Festivals & Events

World Famous Blue Crab Festival Preview

By Marissa Polascak
April 3, 2018

The 37th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival is right around the corner, and those who visit the event each year and newcomers to the event should mark their calendar for May 19 & 20, 2018.

This award-winning event is held on the Historic Little River Waterfront and is one of the most popular festivals in the Southeast. Each year, nearly 50,000 people flock to the World Famous Blue Crab Festival to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, kids activities, and much more.

Tickets & Hours

Ticket prices for the World Famous Blue Crab Festival are as follows:

•In-Person Advance Ticket : $4

•Online Advance Ticket : $5

•Day-of Admission: $5

•Children 12 & Under: Free

Purchase tickets online here

The event will take place on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, May 19

11:30 a.m. : Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot

3 p.m.: Carolina Soul Band

Sunday, May 20

11:30 a.m. : Craig Woolard & The Embers

3 p.m. : Jim Quick & Coastline


Parking will be available in the following lots, which will be marked for festivalgoers. There will be shuttles running from these lots to the festival from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

•Harbor Style Salon & Spa at 695 US-17 in Little River

•Hope Willard at 701 Highway 17 in Little River

•River Hills Medical Plaza at 4237 River Hills Drive in Little River

•Collision Masters/River Hills Medical Plaza at 825 Highway 17 in Little River

•Pizzeli’s Parking for Handicap & Event Staff at 1698 US-17 in Little River

•South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Hwy West in Calabash, NC

A water taxi will also be operating out of Harbourgate Marina both days from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The water taxi will leave the marina each hour and leave the festival every half hour. The water taxi is $15 per person and includes a round trip on the Sea Screamer boat, parking at Harbourgate, and admission to the event.