This Week's Highlights

This Week

Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

  • Saturday, May 26th - Sunday, May 27th
Wilmington

Going strong for more than 20 years, the Annual Orange Street ArtsFest is a great way for newcomers to discover the myriad of talented artists who live, work and thrive in the coastal Cape Fear region. Featuring dozens of artists, live entertainment, food, and many more enticements, this annual festival that celebrates its 23rd year in 2018 is a must for art lovers everywhere.

Week of May 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Battleship North Carolina Memorial Day Observance

  • Monday, May 28th
Wilmington

Head to the deck of one of the most famous landmarks in coastal North Carolina for a Memorial Day observance ceremony that won’t soon be forgotten. The Battleship North Carolina Memorial Day observance is an annual event that pays tributes to the men and women who bravely served our country, and which features a patriotic service on board one of the most impressive American battleships to sail the seas.

Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament

  • Wednesday, May 30th - Saturday, June 2nd
Wrightsville Beach

Head to the heart of Wrightsville Beach for this popular fishing tournament that will thrill participants and spectators alike. The annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament features multiple days of exceptional fishing, as well as an opportunity for visitors to learn about the conservation, protection, and preservation of valuable marine resources.

Bridge to Bridge 4.0

  • Thursday, May 31st
Wilmington

Enjoy a lightly competitive run that features some of the most spectacular scenery in the Wilmington area at this popular annual event that attracts runners from all across the Cape Fear region and beyond. The Bridge to Bridge 4.0 features a roughly four-mile long course that extends from the famed Isabel Holmes Bridge to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and which presents plenty of opportunities along the way to admire the historic streets of downtown Wilmington.

North Carolina Treasures Weekend

  • Friday, June 1st - Sunday, June 3rd
Bald Head Island

North Carolina, and specifically Bald Head Island, is renowned for a wealth of treasures including historical sites and landmarks, a vibrant cultural scene, and plenty of unique things to eat and drink, and visitors can experience all of these treasures and more at the annual North Carolina Treasures Weekend. Traditionally held in early June, this weekend is a toast to the wonderful things that Bald Head Island has to offer, and features a wealth of food, art, history, and spirits to please everyone in the party.

Carolina Beach Music Festival

  • Saturday, June 2nd
Carolina Beach

Going strong for more than 30 years, the Carolina Beach Music Festival ushers in the summer season with a full day and night of great music that is just steps away from the sand. Billed as the "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast" by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, this annual festival is a great way to experience the sights, sounds, and all-around fun of this popular beach town while enjoying some great music along the way.

Week of June 4, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Cinderella the Ballet

  • Sunday, June 10th 2:00 PM
Wilmington

Treat the princesses in your family to an incredible show that they won’t soon forget with this special one-day performance of Cinderella the Ballet by the Wilmington Ballet Company and the U.S. International Ballet (USIB.) Featuring dozens of professional dancers from more than five countries, as well as Italian Ballet Stars Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini playing the lead roles, this masterful ballet will delight audience members of all ages, and is a magical afternoon event that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Week of June 11, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Jolly Mon King Classic

  • Wednesday, June 13th - Sunday, June 17th
Ocean Isle Beach

Bring the family for this annual tournament that shines a spotlight on how much fun fishing in Ocean Isle Beach can be. The Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament brings together fishermen and their families for plenty of good times, good fun, and exceptional fishing. Offering a far-reaching array of great prizes that can range from gift cards to thousands of dollars in cash, this tournament is a fun and competitive way to discover the fruitful fishing along the Brunswick Islands.

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival

  • Thursday, June 14th - Saturday, June 16th
Wilmington

The Cape Fear area and Wilmington in particular is known as the “Hollywood of the South” due to its massive movie studios and many productions, and movie fans can explore this inherent star quality in depth by attending the annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Showcasing films from regional, national, and international artists, this unique multiple day festival is a great way to discover talented new filmmakers while exploring Wilmington’s inherent love of film.

Jr. Jolly Mon - Rock the Dock

  • Thursday, June 14th
Ocean Isle Beach

Let the youngest anglers in the crew enjoy a special fishing tournament that’s designed just for them with this annual event that ties in with the annual Jolly Mon King Classic. The Jr. Jolly Mon - Rock the Dock event is for anglers who might be too young to compete in the big multiple day tournament, but who still want to drop a line and discover just how much fun fishing can be.

Week of June 18, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon

  • Saturday, June 23rd
Carolina Beach

Renowned as the first “Formula 1” or super-sprint style of triathlons in the nation, the Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event that will thrill participants and spectators alike. Featuring an ocean swim, bike ride, and a 1.5 mile run, this annual competition tests limits across the board, while allowing participants to discover the best of Carolina Beach and miles beyond.

Cape Fear Blues Festival

  • Saturday, June 23rd - Sunday, June 24th
Wilmington

The Cape Fear Blues Festival is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated music festivals of the summer season in North Carolina, and newcomers will find plenty of reasons to celebrate at this multiple-day event that has plenty of soul. Featuring local musicians as well as national headliners, the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival lights up the town with plenty of great music at multiple venues, and ample fun to go around for music fans everywhere.

U.S. Sailing Youth Championship

  • Saturday, June 23rd - Wednesday, June 27th
Wrightsville Beach

The annual U.S. Sailing Youth Championship is coming close to home for Cape Fear mariners, and participants and spectators alike will find plenty of reasons to cheer at this annual event. Held at the Carolina Yacht Club at Wrightsville Beach, this annual competition is an exciting sporting event that features top young sailors from around the country in a challenging race that circles the beautiful Cape Fear coastline.

Week of June 25, 2018 - July 1, 2018

U.S. Sailing Youth Championship

  • Saturday, June 23rd - Wednesday, June 27th
Wrightsville Beach

The annual U.S. Sailing Youth Championship is coming close to home for Cape Fear mariners, and participants and spectators alike will find plenty of reasons to cheer at this annual event. Held at the Carolina Yacht Club at Wrightsville Beach, this annual competition is an exciting sporting event that features top young sailors from around the country in a challenging race that circles the beautiful Cape Fear coastline.

NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day

  • Saturday, June 30th 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Oak Island

There’s plenty of ways to have fun along the coast at the annual NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day – a celebration that takes place in the heart of Oak Island. Held in conjunction with Southport’s 4th of July Festival, which is one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the state, this event features tons of games, activities, contests, and even live music and dancing, to create a festive 4th of Juy that visitors won’t soon forget.

Week of July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

  • Monday, July 2nd - Wednesday, July 4th
Southport

Revered as one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the state, the North Carolina 4th of July Festival is a big event that attracts visitors from all along the coastline and miles beyond to the charming town of Southport. Boasting a parade, a fair-style collection of vendors, a myriad of shows and activities, and a stunning display of fireworks over the water, this annual event lives up to its reputations as one of the most beloved 4th of July celebrations on the coast.

Week of July 9, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic

  • Friday, July 13th - Sunday, July 15th
Carolina Beach

Summer is a fine time to drop a line in Carolina Beach, and during this annual fishing tournament, visiting anglers can discover just how much fun the local fishing scene can be while having a chance at landing some incredible prizes. The Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic is held over the course of a July weekend, and it features plenty of activities, comradery, and of course, plenty of exceptional fishing along the Cape Fear coastline.

Week of July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Swim Carolina Beach

  • Wednesday, July 18th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Swimmers who want to tackle the ocean waves of the Cape Fear shoreline can join in the fun of this annual race that launches from the heart of Carolina Beach. Featuring a 1.5 mile swim into the ocean, this competition that takes place on the sand is always a popular and entertaining event that will engage participants and spectators alike.

Week of August 13, 2018 - August 19, 2018

O'Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am

  • Friday, August 17th - Sunday, August 19th
Wrightsville Beach

Head to the shorelines of Wrightsville Beach – one of the most popular surfing destinations in southern North Carolina – for this annual tournament that has become one of the most anticipated regional surfing events of the year. The O'Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am has grown over the years into one of the biggest surfing tournaments in North Carolina and along the East Coast, and spectators can catch an incredible show as they watch dozens of amateur and professional surfers from all around the world show their stuff on the local waves.

Week of August 27, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival

  • Saturday, September 1st 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oak Island

An annual tradition for more than 25 years, the Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival is a fantastic way for visitors to discover all the talented artists and craftsmen who call this coastal corner of North Carolina home. Held in the heart of town, the festival attracts more than 100 artists and vendors who bring along distinctive wares that are both eye catching and truly one-of-a-kind.

Go Jump in the Lake 10k & 5k

  • Saturday, September 1st
Boiling Spring Lakes

Active community members and visitors alike will have a ball at the annual Go Jump in the Lake 10k & 5k, which is a fitness event with a fun and eye-catching location in Boiling Spring Lakes. Sponsored by the Southport Rotary Club, this event does a world of good for the community while bringing together runners and walkers for a refreshing exploration of this pretty corner of the Cape Fear area.

Oak Island Labor Day Surf Off

  • Saturday, September 1st 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Oak Island

The fall season brings plenty of big waves to the Brunswick Islands, and visitors and locals alike can test their skills on the ocean waters at this annual tournament that’s open to youth and adult boarders alike. Oak Island Labor Day Surf Off is a surfing, body board, and SUP contest that’s open to participants of all ages, and which is sure to be a competition that both spectators and participants won’t want to miss.

Week of September 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Wilmington Boat Show

  • Friday, September 7th - Sunday, September 9th
Wilmington

Wilmington is known as the “Port City” for a reason, and lifelong local mariners and visitors alike can celebrate this heritage with a stop at the Wilmington Boat Show. Featuring multiple events throughout town over the course of several days, this sprawling event features plenty of ways to discover the past, present, and future of Wilmington’s life along the water.

270th Anniversary of Spanish Attack

  • Friday, September 7th

Learn all about the history of the Brunswick Islands’ dangerous brushes with pirates at this event that takes place at one of the coastal region’s oldest and most popular attractions. The 270th Anniversary of Spanish Attack tells the tale of two lesser known pirates that launched a harrowing assault on Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson through a vivid reenactment that brings the story to life.

Week of September 10, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival

  • Friday, September 14th - Saturday, September 15th
Carolina Beach

Both spectators and mariners will have a ball at this colorful celebration that celebrates life on the water in Carolina Beach. The Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival is a fun-filled weakened event that includes plenty of food and entertainment, and a competitive but family-friendly race in the cool waters of the Cape Fear region.

NC Rice Festival

  • Saturday, September 15th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Belville

Head to the small town of Belville for this enticing festival that will delight visitors of all ages. The NC Rice Festival is a fun and engaging waterfront celebration that features plenty of activities for everyone in the crew. From arts and crafts vendors, to live music, to a cooking contest where rice is the star ingredient, this day-long festival brings a lot of downhome community spirit to a pretty corner of coastal North Carolina.

Week of September 17, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Port City Ribfest

  • Friday, September 21st - Sunday, September 23rd
Carolina Beach

Quickly becoming one of the most beloved fall events along the Carolina Beach shoreline, the Port City Ribfest welcomes thousands of people from all across the country who are eager to dig their teeth into some of the best BBQ on the beach and miles beyond. Featuring BBQ teams from all across the nation, this popular and famed festival is a great way to explore all the great flavors that flock to the coast, while having plenty of family fun just steps away from the sand.

American Craft Walk

  • Saturday, September 22nd 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wilmington

Shoppers and sightseers can discover a world of goodies while taking in some of the most enticing scenery that Wilmington has to offer with a stop at the annual American Craft Walk. Held in the fall, this popular event features a wealth of local and regional artisans and craftsmen who are selling their wares in the heart of the downtown area.

North Carolina Black Film Festival

  • Saturday, September 22nd
Wilmington

Wilmington is well-known for both its diverse cultural scene as well as its status as one of the biggest filming destinations west of Hollywood, and these two attributes are beautifully combined at the annual North Carolina Black Film Festival. Part of the Artfall Festivities in 2018, this annual festival features a wealth of talented African American filmmakers of all genres who will share their works to the delight of audiences and movie buffs everywhere.

Week of October 1, 2018 - October 7, 2018

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

  • Thursday, October 4th - Saturday, October 6th
Southport

The fall season is prime time when it comes to exceptional fishing, and anglers of all varieties can get their lines wet by participating in the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. Based at the local Southport Marina and featuring tons of prizes for anglers who sign up every year, this multiple day fishing tournament is a great way to explore the expansive waters of the Cape Fear region while landing in some big cash prizes along the way.

Riverfest

  • Friday, October 5th - Sunday, October 7th
Wilmington

Second only to the springtime Azalea Festival in terms of size, activities and attendance, the annual Riverfest is an all-encompassing festival that celebrates life by the water. Featuring a lineup of events that include exhibits, vendors, competitions, kid activities, fireworks, and so much more, this family-friendly event ignites the Wilmington downtown area with miles of fun to go around.

Taste of Wrightsville Beach

  • Saturday, October 6th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach

The Cape Fear area has its own unique style when it comes to food and fun, and visitors can get a big helping of this food-centric atmosphere by attending the annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Celebrating its 6th year in 2018, this festival that is perpetually growing in popularity features dozens of samples, tastings, contests, and more, which allows newcomers to dive into the local Wrightsville Beach food scene with gusto.

Hidden Battleship Tour

  • Saturday, October 6th 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wilmington

Go behind the scenes of one of the most famous attractions along the Cape Fear River with this in-depth tour of Wilmington’s most treasured landmark, the USS Battleship North Carolina. This special one-afternoon-only tour takes participants deep into the depths of the ship, and is an illuminating look into one of the most famous battleships of the World War II era.

Bark in the Park

  • Saturday, October 6th
Wrightsville Beach

Celebrating its 25th year in 2018, the annual Bark in the Park is a playful competition that pits high flying canines of all varieties in a number of competitions that will delight participants and their human spectators alike. Featuring a number of activities, and absolutely free to the public, Bark in the Park is a great outing for family members of all varieties, and especially the furry ones who love to make new friends and show off their stuff at one of the coolest parks in Wrightsville Beach.

Sunset at Sunset

  • Saturday, October 6th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunset Beach

There are a lot of surprises, activities, and hours of fun waiting at Sunset at Sunset – a unique fall festival that takes place in the heart of Sunset Beach. Featuring a wealth of vendors, kids’ games and activities, and fantastic music and food all day long, this festival shines a spotlight on how much fun the small town of Sunset Beach can be during the beautifully relaxed fall season.

Week of October 8, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

  • Saturday, October 13th - Sunday, October 14th
Kure Beach

Celebrating its 25th year in 2018, the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is a weekend-long celebration of great food and fantastic music, with plenty to discover for visitors of all tastes. Featuring two stages that attract nationally recognized blues and jazz musicians from all across the country, this event is a music lover’s dream, and is a perfect opportunity to discover the wealth of flavors that call Kure Beach home.

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

  • Saturday, October 13th
Wilmington

Known as one of the most-watched and most intense competitions in the Cape Fear area and miles beyond, the Ironman 70.3 North Carolina puts athletes of all ages to the test with an incredible course that requires endurance and massive feasts of strength. Featuring a swim, bike ride, and run, this "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event will wow spectators from all across the Cape Fear region with its incredible course, and incredible athletes who participate.

Week of October 15, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

  • Friday, October 19th - Sunday, October 21st
Carolina Beach

October is prime fishing time on the coastline of North Carolina, and visitors can join in the fun and enjoy a little competition with big potential prizes at the annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. Known as one of the best land-based surf fishing tournaments on the beach, this annual competition is a great way to enjoy the fantastic fall fishing while potentially scoring thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

North Carolina Oyster Festival

  • Saturday, October 20th - Sunday, October 21st
Ocean Isle Beach

Hungry visitors will want to bring along a big appetite for the North Carolina Oyster Festival, which is a popular annual event that offers a whole lot more than the staple shellfish. Featuring everything from BBQ and pizza, to music, arts, and crafts, this extensive festival has plenty of ways to delight attendees of all tastes, and of all ages.

Week of October 22, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Voracious Rare Beer Festival

  • Friday, October 26th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilmington

Calling all brew fans – the Voracious Rare Beer Festival is the prime opportunity to discover a world of new flavors without ever leaving the heart of downtown Wilmington. Appropriately held in the month of October, this annual festival features plenty of great tastes to go around, with dozens of participating breweries and eateries, and ample reasons to raise a pint and toast the town.

Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival

  • Saturday, October 27th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wilmington

The world of hops, grapes and grains is at your fingertips at the annual Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival – a fun event that features plenty of delectable tastes from the Cape Fear area and miles beyond. Held at the North Waterfront Park in the heart of Wilmington, this full afternoon-long festival features more than 100 craft breweries and wineries to discover, making it one of the most anticipated events for wine and beer lovers throughout the North Carolina coastline.

Spooktacular Trunk-or-Treat

  • Saturday, October 27th
Wilmington

Classic cars and armfuls of candy happily combine at the Spooktacular Trunk-or-Treat – an annual Halloween event that is hosted by the Sun Coast Cruisers. During the spooky celebration, attendees can enjoy a world class collection of vintage cars of all varieties and of all eras, while filling up their candy bags along the way. The end result is an entertaining time for car fans and kids of all ages, and a great opportunity to celebrate the Halloween holiday in a wholly unique and engaging way.

Week of October 29, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

  • Monday, October 29th - Wednesday, November 7th
Wilmington

Well known as one of the longest running events in the Port City area, the annual Cape Fear Fair & Expo has been going strong for decades, and is one of the most fun celebrations that the town of Wilmington has to offer. Taking over the grounds of the Wilmington Airport, this expansive festival features rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment al all varieties to create a truly memorable experience for fun-loving visitors of all varieties.

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

  • Saturday, November 3rd - Sunday, November 4th
Kure Beach

With fall winds at their peak, the annual Cape Fear Kite Festival is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to be awed by a colorful display of kites of all varieties. Held at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on the Cape Fear coastline, this impressive event is always a crowd pleaser, with an unforgettable overhead show that will make everyone look to the skies.

Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

  • Sunday, November 4th 8:00 AM
Wilmington

Ties up your laces and get ready for one of the biggest running and fitness events that the Cape Fear area has to offer! The annual Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is a popular running event that attracts active visitors from all across the county and beyond, and which provides a perfect opportunity to explore the local landscape of the southern N.C. coastline while enjoying a little competitive fun.

Week of November 5, 2018 - November 11, 2018

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

  • Monday, October 29th - Wednesday, November 7th
Wilmington

Well known as one of the longest running events in the Port City area, the annual Cape Fear Fair & Expo has been going strong for decades, and is one of the most fun celebrations that the town of Wilmington has to offer. Taking over the grounds of the Wilmington Airport, this expansive festival features rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment al all varieties to create a truly memorable experience for fun-loving visitors of all varieties.

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Cucalorus Film Festival

  • Wednesday, November 7th - Sunday, November 11th
Wilmington

The Cucalorus Film Festival has been going strong for nearly 25 years, and this annual film festival is well known as one of the biggest and best of its kind in the Cape Fear region and well beyond. Renowned as one of the largest film festivals in the southern United States, this multiple day event features a wealth of films, shorts, live entertainment, music, and many more ways to celebrate Wilmington’s reputation as the Hollywood of the East Coast.

Week of November 12, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Week of November 19, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Friday, November 23rd
Wilmington

Start the holiday season with style and plenty of community spirit by attending the annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting in the heart of Wilmington. This annual event is a community celebration that features plenty of music, refreshments, and a glittering tree lighting, and is a great opener to the festive spirit of Wilmington during the holidays.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of November 26, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Christmas by the Sea Parade

  • Saturday, December 1st 2:00 PM
Oak Island

The small coastal town of Oak Island has a big dose of holiday spirit, and visitors can ring in the Christmas season in style by cheering on the annual Christmas by the Sea Parade. Held in the heart of town, this annual event that features the efforts of local businesses and celebrations is a merry way to enjoy the coastal community while starting off the holiday season with plenty of cheer.

Week of December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Friday, December 7th - Sunday, December 16th
Wilmington

Head to one of the Cape Fear region’s most charming and historic destinations just north of the Wilmington city limits for this annual event that adds a little extra sparkle and fun to the holiday season. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is held at the Poplar Grove Plantation, and is a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with a host of holiday activities and events.

Week of December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Friday, December 7th - Sunday, December 16th
Wilmington

Head to one of the Cape Fear region’s most charming and historic destinations just north of the Wilmington city limits for this annual event that adds a little extra sparkle and fun to the holiday season. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is held at the Poplar Grove Plantation, and is a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with a host of holiday activities and events.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 17, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 24, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

  • Saturday, December 29th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Discover one of the prettiest regions of the coastal Cape Fear area with this annual event that always attracts runners, walkers and joggers from all across the region and well beyond. The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a fun and yet competitive race that features some of the best scenery on the beach, and which is open to visitors of all ages and abilities.

Week of January 7, 2019 - January 13, 2019

Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

  • Saturday, January 12th
Kure Beach

On January 15, 1865, the Cape Fear region was the site of one of the most important Civil War battles along the North Carolina coastline, the Battle of Fort Fisher. Marking the end of the Civil War and the fall of the Cape Fear area, visitors can learn all about the history of this battle - and watch as that history comes to life - at this annual event that commemorates the anniversary of this important moment in time.

Week of February 18, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

  • Saturday, February 23rd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Currie

The small community of Currie, North Carolina, has a remarkable history that predates the formation of America, and new visitors can learn all about this storied legacy at this unique event that combines history with miles of fun. The Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge is an annual event that pays homage to the first Patriot victory prior the Declaration of Independence, the Halifax Accord and the war for Independence, and is an interactive tour of the battle, and how it shaped the formation of America.

Calabash Nautical Gifts & St. Nick Nacks