Located on the White Oak River to the northeast of Jacksonville is the quaint town of Swansboro. The restored waterfront area is complete with antique shops, arts and crafts stores, and fine seafood restaurants. Swansboro was settled more than 200 years ago as a shipping port, and many of the original buildings still stand today. The waterfront area comes alive every second Saturday in October with the sights and sounds of the annual Mullet Festival. In addition to the harbor-front cookout, there are games, local artist exhibits and the stunning Swansboro Mullet Festival Parade.