January 2018 Area Events


12/30 – 1/21: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Thalian Hall

1/1: Sunset Beach Day 1 Run – 5K & Polar Plunge – 1st and E. Main Sunset Beach

1/1:  Wrightsville Beach Polar Plunge – The Oceanic, Wrightsville Beach

1/2-27:  UNCW Men & Women’s  Basketball – Trask Coliseum

1/7:  Winter Bridal Expo – Wilmington Convention Center

1/12-14: Art & the Bloom – Blockade-runner Wrightsville Beach

1/12-13:  Jon Rineman Comedy – Dead Crow Comedy Room

1/13: An Evening with Bill Engvall – CFCC Wilson Center

1/14: NC Symphony: Pictures at an Exhibition – CFCC Wilson Center

1/14: In Conversation: ‘Created by Light’ – Cameron Art Museum

1/20: 9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic – Wrightsville Beach

1/19-20:  Ryan O’Flanagan Comedy – Dead Crow Comedy Room

1/19-28: A Year with Frog and Toad – Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

1/21:  Shakespeare Brunch: Twelfth Night – TheartreNOW

1/22: Fundraiser: Wine Around Italy – Museum of Coastal Carolina Ingram Planetarium

1/23: Wilmington’s 2nd Annual Fashion Show – Brooklyn Arts Center

1/26: The Port City Ping Pong throw Down – Brooklyn Arts Center

1/26-27:  Langston Kerman Comedy – Dead Crow Comedy Room

1/27:  Amazing Grace – CFCC Wilson Center

1/27:  James Gregory: “The Funniest Man in America!” – Thalian Hall

1/28: Precious Metals Area’s finest artisans – Brooklyn Arts Center

1/28: Beethoven 15K and 5K – Brunswick Forest


December 2017 Area Events


 

11/20-12/31: Cape Fear Festival of Trees – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

12/1: Island of Lights Christmas Parade – Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach

12/1-22: Enchanted Airlie – Airlie Gardens

12/1-3: The Holiday Flea at BAC – Brooklyn Arts Center

12/1-16: Star of Wonder, Star of Night – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/1-17: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) – Cape Fear Playhouse

12/1,2: Ballet for Young Audiences/ The Nutcracker – Thalian Hall

12/1, 2, 3, 9, 10: Christmas Toy & Train Show – Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue, Ocean Isle Beach

12/2: Battleship Alive! – USS North Carolina Battleship

12/2-3: Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour – Latimer House

12/2,3: A Carolina Nutcracker – CFCC / The Wilson Center

12/2: Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla – Snow’s Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin

12/2-1/7: Art of Illumination: Lanterns at CAM – Cameron Art Museum

12/2, 9, 16, 17, 23: Train & Light Spectacular – Wilmington Railroad Museum

12/2, 9, 16: Christmas by the Sea – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

12/2: The Shallotte Christmas Parade – Main Street and HWY 130

12/3: Wilmington Holiday Parade – Front & Water St. Downtown Wilmington

12/8-10, 15-17: A Christmas Story: The Musical – Thalian Hall

12/8-9: Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll – Downtown Wilmington

12/8: Greenfield Tree Lighting and Holiday Movie – Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater & Rotary Garden

12/9: 5K Jingle Bell Run – Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

12/9: Island of Lights Tour of Homes – Carolina & Kure Beach

12/9: A Christmas Stroll Through the Past – Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright House & St. James Episcopal Church

12/9: A Charlie Brown Christmas – CFCC / The Wilson Center

12/9-10: Poplar Grove Arts & Crafts Festival – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/10: CAM Floating Lantern Ceremony – Cameron Art Museum

12/14: Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas – Thalian Hall

12/14-17: Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol – Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

12/16-17: Santa by the Sea – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

12/16: Southport Ugly Sweater 5K – Waterfront Park, Southport

12/17, 28, 30: UNCW Men’s Basketball vs. Greensboro College – Trask Coliseum

12/20: The North Carolina Symphony: Holiday Pops – CFCC / The Wilson Center

12/22: Choral Concert: Christmas at St. Paul’s – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

12/31: New Year’s Eve Gala – Thalian Hall

12/31: Children’s Museum New Year’s Noon – The Children’s Museum of Wilmington

12/31: Island of Lights 2017 New Year Celebration – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

12/31: New Year’s Eve Winner Party Boat Cruise – Royal Winner Princess II in Carolina Beach

12/31: New Year’s Eve 2017 Bacchanalia – TheatreNOW / Downtown Wilmington

12/31: Midnight in Paris – Le Catalan Café / Downtown Wilmington

1/1: Sunset Beach Day 1 Run – 5K & Polar Plunge – 1st and E. Main Sunset Beach


November 2017 Area Events

10/27-11/5: Cape Fear Fair & Expo – Wilmington International Airport
11/1: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/3-5: Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Annual Holiday Show & Sale – Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center
11/3-5: NC Surf to Sound Challenge – Blockade Runner
11/3-5: Fall Festival and Corn Maze – Hubb’s Farm, Clinton
11/3-5: Maze Craze – Galloway Farm, Hallsboro
11/3-5: Arts by the Shore – Oak Island Recreation Center
11/4: Island Women Flip Flop Ball – Marriott Courtyard Carolina Beach
11/4: Cape Fear Kite Festival – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
11/4: Cape Fear Stage presents: The Wizard of Oz – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/4: Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament – Dockside Marina
11/4: Polish Festival – St. Stanislaus Church
11/4: The Payne Sisters – Thalian Hall
11/4: Listen Up Brunswick County Concert – Odell Williamson Auditorium
11/4: FUNDRAISER: Wilmington Fur Ball – MasquerAID – Union Station/Cape Fear Community College
11/4: UNCW Chamber Singers – Kenan Chapel
11/5-12/15: Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation – Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
11/5: Bumper Jacksons (blend roots jazz, country swing and street blues) – Thalian Hall
11/6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29: Ocean Isle Beach Walking Group – Community Center
11/7: Ocean Isle Beach Pot Luck Dinners 6:00pm –  Community Center (Everyone is welcome!)
11/8-12: Cucalorus Festival – Jengo Playhouse, Thalian Hall, CFCC, Bourgie Nights, etc.
11/9: North Carolina Symphony presents: The Music of Star Wars – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/10: Port City Ribfest – Carolina Beach Boardwalk
11/11: Wilmington’s 1st Veterans Day Parade – CFCC down Front Street to the USO
11/11: The Good Shepherd Center presents: Flavor of North Carolina: Fall Harvest Fest – Blockade Runner Beach Resort
11/11: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents: New World Symphony – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/11: The 25th Annual UNCW International Festival  – Burney Center
11/11: Festival Latino – Ogden Park
11/12: Cape Fear Stage presents Gobsmacked! – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/17-18: Sisters At Art: Holiday Art Show & Sale – Hannah Block Bldg. Downtown Wilmington
11/17: Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman – C.G.P. & Dawg Tour – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/18: Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk – Thalian Hall
11/18: Art for the Masses – UNCW Burney Center & Warwick Center
11/18 & 25: Kure Beach Holiday Market – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
11/18: Tidewater Camellia Club Fall Show & Sale – New Hanover County Arboretum
11/19: Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts presents The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/20: Cape Fear Festival of Trees – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
11/21: Cape Fear Stage presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/21: Ocean Isle Beach Pot Luck Dinners 6:00pm –  Community Center (Everyone is welcome!)
11/22: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – UNCW Kenan Auditorium
11/23: Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot – The Loop at Wrightsville Beach
11/23: Calabash Turkey Trot – Calabash City Park
11/24: Battleship Ho Ho Ho – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
11/24: Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting – Downtown Wilmington
11/24: Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake – Carolina Beach Lake Park
11/24 & 25: NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightville Beach – Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach Town Park & Intracoastal Waterway/Banks Channel
11/24 – 12/22: Enchanted Airlie – Airlie Gardens
11/24: Beer & Brats Festival – Museum of Coastal Carolina
11/25: Ocean Isle Beach – 2017 Super Saturday – mainland side of the bridge

  • 9:00am Meet and Greet
  • 2pm Christmas Parade
  • 4:30pm Tree Lighting at OIB Fire Department
  • 5pm Santa Visit at OIB Fire Department

11/25: 14th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla – Along the ICWW from Inlet View Bar to Sharky’s Restaurant
11/26: SkyQuest: Undiscovered Worlds — The Search Beyond Our Sun – Cape Fear Museum
11/30: Ballet For Young Audiences: Sleeping Beauty – Thalian Hall
11/30: Greenfield Tree Lighting – Hugh Morton Amphitheater @ Greenfield Lake & Rotary Garden


September 2017 Area Events

9/1, 15: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens 

9/1: Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

9/1: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

9/1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: The Sunshine Boys – Thalian Hall: Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre

9/2: Oak Island Labor Day Surf Off – Ocean Crest Pier, Oak Island Oak Island’s Ocean Crest Pier

9/3: New Hanover County Resident Free Admission – Airlie Gardens

9/3, 17: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

9/3: Nelly – The Shell Wilmington

9/5: Willie Nelson – The Shell Wilmington

9/5-10: Annual Pooch Plunge – Legion Stadium pool

9/7-24: The Hermit of Fort Fisher Cape Fear Playhouse / Big Dawg Productions

9/7: Pints for Preservation with Good Hops – Bellamy Mansion Museum

9/8-10: Wilmington Boat Show – Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, Pier 33 & Battleship NC

9/9: Run Holden Beach – Under the Bridge on Jordan Blvd

9/9: Purple Feet FestivalSilver Coast WineryOcean Isle Beach

9/9: 5th Annual Heart of Hope Run – Main Stage Gazebo, Carolina Beach Boardwalk

9/9: 10th CBPD Bike Rodeo – Carolina Beach Rec Center

9/13, 20, 27: Hops & Talks – Wednesday’s at Airlie Gardens

  • 9/13: Butterfly Talk & Wilmington Brewing Company
  • 9/20: Plant Talk & Flytrap Brewing
  • 9/27: Imagine Exhibit Walk & Waterman’s Brewing Company

9/14: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion\

9/16: Guided Architectural Walking Tours Temple Baptist Church

9/16: UNCW MarineQuest Youth Weekend Programs – UNCW Center for Marine Science

9/16-17: NC Shell Show – Cape Fear Museum

9/16: Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Presents: Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cello (2017 Sphinx Competition Winner) – CFCC Wilson Center

9/16 – 2/11: Created by Light – Cameron Art Museum

9/16-17: Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Carolina Beach Yacht Basin and Marina

9/16: Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race Johnnie Mercer’s Pier

9/16-17: Summer Harvest Festival – Poplar Grove Plantation

9/16: WDFL East National Championship Game & Benefit Concert Event by World Developmental Football League  Legion Stadium

9/17: The Doobie Brothers – CFCC Wilson Center

9/17: Oakdale Cemetery Music & Mausoleums Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

9/18: UB40 Legends Ali, Astro & Mickey – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

9/21-24: ARTfall Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

9/22: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

9/22: Paramount’s Laser Spectacular-Music of Pink Floyd – Thalian Hall

9/23: American Craft Walk Downtown Wilmington

9/23-24: North Carolina Spot Festival – 14221 US-17, Hampstead, NC 28443

9/23: YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon 2017 – Wrightsville Beach, NC

9/23: Cape Fear Roller Girls Season Finale Double Header – Jellybeans Family Skate Center

9/25: 6th Annual Brunswick County Golf Tournament – Cape Fear National

9/29-10/31: Carnevil in the Woods / Phobia Haunted Trail Cardinal Lanes Parking

9/30: 5th Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” – CB Boardwalk Gazebo

9/30: Cape Fear Highland Games – 3400 Randall Parkway


August 2017 Events

August 2017 Events

Wilmington Sharks Baseball Home Games – 2149 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington

  • 8/2: Jaws-N-Paws – Fayetteville Swampdogs vs. Wilmington Sharks
  • 8/5: Hat Giveaway! – Morehead City Marlins vs. Wilmington Sharks
  • 8/7: Holly Springs Salamanders vs. Wilmington Sharks

8/2-20: South Pacific – Thalian Hall

8/2: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band Concert – Franklin Square Park, Southport

8/3, 10,17, 24: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

8/3, 11, 18, 25, 31: Oak Island Summer Concert Series – Middleton Park Soccer Field

8/3, 10: WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park –  Wrightsville Beach Park

8/4, 11, 18, 25: Performing Arts Night – Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo

8/4, 18: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

8/4, 11, 18, 25: Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

8/4, 11, 18, 25: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

8/4-6: National Lighthouse Weekend Celebration: Old Baldy’s 200th Birthday – Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island

8/6, 13, 20, 27: Free Movie Night – Carolina Beach Lake Park

8/6, 13, 20, 27: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park

8/6, 20: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

8/7, 14, 21, 28: Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Talks – The Museum of Coastal Carolina

8/9: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/10: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

8/10, 24: Southport Summer Concert Series – Franklin Square & Garrison Lawn

8/12-13: Wahine Classic – Wrightsville Beach

8/17: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers – CFCC Wilson Center

8/18-20: O’Neill / Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest – Birmingham Street Wrightsville Beach

8/18: Tony Bennett – CFCC Wilson Center

8/19: Leland Under the Lights Car Show – Brunswick Forest, Leland

8/24: Brian Regan – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/24, 25, 26, 27, 31: The Sunshine Boys – Thalian Hall: Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre

8/25: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

8/25: Donavon Frankenreiter – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/27: Lumina Daze – Blockade Runner Resort

8/31: The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard – CFCC Wilson Center


July Area Events

Open until 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

Open until 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

6/12 – 9/1: Wilmington Sharks Baseball Home Games – 2149 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington

7/1, 7, 14, 21, 28: Performing Arts Night – Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo

7/6, 13, 20, 27: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

7/1-2: 8th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival | 2649 Island Drive, North Topsail Beach

7/1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Shallotte Farmers Market – Mulberry Park

7/1, 7, 14, 21, 28: Oak Island Summer Concert Series – Middleton Park Soccer Field

7/2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Free Movie Night – Carolina Beach Lake Park

7/2: NC Symphony Presents, Stars & Stripes – CFCC / The Wilson Center

7/2, 16: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

7/3: Ocean Isle Beach Freedom Celebration Fireworks – Ocean Isle Beach Pier | 1 W First St

7/3: Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea, Pleasure Island – Ocean Isle Pier

7/3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Talks – The Museum of Coastal Carolina

7/4: Wilmington 4th of July Celebration – Riverfront Park & N. Water St

7/4: Ocean Isle Fourth of July Parade – Ocean Isle Beach Pier | 1 W First St

7/4: Vans Warped Tour 17 – Legion Stadium

7/4-23: MR. ROBERTS – A Thalian Association Ccommunity Theatre Production – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

7/4: 2017 NC 4th of July Festival – Southport

7/ 6, 13, 20, 27: WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park –  Wrightsville Beach Park

7/7, 21: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

7/7, 14, 21, 28 : Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

7/7, 14, 21, 28: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

7/7-9: East Coast Got Em On King Mackerel Classic – Carolina Beach Municipal Docks

7/9: Yonder Mountain String Band plus Tyler Childers – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

7/13: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

7/13: Cody Jinks plus Paul Cauthen – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

7/13, 27, 29: Southport Summer Concert Series – Franklin Square & Garrison Lawn

7/14-30: UNCW / Lumina Festival of the Arts  – Kenan Auditorium

7/15: Oakdale Cemetery Angel Walking Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

7/28: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

7/28: Sinbad – CFCC / The Wilson Center


June 2017 Area Events

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

6/1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

6/1: 98.3 & Huka Entertainment Presents Delta Rae – Throne Theater / Market Street

6/2 – 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

6/2, 16: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

6/2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

6/2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

6/3, 10, 17, 24: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park/ 5 N Water St.

6/3, 10, 17, 24: Shallotte Farmers Market – Mulberry Park

6/3: 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival – Boardwalk Downtown Carolina beach

6/4, 11, 18, 25: Free Movie Night – Carolina Beach Lake Park

6/4: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/2, 9, 16, 23: Oak Island Summer Concert Series – Middleton Park Soccer Field

6/5, 12, 19, 26: Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Talks – The Museum of Coastal Carolina

6/7, 14: Sunset Beach Concert Series – The Village Park on Queen Anne, Sunset Beach

6/7-25: Jesus Christ Superstar / Opera House Theatre Company – Thalian Hall

6/8, 10, 16, 29: Southport Summer Concert Series – Franklin Square & Garrison Lawn

6/10: Shovels & Rope – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/11: Sleeping Beauty Ballet – CFCC The Wilson Center

6/17: Oakdale Cemetery Angel Walking Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

6/23: Whoopi Goldberg – CFCC / The Wilson Center

6/23: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

6/4, 18: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

6/8: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

6/9, 23: Free Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher – Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

6/ 15, 22, 29: WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park –  Wrightsville Beach Park

6/16: Huka Entertainment: Reel Big Fish + The Expendables – The Throne Theater

6/16-18: Airpower History Tour – Air Wilmington

6/23-25: Cape Fear Blues Festival – Various Venues in Wilmington

6/23-24: The Children’s Museum MUD DAY – 116 Orange Street, Wilmington

6/24: Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon – Carolina Beach

6/25: The Pointer Sisters – CFCC / The Wilson Center

6/30: Travis Tritt – CFCC / The Wilson Center


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)


Enjoy Southeastern North Carolina’s Nature at No Charge

By Judy Royal

Anyone sitting on the sand at any of our beach strands would likely agree that many of the best things in life are free. But other than the sea, what can you enjoy without a fee? Plenty! If you’re looking for a way to commune with nature without breaking the bank, you’re definitely in luck in this region.

John Nesbitt Loop

Hours: Always open
Contact: Causeway Drive, North Lumina Avenue and Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, (910) 256-7925, www.towb.org

Why do you always see so many people out exercising in Wrightsville Beach? They’re taking advantage of the John Nesbitt Loop, known to locals simply as “The Loop,” a popular 2.45-mile stretch of sidewalk that circles the town’s heart. The route offers coastal views, scenic parks and gardens, water fountains, and pit stops for thirsty dogs. When the weather is nice, you’ll see plenty of locals and visitors – along with their four-legged friends – walking, biking, jogging, and skating.

Carolina Beach State Park

Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Contact: 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, (910) 458-8206, www.ncparks.gov/carolina-beach-state-park

You’ll find a marina, secluded camping area, cabins, visitors center, and walking trails that traverse various habitats at Carolina Beach State Park, home to the Venus’ flytrap, one of the world’s most carnivorous plants and a native of Southeastern North Carolina. Have fun and learn at the same time, as rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about the park. It’s also a great place for a picnic along the bank of Snow’s Cut, with tables, grills, and plenty of shade from large oak trees.

Summer Rest Trail

Hours: 8 a.m.-sunset daily
Contact: 1981 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, and 423 Summer Rest Road, Wilmington, (910) 798-7629, www.parks.nhcgov.com

Explore one of the area’s hidden gems by taking a stroll or bike ride along Summer Rest Trail, a 0.7-mile asphalt path that begins at Port City Chop House on Eastwood Road and winds through a wooded route to Summer Rest Road, which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach. It’s the perfect place for a short run, quiet walk, or scenic getaway from your regular surroundings.

Oakdale Cemetery

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Contact: 520 N. 15th St., Wilmington, (910) 762-5682, www.oakdalecemetery.org

Part outdoor museum and part arboretum, Oakdale Cemetery boasts 100 acres and is North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery. Its native vegetation is punctuated with blooming plants all year long but especially so in the spring, so it’s a great spot for a self-guided tour to stroll through the beauty and history.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; the pedestrian beach is always open
Contact: 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, (910) 458-5798, www.ncparks.gov/fort-fisher-state-recreation-area

Enjoy 6 miles of unspoiled beaches and trails at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, located at the southernmost part of Pleasure Island. Explore the salt marsh and its wildlife, including loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, and other rare species. Enjoy surf fishing as well as a boat ramp and padding launch.

New Hanover County Arboretum

Hours: Open daily during daylight hours
Contact: 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, (910) 798-7660, www.arboretum.nhcgov.com

Explore 7 acres of plants that grow in the coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material, proper horticultural techniques, aesthetic design, environmental stewardship, and research at the New Hanover County Arboretum, which bills itself as “where nature and knowledge grow.” During your visit, enjoy numerous gardens, a plant clinic, a picnic area, a gift shop, a children’s area, and an interactive chalk wall.

Brunswick Nature Park

Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk daily
Contact: 2601 River Road (N.C. Highway 133), Winnabow, (910) 253-2670, bcparks.recdesk.com

Brunswick Nature Park offers 911 acres of undeveloped wilderness featuring a dynamic mix of vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems, vistas, wetlands, and waterways for exploration. Enjoy a kayak/canoe launch site and a large picnic pavilion as well as walking, biking, and horse trails. Take a ride out to the country to please your senses with the primitive and unspoiled views and serene atmosphere.

Airlie Gardens

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Contact: 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, (910) 798-7700, www.airliegardens.org
*Admission charge typically applies, with exceptions noted below.

*If you live in New Hanover County and have a valid ID to prove it, you get in free on the first Sunday of each month. Experience 67 acres of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10 acres of freshwater lakes, more than 100,000 azaleas, and the grandeur of the 472-year-old Airlie Oak at Airlie Gardens. While you’re there, meet Reilly, a rescued border collie that was “hired” to help manage Canada geese on the property, or explore the 2,700-square-foot butterfly house, which is home to 11 native species of butterflies and open May 15-October 15.

Cape Fear Museum

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 814 Market St., Wilmington, (910) 798-4370, www.capefearmuseum.com
*Admission charge typically applies, with exceptions noted below.

*If you live in New Hanover County and have a valid ID to prove it, you get in free on the first Sunday of each month. Cape Fear Museum, the oldest history museum in North Carolina, offers various exhibits and programs focusing on the area’s history and science. It draws on a collection of more than 52,000 items to help visitors explore a wide range of topics related to the Lower Cape Fear region.

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Contact: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, (910) 772-0500, www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
*Admission charge typically applies, with exceptions noted below.

*Admission is free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Veterans Day in November. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a variety of exhibits for all ages that have everything from an albino alligator and a rescued bald eagle to sharks and loggerhead turtles as well as an interactive touch tank. Visitors journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps to coastline habitats, reefs, and the open ocean – discovering unique habitats and wildlife.

 

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March 2017 Area Events

March 2017 Events3/1 – 7/9: Beyond the Horizon – Cameron Art Museum

3/1: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/2 – 5/1: Reflections in Black & White – Cape Fear Museum of History & Science

3/3 – 25: Spring Art Show – Frankllin Square Gallery, Southport

3/3-5 & 10-12: World-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids – at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

3/3: Sixth Annual Sheriff’s Charity Ball -”Diamonds and Denim” – St. James Community Center in Southport

3/4: Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce – Live, Learn, Shop Local Expo – 925-15 Seaside Road, Ocean Isle Beach

3/4: Mardi Gras by the Sea Festival and Parade – Middleton Park Soccer Field, Oak Island

3/5: The Jungle Book – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

2/16 – 3/5: Crimes of the Heart – Cape Fear Playhouse / Big Dawg Productions

3/7: The Habana Boys – Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

3/10: Opening Reception / From the Fire – Cameron Art Museum

3/10: Best Foot Forward – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/11: US Open Fat Bike Championship – Blockade Runner Beach Resort

3/11: Cape Fear Comic Con – Best Western Plus Coastline Inn, 503 Nutt Street, Downtown Wilmington

3/11: St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade – Parade: Downtown Wilmington / Festival: Riverfront Park

3/14: Sea Trail Garden Club Fashion Show and Charity – Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach

3/15: City Ballet / Beauty and the Beast – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/16: Lionel Popkin – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/17: Earth, Wind & Fire – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/18: The 13th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

3/18: Badwater Cape Fear – Ultra Marathon Race – Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island

3/18: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon – Blockade Runner Beach Resort

3/18: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – Operatic Orchestra – at Cape Fear Community College /  The Wilson Center

3/21: Ann Wilson of Heart – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/22: Lawn & Disorder, Comedy From The Suburbs – Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

3/22: Cape Fear Stage Presents / STOMP – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/23 – 4/6: The Last Encampment – Cape Fear Playhouse / Big Dawg Productions

3/24: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

3/24-25: Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon – Municipal Lane Wrightsville Beach

3/25: Puttin’ on the Ritz – 6th Annual The Golf Ball benefitting The Harrison Taylor Scholarship Fund – South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway 17 N, Carolina Shores

3/25: The Kennedy’s Concert – Virginia Williamson Event Center, Bolivia

3/30: Jason Isbell w/ special guest Hiss Golden Messenger – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center