The festival is Oct. 21-22 on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. in downtown Topsail Beach.

TOPSAIL BEACH – For the 29th year, art and beach music lovers will gather for Autumn With Topsail. This festival takes place, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. in downtown Topsail Beach.

Admission is $5 for adults, or $8 for an adult two-day pass. Children age 11 and under and active-duty military with an ID are free. Proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a volunteer nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Assembly Building, including the Missiles and More Museum.

Autumn With Topsail features arts and crafts from a variety of categories including woodworking, metal sculpting, painting, and jewelry crafting. Much more will be featured at the juried art festival. The festival focus is on the art, according to Keith Myers, festival co-chair.

“We only accept original art made by the artists,” Myers said. Every piece for sale at the event will be one of a kind. For those coming to the festival ready to purchase art, Myers said there will be an ATM on site, but most artists have the ability to accept credit cards.

Live music highlights Autumn With Topsail and bands perform both days. Starting at noon Saturday, The Carolina Band takes the stage, followed at 5 p.m. by the North Tower Band. On Sunday the esteemed Band of Oz performs from 1 to 4 pm.

Be sure to check out the Food Court with a wide variety of items prepared on festival grounds. And Autumn With Topsail features a wine and beer tent and plenty of tables and chairs for diners to relax.

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area hosts a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday inside the Assembly Building. The cost is $7 for adults and children over 12 years, $4 for children 6 to 11, while those 5 and under eat free.

Children’s activities include face painting, colorful hairspray designs, inflatables, and a roving magician.

The Assembly Building houses the Missiles and More Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the festival.

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