Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC

Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC
East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament
July 12-14, 2019
In the mid 1970’s, the VHF radios off Carolina and Kure Beaches would often scream “Got Em On!!!”. It was the victory call for a tight knit group of locals who had a passion for live bait fishing. As King Mackerel fishing grew in popularity, this tournament was born as a joint venture between the Got Em On Live Bait Club, Kure Beach Fire Department and Carolina Beach Fire Department. Now, the East Coast Got Em On King Mackerel Classic, as it is formally known, is one of the oldest King Mackerel Tournaments around. Always held the second weekend in July, in the heart of Carolina Beach across from the Municipal Docks, this event is known to draw close to 200 boats from all over North and South Carolina. Click here for additional information.

















Swim CB
July 14, 2019
Swim CB is part of the Carolina Swim Series! The Carolina Swim Series consists of open water swims in the greater Wilmington area. There are swims in the spring, summer and fall. SWIM CB is an ocean swim at Carolina Beach, NC. The race will finish at the Carolina Beach boardwalk. Post-race food & drinks along with the awards ceremony will be near the finish - on the beach. Click here for additional information.

UNCW Move-In Weekend
August 16-18, 2019
Welcome University of North Carolina Wilmington students! Move-In Weekend is an exciting time! Whether you are about to kick off your college career, returning for another year at UNCW or dropping off a loved one, we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city along the Carolina Coast. In between the Move-In responsibilities, we hope you will have a chance to explore Wilmington's captivating attractions, beautiful beaches and historic city center. Looking for a hotel near UNCW? The Holiday Inn Wilmington features spacious guest rooms, free WiFI, indoor pool and on site restaurant! Call the hotel direct today at 866-344-8761 and ask for the "UNCW" rate. 

O'Neill Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest
August 16-18, 2019
Welcome to the O'Neill Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest! This event is the 2nd largest contest on the East Coast. Top Professional and Amateur surfers from around the world come to compete in this event every year. 15,000 beach spectators and over $25,000 in cash/prize purse. Join us! Click here for additional information.

Wahine Classic Surfing Competition
August 24 - 25, 2019
Registration for the 2019 Wahine Surf Classic, an all-female surfing competition held on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, is now open. There will be a welcome event for surfers and their families on Friday night as well. The Wahine Classic is now in its 7th year, and we’re excited to gather professional and amateur female surfers from all over the country (and globe) to participate in this fun, 2-day event which will benefit the Southern North Carolina District (SNC) of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). Please make plans today to join us in Wrightsville Beach. Click here for additional information.

Wilmington Boat Show
September 6-8, 2019
The Port City is renowned as North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal gem will now be home to the annual Wilmington Boat Show produced by JBM & Associates, producers of the Charleston and Savannah Boat Shows. The Wilmington Boat Show is the largest of its’ kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida. This destination show will take place in several different venues including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center. Click here for additional information.

Port City RibFest
September 13 - 15, 2019
The Nation's Most Unique BBQ Festival is all about great BBQ, cool music and zany fun. National BBQ teams from across the country will come to Wilmington to sell their BBQ and compete against each other for bragging rights. Many of these "Ribbers" have been featured on several national TV networks including the Food Channel and TLC. Click here for additional information.

Summer Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove
September 14 - 15, 2019
Come out for this community celebration on Saturday, September 14, from 9 – 5 PM and Sunday, September 15, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Heritage arts and crafts vendors from near and far will be showing off their hard work, skills and talents. The $5 entry fee includes games and activities for the kids, including the live “hard hittin’ bluegrass” of Folkstone Stringband. Let the kids go a little wild and free, while you kick back with family, friends and neighbors. Click here for additional information.

Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival
September 21, 2019
Gather a group of friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers to form a team and get out on the water! A dragon boat is a colorful 45-foot long watercraft that resembles a canoe. It's manned by a crew of 20, plus a steersman at the stern of the boat, and a drummer/pace setter sitting in the bow. Teams are encouraged to sign up 22-25 members to cover any absences on race day. Click here for additional information.

YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon
September 21, 2019
The YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon is event #20 in the 2019 North Carolina Triathlon Series. Choose to participate in the Individual race, Relay race, Aquabike race or Youth Triathlon. Swim 1150 Meters, Bike 11.5 miles and Run 5K. Click here to learn more about the YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint 2019.
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.

Wilmington Sharks Baseball 
July 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.

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
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.
UNCW Move-In Weekend
August 16-18, 2019
Welcome University of North Carolina Wilmington students! Move-In Weekend is an exciting time! Whether you are about to kick off your college career, returning for another year at UNCW or dropping off a loved one, we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city along the Carolina Coast. In between the Move-In responsibilities, we hope you will have a chance to explore Wilmington's captivating attractions, beautiful beaches and historic city center. Looking for a hotel near UNCW? The Holiday Inn Wilmington features spacious guest rooms, free WiFI, indoor pool and on site restaurant! Call the hotel direct today at 866-344-8761 and ask for the "UNCW" rate. 

Battleship 101 - USS North Carolina
August 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.


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.