Sunset at Sunset will return to Sunset Beach this fall on Saturday, Oct. 1. This year, though, the 15-year-old festival has undergone some changes, all of which are aimed at improving the experience for all attendees.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature more than 100 vendors and crafters, including 29 new ones, and food services and non-profit organizations. The town’s various departments will also set up booths during the festival.
The major difference this year is, for the first time, Sunset at Sunset will be held at the Sunset Beach Town Park.
Historically, Sunset at Sunset has been held on the open piece of property between Ingram Planetarium and Food Lion. But, with a buyer interested in purchasing that property, festival organizers were told if it was bought before July 1 the festival couldn’t be held there.
With it all up in the air, the Sunset at Sunset Committee felt it was best to not risk having to cancel and went ahead and proactively relocated the popular festival.
“Eventually we were going to have to move to the park,” Sunset at Sunset Committee Chairperson Karen Joseph said. “So, we bit the bullet and that’s why we moved to the park.”
The stage and tent, with tables and chairs underneath, will be set up in the middle of Sunset Boulevard, with the vendors, food options and other booths scattered across the park and surrounding area.
The transition, Joseph said, has been challenging, especially since everyone — the committee, the town, vendors and organizations — had gotten used to Sunset at Sunset being held off Sunset Boulevard North.
“We had it down pat,” she said. “We knew how many vendors we fit, we knew who needed electricity, who needed water.”
However, the committee has put together plans which should make the change smooth and ensure that this year’s Sunset at Sunset is a fantastic time for all. Joseph said this year’s festival will be “as inviting as possible.”
Festival-goers won’t be allowed to park at the park, so the committee has set up a shuttle service that will take folks to and from the festival. There will be three park-and-ride locations: Sunset Beach Town Hall, Sea Trail Convention Center and Seaside United Methodist Church. The three buses will run all day.
During Sunset at Sunset, Sunset Boulevard will be closed off to traffic from the traffic circle to the water, as the stage will be set up in the road.
People can drive and park closer to the festival, but those who choose to do so are subject to all the town’s parking rules.
Look for additional information on the Sunset at Sunset Festival, including fliers across town advertising the event, in the coming days.
Dylan Phillips is the editor of the Brunswick Beacon. Feel free to reach out with comments, questions and tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.