Wilmington KOA

7415 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28411

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Pier 2 Pier Open Water Swim Race Photo

Pier 2 Pier Open Water Swim Race

Sep 12, 2015
23 E Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Accept the open water challenge of the Pier-2-Pier Swim Race at beautiful Wrightsville Beach! This annual event is in it's 11th year and entails swimming approximately two miles between Johnnie Mercer's Pier and the Crystal Pier as well as swimming around marker buoys from the start line to the finish line. The starting point for the race will be determined on race day in accordance with the ocean current that day. Division will be determined by male and female groups and age range with awards being given to the best Overall Male, best Overall Female, best Overall Masters Male (40+) and best Overall Masters Female (40+).

Time: Race Briefing: 8:45 AM, Race Start: 9:00 AM

Admission: Before Aug 31: $40, Before Sept 9: $55. Open to all swimmers 11 years and older.

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Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Photo

Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival

Sep 18 - 19, 2015
216 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Come celebrate sports, health, wellness & the arts with 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 on a colorful 45 foot long watercraft with your friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers & form a team for this heart racing event. Each boat will be manned by 20 people plus a steersman and a drummer for the full effect. On Friday evening, enjoy a kickoff party complete w/ 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 be competing 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.

Time: Fri: 5:00pm, Sat: 8:30am

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Battleship Alive! Living History Event Photo

Battleship Alive! Living History Event

Sep 26, 2015
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Step back into 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 26, 2015

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Included with Battleship admission.

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Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Photo

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

Oct 10 - 11, 2015
118 Riverfront Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Date: Oct 10-11, 2015
Time: Saturday - doors open at 11am (EST)
          Sunday - doors open at 6pm (EST)
Location: Kure Beach, NC

22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival
Two Day Passes (in advance): $50 
Saturday Only Ticket (day-of): $60
Sunday Only Ticket (day-of): $25
Children 12 and under are admitted free.

In October, when the weather is warm, the suns shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your license to chill for two music filled days at the world famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival.

For more information, please visit their website: 

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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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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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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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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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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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