2014 Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Music
August 14, 2014 - Drew Smith Band | August 21, 2014 - Lynne and The Wave
August 29, 2014 - Big Time Party Band
Enjoy free fireworks by the sea on the beach near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at sunset every Thursday night during the Summer Months. The fireworks and gazebo entertainment are free and open to all, weather permitting. The fireworks will begin at 9PM and the gazebo entertainment begins at 6PM. Be sure to arrive early to grab your spot at the gazebo or on the beach. Schedule is subject to change without notice.
Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake
August 17, 2014 - Tad The Lost Explorer | August 24, 2014 - West Side Story (1961)
August 31, 2014 - Planes
Enjoy Free Movies at the Lake Sunday nights throughout the summer at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. This is a true summertime treat for adults and kids alike. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more will be for sale at the movies - and all for a reasonable price. Bring your own food and beverages as well. Stay in tune for additional movies playing this summer!
Airlie Garden Summer Concert Series
August 15, 2014 - Signal Fire
September 5, 2014 - Stardust | September 19, 2014 - The 360 Degrees
The Airlie Garden Summer Concert Series invites you to enjoy music of every genre this summer 2014. Dance these summer nights away with family and friends. Enjoy pop, alternative, country, rock n' roll classics, reggae, jazz and more at Airlie Gardens. Call 910-798-7700 for more information.
Free Summer Concert Series at Ft. Fisher
August 22, 2014 - Bakkwoodz
September 5, 2014 - Polar Bear Blues Band
Summertime at the beach is all about sun, sand, waves, seafood and MUSIC! So we're bringing you our FREE Summer Concert Series held at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Bring blankets and chairs for the whole family and prepare to boogie the night away. Food IS allowed so pack your picnic and enjoy dinner to the grooves of live music - for free! However we do ask that you please do NOT bring pets or beverages. Beverages will be for sale. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.
Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer
August 28, 2014 - Wilmington vs LA Galaxy II
August 30, 2014 - Wilmington vs Sacramento
September 3, 2014 - Wilmington vs Orlando
Head on over to Legion Stadium to see the Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer Team challenge their opponents right here in Wilmington, NC. Click here to purchase tickets! Visiting from out of town? Our local hotel partners offer spacious guest rooms, complimentary breakfast and complimentary wi-fi. We look forward to seeing you at the soccer field!
Port City Ribfest
August 15 - 17, 2014
The Port City RibFest is a celebration of great BBQ and great music, with some other tasty libations thrown in. It features champion pitmasters from around the country who participate on a summer circuit. These guys have been at their trade for a long time. Added to the succulent BBQ offerings is a good helping of side items, desserts and a multitude of drink options. The first annual Port City RibFest was held in the park adjacent to the majestic USS North Carolina battleship and on the shores of the Cape Fear River. 17 - 20,000 attendees braved the hottest weekend of the year to partake in the festivities that included a full line-up of exceptional music, a marketplace and extensive Kids' Zone. Call 336-707-9188 for more details about the 2014 Port City Ribfest.
Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
August 16 - 17, 2014
The 2014 Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach is Wilmington's annual All Female Surfing Contest. Women ages 5 to 65 compete in this annual surfing competition in Wilmington. Last year, surfer girls, undeterred by the elements, showed up en masse to surf in the rain on Saturday. Laughing, blinded by the rain, they surfed on, heat by heat, through squall after squall. When the rain abated on Saturday, we called our last heat, and the sun came shining through! Participants and parents enjoyed a golden evening of gentle surf. Airlie Pickett described this wahine event as “Dads and daughters”, an apt description! Call 910-465-9638 for information about the 2014 Wahine Classic.
Scott Mason at Bellamy Mansion
August 21, 2014 from 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Scott Mason may have the best job in television. He travels all over North Carolina, usually steering clear of highways and bounding instead along bumpy roads and off-beaten paths. He uncovers hidden gems everywhere he goes: people and places full of feeling and flavor—and wonder. In this presentation, he celebrates the colorful characters, out-of-the-way places, and rich history of North Carolina. He will share with audiences the stories behind the stories. North Carolina is brimming with intriguing stories. To take a trip with the Tar Heel Traveler is to experience the wonderful nooks and crannies that form the bedrock of the state. Call 910-251-3700 for more information about this event.
SARUS Festival in Wilmington NC
August 21 - 24, 2014
The SARUS Festival for Site-Specific & Experimental Art presents non-commercial, intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary performances and outreach that are uniquely created for natural and urban spaces in the greater Wilmington area. To enrich the cultural landscape, by fostering artistic growth and cross-pollination between community members, local-, regional- and international artists. The festival offers a platform for all artistic disciplines and interdisciplinary projects. Music, dance, installation, sculpture, performance art, video, theatre, film, etc...Festival artists, who are selected by audition and invitation, will create works for specific locations around town, on the beach, on streets, in buildings, on fields, etc.
Leon Russell at Brooklyn Arts Center
August 22, 2014
Progressive Music Group presents music legend Leon Russell at Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews on Friday, August 22, 2014. Leon Russell, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock 'n roll. Mark your calendar today to enjoy this live, seated performance with family and friends. Click here to purchase your tickets today.
Wilmington's Epicurean Evening
September 4, 2014
With a gourmet theme and a winning cause, Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening brings together the area’s most talented and innovative chefs. As our guest, you will taste the competition as epicureans bring their best to the table for awards and bragging rights. This Wilmington event will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Wilmington Convention Center. Doors open at 5:30PM. This evening will benefit Methodist Home for Children. Call 919-833-2834 for more information.
4th Port City Ping Pong Throwdown
September 5, 2014
The Wilmington Table Tennis Club presents the biggest and coolest Ping Pong event since the super successful 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Port City Ping Pong Throwdowns. All players are welcome: playing for fun, playing for keeps. There will be two competition categories -- an A-group for anybody who wants to play with the best of the best and a B-group for those who want to play against more casual players. There will be prize money for both groups. Games are played to 11, best of 3, double elimination. Eight tables, cool tunes, cash prizes for top finishers, and lots of room for cheering fans. Call 910-538-2939 for more information.
California Roots: The Carolina Sessions
September 13 - 14, 2014
Last year, California Roots made its east coast debut with the inaugural Carolina Sessions Festival. What began five years ago as a grassroots festival in Monterey, California, the festival has grown into a recognizable brand and movement around the country. California Roots: The Carolina Sessions seamlessly combines music, art and environmental consciousness to create an atmosphere of unity, peace and creative flow. From the bands and artists that grace the stages, to the beautiful setting of Battleship Park overlooking downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear River, every aspect of the festival has been planned to make for the most positive experience for each and every fan.
2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival
September 19 - 20, 2014
Come celebrate sports, health, wellness and the arts with Carolina Beach! The Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival will have many activities one of which is the famous Dragon Boat Race. Enjoy being afloat on a colorful 45 foot long watercraft with your friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers and form a team for this heart racing event. Each boat will be manned by 20 people plus a steersman and a drummer for the full effect. Enjoy a kickoff party Friday night and get ready to race with the first event starting at 9AM Saturday morning. Teams will be competing for trophies with awards for the Fastest time, Slowest time, Most Spirited team, Best Costumes, Match Race Winners and more. The Awards Ceremony and Celebration Party will begin at 4PM on Saturday evening and feature 30 vendors serving their best fare at the Marina.
Wilmington YMCA Sprint Triathlon
September 27, 2014
The 2014 YMCA Sprint Triathlon is taking place in Wilmington, North Carolina on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Register today on the Wilmington YMCA website so that you can participate in this Wilmington race with family and friends!