9th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival - July 7th and 8th, 2018




 
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The Ocean City Community founded in 1949, was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina, 15 years before the Civil Right Act.   In 2009, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, a Fayetteville, NC jazz saxophonist and his accompanists were invited to provide entertainment on the porch of the Community Center. It was enjoyed by all in attendance, bringing in surrounding visitors to Topsail Island, NC and thus, the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival was launched as a vehicle to promote the history of the Ocean City Community. Ocean City has been designated as a historical site on the Jacksonville-Onslow County African American Trail and provides a wonderful 2-day venue for jazz lovers of all ages.






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FESTIVAL INFORMATION 

Traffic and Directions
Due to the holiday traffic; we suggest that you utilize the high-rise bridge
Directions From Wilmington

Take 17 North . turn right onto NC-172  North, then at traffic light turn right onto
NC-210 West, travel on Island Drive to 2649 Island Drive.

No Weapons Allowed on Premises
Shuttle From Wilmington 
A shuttle is available from Wilmington for  a nominal fee .  Shuttle tickets can be purchased with concert tickets.  Bus will leave from Walmart parking lot promptly at 3 pm  5226 Sigmon Road (Market Street Walmart location), Wilmington,  NC 28403. Bus will load at 2:30.  Hurry only 55 seats per day are available.


Venue
The stage and seating will be under a Pavilion tent.


Food and Beverages
The food  trucks will feature a eclectic mix of delicious food  for purchase.  No picnic baskets or coolers allowed.  
Beer and wine tickets/tokens will be for sale and beverages sold with ticket/token only.  Remember, 21 to drink in North Carolina.

 

Parking

Parking  will be available at the North Topsail Beach Public Works department (3315 Gray Street) and at all beach access parking areas.

Children and Pets
Animals and pets are not permitted in the event facility or neighboring outdoor event groups except in conjunction  with aids to the disabled.
Children under 11 are admitted free with paying adult.


Leave No Trace 
More like create no trace.  All that should be left behind are the echoes of your sweet sweet memories. Reduce waste, and help and encourage others to do the same-please
 place all litter in designated receptacles.


Ocean City Silent Auction
The OC Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the Jazz Festival, visit the Auction Tables to bid on auction items.  

 Wristbands
You will be given a colored wristbands on site and can come and go freely after admission. Please do not take off your wristband as you will be asked to leave the venue.




The 2018 Ocean City Jazz Festival is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources
  and Onlsow County Tourism

           
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