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Carolina Soul Festival is the area’s only annual dance, fitness, music, health, and wellness event. Now in its third year, the purpose of Carolina Soul Fest is to create and encourage a culture of wellness and respect for the earth in our community through an awareness of health, nutrition, fitness, relaxation, cultural arts, music, and mental attitudes. It is an opportunity for festival goers to experience new offerings of yoga, music, and food while meeting like-minded individuals. 

Taking place on Saturday, April 13th from 11a.m. to 5p.m., Carolina Soul Fest will draw nearly 1,000 attendees to the undeveloped, unspoiled venue in Calabash, North Carolina at 9480 Ocean Highway (Highway 17), where they can dance, laugh, practice yoga, eat delicious food, partake in craft beer and wine, and make new meaningful connections. 

New at this year’s festival is Goat yoga. Movement Works instructors will lead yoga practice in tandem with miniature goats provided by a local farmer. Also new, a Pooch “Canine” Parade, sponsored by VCA Seaside Animal Hospital and Dog Daze Mobile Grooming and Pet Supply. 

As always, attendees can experience a Kids Zone jam-packed with fun, engaging activities including ninja warrior style obstacle course to play on, and a fairy princess garden with face painting and necklace and crown making. This year’s live bands include Digger T Trio of Little River, SC plus Rob Ronner of Wilmington and The Sea & Sand Band from Sunset Beach. There will also be 60 vendors offering transformative products from skin care, jewelry, clothing, healthy drinks and snacks, gardening, and clothing for your pets. 

The Carolina Soul Fest experience wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors and donors. This year, we’d like to thank J & J Air, First Bank OIB, Coral Tree Salon and Day Spa, Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, Dr. Henry Lepore Southeastern Medical of Sunset Beach, Holden Brothers Farmer’s Market, BEMC, ATMC, Sidelinger and Sidelinger Accounting, Dr. Chris Isenhour Oceanside Family Medicine, VCA Seaside Animal Hospital, Primp My Pooch, and Dog Daze Mobile Grooming, Woodmen Life of Shallotte , and Level Up Physical Therapy for their generous support. 

Admission is $5 per person, with children under 10 free. Rain date is the following weekend. Proceeds from the festival support Community Movement Alliance, Inc. a non-profit organization in Brunswick County that encourages the voices, minds, and futures of South Brunswick County’s marginalized youth and their families for the purpose of personal transformation through movement-based education in the disciplines of dance, martial arts, and the practice of yoga. Visit for information.