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.
Paradise Provisions Demo - 1:30 p.m. - Come sample one of the "Grab and Go" meal kits and a Cocktail Kit.
Smores Night: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Roasting Peeps and making smores! Yum!
Movie - 7 pm
Set amidst the inspiring and educational backdrop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, this year's Cape Fear Festival of Trees is sure to be one of the most unique festivities on the Cape Fear coast! .
Benefiting the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, this event will start your holiday season off right. Dates : November 18, 2019 - January 2, 2020. Purchase of a ticket to the aquarium allows you to enjoy the beautiful trees at no extra expense. See website for more details.
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.
The Wilmington Railroad Museum offers holiday magic as the museum transforms into a winter wonderland with spectacular decorations and oer 25,000 twinkling lights. Santa will be on hand as well with goodies and cider.
Time 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, $5 per person, Children 2 and under are free
Dates - December 13,14,20,21,27,28
Also offered is the Polar Express where children will enjoy the reading of the Polar Express with a local celebrity, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate for sipping.
Time 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, $5 per person and can be reserved by calling 910-763-2634
Dates - November 30, December 1, 14,15,21,22
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 the 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.
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.
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.
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
The 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.
Join in as the Fort Fisher State Historic Site is brought to life with their 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher event. This event will focus on the stories of the men during the afternoon of January 15, 1865. Infantry re-enactors will be on hand to talk with visitors about camp life and garrison duty as well as conduct the manual of arms, drills and firing demonstrations including the site's rifled and banded 32 pound cannon and the bronze 12 pound cannon. On hand will be Harry Taylor, a local photographer who will be using his 1860's wet-plate photography studio to take photographs for visitors. Please see website for more details.
January 20 , 2020 Admission Fee/Ticket Price For More Information Call: 910-763-4138
Parade is on the 20th and starts at 3rd and Hanover Streets
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 Monday's commemorative parade. To view a full list of events please see the website below.
Parade is Free : Full list of programs and admissions are available for viewing on the website below.
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For More Information Call: 910-763-4138
February 13, 2020 - 3:00 pm until February 16, 2020 - 11:00 am [b]Description Admission Fee/Ticket Price For More Information
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. All events held at the Holiday Inn Resort.
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Enjoy the Annual Polar Plunge along with the 5K Run-N-Plunge at Kure Beach! 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 the beach. Contestants are encouraged to dress up and find their inner superhero! There will be an auction, a costume contest, food and of course the plunge. 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!
Art for All, a unique and creative art show! This is downtown's cutting edge art show at the Brooklyn Arts Center. This market place will feature local and original art work, a raffle, a courtyard vender tent, food trucks and more. All art work will be under $500.
Admission is $5 and is good for both days. Children 12 and under are free.
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm
Please join the celebration of the 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the first Patriot victory prior to the Declaration of Independence, Halifax Accord and war for Independence. Activities will include musket and cannon demonstrations throughout both days, as well as demonstrations of colonial trades such as blacksmithing, candle dipping, spinning, cooking, gardening, powder horn making, colonial toys and games, live music, and much more. Please check website and Social Media for latest updates.
February 29, 2020 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Start Location Description
Tickets $16 each
Tickets available online only - etix.com
This self-guided tasting tour of downtown Wilmington's finest popular restaurants and drinking establishments is a blast! Discover new and different beers and wines available at these local spots while you also discover your new favorite downtown hangout, bar, or restaurant. This event always sells out as tickets are limited, so please don't hesitate to purchase your tickets in advance. Must be 21 and have ID.
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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.
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.
For the explorer at heart -- bring a friend and join this four hour behind the scenes small group tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship North Carolina. You will be climbing over high hatches and up/down steep ladders. See the Battleship like you have never seen it before.
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Price: $50 or $45 for friends, members, or active military. Call for advance reservation.
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".
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.
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.
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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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.
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Enjoy the 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.
The 2020 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!
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of 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
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.
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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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