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Oriental, North Carolina
In Oriental, it's all about the water!

Videos about what we do down much to do, so little time.

For a tiny town, noted years ago as "The Sailing Capital of North Carolina", what goes on in and around Oriental is a celebration of this beautiful setting we share, the vast Neuse River, widest in the nation, at our front door.  People ask, "what do you do in that tiny town?".  Well, here's a way to show it...friends, neighbors, strangers and professionals have posted videos about the goings-on in and around our small town.  Enjoy, we sure do.


A Small Fishing Village




Trawlers in Oriental Harbor

Dragon Boating


From Mick Roberts

Dragon Boat Festival 2008

Out and about Town

From GeronimoBarra

But the reason the town is named Oriental is because Miss Becky (Midyette) suggested that name after seeing the name plate of boat she'd seen on the outer banks that had foundered and the name plate was recovered.  They were looking for a unique name for the town which was to have a post office.  They sure came up with a unique name.  For not only is there no other Oriental in North Carolina, there's none in the whole US of A.

Wanderers first coming to town


From Mick Roberts

Oriental Car Show 2014

Ol' Front Porch Music Festival 2015

Spirit of Christmas Parade 2016





Silos Restaurant, Oriental, Wednesday is Open Music Night

From Drake Paragon

Ben Stookey at Silos 2012

The Old Theater, Oriental, NC

From Mick Roberts

Moscow Nights in Oriental

Sailing and Boating


Lightning Regattas

From Mick Roberts

Lightning Regatta 5-17-2014


SailPack Oriental Invitational Regatta

From Mick Roberts

Sailpack 2015


Sunfish National Masters Championships

From Mick Roberts

Sunfish National Masters 2014


Sunfish World Championships

From Camp Seagull/Seafarer

Camp Seagull/Seafarer 2014 Sunfish Worlds

From Mick Roberts

Mick Roberts - 2014 Sunfish Worlds

Nova Carina All Girl Racer 5-30-15

2017 SailPack Oriental, NC Intercollegiate Regatta


July 4th Croakerfest

The first Saturday of July each year is the Croakerfest in Oriental.  A Croaker is a local fish, and the festival originated years ago as a community fish-fry.  It all starts on Friday with foods and a street dance.  Then Saturday there's a very eclectic home-town parade, kids games, foods, activities, a small boat regatta, and the evening ends with fireworks over Oriental Harbor.

From Mick Roberts


New Year Dragon Run

Every new years Eve one, or sometime more, dragons wander down Hodges Street at the Oriental Harbor.  Sometimes hard to know when, but residents greet them with noisemakers as they work with the dragons to drive all the evil spirits from the coming year.

From Mick Roberts

New Year's Eve 2015-16 

Chinese New Year in Oriental and Taiwan 2016

From Karen Nccraw

December 31, 2014

From Blake Wiggs

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2011 - Dragon Dance

From namaskargb

December 31, 2011







From Drake Paragon

What do you love about the cruising lifestyle?

With DnDon Wogaman

Departing from Oriental



From KayakFishingTales

Fishing for Striper/Rockfish in Oreintal, NC

From Twistedwiz

From Addictive Fishing

PAWS Annual Dog Parade


Pamlico Animal Welfare Society

Every Spring the members of PAWS host a parade where dogs and their humans, sometime accompanied by other creatures put on their best duds and take to the street, to help others not as fortunate as they are...

From Mick Roberts

April 25, 2015 PAWS Annual Dog Parade - Town Hall, 507 Church Street, Oriental, NC 28571 (252) 249-0555