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Poplar Groves Paranormal Ghost Tour Photo

Poplar Groves Paranormal Ghost Tour

Oct 9 - 30, 2015
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411

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 childrens 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 theyre 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 : Start: October 09, 2015 - End: October 30, 2015


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PPD Beach to Battleship Triathalon Photo

PPD Beach to Battleship Triathalon

Oct 17, 2015

Date: Sat, Oct 17th, 2015
Time: 7:30am - 'til. 
Location: Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach
Website: http://www.beach2battleship.com/

PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance 2015
The PPD Beach2Battleship is an internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon. Competitors from around the country and the world have traveled to the Wilmington, N.C. area to enjoy everything this world famous waterfront destination has to offer and to experience a competition Triathlete Magazine named as one of the top 5 iron distance triathlons in the world.

PPD, a leading global contract research organization, supports the event as its title sponsor to educate the public on the vital role of clinical research and participation in clinical trials to deliver new medicines to improve health and save lives, and to support the local community. All of the event's net proceeds are contributed to the Wilmington Family YMCA.

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Wilmington Seafood Festival Photo

Wilmington Seafood Festival

Oct 17 - 18, 2015
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 17, 2015 - End: October 18, 2015

Time: Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. 11am-6pm

Admission: Free

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Voracious & Rare Beer Festival Photo

Voracious & Rare Beer Festival

Oct 23, 2015, 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 23, 2015 - End: October 23, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

*21 and Older ONLY* $75 Per Person- Tickets are Limited

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Trick or Treat Under the Sea Photo

Trick or Treat Under the Sea

Oct 28 - 30, 2015, 4:30pm - 8pm
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

For a spooky and safe place to take the kids on Halloween, visit Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This family friendly event features thrills and gills and includes indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, storytelling and haunted gardens. The whole family can view spooky divers in the massive fish tank and watch the No Sleeves Magic Camp perform as well! Please note that children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates : Start: October 28, 2015 - End: October 30, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Admission: $11 Per Person, Chidren under 2: Free, NC Aquarium Members receive a 10% discount

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Spooky Sound Paddle-Fest Photo

Spooky Sound Paddle-Fest

Oct 31, 2015, 8:30am - 11am
96 West Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Bring the kids and enjoy a family-oriented paddle boarding event just in time for Halloween! This festive morning will consist of a non-competitive paddle race that includes standup paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and any other non-motorized water crafts. The course will be approximately one and a half miles long, starting and ending at Wrightsville SUP with clinics and demonstrations offered prior to the start of the race. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best costume as well as strangest water craft!

Dates : Start: October 31, 2015 - End: October 31, 2015

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

$15 Per Person

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NC Surf to Sound Challenge Photo

NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Nov 6 - 8, 2015
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Join the Blockade Runner Beach Resort for the Fifth Annual NC Surf to Sound Challenge, a growing paddleboard tradition and WPA Sanctioned event in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Attracting over one hundred paddlers from across the globe including pro's like Elite race winner Larry Cain, this paddleboard event is quickly becoming one of the premier events on the East Coast. Elite Paddlers will brave the Atlantic, battle through Masonboro Inlet and navigate the channel behind Masonboro Island. Intermediate Paddlers can compete in a flat-water course around Harbor Island and there will also be a waterman's expo at the race site from Noon to 6pm. Cash prizes will be paid to the top 3 to complete the Surf to Sound Challenge in Men's 14 and Women's 12'6 and Kids Races. Surf SUP Competition on Sunday.

Dates : Start: November 06, 2015 - End: November 08, 2015

Time: 09:00:00

Registration: $60 and includes a welcoming reception, race jersey, race fees, awards ceremony and celebration.

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Cape Fear Kite Festival Photo

Cape Fear Kite Festival

Nov 7 - 8, 2015, 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 07, 2015 - End: November 08, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Carolina Pine Music Festival Photo

Carolina Pine Music Festival

Nov 20 - 22, 2015
Wilmington, NC 28401

Enjoy three days of music in historical downtown Wilmington at the Carolina Pines Music Festival! Day one's events will be held at The Brooklyn Arts Center, Day two will feature 11 live bands at Satellite Bar & Lounge and on Sunday, enjoy nine bands at The Art Factory. Browse art works by this year's featured artist Nick Mijak among other local vendors for this unique celebration of arts and music.

Dates : Start: November 20, 2015 - End: November 22, 2015

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2015 Beach Soccer Classic Photo

2015 Beach Soccer Classic

Nov 21 - 22, 2015

The Wilmington Hammerheads FC is pleased to host the 2015 Beach Soccer Classic. The tournament is open to all U10-U18 Boys and Girls (Boys up to U14) 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 21st - 22nd, 2015. Registration is NOW OPEN! Please email tournaments@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com with any questions.

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Cape Fear Festival of Trees Photo

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

Nov 23 - Dec 6, 2015
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 23, 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 museum 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 23, 2015 - End: December 06, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM -7:00 PM

Admission: Please see website for details. Closed Thanksgiving Day

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Gallop for the Gravy 5K Photo

Gallop for the Gravy 5K

Nov 26, 2015
2710 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

This scenic certified 5K course starts and finishes at the Wilmington Family
YMCA. Put on your best costumes and get ready to race with the chance to win
best costume of the year! Other awards will also be presented to the 1st
overall male and female finisher, 1st overall male and female masters, and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. There are also door prizes
and famous homemade baked goods from Wilmington West Rotary. It's a great way
to start theThanksgiving holiday!

Dates : Start: November 26, 2015 - End: November 26, 2015

Admission: You can register in person at the YMCA on Market St. from 5 -7 pm on Nov 26th and from 6 to 7:30 am on the day of the race.

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Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot Photo

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

Nov 26, 2015
Seawater Lane
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

The 11th annual Turkey Trot 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.

Dates : Start: November 26, 2015 - End: November 26, 2015

Time: Starting Line: 8:20 AM, Race: 8:30 AM Admission: 5K) Before Sept 1: $30, Sept 2-Nov 24: $35, Nov 25 & 26: $45, Mile Run/Walk: $15

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32nd Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla At Wrightsville Photo

32nd Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla At Wrightsville

Nov 27 - 28, 2015
1 Bob Sawyer Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Celebrate the holiday's coastal-style at the 32nd Annual North Carolina HolidayFlotilla on Friday and Saturday, November 27-28. Voted as a Southeast Tourism
Society (STS) Top 20 Event, this celebration will kick off Friday nightat 7pm
with the Anchor's Away Launch Party at the Blockade Runner BeachResort. The
event is open to the public(Tickets are $30 at www.ncholidayflotilla.org) and
includes dinner, a cash bar, live music by the Embers featuring Craig Woolard
and a silent auction.

The fun continues Saturday at Wrightsville Beach Park from 10am-4pm with the
Festival in the Park.

The lighted boat parade begins at 6pm & is followed by one of the best
fireworks shows in the southeast.

Dates : Start: Nov. 27-28, 2015

Friday) Launch Party:7:00 PM, Saturday) Festival: 10:00-4:00 PM, Boat
Parade: 6:00 PM, Fireworks: 7:30 PM

Anchor's Away Launch Party: $30 per person; All other events Free with a small charge for special rides, food & products.

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Enchanted Airlie Holiday Light & LEGO Extravaganza Photo

Enchanted Airlie Holiday Light & LEGO Extravaganza

Nov 29 - Dec 22, 2015

A Wilmington tradition started in 2005; Enchanted Airlie is a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole family together to share in the joy of the season. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy the beautiful holiday flowers, over 300,000 festive lights, musical entertainment, and a display of a large garden model train running for your enjoyment! Voted one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for 2012 this event continues to please audiences year after year. This season enjoy a special frozen wonderland theme complete with princesses! There are two viewing times per evening, 5-7pm and 7-9pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased. No tickets are available at the gate. - See more at: http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/events-calendar/enchanted-airlie/#sthash.VeHlbgP8.dpuf

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Wrightsville Beach Jingle Bell Run 5K Photo

Wrightsville Beach Jingle Bell Run 5K

Dec 12, 2015
303 West Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Wrightsville Beach Jingle Bell Run 5K

Date: December 12, 2015

Time: 9 am

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14th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza Photo

14th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza

Jan 1, 2016
Roland Ave Beach Access
Surf City, NC 28445


The 14th 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 Photo

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Commemoration

Jan 11 - 17, 2016

January.11-17, 2016

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: TBD

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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8th Annual Cold Stroke Classic Photo

8th Annual Cold Stroke Classic

Jan 23, 2016
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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

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East Coast Shag Classic Photo

East Coast Shag Classic

Jan 28 - 31, 2016
1706 N Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

January 28-31, 2016

This annual weekend event is for beach music lovers along the East Coast to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of shagging at Wrightsville Beach. Thursday, enjoy The Band of Oz, then Friday jam to the tunes of The Embers featuring Craig Woolard with line and shag dance instructors on hand. Saturday catch the exciting Joey Warren Show, listen to Jim Quick and The Coastline as well as The Entertainers and compete in the ECSC Shag Competition at noon. Sunday it's The Big Kahuna's Beach Party! Along with these great concerts, enjoy a silent auction, a meet and greet fan fair, and much more!All events held at the Holiday Inn Resort.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price
Single Tickets for Concerts Advanced: $20, Door:$25, Other Packages please see website

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Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival Photo

Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival

Jan 29 - 31, 2016
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

January 29-31, 2016

Coastline Conference and Event Center 503 Nutt Street Wilmington, NC 28401

Friday Night: Grand Tasting - Pick your pleasure as participating regional vintners and chocolatiers offer their best for sampling and sale! Indulge yourself in the delicious abundance of hors d'oevres and relax to live music performed by The Schoolboys while shopping artisan exhibits. The Grand Tasting will preview the Marketplace (held on Saturday & Sunday) and guests will experience a few special surprises that will ensure a light and effervescent evening.

Saturday & Sunday: Marketplace - Sip, Nibble & Sigh!

Event Time

Admission Fee/Ticket Price

For More Information
(910) 742-0120 or (910) 512-9948


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Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Photo

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Mar 18 - 20, 2016
Salisbury Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28428

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.

Event Time
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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NC Azalea Festival Photo

NC Azalea Festival

Apr 6 - 10, 2016

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.
Various Locations

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Carolina Cup 2016 Photo

Carolina Cup 2016

Apr 19 - 24, 2016
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

April 19-24, 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.

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Wilmington Fall Wine and Beer Walk Photo

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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