• Friday, August 2nd - Sunday, August 4th

The Bald Head Island or “Old Baldy” Lighthouse is distinguished along the Carolina coastline as one of the oldest lighthouses still standing in the country, and visitors can learn all about this history while having a ball at the annual National Lighthouse Day Weekend. Generally held in early August, this weekend-long event features an array of corresponding activities and attractions that shine a light on this special local landmark, and which provide hours of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Though the precise schedule for the annual National Lighthouse Day Weekend changes from year to year, newcomers can expect to enjoy a variety of activities at sites all around the island, as well as at the base of the lighthouse itself. The weekend-long event features a nighttime “Run to the Light” race where the beacon of Old Baldy guides the way, a dinner theater show, a festival along the lighthouse grounds with tons of goodies and games, and so much more. With more than 200 years of maritime history to uncover, the National Lighthouse Day Weekend is a great opportunity to explore the unique roots of this historic structure while enjoying the many things to do on Bald Head Island.