The NC Festival by the Sea is a 2-day event that kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway on Saturday. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge. Arts and crafts vendors and a wide variety of festival and local foods are available on both days. Children can enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead, children's rides, bounce castles and amusements. Live musical entertainment will be provided on both days at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Parking is free.