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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Steve Haydu St Patrick's Day Lo Tide Run
March 16, 2019
Mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Steve Haydu St Patrick's Day Lo Tide Run. Teams of 5 or more runners will be scored by the top 5 racers on their team in the 5K for Top 3 Places. The top 3 team awards will be the Team Participation Award, Team Spirit Award and Costumes and Cheers. Mail all team applications together or register online. Join us at Carolina Beach Boardwalk for this exciting annual event! Click here for additional information.













Cape Fear Craft Beer Week
March 22 - 31, 2019
CFCBW continues a tradition of celebrating the Cape Fear’s thriving craft beer culture through a ten-day celebration that attracts beer tourism, draws awareness to our region, and serves as a showcase for the area’s breweries, bottle shops, restaurants, and craft-centric businesses. The week features events showcasing not only beer brewed in the Cape Fear Region, but invites participants to explore venues where craft beer marries comfortable environments, friendly conversation, and craft cuisine around Wilmington. Click here for additional details and information.

US Open Beach Fat Bike Championships
March 23, 2019
The US Open Fat Cross Beach Championships is a race like none other in the USA. Being held on an all sand course along the pristine shores of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina this course will prove both challenging for competitors and fun to watch for families and fans. With the recent and fast rising popularity of Fat Bikes, bikes with tires wider than 4″, riding a bicycle in the thick sand has become easier than ever. Combine Fat Bikes with an ever changing beach and the competitive spirits of a bunch of athletes and bicycle riders and we couldn’t help but hold the fifth annual race. Click here to register.

North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 3-7, 2019
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. 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! 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.

The Carolina Cup
April 24-28, 2019
The 2019 Carolina Cup is in its 9th year and is a week-long event featuring over a dozen clinics and 5 races. On Friday, there will be several fun clinics. On Saturday, there is a 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational race, 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race, the dreaded 13-mile Graveyard Elite Race and the Graveyard Elite Outrigger and Surfski race. On Sunday, the Kids Race. In 2016, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 900 paddlers competing in races and participating in clinics. In 2015, the Carolina Cup became the largest and most competitive SUP race in the world. You do not have to race to take a clinic or take a clinic to race. You also do not have to race or take a clinic to come watch the race and enjoy the expo and demos. Bring the whole family for this amazing week full of live music, a great expo, food, drinks, clinics for all, and amazing athletes and races! Click here for additional information about this Wilmington event.

Battleship Alive - USS North Carolina
April 27, 2019
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.

NC Aquarium's 5K Race For the Planet
April 28, 2019
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. 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.
Battleship 101 - USS North Carolina
March 16, 2019
April 13, 2019
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.
Battleship 101 - USS North Carolina
March 16, 2019
April 13, 2019
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.

North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 3-7, 2019
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. 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! 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.
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.