Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC

Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC
Boogie in the Park
May - October 2019 | 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.

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival
May 4, 2019
This festival is a celebration of the arts with a mission to provide, free to the public, the highest quality arts in many forms. The Festival’s objective is to increase appreciation, support and sales of art by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations, hands-on-programs and access to art in different media. The Festival has three themes – Visual art, Performing art, and Culinary art, with a “main event” that involves selected artists and is interactive with the public. Click here for additional information.

UNCW Graduation Weekend
May 10 - 11, 2019
Congratulations UNCW Graduates! Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for May 10 & 11, 2019 at the Trask Coliseum. Celebrate with family and friends who are graduating from UNCW this May 2019. 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! Visiting from out of town? The Holiday Inn Wilmington is offering excellent graduation rates. 

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival
May 16-19, 2019
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. 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 17-19, 2019
Welcome one and all to this year's annual Rims On The River Weekend! Festivities begin Friday with a taste of local entertainment and fun at our various partner venues, bars and restaurants. Saturday is Car Show Day. There will be contests, entertainment and awards! Click here for additional information.

Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
May 18-19, 2019
Welcome to the Annual Seaside Soccer Classic! A great time of year to come to Wilmington, the Seaside Classic hosts hundreds of teams annually and consistently sells out. Teams are strongly encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment, as the number of teams is limited. Click here for additional information.

Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament
May 29 - June 1, 2019
The Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament welcomes all fishermen, participants, and spectators for a weekend of fishing fun. This tournament offers a great venue with fun parties, excellent food and top notch marinas with the best deepwater inlet in the state. Click here for additional information about this Wilmington fishing tournament.

Wilmington Sharks Baseball 
May 30 & 31, 2019
June 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27, 28, 2019
July 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 24, 26, 31, 2019
August 3, 2019
Cheer on the Wilmington Sharks Baseball team as they challenge opponents at home during the 2019 season. Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium is the an elite baseball venue in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. The stadium is part of the multi-purpose sports complex known as Legion Stadium, which is also home to the Wilmington Hammerheads professional soccer team. Individual game tickets and ticket packages are available for purchase. Click here for additional information.

Ink & Arms Expo
May 31 - June 2, 2019
Downtown Wilmington, NC will once again be “buzzing” with excitement when Ink and Arms Tattoo and Gun Expo returns to The Wilmington Convention Center for its 4th year, May 31 to June 2 2019! Show Producers are expecting approximately 5,000 attendees to assemble over the weekend for the love of tattoos, guns and all things American! The 2019 Expo will feature over 100 tattoo artists from around the globe, 20+ gun dealers and a variety of gear, clothing, and novelty vendors. Show attendees will have the opportunity to get tattooed, converse with firearm professionals and dealers, participate in seminars and demonstrations, enjoy off-the-wall entertainment, and participate in the Ink and Arms Tattoo Contest during the weekend festivities. This show has something for everyone and is the only one of its type in the country. Click here for additional information about this Wilmington event.

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
June 7-8, 2019
The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film in the heart of filmmaking in North Carolina. Showcasing local, regional, national and international film, the festival accepts all genres and gives awards in different categories. The Cape Fear Independent Film Network is dedicated to promoting independent film and preserving the Cape Fear region’s rich film history. Click here for additional information.
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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Battleship Alive - USS North Carolina
September 28, 2019
December 7, 2019 
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.
Battleship 101 - USS North Carolina
June 8 & 27, 2019
July 13 & 25, 2019
August 10 & 22, 2019
October 12, 2019
Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers stationed throughout the ship engage visitors in specific subjects and areas including gunnery, radar, sick bay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. Try on helmets, raise signal flags, “text” using semaphore flags, tap out your name using Morse code, type on vintage typewriters and more! A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Click here for additional information.
Wilmington Wine & Food Festival
May 16-19, 2019
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. 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.

Battleship 101 - USS North Carolina
June 8 & 27, 2019
July 13 & 25, 2019
August 10 & 22, 2019
October 12, 2019
Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers stationed throughout the ship engage visitors in specific subjects and areas including gunnery, radar, sick bay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. Try on helmets, raise signal flags, “text” using semaphore flags, tap out your name using Morse code, type on vintage typewriters and more! A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Click here for additional information.


Celebrate Flag Day at the USS North Carolina
June 14, 2019 from 10AM - 2PM
Fly your own flag at the Battleship on Flag Day! American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard assists visitors in hoisting and folding their flags. Makes a great video keepsake and family heirloom. Provide your name and email and a certificate of authenticity will be mailed to you. Visitors can bring a flag or purchase a 3 x 5 foot American-made nylon flag with embroidered stars from the Ship’s Store. Sales from the store benefit the Battleship. Click here for additional event details.

North Carolina Symphony’s Stars & Stripes
July 2, 2019
Beat the summer heat and join us for a good, old-fashioned salute to the Red, White, and Blue. Hear patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics as we honor the birthday of the U.S.A. Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 7:30PM. Click here for additional details and tickets.

Tri-Span 5k & 10k
July 13, 2019
Run the oldest 3-bridge 10K on the east coast! The 10k course runs over the Memorial Bridge and across two more bridges before finishing on Water Street with a 1/3 mile flat and fast run to the finish! You'll also have a short loop down Battleship Road where you'll run in front of the Battleship USS North Carolina and take in the view of downtown Wilmington across the Cape Fear River - very picturesque. After crossing the Isabella Holmes Bridge, the course takes advantage of Wilmington's scenic Riverwalk. There will be extensive coning on the race course so you'll run safe and fast over the bridges.You know it’s going to be HOT so take the challenge with the humidity, heat, and hills of Wilmington! Click here for additional information about this Wilmington race.