Fins and feathers flock together in this live-animal exhibit featuring beautiful lorikeets. Enjoy the dazzling color combinations of brilliant blues, vibrant greens, royal reds and sunny yellows with these magnificent creatures.
Join the beautiful historic Poplar Grove Mansion every Wednesday for their superb Farmers' Market. One of the greatest opportunities at this Farmers' Market is the interaction with the people growing, catching, baking and producing your food and other products.
Every Wednesday, April 19-October 25, 2017
The Cape Fear Blues Festival is a cultural fixture in our region and an up and coming festival throughout the national blues industry where blues fans can satisfy their soulful cravings!
June 23-25, 2017
Celebrate Independence Day early with free fireworks and live music by the sea! Enjoy a night of rock, blues and fun with Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey and their soulful tunes. Be sure to arrive early to grab your spot at the gazebo or on the beach to enjoy free entertainment and fireworks by the sea. Weather permitting and schedule is subject to change without notice.
The City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration will feature live entertainment and food vendors in beautiful historic downtown Wilmington. The fireworks display will begin at 9:05 pm and will be launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River. Spend a night to remember with the whole family at this year's Independence Day celebrations! For more information including parking and traffic information please visit the city's website.
The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic continues to be a beloved Wrightsville Beach surfing tradition. Returning to the south end of Wrightsville Beach, this forum is for all levels of female surfers; amateur to pro and experienced. Divisions will include: Pro Shortboard and Pro Longboard, open to all ages, and amateur shortboard and longboard, grouped by age. The popular Stand Up Paddleboard division as well as the crowd favorite Tiny Wahine event will complete the competition. Please check website for updates, registration, and heat schedules. *Parking available in the public parking lot across from the Oceanic Restaurant.*
Dance the night away to live music, enjoy an inflatable movie screen featuring short films, a cash bar and more. Make bids at the popular silent auction featuring a wide assortment of fine art, services, and specialties from local businesses. Make sure to “seas the daze” and stop by this wonderful annual event in the heart of Wrightsville Beach!
North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination is home once again to the annual Wilmington Boat Show - the largest of its' kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida. This destination show will feature more than 80 different boat brands including all in-water displays at the Port City Marina with a demo dock for serious boat buyers to take a spin. Pier 33 will have several boat displays along with music and food while the Wilmington Convention Center will feature more boat displays, marine industry exhibits as well as fishing and sailing seminars. Kids can enjoy a plethora of activities including, face painting, a bouncy house and kids fishing seminars with the famed Captain Don Dingman giving out free fishing rods.
This is the 5th annual event in Sunny Carolina Beach right on the Atlantic Ocean, New Hanover County, North Carolina! Please join the Island Men this September for this two day event of activities, scheduled for September 15th and 16th. Racing will be on a 300m race course along the shores of the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin, a protected area of water lined with beach homes, condos, and marinas. Community teams will be racing along with a few club teams from around the region.
This event brings together sports, health and wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community. Proceeds from this event will go directly to benefit Step Up for Soldiers and their programs providing volunteer services for renovations, recreation and recognition for recently disabled Veterans.
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!
Saturday, September 23
Enjoy this unique paranormal ghost tour celebrating the Southern tradition of painting porch ceilings Haint Blue to ward off restless souls. Spirits and haunts, or haints, of all ages, from 1850 to 1950, continue to hover around this manor house, particularly in the dining room, upstairs hallway, and children's room. There are lots of true stories of the Poplar Grove's Foy family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. Come discover who these phantoms are, and why they're still here. We will share a little history with you, provide a scroll of the dead, and permit you to focus on a particular room or rooms for paranormal activity.
Cameras, and other paranormal equipment is permitted.
Dates : Friday's in October. See website for times.
Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, this free, family-oriented celebration is a two-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 downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear river and has since resulted in a cultural street festival that entices locals and tourists alike to our amazing Historic Downtown.
This festival is the largest Latino event in North Carolina and celebrates the cultural differences between all people. Enjoy an array of Latino-themed sections: The Kids Fiesta area, the food courtyard with delicious food from all over Latin America, live Latin music and dance lessons, an array of exhibitors selling various products & services, and more!
Entry Fee: $60 per angler before October 9; $70 per angler after October 9 (one entry fee gets you in all divisions except Red Drum Calcutta)
Red Drum TWT: $25 per angler (Red Drum TWT is optional–it is offered as another way for tournament participants to win money)
Over $20,000 in cash and prizes (based on 500 entries)
Boundaries: Must fish from a Pleasure Island beach.
No boats — No sound or pier fishing.
Three Weigh-in Locations: North End, South End, and Island Tackle & Hardware.
Tournament Headquarters: Town of Carolina Beach Public Parking Lot between Sea Witch Cafe and CB Municipal Docks (224 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428)
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.
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Enjoy the flavors of Wrightsville Beach restaurants! The Taste of Wrightsville Beach festival celebrates the island's diverse and delicious fare on and around the beach with over 30 food, wine and beer tasting booths. (See website for a full list of vendors). Celebrity judges will rate the dishes with a "Best in Show" while the public will select the "People's Choice" award. This is an evening not to miss and only 500 tickets will be sold so book your tickets today!
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Batty Battleship, brother Buggy and their friends return to the Battleship for a spooktacular trick or treating time. A lot of fun and no scares it is the best location for the family to share.But don't be frightened and don't you fret we promise we'll provide a zoo with animals to pet. With candy and sweets there's plenty of treats you'll be asking yourself what more should I eat.Have fun aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for the 7th annual Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Battleship for trick-or-treating! 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!Admission is $5 per person. Kids 2 and under free. Some activities are weather dependent. Last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m.
Think of beers you've never had, some you've never even heard of, because that's what we'll have. This is an event for the true beer aficionado, someone that loves to try new things. If you're constantly searching for latest and greatest beer — this event is for you!
Explore the world of hops, grapes and grain at the Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival featuring over 100 craft breweries and wineries. Admission includes entrance to the Lighthouse Beer Festival grounds, a glass to sample with, and more beer and wine than you can ever taste in one day. Don't miss this fun-filled festival of beverages, live music, food vendors, and more! For the true beer fans, be sure to check out the Varacious Rare Beer Festival to kick-off the weekend. Please see website for details.
The Surf to Sound race is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. The race is presented by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, organizers of the Carolina Cup.
Dates : Start: November 03, 2017 - End: November 05, 2017
Registration: See website for complete details.
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.
The Wilmington Hammerheads FC is pleased to host the 2017 Beach Soccer Classic. The tournament is open to all U10-U18 Boys and Girls (Boys up to U15) Club teams that regularly participate in USYS Challenge, Classic and Premier league play only.
The Beach Soccer Classic will be held the weekend of November 18th - 19th, 2016.
Set amidst the inspiring and educational backdrop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, this year's Cape Fear Festival of Trees is sure to be one of the most unique festivities on the Cape Fear coast! Hosted at the Aquarium, all visitors who purchase a general admission ticket to the Aquarium between November 20 and December 31 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees. Dates : November 20-December 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Burn off those pre-Thanksgiving calories with the 13th annual Turkey Trot! This race includes a 5K timed run or a one-mile walk around the beautiful Wrightsville Beach Loop. There will be prizes, food and fun for everyone this Thanksgiving Day! Children 5 and under are FREE, but in order to be timed they must be registered and pay as an adult, please see website for further information.
Time:Starting Line: 8:20 AM, Race: 8:30 AM
A New Hanover County tradition since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens from Thanksgiving to Christmas to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the season. Guests will experience a 0.5m stroll through the Gardens, on a self-guided walking tour while feasting their eyes on a spectacular array of lights and holiday displays. Also in attendance, Santa Claus himself, and a few local food and beverage vendors with coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more!
See website for dates and times.
Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras!
Join the Burgwin-Wright House, Bellamy Mansion Museum and St. James Episcopal Church as they host their annual festive holiday evening filled with music, dancing, costumes, refreshments and more! Go back in time for an old-fashioned Christmas on this magical night full of fun for the whole family complete with period decorations, costumed interpreters and even a miniature animal petting zoo. Both historic houses are decorated beautifully for the holidays, so enjoy a trolley ride or a candlelit stroll through Downtown Wilmington as you go from one to the other.
Celebrate the holidays coastal-style at the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. Voted a Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Event, this celebration kicks off Friday night with the Anchor's Away Launch Party. The event is open to the public and includes dinner, a cash bar, live music and a silent auction. The fun continues Saturday with the Festival in the Park featuring over 100 arts and craft vendors, an antique car show, a large play area for children with several inflatables, the always popular Arab Choo Choo, festival food and more. The lighted boat parade begins at 6:00 pm and is followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Don't forget to vote via text for both the "People's Choice" and "Crowd Favorite" awards once the parade starts.
The 16th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza in Surf City, NC, benefits Ocean Cure, which helps at-risk and physically challenged youth achieve healing through surfing. The event features thousands of folks braving the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, plus a costume contest, and more.
Show up at 11am, swim at noon.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Location: 275 Waynick Blvd Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Description: Coastal Urge's Eighth Annual Cold Stroke Classic will be held on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway off Wrightsville Beach. With 2 divisions, paddlers can opt to do the 3.5 mile Recreational course or the 7 mile Elite course. Throughout the day there will be an exhibitor's expo open to the public with free demos. Cash prizes will be spread across the top finishers in each division. See website for further details. *Please note- All racers are required to have a USCG approved PFD*
Event Time: Saturday Events Begin : 9:30 am
Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Recreational Division Registration Fee: Adults - $55, Kids - $25, Elite Division Registration Fee: $75, Additional fees incurred for late registration*
For More Information Call: 910-256-7112 or 800-383-4443
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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