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.


Friday, August 2, 2019

18th Annual Shrimp by the Bay

Shrimp, fish and the many fixings that go along. A Silent Auction with some great items. Dinner will be served from 6:30 - 8:00 pm and entertainment will take place from 6:30 - 10:00 pm.

This event is sponsored by the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce!

6:30-10:00 PM

Wharf Landing Pier
Tickets:  $40 



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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

Colonial Park - South Broad and West Water Streets



Saturday, August 10-11, 2019

Slumber by the Sound

A Family Campout on the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green.

Pack up the kids, camping gear, and snacks and join Historic Edenton State Historic Site for the first-ever Slumber by the Sound! It's a family camp out in downtown Edenton on the courthouse green.

Call to reserve your campsite and receive the itinerary from Erica at 252-482-2637 or

     3:00 - 6:00 pm Set up your tent
     1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green

$30 per campsite - 5 person limit



Saturday, August 24, 2019

African American Walking Tour

The guided tour will focus on African American Life in Edenton starting in the days before emancipation and ending during the quest for civil rights. The tour will also focus on prominent black leaders, businessmen, and educators from both Edenton and the surrounding Albemarle region. this program is expected to last around an hour and will cost $2.50 per person. Currently this program is limited to seven individuals.

Groups larger than seven who wish to attend this program should call the site's visitor center so proper arrangements can be made.

3:00 pm

Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center - 108 N Broad St

$2.50 per person



Monday, August 26, 2019

Cupola House Speakers Series - Earl Willis North Carolina Shad Boats

The boat's development, history, identification of the major builders, the construction of this unique vessel, and the human-interest stories about the builders and men whose life depended on these wonderful boats and the connection to the important boat building industry in North Carolina.


5:00 - 5:30 pm Refreshments/5:30 pm Lecture

Shepard-Pruden Library

Free and Open to the Public




Thursday, August 2, 2019

Edenton Steamers

The last in-season Home Game at Historic Hicks Field - join the team and its community in celebrating a great season as our Steamers enter the Play-Offs for 2019.


7:00 pm 

Historic Hicks Field




Monday, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019

Edenton Farmers Market

Locally sourced and grown produce, home-made baked items, flowers and plants on Saturday and also on Wednesday afternoon at their new site.


12:00 pm Saturday / 3 - 6 pm Wednesday

200 N Broad Street