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Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival

Sep 17 - 18, 2016
216 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Come celebrate sports, health, wellness and the arts in Carolina Beach! The Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival will have many activities, one of which is the famous Dragon Boat Race. Enjoy being afloat a colorful 45 foot long watercraft with your friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers for this heart racing event. Each boat will be manned by 20 people plus a steersman and a drummer for full effect. On Friday evening, enjoy a kickoff party complete with a parade and introduction of all competing teams, live music and refreshments (available for purchase). Saturday, get ready to race with the first event starting at 9:00 am! Teams will compete for trophies with awards for the Fastest time, Slowest time, Most Spirited team, Best Costumes, Match Race Winners and more. The Awards Ceremony and Celebration Party will begin at 4 pm on Saturday evening and feature 30 vendors serving their best fare at the Marina.

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Wilmington Fall Wine and Beer Walk

Sep 23 - 25, 2016
208 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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

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Battleship Alive! Living History Event

Sep 24, 2016
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

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.

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Carolina Fall King Challenge

Oct 1, 2016
Johnny Mercer Pier
Carolina Beach Pier
Varies, NC 28401

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

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Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

Oct 8 - 9, 2016
118 Riverfront Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449




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

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Oct 8 - 9, 2016
Market & Water Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401

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

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Port City Rumble

Oct 8, 2016, 11am - 5pm
Downtown Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28401

The 10th Annual Port City Rumble will take place Saturday, October 8th. This annual event includes traditional hotrods, modified cars and motorcycles, death-defying creeper races and awards. Live music will be provided, along with fun parties at various establishments around downtown Wilmington- Get ready to ROCK!

Date: October 8, 2016

Time: 11am-5pm

Admission: TBA

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PPD Ironman North Carolina

Oct 22, 2016

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.

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Wilmington Seafood Festival

Oct 22 - 23, 2016
4114 River Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

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

Admission: Free

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Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

Oct 22, 2016

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.

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/north-carolina.aspx#ixzz3umjTPM8k

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Batty's Battleship Halloween Celebration

Oct 25, 2016, 5:30pm - 8pm
1 Batlleship Rd NE
Wilmington, NC 28401

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!

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Voracious & Rare Beer Festival

Oct 28, 2016, 6pm - 9pm
1 Battleship NE
Wilmington, NC 28401

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

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NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Nov 4 - 6, 2016
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

The Surf to Sound is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. The race is presented by The McGee Law Firm and organized by The Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, organizers of the Carolina Cup.

Dates : Start: November 04, 2016 - End: November 06, 2016

Time: 9am

Registration: See website for complete details.

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Cape Fear Kite Festival

Nov 5 - 6, 2016, 10am - 4pm
1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

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

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Cape Fear Festival of Trees

Nov 21 - Dec 4, 2016
9000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

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.

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Gallop for the Gravy 5K

Nov 24, 2016
2710 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

Come join us for the 10th annual Gallop for the Gravy, at 8 AM Thanksgiving Day before the turkey and traveling! This fun certified 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run through the Forest Hills Neighborhood in Wilmington, NC provides a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday in the spirit of gratitude. Proceeds benefit local organizations supported by the Wilmington West Rotary Club.

Prizes are given out for best costume, fastest Rotarian, and Bobblehead Trophies for the 3 fastest runners in each age group! You may even win a prize of a coveted homemade pie for your Thanksgiving feast!

Dates : Start: November 24, 2016 - End: November 24, 2016

Admission: You can register in person at the YMCA on Market St.

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33rd Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla At Wrightsville

Nov 25 - 26, 2016
1 Bob Sawyer Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

The Flotilla Experience is a weekend full of fun events with something for everyone including the Atlantic Marine Launch Party with The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, an annual tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa on Friday, along with the Festival in the Park for families and children on Saturday afternoon prior to the actual Flotilla.

The 33rd Annual Flotilla weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th, 2016.

When was the last time that you spent Thanksgiving weekend at the beach?! Yall come on down!

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Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown

Dec 31, 2016
K Street
Kure Beach, NC 28449

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

Admission: Free

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15th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza

Jan 1, 2017
Roland Ave Beach Access
Surf City, NC 28445


The 15th 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.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Commemoration

Jan 16, 2017

January.16, 2017

Location: Cape Fear Community College Front and Brunswick Wilmington, NC 28401

Martin Luther King Jr. Day has special resonance to Wilmingtonians because (among other reasons) Dr. King was scheduled to travel to Wilmington for a speaking engagement on the day he was assassinated. Wilmington honors his memory with a week of events dedicated to him and his work ending with Monday's commemorative parade. Additional programs include assorted venues with food, entertainment, a gospel concert and speeches - to view a full list of events please see the website below.

Event Time: 11am

Admission Fee/Ticket Price
Parade is Free : Full list of programs and admissions are available for viewing on the website below.

For More Information Call: 910-763-4138


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Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Mar 25, 2017
Salisbury Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28428

March 25, 2017

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.

Event Time
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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NC Azalea Festival

Apr 5 - 9, 2017

April 5-9, 2017

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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