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Friday Night 7:00-10:00 pm
Steve Owens & The Summertime Band
You may prefer Carolina Beach Music, Funk, R&B, Top 40 or even some "New and Old Country".......
Beast Fest has become one of the fastest growing festivals in Southeastern North Carolina and is always held on the last weekend of October.
2019 will be our 13th year and we challenge ourselves to make Beast Fest an event like none other in our area. Our festival has two main goals: it must be both safe and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age or financial situation and it must be welcoming and inclusive to all who want to attend.
Because of our many generous sponsors that are listed on this page (scroll down for 2019 Sponsor list) as the host of Beast Fest, Boost the Boro is able to provide almost all of the festival at no charge to attendees. All of the live entertainment and many of the events are free and there is never an admission charge to attend. We ask that you take a look at the sponsors of Beast Fest and consider supporting them and their businesses.
Parking is available throughout the downtown area and a designated parking area for easy access is available directly across the street from the Main area for those with special needs. We also can arrange for golf cart pick up and return to the various parking for those that need assistance. Several low riser sections of bleachers are available in our Main Courtyard area to relax and enjoy the live entertainment, but we encourage you to bring your own fold up chairs as these bleachers will fill up quickly.
October is a fantastic time of year to be in Southeastern North Carolina and a great time to attend an outdoor festival. Our weather has started to show some hints of Fall and humidity levels are low. The maple and oak leaves have begun to display their colors as temperatures range in the upper 50's to high 60's during the day and drop down to the high 40's to the mid 50's at night. Sweatshirts and light jackets come out of the closet, but you will also still see plenty of flip-flops and shorts at Beast Fest.
Between 6,000 and 8,000 people usually attend the two-day festival, as many repeat attendees from the surrounding counties and throughout the state flock to our small downtown.
There is always a wide variety of good food at Beast Fest, including the popular "Collard Sandwich". Our Food vendors will be open for business on both Friday night (starting at 5pm) and all day on Saturday (10am-10pm) and are carefully selected to provide a good variety of foods. All foods are prepared on site and are required to be inspected and approved by our county health department.
Fun Time Carnival Rides Company will be a main attraction event again this year on both Friday night and all day Saturday. On Saturday, we will have between 50 and 75 Arts, Crafts and Special Feature vendors in the back lot section of the festival. The Southeastern Cruisers Classic Car show will also be a featured event this year, as will the Local Talent Show.
The Children's Halloween Costume Contest for infants through age twelve is always a big hit and continues to grow each year. At dusk, a live production Trunk or Treat has become a second festival in itself and one of the most anticipated events of the entire festival and now in its third year, the Haunted Hayride has also become a hit attraction.
All Saturday daytime entertainment will begin immediately after our Grand Opening ceremony and the "Release of B.O.B" at 10:00 am and continue throughout the day until 5:00 pm, followed by the Nightly Concerts and Street Dance at 7:00 on both Friday and Saturday nights.
We look forward to seeing your "Smiling Face" again this year and hope your experience is all that you expect it to be.
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.
Beast Fest if proudly hosted by the 50+ members of Boost the Boro. Since its formation in 2006, Boost the Boro has operated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers working to make our extended communities a better place to live. ALL funds we raise are returned back into the community.
Outstanding Food Court Vendors on Friday night starting at 6:00 PM and All Day on Saturday....
Saturday Night 7:00-10:00 pm
Jim Quick & Coastline
Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation
Callihan & Wells Enterprise, Inc.
Down East Pest Control
Drs. Jenna Bridger Alvey, DDS & Brett Alvey, DDS
First Citizens Bank
Hickman Utility Contractors
Law Office of Cynthia Singletary
Town of Bladenboro