29th annual Autumn With Topsail festival on Oct. 21-22

(Jeff Wenzel courtesy of Autumn With Topsail)

TOPSAIL BEACH, Onslow County - The 29th annual Autumn With Topsail festival will be rain or shine on Oct. 21-22 in Topsail Beach.

Below is a press release on the event.


For the 29th year, art and beach music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach at Autumn With Topsail. This festival takes place, rain or shine, from 9 am to 8 pm, October 21 and 9:30 to 4, October 22 on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Boulevard in downtown Topsail Beach.

Admission is $5 for adults, or $8 for an adult two-day pass. Children age 11 and under and active-duty military with an ID are free. Proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a volunteer non-profit organization that owns and operates the Assembly Building including the Missiles and More Museum.

Autumn With Topsail features arts and crafts from a variety of categories including woodworking, metal sculpting, painting, and jewelry crafting. Much more will be featured at the juried art festival. The festival focus is on the art, according to Keith Myers, Co-chair of the AWT festival.

"The important thing is that we only accept original art made by the artists," Myers said. Every piece for sale at the event will be one of a kind. For those coming to the festival ready to purchase art, Myers said there will be an ATM on site, but most artists have the ability to accept credit cards.

Live music highlights Autumn With Topsail and bands perform both days. Starting at 12 noon Saturday, The Carolina Band take the stage, followed at 5 p.m. by the North Tower Band. On Sunday the esteemed Band of Oz perform from 1 to 4 pm.

Be sure to check out the Food Court with a wide variety of items prepared on festival grounds. Snacks and sweets will be available alongside traditional southern food and ethnic options. In addition, Autumn With Topsail features a wine and beer tent and plenty of tables and chairs for diners to relax.

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area hosts a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 am on Saturday and 8 to 10 on Sunday inside the Assembly Building. The cost is $7 for adults and children over 12 years, $4 for children six to 11, while those five and under eat free.

Children's activities include face painting, colorful hairspray designs, inflatables, and a roving magician. In the Assembly Building kids will enjoy rock painting, decorating mermaid and pirate masks, seashell "critters", pirate eye patches, and designing beaded necklaces and bracelets.

The Assembly Building houses the Missiles and More Museum, which will be open from 10 to 4 throughout the festival. Museum admission is free but donations are gladly accepted. Exhibits include original missiles from Operation Bumblebee, the U.S. Navy's secret guided missile program that operated on Topsail Island from 1946 to 1948. For additional information, visit or

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