On Saturday at dusk (5:45-6:00)
New Light Church will host its annual "Trunk or Treat" event. This production has become one of the more popular events of the festival and is attended by approximately 2,000 children. This is a great alternative to the typical "door-to-door" Trick or Treat. Children will receive a great selection of "Treats" and enjoy a multi-stop performance, each with a positive message. If you have little ones, bring them. You'll be glad you did. The entire street is blocked, so it also provides a safe and well-supervised environment for you and your child.
(Open to All Children under 12)
Beast Fest has become one of the fastest growing festivals in Southeastern North Carolina. Now in our 11th year, Beast Fest is specifically designed so that everyone in the family, regardless of age or financial situation, can enjoy. All of the live entertainment is completely free and there is never an admission charge. Parking is available throughout the downtown area and it is also free. We will also have a small designated parking area, directly accross the street from our Main entrance area for special needs and will have golf cart pick-up and return service available for those that might need a little assistance. There will be a low rise section of bleachers in our Main Courtyard area for festival goers to enjoy the live entertainment, but we do not discourage you from bringing your own fold-ups, as the bleachers usually fill-up quickly.
October is a fantastic time to be in Southeastern North Carolina and a great time to hold an outdoor festival. Our weather has started to show some hints of Fall, as maple and oak leaves begin to display their colors, also reminding us that the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are just around the corner. College Football is in full swing and temperatures are just about perfect. Humidity levels are low and temperatures range in the upper 50's to high 60's during the day and drop down to the high 40's to mid 50's at night. Sweatshirts and light jackets come out of the closet, but you'll still see plenty of t-shirts, flip-flops, and shorts at Beast Fest.
Beast Fest 2017 kicks off on Friday, October 27th from 6-10pm and continue on Saturday, October 28th from 10am-10pm. We expect between 10,000 and 12,000 people to visit the two day festival, as locals and those from the surrounding counties, as well as a growing number of "out-of-towners" from the bordering states flock to our small town.
Make plans now to join us this year for our Friday or Saturday night Live Music and Street Dance. Our Fun Time Carnival Rides will be running and a wide variety of food vendors will be open in our Food Court area both days. You can sample one the famous "Original Collard sandwiches" or maybe you prefer one of the grilled "Giant sized turkey legs", just to name a few. A classic car show will be happening on Saturday and as well as 75 Arts & Crafts vendors. There are also non-stop performaces in our Main area throughout the day and a children's Halloween costume contest will be held on Saturday afternoon, just to name a few.
As we get closer to festival dates and events are worked into our schedule, we will be updating these for you, so please continue to check back. but here are a few of the highlights so far.......
Oh Yes! The Original Collard Sandwich will be back
See the video below. Hear what a few of the residents that lived in Bladenboro around this time have to say about this...
Fact or Fiction---You decide?
Saturday morning @ 8:00
Sign up for the annual Fun Run, Walk, Push or Peddle event. Bring the strollers, bikes or just enjoy the walk. There is a small fee for adults over 18, (you can print off sign-up sheets when they become available under one of the tabs above)
Saturday morning @ 10:00
BOB (The Beast) will make an appearance at our Grand Opening Ceremony, which is always a treat for the kids. From this point, it's a "non-stop" day of entertainment, including a Children's Costume Contest, over 75 Arts & Crafts vendors, Fun-Time Carnival Rides, a 50+ Classic Car Show, Dance Infinity performers, and lots of local talent throughout the day in our Main Stage area, PLUS so much more that will be posted as we get closer to festival date.
If you are interested in being a vendor or would like more information on this year's Beast Fest, please click on the applicable tab above for helpful information, applications and vendor coordinator contacts
In the small southeastern town of Bladenboro, North Carolina, a series of vampire like killings of pets and livestock occurred back in late 1953. The creature doing the killings was described by most witnesses as a "large-like cat creature about 4 to 5 feet long". Others said it resembled a bear. The creature's cries were said to sound like a baby or a woman crying, but louder and more frightening. The locals became afraid to leave their homes after dark and eventually began to refer to the creature as "The Beast of Bladenboro"
Though parties of armed men were organized to hunt down the creature, to this day, it has not been caught. Some say it was all just a hoax..Others say it is true
October 28th @ 7 pm
2016 Saturday Night Beast Fest Crowd
Thank You to all the 2016 Beast Fest Sponsors. We could not do this without your support
Regardless if you have a preference for Carolina Beach Music, Funk, R&B, Top 40 or even New Country.....you will enjoy both of the great bands we have scheduled for you this year.
AS always, both are FREE, so mark your calendars now.
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Take a look at the aerial view of 2016 Beast Fest
October 27th @ 7 pm