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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9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic
January 21, 2017
The 9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic will be held January 21, 2017 at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The course will begin and end at the Blockade-Runner Beach Resort for both divisions. All paddling for the race will be on the Intracoastal Waterway. Racers will have on the water assistance from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and SeaTow. There will also be a "Run what you brung" division in both the races. This can include surfskis, outrigger canoes, unlimited paddleboards, kayaks, etc. If you can paddle it, you can race it. The Cold Stroke Classic benefits Nourish NC which has a mission to fight hunger in New Hanover County, North Carolina. Click here for additional information.

Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10K
February 11, 2017
Get ready for a unique 10K course that begins in Wrightsville Beach Park, circles underneath the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge and over the Causeway to the magnificent view of Banks Channel along Waynick Boulevard. Runners can enjoy waterway views through most of the course. So, wear your red, white, and pink and bring your Valentine for the Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10K! Click here for additional information.

9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic
January 21, 2017
The 9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic will be held January 21, 2017 at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The course will begin and end at the Blockade-Runner Beach Resort for both divisions. All paddling for the race will be on the Intracoastal Waterway. Racers will have on the water assistance from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and SeaTow. There will also be a "Run what you brung" division in both the races. This can include surfskis, outrigger canoes, unlimited paddleboards, kayaks, etc. If you can paddle it, you can race it. The Cold Stroke Classic benefits Nourish NC which has a mission to fight hunger in New Hanover County, North Carolina. Click here for additional information.

Precious Metal Show at the BAC
January 22, 2017 from 12 - 6PM
The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to team up with Cicada Metals and Jonkheer Jewelry Art Studio for another Precious Metal Show! Precious Metal: The Region's Best Handcrafted Jewelry Show, is taking place Sunday, January 22, 12 - 6PM. Click here for additional information about this upcoming Wilmington event.

East Coast Shag Classic
January 26 - 29, 2017
The East Coast Shag Classic is an annual fund raising event to support Women of Hope. This charity event is for beach music lovers to shag to the sights and sounds of the greatest beach bands all while enjoying beautiful accommodations with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and harbor. You can enjoy all of this while helping support women and their families with cancer. Visit the East Coast Shag Classic Facebook page for new about this upcoming Wilmington event.

David Cassidy in Concert
January 28, 2017
David Cassidy has managed to stay at the top of his game for over four decades, with a unique ability to reinvent himself. David rose to stardom in “The Partridge Family” and became the biggest TV and performing phenomenon in history by the time he was 20. In addition to the superstardom he has enjoyed as a singer, songwriter, producer and TV and Broadway actor, David is also an active spokesperson and advocate for Alzheimer’s organization. Enjoy a live performance at Thalian Hall in January 2017. Click here for additional information.

42nd Street
February 1, 2017 at 7:30PM
The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.” Enjoy this live performance at the Wilson Center. Click here for additional show details and tickets.

37th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival
February 2 - 4, 2017
We are eagerly awaiting the 2017 North Carolina Jazz Festival and the world renown jazz musicians who will fill the stage and ballroom air with their music! Over the years, the greatest of Traditional Jazz artists have brought their musical talents here to Wilmington to be a part of this festival. In recent years, the festival has hosted an array of talents from around the nation and the world while introducing some young newcomers to the area as well. The opening night for the 37th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival will feature world renowned jazz singer, composer, actress and 6 times Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon and her trio. Click here for additional information about this Wilmington event. 

Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10K
February 11, 2017
Get ready for a unique 10K course that begins in Wrightsville Beach Park, circles underneath the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge and over the Causeway to the magnificent view of Banks Channel along Waynick Boulevard. Runners can enjoy waterway views through most of the course. So, wear your red, white, and pink and bring your Valentine for the Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10K! Click here for additional information.

Art for All 2017
February 18 - 19, 2017
The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to announce Art for All, taking place on Saturday, February 18, from noon to 5PM and Sunday, February 19, from noon to 5PM. In our efforts to create a well-balanced, diverse, cutting-edge art show, and due to the defining size of the venues, there will be a limited number of vendors. Priced perfectly, everything is under $500. Join us for Downtown's cutting edge art show at the BAC. 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.

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.

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.
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