Labor Day Weekend Is Just the Beginning of the Fun On Pleasure Island

There are many events and things to do on Labor Day weekend on Pleasure Island

Labor Day is traditionally considered the end of summer, but here on Pleasure Island things are just warming up, and there is still loads of fun to be had. In fact, one could say Labor Day weekend might indeed be considered the start of the best time of the year on Carolina and Kure Beach. Here are some great events and ideas on how to spend your Labor Day weekend on the beautiful North Carolina coast.

Music and Fireworks Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk has a few more tricks up their sleeve as the season continues. This Labor Day Weekend it’s time to put on the dance shoes, grab some cotton candy and dance to the tunes of the Phantom Playboys. Once the music is over the fun just gets started as the Carolina Beach Boardwalk fireworks show kicks off. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy all the Boardwalk has to offer you’re in for a treat. If you need to know more about all the boardwalk has to offer, check out our previous post: The Carolina Beach Boardwalk: A Carolina Beach Vacation Tradition! The best part is all of this fun is free which is just another reason to love Pleasure Island. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Drew Smith Band and Fireworks!

Fort Fisher Beach House Concert

If you love classic rock or just enjoy live music in a great venue, then you need to grab your dancing shoes. The concerts are free and great for those with kids. This weekend they are featuring the duo Quilted Sky. Check out their video on the left and get ready for a wonderful night of dancing with friends and family at the Fort Fisher Beach House. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and wraps up around 8:30 p.m.

Break Out the Grill 

A Labor Day weekend without gathering family and friends around the grill for some fresh Pleasure Island seafood, well, that just isn’t Labor Day is it? Don’t worry if you’re looking for a great beach vacation rental for Labor Day, we have plenty of homes that have grills and well appointed kitchens, not to mention loads of great amenities to make your weekend amazing. But, before you can fire up the grill you need to hit the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market for fresh locally grown produce. The farmer’s market takes place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can find the Farmer’s Market at S. Lake Park Blvd and Atlantic Ave in Carolina Beach. Need a fresh seafood recipe? Try The one below that is sure to wow the crowd.

Grilled Garlic Herb Skewers


  • 1 1/2 pounds extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 15 wooden skewers
  • 15 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into bite-sized squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into bite-sized squares


In a large bowl (or resealable plastic bag), combine shrimp, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, paprika, basil, thyme, sage, oregano, black pepper, salt and rosemary. Toss together until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

While shrimp is marinating, soak the wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill.

Preheat grill to medium heat.* Thread 3 shrimp, 1 cherry tomato, 1 onion slice, and 1 bell pepper slice onto each wooden skewers until all 15 skewers are prepared.

Cook the shrimp skewers on the grill for 3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and are cooked through.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice.

Enjoy the water

Of course, no trip to Pleasure Island is complete without getting on or for that matter, in the water. With beautiful beaches, warm water, and great weather this is one of the best times to spend the day enjoying the water. Let the worries of work, and life drift away on the ocean currents. Hey, it is Labor Day after all, so forget the labor and feel how easy it is to relax on Carolina and Kure Beach. Remember there is more than just the beach. Kayaking, SUP, and boating are all part of the fun. There is indeed something for every aficionado of the water to enjoy.  Need some inspiration? Check out our previous post: Discover the wonderful sport of Kayaking. See you on the water!

Boogie in the park

Kure Beach is home of the Ocean Park and Pavillion and on Sunday’s during the summer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. visitors can enjoy the free Boogie in the Park concert series. This September 2, the Rock n’ Roll band that will be fun for the whole family. Make sure to bring a blanket or chairs. Check out The Rag Doll Band and get ready to have a blast in the park.