all gobbled up!

Turtle Trot

This run-at-your-own-pace 5K island Turtle Trot race will challenge you to keep in shape for a good cause, the island's Sea Turtle Protection Program. Sponsored by the Bald Head Island Conservancy, proceeds from the Turtle Trot race help nesting and injured turtles survive and thrive along the shorelines. Scheduled for November 24, 2018, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the race starts at 9:30 a.m. 

If you're planning a fall getaway in Bald Head Island, you'll definitely want to settle in at Marsh Harbour Inn. This coastal inn boasts beautiful views of the marina, making for a perfect fall day on the water. Staying at Marsh Harbor Inn also grants you temporary access to the Bald Head Island Club's amenities including their pool, tennis courts, fitness center, and golf course so you can make the most of your vacation time. 

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Relish the season with these things to do on Bald Head Island this fall and have wonderful experiences to treasure long after your return to the mainland.

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