May Area Events

5/1 – 7: 2017 Wells Fargo Championship (PGA Tour Event) – Eagle Point Golf Club

  • 5/1-2: PGA TOUR Professional Practice Rounds
  • 5/4: First Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/5: Second Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/6: Third Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/7: Final Round of Competition & Closing Award Ceremony

5/1 – 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

5/1-6: Paint Out Wilmington – Various Locations in Wilmington

5/2,3: Dirty Dancing LIVE – CFCC Wilson Center

5/4: It’s A Gimmie Movie Night (Happy Gilmore) – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/5, 6: Caddy Shack Concerts – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/6: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Presents: HMS Pinafore – CFCC Wilson Center

5/6, 13, 20, 27: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park/ 5 N Water St.

5/7, 21: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/11: Arsenio Hall – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/11-20: The Nina & Pinta Visit Wilmington – Port City Marina

5/12: Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament – Kure Beach Fishing Pier

5/13: BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road – Ocean Isle Beach

5/13: 1st Annual Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off – BBQ Road, Ocean Isle Beach

5/18 – 28: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/19-21: Wilmington Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

5/19: Inaugural Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge – Lazy Pirate, Carolina Beach

5/19: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

5/19, 20: USA Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach

5/20 – Summer: Oakdale Cemetery WWI Historical Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

5/20: Carolina Beach Arts Festival – Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

5/20: Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach, NC

5/20: 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields Wilmington

5/20, 21: Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields

5/24: Brit Floyd – Immersion World Tour 2017 – CFCC Wilson Center

5/24: Sunset Beach Concert Series – The Village Park on Queen Anne, Sunset Beach

5/26: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: Jack Jack 180 – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

5/26: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

5/26: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

5/27, 28: Orange Street Artfest – Orange Street between Front and Third & the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

5/27 – 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/28: Free Movie Night (Trolls) – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/29: Memorial Day Observance – Battleship North Carolina (FREE)

Wells Fargo Championship Will Showcase Southeastern North Carolina


By Judy Royal

The bustling Wilmington NC real estate market and its impressive array of homes and properties will be on full display when some of the biggest names in golf, their devoted fanbases, and other spectators come to town in seven weeks. The Wells Fargo Championship, to be held May 1-7 at Eagle Point Golf Club in the rapidly growing Porters Neck section of northern New Hanover County, will act as a showcase of our area for thousands of visitors who might be getting their first glimpse at what Wilmington and its surrounding beaches as well as neighboring Pender and Brunswick counties have to offer. Would it really be a surprise if more than a few of them decided to buy their own slice of our paradise? After all, plenty of people fall in love with Southeastern North Carolina while on vacation and later return to spend their real estate dollars here so they can become a more permanent part of the area. It’s a symbiotic relationship, as many of the factors that stimulate tourism also strengthen a destination’s property market and provide a boost to home sales.

Whether you’re ready to buy or sell, or even if you’re just seeking a long-term rental or an NC beach vacation rental, Intracoastal Realty is here to meet your Wilmington NC real estate needs. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 12 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island.

If you’re already here, you might be thinking about offering your home for rent during the Wells Fargo Championship for the influx of visitors who will be descending upon our area. Intracoastal can help you with that, too. Many of these visitors will be seeking to combine the tournament with a beach vacation and looking for something a little less commercial than a hotel. Don’t go it alone and put yourself and your property at risk; let a professional help you navigate the waters of offering your home as a short-term rental option for those looking to explore and discover our area.

The Wells Fargo Championship, a PGA Tour-sanctioned competition usually held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, began in 2003 as the Wachovia Championship and has raised more than $19 million since then through Champions for Education, its nonprofit host organization. Last year, the golf tournament in Charlotte drew 185,000 people. The tournament is making a one-year stop in Wilmington for 2017 because Quail Hollow Club is hosting the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four major tournaments, in August and the Charlotte course will need several months of lead time to prepare for it. Although the tournament will return to Charlotte in 2018, the Wilmington area will reap the benefits of the temporary relocation. With up to 30,000 tournament tickets available each day during the four days of competition rounds and a projected economic impact of between $40 million and $60 million for the region, the event is expected to infuse lodging and other service-related industries with a windfall and foster new or enhanced business relationships for area companies. Also, The First Tee of Greater Wilmington will be the primary beneficiary of the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship and its more than $1 million in anticipated charitable giving. Re-established in 2016 as a local chapter, this organization’s goal is to reach 25,000 youth within the community by 2018. With support from the City of Wilmington, a tract of land adjacent to the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course has been allocated for the building of a new program site that will consist of a three-hole practice course, driving net area, and 1,000-square-foot classroom building to create a solid learning environment. The grand opening of the new facility is scheduled for the week of the tournament.

Thursday and Friday of the tournament will be broadcast on the Golf Channel, with third and final round coverage on Saturday and Sunday to be nationally televised on CBS. The tournament is broadcast to one billion households in 225 countries. This will be the first PGA Tour event in the Port City since the Azalea Open was held at Cape Fear Country Club in 1971. That event started in 1949, and winners included Arnold Palmer, Mike Souchak, and Art Wall Jr. Player commitments for this year include Roberto Castro, Derek Ernst, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, James Hahn, Mackenzie Hughes, Andrew Johnston, Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Shane Lowry, Ben Martin, William McGirt, Phil Mickelson, Carl Pettersson, Jon Rahm, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Vijay Singh, and Hudson Swafford. Eagle Point is a Tom Fazio-designed course that opened in 2000 and has been ranked among the Golf Digest list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses six straight years.

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Waterfront Home

Think selling a waterfront home is a no-brainer? Think again.

We’ve covered general tips for selling a house before, what about selling a waterfront home? While selling a waterfront home has similarities to selling a house say, in the suburbs, there are distinct differences that need to be accounted for. Though waterfront homes are a coveted item for buyers, they don’t just sell themselves. Learn what missteps to avoid (and correct) here!

1. Choosing the Wrong Agent

You’re going to need an agent on your side for this, specifically, one with experience selling and dealing with waterfront homes. Though appraisals aren’t necessarily a must for every home getting ready to enter the market, they are extremely valuable for waterfront homes, particularly because the value of waterfront homes differs so vastly from one home to the next based on their location, amenities and so forth. In light of the overall price of the home and the associated costs that tag along with selling, appraisals should be considered money very well spent.

Agents should conduct a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) in order to determine the value (and, subsequently, the asking price) of the home. Factors that should be included in this assessment include:

  • Location (naturally)
  • Waterfront size, or the size of the body of water that the property is located on/near.
  • Amenities of the property, such as docks, beaches, etc.
  • Frontage, the land the bridges the property and the water, or the general amount of land surrounding the property. Agents need to consider the amount of frontage, as well as its condition. Is it available for recreational use? Is it even and easy to traverse, or steep and sloped?

2. Pricing Too High

Waterfront homes will almost always possess a higher value than your average landlocked home. This does not automatically garner an astronomical listing price though! The factors mentioned above will do much to determine what a fair asking price should be, in conjunction with a recent appraisal. People are generally more willing to spend more on waterfront properties, but they also expect a certain amount of amenities and property requirements before doing so. When selling your waterfront home, make sure it lives up to the listing price. If all your property has to offer is a view of the water, it should not be listed alongside the likes of houses with private beaches and docks. Again, appraisals do much to determine the right price from the get-go.

3. Neglecting “Water” Appeal

You’re probably familiar with the term “curb appeal,” and that still applies to waterfront homes. Additionally, however, is “water appeal,” the view of the house from the water. While investing in a clean, tidy house by view of the street is a must, so is investing a picturesque view from the water. Other elements to pay heed to are:

  • The condition of docks. Are docks covered in green film? Or are they bright and clean? Are they safe? Do they look inviting?
  • “Pristine” shores. Whether it’s just seaweed or literal garbage, both “clutter” shores (And one is bad for the environment, a major no-no when trying to sell your waterfront home!) Make sure shores aren’t littered with big debris that would deter potential buyers.
  • Water access. How accessible is the water from your home? Do you have a dock? Can you launch a boat from it? Is the water deep enough? Is there a place for new buyers to lounge or fish?
  • Waterfront visibility. This is a big one. Almost all buyers looking for a waterfront home are envisioning themselves waking up to the view — but can they actually see the water from the house? Make sure overgrown shrubs are kept at bay and windows are crystal clear!

4. Lackluster Marketing

An experienced agent will do more than just sell the house, they’ll sell the lifestyle! A waterfront home is a lifestyle, so missing this detail is a major mistake. Listings should include all amenities, whether physical (like docks) or activity-based (such as the fact that the home is conducive to backyard water skiing, for example). They should include descriptions of the view, and the natural beauty. Better yet — they should include pictures of said natural beauty.

Waterfront homes should feature photography or videos of both the home’s interior and exterior, as well as the surrounding property, so that potential buyers, especially those that may be searching for their dream waterfront home from afar, can better visualize all that the property has to offer. Listings should also be advertised via a variety of platforms. A sign in the frontyard won’t cut it, and neither will a solitary listing. In order to get all eyes on your waterfront home, agents should employ multiple strategies via social media, housing web platforms and more.

5. Skipping Important Details

It’s not exactly surprising that waterfront homes can be more susceptible to the elements, and that means flooding. If your waterfront house needs flood insurance, this is a detail that needs to be conveyed early on in the process, and not at the final moment before everyone signs paperwork. Flood insurance on a waterfront home can drastically change the mortgage payments that buyers can expect, so waiting can lead to either lost buyers or major delays at the time of closing. Buyers also need to be made aware of circumstances such as whether or not the property has a holding tank, septic tank or access to public sewers. If the home uses a tank, buyers need to know when it was last pumped.

Selling a waterfront home certainly has its advantages, being as desirable as they are among buyers, and with these tips, selling yours should be relatively stress free!

Looking for a helping hand to sell your waterfront home? Drop us a line or give us a call at (800) 533-1840. Being so close to the coast, we have lots of experience in this area!

A Guide for First Time Homebuyers in Wilmington NC


If you’ve been considering purchasing a home recently, now may be the ideal time to take that step, particularly if you’re a first time home buyer! The housing market landscape has made some improvements over the past few years, and, with a little strategizing, buyers have the opportunity to land the home they’ve been dreaming of at a great rate. Read on to gain some key insights and tips for buying your first home in Wilmington NC!

Shop Around

First thing’s first: we’re sure you’re familiar with the saying, but before buying a house, you have to first determine “how much house” you can afford, which is why we recommend getting pre-approved for a home loan before the search begins. The housing market trend thus far has been pretty bright for home buyers in recent years. Mortgage rates are remaining low, right around 3 to 4 percent, though they are expected to rise to an approximate 4.65 percent by the end of the year, so the sooner you can get your ducks in a row, the better!

When looking for your mortgage, make sure to consider all of your options, which may or may not be the typical 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. Learn more about the various loan options that are available. Investigate what your local banks have to offer! The City of Wilmington actually partners with local banks in its Home Ownership Pool (HOP) in an attempt to provide long-term housing to people with steady income, but generally modest means. There are some requirements, but also some enticing perks!

We also suggest that buyers check out our preferred lender, TowneBank Mortgage, if you’re looking for a place to start your mortgage search. No matter which lender you go with, make sure to check out options from at least three different lenders to secure financing that best suits your needs.

Be Ready

Start formulating your ideal home buying/moving scenario. If you’re a first time homebuyer, the process of transitioning into your new home should be fairly simple. You might have to break your lease early, but you’re not burdened with the task of selling or renting your current home. Go ahead and plan for this step now. Contact your landlord to find out the stipulations of breaking your lease. If you’re moving from out of state, or from out of town, familiarize yourself with living costs in your soon-to-be hometown. If you don’t already have a job lined up, start looking. Plan trips to get acquainted with the area and your ideal neighborhood. There are a wide variety of houses for sale in Wilmington NC to choose from, in different neighborhoods with different amenities. Learn where you’ll fit in best.

Additionally, if you’ve already gotten pre-approved for a home loan, that’s great! But you also need to factor in closing costs and fees to get an accurate idea of how much money you’re really working with. You can get a general snapshot of what to expect here, referring to a closing costs calculator for an estimate, or by contacting a REALTOR® to help guide you through the home buying process and the fees that you can expect to incur.

Cut to the Chase

Negotiating the cost on a home isn’t your typical Craigslist haggle. While negotiating is not uncommon or out-of-the-question, home sellers generally prefer that you put your best offer first. If you try to lowball the seller, there’s a chance that they may not give you an opportunity to bid again. If you want to leave a little wiggle room, you can include an escalator clause in your offer to increase your bid a certain amount over a competitor’s, but here, again, it’s generally best to just put your best foot forward.

We recommend that buyers protect their offer with contingencies, such as a financing/mortgage contingency to allow yourself time to close on your loan or ensure that you receive approval on your loan amount (this is where getting pre-approved can help to speed things up). Other important contingencies include a home inspection contingency and an appraisal contingency to secure a fair price for the house, as well as safeguard against a home with damage or need for repairs.

Prepare for Change

“The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” Not to hit you with another common saying, but this one really holds some water here! Be prepared for change. Be prepared to go back to the drawing board and forge a new plan. Or, better yet, have backup plans in place!

Figure out what your next course of action will be if your initial financing falls through, or your offer on your “dream” home doesn’t take. Or, it could be that multiple visits to your prospective new home reveal flaws or loud neighbors or bad traffic, and you need to go back to shopping around. What will you do if your movers cancel? What will you do if your move is held up by your buyer’s need to move out of the house first? What will you do if closing is delayed and you have to reschedule your original move? Whatever the scenario, be ready to change your plans and move in the best direction for your goals, financing and future. This is a long-term investment; there’s no benefit to rushing and getting yourself into a home that isn’t right for you.

Expect Delays

This year, due to new regulations in mortgage lending that went into effect in October of 2015, closings have experienced some delays. In most cases, delays are relatively minor, taking an approximate three to eight additional days. In other cases, delays took up to 20 days. These new regulations, referred to as TRID, (TILARESPA Integrated Disclosure) are designed to benefit you, as the buyer, in clarifying total costs and generally ensuring fewer errors in the closing process. However, as with any change to a complex system, the change isn’t making the smoothest of transitions. There’s really nothing that buyers can due to curtail these details, but it’s important to know that your closing might be affected and plan accordingly.

Furthermore, if you are: self-employed, recently jobless, will be changing jobs in the move, or have commission-based income, you may also experience delays or challenges in receiving financing and closing on a mortgage. Don’t be discouraged! Just realize that financing might be more difficult to lock down right away or, especially if you are recently jobless, you may have to shelf your plans for purchasing a new home temporarily, until your income is more definite again.

Join Forces

Sure, you can try to navigate these waters on your own, but, especially if you are first time homebuyer, you’ll find that no asset is greater throughout the home buying process than having a REALTOR® by your side to guide you. The time for locking down a great mortgage is prime, yes, but the housing market in Wilmington NC is competitive. The demand for homes exceeds the supply, so buyers need to be on their A-game to land the home they’ve been dreaming of at a price they can afford. If you’re serious about buying a house, then you need to be serious about your process to do so. Join forces with a real estate agent!

If you’re a first time homebuyer, or even if you’re more seasoned, Intracoastal Realty is here to answer your questions and be your local resource to acquiring a home in Wilmington NC. Looking to sell your home? We can help with that too. Contact us today!

June Area Events

6/1, 8, 15, 22, and 29: Sunset Beach Concerts – Village Park, Sunset Beach

6/2, 9, 16, 23, and 30: Fireworks By the Sea & Boardwalk Blast – Boardwalk at the Gazebo, Carolina Beach

6/3 and 17: Airlie Gardens Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

6/3, 10, 17, and 24: Downtown Sundown Concert – Princess & Water, Downtown Wilmington

6/3, 10, 17, and 24: Oak Island Summer Concerts – Middleton Park Soccer Field, Oak Island

6/3, 10, 17, and 24: Ocean Isle Beach Concerts – Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach

6/3:  SOJA with special guest Allen Stone – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/3-4 Fisherman’s Post Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge, Ocean Isle Beach

6/4: 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival – Carolina Beach

6/5-6/12: Port City Music Festival Various Venues

6/5, 19: Boogie in the Park Series – Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach

6/5, 12, 19, 26: Holden Beach Concerts – Holden Beach Pavilion, Holden Beach

6/6-7: Cape Fear BBQ Festival – Old River Farms, Burgaw

6/7, 21, 25: Calabash Concert Series – Calabash

6/7, 21, 28: Calabash Concert Series – Calabash Town Park, Calabash

6/8:  The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/9, 23: Leland Concerts on the Coast – Leland Municipal Park, Leland

6/9:  Jazz at the Mansion – A Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

6/10: Annual Bank Bridge to Bridge 4.0 – Wilmington

6/11: Art Moves Midtown 5K & Minnie’s Mile Fun Run, Wilmington

6/15-19: Jolly Mon King Classic – Ocean Isle Fishing Center, Ocean Isle Beach

6/18: East Coast Sports Annual Kids Fishing Tournament – Soundside Park, Topsail

6/18: Historical Southport Bicycle Tour – Southport


6/20: North Carolina Blueberry Festival – Burgaw

6/20: Blake Kearney Band – Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville

6/20: First Day of Summer

6/20: 15th Annual Snead Ferry Lions Club Pinfish Tournament – Sneads Ferry

6/20: Howl at the Moon – East Beach Access 39, Bald Head Island

6/21: The Hoppers and The Whisnants Gospel Music Concert – Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville

6/24: 4th Friday Gallery Night – Various Venues

6/25: NC 4th of July Festival Freedom Run and Color Outburst – Waterfront Park, Southport

For more June area events in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Pleasure Island, click here. For more events in the Oak Island / Southport area, click here. For more events in the Ocean Isle Isle, Sunset Beach, and Holden Beach areas, click here



Top 5 Tips for Selling Your House in Wilmington NC

When it comes to selling your house, you’ll find there’s no shortage of people who have an opinion on the matter or “insider” tips — and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming! So, we’ve provided a simple, basic stepping stone to help you sell your Wilmington NC home to get you started. And, as always, we are here to answer any questions you may have to help you with your home-selling journey!

1. Throw “Don’t judge a book by its cover” out

Oftentimes, sellers become so focused on prepping the inside of their house, that they forget about the outside — and this is a big no-no! The outside of your home is a first impression for potential buyers, so make sure it looks presentable and inviting. Here are just a few quick fixes for updating your house’s exterior:

    • Make sure your yard is neat, tidy and trimmed. Wilmington NC homes can’t all be blessed with luscious green grass (thanks to our sandy soil) but you can make sure weeds and brush are removed, and maybe put out a couple of bright, potted plants.
    • Wash your house. The salty air and humidity can contribute to dingy-looking exteriors, so it might also be worth your time to invest in a pressure washing service to breathe some life into your home’s facade by making sure fences, decks and siding are free from grime.
    • Spring for a can of paint. Nobody’s saying you need to repaint your entire house, but you’d be amazed at how effective a fresh coat of paint on peeling shutters or an old front door can be! Add a new welcome mat and maybe a seasonal wreath or flag, and your home instantly looks more inviting.

2. Help the buyer “see themselves” inside

The majority of buyers need help visualizing themselves actually living in your home — even though you love the way you’ve decorated your home, now is the time to minimize personal touches for a more neutral setting. Think of it as setting up a “blank canvas” for buyers. Clear up clutter, make any minor repairs that are needed, tidy up kitchen cabinets and shelves, and opt for a few more cleaning sessions than usual. You can even hire a professional stager to go through your home and update the decor and make suggestions according to their very professional staging eye. Skeptical? Get a better idea of the benefit of home stagers in another article of ours here.

3. Find the right asking price

This is extremely important. Determining the best price to ask for your home can determine how much room you have to negotiate with when it comes time to consider your offers. Figuring out the price that’s right for your house depends on several different factors: the value of your property, how much you need from the sale of it (especially if you are planning on purchasing a new property), the budget of potential repair costs that buyers may ask for before purchasing and closing costs.

It’s good to get an idea of your ideal price on your own, but what’s the best way to determine the right price? Talk to a REALTOR®. Not only can they help you navigate the aforementioned factors, but they can also integrate their up-to-date knowledge of how the market is performing right now, and how that’s likely to affect your sales process. For Instance, at Intracoastal we keep a weather eye on the Wilmington NC housing market, as well as trends taking place nationwide. So not only can they help you settle on the best asking price for you home, but they can help you determine when the prime time to sell is.

4. Determine when to sell

As mentioned previously, this is another instance wherein having a REALTOR® can be beneficial. Now, most people can get a general idea of what their local housing market is doing with a few Google searches, but a REALTOR can provide you with in-depth information to guide you on when to get your house on the market, as well as how much to ask.

Now, for example, is an excellent time to sell in Wilmington NC; the demand for houses in certain price points and locations exceeds the supply, making this seller’s market with the potential for higher prices and possibly multiple offers. Real estate sales in the area are up over 17 percent compared to this same time last year, meaning buyers are active and the market is hot! Combine that with the fact that interest rates are remaining low (with a 30-year mortgage averaging interest rates as low as four percent), and you have more qualified buyers out there ready, and able, to move!

5. Be ready!

Looping back to the cleanliness and curb appeal of your home, make sure you are ready when a potential buyer actually wants to see your home. You may not always have a full 24 hours between showings, but you don’t want to miss the opportunity for a buyer to see your home. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Find a place for your pets. It’s best to arrange for them to spend the day (or just the time spent showing the house) at a neighbor’s house, at doggy daycare or with a pet boarding service (which is offered as a service by many Wilmington NC vets, so ask yours!).
    • Swap showing responsibilities. If you’re living with a spouse or significant other, determine set days wherein one is responsible for pulling the house together and the other is not. This can help lighten the load, and you can designate days based on your schedules.
    • Clean regularly. You may have to clean up more than you usually do, but this can make the showing process so much easier if your house is already ready for visitors. Before you leave your house, clean off bathroom and kitchen counters, make sure beds are made, clothes are in hampers or drawers where they belong and surfaces are uncluttered. When you get the chance, make sure to vacuum or sweep regularly, dust, and wipe down your counters and sinks.

Now is the time to sell! If you’re ready to get started and need a helping hand selling your Wilmington NC home, contact us today to find the agent for you!

April 2016 Area Events

4/2-3: Coastal Living Show, Wilmington

4/6-10: Annual NC Azalea Festival, Wilmington

4/9: 20th Annual Chowder Cookoff, Carolina Beach

4/9-10: Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour, Wilmington

4/16: Oak Island Lighthouse Run/Walk, Oak Island

4/14-17: Master Gardener Plant Sale, The Arboretum

4/23: British Motor Club of the Cape Fear, Wrightsville Beach

4/23-24: Days at the Docks, Holden Beach

4/30: 2016 Kure Beach Street Festival, Kure Beach

For more April area events in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Pleasure Island, click here. For more events in the Oak Island / Southport area, click here. For more events in the Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, and Holden Beach areas, click here. Bookmark this page on our website for easy access to all of these events throughout the month of April.

6th Annual Cape Fear Beer Festival

Join us for the 6th Annual Cape Fear Beer Festival in historic downtown Wilmington North Carolina. We’re gearing up for a great beer fest that will feature over 100 great American Beers, Ciders and a few Wines. Sample responsibly and taste as many as you like on this epic day of beer.

The Cape Fear Beer Festival is a true beer tasting (and wine) event featuring a wide variety of beer styles from the most creative brew masters in America. We’ll be pouring their tasty creations inside the Wilmington Convention Center along the scenic Cape Fear River.


Saturday March 5, 2016
VIP Admission -12 PM
General Admission – 1-5 PM


Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Parking Available on Site


$40 in Advance
$50 VIP – 12 PM Admission
$50 Day of Beer Festival

21 or older to attend. Attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No Exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants or strollers are permitted.

Wilmington Fourth Friday Gallery Walk

As we head into the final weekend of September, The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County will celebrate its monthly Fourth Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Wilmington. The Fourth Friday Gallery Walk is an event in which Wilmington art galleries participate and open their doors to the public and host receptions and openings throughout the downtown area.

Tonight, the after hours celebration and event begins at 6 pm and concludes at 9 pm. The self-guided tours of the downtown Wilmington art galleries have made Wilmington a destination for art lovers.

Here is a list of participating galleries:

1) ACES Gallery: 221 N. Front Street | 910.343.0998 | ACES, or Arts Council Exhibition Space, is a public gallery featuring rotating exhibits by New Hanover County-based artists, groups, and independent curators.

2) ACME Art Studios: 711 N. 5th Ave | 910.763.8010 | Wilmington’s premier working studio space and gallery featuring 20 active studios and in-house gallery space with painters, sculptors and photographers of all ages and genres.

3) Art Factory Gallery & Studios: 721 Surrey St. | 910.399.3793 | Art Factory includes a 1500 sf World Gallery, a Featured Artist Gallery and showroom, as well as 16 artist studios. They also have approximately 5000 sf of photography and film space available at an hourly or daily rate. Fourth Friday hours are 6-10pm. Join Art Factory for their special Fifth Friday events, including music, wine, and beer tastings, 7-11 p.m.

4) The Artworks: 200 Willard Street | 910.352.7077 | A 7000 square foot art village, fostering a creative environment for artists, educational opportunities, and enhancing the community through art.

5) Dan Beck Gallery: 545 Castle Street | 910.299.8288 | Dan Beck is the Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibit.

6) Bottega Bar & Gallery: 122 Princess Street | 910.763.3737 | Casual and fun Art Gallery serving a variety of wine, beer and activities. Friendly people and inspiring atmosphere. bottegawinebar

7) Crescent Moon: 24 N. Front Street | 910.762.4207 | Crescent Moon is a retail gallery for handcraft in America, supporting 3-D artists working in glass, pottery, metal, sculpture and more.

8) The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery: 200 Hanover Street | 910.362.7442 | CFCC’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is located on the first floor of the Hanover Parking Deck in downtown Wilmington and features more than 2000 square feet of gallery space.

9) Cape Fear Native: 114 Princess Street

10) The Muddy Muse Studio & Gallery: 616 Castle Street

11) The Golden Gallery: 307 N. Front Street | 910.762.4651 Wilmington’s leading source for regional imagery for over 35 years! Watercolors, photography, illustration, and more. Inside the Cotton

12) MC Erny Gallery @ WHQR: 254 N. Front Street | 910.343.1640 | A fine art gallery located inside Wilmington’s historic public radio station, featuring exhibits from a variety of artists. Art exhibits rotate every two months.

13) New Elements Gallery: 201 Princess Street | 910.343.8997 | Fine art, craft, and jewelry by regional and nationally recognized artists since 1985.

14) Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts: 307 N. Front Street | 910.763.7111 |We are the first gallery in Wilmington dedicated exclusively to handmade, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art and crafts.

15) River to Sea Gallery: 224 S. Water Street, Unit 1-A | 910.763.3380 | River to Sea Gallery features over thirty local artists offering their finest creations, including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass and mixed media. [Chandler’s Wharf]

16) Urban Revival: 606 Castle Street | 910.769.3648 | A retail collective featuring art, gifts, vintage & home decor located in the Castle Street Arts & Antiques District. 51 vendors in 5,000 sq ft!

17) The Bellamy Mansion: 503 Market Street | 910.251.3700 | Tour the Bellamy Mansion which was built between 1859 and 1861 in a style that blends Neoclassical architectural styles, including Greek Revival and Italianate.

18) Detour Deli: 510.5 Red Cross | 910.538.4093

19) Rescue Mission of Cape Fear: 502 Castle Street | 910.343.0366 | Art at the Mission: Stop by on the fourth Friday to support local artists, who donate a portion of their sales to the mission, and get some great bargains. Everything in the store, except clothing and plants will be 15% off from 6pm until 9pm.

20) Luna Caffe: 604 Castle Street | 910.232.2533 |

21) Wabi Sabi Warehouse: 19 North 9th Street | 910.262.0730 | Come see the latest work of Wilmington’s fabulous artists in an awesome group show including paintings, pottery, mixed media, jewelry and essential oils.

22) Spectrum Pop-Up Gallery: 105 Grace Street at INVEST Financial Corp | Featuring the works of Anne Cunningham  with live music by Roger Davis.

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk Galleries and Map


Parking: Park free for the first hour in city decks. Click here for more information regarding parking.

Cost: Free

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An Open House for the Arts In Wilmington

Personally, I believe Wilmington has one of the best arts communities in the country.  The amount of arts activity and quality of programming for a town the size of Wilmington is quite stunning.  Wilmington is an arts destination.

Arts In Wilmington (AIW) is my weekly newsletter highlighting the arts in the region.  It includes upcoming arts events and also how you can get involved, including theatre auditions, art classes, dance opportunities, calls for artists, writing groups, and more.  The goal of Arts In Wilmington is to connect artists, arts professionals, and arts advocates in Wilmington, North Carolina.

I encourage you to subscribe to my weekly newsletter.  It’s free!  Join over 1,000 other subscribers right here:

In addition, we are holding Arts In Wilmington Open Houses once a month at arts and arts-friendly venues around the city.  We have held them with Thalian Association, Flytrap Brewing, and TheatreNOW.  Our next one is at the end of September at Eclipse Artisan Boutique.  Upcoming AIW Open Houses are published in the Arts In Wilmington newsletter and on the AIW facebook page.

Click here for a list of upcoming Arts In Wilmington Open Houses.

Take advantage of the the ongoing Open Houses hosted by Intracoastal Realty agents at beautiful homes listed with our agency (including my open houses, listed here), and then plan on learning more about our amazing local arts community by visiting the facilities and meeting staff and artists in an informal and welcoming environment.  Wilmington has one of the most high quality and welcoming arts communities in the country.  Take advantage of it!



Craig Stinson Intracosatal RealtyCraig Stinson, Creator, Arts In Wilmington

Broker / REALTOR, Intracoastal Realty
Direct: 910.524.2679