August events in Edenton, North Carolina, and Chowan County.

The events are listed chronologically by the last day the event will be held. Please make sure to look at the whole list to see if an event is going on during the time you plan to visit.

(If you prefer to also see community events (such as Town Council Meetings), as well as the featured events below, go to this page.)


August,  2021

Penelope Barker House Welcome Center

Learn about the organizer of The Edenton Tea Party, browse the book and gift shop, rock on the porch overlooking the bay and can board the trolley from this site as well.

10 am - 5 pm - closed Tuesdays - Trolley Tours 10:30 am; 11:30 am; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm and Sundays 11:30; 1:00 pm
505 South Broad Street





August,  2021

Historic Edenton Visitor Center 

The Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center is open with walking tours at 10 am and 2 pm as well as visiting with COVID procedures in place for keeping everyone safe.  1767 Chowan County Courthouse; 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse; 1800 James Iredell House and Dependencies. The Visitor Center is open 9 am - 5 pm.
All Sites Tour, inclusive of:
Iredell House and dependencies
1767 Chowan County Courthouse
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
St. Paul's Episcopal Church & historical cemetery
COST: $5.00 per adult, $2.50 per child (ages 3-15)

 Individual Site Tours
Iredell House and dependencies
1767 Chowan County Courthouse
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
St. Paul's Episcopal Church & historical cemetery
COST: $2.50 per adult, $1.50 per child (ages 3-15); per Site

Additional Tours
Cupola House Tour (10 am – 4 pm) by reservation/Cupola House is open Sundays 12 - 3 pm and the gardens are beautiful
COST: $5.00 per adult, $2.50 per child         

Harriet Jacobs Tour
COST: $2.50 per adult, $1.50 per child
Fridays & Saturdays throughout February & March at 1 pm
Year round by reservation.

1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, call for a tour 252-482-2637
10 am – 4 pm;  Tuesday – Saturday (April thru December)

Historic Edenton State Historic Site
108 North Broad Street   
Telephone: 252-482-2637   Fax: 252-482-3499
9 am - 5 pm
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Thursday, August 5,  2021 POSTPONED

Boogie on Broad

Family-Fun Street Dance on South Broad with the Band of OZ.  

6:00 - 10:00 pm 

Destination Downtown Edenton



Friday, August 6, 2021 

Live After Five

Chowan Arts Council, on West Water Street, Edenton, will host its Live after Five Music and Food Truck Summer Series. The band Old Fish Hatchery Records will perform starting at 6 PM, with Food trucks arriving there shortly before!

Rain or shine- the band will be indoors if it rains

112 W Water St, Edenton, NC

5:00 PM

Free Event

(252) 482-8005

Saturday, August 7, 2021

National Lighthouse Day

This year's annual celebration of National Lighthouse Day observances will be held at the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, here on the waterfront in Edenton. We invite you to celebrate with us and explore how the Riverlights kept those traveling by water safe. We will have the lighthouse open free to visitors 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Built in 1886, the fully restored Roanoke River Lighthouse now stands proudly in the harbor at Edenton, NC. The lighthouse first served as a guide for ships navigating the waters of the Albemarle Sound into the Roanoke River, and then, after being decommissioned in 1941, was moved by barge across the sound to private land, where it ultimately deteriorated as a neglected residence.

National Lighthouse Day, August 7th is an annual commemoration of the anniversary of the federal lighthouse establishment and a day to celebrate lighthouses and the commitment and service of those who tended America's lights for generations.

For the bicentennial of the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1989, the Society petitioned Congress to declare National Lighthouse Day on August 7, the date in 1789 that the Ninth Act of the First Congress, establishing federal control of lighthouses, was passed and signed by President George Washington. Sen. John H. Chaffee of Rhode Island sponsored the joint resolution, which was championed in the House by Rep. William J. Hughes of New Jersey, and the measure was signed by President Ronald Reagan as Public Law 100-622 on Nov. 5, 1988.

All lighthouse organizations across the country are encouraged to celebrate each August 7 as National Lighthouse Day or a date closest to that can work.

10:00 - 4:00 pm Events TBA

Colonial Park - South Broad and West Water Streets



Saturday, 7, 14, 21, 28,  August,  2021

Edenton Farmers Market

Please join us every Saturday for the weekly farmers market, held in the Farmer's Market Building and outside throughout the year. Local farmers and artisans will be on site with a wide variety of items for sale, including organic fruits & vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, arts & crafts and a whole lot more!  

8:00 am - noon - Saturdays/3 - 6 pm Wednesdays (seasonal)

200 N Broad Street