The Historical Society of Topsail Island presents the 34th annual Autumn with Topsail Festival

Art and music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach, North Carolina at the Autumn with Topsail (AWT) Festival. The festival takes place, rain or shine, Oct.20 from 5 – 8:30 p.m., Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. Proceeds from the festival support the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a volunteer non-profit organization that owns and operates the Assembly Building and the Missiles & More Museum.

Autumn with Topsail kicks off the festivities Friday night with an evening of live music, food, libations, and fun. The Notorious Clam Slammers will be on stage, The food trucks along with the Beer & Wine tent will be open. Admission for Friday night is $5 at these gates starting at 5 p.m.: Main Gate located on S. Anderson Blvd., Behind Four Cousins Ice Cream located on Carolina Blvd & near Lewis Seafood located on Carolina Blvd. Please note that the craft vendors are not open on Friday night.

Saturday and Sunday’s art festival will feature regional arts and crafts from a variety of categories including oils, acrylic, charcoal, photography, ceramics, glass, metal, pottery, woodworking, leather, fiber, wool, musical instruments, jewelry, and much more. The festival selects the best art vendors for your shopping pleasure.

Live bands performing at the festival this year include:
• The Notorious Clam Slammers sponsored this year by “The Locals of Topsail Beach” on Friday evening
from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
• The Carolina Band will take the stage on Saturday noon, followed at 5 p.m. by the North Tower Band.
• The Band of Oz sponsored this year by Matt Jones and the Streamline Realty Team, will perform on
Sunday afternoon, 1 – 4 p.m.

In addition to art and live music, our food court offers a wide selection of local vendors cooking on the festival grounds. Snacks and sweets will be available alongside traditional options. There are always plenty of tables
and chairs for diners to relax and enjoy their food along with a drink from our popular wine and beer tent!

Start your festival day off with a pancake breakfast hosted by The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 8 - 10 a.m. on Sunday inside the Assembly Building on the festival grounds.
Pancake breakfast prices are $7 for adults and children over 12 years, $4 for children ages 6 – 11 years, and children 5 years old and under eat free with an adult-purchased breakfast.

The Historical Society of Topsail Island is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #: 56-1501496

For the kiddos, the Assembly Building will host children’s arts and crafts including painted friendship rocks, pirate eye patches, mermaid tiaras, seashell “critters” and designing beaded anklets, necklaces, and bracelets.

On the grounds is a bouncy town, with houses, slides, and all things bouncy for just $2 per child 12 and under.

Get your bid in at the Silent Auction inside the Historic Assembly Building! Beach getaways, spa days, gift baskets and more donated by local families and businesses! Bidding ends on Sunday at 3 p.m.

No need to stand in line at the gate --Purchase your one- or two-day tickets in advance online at Admission is $7. One Day adult (13+) or $12 Two Day adult, (13+). Children 12 and under and active-duty military with an ID are admitted free.

Coolers and weapons are prohibited. Service animals only. Shuttle buses are available from all designated AWT parking areas. Limited wheelchair accessible parking is located on S. Anderson Blvd. between the Operation Bumblebee Tower and
Main Street Inn.

For additional information visit us on Facebook or the AWT website: or Visit for museum hours and info.