Date: 3/36-26, 2016
Join us Friday, March 25th for a sweet treat at 5:00pm, Saturday March 26th for an Easter Egg Hunt at 10am, craft time at 1pm and a cookout at 5pm.
Celebrate Mom this weekend! Come out Friday evening to cool off with an ice cream sundae. Saturday we will have craft time to make Mom a special gift and Saturday evening we will be playing a movie and providing snacks and drinks.
Date: Happening All Summer Long!
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Join us every Friday at 5 pm from June 3 to September 30 for a delicious bowl of ice cream!
All proceeds go to Care Camps so please consider at least a $1.00 donation per bowl of ice cream to send children with cancer to Summer camp.
Come celebrate Dad with us! Friday night we will have root beer floats, Saturday at 8:30 pm join us for movie night at the Stage. Free drinks and snacks are provided. We look forward to seeing you!
Date: July 1-4, 2016
Join us by the pool Friday July 1 for a free ice cream social complete with all of your favorite toppings. July 2 we will have Tie Dye at 10 am (Shirts and hat for tie-dye can be purchased at the store). At 4 pm we will have craft time for the kids, at 6 pm a free cookout and face painting. Then top the night off with a movie under the stars at 8:30 pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sunday we will serve donuts and bagels at 8 am in the General Store.
Join us Labor Day weekend for and end of Summer Luau! We will have an ice cream social and pool party on Friday night, games, crafts, a luau feast and movie night on Saturday. Sunday morning we will have a pancake breakfast-$2.00 per plate and all proceeds are donated to KOA Care Camps. Don't miss out on all the fun!
Value Kard Members, come join us for our appreciation weekend! Value Kard holders that pay for Friday night will receive Saturday night FREE! If you are not a Value Kard holder, it is not too late! Call us to find out how you can be a part of this fantastic weekend.
Join us October 21 and 22 for our Annual Halloween Celebration. Activities will include a site decorating contest, "hay" rides, crafts, trick or treating, taco's in a bag (fritos, chili, cheese, and toppings) and a movie night. So bring on the decorations and the imaginations because the grand prize is one night free on a future stay!
Although our big Halloween weekend occurs the weekend prior to the holiday we are adding some fun things for October 28 and 29. We will have a sweet treat and beverages on Friday evening and Saturday night we will have trick or treating and a movie. So come on out for a frightfully good time!
Join us October 28 and 29 for our second Halloween Weekend. We will have a sweet treat on Friday. There will be a site decorating contest, "hay" ride, trick or treating and a movie on Saturday. Grand prize for the site decorating contest is one free night stay on a future stay!
The 12th Annual Polar Plunge along with the 5K Run-N-Plunge will be held on Feb.13. With the annual 5K Run-N-Plunge, shivering plungers brave cold conditions and dive into the chilly Atlantic Ocean after completing a 5K winding through Carolina Beach. The plunge is all about fun, so contestants are encouraged to dress up and find their inner superhero! There will be a pre-race auction, a costume contest, food, and, of course, the plunge at the end of the race. Contestants can opt for the 5K Run-N-Plunge, a 1-mile fun walk or just the plunge, but no matter what you choose to participate in, the day is sure to leave you smiling!
Dates : February 13, 2016
Time: Live Music: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 5K Run/Walk: 1:30 PM, The Plunge: 3:05 PM
Admission: Please see website for registration details.
Come celebrate Wilmington's community of local, original artists at the Brooklyn Arts Center when 50 -plus of the region's finest present their work in the magnificent BAC church and courtyard. Renowned as "downtown's cutting-edge art show" you can expect fabulous pottery, paintings, illustrations, sculpture, photography, watercolors, glass, metal, woodwork, and more, priced perfectly at $25 - $250. That's right, every piece of original fine art for $250 or less! Event will feature a marketplace of local and original artwork, raffle, courtyard vendor tent, food trucks, and BAC cash bar so enjoy!
Dates : Start: February 20, 2016 - End: February 21, 2016
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $5 Per Person, Under Age 12: Free. Ticket is good for both days and includes a raffle ticket.
February 21, 2016
The Race 13.1 Wilmington half marathon, 10k and 5k event returns for its second year on Feb. 21, 2016 after a very successful inaugural race in 2015! The event will once again start and finish at Lumina Station, the "shopping village by the beach", with a route that features the citys beautiful Cross City Trail as well as the University of North Carolina Wilmingtons campus. With an average high of around 60 degrees in February, Wilmington is an ideal place to enjoy the coasts natural beauty and spend time with family and friends and a great destination for a weekend getaway!
Time: 7:00 a.m.
February 27, 2016
Front Street Wilmington, NC 28401
This self-guided tasting tour of downtown Wilmington's finest popular restaurants and drinking establishments is a blast! Discover new and different beers and wines available at these local spots while you also discover your new favorite downtown hangout, bar, or restaurant. This event always sells out as tickets are limited, so please dont hesitate to purchase your tickets in advance.
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Admission Fee/Ticket Price
Tickets: $15 each, or 2 for $25.
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In March 2015, racers from four states converged in Wrightsville Beach for the inaugural US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship. Bikers competed in three divisions covering distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. This race, one of the first of its kind in the United States, returns to Wrightsville Beach on March 12, 2016.
March.12, 2016 @ 11a.m.
Downtown Wilmington Wilmington, NC 28401
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Wilmington, NC, begins at North Front Street traveling south to Dock Street, then circling back north on Water Street. The St. Patrick's Day Festival follows the parade at Riverfront Park.
Parade Starts at 11:00 AM Festival Starts at Noon
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March 18-20, 2016
Salisbury Street Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Experience marathon madness at the beach with the 6th Annual Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, a winner of the Southeast Tourism Top 20 events! This exciting event draws competitors from all over the country to beautiful Wrightsville Beach and "Runner's World" ranked this competition as one of the top ten races that qualified runners for the Boston Marathon.
Fri: 4pm-8pm, Sat:11am-9pm, Sun: 4:45am-12:35pm. For a full schedule please see website.
Admission: Free to watch. Different Registration fees according to events you participate in, please see website for details.
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Fri, March 18, 2016 - Sun, March 20, 2016
Selected as a Top 20 Event from the Southeast Tourism Society in 2013, 2014 and years past! Outdoor enthusiasts will get the chance to enjoy three days of hunting exhibitors, wildlife art displays, decoys, hunting and fishing products, decoy carving demonstrations, hand-crafted turkey and duck calls, hand-crafted knives, dough bowls, jewelry and much more! Take part in interactive activities such as a Laser Tag Duck Hunt, fly arrows on Archery Alley, enjoy a BB Gun Range, witness raptors in flight, and meet extraordinary animals like snakes, rescued wolves and a bobcat. Have fun with the whole family while learning about our native wildlife, resources and conservation with the acclaimed Cape Fear Wildlife Expo!
Time: Fri & Sat: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Admission: Adults:$10, Seniors 65 + and Military: $7, Three Day Pass: $20, Children 10 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
The North Carolina Azalea Festival 5K/10K & 1 mile-Fun Walk is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. Kids, dogs, and costumes are welcome!
All proceeds from this event benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center Big Buddy Program. Big Buddy is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches at-risk youth ages 6-16 in New Hanover County and Brunswick County with positive adult role models. Youth are identified as at-risk due to the following circumstances: involvement with the juvenile justice system, excessive in-school and/or out-of-school suspensions, poor academic performance, and lack of positive role models. The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is a 501c3 and works to recruit and train volunteers, match volunteers with youth, offer support and guidance through case management, and provide monthly group activities.
April 6-10, 2016
Downtown Wilmington, NC
The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington's exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture during its five days of entertainment that includes a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and all that is Southern. Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
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Get ready to watch one of the most exciting surfing competitions at the 13th Annual WBLA Longboard Pro-Am! Contestants will compete in the Longboard Classic Pro-Am heats, semi-finals and finals with a pro purse prize of $2000! More details to come!
April 23-24, 2016
The Carolina Cup is a four race paddleboarding event. There are also a number of really fun events that will make this a true stand up paddle destination. Take paddle clinics from Danny Ching, Jimmy Terrell, Larry Cain, Jaime Mitchell, SUP Yoga Teacher Training, WPA Certifications, Bailey Rosen and Jenny Kalmbach. Itll be one that you can plan a 5-day weekend and bring the family!
For more information visit http://www.wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheCarolinaCup.
The Coastal Carolina Trainfest at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, features examples of model railroads from six participating clubs including more than 15 operating layouts, clinics, demos, and vendors. Under age 17 admitted free. Admission fee good for both days and includes free entry to the Wilmington Railroad Museum for both days. HOURS: Saturday: 10am to 5pm; Sunday: 10am to 4pm.
The 4th Annual Wilmington Wine & Food Festival at Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington, NC, features local and statewide culinary masters, special guest chef dinners, bartender challenges, wine and food samplings, live music, and a food truck rodeo with local breweries. Proceeds benefit local charities.
Join us for a casual-paced bicycle ride from Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on Wilmington's River to Sea Bicycle Route (NC Bike Route #1). The bikeway is comprised of residential streets, off-road multi-use paths, and a few busy arterial roadways. Refreshments and prize drawings will be at the finish line in Wrightsville Beach starting at 10am, so bring your friends and family to join in on this day of fun! Please note, helmets are required for all participants and there is a trolley transportation option for riders returning to Downtown Wilmington.
Dates : Start: May 07, 2016 - End: May 07, 2016
Time: Present by: 8:00 AM, Departure at 8:30 AM Admission: All Riders Welcome: No charge to participate, just bring your bike & your helmet and get ready to ride!
May 20-22, 2016
Downtown Wilmington Wilmington, NC 28401
Classic cars from across the nation will line the Cape Fear River for this Annual Antique Car Show in May 2016. For more information, check out the Cool Wilmington Facebook page, or click the link below.
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Welcome to the 23rd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic!
Over 300 teams participated in the 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic last year. Teams are strongly encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment, as we can only host a certain number of teams. Last May 2015 roughly 50 teams were placed on the waiting list.Teams traveled from all over North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Virginia.
This tournament is only open to USYS/Affiliate State Associations that play Challenge, Select, Classic and Premier Boys U10-U18 league play and USYS/Affiliate State Associations that play Challenge, Select, Classic and Premier Girls U10-U15 league play. The 23rd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic will ONLY accept USYS/NCYSA registered teams!
The registration deadline for the 23rd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic is Friday, April 22nd, 2016.
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Wilmington's largest downtown arts festival returns for its 21st year! The work of more than 80 artists from Wilmington and across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee will be featured at this glorious annual event. Participants will exhibit oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, wood, glass, and paper creations. The Orange Street Arts Fest is both relaxing and exhilarating with live entertainment, old-fashioned fair food and a wine and beer tent. This year's festival will also include a Children's Play Place complete with games and inflatables and local food trucks from some of the best restaurants in the area! With its laid back attitude and historic Downtown Wilmington setting, the Orange Street ArtsFest has been described as "A Jewel of a Show" so don't miss out!
May 28-29, 2016
Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm
On Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes military and patriotic musical arrangements featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute, and a memorial wreath cast onto the water. The Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.
Listen up all you beach music aficionados; this is your chance to dance barefoot on the sand or just sway to the beat while standing in the surf. Held the first Saturday in June, the Beach Music Festival, hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, is billed as "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast" and one of the longest running beach music festivals in the United States.
Come out and enjoy a full day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the south! * You can access this festival via the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.*
Dates : Start: June 04, 2016 - End: June 04, 2016
Time: Gates Open: 10:00am Admission: Advanced: TBA- Cash only at the event. Children Aged 12 and Under: Free. Coolers, Beverages and Food Allowed. Sorry no glass, pets or refunds.
The Port City Rib Fest is a celebration of great BBQ, cool music and zany fun. It features champion pitmasters from around the country. They cook on a summer circuit and have been at their trade for a long time. Along with the succulent BBQ offerings, a multitude of side items, desserts and drink options are available. The first Port City Rib Fest was held in August of 2013, adjacent to the USS North Carolina battleship, on the shores of the Cape Fear River. Over 17,000 attendees braved the hottest weekend of the year to partake in the festivities.
The variety of BBQ styles alone makes our festival unique, but we have established a reputation of showcasing original acts from all around the country, but it's our other offerings which make us The Nation's Most Unique BBQ Festival. Some traditionalists may say that sword swallowers, Luchadores and fire dancers don't belong at a BBQ festival. Obviously we disagree.
This fun-filled, self-guided tour of downtown Wilmington bars, nightclubs and eateries will take you on an adventure like no other! Sample two wines or two beers at participating locations while you experience local watering holes that you may already know and some you may have never experienced before!
Dates : Start: September 26, 2015 - End: September 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Admission: $16 Per Person or 2 for $27. Tickets are available at Etix.com
Step back in time! Watch and interact with living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. In addition, the WAVES/Home Front unit will portray the lives of women in the Navy and of the men and women on the home front during the war. This is a great event for all ages, so make sure to bring your questions and a camera!
Dates: Sat, September 24, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: Included with Battleship admission.
Come out for the Carolina Fall King Challenge! Have your choice among the best fishing piers on the North Carolina Coast for this fall fishing competition. The Kure Beach Pier, Carolina Beach Pier and Johnnie Mercer's Pier at Wrightsville Beach offer the perfect setting for multi-species fishing, so get ready to challenge your fellow fishers to the finish line this weekend!
Dates : Start: October 1, 2016
JOIN US OCTOBER 8th AND 9th, 2016 FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL PLEASURE ISLAND SEAFOOD BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE ON PLEASURE ISLAND
Gates Open 11:00
Two-Day Ticket in Advance - $50.00
$60 Saturday Only Ticket Available at Front Gate if Not Sold Out
$25 Sunday Only Available at Front Gate if Not Sold Out
Children 12 and under Free
NO COOLERS * NO PETS * NO REFUNDS * NO VIDEOS OR CAMERAS * NO WEAPONS
For more information, please visit their website:
Wilmington Riverfest is celebrated on the first weekend of October, runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington on Water Street, from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, this free, family-oriented celebration is a three-day event and has grown to be a widely anticipated annual celebration. Riverfest was created in February 1979, by a group of Wilmingtonians interested in showcasing the Cape Fear River, that has since resulted in a cultural street festival that entices locals and tourists alike to our amazing Historic Downtown.
Dates : Start: October 8, 2016 - End: October 9, 2016
Admission: General Admission: Free
The PPD IRONMAN North Carolina features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run through coastal and southeastern North Carolina. It is a unique "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event, with each leg finishing in a different location.
The swim starts at the southern tip of beautiful Wrightsville Beach and takes place in a channel connected to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Always on an incoming tide, the current makes for consistently fast swim times. The bike course then takes competitors from Wrightsville Beach through the outskirts of Wilmington and three surrounding counties before returning to Historic Downtown Wilmington to the second transition area. The two-loop run is an out-and-back, flat and fast run course starting in historic Wilmington and leads athletes around picturesque Greenfield Lake. The race finishes in downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River just across from the historic USS North Carolina Battleship.
Please join us at the first Wilmington Seafood Festival! This FREE two day event highlights the fresh, local seafood found right here off the shores and along the banks of our coast. Attendees will enjoy great food, live music, maritime crafters and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Cape Fear River Watch will be pouring SweetWater beer. Free parking with shuttles will be located at the Barclay Centre, 3151 S. 17th Street. Limited on-site parking ($10) will also be available.
Dates : Start: October 22, 2016 - End: October 23, 2016
Time: Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. 11am-6pm
The PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina triathlon will take place on much of the same course as its bigger sibling and will feature a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. This "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event begins in Wrightsville Beach and takes athletes along the same fast channel swim. The bike course runs through the coastal countryside outside Wilmington, and the run traverses Greenfield Lake before athletes finish in historic downtown Wilmington across from the USS North Carolina Battleship.
The 2016 PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina will offer 50 age-group slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
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Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Battleship to go trick-or-treating on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:30pm 8:00pm. Batty Battleship, brother Buggy and their friends return to the Battleship for a spooktacular trick or treatingtime. A lot of fun and no scares it is the best location for the family to share.
But dont be frightened and dont you fret we promise well provide a zoo with animals to pet. With candy and sweets theres plenty of treats youll be asking yourself what more should I eat.
Fun games, activities, henna tattoos, & storytelling is all part of the Halloween fun. Batty Battleship is perfect for the little ones and families! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Bring your camera!
This event is designed for the true beer aficionado. If you're constantly searching for the latest and greatest beer, this event was made for you! Take advantage of the opportunity to try over 50 unique beers you've never had and some you've never heard of aboard the deck of the historic Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, complete with light appetizers, live music and brewers on hand to answer all of your questions. Space is limited for this event, so book your tickets today!
For further information please visit www.lighthousebeerandwine.com
Dates : Start: October 28, 2016 - End: October 28, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
*21 and Older ONLY* $75 Per Person- Tickets are Limited
Come watch as we paint the sky! Flyers from all over will be joining together at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area for the Annual Cape Fear Kite Festival. There will be more than just your average kites flying and filling the sky, so enjoy all shapes, sizes, styles and of course colors!
Dates : Start: November 05, 2016 - End: November 06, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns as one of the most heart-warming holiday traditions in our area. During the two-week festival, starting with an opening on November 21, you are invited to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance. Glittering trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists transform the aquarium space into an enchanted forest for all to enjoy. In addition to the dazzling array of trees, enjoy performances by local musical groups and artists. Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell and ukulele choirs, A Capella singing and more. This is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations! Visit their website for schedule information and pricing for specific festival events.
Dates : Start: November 21, 2016 - End: December 04, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
The New Year's Celebration is always held on New Year's Eve and begins at 9 PM. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don't miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.
This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.
Time: 9:00 pm Carolina Beach Boardwalk