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Fresh Catch: Best Spots for Seafood in the Carolinas

From the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the South Carolina Lowcountry, the Carolinas serve up some of the freshest, most delicious seafood year-round. Fall brings a multitude of seafood samplings at various food festivals throughout the Carolinas. Get your ocean-fresh fix at one of these local festivals or neighborhood seafood restaurants.

 

The Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival celebrates the multitude of local seafood restaurants and eateries along the Grand Strand. This year, the festival has expanded to two days, running from the evening of October 6th and all day October 7th. Held in downtown Myrtle Beach, this event features live beach tunes, a cornhole tournament, car show, kid zone, and various food and merchandise vendors. 

 

With the beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park as the backdrop in picturesque downtown Beaufort, South Carolina, the Beaufort Shrimp Festival will be a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. Held the weekend of October 6th & 7th, enjoy live music, a 5K bridge run/walk, a myriad of local arts & crafts, plus plenty of regional Lowcountry dishes. Up to 15 local restaurants will feature their best shrimp dish to compete for the Silver Cup award, so make sure to try each one and cast your vote!

 

Held October 6th through 8th, the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City, North Carolina, is celebrating its 34th year as a display of the great diversity of indigenous seafood from North Carolina. This festival also celebrates the positive impact of the seafood industry in North Carolina. With festival proceeds being shared with community organizations, they've raised over $1.8 million since 1987. Enjoy two stages of live music, a boat show, road race, fishing tournament, SasSea's Playground, and the Chefs Tent Exhibition, which offers local dish sampling ever hour. 

 

The Little River Shrimp Fest in Little River, South Carolina will host more than 22,000 attendees this October 14th and 15th at the Historic Little River Waterfront. Local restaurants will serve fresh seafood as well as festival favorites from a variety of area vendors. This event also features 2 stages of live music, a children's area, face painting, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more than 150 different arts & crafts plus business vendors. 

 

The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is a weekend of non-stop musical talent in Kure Beach, North Carolina, along the scenic Cape Fear River. Held October 14th and 15th, the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival boasts nationally recognized blues and jazz performers, coastal cuisine, an arts & wine garden, crafts, and an entertaining Kidz Zone. Sample fresh local seafood from some of the area's favorite award-winning restaurants while you unwind with live jazz, salt air, and warm ocean breezes. 

 

Head to Bluffton, South Carolina this October 14th through 22nd for the 13th annual Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival. This week long festival showcases locally harvested seafood, delicious Lowcountry fare, as well as the work of over 100 artists from 10 different states. Make time to explore downtown Bluffton, a charming coastal town known for its unique art community and natural river beauty.

 

Celebrate everything oyster at the NC Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle, North Carolina, the weekend of October 21st & 22nd. Ocean Isle Beach transforms into a walking district with a variety of local fare, crafts, contests, and musical performances. You can enter a shag dance competition, taste fabulous oyster stews, and even enter an oyster shucking contest. 

 

If you can't make it to a seafood festival this fall, AAA has you covered with discounts at Landry's Seafood House in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Landry's offers exceptional Gulf Coast seafood, succulent steaks, and mouthwatering desserts all with a waterfront view. AAA members save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages. 

 

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Charleston, South Carolina features fresh Southern-style seafood and other American favorites. Known for their friendly service and Forrest Gump movie memorabilia, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. offers an assortment of dishes for the shrimp lover in your family as well as award-winning ribs and fresh salads. Save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages with your AAA membership. 

 

With two locations in the Charlotte area, Dressler's is an upscale contemporary restaurant with a menu of imaginative seafood, steaks, and appetizers paired with an extensive wine list as well as a full-service bar. Both the Metropolitan and Birkdale locations boast fresh seafood entrees like salmon, halibut, crab cakes, shrimp & grits, tuna, and shrimp linguini. Enjoy a free dessert for every dinner entree ordered with your AAA membership. 

 

Make all your friends and family jealous when you post your mouth watering seafood photos to your social media channels from your Sprint cellphone. AAA members receive rate plan savings, and if Sprint is already your cellular provider, Sprint will cover your AAA Basic Membership renewal for free.

 

Before your seafood road trip, visit your local AAA Care Care Location for all of your car maintenance needs, including battery checks. Contact your local AAA travel agent to help make your planning easy with hotel discounts, reservations, TripTiks — AAA's exclusive travel planner — and AAA's Mobile App. Before leaving town, make sure your home is secure, and that you are covered with the right vehicle and homeowner's insurance for any unexpected situation. You can easily manage your AAA membership online, or call 1-866-593-8626 while on the road.

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