Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC

Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC
Summer Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music
Every Thursday, Beginning Memorial Day Weekend - September
Pleasure Island Summers 'officially' begin when the weekly fireworks kick off on Memorial Day Weekend. Then every Thursday, the beach strand on Pleasure Island lights up with weekly firewoks! The best place to view this weekly spectaular show is on the beach strand located in front of the Courtyard by Marriott or on the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, where there is music at the Gazebo stage for your enjoyment. So 'pack up' the family and head to the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. The music starts at 6:30PM followed by the fireworks at 9PM.  Follow Facebook for weather delays, changes and updates.




















Ink & Arms Expo
June 24 - 26, 2016
Ink & Arms is a tattoo lifestyle event that incorporates America's love for firearms into the programming. This 3-day expo will highlight our rich tattoo culture, featuring some of the best in the craft and will celebrate our love of guns & the gunsmiths that work tirelessly to forge them. The 2016 Expo will feature over 80-plus tattoo artists from around the globe, 20-plus gun manufacturers as well as other unique exhibitors, including a variety of gear, clothing, and novelty vendors. Show attendees will have the opportunity to get tattooed, converse with firearm manufactures and dealers, participate in seminars and demonstrations, enjoy sideshow performances, and participate in the Ink and Arms Tattoo Contest during the weekend festivities. Click here for additional information about this Wilmington event.

Carolina Beach Double Sprint 2016
June 25, 2016 at 7AM
The very first "Formula 1" or super sprint triathlon produced in the U.S. (formerly the Kure Beach Double Sprint). Competitors start out with a 375 meter ocean swim. Upon exiting the water, participants put on their running gear at the "Beach Transition Area" and run 1.5 miles to the "Bike Transition Area". Participants then complete a 20K bike ride on a closed course (no traffic). Then it's back on with the running gear for the 1.5 mile run back to the "Beach Transition Area". Participants complete the race by once again swimming the 375 meter course. Click here for additional information about this Wilmington race.






















East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament
July 8 - 10, 2016
The East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament is Got-Em-On's oldest and biggest fundraiser. It was actually formed from the combination of two separate tournaments. The first was the East Coast Open, with a grueling three day format, held each May starting in 1980 (66 boats entered the first one): it was hosted by the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach Fire Departments. The second, The Got-Em-On Classic hosted by the club and held every July since 1981,was the first King Tournament to have a Lady Angler prize and a bidding Calcutta (TWT). Due to the increase in entries, the last bidding Calcutta was in 1983 with 88 boats. Committee members from both tournaments met in 1985 and decided that instead of competing for the same guarantors and sponsors, they would merge! Join us for the 2016 East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament. Click here for additional information.

Pistons, Plugs & Shocks Car Show
July 16, 2016
Join us at Poplar Grove Plantation Saturday, July 16, 2016, from 9AM – 4PM for the HWY 17 Pistons, Plugs & Shocks Car Show under the shady trees of Poplar Grove. The grounds will be lined with classic cars representing each decade of the ingenuity of design and technology. Who were you sitting next to in that Ford Mustang or Volkswagon Beetle circa 1974? Come see what all that fuss was about – cruising the beaches and Main Streets of Anytown, USA, pulling into your favorite drive-in for cheeseburgers and Cherry Cokes. Did the family pack up the wagon and head west to see the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, or was it a weekend of air-conditioning and a swimming pool at a Howard Johnson’s along the Ocean Highway? Spend the day reminiscing with us and admiring what more than a few car enthusiasts love about their machines! Click here for additional information.

InsideOTH
July 23 - 24, 2016
Here is your chance to go Inside OTH with Cast and Crew of the series, in the city where it was filmed. Since One Tree Hill went off the air in 2012, there has never been a fan convention like this one - because it is being brought to you by some of the people who really lived...Inside OTH! We are Wilmington based crew members who worked on the show for many years and we love the show, too. On July 23 and 24, 2016, we will be bringing you face to face with your favorite stars from the show - in the town where it all happened: Wilmington, NC! There will be autograph sessions, photo ops, Q&A, opportunities to see original props and set pieces from the show, meet and greets and more! Click here for additional information. 

Port City RibFest
August 5-7, 2016
The first two Port City RibFests were held at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial where they drew large crowds. Last year the RibFest moved across the Cape Fear River into downtown and the party continued. The RibFest's formula for success is simple, it's all about great BBQ, cool music and zany fun. Champion pitmasters from around the country bring their talents to satisfy the hunger of thousands of BBQ lovers. The variety of rib styles includeKansas City,Texas, Memphis, Chicago and St.Louis. The range of BBQ styles alone is enough to make our festival unique but it's our reputation of showcasing original music fom around the country along with, shall we say, unorthodox, entertainment acts that make us The Nation's Most Unique BBQ Festival. Some may think that sword swallowers, fire dancers, luchadores and pirates don't belong at a BBQ festival. We humbly disagree. Click here for additional information.

Grooves in the Grove
August 7: Straits Haven
August 14: Phantom Playboys
August 21: Riff Jones
August 28: The Wooden Steel Band
September 4: Mojo Collins & Band
September 11: Folkstone Stringband
September 18: Massive Grass
September 25: TBA
There is no better place to bring family and friends, and the necessary coolers to keep everyone jovial and in good spirits. Grooves in the Grove is returning for eight smooth & groovy late summer evenings in August & September 2016 from 5-7PM. The concert series begins Sunday, August 7th and ends Sunday, September 25th, featuring live local music at the Gazebo. Picnicking encouraged! In support of our conservation efforts, there is a $5 admission fee for adults. Little ones, preteens & teenagers free. Click here for additional information.

Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge
September 9 - 11, 2016
Fishing days include both Saturday and Sunday–weigh in up to two flounder and two red drum on each fishing day. We will count your heaviest two flounder and your heaviest two red drum out of the four possible fish you can weigh in each division. Over $20,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded (based on 100 entries). 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. 

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Carolina Beach Double Sprint 2016
June 25, 2016 at 7AM
The very first "Formula 1" or super sprint triathlon produced in the U.S. (formerly the Kure Beach Double Sprint). Competitors start out with a 375 meter ocean swim. Upon exiting the water, participants put on their running gear at the "Beach Transition Area" and run 1.5 miles to the "Bike Transition Area". Participants then complete a 20K bike ride on a closed course (no traffic). Then it's back on with the running gear for the 1.5 mile run back to the "Beach Transition Area". Participants complete the race by once again swimming the 375 meter course. Click here for additional information about this Wilmington race.

Pistons, Plugs & Shocks Car Show
July 16, 2016
Join us at Poplar Grove Plantation Saturday, July 16, 2016, from 9AM – 4PM for the HWY 17 Pistons, Plugs & Shocks Car Show under the shady trees of Poplar Grove. The grounds will be lined with classic cars representing each decade of the ingenuity of design and technology. Who were you sitting next to in that Ford Mustang or Volkswagon Beetle circa 1974? Come see what all that fuss was about – cruising the beaches and Main Streets of Anytown, USA, pulling into your favorite drive-in for cheeseburgers and Cherry Cokes. Did the family pack up the wagon and head west to see the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, or was it a weekend of air-conditioning and a swimming pool at a Howard Johnson’s along the Ocean Highway? Spend the day reminiscing with us and admiring what more than a few car enthusiasts love about their machines! Click here for additional information.
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Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer - 2016 Season Home Games


July 2: Toronto FC II | July 17: Louisville City FC | July 30: Pittsburgh Riverhounds
August 20: Charleston Battery | August 27: Rochester Rhinos | September 7: Orlando City B | September 11: FC Cincinnati | September 23: Richmond Kickers

Cheer on the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer team as they challenge opponents at home in Legion Stadium during the 2016 season. Single game tickets are $8 - $12 per person. Flex packs and group packages are available. Click here for additional information about the Hammerheads, the full season schedule and tickets!

Boogie in the Park

July 3: Roots United | July 17: South of K
August 7: Lynne & the Wave | August 21: The Clams
September 4: The Central Park Band | September 18: Mark Roberts Band
October 2: Where's Dave | October 16: The Midatlantic
Enjoy 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! Click here for additional information. 
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Free Summer Concert Series
June 24: Liverpool Carolina's Beatle Experience - Beatle Tribute Band
July 8: Justin Cody Fox - Southern Rock, Alt Country
July 22: Mark Roberts Band - Dance, Funk, Blues, Rock & Roll, Motown, Beach & Country
August 12: South of K - Bluegrass
August 26: The Cut - Popular Rock
Enjoy FREE summer concerts in Wilmington, North Carolina at Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area on the 2nd and 4th Fridays in June, July and August. Shows are from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Click here for additional information. 

Summer Movies at the Lake
June 26: Home | July 3: The Sandlot | July 10: Hotel Transylvania 2 | July 17: Star Wars The Force Awakens | July 24: The Good Dinosaur | July 31: Inside Out
August 7: Norm of the North | August 14: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 | August 21: The Penguins of Madagascar | August 28: Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation
September 4: The Peanuts Movie
The Sunday before Memorial Day something special happens on Pleasure Island - FREE Movies! Starting May 29th through September 4th, vacationers as well as residents from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wilmington grab their kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to the lake in Carolina Beach to enjoy a FREE Outdoor movie on a 'gigantic' screen! Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more. You can also bring your own food and beverages. Movies start at dusk. Click here for additional information.