North Carolina Watermelon Festivals in 2019: Find a Watermelon Festival Near You!
Looking for a Watermelon festival in North Carolina in 2019?
(just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! All the Watermelon
festivals in North Carolina we can find are listed on this page!
If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always
looking for more Watermelon festivals! Please write me, if
you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals
publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually
the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's
I update this list
every year, but still click on the
links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this
year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or
at the last minute. . If they don't have a
website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S
DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.
Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click
here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!
2019 North Carolina Watermelon Festivals
Watermelons typically ripen from June (in northern Florida and Texas)
through July, August and September in the mid-Atlantic,
Midwest and New England. July and August
dominatesas the months for Watermelon production (and festivals)
Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, watermelons are
grown commercially far fewer states, since they require warmer
temperatures and a much longer season.
There are two general types of Watermelon festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2).
Watermelon festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they
community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately.
(of course not all states and areas have both.)
festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about
making Watermelon jam, freezing watermelons, Watermelon pies and
Community Watermelon Festivals
Denton Watermelon Festival and Cornhole Tournament -
Saturday August 4th, 2018 from 9 am to 2 pm
Harrison Park, 43
S Main Street, Denton, NC. Are you looking for good old
fashioned family fun? Can you do the Watermelon Crawl? That's
just one of many fun contests. There will be watermelon seed
spitting, watermelon eating, the biggest watermelon and of course
the watermelon crawl pictured above. All contest are free to
enter and the winner in each category (adult, junior and child)
wins a cool festival t-shirt and a whole watermelon. Our Cornhole
Tournament is always a big hit, cash prizes (half the entry fees)
are awarded t0 the first, second and third place teams along with
a free festival t-shirt. Our tournament is double elimination
style. Watermelon Festival Pageant! Our current reigning royalty,
Katie Crook and Karsyn Layne will be crowning our new watermelon
Princess and Queen! Festival Food! Hot-dogs (cooked and served by
our own small town Mayor, Larry Ward) chips, drinks, watermelon
lemonade, watermelon freezy pops, popcorn, pork skins, baked
goods and of course watermelon by the slice! Lots of homemade
goodness will be available, come hungry! Our food sales are a big
part of our fundraising efforts. What you spend will stay local
and help fund an art summer camp for kids in Denton.
Market - We will have vendors galore. All vendors will be
showcasing their handcrafted items.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
Fair Bluff North Carolina Watermelon Festival -
Friday, Saturday and SUnday in late July (Saturday is the main
Fair Bluff, North Carolina. Phone:
7:00 - 9:30 a.m. -Entries
for Best Tastin' Watermelons, Riverside Drive Call (910)207-1698
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.- Arts & Crafts Booths,
Dunking Booth -Entertainment:
10:00 a.m.BEST TASTING
WATERMELONS OF THE CAROLINAS CONTEST
Available All Day, Riverside Drive, Fair Bluff
Line Up for
Watermelon Parade at Causey Road (pass Fair Bluff Baptist Church
on Main Street going towards South Carolina, follow Hwy. 76 pass
the river, take the first road to the right before you get to the
overpass bridge which is Causey Road)
11:00 a.m. NC WATERMELON
FESTIVAL PARADE, Parade Route: Starts on Causey Road, Continues
down Main Street.
1:00 p.m. NC WATERMELON FESTIVAL AUCTION
FOLLOWED BY THE FAMOUS FAIR BLUFF LARGEST WATERMELON CONTEST at
Riverside Drive, Fair Bluff
3:00 p.m.Duck Race, near Fair
Bluff Boat Landing, $10 per ticket, Call (910)649-6121; Sponsored
by: Fair Bluff Rotary
6:30 p.m.- NC Watermelon Festival Teen
Miss & Queen Scholarship Pageant.
North Carolina Watermelon Festival - late July
through early August
Main Street, Murfreesboro, NC. Phone:
[email protected].. The festival and nightly
street dances will be held in the Murfreesboro Historic District,
one block north of Main Street. Enjoy a complimentary slice of
the State's finest melons in Historic Murfreesboro, NC! 2013 will
celebrate our 28th anniversary of the Watermelon Festival! Save
the date -- July 31st through August 3rd, 2013 -- and plan to be
a part of the festivities. (ADDED: July 29, 2013X)
Outer Banks Watermelon Festival
Kitty Hawk, NC. Phone: (252) 441-1719, ext. 206.
[email protected]. Come to the Kitty Hawk Kite
store in Nags Head (mile post 12.5) for a big outdoor summer bash
with a homegrown backyard feel. The Watermelon Festival is so
much more than fun. It is one of the most unique festivals on the
Outer Banks! We ll have tons of fun activities for kids and
parents like: the splash tank, moon bounce, inflatable obstacle
course, watermelon seed spitting distance contests, ice cream
eating contests, face painting, and of course, tons of
watermelon! Kitty Hawk Kites staff will be on site teaching kids
how to use juggling sticks, balance boards, and letting them try
out all of our top selling toys. We ll also have great music,
food vendors on site, and one of the best raffles on the beach!
Prices from activities will vary from $1-$10. Remember, proceeds
benefit Wright Flight of NC. Proceeds from the Watermelon
Festival go directly to the Wright Flight of NC a local
non-profit that rewards 5th graders, who achieve their academic
goals, with flight! The foundation has helped improve performance
in local school districts and has given children the
opportunities to do things like hang gliding, tandem hang
gliding, and plane rides, that they may have not been able to do
before. Students are also educated about the history and basic
principles of flight. For more information on the 6th Annual
Watermelon Festival, or other events held by Kitty Hawk Kites,
please contact our Events Coordinator.
- Winterville Annual Watermelon Festival - Over 32 years,
Thursday: 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Friday: 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday:
8:00am – 11:00pm, August 23 - Thursday Night, August 24 - Family
Fun Night, August 25 - Watermelon Jam
324 Sylvania Street,
Winterville, NC 28590. Email:
[email protected]. Winterville Watermelon
Festival is a multi-day event featuring activities the whole
family can enjoy. You can hear local and nationally known music
acts throughout the event. One of the biggest events of the
festival is the Watermelon Parade through town. The
watermelon-eating contest is always a favorite. Festival-goers
young and old can enjoy carnival rides and midway games all
weekend. In addition, visitors can checkout the flea market and
commercial vendors setup through the festival grounds. Food
vendors serve both watermelon treats and classic fair food such
as funnel cakes, turkey legs, and corn dogs.
Farm Watermelon Festivals
In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own
See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them
until the end of May). They usually have PYO strawberries then, too.
Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making
directions at the bottom of the page.
- We will be adding these as we find them; Please write me,
if you know of any to add!
Related Watermelon Information: Watermelon jelly and
Pickled watermelon rinds
Besides eating them fresh, watermelons make two
great preserves which are really easy to make with these
illustrated, step-by-step instructions:
For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!