Looking for something to do in Wilmington, NC this weekend? You couldn't be in a better city!

 If you're lucky enough to be in Wilmington, NC this weekend then you are definitely in the right city... this is Azalea Festival weekend! 

That means there are numerous exquisite gardens to explore & almost endless fun activities to take the family too.

Becoming full of blooms also means that Wilmington is ready to show the world how gorgeous it is and why we all, with much pride & love, deem this distinctive belle of a city named Wilmington our home.  

Below are a few of the many upcoming events to choose from: 

Friday, 05/15/2009 - Sunday, 05/09/2010

Kaleidoscope: Changing Views of the Permanent Collection 
This exhibition features selected paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, furniture, decorative arts and other objects drawn from the museum's permanent collection. The exhibition's configuration will change throughout the year, as individual works are rotated. This approach is taken to protect fragile works from prolonged exposure to light; to allow additional works to be exhibited; and to elicit new, unexpected associations between works of art. Call 910.395.5999 for more information.
Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
www.cameronartmuseum.com 

Friday, 11/06/2009 9:00 AM - Monday, 09/06/2010 5:00 PM

Conservation Matters Exhibit 
Explore the art and science of artifact conservation. Discover what it is, who does it, and why it matters to museums. A selection of beautifully conserved furniture and other wooden objects from the Museum's permanent collection will be on display. Call 910.798.4650 for more information.
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.capefearmuseum.com 

Friday, 12/11/2009 9:00 AM - Monday, 09/06/2010 5:00 PM

Going to the Movies Exhibit 
Experience the history of a century of movie-going in the Lower Cape Fear region. Explore where people went to the movies. Discover how the theater experience has changed over the years. Watch some of the first films local residents may have seen. Call 910.798.4350 for more information.
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.capefearmuseum.com 

Friday, 01/22/2010 6:00 PM - Friday, 11/26/2010 9:00 PM

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk 
Fourth Friday Gallery Night is a self-guided tour through several Wilmington galleries and studios: featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, sculpture, woodwork, glass, metals, ceramics, mixed media and more. Showcasing art and art-related events, Fourth Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, live music, wine tastings, food sampling and other traditional and non-traditional art-based activities. Dates are Feb 26, Mar 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 26. For more information contact 910.763.3737.
Art Galleries
Downtown Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28401

Friday, 02/19/2010 - Sunday, 06/20/2010

Recollection: The Past is Present Exhibit 
The exhibition's visual and thematic referencing of the past while being rooted firmly in the present connects the art work of Amalia Amaki, Lillian Blades and Beverly Buchanan to the historical-tinged quilts by African American women in the exhibition. The use of textural materials, color, found objects, building shapes and cultural images balance delicacy and strength while evoking the individualized stories and shared histories of the diaspora of African Americans, Africa and the Caribbean. Call 910.395.5999 for more information.
Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
www.cameronartmuseum.com 

Friday, 04/02/2010 - Sunday, 01/30/2011

Cape Fear Stories: Land of the Longleaf Pine 
Cape Fear Stories: Land of the Longleaf Pine will feature exciting new research and stories never been told about the Lower Cape Fear region's early inhabitants and Colonial experiences. Visitors to the new exhibit will step into an immersive longleaf pine forest and be transported to a time centuries ago. They will explore the longstanding presence of Native Americans in the area, discover why Europeans came to the region, and learn how people made a living from the forests. They will discover colonial Wilmington, while 'window' shopping in a merchant's store and examining imported goods that arrived on ships to Wilmington's bustling port. And they will explore life during the American Revolution, as they experience different perspectives on independence. Call 910.798.4350 for more information.
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.capefearmuseum.com 

Tuesday, 04/06/2010 - Monday, 04/19/2010 11:55 PM

Tallship Peacemaker in Wilmington 
The Peacemaker will offer free tours while in Wilmington. The peacemaker was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil by an Italian family of boat builders, using traditional methods and the finest tropical hardwoods. The ship was first launched in 1989 as the Avany, a name chosen by her designer and owner, Frank Walker, a Brazilian industrialist. Itineraries are subject to change.
Riverfront Park Downtown Wilmington
Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.peacemakermarine.com 

Wednesday, 04/07/2010 - Sunday, 04/11/2010

NC Azalea Festival 
The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington's exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture during its five days of entertainment that includes a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and all that is Southern. Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
Various Locations

Wilmington, NC 28401
www.ncazaleafestival.org 

Wednesday, 04/07/2010 8:00 AM - Wednesday, 12/15/2010 1:00 PM

Poplar Grove's Farmers' Market 
Open weekly until December 15th 8am to 1pm on Wednesdays only. Poplar Grove's Farm Market offers absolutely fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey and more. The market also features homemade baked goods, pickled okra, jams and peanuts plus, handcrafted one of a kind gifts such as jewelry, scented candles and wooden toys. This is a purely local farmers market; Everything is North Carolina grown, made and produced. Call 910.686.9518 for more information.
Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411
www.poplargrove.com 

Thursday, 04/08/2010 - Sunday, 04/11/2010

Cole Brothers Circus 
Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws packed crowds each year. Nonstop action fills the Big Top in this two-hour performance. Tickets for circus performances are available in advance from the Festival Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
Wilmington International Airport
1740 Airport Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28405
 

Friday, 04/09/2010 7:00 AM - Sunday, 04/11/2010

NC Azalea Festival Street Fair 
Over 200 crafters converge in downtown Wilmington showcasing woodcrafts, jewelry, pottery, ironwork and many other handcrafted items. The Children's Area, located at the Cotton Exchange Parking lot on Water Street, will be filled with free events for children of all ages. Over thirty-five food vendors stretching from Red Cross Street to Dock Street, will offer something for every taste, from alligator tail to funnel cakes. Hours are Friday from 7 pm until 11 pm, Saturday from 7 am until 11 pm and Sunday from 8am until 6pm. Saturday and Sunday will include four stages of non stop entertainment. Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Friday, 04/09/2010 10:00 AM - Sunday, 04/11/2010 6:00 PM

Azalea Garden Tour, 57th Annual 
"Southern Gardens for Afternoon Tea" Amid the glorious color of azaleas and spring flowers, the tour features various private gardens. During this year's tour featured gardens will include their own version of afternoon tea. Azalea Belles welcome visitors at each of the 12 gardens. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at the home of Kyle McIntyre, located in the historic Forest Hills area. During the Ribbon cutting ceremony visitors enjoy refreshments and homemade cookies. Tickets are $15 in advance, after March 1, $20. 10am-6pm daily. Call 910.228.2175 or email gdegnan@ec.rr.com for more information. 
Various Gardens

Wilmington, NC 28401
www.azaleagardentour.org 

Friday, 04/09/2010 10:00 AM - Sunday, 04/11/2010 5:30 PM

NC Azalea Festival Juried Art Show 
Over 100 North Carolina artists present fine paintings at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. Artists must register before March 15 to participate. Visit www.wilmington-art.org for more information. Presented by the Wilmington Art Association. Call 910.256.3798 For more information.
St. James Church, Perry Hall
313 Dock Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 9:00 AM

NC Azalea Festival Street Parade 
Come see the floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, the Azalea Queen and her court, and the Azalea Princess. The parade is free to spectators young and old. Call 910.794.4650 for more information. 
Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 9:00 AM

Azalea Garden Walk 
Come out for the very first guided garden walk of the season on Saturday, April 10th from 9am until 11am. Local horticulturist, Dr. Bruce Williams, will lead a walk and talk about the azalea bloom. Bring your azalea gardening questions and dress appropriately! All garden walks are regular garden admission. Call 910.371.6851 for more information. 
Orton Plantation Gardens
| 9149 Orton Road SE
Winnabow, NC 28479
www.ortongardens.com 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 10:00 AM - Sunday, 04/11/2010 4:00 PM

NC Azalea Festival Coin Show 
The Coin Show showcases 45 dealers who come and present their coins. Every year drawings are held which give away coins valued at over $300 and several silver eagles valued at over $10 per coin. $1 Donation Suggested for Admission. Donation enters you in a drawing for $5 gold pieces and Silver Eagle Pieces. Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
American Legion Post 10
702 Pinegrove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 10:00 AM

Island of Lights Fashion Show 
Fashions featured will be from Island Colors, Linda's Fashions and the Unique Boutique. The featured speaker will be Elaine Henson, author of Carolina Beach: A Postcard History which came out in 2007. Elaine is active doing research and writing articles on Carolina Beach history, as well as, being involved in local not for profit organizations in the Wilmington area. The title of her presentation is "Bathing Beauties in Vintage Post Cards". Lunch will be provided and in addition there will be a Silent Auction and Raffle. Tickets for the event are on sale at the following businesses on Pleasure Island: Linda's Fashions, Unique Boutique, Island Colors, The Checkered Church, Le Soleil, and Blue Water Realty. The price is $22 and all proceeds from this event support Holiday Events sponsored by IOL. For information call Linda Cheshire at 910.617.5945.
Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
649 Rivage Promenade
Wilmington, NC 28412
www.islandoflights.org 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 1:00 PM - Sunday, 04/11/2010 6:00 PM

2010 HWF/Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour 
During Azalea Festival weekend Historic Wilmington Foundation presents a tour of Wilmington's beautiful houses. Wilmington's historic districts boast many stunning homes and we visit mansions, bungalows, contemporary styles and much more for an eclectic and fascinating view of life across the city. Tour at your leisure. For more information call 910.762.2511. 
Various Homes

Wilmington, NC 28401
www.historicwilmington.org 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 1:00 PM - Sunday, 04/11/2010 5:00 PM

Azalea Festival of Cultures 
The festival, a 2-day family oriented event, showcases some 20 performance groups dressed in authentic traditional costumes representing the best in music, dance and ethnic pageantry of each culture. It is an event that will entertain and delight children and adults of all ages with its contemporary and traditional dances and music. The Festival will be an experience bound to enrich the audience's understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural diversity that makes the Cape Fear region a delightful place to live. This year we are honored by the attendance of delegates from Dandong and representatives from the Wilmington Sister City Commission. It will be the delegates' first visit to the North Carolina Azalea Festival. 
Bailey Park
Front St. Between Market & Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.ncazaleafestival.org 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 2:00 PM

Biological Wonderland Hike 
Join a Park Ranger at 2pm in the Nature Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information call 910.458.8206.
Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main.php 

Saturday, 04/10/2010 5:30 PM

Keller Williamas in Concert 
Azalea Festival weekend enjoy the sounds of Keller & The Keels with guest star Almira Fawn. Tickets available online or at Gravity Records. Gates open at 5:30pm show starts at 6pm. For more information see the web site. 
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
3rd Street & Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.1067thepenguin.com 

Sunday, 04/11/2010 8:00 AM

Wilmington Athletic Club Triathlon 2010 
This race includes a 300 yard swim, 11.5 mile bike and a 5k run. Registration begins 12 midnight on Sunday, January 3, 2010. Entry fees are $65 for individuals and $95 for relay teams before Sunday, April 11, 2010. On-line registration for this event closes on 04-08-2010 at 8am.
Wilmington Athletic Club
2026 S. 16th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.setupevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=1435 

Sunday, 04/11/2010 12:00 PM

NC Azalea Festival Variety Show 
FREE event with lots of great music and entertainment. Food concessions and drinks will be available for purchase. No coolers please. See web site for a list of artists and times that they will be performing. Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Sunday, 04/11/2010 12:00 PM

Azalea Cake Challenge 
The North Carolina Azalea Festival proudly announces an all-new event for the 2010 roster: the Azalea Cake Challenge. Local bakers will be challenged to construct elaborate "centerpiece cakes" featuring themes which represent the best of the Azalea Festival. Contestants representing local bakeries, restaurants and catering services will compete in the professional division, while novice bakers can also compete in the amateur division. Cakes in both categories will be critiqued by a professional judging team consisting of local baking experts and Azalea Festival celebrities. Event ticket-holders will also be invited to judge in various "people's choice" categories, and will have the opportunity to sample cakes in the professional category. Call 910.794.4650 for more information.
CFCC Schwartz Center
601 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.ncazaleafestival.org 

Sunday, 04/11/2010 7:30 PM

Kronos Quartet 
For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet, comprised of David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide and garnering numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004). Call 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643 for tickets. 
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.uncw.edu/presents 

Thursday, 04/15/2010 6:30 PM

Mulligan's Big Fat Irish Wedding 
You have been invited to be a guest at a wacky and wild Irish Wedding. There is the Gallant Groom Seamus Mulligan, the Mystery Bride and the family favorite Father with Flair Flanagan. Before you witness the wedding the Mulligan's come to your table to greet and gossip. Watch out for the Mother of the bride, we hear she is not thrilled about the nuptials. You can dance, sing and eat Cake! The "MOTHER" of all Weddings! Everyone is anticipating a happy ending, but... Cost is $45 and includes show, dinner, tax and gratuity. Call 910.232.6611 or email mulliganswake@gmail.com.
Front Street Brewery
9 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Friday, 04/16/2010 - Sunday, 04/18/2010

Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament 
Tournament play may begin as early as 2pm on Friday, April 16. Tentative schedule will be available upon check in or online before the tournament begins. Entry is $25 per player for each event. Fruits and Snacks will be provided each morning. Food will be available throughout the day on Saturday. One of our main goals is raising awareness for head and neck cancer. For more information see the web site or call 910.686.4756 or 910.612.9010.
UNCW
601 S. College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.smashcancer.org 

Friday, 04/16/2010 9:00 AM

Accessible Recreation Day 
Clinics & demonstrations throughout the day. Adapted tennis, accessible golf, accessible climbing wall, hand-cycling, African movement, gardening, aikido, yoga, wii games and much much more. Groups of 5 or more must pre-register. Free! Call 910.962.7794 or email ashtonc@uncw.edu for more information.
UNCW Student Recreation Center
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403

Friday, 04/16/2010 11:00 AM - Sunday, 04/18/2010 5:00 PM

Rims on the River Vintage Car and Hot Rod Show 
It all starts with "Welcome to Rims on the River" pre-event parties. Local downtown venues will be hosting a variety of live bands welcoming you all to a weekend of awesome live music and cool cars, hot rods, and motorcycles! Saturday car placement begins at 9am with the car show beginning at 11am, and going til 5pm. Last year we had just over 500 vehicles, and this year we're expecting more! Another big addition to this years event is the Rims on the River Free Concert at Riverfront Park! Sunday we invite you all back downtown for "Rims on the River Hot Rod Lunch and Brunch". Stop down for some good eats at all our favorite restaurants, and let's start talking about next years show! All Rims on the River restaurants will be listed on the official website, so be sure to check out the listing.
Downtown Wilmington
Market & Front Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.rimsontheriver.com 

Friday, 04/16/2010 8:30 PM - Sunday, 04/18/2010

Christine Lavin 
Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist/humorist living in Manhattan when she's on this planet. She twirls fire batons. Lavin has recorded 19 solo albums and produced nine compilation CDs showcasing songwriters whose work she loves. She hosts "Slipped Disks" on XM satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots in her travels around this hemisphere. Her feature articles and musings have appeared in The Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine. Her autobiography, Cold Pizza For Breakfast: A Mem-Wha??, comes out this year. Advance-paid reservations required. Fri 8:30pm; Sat 7:30pm & 9:30pm; Sun 2:30pm. Call 800.523.2820 or 910.343.3664 for reservations. 
Thalian Hall's Rainbow Room
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.thalianhall.org 

Saturday, 04/17/2010

Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off, 14th Annual 
Attendees can enjoy and vote on chowder from various restaurants and groups. In addition to serving up the area's best chowder, this daylong event includes live music and the Kidz Zone which will have face painting, balloon art, giant inflatable slide and more. There will also be fudge, hotdogs, funnel cakes, luna pops, pizza, bloom'n onions, soft drinks and beer and wine for sale. (No coolers, no pets please!). Park for free at Federal Point Shopping Center and ride the trolley for free to Carolina Beach Lake. Contact Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at 910.458.8434 or email visitor@pleasureislandnc.org. 
Carolina Beach Lake Park
Hwy 421 & Atlanta Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.pleasureislandnc.org 

Saturday, 04/17/2010 8:00 AM - Saturday, 12/18/2010 1:00 PM

Riverfront Farmer's Market 
The Riverfront Farmers' Market is a curbside market featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products offered include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, fudge, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, art, crafts, and more. Call 910.341.0079 for more information.
Downtown Wilmington
Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.wilmingtonfarmers.com 

Saturday, 04/17/2010 8:00 AM

Ann Street Bicycle Blvd Grand Opening Celebration 
The Ann Street Bicycle Boulevard Grand Opening Celebration is a ribbon cutting event that will be held at the MLK Community Center on Ann Street. This festival will be held outdoors closest to Ann Street and will include bicycle safety training, games, activities, music, face painting, a bouncy house, health screening, and an opportunity to register bicycles with the City of Wilmington. The celebration will begin at 10am with Mayor Saffo giving a speech and cutting the ribbon for the Ann Street Bicycle Boulevard. Call 910.341.0107 for more information. 
Downtown Wilmington
Ann Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Saturday, 04/17/2010 8:30 AM

Bark for Life 
The Bark for Life! is a family-friendly event that benefits the American Cancer Society. Activities include a casual dog walk, a silent auction, and more! Professional photographers will be on hand to do free portraits of you with your dog. Registration also includes a bandana and goodie bag for your dog and a t-shirt for you! Registration is $10 per dog in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Event open at 8:30am walk begins at 10am. Call 910.392.0333 or email barkforlifenhc@gmail.com for more information.
Veteran's Park
Halyburton Memorial Pkwy
Wilmington, NC 28412
www.newhanoverrelay.org/ 

Saturday, 04/17/2010 9:00 AM

Charity Golf Tournament 
This year the tournament honors long time retired physician Dr. Frank Reynolds who spent his life caring for the health needs of thousands of patients in New Hanover County. The tournament also features actor Joe Gallison, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Neil Curtis on the daytime serial "One Life to Live". The tournament begins with a shot gun start at 9am The $500 per 4-member team fee includes cart and lunch. See the web site to register or for more information.
Wilmington Municipal Golf Course
311 S. Wallace Ave
Wilmington, NC 28409
www.phfnhc.org/projects.html 

Saturday, 04/17/2010 10:00 AM

Oakdale Cemetery Historical Tour 
Friends of Oakdale Cemetery will offer a Summer Series of Historical Walking Tours of North Carolina's oldest rural cemetery. Tours will be the third Saturday of the month at 10am – 12pm. No Advance reservations – Admission is $8 per person. Participants should park outside the cemetery gates at the end of Fifteenth Street. Tours will be canceled if there is inclement weather. Call 910.762.5682 for more information.
Oakdale Cemetery
520 N. 15th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.oakdalecemetery.org 

Saturday, 04/17/2010 12:00 PM

Earth Day 2010 Celebration 
Join us as Wilmington celebrates Earth Day at Hugh MacRae Park on April 17, 2010 from 12pm-6pm. Bring your family and friends to this free event and enjoy food, beverage, live entertainment, a learning center, children's zone, and even shopping - all to celebrate our planet. Email sculpepper@nhcgov.com or call 910.798.4452 for more information.
Hugh MacRae Park
College & Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.wilmingtonearthday.com 

Sunday, 04/18/2010 2:00 PM

Biological Wonderland Hike 
Join a Park Ranger at 2pm in the Nature Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information call 910.458.8206.
Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main.php 

Sunday, 04/18/2010 2:00 PM

Biological Wonderland Hike 
Join a Park Ranger at 2pm in the Nature Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information call 910.458.8206.
Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main.php 

Wednesday, 04/21/2010 9:30 AM

Black River Nature Cruise 
4-Hour Relaxing Getaway adventure up to the Black River, Miles of Scenic Wilderness, Narrated Plant and Wildlife Interpretation by Audubon North Carolina. Photographers' Paradise, Refreshments (Please feel free to bring your own lunch and beverages -- Coolers welcome). $59 per person; $40 12 and under with limited seating. Pre-paid tickets required (minimums apply). Boarding at the Battleship NC. Call 910.343.1611 or 800.676.0162.
Boards at Battleship NC
#1 Battleship Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.cfrboats.com 

Thursday, 04/22/2010

Gold Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition 
Presented by the Wilmington Concert Association. Call 910.962.3500 or 800.523.2820 for tickets.
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.wilmingtonconcert.com 

Friday, 04/23/2010 - Sunday, 09/12/2010

North Carolina Collects: The Real McCoy 
North Carolina Collects: The Real McCoy is the first in a series of exhibitions featuring private collections of North Carolina collectors. This exhibition consists of hundreds of pieces of McCoy pottery drawn from an extensive private collection. The exhibition will feature cookie jars, vases and decanters ranging from the 1930's to the 1970's and will include rare, one-of-a-kind examples of McCoy pottery. Call 910.395.5999 for more information.
Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
www.cameronartmuseum.com 

Friday, 04/23/2010 9:00 AM - Friday, 09/24/2010

Audubon NC Free Birding Tours 
The sights and sounds of colorful and unique coastal birds fill the air in coastal North Carolina this time of year. Audubon North Carolina staff are helping people get close-up looks at these natural marvels through free guided tours of the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area through September. The tours, which run from 9am to 11am every Friday, are open to the public and feature a walk along the protected sanctuary that serves as habitat for beach-nesting birds including Least Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Wilson's Plover and other unique and interesting coastal birds. Audubon North Carolina worked with the local community to develop this dynamic bird sanctuary from an inlet relocation project. Mason Inlet is now home to the state's largest beach-nesting colony of Least Terns. You do not need to register, just meet at the Mason Inlet information kiosk. Call 910.686.7527 or email awood@audubon.org for more information.
Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area
North End of Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
www.ncaudubon.org 

Friday, 04/23/2010 8:00 PM - Sunday, 04/25/2010

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Jeffrey Lane, Director Rob Mann, Music Director Chiaki Ito. Tickets are $22, $20 & $18. Seniors and students $2 off. Call 910.342.0272 for reservations. 
Level 5 @ City Stage
21 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.citystageatlevel5.com 

Saturday, 04/24/2010 8:00 AM

Arboretum in the A.M. 
The event will feature a children's activity center, with sunflower potting, "slime-making" and more. Moms and dads can look forward to an array of gardening exhibits and demonstrations. Call 910.798.7664 for more information.
NHC Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.gardeningnhc.org 

Saturday, 04/24/2010 9:00 AM

38th Annual Antique Automobile Show 
The Cape Fear Chapter Antique Automobile Club of America will be presenting the show. Vehicles 25 years or older are allowed. There are awards, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Over 125 vehicles are expected to attend. Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is a National Club founded in 1935 and is the oldest and largest in the U.S. Call Jeff at 910.343.1330 or email JOaks@ec.rr.com for more information or visit us online!
Independence Mall
3500 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.ncregionaaca.com/capefear/ 

Saturday, 04/24/2010 10:00 AM - Saturday, 10/09/2010 11:55 PM

Carolina Beach Farmer's Market 
This will be your opportunity to obtain the freshest, most flavorful and nutritious produce possible. Also look for nurseries, home canners, bakeries, soap makers, artists and musicians at the Market. Call 910.431.8122 or 910.368.9032 for more information.
Carolina Beach Lake Park
S. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Saturday, 04/24/2010 10:00 AM

Our Town Day 
See fire trucks, police cars and other safety patrol vehicles. We will have fire clowns and safety demonstrations. Free with admission. Call 910.254.3534 for more information.
Children's Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.playwilmington.org 

Saturday, 04/24/2010 11:00 AM

4th Annual Street Festival in Kure Beach 
Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Kure Beach during the 4th Annual Street Festival in front of the Kure Beach Pier. There will be over 20 arts and crafts booths, a variety of food and beverage vendors and plenty of music from a number of distinct musical groups including Sandy Bottom Boys, Mako Band and Sea-Cruz presenting renditions of blue grass, beach and contemporary tunes. The fun filled day will culminate with a fireworks extravaganza at dusk. Call 910.458.8216 for details.
Kure Beach
K Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
www.townofkurebeach.org/special/StreetFestival2.htm 

Saturday, 04/24/2010 11:00 AM

Spring Fling 
Enjoy a silent auction from11am-12pm followed by a luncheon 12pm and fashion Show by Dillard's 1pm. Tickets are $20. Call 910.799.4766 for more information or tickets. All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Men's and Women's Shelter.
Senior Center
2222 College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403


Saturday, 04/24/2010 8:00 PM

Bizet, Respighi, Strauss and Vaugh-Williams 
A season of masterpieces draws to a memorable close as UNCW faculty members Marina DeRatmiroff and Christopher Johns lend their virtuoso talents to Richard Strauss' breathtaking "Zerbinetta’s Aria" from Ariadne auf Naxos, and Ottorini Respighi's passionate and soulful Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra. Ralph Vaughn-Williams' hugely popular Overture to The Wasps, and the wonderful incidental music to L'Arlesienne by Georges Bizet also radiate and resonate in one of the most expressive concerts of the season - an evening not to be missed! Call 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643 for tickets.
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
601 S. College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.wilmingtonsymphony.org 

Sunday, 04/25/2010 8:00 AM

5K Race for the Planet 
Get ready to run, walk or shuffle... Scenic Fort Fisher will be your route as this race starts and ends at the aquarium. This flat, mostly asphalt course is scenic with views of the ocean, maritime forest, and historic Fort Fisher Civil War site. Tag timing provided by Brunswick Timing Services. The first 200 pre-registered runners are guaranteed an organic cotton t-shirt. Afterwards, enjoy live music by The Casserole, refreshments, and vendors booths. Prizes will be awarded to top 3 male and female overall finishers, top 3 finishers in the masters categories and top 3 in each age group. Registration is at 7am race begins at 8am. Fee is $20 before April 16, $25 after. Call 910.458.8257 for more information.
NC Aquarium @ Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd
Kure Beach, NC 28449
 

Sunday, 04/25/2010 2:00 PM

Biological Wonderland Hike 
Join a Park Ranger at 2pm in the Nature Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information call 910.458.8206.
Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main.php 

Monday, 04/26/2010 10:00 AM

12th Annual Shrimp Open Golf Tournament 
This is an 18-hole Captain's Choice Tournament with a 10am shotgun start. After the tournament enjoy a Shrimp-a-Roo at Michael's Seafood with all-u-can eat buffet, cash bar, auction and entertainment. Teams will be selected by a random drawing process as the previous years rather than by handicap. Golfers of ALL abilities are welcome. Trophies will be awarded to the top 2 teams, closest to the pins, longest and shortest drives. $100 per player. Call 910.458.7761 for more information. Tournament is to benefit Cystic Fibrosis and Duke University Lung Transplant Research. 
Pine Valley Coutry Club
500 Pine Valley Drive
Wilmington, NC 28412
www.michaelscfood.com/MichaelsSeafoodGolfEntryForm2010.pdf 

Wednesday, 04/28/2010 - Wednesday, 05/05/2010

Wilmington Restaurant Week 2010 
Some of the Port City's finest restaurants will offer awe-inspiring, pre-fixe meals prepared especially for Restaurant Week. Check the web site for updates.
Various Restaurants

Wilmington, NC 28401
www.wilmingtonrestaurantweek.com 

Wednesday, 04/28/2010 8:00 PM - Sunday, 05/02/2010

Five Guys Named Moe 
His woman left him, he's broke, and it's almost 5 o'clock in the morning; Nomax slumps in his chair, drowning his misery. Suddenly, five hipsters appear - Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, Little Moe, and No Moe - to deliver the lessons Nomax needs, lessons in the mysteries of life and love. For the next two hours, they cajole, wheedle, comfort, and jazz him - and delight the audience - with the classic songs of Louis Jordan, the King of the Jukebox. $20/18. Call 800.523.2820 or 910.343.3664 for more information.
Scottish Rite Theatre
1415 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.thalianhall.org 

Thursday, 04/29/2010 - Sunday, 05/02/2010

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, 10th Annual 
Competition will be friendly but fierce throughout the three days of short films, with the best film walking away with the $1000 Grand Prize. Feature Films are now being accepted for competition. The Short Film competition will award prizes in 8 categories in cluding the new Green category and $1000 Grand Prize for Best Short. Email info@cfifn.org or visit the web site for more information. 
Brown Coat Theater
111 Grace Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Thursday, 04/29/2010 6:30 PM

Mulligan's Big Fat Irish Wedding 
You have been invited to be a guest at a wacky and wild Irish Wedding. There is the Gallant Groom Seamus Mulligan, the Mystery Bride and the family favorite Father with Flair Flanagan. Before you witness the wedding the Mulligan's come to your table to greet and gossip. Watch out for the Mother of the bride, we hear she is not thrilled about the nuptials. You can dance, sing and eat Cake! The "MOTHER" of all Weddings! Everyone is anticipating a happy ending, but... Cost is $45 and includes show, dinner, tax and gratuity. Call 910.232.6611 or email mulliganswake@gmail.com.
Front Street Brewery
9 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
 

Friday, 04/30/2010 - Saturday, 05/01/2010

Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament 
Over the past years the Coastal Classic has brought some of the biggest names in sports, screen, and music to Wilmington. This year's list of celebrities will be announced at a later date. Past celebrity players include Astronaut Alan Shepard, Actors Dennis Hopper, Hal Linden, Lee Majors, Dan Cortese and Patrick Duffy and sports legends Carlton Fisk, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Bobby Cremins and Bonnie Blair. Call 910.815.5002 for more information.
Landfall Country Club, Pete Dye Course
1550 Landfall Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
www.nhhn.org/body.cfm?id=2386 

Friday, 04/30/2010 - Sunday, 05/09/2010

Godspell 
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, Godspell features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) that includes the international hit "Day by Day" as well as "Turn Back, O Man," "All Good Gifts" "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" and "All For the Best". Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, Godspell is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Call 910.251.1788 for more information.
Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage
120 S. 2nd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.thalian.org 

Friday, 04/30/2010 9:30 AM - Sunday, 05/02/2010 4:30 PM

Art at Orton 
Orton Plantation Gardens and Harbor Island Arts present Art at Orton, an art show and sale showcasing local professional and emerging artists working in all mediums. This three day event will take place on April 30, May 1 & 2 from 9:30am until 4:30pm each day. Regular garden admission, $9 for adults and $8 for seniors. Call 910.371.6851 for more information.
Orton Plantation Gardens
9149 Orton Road SE
Winnabow, NC 28479
www.ortongardens.com 

Saturday, 05/01/2010 8:30 AM

21st Annual River to Sea Bike Ride 
This will be an easy, casual-paced 20 mile ride to Wrightsville Beach Park and back using Wilmington's "River to the Sea" Route (Bike Route 1). All riders are welcome and refreshments will be provided at the halfway point in Wrightsville Beach Park. Skilled bicycle mechanics will be on hand for equipment safety checks. All participants are required to wear helmets and to observe rules of the road. Call 910.798.7165 or 910.256.7925 for more information.
Bailey Theatre Park
12 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


Saturday, 05/01/2010 9:00 AM

5k Run and Fun Loop Walk 
Please join us in celebrating the kickoff of the second annual Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market with a 5k Run and Fun Loop Walk on Saturday, May 1st at 9am in the Wrightsville Beach Park. All proceeds will go towards the expenses for the Farmers Market which is open Mondays from 8am-1pm from May 3 through September 27th. If you would like to participate in the 5k Run and Fun Loop Walk, please visit the web site to print and mail the form. 
Wrightsville Beach Park
1 Bob Sawyer Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
www.wbfarmersmarket.com/about.html 

Saturday, 05/01/2010 9:00 AM

March of Dimes Walk 
Registration begins at 9am and the walk will start at 10am. Refreshments and activities for kids will be provided before and after the walk. Call 910.452.1515 for more information.
Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.marchforbabies.org 

Saturday, 05/01/2010 10:00 AM

CMC Annual Arts & Crafts Show 
Every year our CMC Annual Arts & Crafts Show gets bigger and better. We have artists, artisans and craftsmen of the highest quality exhibiting with us. Many of our talented exhibitors are Wilmingtonians but we have exhibitors from throughout the southeast as well. Call 910.799.9256 or email office@covenantmoravian.org.
Covenant Moravian Church
4126 S. College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412

Saturday, 05/01/2010 11:00 AM

Paw Jam 2010 
Come support P.A.W.S. and enjoy live entertainment, pet related vendors, arts & crafts, beer garden, food court & much more! As Always, Leashed Pets get in FREE! For more information email pawjaminfo@yahoo.com or visit the web site.
Battleship Park
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.pawjam.org 

Saturday, 05/01/2010 4:30 PM

Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party 
Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party The event will allow participants to catch the excitement of the day and enjoy watching the magnificent horses run the course at Churchill Downs on the huge screen. Attendees will be able to enjoy the thrill of hearing "And they’re off!" in an atmosphere that will give them the feeling of being at the race. $50. Proceeds benefit the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. Call 910.762.0492 for more information. 
Front Street Brewery
9 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.latimerhouse.org 

Sunday, 05/02/2010 8:00 AM

Race for History, 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk 
Run or walk through historic downtown, crossing the finish line at Wilmington's historic masterpiece! Refreshments will be served in the courtyard and the mansion will be open for visitation after the race. Call 910.251.3700 for more information. Registration $20 before April 15; $25 after.
Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.bellamymansion.org 

Sunday, 05/02/2010 1:00 PM

Bird Islands Cruise 
This cruise will include Battery Island, the first North Carolina Audubon Sanctuary as well as other nesting sites along the Lower Cape Fear River. Bring your camera and binoculars to view nesting areas of many coastal water birds including white ibis, great egrets and herons. Pack a picnic lunch if you would like. Soft drinks will be sold aboard ship. Our guides for this narrated event include area experts like Dr. James Parnell retired Professor Emeritus of Biology from UNCW, Walker Golder and Andy Woods of the North Carolina Audubon Society. $35 per person and available at Wild Bird 7 Garden or through the Cape Fear Garden Club. For more information email JohnandmelindaS@aol.com.
Carolina Beach Marina
100 Carl Winner Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.capefeargardenclub.org/bird_islands_cruise.htm 

Monday, 05/03/2010 8:00 AM - Monday, 09/27/2010 1:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market 
The market includes a diverse group of more than ten vendors offering fresh and local produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, eggs, meats, doggie treats and flowers. The Farmers Market will open on Monday, May 3, 2010 from 8am-1pm and run through Monday, September 27th. Please join us this season every Monday morning in front of the Post Office to support our local producers. For more information call 910.256.7925 or email wbfm@yahoo.com.
In front of the Post Office
Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
www.wbfarmersmarket.com 

Friday, 05/07/2010 5:00 PM

Annual "Touch of Class" Charity Auction 
This annual, fun filled Pleasure Island event has always been a success and has helped raise thousands of dollars for many wonderful charities. Once again, it will be an exciting evening including wonderful food stations, Diamond Soiree and our famous Silent and Live Auctions featuring opportunities to bid on trips, art, jewelry and much more. Call 910.458.8434 or email aimee@pleasureislandnc.org for more information.
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
100 Charlotte Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
www.pleasureislandnc.org 

Friday, 05/07/2010 6:00 PM - Friday, 09/03/2010 9:00 PM

6th Annual Mayfaire "Music on the Town" Concert Series 
Join us every Friday evening on the Mayfaire event lawn behind Ulta and World Market from 6pm until dark for the free Friday night concert series. Plentiful free parking is available on-site, and coolers and picnics are welcome. And Don't forget your lawn chairs. Call 910.256.5131 for more information.
MayFaire Town Center
Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405
www.mayfairetown.com 

Friday, 05/07/2010 6:00 PM - Friday, 10/01/2010 8:00 PM

Airlie Gardens Concert Series 
The Airlie Garden's Concert Series, May through October. When it comes to great jazz music plus a fabulous and relaxing atmosphere there's only one perfect place in Wilmington. Relax under the broad branches of the Airlie Oak as the area's premier jazz musicians perform every first Friday from 6 to 8pm. Every 3rd Friday during the Airlie Gardens Concert Series, make sure you bring your dancing shoes... just in case the music brings you to your feet as you enjoy an evening of great dance music. Airlie Gardens Concert Series is a great place to kick back and enjoy a picnic, your favorite beverage, a comfy chair or blanket and then relax, let the syncopated rhythms take you away. Now you're set for the perfect evening with family and friends at the Airlie Gardens Concert Series. Call 910.798.7700 or email airlieinfo@nhcgov.com for more information.
Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
www.airliegardens.org 

Friday, 05/07/2010 8:30 PM

Fabulous Fantail Film Festival 
Enjoy watching movies on the fantail of the Battleship underneath the stars. Tickets are $2 a person and go on sale at 7:30pm. Chairs are provided but camp chairs & blankets are welcome. Popcorn & drinks will be on sale. There are sponsorship opportunities available. Please call 910-251-5797 for more information. Tonight's film is Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Battleship North Carolina
# 1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.battleshipnc.com 

Friday, 05/07/2010 8:30 PM - Sunday, 05/09/2010

Glenn Singer...El Gleno Grande! 
See Glenn Singer's "El Gleno Grande" and then try to tell someone you were rolling in the aisle watching a man ride a horse-of-a-different-color on stage. A remarkable physical comedian, Singer has "brought down the house" in performing arts venues, international festivals and at major top-tier resorts across the U.S. and Europe. He asks that you not get squeamish at considering attending an event that appears as silly at first glance as you may think his act is. This is an outrageously clever and hysterical experience...In short, the man's a genius on a stick. Advance-paid reservations required. Fri 8:30pm; Sat 7:30pm & 9:30pm; Sun 2:30pm. Call 800.523.2820 or 910.343.3664 for reservations. 
Thalian Hall's Rainbow Room
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.thalianhall.org 

Saturday, 05/08/2010 8:00 AM

Battleship Alive 
Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by enacting daily duties and drills. An excellent field trip opportunity for families and groups! Also, the USS NORTH CAROLINA BATTLESHIP Crew Association will be holding their reunion this weekend. Included in regular admission. For information call 910.251.5797 Ext. 2046.
Battleship North Carolina
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
www.battleshipnc.com 

Saturday, 05/08/2010 8:30 AM

17th Annual Diligence Dash 
5k run/walk in Downtown Wilmington. Register at active.com. Race will include a t-shirt for participation with food and awards after the finish. Proceeds from the race will go to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear Domestic Violence Shelter and the Cape Fear Community College Coast Guard Scholarship. For more information contact james.toomey@uscg.mil or call 910.815.4528.
Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 28401

For even more upcoming activities in the Wilmington, NC area, check out:  http://www.capefearcoast.com/events/?campaign=www.cape-fear.nc.us 

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