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    The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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Waterfowl Weekend

This annual celebration of the heritage of Down East is held at the Core Sound Museum, located next door to Cape Lookout National Seashore's Harkers Island Visitor Center. Waterfowl Weekend brings together decoy carvers, boat builders, local artists, and nonprofit organizations to share the history and culture (and food) of the Core Sound Community.


The 2013 Waterfowl Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, with a preview dinner and live auction on Friday.

Friday, December 6
6:30 PM -- Preview Party and Live Auction. Tickets may be purchased by calling 252-728-1500 ext. 21

Saturday, December 7
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Exhibits open
5:00 PM -- Live Auction

Sunday, December 8
8:00 AM -- Church Service
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM -- Exhibits open

Find more information on the Core Sound Museum website or by calling 252-728-1500 ext. 26.


The Decoy Festival

Waterfowl Weekend is an extension of the Core Sound Decoy Festival, which has been a local tradition since 1988.

The Decoy Festival is held at the Harkers Island Elementary School. The festival hosts exhibits, retriever demonstrations, and carving competitions. FREE shuttles carry visitors between the Decoy Festival and the Waterfowl Weekend event.

Find more information on the Decoy Festival on the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild website.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks

Barrier islands, such as those of Cape Lookout National Seashore, are piles of sand. As storms come up from the ocean the beaches are constantly rearranged.