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Enchanted Airlie Photo

Enchanted Airlie

Dec 19 - 22, 2014

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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Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown Photo

Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown

Dec 31, 2014
K Street
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The New Year's Celebration will be held in Kure Beach near the pier. Don't miss the giant lighted 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. In an Island of Lights tradition, there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2014 official Christmas card and ornament. Bring the family to Kure Beach near the Pier at 9 pm to join the festivities.

Time: 9:00 pm

Admission: Free

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13th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza Photo

13th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza

Jan 1, 2015
Roland Ave Beach Access
Surf City, NC 28445


The 13th 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 12 - 19, 2015

January.12 - 18, 2015

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: January 12st at 11 am to January 19 h at 11 am

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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7th Annual Cold Stroke Classic Photo

7th Annual Cold Stroke Classic

Jan 17, 2015
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Location: 275 Waynick Blvd Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Description: Coastal Urge's Seventh 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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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher Photo

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

Jan 17 - 18, 2015, 9am
1610 Ft Fisher Blvd South
Kure Beach, NC 28449


Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Battlefield in Kure Beach and the Friends of Fort Fisher host Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher. The weekend features hundreds of reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines realistically depicting everything from camp life to battle strategies. Saturdays battle reenactment begins at 1:30pm; Sunday's at 10:30am. The program also features historians, authors, speakers, cannon firings, artillery demonstrations, new exhibits, new interpretive wayside trail markers, and a long list of VIPs and special guests, including renowned historian and battlefield guide Ed Bearss, who will serve as keynote speaker at the opening ceremony (Saturday, 11am).

Free parking provided at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Base, just north of the historic site. From there, visitors can take a short stroll to the site or board one of several free shuttles.

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East Coast Shag Classic Photo

East Coast Shag Classic

Jan 29 - Feb 1, 2015
1706 N Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Thu, January 29, 2015 - Sun, February 01, 2015

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 30 - Feb 1, 2015
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015

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
Hours: Fri: 7-10, Sat: 11-7, Sun: Noon-4pm

Admission Fee/Ticket Price

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


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Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival Photo

Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival

Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015
7-10 p.m.
featuring entertainment by
The Schoolboys


Saturday, January 31, 2015
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Sunday, February 1, 2015
noon - 4 p.m.

Coastline Conference
and Event Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
800.617.7732 toll free
910.762.5184 local

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NC Jazz Festival 35th Annual Photo

NC Jazz Festival 35th Annual

Feb 5 - 7, 2015
Hilton Riverside Hotel
301 Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

February 5-7,2015

This is one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast and a STS Top 20 Event. We will kick off Thursday night featuring 3 hours of different styles of jazz which will open with The Benny Hill Quartet. The second set of the evening will feature vocalist, Molly Ryan, Rossano Sportiello's "Tribute to George Shearing" and Ed Polcer's "Traditional Jazz Jam." Friday and Saturday nights we will present our All-Star musicians in the traditional seven sets of six or seven players, each set with a different leader. These concerts will be 41/2 hours of beautiful jazz by the most talented musicians. To see a full list of musicians and activities please see the website.

Time: Th: 7:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat: 7:30pm-12am, Sun: 10:30am-2pm

Admission: Single Night Tickets: Th: $40, Fri &Sat: $60, Active Military: $25 & Students: $15 each night. Patron Packets: $200 per person for Friday & Saturday, $225 for Th, Fri, Sat and Sun Brunch.

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Valentine's Day Cruise Photo

Valentine's Day Cruise

Feb 14, 2015
101 S Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

February 14th, 2015

This year, treat your special someone to a romantic dinner and dance cruise on the beautiful Cape Fear River. Enjoy an appetizing buffet, entertainment, and a cash bar with full ABC permits aboard North Carolina's largest riverboat for your special Valentine's Dinner!

Time: Boarding: 6 pm, Cruise: 6:30pm - 9:00 pm

Admission: $56 Per Person (Tax & Gratuity Included)

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge Photo

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Feb 21, 2015
100 Atlantic Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28449

February 21, 2015

The 11th Annual Polar Plunge along with the 5K Run-N-Plunge will be held on Feb.21. 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 beautiful Kure Beach. The plunge is all about fun so contestants are encouraged to dress up and find their inner superhero! There will be a Chinese auction pre-race, a costume contest, 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.

Time: Line-up: 1:20pm, Race: 1:30pm

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Race 13.1 Photo

Race 13.1

Feb 22, 2015
Lumina Station
1900 Eastwood Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Join-in Wilmington's inaugural Race 13.1! This 5K, 10K and half marathon will start and finish at beautiful Lumina Station and will take racers on route through the city's Cross City Trail as well as the University of North Carolina Wilmington's campus. Race 13.1 is a USATF Certified course and the overall winners in the male and female divisions will receive awards. With an average high of around 60 degrees in February, Wilmington is an ideal place to enjoy the coast's natural beauty, spend time with family and friends and enjoy a day out running!

Time: Half Marathon: 7:00 am, 5K & 10K: 7:15 am

Admission: Registration Prices: $29 - $85 - Please see website for further details. 866-561-5651 ext.301

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St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival Photo

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

Mar 14, 2015, 11am - 6pm

March.14, 2015 @ 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.

Event Time
Parade Starts at 11:00 AM Festival Starts at Noon

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Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Photo

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Mar 20 - 22, 2015
Salisbury Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28428

Fri, March 20, 2015 - Sun, March 22, 2015

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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Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Photo

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo

Mar 20 - 22, 2015
10 Convention Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fri, March 20, 2015 - Sun, March 22, 2015

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! Kids can take part in interactive activities such as Sensory Safari, Mobile Aquarium, Mallard Madness Laser Shoot and the Archery Range while all attendees will be able to 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: 9am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Admission: Adults:$10, Seniors 65 + and Military: $7, Three Day Pass: $20, Children 10 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

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Easter Egg Hunt Carnival Photo

Easter Egg Hunt Carnival

Apr 3, 2015

Dates: Fri, April 03, 2015

Hippity Hoppity down the Battleship trail for a fun Spring event with continuous games and egg hunts along with a bounce house and even more surprises this year! Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Egg hunts will run throughout the event so that kids are guaranteed a chance to find eggs and will be able to "hunt" at their leisure.

Time: 10am - 2pm

Admission: $5 Per Person (including adults), Children 2 and under: Free. This is a weather dependent event.

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6th Annual Azalea Big Buddy 5K/10K/Fun Walk Photo

6th Annual Azalea Big Buddy 5K/10K/Fun Walk

Apr 4, 2015, 6:30am - 10am
925 Towne Center Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405

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.

$30.00 to $35.00

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NC Azalea Festival Photo

NC Azalea Festival

Apr 8 - 12, 2015

April.8 - 12, 2015

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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2015 Carolina Cup Photo

2015 Carolina Cup

Apr 24 - 25, 2015
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Fri, April 24, 2015 - Sat, April 25, 2015

The 2015 Carolina Cup kicks off the race season with four courses in beautiful Wrightsville Beach! This competition will be complete with a kid's race, the Harbor Island Recreational "fun" race, a Money Island open race and the dreaded Graveyard Elite Race. This competition is in its fourth year and in 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of competitions. In 2013, there were over 600! The competition is planned with a number of fun activities that will make this a true stand-up paddle destination event. Expect clinics by Danny Ching, Jimmy Terrell, Larry Cain, Jaime Mitchell and PaddleFit. It'll be one that you can plan a 5-day weekend and bring the whole family!

Time: Races start at 9am; see website for full schedule of events.

Admission: TBA

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50th Annual Memorial Day Observance-Battleship Photo

50th Annual Memorial Day Observance-Battleship

May 25, 2015, 5:45pm - 9pm
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, 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. An emotional ceremony, preceding and concluding with military musical arrangements provided by a military band, and a guest speaker reflecting on the past as well as where we are today. 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.

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PPD Beach to Battleship Triathalon Photo

PPD Beach to Battleship Triathalon

Oct 17, 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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