North Carolina Oyster Festival Returns to OIB

Now that autumn has arrived, it’s that time of year when there are many local festivals around the Brunswick Islands worth checking out. One of the most popular every year is the Oyster Festival that takes place right here in Ocean Isle Beach.

This year marks the 35th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival being held on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities will take place at 8 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, rain or shine.

This festival isn’t just about oysters! Oh no, it’s so much more than that! It’s a food festival, an arts & crafts festival, a music festival, and yes, an oyster festival, too!

NC Oyster Festival Road Race

NC Oyster Festival Road Race

The road race will take place on October 18 beginning at 8 a.m. on 1st Street at Ocean Isle Beach. There will be a 5K, 10K, and 1-mile fun run. Enjoy a great run on beautiful Ocean Isle Beach. Walkers are welcome to register for the 5K. Only runners will be allowed to register for the 10K race.

 The Muddy Oyster Challenge

The Muddy Oyster Challenge

This challenging obstacle mud course includes climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, and crawling under barbed wire. Individuals and teams can sign up for The Muddy Oyster Challenge being held on Saturday, October 10, at 44 Indigo Flats Rd. East, Tabor City, NC.

The Shaggin’ Oyster Challenge The Shaggin’ Oyster Challenge

Get your Shag on at the Main Stage on Sunday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. Compete in one of three divisions for your share of the minimum $1,500 prize money! Contest divisions are Amateur, Novice, and Junior. Sponsored by the Coastal Shag Club of Shallotte.

 Oyster Shucking Contest

Oyster Shucking Contest

Put your shucking skills to the test on Saturday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. The winner of the Shucking Contest will receive a plaque, $275 cash, and $200 traveling cash for traveling to and from the National Oyster Shucking Contest in Leonardtown, Maryland. The second place winner will receive $200. Third place will receive $175.


Oyster Eating Contest

Oyster Eating Contest

Join us at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 and compete with other oyster lovers and speed eaters for title of “Oyster Eating Champion”! If you love oysters or have been accused of swallowing your food whole, this contest is for you! Rules are simple: contestants must use forks and all oysters must be cleared from a tray before starting a new one. There is no charge for entering the contest.


Oyster Stew Cook-Off

Oyster Stew Cook-Off

Don’t miss the North Carolina Oyster Stew Cook-Off and compete for title of best oyster stew in the state. The Cook-Off is open to all restaurants. The winning stew will be named the “People’s Choice” and the restaurant will be awarded $500.


Live Entertainment

Live Entertainment

The live entertainment at this year’s festival features amazing local and regional musical talent. This year includes everything from beach music to country. Artists include Whitney Layne, Darrell Harwood, and many others. Make sure you join us for another year of great live music!


Meet Ozzy the Oyster

Meet Ozzy the Oyster

Be sure to get your photo taken with Ozzy the Oyster at our photo booth! Ozzy is the official oyster aficionado. He has been waiting all year to welcome you back to our North Carolina Oyster Festival!

When you’re making plans to visit the area, contact us at Ocean Isle Inn and we’ll set you up in the most comfortable accommodations in the area, right here with us!



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Fall Brawl King Classic Fishing Tournament

One of the most popular events around coastal North Carolina when autumn approaches is the Fall Brawl King Classic Fishing Tournament. Open to fishermen and their families, this Captain’s Choice Format allows you to fish either Saturday, October 10 or Sunday, October 11, 2015.

Fall Brawl King Classic Fishing Tournament

It’s a wonderful family event that offers fishing, fun and some pretty great food. This is a good opportunity for vacationers to fish the coastal waters off of North Carolina and try their luck at winning some of the more than $35,000 prize monies being awarded.



The Early Bird Entry Fee by Oct. 2 is $215 ($250 after). Registration is at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center beginning on Friday, Oct. 8 at 12 noon. You can print an online entry form out from this location or you can enter online from here.

Specify which day you intend to fish when you register prior to 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 10. For those that don’t specify a fish day, the default day assigned to them will be Saturday.


Captain’s Meeting

The Captain’s Meeting will take place at 7:15 on Friday evening, Oct. 9. Everyone entering the tournament is encouraged to attend.


Weigh- In

Weigh in is at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.



The Award Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Check out these awesome prizes that will be awarded:

  • Top 20 heaviest King Mackerel
  • Sea Tow Small Boat division, 1st- 500, 2nd- $400, 3rd $300
  • First Bank Single Engine division- 1st- $300
  • Cy’s World Junior angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout  ** top 3 recieve custom Fall Brawl pendant fromSilverstar Jewelry
  • Ocean Isle Marina Carolyn Black Lady angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout  ** top 3 recieve custom Fall Brawl pendant fromSilverstar Jewelry
  • Sportsman’s Choice Marine SPEEDY KING Award.  $500 paid to the first King weighed on Saturday and $500 paid to the first King weighed on Sunday.  Scales open at 7am and you can weigh-in and go back fishing as many times as you want.
  • Cobia division, 1st-3rd $$ paid in OIFC gift card
  • Spanish Mackerel division, 1st-3rd $$ paid in OIFC gift card
  • OIFC Family Fishing Awards, ALL teams that weigh ANY tournament eligible species and have a lady, junior AND senior angler on board win a $100OIFC gift card.
  • NBOA Wheel of Fishing.  Weigh any eligible species and spin the wheel.  If you hit your fish’s weight, you win $100 on the spot and go into drawing for guaranteed $1000.



When you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay during the tournament be sure to look at what we have at Ocean Isle Inn. You’ll have all the comforts of home plus a whole lot more when you stay with us! Call ahead to make your reservation at 800-352-5988. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Plan a Corporate Event On Ocean Isle Beach

When it comes to corporate events they don’t always have to take place in a stuffy high-rise hotel. If you have an upcoming conference or retreat on the calendar, why not consider having it somewhere coastal. We can’t think of any place more beautiful than right here in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Plan a Corporate Event On Ocean Isle Beach

At Ocean Isle Inn you’ll have the convenience of staying in our fully accommodating guest suites, offering stunning coastal views of the beachfront. Hold your retreat indoors in one of our multi-purpose conference rooms that can easily be divided up into smaller meeting rooms, or hold it outdoors by the oceanfront pool or garden meeting space.

Our suites all have an in-room refrigerator and wet bar, wireless internet access, coffee service, microwave, hairdryers, data port phones, cable TV, air conditioning, private oceanfront balconies and daily housekeeping. Rooms feature either two queen or one king sized bed. Roll away beds are also available at an additional fee.

The dedicated employees that serve you well all year long deserve a meeting space of the caliber that Ocean Isle Inn can provide. We’re conveniently located, too! Just 45 miles away is the Myrtle Beach International Airport to the south and the Wilmington NC International Airport to the north. For smaller aircraft we also have an airport right here in Ocean Isle Beach.

Plan a Corporate Event On Ocean Isle Beach

Your employees are sure to appreciate the amenities we have to offer our guests as well as the beautiful pool and meticulous gardens for relaxing and entertaining. They’re sure to enjoy the deluxe Continental breakfast available every morning during their stay. When not engrossed in the corporate event there are water sports galore and lots of golf to enjoy in the area.

After hours, our pool area is lit up for evening entertainment as well as swimming. We have an indoor heated pool and an attached Jacuzzi spa. Our Inn is handicap accessible and provides an elevator to the upper floors. For those wishing to golf, we can provide you with great deals on golf packages.

Plan a Corporate Event On Ocean Isle Beach

Give Ocean Isle Inn a call at 800-352-5988 so we can work with you on the plans for your next corporate retreat. We can provide you with group rates for five rooms or more. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Bringing Your Baby on a Beach Vacation

Bringing a baby of any age on a beach vacation can sometimes involve a group effort but it can certainly be accomplished. Vacations, especially to the beach, are oriented more to adults and children but that doesn’t mean babies can’t come too. It just involves some early planning and an eye to detail.

Bringing Your Baby on a Beach Vacation

Babies are happy enough going to the grocery store or to Grandma’s. But anything that relaxes Mom and Dad is going to make for a happy baby and beach vacations have the potential to do just that. It’s important to remind yourselves, you’re on a vacation and the goal is to have fun.

Here are some tips that will help you with bringing your baby on the family’s beach vacation.

  1. Plan Your Time. Try to schedule your airline flights during your baby’s normal napping time. Walk and play with the baby during extended periods of time in the airport. More energy exerted there will be less energy the baby exerts in the confines of an airplane. Your flight mates will thank you.
  2. Stay On Schedule. Maintain the schedule you have at home while you’re on vacation. That includes the time you wake up and go to sleep, the time you eat meals, and when naptime is. This is not the time to kick up your heels and stay out late.
  3. Inquire Before Leaving. Does the place where you’re staying provide sleeping arrangements for babies? Ask about car seats from the rental agency, too.
  4. Keep Calm. Don’t stress out while getting ready for your trip because the baby will sense that and be on edge too.
  5. Plan On Doing Less. With babies the rule really is “Less is More.” Don’t over stimulate a baby. Make sure they take naps in quiet and comfortable spaces. Afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening so consider taking a nap at the same time.
  6. Apply Sunscreen Often. Shield babies from the midday sun. Don’t count on a tent or canopy because some beaches don’t allow them. Wear hats and light weight clothing. Apply sunscreen to any areas of skin showing. Read the label and reapply as recommended.

When you’re arriving at the beach with a baby in tow and are looking for oceanfront vacation rentals don’t hesitate to give us a call at Ocean Isle Inn. We know you and the baby both will really like our accommodations.


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Yes, We Give Active Military Discounts!

If you’re an active duty member of the military you’ll be happy to know we have special rates to offer you on accommodations, wedding packages, and reunions, too!

Yes We Give Active Military Discounts!

If you’re planning a wedding or even just looking for somewhere to save some money on your vacation, take a look at our accommodations. Just imagine waking up to a view like this one every day you’re here. It’s nothing short of perfect!

Discounts on Any of Our Accommodations

We’ll give any active duty military member a 15% discount on any accommodations of any duration at our beautiful Ocean Isle Inn.


Yes We Give Active Military Discounts! 

Active Military Save Big on Weddings, Too!

  • Let your memories begin as we are also offering our military special discounts on our beach wedding packages. The Ocean Isle Inn has an on-site wedding planner who can assist you with your every need for your special day.

  • 10% discount on our “The Lovely Beach Wedding” plus one complimentary night’s stay for the bride and groom when staying two nights.

  • 10% discount on the “I Just Want To Get Married” package plus one night complimentary stay for the bride and groom when staying two nights.

  • One night complimentary stay for bride and groom on the “Ultimate Elopement” package when staying two nights.

  • Military discount for exit/entrance music, DJ and the wedding director.

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