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7415 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28411

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Events

Campground Events

Easter 2019

Campground
Apr 19 - 20, 2019

Date: April 19 - 21, 2019
Join us Easter weekend for an eggcellent time!

Friday activities:
Train rides:
2pm and 6pm

Saturday activities include:
Train rides: 2pm and 6pm-Kids young and old will enjoy riding in the barrel train!
Egg hunt: 10:30 a.m.- Join us by the gem mine for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting and maybe a visit from the Easter Bunny!!!
Craft Time($): 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. 
Smores Night: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Roasting Peeps and making smores! Yum!
Movie - 7 pm 

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Mother's Day Celebration

Campground
May 10 - 12, 2019

Celebrate Mom this weekend! Come out Friday evening for a sweet treat, Saturday we will have craft time to make Mom a special gift and Saturday evening we will be playing a movie.

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Memorial Day Celebration

Campground
May 24 - 26, 2019

Join us Memorial Weekend for a Summer kick off! There will be a cool treat by the pool on Friday afternoon.  A cookout,crafts, and a movie on Saturday!

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Popsicles and Ice Cream Socials (all Summer)

Campground
May 24 - Aug 30, 2019

Date: Happening All Summer Long!
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Join us every Friday at 5 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day for a cool treat by the pool (weather permitting).

Care Camp donations are appreciated so that we can help send children with cancer to summer camp.

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Father's Day Weekend

Campground
Jun 14 - 16, 2019

Come celebrate Dad with us! Friday night we will have root beer floats, Saturday join us for craft time and then movie night at the Pavilion.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Independence Day Celebration

Campground
Jul 5 - 7, 2019

Join us this Independence Day Weekend for lots of fun! We will have a cookout, a movie, crafts and more!

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Labor Day 2018

Campground
Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2019

Join us Labor Day weekend for a great end of Summer weekend! Stay tuned for activities...

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Art for the Masses

Campground
Nov 23, 2019

Visit the beautiful campus of UNCW!  Continuing the community tradition of making original art accessible to everyone, Art for the Masses features over 100 artists with work for $250 or less!  Admission is free, donations always welcome.
Time - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Local Area Events

Cape Fear Craft Beer Week

Local
Mar 22 - 31, 2019

Celebrate the Cape Fear's thriving craft beer culture with ten-days showcasing the area's breweries, bottle shops, restaurants, and craft-centric businesses. The Cape Fear Craft Beer Week features events that not only highlight beer brewed in the Cape Fear Region, but invite participants to explore venues where craft beer is served in comfortable environments, with friendly conversation, and delicious cuisine around Wilmington. The Ultimate Brewing Championship Kick-Off event pits brewer against brewer with a blind tasting of the results of a challenge to brew something made with a North Carolina ingredient that is not traditionally usually used to make beer.

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EyeCon Returns to Tree Hill

Local
Mar 22 - 24, 2019
301 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-763-5900

America's One Tree Hill convention, EyeCon Returns to Tree Hill at the Hotel Ballast in beautiful downtown Wilmington. The 10th and final reunion with the celebrities of the hit TV series that was filmed in beautiful Wilmington, NC. This entertaining weekend will feature games, panels, Celebrity Q&As, photo-ops, celebrity autograph sessions, One Tree Hill themed parties, and even private meet and greets with the stars of the show.  Please check their Website for more information on admission pricing and schedules.

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US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship

Local
Mar 23, 2019
Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Get ready for the annual fat tire bike race on beautiful Wrightsville Beach! The US Open Fat Tire Cross Beach Championship will consist of a large lap which will take racers from the thick sand to the hard packed sand along the water's edge. There are three Categories: The Fat (12+ miles), The Really Fat (18+ miles), and the Super Fat (24+ miles). While all bikes are allowed to race, bikes with tires over 4” wide are recommended. Please check their Website for the latest Race Weekend Agenda.

  • Presented By:  Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  • Time:  1:00 PM standing start for Super Fat racers-please see website for other event times
  • Price:  Free to Spectators. Please see website for registration details

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Coastal Living Show

Local
Mar 23, 2019
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-256-8622

Everything you could want or need for a great Life on the Coast is at The Wilmington Convention Center this Saturday. Featuring over 60 vendors selling their wares, and demonstrating the latest trends in everything from physical fitness to scents, this expo will contain Coastal Charm. Search for gifts, products and services for the home, garden or office--perfect for any seaside living!  Please check their website and social media for the latest updates.

  • Time:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Price:  Free

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Hidden Battleship Tour

Local
Mar 23, 2019
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-399-9113

For the explorer at heart -- bring a friend and join this four hour behind the scenes samll group tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship North Carolina.  You will be climbins over high hatches and up/down steep ladders.  See the Battleship like you have never seen it before.

3/23/2019 and 5/18/2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Price: $50 or $45 for friends members or active military.  Call for advance reservation.

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Paws on Parade - paws4people 5K + one mile fun walk

Local
Mar 23, 2019
1941 Amphitheatre Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

THE OFFICIAL DOG PARTY OF THE NC AZALEA FESTIVAL!! 
This fast and flat course takes you (and your furry friend) through scenic Greenfield Lake Park.  The 5K is a timed race and the Fun Walk/Run is un-timed.  There are water stops along the way for people and There will be a puppy kissing booth,Canine Court Pageant and professional photographer for those doggy portraits plus lots more fun.  Held at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre. 

Please visit web site for more details

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Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine

Local
Mar 30, 2019
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

The Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance invites you to experience the Annual Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine Event. Held in Airlie Gardens along the banks of Bradley Creek, select local chefs are paired with local breweries.  Their best offerings will showcase the capabilities of pairing food and beer together. Chef and brewer will be on site to talk about their pairing, providing insight into the experience of food selection and creation.  This promises to be an event for that will delight foodies and craft beer aficionados alike.

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Poplar Grove Herb and Garden Fair

Local
Mar 30 - 31, 2019
10200 US Hwy 17 N
Wilmington, NC 28411

Enjoy the area's largest and longest running garden event featuring classes, activities and exhibits on gardening, nature and related topics. The grounds of Poplar Grove will be filled with a wonderful selection of locally grown plants of all types – herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts and houseplants, plus garden art and accessories, herbal and all-natural products, artisan crafts and local foods-- including several Food Trucks.

Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday - 10 am - 4 pm
Admission - $5

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NC Azalea Festival

Local
Apr 3 - 7, 2019

Location
Wilmington, NC

Description
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

For More Information
910.794.4650

www.ncazaleafestival.org

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USS North Carolina Fireworks and Overnight Investigation

Local
Apr 6 - 7, 2019
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-399-9100

Take this opportunity to explore one of the most reportedly haunted locations!  This is a special two in one event.  It includes an overnight investigation taking place the night of the Azalea Festival fireworks display over the Cape Fear River.  Viewing of the fireworks will be from the fantail of the ship, certainly a prime location, and then participants will break up into small groups to begin the investigation for paranormal activity.  Previous paranormal experiences have occurred after a fireworks display.  The investigation will continue until morning.  Those that cannot stay up all night will have the unique opportunity to sleep aboard the ship.

Presented by: The Ghost Guild
Time: Starts April 6 at 7:30 pm ending April 7 at 7:00 am
Price:  Tickets $115.00 for overnight stay

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Star Party: A Stargazing Event

Local
Apr 12, 2019
910-458-8206

Presented by the Cape Fear Museum and the Carolina Beach State Park this event teaches about the night sky.  The Cape Fear Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up for viewing the sky and there will be vendors and activities for everyone to participate in.  Bring your flashlight and some bug repellant.  Parking will be at the Marina area and shuttles provided.

Time - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free event

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Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

Local
Apr 13 - 14, 2019
118 Riverfront Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-458-8434

Enjoy the 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival with a weekend filled with blues and jazz from two stages of performers all accompanied by delicious locally prepared seafood. Get up close and personal with the soulful echoes of the blues with national headliners or sway to some smooth jazz tunes  Bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a great day of music and seafood at the coast.  Please visit their Website and Social Media for the latest updates.

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Cape Fear Comic Con

Local
Apr 20, 2019
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
843-655-8775

If you are a fan of superheroes, zombies and comic books,  then get ready!  The Cape Fear Comic Con is returning to the Port City, bringing some of the best talent and artists from across the region to an all-day celebration of pop culture.  There will be a kids play area with family friendly activities. Please visit website for up dates.

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Carolina Cup 2019

Local
Apr 24 - 28, 2019
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-616-9675

The 2019 Carolina Cup is the official start of SUP race season with six races charted through the waters surrounding beautiful Wrightsville Beach! Races include a kid's course, Harbor Island Recreational "fun" race, the Money Island Open Race and the ultimate challenge of the 13.2 mile Elite Graveyard Race. Also in store for the weekend, enjoy the Outrigger Harbor Island Race and the Red Paddle Company Dragon Race. Now in its ninth year, this competition has grown to be one of the largest and most competitive SUP races in the world with over 800 athletes competing. Bring the family and stay to learn from the pros in clinics and exclusive events in Wrightsville Beach, the perfect place to paddleboard. Five days of SUP clinics and expos entwine two days of some of the best standup paddleboard competitions in the world!

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Kure Beach Street Festival

Local
Apr 27, 2019
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-458-8216

The Kure Beach Street Festival returns the last Saturday of April offering over 35 vendors, children's entertainment, live music and magic, dancing and more.  Fun for all ages.  Relax on the lawn and enjoy the show, grab a snack from food vendors or browse the arts and craft booths.  This one of a kind street fair is playtime-unrestricted!

Presented by the Town of Kure Beach
Time:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free event

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Battleship Alive! Living History Event

Local
Apr 27, 2019
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-5797

SATURDAY, April 27, 2019
Recurs throughout the year.  Check web site for calendar.

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free with Battleship admission! 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!

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Wilmington Earth Day: Building a Better World

Local
Apr 27, 2019
Hugh MacRae Park
314 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409
910-798-7137

Come celebrate Earth Day with free live music, an abundance of food, beer, a Kids' EcoZone and more.  This theme will highlight the world and commitment of working with groups and individuals of all backgrounds in order to increase the environmental literacy of citizens and the importance of working together.  

Presented by : Earth Day Alliance
Free admission/Food and Beverages Available for Purchase
Check website for more details

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Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

Local
May 3 - Sep 6, 2019
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-798-7700

This annual open-lawn early evening casual concert series allows dining and dancing surrounded by Airlie Gardens' majestic beauty.  This family friendly event usually offers libations and food and beverage for sale or bring your own.  So pack your picnic basket, chairs and blankets and come out and enjoy an evening outdoors.

Please check website for time and admission- advance ticket purchase required
Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday.

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Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival

Local
May 4, 2019
Atlantic Avenue at S Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-909-7643

Celebrate visual, culinary and performing arts by the sea with the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival. Enjoy artist vendors from the region displaying their fine arts and crafts, demonstrations of creative processes and an interactive art area for kids. In addition, enjoy cooking demonstrations, educational programs, artists' performances and much more.

  • Time:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Price:  Free for spectators|some events have admission

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Festival Latino

Local
May 4 - 5, 2019
Ogden Park
7069 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-341-0007

Come enjoy the 20th Annual multi-cultural weekend celebration Festival Latino, filled with family fun, music and terrific food. The Kids Fiesta area will keep the young entertained for hours, a 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! Please visit web site for details.


Admission: FREE
Usually begins at 11:00 am

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Safari Hunt

Local
May 4, 2019
7220 Wrightsville Ave, Suite A
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-392-4386

The Safari Hunt is like an underwater Easter egg hunt at the Liberty Shipwreck off Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Divers hit the water to search for numbered tokens that are hidden on the 400' wreck.  Each diver is allowed a maximum of three tokens.  After the dive, everyone heads back to the prize area where the token number is called for a prize! This is the perfect way to start the dive season and is followed by a catered banquet.  See website for more details.

Time:  Departure - 7:30 am
Price: $50 for dive and catered lunch per person

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Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival

Local
May 10 - 11, 2019
216 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-599-2979

Celebrate the colorful Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival at Carolina Beach. You can join in as a participant by forming a Team with your friends, family or co-workers and enjoy being afloat a colorful 45 foot long watercraft. The fun starts Friday evening with a kickoff party featuring live music and refreshments. Saturday, get ready to race and enjoy a large festival of vendors around the Carolina Beach Marina displaying artwork, jewelry, shirts, and food items for sale. Come join the festivities as a team member or spectator. This is a family fun event so participants are encouraged to bring along children and friends to enjoy the fun!

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Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market

Local
May 13 - Oct 28, 2019
Seawater Lane
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-256-7925

  • This unique Farmers' Market is the only one on the island and provides an opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce. In addition to produce vendors and various other consumables vendors, the market includes a variety of unique craft vendors.
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  • Time:  Mondays 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Price:  Free

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Wilmington Wine and Food Festival

Local
May 17 - 19, 2019
503 Market Street
Bellamy Mansion
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-385-9463

The Wilmington Wine & Food Festival brings together top area chefs with notable wines and wine makers from around the world to celebrate and advance public appreciation for great wine and food while giving to important local charities. The festival provides a diverse range of interactive epicurean experiences to showcase the area's unique and rich culture and history.  Held at the iconic Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington.

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RIMS ON THE RIVER

Local
May 17 - 19, 2019

Location
Downtown Wilmington Wilmington, NC 28401

Description
Classic cars from across the nation will line the Cape Fear River for this Annual Antique Car Show in May 2018. For more information, check out the Cool Wilmington Facebook page, or click the link below.

For More Information
http://rimsontheriver.com/index.html

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Wilmington Greek Festival

Local
May 17 - 19, 2019
608 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-392-4444

The Greek community of Wilmington, NC shares its culture, faith and heritage.  The three day festival incudes authentic Greek food and cooking demonstrations, music and dancing, plus a market place.  Held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, this annual event is enjoyed by thousands! 

Time:  various times, please see website
Price: usually $3 each - one time festival admission

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Seaside Soccer Classic 2019

Local
May 18 - 19, 2019
314 N. Green Meadows Drive
Unit 100
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-392-0306

Held in May, the Seaside Soccer Classic brings in over 300 teams from throughout North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina to play in a competitive tournament held for USYS/NCYSA Challenge, Select, Classic, and Premier teams. 

Please email tournaments@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com with any questions.

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Annual Stoked to Go Out Pier to Pier Swim

Local
May 18, 2019
23 E Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

The annual pier-to-pier swim. With an approximate distance between Johnnie Mercers Pier and Crystal Pier being 1.7 miles, the race is just under 2 miles along with a beach start and finish. Race direction is determined on race day and announced at check-in. Race swim caps and timing chips are provided. Awards will be given for overall male & female and overall masters (40+) male & female along with Top 3 in several age categories. Spectators can watch the race anywhere along the beach between the piers.

Dates: May 18, 2019

Admission: See website

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Orange Street Arts Festival

Local
May 25 - 26, 2019
120 S. Second Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-1788

Wilmington's largest downtown arts festival returns with works of more than 80 artists from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Participants will exhibit oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, wood, glass, and paper creations. The Orange Street Arts Fest is both relaxing and exhilarating with live entertainment, old-fashioned fair food, and a wine and beer tent. With its laid back attitude and historic Downtown Wilmington setting, the Orange Street ArtsFest has been described as "A Jewel of a Show" so don't miss out! 

Dates:
May 25 - 26, 2019

Time:
Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm

Admission:
Free

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USS NC Battleship Memorial Day Observance

Local
May 27, 2019
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

On Memorial Day, people of all generations from across the state will gather together on the deck of the USS North Carolina to pay their respects. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes military and patriotic musical arrangements featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute, and a memorial wreath cast into the water. Executive Director Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Commission invite the public to take part in this powerful Memorial Day observance ceremony.

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46th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament

Local
May 29 - Jun 1, 2019
6 Marina Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-262-5566

The Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament welcomes all fishermen, participants, and spectators for a weekend of fishing fun as well as an opportunity to promote conservation, protection, and preservation of valuable marine resources. This annual event is sure to embrace your wild side. Please check their Website and Social Media for a full schedule of events, parties and the latest updates.

  • Time:  Wed:3:00 PM | Thurs:8:30 AM-8:00 PM | Fri: 8:30 AM-8:00 PM | Sat: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM and Awards: 7:00 PM
  • Price:  Free to watch. For Registration please see website.

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Carolina Beach Music Festival

Local
Jun 1, 2019
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-458-8434

Hear is your chance to dance barefoot on the sand or just sway to the Beach Music Beat while standing in the surf. Held the first Saturday in June, the Beach Music Festival hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is billed as "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast" and one of the longest running beach music festivals in the United States. Come out and enjoy a full day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the south! You can access this festival via the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

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Poplar Grove's Paranormal Ghost Tour

Local
Jun 3 - Oct 27, 2019
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-686-9518

  • Enjoy this unique paranormal ghost tour discovering spirits and haunts, or haints, of all eras from 1850 to 1950 as they continue to hover around this historic manor house. There are lots of true stories of the Poplar Grove's Foy Family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. Discover who these phantoms are and why they're still here. You will learn a little history, review a scroll of the dead, and focus on a particular room or rooms for paranormal activity. Cameras and other paranormal equipment are permitted.  Please check their Website and Social Media for latest updates on exact dates tour is available between the dates listed below.
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  • Presented By:  Poplar Grove Plantation
  • Time:   8:00 PM, 9:00 PM will be added as necessary
  • Price:  $15 for Tour

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Cape Fear Independent Film Festival

Local
Jun 7 - 8, 2019
Wilmington, NC
910-742-0012

The CFI: Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film in the heart of filmmaking in North Carolina. Showcasing local, regional, national and international film, the festival accepts all genres and gives awards in ten different categories. The festival also features celebrity guests, educational and business panels and the Wilmington Film Awards.  Please visit their Website and Social Media for the latest updates.

  • Time:  Please see website for showcase schedule
  • Price:  *2019 Admission TBA*

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Cape Fear Blues Festival

Local
Jun 22 - 23, 2019
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-350-8822

The Cape Fear Blues Festival, an up and coming festival though out the national blues industry, is where blues fans can satisfy their soulful cravings! Please check web site for latest up dates and schedule of artists.

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Mud Day Children's Museum of Wilmington

Local
Jun 28 - 29, 2019, 9am - 12pm
116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-254-3534

Join the Children's Museum celebration of Mud Day with the messiest fun you can imagine. Kids will create a connection to the joys of playing in nature with this event by squishing, stomping, and sliding in the mud, making mud pies in the mud kitchen, exploring "Magic Mud" and other new gooey concoctions. Be sure to wear a bathing suit or old clothes and bring a towel and a change of clothes. Please check their Website and Social Media for the latest updates.

  • Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Price:  Free with admission or membership

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Fireworks by the Sea

Local
Jul 3, 2019
Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-458-8434

Celebrate Independence Day early with a special display of free fireworks and live music by the sea. 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.  Please check their Website and Social Media for the latest updates.

  • Time:  Entertainment: 6:30 PM | Fireworks: 9:00 PM
  • Price:  Free for Spectators

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City of Wilmington Independence Day Celebration

Local
Jul 4, 2019
Waterfront Park
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-772-4177

The City of Wilmington's 4th of July Celebration featuring Independence Day Fireworks and  live entertainment and food vendors in beautiful historic downtown Wilmington. The fireworks display will begin at 9:05 pm. Spend a night to remember with the whole family.  For more information including parking and traffic information please visit the city's website.

  • Time:  6:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Fireworks: 9:05 PM
  • Price:  Free for spectators

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Cape Fear 7's Rugby Tournament

Local
Jul 6 - 7, 2019
Ogden Park
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-264-5277

One of the most renowned Rugby Tournaments in the country, Cape Fear 7's, is one of the nations largest Summer 7's tournaments. This 45th Annual event features one of the most competitive premiere divisions and hosts several hundred players from teams from across the country and around the world. Please check their website and social media for a complete listing of all the events

  • Time:  Various, see Website
  • Price:  Registration Details on Website

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East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament

Local
Jul 12 - 14, 2019
Carolina Beach Municipal Docks
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Get your rods and lines ready for this  years Classic!
Please see web site for full schedule and competition registration details.

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Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon

Local
Jul 13, 2019
Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Competitors start out with a 375 meter ocean swim.  Upon exiting the water, participants put on their running gear at the "Beach Transition Area" and run 1.5 miles to the "Bike Transition Area". Participants then complete a 20K bike ride on a closed course (no traffic).  Then it's back on with the running gear for the 1.5 mile run back to the "Beach Transition Area".  Participants complete the race by once again swimming the 375 meter course.

See website for "bundle" pricing and further details.

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Wilmington Boat Show

Local
Sep 6 - 8, 2019
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Wilmington Boat Show launched September 9-11, 2016.  The Port City is renowned as North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination, nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.  This coastal gem will now be home to the annual Wilmington Boat Show produced by JBM & Associates, producers of the Charleston and Savannah Boat Shows. The Wilmington Boat Show is the largest of its' kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida.This destination show will take place in several different venues including the Port City Marina, Wilmington Convention Center.  See web site for confirmed details.

ADMISSION Adults (13 to 64):  $10
Two-Day Pass:  $15
Seniors (65 and Up):  $8
Military:  $5
Children (4 to 12):  $5
Children 3 and Under:  Free
Thursday Night VIP Ticket: $50
 Friday, September 6, 2019 Noon to 6pm Saturday, September 7, 2019 10am to 6pm Sunday, September 8, 2019 10am to 5pm

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Pier to Pier Swim

Local
Sep 14, 2019
23 E Salisbury
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Accept the open water challenge of the 14th Annual Pier-2-Pier Swim Race at beautiful Wrightsville Beach. This annual event entails swimming approximately 1.7 miles between Johnnie Mercer's Pier and the Crystal Pier around marker buoys. The starting point for the race will be determined on race day in accordance with the ocean current.

  • Presented By:  Wilmington Family YMCA
  • Time:  Race Start: 9:00 AM
  • Price:  Please see website for registration details.

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Port City Rib Fest

Local
Sep 20 - 22, 2019
Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-465-4770

Tempting over 17,000 people from across the country to taste the nation's best BBQ, this festival is a celebration of culinary skill and live entertainment. National BBQ teams will flock to Carolina Beach to sell their BBQ and compete against each other for bragging rights. Many of these "ribbers" have been featured on several national TV networks including the Food Channel, TLC and the Discovery Channel's "Pitmaster." Taste not only ribs but beef brisket, chopped and sliced pork, chicken, sausages and a plethora of side items, desserts and drinks prepared Memphis-style, Chicago-style, Texas-style and more. Please see their website for details.

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YMCA Triathlon

Local
Sep 21, 2019
321 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-251-9622

Join in the largest single distance one day race from northern Virginia to Florida. This race is a highly-anticipated USA Triathlon sanctioned event, and consists of a 1,350 yard swim, an 11.5 mile bike and a 5k run in Wrightsville Beach making great use of Wrightsville Beach's terrain for local and visiting competitors.

  • Time:  7:00 AM
  • Price:  Free for Spectators. For registration information please see the website.

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American Craft Walk

Local
Sep 21, 2019, 10am - 5pm
Downtown Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28401
732-691-7834

Come stroll Historic Downtown Wilmington's picturesque streets and view colorful and creative works of art in a variety of mediums at Wilmington's largest outdoor art show and sale.  Don't miss your chance to pick up some of these one-of-a-kind local pieces from talented artists.

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Wilmington Fall Wine and Beer Walk

Local
Sep 28, 2019
208 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
216-374-8884

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 some of your favorite fun places and some you have yet to discover! Please check their Website for the latest updates.

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Art in the Arboretum

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Oct 4 - 6, 2019
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Join fellow art and nature lovers for one of the leading events of the season.  Wilmington area artists will show their two and three dimensional work though out the gardens. 

See web site for details

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Riverfest

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Oct 5 - 6, 2019
Market & Water Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-452-6862

Join in celebrating Wilmington's Annual Riverfest! This festival includes a street fair with special exhibits along with vendors selling art and handmade crafts, competitions, fireworks, over 30 food vendors and more. Enjoy a car show, continuous live entertainment showcasing local musicians and bands and see the Miss Riverfest crowned as the festival's ambassador. Fireworks are Saturday evening

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Annual Bark in the Park

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Oct 5, 2019
321 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-256-7925

Mighty mutts and playful purebreds will leap tot hte sky to catch flying discs at the Bark in the Park.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free event.  Spectators can vote for the Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Team and Dog Displaying Most Personality.

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Carolina Beach Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

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Oct 6, 2019
Harper Ave and Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

This USTAF Boston qualifier marathon takes a tour of Carolina Beach and the adjoining town of Kure Beach.
Free for spectators.
Runners please see website for registration

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Beach Bacon and Beer Festival

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Oct 12, 2019, 11:30am - 4:30pm
Lake Park Blvd & Atlantic Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Join the celebration of the three B's-- Beach, BACON and Beer! This friendly, culinary competition pits the creativity of local chefs presenting unique and tasty BACON-inspired offerings that can be paired with several choices of Beer and Wine.  Prizes will be awarded for Judges Choice, People's Best Overall, Most Original, Best Savory and Sweetest, in addition to the Best Decorated Tent and Most Enthusiastic Tent. Each guest will receive five ‘tasting tickets' they present to the booth of their choice with additional ‘tasting tickets' available for $1 each.

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PPD Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

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Oct 19, 2019

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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Voracious & Rare Beer Festival

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Oct 25, 2019
1 Battleship NE
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-256-8622

If you're constantly searching for the latest and greatest beer, this event was made for you. Take advantage of the opportunity to try the private reserves of over 30 of your favorite breweries featuring 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.Tickets Available in June- this is an Age 21+ EventInsiders Tip:  This is a Sell Out Event please plan accordingly

  • Presented By:  Lighthouse Beer & Wine
  • Time:  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Price:  Tickets on Sale in June Admission TBA

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Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival

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Oct 26, 2019
11 Harnett Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-256-8622

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 and a sampling glass.There will be a guide about the Breweries and the lucky wine ticket holders will have a printed booklet with all the participating wineries at the wine tent. Don't miss this fun-filled festival of beverages, live music, food vendors, and more!  For the true beer aficionados, be sure to check out the Voracious Rare Beer Festival (held the Friday evening prior aboard the Battleship North Carolina.) Please see website for details.

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Cape Fear Fair and Expo

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Oct 28 - Nov 5, 2019
1740 Airport Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28405

Families have been enjoying this traditional fair for decades.  Enjoy delicious food, animal exhibits, competitions, horticultural contests, amusement rides, children's activities, stunt shows, family fun and live entertainment.
Check website for times

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Batty's Battleship Halloween Bash

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Oct 30, 2019
1 Batlleship Rd NE
Wilmington, NC 28401

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 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!
2019 Information forthcoming! Please verify date and times on website.

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Cape Fear Kite Festival

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Nov 2 - 3, 2019, 10am - 4pm
1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-520-1818

Come watch as serious kite flyers share their sky art  at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.  This is the final kite event of the season with more than just your average kites filling the sky.  See incredible shapes, sizes, styles and of course colors float, soar and ride the air. Please check the Video footage of last year's event on their Website.  Food trucks and other vendors will be on-site during the festival.

  • Time:  2019 Times to be Announced
  • Price:  Free for Spectators

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Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting

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Nov 27, 2019
Water & Princess Streets, 54 N Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-772-4177

The Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting features music and caroling, a visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the Holiday Tree. Enjoy music, a holiday marketplace, and warm refreshments. Get into the spirit and stroll among the shops and restaurants to kick off the holiday season coastal-style!

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Enchanted Airlie

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Nov 29 - Dec 21, 2019
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-798-7700

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.

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Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

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Nov 29 - Dec 28, 2019
505 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-763-2634

Holiday magic returns to the railroad museum with  more lights and more action.  The museum transforms into a winter wonderland.  Over 25,000 lights glisten and sparkel as well as musical animations and twilight model train displays.  Santa is also on hand with goodies and cider.

See website for times and prices

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Battleship Ho Ho Ho

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Nov 29, 2019

Santa welcomes everyone to the Battleship Holiday Festivities. Volunteers stationed throughout the ship will hep children adn parents understand this impressive floating City at Sea. Call the North Pole from the Battleship's Radio Central. Track Santa's journey around the world by radar and more fun.

Presented by: Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
Time: 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
Price:  Free with Battleship Admission

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Annual NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

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Nov 29 - 30, 2019
1 Bob Sawyer Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Celebrate the holidays coastal-style at the NC Holiday Flotilla.  This celebration kicks off Friday night with the Tree Lighting ceremony.  The fun continues Saturday with the Festival in the Park and the Flotilla begins at 6:00 pm followed by a spectacular fireworks show. 

Friday - Tree Lighting - 5:30 pm
Saturday - Festival 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Flotilla 6:00 pm

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A Merry Little Christmas Festival and Candlelight Tours

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Dec 7 - 15, 2019
10200 US Highway 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-686-9518

Join Poplar Grove Plantation's beautiful grounds aglow with lights twinkling under the stars.  Get in the holiday spirit with a blazing camp fire and drop a letter in teh mail to Santa or a US Military Personnel.  Enjoy a wagon ride through the Abbey Nature Preserve, a "Grinch Toy Junk Shop" and snuggle up for an outdoor movie.  Advanced reservations are required for the candlelight tours.  Please visit website for updates.

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Old Wilmington by Candlelight

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Dec 7 - 8, 2019
126 South Third Street
Latimer House Museum
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-762-0492

This prestigious, historic two-day event ushers in teh holiday season with a festive tour of private  homes, churches and historical sites in Historic Downtown Wilmington.  Don' miss out on this uniquely Wilmington holiday event. Please check website for latest updates.

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A Christmas Stroll Through the Past

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Dec 14, 2019
503 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-3700

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.

  • Time:  4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Price:  See website for details

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18th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza

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Jan 1, 2020
Roland Ave Beach Access
Surf City, NC 28445

Description:

The 18th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza in Surf City, NC, proceeds benefit Share the Table. 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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