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Poplar Grove Farmer's Market

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Jun 6 - Oct 25, 2017
10200 US Hwy 17 N
Wilmington, NC 28411

Join the beautiful historic Poplar Grove Mansion every Wednesday for their superb Farmers' Market. One of the greatest opportunities at this Farmers' Market is the interaction with the people growing, catching, baking and producing your food and other products.

Every Wednesday, April 19-October 25, 2017

Time: 8am-1pm

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Poplar Grove's Paranormal Ghost Tour

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Oct 6 - 27, 2017
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-686-9518

Enjoy this unique paranormal ghost tour celebrating the Southern tradition of painting porch ceilings Haint Blue to ward off restless souls. Spirits and haunts, or haints, of all ages, from 1850 to 1950, continue to hover around this manor house, particularly in the dining room, upstairs hallway, and children's room. There are lots of true stories of the Poplar Grove's Foy family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. Come discover who these phantoms are, and why they're still here. We will share a little history with you, provide a scroll of the dead, and permit you to focus on a particular room or rooms for paranormal activity.

Cameras, and other paranormal equipment is permitted.

Dates : Friday's in October. See website for times.

Admission:
$15

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Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge

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Oct 20 - 22, 2017
Johnny Mercer Pier
Carolina Beach Pier
Varies, NC 28401
910-538-0115

Entry Fee: $60 per angler before October 9; $70 per angler after October 9 (one entry fee gets you in all divisions except Red Drum Calcutta)
Red Drum TWT: $25 per angler (Red Drum TWT is optional–it is offered as another way for tournament participants to win money)
Over $20,000 in cash and prizes (based on 500 entries)
Boundaries: Must fish from a Pleasure Island beach.
No boats — No sound or pier fishing.
Three Weigh-in Locations: North End, South End, and Island Tackle & Hardware.
Tournament Headquarters: Town of Carolina Beach Public Parking Lot between Sea Witch Cafe and CB Municipal Docks (224 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428)

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PPD Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

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Oct 21, 2017

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.

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/north-carolina.aspx#ixzz4UvKNSwe4

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Taste of Wrightsville Beach

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Oct 21, 2017, 5pm - 8pm
130 Short Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-262-5998

Enjoy the flavors of Wrightsville Beach restaurants! The Taste of Wrightsville Beach festival celebrates the island's diverse and delicious fare on and around the beach with over 30 food, wine and beer tasting booths. (See website for a full list of vendors). Celebrity judges will rate the dishes with a "Best in Show" while the public will select the "People's Choice" award. This is an evening not to miss and only 500 tickets will be sold so book your tickets today!

Time:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Admission:
Advanced TBA

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Batty's Battleship Halloween Celebration

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Oct 24, 2017, 5:30pm - 8pm
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 7th 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!Admission is $5 per person. Kids 2 and under free. Some activities are weather dependent. Last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m.

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Trick or Treat Under the Sea

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Oct 26 - 28, 2017, 4:30pm - 8pm
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-458-8257

For a spooky and safe place to take the kids on Halloween, visit Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This family-friendly event features thrills and gills and includes indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, storytelling and haunted gardens. The whole family can view spooky divers in the massive fish tank and watch the No Sleeves Magic Camp perform as well! Please note that children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Please see website for admission pricing.

[b][b][b]ATTENTION PARENTS: No masks for adults please. No refunds or exchanges. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.[/b][/b][/b]

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Voracious & Rare Beer Festival

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Oct 27, 2017, 6pm - 9pm
1 Battleship NE
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-256-8622

Think of  beers you've never had, some you've never even heard of, because that's what we'll have. This is an event for the true beer aficionado, someone that loves to try new things. If you're constantly searching for latest and greatest beer — this event is for you!

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Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival

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Oct 28, 2017
10 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, a glass to sample with, and more beer and wine than you can ever taste in one day. Don't miss this fun-filled festival of beverages, live music, food vendors, and more! For the true beer fans, be sure to check out the Varacious Rare Beer Festival to kick-off the weekend. Please see website for details.

  • Time:  VIP: 12:00 pm, General: 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
  • Price:  VIP Beer: $50. VIP Wine: $50, General Beer: $40, General Wine: $40, Designated Driver: $15

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NC Surf to Sound Challenge

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Nov 3 - 5, 2017
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-256-2251

The Surf to Sound race is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. The race is presented by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, organizers of the Carolina Cup. 

Dates : Start: November 03, 2017 - End: November 05, 2017

Time: 9am

Registration: See website for complete details.

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Cape Fear Kite Festival

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Nov 4 - 5, 2017, 10am - 4pm
1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-520-1818

  • Come watch as flyers from all over join together at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to paint the sky! These are more than just your average kites flying and filling the sky. Incredible shapes, sizes, styles and of course colors float, soar and ride the air. Food trucks will be on-site during the festival.
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  • Time:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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Port City Rib Fest

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Nov 10 - 12, 2017
Cowen St & Nutt St
Wilmington, NC 28401
336-707-9188

The Port City Rib Fest is a celebration of great BBQ, cool music and zany fun. It features champion pitmasters from around the country. They cook on a summer circuit and have been at their trade for a long time. Along with the succulent BBQ offerings, a multitude of side items, desserts and drink options are available. The first Port City Rib Fest was held in August of 2013, adjacent to the USS North Carolina battleship, on the shores of the Cape Fear River. Over 17,000 attendees braved the hottest weekend of the year to partake in the festivities.

The variety of BBQ styles alone makes our festival unique, but we have established a reputation of showcasing original acts from all around the country, but it's our other offerings which make us The Nation's Most Unique BBQ Festival.

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Festival Latino

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Nov 11 - 12, 2017
7069 Market Street
Ogden Park
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-341-0007

This festival is the largest Latino event in North Carolina and celebrates the cultural differences between all people. Enjoy an array of Latino-themed sections: The Kids Fiesta area, the 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! 


Admission: FREE

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2017 Beach Soccer Classic

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Nov 18 - 19, 2017
Wilmington, NC

The Wilmington Hammerheads FC is pleased to host the 2017 Beach Soccer Classic. The tournament is open to all U10-U18 Boys and Girls (Boys up to U15) 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 18th - 19th, 2016.

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Cape Fear Festival of Trees

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Nov 20 - Dec 31, 2017
9000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-796-8099

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! Hosted at the Aquarium, all visitors who purchase a general admission ticket to the Aquarium between November 20 and December 31 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees. Dates : November 20-December 31, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

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Nov 23, 2017
Seawater Lane
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Burn off those pre-Thanksgiving calories with the 13th 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.

Time:Starting Line: 8:20 AM, Race: 8:30 AM

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Enchanted Airlie

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Nov 24 - Dec 22, 2017

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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Battleship Alive!

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Dec 2, 2017
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-5797

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!

Time: 8am-5pm

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Wrightsville Beach Jingle Bell Run 5K

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Dec 9, 2017
303 West Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Wrightsville Beach Jingle Bell Run 5K

Date: December 9, 2017

Time: 9 am

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A Christmas Stroll Through the Past

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Dec 9, 2017
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:  4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Price:  Adult: $20, Children (3-18): $10, Children (Under 3): Free. *This is a rain or shine event*

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NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

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Dec 24 - 25, 2017
1 Bob Sawyer Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-256-2120

Celebrate the holidays coastal-style at the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. Voted a Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Event, this celebration kicks off Friday night with the Anchor's Away Launch Party. The event is open to the public and includes dinner, a cash bar, live music and a silent auction. The fun continues Saturday with the Festival in the Park featuring over 100 arts and craft vendors, an antique car show, a large play area for children with several inflatables, the always popular Arab Choo Choo, festival food and more. The lighted boat parade begins at 6:00 pm and is followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Don't forget to vote via text for both the "People's Choice" and "Crowd Favorite" awards once the parade starts.

  • Time:  Friday: Launch Party - 7:00 PM; Saturday: Festival - 10:00-4:00 PM, Boat Parade & Fireworks: 6:00 PM
  • Price:  Launch Party: $35 per person; All other events Free with a small charge for special rides, food and products.

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Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown

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Dec 31, 2017
K Street
Kure Beach, NC 28449

December 31, 2017

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

Admission: Free

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16th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza

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Jan 1, 2018
Roland Ave Beach Access
Surf City, NC 28445

Description:

The 16th 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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153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

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Jan 13, 2018
1610 Ft Fisher Blvd South
Kure Beach, NC 28449
910-458-5538

Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Battlefield in Kure Beach and the Friends of Fort Fisher host the 153rd Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher. The weekend features hundreds of reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines realistically depicting everything from camp life to battle strategies.

Free admission

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10th Annual Cold Stroke Classic

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Jan 20, 2018
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Location: 275 Waynick Blvd Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Description: Coastal Urge's Eighth Annual Cold Stroke Classic will be held on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway off Wrightsville Beach. With 2 divisions, paddlers can opt to do the 3.5 mile Recreational course or the 7 mile Elite course. Throughout the day there will be an exhibitor's expo open to the public with free demos. Cash prizes will be spread across the top finishers in each division. See website for further details. *Please note- All racers are required to have a USCG approved PFD*

Event Time: Saturday Events Begin : 9:30 am

Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Recreational Division Registration Fee: Adults - $55, Kids - $25, Elite Division Registration Fee: $75, Additional fees incurred for late registration*

For More Information Call: 910-256-7112 or 800-383-4443

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NC Jazz Festival 38th Annual

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Feb 1 - 3, 2018
Hilton Riverside Hotel
301 Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-793-1111

Wilmington gives a warm welcome to all of the jazz lovers attending our 38th annual North Carolina Jazz Festival! This historic city located on the bank of the Cape Fear River has many interesting shops, art galleries, museums and restaurants, as well as a movie studio, nearby beaches, plus Revolutionary and Civil War sites to explore during your days here.We will fill your evenings with exciting performances by some of the greatest traditional jazz musicians from around the globe! All evening concerts begin at 7:30 pm and held at the
Wilmington Hilton Riverside ballroom

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Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival

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Feb 2 - 4, 2018
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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.

For More Information
(910) 742-0120 or (910) 512-9948

http://wilmingtonwineandchocolatefestival.com/index.html

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East Coast Shag Classic

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Feb 8 - 11, 2018
1706 N Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

February 8-11, 2018

[b]Description
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.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price
See website

For More Information
910-256-7112

www.eastcoastshagclassic.com[/b]

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge

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Feb 17, 2018

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 a pre-race auction, a costume contest, food and of course the plunge at the end of the race. 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!

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Art for All

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Feb 17 - 18, 2018
516 N. 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Art for All, a unique and creative art show! Happening on Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, February 18, from Noon- 5 p.m. Admission to the show is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free. Local Wilmington food trucks, BAC cash bar, and over 50 vendors all in one place! We can't wait to see you at the BAC!

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US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship

Local
Mar 17, 2018
Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships is a race like none other in the USA.  Being held on an all sand course along the pristine shores of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina this course will prove both challenging for competitors and fun to watch for families and fans.  With the recent and fast rising popularity of Fat Bikes, bikes with tires wider than 4?, riding a bicycle in the thick sand has become easier than ever.  Combine Fat Bikes with an ever changing beach and the competitive spirits of a bunch of bicycle riders and we couldn't help but design a race.

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NHRMC Marathon Madness

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Mar 17, 2018
Salisbury Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28428
910-297-4973

With a peak elevation of only 32ft, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness is fast, flat and notorious for personal bests. Combined with the huge bonus of the race being a Boston Marathon qualifying eventand an USATF certified qualifier, it's no surprise why this marathon attracts a healthy variety of runners—from first timers to veterans—and sells out fast.The 2017 Full Marathon will really give you a glimpse of what Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington offer.  The new course starts at the beach and runs through Landfall and finishes at the UNCW Campus. Your families and friends will have the opportunity to see you in action five to eight times as you run, with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway as your backdrop. The NCAA basketball tourney kicks off in March off as well, so we'll have college-themed cheer stations with DJs, bands and spectator hot spots.

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NC Azalea Festival

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Apr 11 - 15, 2018

Location
Downtown 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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Loop The Lake Extended 5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Run

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Apr 11, 2018, 6:30am - 10am
925 Towne Center Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-256-2395

The North Carolina Azalea Festival “Loop The Lake” Extended  5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Walk is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. Kids, dogs, and costumes are welcome!All proceeds from this event benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center Big Buddy Program. Big Buddy is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches “at-risk” youth ages 6-16 in New Hanover County and Brunswick County with positive adult role models. Youth are identified as “at-risk” due to the following circumstances: involvement with the juvenile justice system, excessive in-school and/or out-of-school suspensions, poor academic performance, and lack of positive role models. The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is a 501c3 and works to recruit and train volunteers, match volunteers with youth, offer support and guidance through case management, and provide monthly group activities.

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Carolina Cup 2018

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Apr 18 - 22, 2018
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

April 18-22, 2018The 2018 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by SurfTech kicks off the race season with 5 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, Money Island open race, 6 man outrigger race on Sunday and the renowned Graveyard Elite Race. This is our seventh year. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, we had over 600. In 2014, there were over 700. The 2015 event was one of the most competitive events on record and also deemed the largest SUP event in the world. In 2016, the West Marine Carolina Cup grew even more attracting thousands of paddlers to Wrightsville Beach to come together on the East Coast.Expect clinics by the top paddle instructors and certifiers in the world.Bring the whole family for this amazing 5-day weekend.
For more information visit http://www.wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheCarolinaCup.

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Wilmington Wine and Food Festival

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May 17 - 20, 2018
503 Market Street
Bellamy Mansion
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-3700

 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.

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