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.
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Phobia Haunted Trail
Now through October 31, 2017 (Weekends)
Phobia Haunted Trail is a haunted house attraction in Wilmington NC located at 3907 Shipyard Blvd. The 2017 theme for Phobia Haunted trail is CarnEvil. CarnEvil is 3 attractions in one. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to survive.
Phobia Haunted Trail is a Fall seasonal weekend attraction, check dates and times. This is a live actor event. You will experience scenes that some people find frightening and disturbing. Phobia Haunted Trail in Wilmington NC has scenes created to tap into your inner most fears. Our guests will weave their way through the haunted trail and will be greeted by our live actors. They will not touch you, but they will work to give you nightmares.
As you walk through the trail you will transition though various scenes sure to have you on edge not knowing where the next action will strike. This year's attraction will have our guests play in CarnEvil, a circus event created by disgruntled clowns from the Circus' that have been shut down in recent years. They are looking to get even. Click here for additional information.
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Upcoming Fishing Tournaments in Wilmington, NC
October 6-7: Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge (Carolina Beach)
October 20-22: Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach & Fort Fisher)
November 3-5: Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge (Surf City)
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Phobia Haunted Trail
Now through October 31, 2017 (Weekends)
Phobia Haunted Trail is a haunted house attraction in Wilmington NC located at 3907 Shipyard Blvd. The 2017 theme for Phobia Haunted trail is CarnEvil. CarnEvil is 3 attractions in one. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to survive. Phobia Haunted Trail is a Fall seasonal weekend attraction, check dates and times. This is a live actor event. You will experience scenes that some people find frightening and disturbing. Phobia Haunted Trail in Wilmington NC has scenes created to tap into your inner most fears. Our guests will weave their way through the haunted trail and will be greeted by our live actors. They will not touch you, but they will work to give you nightmares. As you walk through the trail you will transition though various scenes sure to have you on edge not knowing where the next action will strike. This year's attraction will have our guests play in CarnEvil, a circus event created by disgruntled clowns from the Circus' that have been shut down in recent years. They are looking to get even. Click here for additional information.
October 7-8, 2017
The Wilmington Riverfest runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington on Water Street from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, this free, family-oriented celebration is a two-day event and has grown to be a widely anticipated annual celebration. Riverfest was created in February 1979, by a group of Wilmingtonians interested in showcasing downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear river and has since resulted in a cultural street festival that entices locals and tourists alike to our amazing Historic Downtown. Riverfest boasts craft vendors, concessions booths, a children’s play area, entertainment on various stages, Saturday night fireworks, and more. Plus, one well-deserving young lady will be crowned Miss Riverfest! Click here for additional information.
Carolina Beach Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K
October 8, 2017 at 7:30AM
The Carolina Beach Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are scheduled for October 8, 2017 at 7:30AM. All of the race courses will be in the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and we will not cross the bridge going towards Wilmington. This makes for a flat, fast course. The Marathon is a USATF Boston Quailifer. There will be medals to all finishers of the Marathon and Half Marathon with race specific medals. Long Sleeve shirts for all races. Click here for additional information.
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
October 14-15, 2017
In October, when the weather is warm, the sun’s shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your “license to chill” for two music filled days at the world famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival. Now entering its 24th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier". Click here for additional information.
PPD IRONMAN North Carolina
October 21, 2017
The PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina triathlon 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. The 2017 PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina will will offer 30 qualifying slots to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Click here for additional information.
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
October 24, 2017 from 5:30-8PM
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. 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! Click here for additional information.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea
October 26 - 28, 2017
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. Click here for additional information.
Cape Fear Fair
October 27 - November 5, 2017
Award winning Powers Great American Midways presents thrilling rides, fun filled games and delicious food! These spectacular fair adventures are coming to Cape Fear - straight from the State Fair. Featured events include Cavallo (a high-energy, acrobatic, equestrian stunt show), Brad Comedy Hypnotist, Agricadabra and more! General admission tickets are $22. Get your $2 off coupon TODAY on the Cape Fear website. Click here for additional information.
Beer & Wine Festival in Wilmington NC
October 28, 2017
Lighthouse Beer and Wine puts on this fantastic event once a year, always in the wonderful month of October. Mark your calendars for October 28th for the 16th annual Beer and Wine Festival! The festival runs from 1-5PM, with a limited number of VIP tickets reaping the benefit of a noon entry and loads of limited beers and wine! Over 100 craft breweries, and wineries will be all in one place! There’s no better way to try all the best beer and wine available. We want you to find new and exciting beverages that you love to sip. You will want nothing more that to hone your hop tasting, tickle your tongue, and have the best beer and wine tasting day of the year. Click here for additional information.
Surf to Sound Challenge
November 3-5, 2017
The Surf to Sound is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The race is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club who also organizes the Carolina Cup. Weekend races include the Harbor Island Outer Loop (4 miles), Surf to Sound Challenge (6.5 miles), kids race, The Froth (11 mile longboat endurance race) and the Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship (9 miles). Click here for additional information for this family friendly weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale
November 3-5, 2017
The 2017 Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show is scheduled for November 3-5th at the Community Arts Center. Artist's reception on Friday from 5 - 8PM and holiday sale on Saturday & Sunday from 10AM - 4PM. Click here for additional information.
The Cape Fear Kite Festival
November 4-5, 2017
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. Click here for additional information.
Boogie in the Park
October 15: Sonic Spectrum
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.
Paranormal Ghost Tours at Poplar Grove
October 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017
In addition to full moon nights, for four Fridays in October, Poplar Grove is presenting an evening to perchance 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.