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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Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon
March 25, 2017
Whether you are new to running or are a seasoned professional, the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon presented by Landfall Realty is an exciting way to push yourself to your limits. The race is run on a street course overlooking the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Because the marathon course has an elevation of just 32 feet, you may just run your best race yet. The Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon is also a Boston Marathon qualifier. The marathon is incredibly popular in the community, and has been known to sell out—register early! Family, friends, and spectators are welcome to come cheer on their favorite runners. The NCAA basketball tourney kicks off in March off as well, so we’ll have college-themed cheer stations with DJs, bands and spectator hot spots. Click here for additional information.

North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 5-9, 2017
A SCENE to be SEEN! Celebrate Spring Southern Style at the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal! More than 1,000 volunteers are required to stage over 50 events ranging from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus and a variety of other entertainment and events. Click here for additional information.
STOMP in Wilmington NC
March 22, 2017 at 7:30PM
STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Wilmington premiere at the Wilson Center. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Click here for additional information.

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon
March 25, 2017
Whether you are new to running or are a seasoned professional, the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon presented by Landfall Realty is an exciting way to push yourself to your limits. The race is run on a street course overlooking the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Because the marathon course has an elevation of just 32 feet, you may just run your best race yet. The Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon is also a Boston Marathon qualifier. The marathon is incredibly popular in the community, and has been known to sell out—register early! Family, friends, and spectators are welcome to come cheer on their favorite runners. The NCAA basketball tourney kicks off in March off as well, so we’ll have college-themed cheer stations with DJs, bands and spectator hot spots. Come enjoy marathon madness at the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon! Click here for additional information.

Poplar Grove Plantation Herb & Garden Fair
April 1 & 2, 2017
The Area’s Largest and Longest Running Plant & Garden Sale, also featuring classes, activities & exhibits on gardening, nature and related topics. The grounds of Poplar Grove will be filled with a wonderful selection of locally grown plants of all types – herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts and houseplants, plus garden art & accessories, herbal & all-natural products, artisan crafts & local foods. There is a $5.00 admission fee; kids 12 & under are free. Included in your admission price are classes & nature trail walks (come see what is in bloom!) throughout the two-day event. Learn from your neighbors and some of the community’s best local historians, herbalists, and basket-makers! Our blacksmith shop will also be fired up, so be sure to follow the billowing smoke & peek inside. Click here for additional information.

Coastal Carolina Trainfest
April 1 - 2, 2017
Six Model Railroad Organizations from across eastern Carolina join forces to spread the joy of model railroading! Trainfest encourages guest participation. Many of the displays allow for hands-on operation and equipment testing. The Locomotive Testing Station will be on hand for guests to test run their models. Show goers can test their problem solving skills on the interactive John Allen Timesaver switching puzzle. Many of the operational layouts on display include interactive features that let guests participate in the fun of running a model railroad. Don't miss out on this exciting Wilmington event! Click here for additional information.

North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 5-9, 2017
A SCENE to be SEEN! Celebrate Spring Southern Style at the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal! More than 1,000 volunteers are required to stage over 50 events ranging from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus and a variety of other entertainment and events. The Southeast Tourism Society often selects the North Carolina Azalea Festival as one of its Top 20 Events. Join us this April for this spectacular Wilmington event! Click here for additional information.

Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
April 8, 2017
The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Carolina Beach Lake. The Chowder Cook-Off is all about delicious food, good music and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event. Chefs from southeast North Carolina’s finest restaurants will prepare the region’s best chowder recipes – seafood or otherwise. Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face painting, a giant inflatable slide and more. And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family. The gates open at 11:30AM and winners will be announced around 4:30PM. During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by BOUNCE! and chowder-tasting (and voting) between 11:30AM and 3:30PM, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant. Admission is only $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. Click here for additional information.

Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am
April 14-16, 2017
The Wrightsville Beach Museum welcomes participants to the Hobie & Salt Life SUP Surf Pro-Am April 14 -16th 2017. Held at the beautiful Oceanic Pier, the event will be a spectator-friendly, world-class event. The event is the largest Stand Up Paddle Surf Prize Purse on the East Coast with the potential for $8000* in the Pro Divisions. The amateur competition will also be awarded prizes and includes divisions for Groms (under 14), open 15-49, and Master's (50+). Lastly, bringing the pros to the same heats as the joes will be the Longboard SUP Division. This open division will be judged on longboard style maneuvers and will count towards the Newkirk All-Waterman Award. The Longboard SUP Division has a purse of $1,000 and the Newkirk has a $500 prize. Click here for additional information.

West Marine Carolina Cup
April 19-23, 2017
The 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by SurfTech kicks off the race season with 5 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, Money Island open race, 6 man outrigger race on Sunday and the renowned Graveyard Elite Race. This is our seventh year. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, we had over 600. In 2014, there were over 700. The 2015 event was one of the most competitive events on record and also deemed the largest SUP event in the world. In 2016, the West Marine Carolina Cup grew even more attracting thousands of paddlers to Wrightsville Beach to come together on the East Coast. Registration for the 2017 Carolina Cup is now open, so register today!

28th Annual River to Sea Bike Ride
April 22, 2017
The 28th Annual River to Sea Bicycle Ride will take place on Saturday April 22, 2017. Participants will meet at Bailey’s Park at the 100 block of North Front Street in downtown Wilmington. Participants will depart Bailey’s Park promptly at 8AM. The ride, which is a slow-paced casual 20-mile round trip ride along the former Beach Car Line and back, will reach Wrightsville Beach Park at about 9:15AM. The ride is open to cyclists of all skill levels. For safety reasons, late arrivals will not be able to join the ride. Helmets are mandatory and riding is mostly on-road in mixed traffic. Police support will be provided along the way. Transportation will be provided by WAVE Transit for those who would rather not bike from Wrightsville Beach back to downtown Wilmington. Light refreshments will be available at Wrightsville Beach and upon return in downtown Wilmington. Last year, about 300 bicyclists participated in the ride. Click here for additional information.

NC Aquarium's 5K Race For the Planet
April 23, 2017
The 5K Race for the Planet welcomes racers of all skill levels. Serious runners take advantage of the flat course for a fast pace. First-timers appreciate the on-course encouragement. The fun, no-pressure atmosphere make it a great choice for families and walkers. The seaside portions of the course offer sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean for all. Our goal for this race is to plant the seed for eco-conscious living and raise funds for the Aquarium’s educational programs and green initiatives.The 5K Race for the Planet starts and ends at the Aquarium. The flat, mostly asphalt course runs through scenic Fort Fisher with amazing views of the ocean, maritime forest and historic Fort Fisher Civil War site. Click here for additional information.

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
April 23 - May 9, 2017
The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with The United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, presents the 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, 3 by 3. Commencing April 23, 2017 the festival will offer nine award-winning feature films and selected shorts over three weeks, three per week, April 23 to 25, May 2 to 4 and May 7 to 9. All showings will be in historic Thalian Hall Main Stage. As in past years, the festival dates coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day, which enables us to fulfill our educational and entertainment mission. We are also organizing a spring outreach program for tenth graders in Wilmington. Our dream of exposing young people to fine international films with Jewish themes is becoming a reality. Click here for additional information.

UNCW Graduation Weekend
May 5-7, 2017
Congratulations UNCW Graduates! Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for May 5 & 6, 2017 at the Trask Coliseum. Celebrate with family and friends who are graduating from UNCW this May 2017. It's time to celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of your loved one! Enjoy the graduation ceremony and spend your weekend exploring Wilmington. There are restaurants, shops and attractions for people of all ages and interests in Wilmington, North Carolina. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the UNCW campus and our beautiful coastal city!

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival
May 11-14, 2017
The Wilmington Wine & Food Festival brings together top area chefs with the best of the wine, beer, and spirits industry to celebrate and advance public appreciation for great food and drink. The festival provides a diverse range of epicurean experiences showcasing the area's unique and rich culture and history. Proceeds from the 2017 events will benefit local charities including Fruit First Ministries. Don't miss these exciting events and the opportunity to sample hundreds of different wines and beers throughout the weekend paired with scrumptious bites from many of our best locally owned restaurants, caterers, and food trucks! Meet the chefs, wine makers, importers, and industry reps ready to share their knowledge and love for their craft. Click here for additional information.

Rims on the River Car Show
May 19-21, 2017
Rims on the River is an annual event that takes place this year on May 19-21, 2017. The show is in Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Cars dating 1980 and older line the streets of the historic downtown area, with the Cape Fear River and the diverse collection of retail stores as their backdrop. This event has grown into a premier show, drawing a wide array of cars from the entire southeast region of the state, as well as a few neighboring states, totaling approximately 700 vehicles on display in past years! As in previous years, we will be giving away trophies for various classes of cars and motorcycles. Click here for additional information.

24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
May 20-21, 2017
Welcome to the 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic! A great time of year to come to Wilmington, the Seaside Classic hosts over 300 teams annually and consistently sells out. Teams are strongly encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment, as the number of teams is limited. Teams travel from all over North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Virginia. Click here for additional information.
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