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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8th Annual Cardinal Strut 2017
March 4, 2017 at 8:30AM
The Cardinal STRUT is a one-of-a kind, high flying community event! Whether you are age 2 to 72, a walker or an elite runner, we have a race distance for you! The Cardinal Strut 5k and 10k course winds through a beautiful and quiet Wilmington neighborhood. This is the only race run on this FAST, FLAT and BEAUTIFUL USATF certified course! The 1 mile fun run takes place on the Holly Tree Memorial Track. While you are having an awesome day of running and family fun you are also “making tracks” to helping kids in New Hanover County who are battling cancer. The after party is fun for the whole family and features breakfast from Waffle House! 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.
Pippin
February 22, 2017 at 7:30PM
Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” Click here for additional information.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
February 28, 2017 & March 1, 2017 at 7:30PM
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music that’s delighting audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream. Click here for additional information and tickets.

8th Annual Cardinal Strut 2017
March 4, 2017 at 8:30AM
The Cardinal STRUT is a one-of-a kind, high flying community event! Whether you are age 2 to 72, a walker or an elite runner, we have a race distance for you! The Cardinal Strut 5k and 10k course winds through a beautiful and quiet Wilmington neighborhood. This is the only race run on this FAST, FLAT and BEAUTIFUL USATF certified course! The 1 mile fun run takes place on the Holly Tree Memorial Track. While you are having an awesome day of running and family fun you are also “making tracks” to helping kids in New Hanover County who are battling cancer. The after party is fun for the whole family and features breakfast from Waffle House! Click here for additional information.

Cape Fear Beer & Wine Festival
March 4, 2017
Wilmington, NC will be hosting their seventh annual beer and wine festival at the Wilmington Convention Center on 4 March 2017. This 30,000 square foot venue is a first class, state of the art building located at 515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 in the city’s historic district on the Cape Fear River waterfront. The festival will focus on 50+ American craft micro breweries and wineries with over 125 beers and wines being offered. The Cape Fear Beer and Wine Festival will also feature live music, silent disco, silent auction and other fun things to do. Click here for additional information.

US Open Beach Fat Bike Championships
March 11, 2017
The US Open Beach Fat Bike 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 bicycle riders and we couldn’t help but design a race. Click here to register.

Cape Fear ComicCon
March 11, 2017
The Cape Fear ComicConTM is a family-friendly event intended to celebrate the excitement of superheroes, fantasy, comics and camaraderie. Zombies, Superheroes, Ghosts, Fantastic Artists and Writers, Mad Scientists and Fans Set to Converge on Wilmington - March 11, 2017 is the date! Lots of great guests will be present for the Cape Fear Comic Con this coming spring 2017. Click here for additional information.

13th Annual Steve Haydu St Patrick's Day Lo Tide Run
March 18, 2017
Mark your calendar for the 13th 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.

Made in NC 2017
March 18 & 19, 2017
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “Made in NC” on Saturday, March 18, from noon - 6PM and Sunday, March 19, from noon - 6PM. 50 plus vendors will feature unique, handmade creations from the finest artisans and crafters in the region. Wilmington's fabulous food trucks and the BAC cash bar will be there. Admission to the show is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free. 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.

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.

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.
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