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Wilmington KOA Events
Popsicles and Ice Cream Socials (all Summer)
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.
Labor Day 2020
Friday, September 4th- an afternoon treat by the pool
Saturday, September 5th - Tie Dye, Funomenal Face Painting, Poor Piggy BBQ and Music with Mr. Mark.
Sunday - "Wicked Links" Hot Dogs and root beer floats by the pool.
Local Area Events
Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market
Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series
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 food and beverage for sale or bring your own. So pack your picnic basket, chairs, blankets and come out for an enjoyable evening outdoors.
Please check website for time and admission- advance ticket purchase required
Recurring monthly on the 1st and 3rd Friday from June 5 through September 1, 2020
Really Cool Stuff Artisan Marketplace
O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro Am Surf Fest
The O'Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am held on Wrightsville Beach has grown into one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast and attracts surfers from around the world. In all, dozens of amateur surfers and an average of 96 professional surfers from around the world participate in this exciting three-day event. Some professionals that have won in the past include Rob Machado, Fisher Heverly and Avon Cormican.
Wahine Classic 2019
Dance the night away to live music, enjoy an inflatable movie screen featuring short films, a cash bar and more. Make bids at the popular silent auction featuring a wide assortment of fine art, services, and specialties from local businesses. Make sure to “seas the daze” and stop by this wonderful annual event in the heart of Wrightsville Beach!
Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival
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!
YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint
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.
American Craft Walk
5K Race for the Planet RESCHEDULED
Wilmington Fall Wine and Beer Walk
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.
Battleship Alive! Living History Event
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!
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
Bark in the Park
Wilmington Greek Festival
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
Wilmington Boat Show
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
Children (4 to 12): $5
Children 3 and Under: Free
Thursday Night VIP Ticket: $50
Friday - Noon to 6pm
Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Sunday - 10am to 5pm
Port City Rumble 2020
Poplar Grove's Paranormal Ghost Tour
PPD Ironman 70.3 North Carolina
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.
Voracious & Rare Beer Festival
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
Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival
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.
RIMS ON THE RIVER
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Downtown Wilmington Wilmington, NC 28401
Classic cars from across the nation will line the Cape Fear River for this Annual Antique Car Show in May 2020. For more information, check out the Cool Wilmington Facebook page, or click the link below.
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Come enjoy the 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.
Usually begins at 11:00 am
Cape Fear Kite Festival
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.
Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting
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!
Annual NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach
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
Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown
The New Year's Celebration is always held on New Year's Eve and begins at 9 PM. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don't miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.
This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.
Time: 9:00 pm Carolina Beach Boardwalk
NHRMC Marathon Madness
Experience marathon madness at the beach with the Annual Wrightsville Beach Marathon, a winner of the Southeast Tourism Top 20 events! This exciting event draws a variety of runners from all over the country to compete and has the added bonus of being a Boston Marathon qualifying event and an USATF certified qualifier. The course for the full marathon starts at the beach and runs through Landfall and finishes at the UNCW Campus. Half Marathon and Relay events available as well. Make plans now to participate in or watch the "madness".
USS NC Battleship Memorial Day Observance
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.