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5 Summer Events You'll Love to Experience on Oak Island Better Beach Rentals

Summer is the perfect time to explore the picturesque beauty and vibrant events that Oak Island offers. There are plenty of fun events to keep you entertained no matter what you love to do. From farmers' markets to music festivals, Oak Island has something for everyone. Let's dive into the top five summer events and things to do on Oak Island. And if you're still looking for a place to stay for your summer vacation, check out our affordable vacation rentals!

Oak Island Farmers Market

The Oak Island Farmers Market is a delightful blend of local produce, crafts, and community spirit. Located at the Middleton Park Extension, this market operates every Monday from 8 am to 1 pm. Visitors can browse through a diverse array of fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, baked goods, and unique crafts. It's an excellent place to connect with local farmers and artisans while enjoying live music and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. And it's a great way to support local farmers and artisans! 

Location: Middleton Park (4610 Dolphin Drive)
Admission: Free
When: Mondays, June 3 – August 26, 2024 8 am – 1 pm

3rd Annual Dutchman Dinghy Dash

The 3rd Annual Dutchman Dinghy Dash is a must-attend event for adventurous souls. The Town of Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department hosts this quirky boat race at Dutchman Creek Park. Participants construct their dinghies using limited materials of cardboard, glue, and duct tape. The race promises laughter and fun for participants and spectators as racers must try to get their two-occupant boat to the finish line. The event showcases the spirit of camaraderie and creativity, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Contestants can win awards in several divisions.

Location: Dutchman Creek Park (4750 Fish Factory Road, Southport, NC 28461)
When: Saturday, August 17, 2024, 10 am

Watch some of first year's contestants!

Dutchman Dinghy Dash

2024 Oak Island Summer Concert Series

Imagine spending a pleasant summer evening on Oak Island's beach, enjoying live music under the starry sky. The Oak Island Summer Concert Series offers just that! Held on most Fridays of each month from May to September at the Middleton Park Complex, this series features talented musicians and bands performing a diverse range of music genres. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, and snacks to sit back, relax, and groove to the tunes.

This year’s lineup includes bands like Blackwater Band, The Salty Dawgs, The Tonez, Too Much Sylvia, and more! Click here for the full lineup. 

Location: Middleton Park (4610 E Dolphin Drive) 
When: May 24Aug 31, 2024; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Free to attend! 

Southport Summer Market

While not directly on Oak Island, the Southport Summer Market is well worth the short trip. Located in downtown Southport, this vibrant market operates on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Visitors can explore a variety of booths offering fresh produce, artisanal crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more. The market's charming coastal setting and friendly vendors create a delightful shopping experience.

Location: Franklin Square Park, Downtown Southport
When: May – August 30, 2023; 9 am – 2 pm

2024 Sunset on Summer Music Festival

The Sunset on Summer Music Festival is the island's first music festival. Held at the Middleton Park Complex from noon to 8 pm. There will be three bands, The Band of Oz, Landslide, and 20 Ride. But there will also be a DJ, a kid's area, and more. The festival's magical ambiance is perfect for creating lasting memories with friends and family. We hope you'll come hang out and enjoy the festival with us!

Location: Middleton Park (4610 E Dolphin Drive)
When: September 7, 2024, 12 pm – 8 pm
Cost: Free
All ages event!

Bonus Summer Activities in Oak Island

Oak Island Splashpad

The Oak Island Splashpad is a great addition to your summer adventures! As the temperatures rise, the splash pad becomes a popular destination for families seeking relief from the heat. From May 24 to September 29, 2024, you can bring your family and friends to meet local OKI members!

Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag

Get a fun workout during your vacation with the OKI Athletic Club. Enjoy an exciting twist on a classic game with Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag! With divisions for both teens and adults, you’ll be creating a bond with new members every game. The daily registration is perfect for families on vacation, so sign up for a spot during your trip!

Location: Middleton Park Complex
When: July 7- August 27, 2024

Add These Summer Events to your OKI Vacation 

Oak Island is brimming with summer events and activities to suit all tastes. This charming island has everything whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences. So, pack your bags, plan your itinerary, and get ready to create unforgettable memories on Oak Island this summer. If you are looking for the perfect accommodations for your summer vacation, browse our available vacation rentals! We have gorgeous homes with stylish décor that are perfect for your home away from home!