Wilmington KOA Holiday Events
Halloween Fun 2021
Come join us for fun events at the campground!! Craft Time - Ceramic Painting at the Pavilion 1-2 pm, Costume Contest and Costume Train Ride - 4 pm, Site Decorating Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest (judging at 5 pm ) and Trick or Treating around the Campground - 5:30 pm!!! Don't miss it! There will be prizes for the contests!!!
Labor Day 2022
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Local Area Events
Poplar Grove's Paranormal Ghost Tour
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.
RIMS ON THE RIVER 2021
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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 October 2021. For more information, check out the Cool Wilmington Facebook page, or click the link below.
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Cape Fear Fair & Expo 2021
Monster Movie Madness at the Mansion
Enjoy an outdoor showing of a classic Halloween thriller, if you dare! Bring your chairs, blankets and set up on the lawn of the beautiful Bellamy Mansion. There will be concessions of hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, beer and wine available for purchase. Costumes encouraged. This intense and gory event is not for children, but is sure to be a spine-tingling night out for adults!
MOVIE BEGINS AT 7 PM
ADMISSION IF FREE BUT $5 DONATION TO THE MUSEUM IS SUGGESTED
Goosebumps in the Grove
Spend a spooky day at the Halloween Festival at Poplar Grove. Fun for all ages featuring trick and treat, carnival games, Poplar Grove Witches Candy Chute, Halloween Vignetter Photo Ops and much more!
Event times - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
Admission - 2 + $5, under 2 - free, Enter the Haunted Mansion for an additional $5 charge. Additional treats await the little ones brave enough to enter!
Carolina Cup 2021
The 2021 Carolina Cup 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. 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!
Taste of Wrightsville Beach 2021
Polish Festival 2021
Visit the Castle Hayne area for this family-oriented and fun festival featuring a wealth of food, music, arts and crafts, beverages and more. The annual Polish Festival provides a hefty sampling of everything this distinctive culture and heritage has to offer. Please check website for details.
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cape Fear Kite Festival 2021
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.
Carolina Beach Wine and Beer Walk
On Saturday, November 13, 2021, the Carolina Beach Wine and Beer Walk invades the beach for some fun to kick off the fall season! Don't miss out on the popular sampling tour of the beach's finest venues. Tickets are on sale now.
Time - 1 - 6 pm
Price - $16 per person (limited number of 2 for $27 tickets available on Etix.com only)
The walk check in will be at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage, Carolina Beach Avenue South
Battleship Half Marathon,10K and 5K
Kure Beach Holiday Market 2021
Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot
Burn off those pre-Thanksgiving calories with the annual Turkey Trot! This race 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, please see website for further information.
Enchanted Airlie 2021
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. Masks will be required, Santa will not be on site this year, there will not be food and beverages for sale and wheelchairs will not be available. Guests may bring their own food and may also bring their own wheelchairs. Pathways are wheelchair accessible.
Tickets go on sale ONLINE ONLY beginning in October 2021
See website for dates, times and changes/requirements due to COVID
Cape Fear Festival of Trees 2021
It's time for the area's favorite holiday tradition - Come find your Jolly and get in the Christmas spirit!
Wander through a glittering wonderland of holiday elegance as you stroll through the beautiful NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Trees decorated by local artists, various organizations and local businesses transform the aquarium into an enchanted forest.
Price: Included with Aquarium Admission
Event Time - 9am - 5 pm
Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting 2021
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!
Christmas Train and Light Spectacular
Annual NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach
Celebrate the holidays coastal-style! The celebration kicks off Friday night with a tree lighting ceremony. Saturday there is a festival in the park featuring over 100 art and craft vendors, antique cars, food and more. The Flotilla begins around 6 pm and is followed by fireworks spectacular. Vote via text for the "People's Choice" and "Crowd Favorite" once the parade starts.
Please see website for further details.
Holiday Flea at the BAC
The "ultimate vintage flea" at the Brooklyn Art's Center in historic downtown Wilmington. Find a variety of vintage, retro, up-cycled and antique treasures! There will be food trucks, a coffee shop and the BAC bar to keep you shopping at this three day holiday festival of shopping.
Price - $5 - good for all three days, kids under 12 are free
Friday - 4 pm - 9 pm, Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday - 12 pm - 5 pm
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!
Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla
Wrightsville Beach Jingle Bell Run 5K
The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History invites you to participate in the 5K Jingle Bell Run. This celebratory holiday event encourages race participants and spectators to dress in holiday apparel (i.e. Santa costumes, antlers, snowmen, etc.). Runners who register in time always receive some creative Holiday Swag. Historic cottages and beautiful winter marshes are part of the scenery as you meet the challenge of this special 5K alongside beautiful Wrightsville Beach. Please visit website for details.
Colonial Christmas Open House and Craft Market
The Burgwin-Wright House shines as they host their annual festive holiday event filled with music, costumes and more! Go back in time for an old-fashioned Christmas and enjoy fun for the whole family, complete with period decorations, costumed interpreters and enjoy viewing decorations as they would have been when the original owners celebrated Christmas in the 1700's.
Polar Express Holiday Show
Hear the telling of the wonderful holiday classic, Polar Express, followed by a visit from Santa! This family show features on-air personalities from a local tv channel. There will be cookies and cocoa following the show.
Dates - 12/11 - 12 and 12/18-19
Prepaid reservations only - $5 each, under 2 free
Show times - 4:30 pm or 5:30 pm
Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration 2021
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 Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion