Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC

Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC
Upcoming Events Wilmington NC - Upcoming Events in Wilmington, North Carolina include exciting festivals, concerts, museum displays, social gatherings, holiday festivities, and more. We want YOU to participate and share in the excitement! Take a glance at these upcoming events taking place in Wilmington North Carolina, and start planning your trip to this beautiful coastal city today! Enjoy comfortable Wilmington beach accommodations and take part in all of the wonderful events that Wilmington has to offer. 

Upcoming Events in Wilmington NC - Whether you are searching for delicious dining, family fun things to do, outdoor adventures, beautiful scenery, or indoor activities, Wilmington is the place to be! Enjoy fantastic upcoming local events and activities all year long. 

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Cape Fear Fair
October 26 - November 4, 2018
County fairs have been bringing friends together to celebrate the end of summer and to start new dreams of the future for over a century now. Just mentioning a county fair can bring to mind images of livestock, crafts, sticky cotton candy, balloons, clowns, laughter of young and old alike, while in the distance the sounds of the midway calls. Buy or win your tickets and join us for some fun at the fair! Click here for additional information.

Cucalorus Film Festival
November 7-11, 2018
Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. The festival, our largest annual event, takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film, creativity on stage, and innovation in entrepreneurship for five days in historic downtown Wilmington, NC.
Embracing a long history of showcasing innovation beyond the screen, the Cucalorus festival is now defined by three ambitious programs: Film, Stage, and Connect. The newly launched Stage Experience is a showcase of bold, original productions in dance, music, comedy, theater, and performance. The Connect Conference brings together innovative entrepreneurs from around the world who join regional startups for connection, sharing and collaboration. And the Cucalorus Film Festival is a 24 year-old celebration of bold, original cinema from the most challenging filmmakers of today and tomorrow with a reputation for late night parties and social activism. Click here for additional information and a full schedule.
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Battleship Alive - USS North Carolina
December 1, 2018
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! This event is free with Battleship admission. Click here for additional information.
Boogie in the Park
NOW through October 2018 | First & Third Sunday of the Month
FREE concerts in the park on the first and third Sunday of every month from May - October. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy free, live music by the sea! You will not want to miss this family-friendly entertainment at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. Click here for additional information and show lineup.
Paranormal Ghost Tours at Poplar Grove
October 19 & 26, 2018
In addition to our full moon and new moon paranormal evenings, for four weekends in October, Poplar Grove is presenting an evening to per chance be visited by the spirits of Poplar Grove. Haunts, or haints, of all ages from 1850 through the 20th century continue to hover in and around the Manor House, Tenant House, graveyard and grounds. There are lots of true stories of 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. There are some wickedly dangerous Ghost apps for your phone, so prepare & download before you come! Click here for additional information.

Airlie Oyster Roast
October 19, 2018
Inviting friends and family to Airlie to enjoy an oyster feast along the banks of Bradley Creek is a tradition rooted in Airlie’s history. Beginning around 1905, extravagant oyster roasts were hosted on the property. Guests came from far and near to enjoy the warm southern climate and celebrate a local delicacy. This tradition was revived in 2000, and has become our most important annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this event support Airlie’s Environmental Education Programs, which is fitting, since the oyster plays such a strong role in our coastal eco-system. Click here to purchase your tickets!

Trick or Treat Under the Sea
October 25-27, 2018
Enjoy safe and exciting Halloween fun at “Trick or Treat Under the Sea.” Pirate skeletons, caped superheroes, fairy princesses and many more haunt the wild attraction for three nights of ghoulish good times. Games, "No Sleeves Magic" shows, live animal encounters and spooky divers cause thrills and chills. Trick-or-treaters receive a bounty of treats from local merchants costumed for the event. Click here for additional information.

Cape Fear Fair
October 26 - November 4, 2018
County fairs have been bringing friends together to celebrate the end of summer and to start new dreams of the future for over a century now. Just mentioning a county fair can bring to mind images of livestock, crafts, sticky cotton candy, balloons, clowns, laughter of young and old alike, while in the distance the sounds of the midway calls. Buy or win your tickets and join us for some fun at the fair! Click here for additional information.

Beer & Wine Festival in Wilmington NC
October 27, 2018
Lighthouse Beer and Wine puts on this fantastic event once a year, always in the wonderful month of October. Mark your calendars for October 27th for this year’s 18th annual Beer and Wine Festival. The festival runs from 1pm-5pm, with a limited number of VIP tickets reaping the benefit of a noon entry and loads of limited beers and wine. VIP tickets have a limit and sell out faster each year—and regular tickets sell out too! Be on top of your game and get them early! Get tickets online or stop by our specialty beer and wine store, Lighthouse Beer and Wine. We’re located in Wrightsville Beach. Click here for additional information.

Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale
November 2-4, 2018
The 2018 Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show is scheduled for November 2-4th at the Community Arts Center. Reception and sale on Friday from 5 - 8PM and holiday sale on Saturday & Sunday from 10AM - 4PM. Click here for additional information.

Surf to Sound to Suds
November 2-4, 2018
The Surf to Sound is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The weekend is full of clinics, races, live music, beer tasting, and fun by all! The race is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club. Click here for additional information for this family friendly weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Cape Fear Kite Festival
November 3 - 4, 2018
Cape Fear Kite Festival was organized as a “fun fly” without competitions or rules (other than safety!) to unofficially wrap up the kite-flying year. It is attended by serious kite flyers who enjoy showing their sky art to anyone who appreciates it. While weather and wind dependent, SOMETHING will fly, we assure you! Hundreds of spectators of all ages and all walks of life cover the beach and many (we hope) will get hooked on the fun and beauty of a kite string in your hand and color against the clouds. We hope to have tee-shirts and kites for sale. Come join us! Click here for additional information.

Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
November 4, 2018
Celebrate the 20th annual "Battleship Race" with one of the best races you'll ever do! From Saturday's packet pickup and pre-race dinner available onboard the Battleship to the post race party at the Battleship overlooking downtown Wilmington the event will be outstanding. The 3-bridge courses are fun and challenging and you'll will have well earned your custom half marathon finisher medal presented by US Marines in dress blue uniforms! The Battleship North Carolina Memorial is right across the river from downtown Wilmington, NC which had been voted the best river front in America. Click here for additional details and registration information.

Cucalorus Film Festival
November 7-11, 2018
Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. The festival, our largest annual event, takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film, creativity on stage, and innovation in entrepreneurship for five days in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Embracing a long history of showcasing innovation beyond the screen, the Cucalorus festival is now defined by three ambitious programs: Film, Stage, and Connect. The newly launched Stage Experience is a showcase of bold, original productions in dance, music, comedy, theater, and performance. The Connect Conference brings together innovative entrepreneurs from around the world who join regional startups for connection, sharing and collaboration. And the Cucalorus Film Festival is a 24 year-old celebration of bold, original cinema from the most challenging filmmakers of today and tomorrow with a reputation for late night parties and social activism. Click here for additional information and a full schedule.

Kure Beach Holiday Market
November 17 & 24, 2018 from 9AM - 3PM
Enjoy beautiful ocean views as you browse through handcrafted items such as soaps, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, photos, foods, sewn items, bird houses, cards, wreaths, wood art, and much more. Click here for additional information.

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot
November 22, 2018
Who doesn’t want to burn some calories in support of building homes before eating your Turkey dinner?! Join us for this year’s Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot. Come dress in your finest Turkey attire and support a great cause while having fun! Click here for additional information.

Island of Lights Festival - Lighting at the Lake Celebration
November 23, 2018 at 7PM
The Lighting at the Lake Ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival in Carolina & Kure Beaches. The Lake is located at the intersection of Atlanta Ave and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC. There is parking in the lot at the lake, a lot across the street from the lake and on Lake Park Blvd where indicated. The event is always the night after Thanksgiving and the opening ceremony is at 7 PM. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the flag for the singing of the National Anthem. After the Lighting at the Lake Celebration Santa will make a guest appearance under the shelter area. Click here for additional information.

Enchanted Airlie
Due to Hurricane Florence, ticket reservations are currently on hold. | Please check back for updates.
November 23, 24 & 30, 2018 | December 1, 7-22, 2018
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 hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies, beer, wine and more! Tickets often sell out in advance so reserve yours early! Click here for additional details.

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla
November 24, 2018
Welcome to the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach. It is the Southern coastal version of a holiday parade – on water – at night. The Flotilla Experience is a weekend full of fun events with something for everyone including an annual tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa on Friday, along with the Festival in the Park for families and children on Saturday afternoon prior to the actual Flotilla. The 35th Annual Flotilla weekend will be held on Saturday the 24th, 2018. When was the last time that you spent Thanksgiving weekend at the beach?! Y’all come on down! Our newest award is the Paula Sturdy Award for the Best Wrightsville Beach themed boat. This award was established from donations given by her family and friends. Because of their generosity, it will be funded for many years to come. Click here for additional information.