Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 27th – May 30th

Wilmington Weekend Guide

Music & Arts

4th Friday Gallery Night

4th Friday Gallery Night, a free monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more.

Friday, May 27th beginning at 6:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arts Council website.

Various locations in Wilmington, NC

Downtown Sundown Concert

The 11th annual Downtown Sundown Concert Series sets up across from the Riverwalk and this Friday’s concert features 42, a Coldplay tribute band. Beer, wine and food available (must buy a $1 wristband to buy alcohol). Opening act is Striking Copper. Rain or shine.

Friday, May 27th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Wilmington Downtown website.

Downtown Wilmington
Princess Street and North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fireworks by the Sea and Live Music

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk hosts live music featuring Jack Jack 180. When the sun sets, stick around for a spectacular fireworks display over the shimmering Atlantic Ocean!

Friday, May 27th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the visitor website.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Monkey Junction Summer Concert Series

The Monkey Junction Summer Concert Series at the Home Depot parking lot features a performance by country band Chillin Dixie. Kids Zone includes bounce houses and putt-putt. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Step Up For Soldiers.

Friday, May 27th from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Home Depot Parking Lot
5511 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Carolina Pine Music Festival

The Carolina Pine Music Festival takes place  at the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street), Satellite Bar & Lounge (120 Greenfield Street), and The Art Factory (721 Surry Street).

THE LINEUP: Friday at the Brooklyn Arts Center:
Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, The Phantom Playboys, The Coastal Collective, and the Randy McQuay Trio; Saturday at Satellite: Elephant Convoy, Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, The Umphs, Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts, Stray Local, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes, Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine, Chris Frisina, Dylan Drake, and Fuzz Jaxx w/ Mac and Juice; Sunday at The Art Factory/Waterline Brewing: Secret Set Guest (show up to find out who it is), the David Dixon Trio, Tim Koehler Project, Jason Thompson, Folkstar, Downtown Darlin’, and Chasing Opal.

Friday, May 27th – Sunday, May 29th.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Various venues, see lineup above.

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

The Independent Film 5K

The Independent Film 5K at Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington, NC, brings awareness to the cause of the movie industry in the Cape Fear area.

Saturday, May 28th at 8:00 am.
Admission is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Park
301 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Special Events

Boards and Brews

Cape Fear Games in Wilmington, NC, presents Boards and Brews featuring a BYOB event with a large variety of games — from Catan, Scrabble and Bananagrams to heavier strategy games like Agricola. Must be 21 or older to participate.

Saturday, May 28th at 6:00 pm.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit Cape Fear Games’ website.

Cape Fear Games
4107 Oleander Drive, D
Wilmington, NC 28403

21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

The 21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest convenes adjacent to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The event is the largest arts festival in the Port City featuring more than 80 artists and $550 in prize money and includes live entertainment and food from Catch, Poor Piggy’s BBQ, North Carolina Sweet Tea, and Snowy of the Carolinas. Hourly music and dance performances feature artists who perform or teach in the Community Arts Center including Anevay Dance Company, El Jaye Johnson, Flor-Y-Canto, Revolver Music and Rhythm & Grits. Thalian Association Community Theatre presents selections from its upcoming season of Main Stage Thalian Hall and Youth Theatre productions.

Saturday, May 28th – Sunday, May 29, beginning at 10:00 am both days.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Downtown Wilmington (2nd and Orange)
2nd and Orange Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401

51st Annual Memorial Day Observance

The 51st Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina  in Wilmington is a chance to remember those who gave their lives in service to the USA. The event features patriotic music by the Duke Ladd Band; guest speaker Christina Alvarado, Deputy Commande, Navy Medicine East; a 21-gun salute, taps, and more.

Monday, May 30th at 5:45 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Battleship’s website.

Battleship North Carolina
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Theater & Film

Mayday! A Sketch Show

The Fake Brothers present Mayday! (A Sketch Show)  at City Stage. Caylan McKay, Patrick Basquill, and the rest of the gang  take audiences on a theatrical journey filled with sketches, improv, and live music. Different Dollar (featuring Justin Lacy) performs at 7:30pm.

Thursday, May 26th – Saturday, May 28th, show begins at 8:00 pm.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the City Stage website.

City Stage
21 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Shakespeare Youth Company: Two Gentleman of Verona

The Shakespeare Youth Company presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona  at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington. Directed by Cherri McKay,Shakespeare’s prankishly sophomoric romantic comedy features privileged children mostly unsupervised by adults in a story about the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behaviour of people in love. Gates open at 6:30pm.

Friday, May 27th – Sunday, May 29th, Gates open at 6:30 pm, show at 8pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Movie at the Lake

The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features Minions  featuring the voices ofSandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and Michael Keaton. The comedy adventure animated film tells the story of a super villain who recruits three men to help her take over the world. Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes. Rated PG. Film begins at dusk, and is subject to change.

Sunday, May 29th at sundown.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach Lake Park
Atlanta Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

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5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

1. Painting

Painting is an easy way to quickly update the ambiance and style of a room. In the transformation below, adding a light color and changing the trim to white drastically brightens the rooms.Likewise, painting the exterior of a home can improve the facade and curb appeal. The painted brick home pictured below gives off more of a modern feel with the new color.

5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

2. Landscaping

We’ve talked about the benefits of landscaping before, as the investment goes a long way in elevating the look of the home. Below, overgrown landscaping blocks this home’s outer beauty, but the curb appeal is drastically increased with new plants that perfectly frame the home and it’s stunning features. The front of your home is the first thing people see, so any landscaping or exterior improvements will be worthwhile.

5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

3. New Windows

New windows can benefit in two ways: a decor boost and better insulation (which can reduce your energy bills!). If you have a room in your home facing drafts, new panes are well worth the investment. Energy efficient windows can eliminate these drafts and save you money. If you’re investing in new windows, don’t forget that they can boost the style of the home too. We love the chic upgrade to the windows in the transformation below.

5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

4. Kitchen Appliances

To be honest, any kitchen remodeling is a great investment. Homeowners consistently see great returns on improvements to their kitchen, from new cabinets to new appliances. Professionals urge a sense of caution though, don’t splurge on high-end appliances for a smaller property as you may not see the return. Similarly, it can be dangerous to mix high-end features with cost-effective features that do not pair well together (i.e. nice new cabinets will pair better with marble than a laminate!)

5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

5. Adding a Deck or Patio

A well done outdoor space such as a deck or patio can be seen as an outdoor extension of the home and add appeal for potential buyers. If a deck is too costly, a simple patio or pergola can still add to the personality of your backyard or outdoor area.

5 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Cost

Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 20th – 22nd

Wilmington Weekend Guide

Music

Airlie Summer Concert Series

The Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series presents Boba Funk performing this Friday. Concerts are performed in front of the famous Airlie Oak the first and third Friday of every month, May through September.

Friday, May 6th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $2.00 – $9.00.
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Theater & Arts

Greedy

Browncoat Pub & Theatre presents Greedy, a gothic drama about a small town where local legend and gossip blend until reality and the supernatural are indistinguishable.

Running through May 22nd.
Admission is $10.00 – $15.00.
For more information, visit the Browncoat Pub’s website.

Browncoat Pub & Theatre
111 Grace Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear Comedy Festival

The Cape Fear Comedy Festival in downtown Wilmington, NC, is a four-day event at venues including Dead Crow Comedy Room, Reel Cafe, City Stage, The Lazy Pirate, and Bombers Bev Co. The festival is headlined by Shane Mauss (Thursday at City Stage), Mary Mack (Friday at Dead Crow), and Reformed Whores (Saturday at Dead Crow), and includes more than 30 local and nationally touring comedians.

Shows through May 21st.
For more information and to purchase tickets and passes, visit the event website.

Various venues in Wilmington.

 

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

2nd Annual Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge

Fisherman’s Post presents the 2nd Annual Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge, an event that includes Topsail Island’s many miles of ocean for surf fishing, and its three fishing piers. The event features round-the-clock fishing starting at midnight on Friday and wrapping up 36 hours later. The heaviest bluefish, flounder, sea mullet, and black drum will earn bounties for surf anglers weighing in the heaviest five fish for each species (totaling 20 payouts).

Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd.
Admission to the contest is $55.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Topsail Island
Broadway Beach Access on Topsail Island
Surf City, NC 28445

Pro Soccer: Wilmington vs. Charleston

Watch the Wilmington Hammerheads match up against the Charleston Battery in professional soccer action at Legion Stadium!

Saturday, May 21st at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $8.00 – $12.00.
For more information and tickets, visit the team’s website.

Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Pier to Pier Swim

The Pier-to-Pier Swim in Wrightsville Beach goes between Crystal Pier and Johnny Mercers Pier, and is just under two miles, with a beach start and finish.

Saturday, May 21st at 9:00 AM.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Wrightsville Beach (Crystal Pier)
Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

2nd Annual Kids Walk

The Good Shepherd Center presents the 2nd Annual Kids Walk around Greenfield Lake. The event teaches kids how to give back to those less fortunate while raising funds and awareness to end childhood homelessness in the community.

Saturday, May 21st at 9:00 AM.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake
1739 Burnett Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28401

2nd Annual VA Vigilante Paddlefit Challenge

The 2nd Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge at Wrightsville SUP features Advanced and Recreational categories. Proceeds benefit agencies supporting homeless and disabled veterans in North Carolina.

Saturday, May 21st beginning at 8:30 AM.
Race admission is $10.00 – $45.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Wrightsville SUP
96 West Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

 

Festivals & Special Events

Rims on the River

Rims on the River is an annual event featuring cars and motorcycles dating to 1980 and older lining the streets of historic downtown Wilmington. The event takes place on North and South Front Street from Orange Street to Red Cross Street and includes more than 600 vehicles. The Awards Ceremony (4pm) takes place at Bailey Theater Park (18 North Front Street) and is followed by a live concert at Ziggy’s (8pm) featuring American Speedway, Slippery Jake & the Bad Brakes, and The Dew Drops. The event also includes Pre-Show Parties (May 20) and a Cruise Day (May 22).

Saturday, May 21st from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Downtown Wilmington (by Front Street)
Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Carolina Beach Street Arts Fair

The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival sets up on Cape Fear Boulevard and features more than 70 regional artists providing exhibitions, performances, and interactive fun. Hands-on activities include Visual Arts, Culinary Arts and Performing Arts. The inaugural Street Chalk Art Competition runs 10am to 4pm with winners announced at 4:30pm. The community art project this year is a six-foot painting of one of Stephanie Kiker’s coloring book images, with Jan Feury as the guest artist and guide. The Broccoli Brothers Circus performs at noon.

Saturday, May 21st beginning at 10:00 AM.
Admission is free.

Carolina Beach at Cape Fear Blvd
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Paint Out at The Burgwin-Wright House

The Burgwin-Wright House Museum presents Paint Out, featuring artists painting in the French impressionist style “en plein air” in the museum gardens. The community is invited to observe artists at work (10am to 4pm, both days), and also vote on the People’s Choice Award.

Friday, May 20th – Saturday, May 21st
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Museum’s website.

Burgwin-Wright House Museum
224 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

 

Green Thumb

Native Plants and Butterflies Program

The Native Plants and Butterflies Program at Wild Bird & Garden features environmental educator Jennifer O’Keefe teaching how to create a native habitat suitable for every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle.

Saturday, May 21st at 9:15 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Wild Bird’s website.

Wild Bird & Garden
3501 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

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Tips for Renting with Pets

 

7 Tips for Renting with Pets

 

  • Be upfront about your pets.
    Your landlord will not be happy to find out about a secret or hidden pet and it could even result in eviction or serious financial penalties. If you have a pet, search for pet-friendly rentals and be upfront when making inquiries. Rental companies and property managers are much more willing to work with individuals who are honest about their pets.

 

  • Keep a file for your pets that includes medical information and any references or certifications.
    Keep your pet up to date with vaccines and keep the medical records from your veterinarian. If your dog has passed any training or behavior courses, keep a copy of those certifications as well.

 

  • Consider the layout and finishes of your apartment.
    If you have a puppy learning potty training, an apartment with new white carpets may not be the best option. Likewise, an apartment tight on square footage may not be comfortable for a larger dog. Think about the space and details of your potential apartment in terms of your pet. You want your pet to feel comfortable while minimizing risks of damage to the rental property. If there’s too much to pet-proof, it may not be the best home for you and your pet.

 

  • Be aware that having pets often means that you’ll be subject to additional deposits or rent.
    In the rental world, pets=money. Most apartments have a pet fee, and this fee is usually around $300.00 per pet. Be mindful that you may have to pay a pet fee, deposit, or additional pet rent.

 

  • Find ways to keep them entertained while you’re at work.
    Schedule a dog walker, or if you work close enough to home, visit your pet during your lunch break. You can also create some entertaining games and toys! We like these DIY toys for a dog or a cat.

 

  • Always clean up after your pet, indoors and out!
    Be courteous to your neighbors by picking up after your pet outside. Some leases may even require you to do so! If your pet has an accident inside, be sure to clean it up quickly to avoid stains.

 

  • Apologize to your neighbors when you need to.
    If your pet creates an issue with a neighbor, be sure to apologize and work on a solution. Most neighbors understand that accidents happen and that dogs bark, but apologizing for bad behavior and opening a dialogue with your neighbors never hurts!

Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 13th – May 15th

Wilmington Weekend Guide May 13th - May 15th

Music

Sock Hop

Break out your poodle skirt and saddle shoes and twist the night away! This sock hop, sponsored by the DC Virgo Alumni, includes cash prizes for Best Costume, a Hula Hoop Contest, a Limbo Contest, and door prizes. Food and snacks available for purchase.

Friday, May 13th at$7.00 PM.
Admission is $15.00 – $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

DC Virgo Middle School
813 Nixon Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

St. Paul & The Broken Bones in Concert

Huka Entertainment and 98.3 The Penguin present Birmingham, Alabama-based soul sextet St. Paul & The Broken Bones in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater!

Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $28.00 – $32.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Theater

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks, the classic musical that ran for more than 50 years in New York City, comes to the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall. The show, which features popular local actors, follows a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other.

Runs through May 29th.
Admission is $32.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Real Inspector Hound

Big Dawg Productions in Wilmington, NC, present The Real Inspector Hound  at Cape Fear Playhouse. The play follows two theater critics watching a ridiculous country house murder mystery. As it happens, they become involved in the drama, a series of events that parallels the play they are viewing.

Runs through May 15th.
Admission is $16.00 -$22.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Cape Fear Playhouse
613 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Food & Brews

Rare Beer Experience

The Rare Beer Experience at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce features more than 30 participating breweries pouring unique beers in an intimate environment, allowing attendees the opportunity to learn what makes these brews so special. Ticket price includes commemorative stemmed ware, a tasting notebook, locally sourced finger food, and bottled water.

Friday, May 13th at 5:30 PM.
Admission is $75.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
1 Estell Lee Place
Wilmington, NC 28401

24th Annual Greek Festival

The Annual Greek Festival at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is an event that attracts thousands from around the region and features food, music, dancing, a marketplace, cooking demonstrations, and church tours. Proceeds benefit the church and Good Shepherd Center.

Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Sunday, May 15th from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Admission is $3.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
608 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

The Beer Vacation

Breweries and beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather on Saturday afternoon for a sampling of over 150 fresh craft beers of all styles, and tastes and a whole lot of fun! All while raising funds for the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, WARM, INC.

Saturday, May 14th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Admission is $40.00 – $55.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
1 Estelle Lee Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401

Raise the Barn Farm Dinner and Benefit

Feast Down East hosts Raise the Barn Farm Dinner and Benefit at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This farm-to-fork event features food prepared by locally renowned chefs including those from 22 North, Catch, Ceviche’s, Chef and the Farmer, Hops Supply Co., PinPoint Restaurant, Plantation Village, Rx Restaurant and Bar, Surf House, and UNCW Campus Dining. The event also includes an open bar and desserts and live music from L Shape Lot.

Saturday, May 14th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $80.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

The Annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser at Hampstead United Methodist Church includes chicken, boiled potatoes, green beans, sweet tea, and a roll. Proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 235.

Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Admission is $7.00.

Hampstead United Methodist Church
15395 Hwy 17
Hampstead, NC 28443

 

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

Centennial Marina Day

Soak up the sun and enjoy a day of boating at Carolina Beach State Park Marina! This event features classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards available.

Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

OrthoWilmington 5K

The OrthoWilmington 5K at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC, benefits and celebrates the achievements of the boys and girls in Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina. Runners, walkers and strollers all welcome.

Saturday, May 14th.
Race admission is $15.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Port City Community Church
250 Vision Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Fundraisers & Community Focused Events

Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament

Got-Em-On Live Bait Club hosts the Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament at the Kure Beach Pier. The event, which draws close to 300 participants, provides a day of fishing and food for those with disabilities.

Friday, May 13th from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Got-Em-On website.

Kure Beach Pier
K Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament

The Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament at the Althea Gibson Tennis Center at Empie Park features men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, and offers free head and neck cancer screenings.

Friday, May 13th – Sunday, May 15th.
For a schedule of event and to register, visit the event website.

Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park
3405-A Park Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tours & Sightseeing

Downtown Lifestyle Tour

The Downtown Lifestyle Tour in Wilmington, NC, features a view of cool lofts, townhomes and houses in the Brooklyn Arts District and other parts of the historic Port City.

Saturday, May 14th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $15.00.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Various Venues in Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Lifestyle TourGuided Architectural Walking Tour

The Guided Architectural Walking Tour begins at Forest Hills Elementary School and focuses on the area’s first automobile-oriented suburb. Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $5.00 – $10.00.
For more information, visit the Historic Wilmington website.

Forest Hills Elementary School
602 Colonial Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Bring the Kids

Pulling Back the Curtain: Special Effects Makeup

Cape Fear Museum’s Pulling Back the Curtain: Special Effects Makeup, offers visitors a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the film industry with award-winning makeup, special effects makeup and prosthetics artist Jeff Goodwin. Mr. Goodwin’s credits include David Lynch’s cult classic Blue Velvet, Rambo III, The Last of the Mohicans, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Empire Records, Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, A Walk to Remember, and War and Peace.

Friday, May 13th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the Museum’s website.

Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Ten Pin Alley Grand Re-Opening

Ten Pin Alley/Break Time Billiards in Wilmington, NC, celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of its completely remodeled facility with a live radio broadcast, giveaways, raffles, food, and visits from PBA Hall of Fame bowler Walter Ray Williams Jr., and professional billiards players Dennis Hatch, Earl Strickland and Ewa Laurance.

Friday, May 13th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Ten Pin’s website.

Ten Pin Alley/Break Time Billiards
127 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

El Galeon, the Visiting Tall Ship

The Visiting Tall Ship El Galeon, a 16th-century vessel, docks at the Port City Marina this weekend and is open for tours!

Wednesday, May 11th – Sunday, May 15th beginning at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $5.00 – $10.00.
For more information, visit the Wilmington Docks website.

Port City Marina
10 Harnett Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Carolina Strawberry Festival

In 2011, the Town of Wallace, lead by a core group of leaders, brought the “Strawberry Festival” back to Wallace after 50 years.  Each year, the Carolina Strawberry Festival has grown bigger and better.  Guests to this year’s festival can enjoy live music, vendors, games, rides, live karaoke, a daredevil dog show, and a Touch Tank from NC Aquarium.

Friday, May 13th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
For more information, visit the event website.

Historic Downtown Wallace
100 NW Railroad Street
Wallace, NC 28466

Festival of Basant

The Festival of Basant takes place on the lawn near McNeill Hall at UNCW and features aPakistani welcoming of spring with kite flying, native Pakistani dancing, and celebrating spring with traditions from both Pakistan and the United States.

Saturday, May 14th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

UNCW
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Family Science Saturday

Family Science Saturday at the Cape Fear Museum features Get Your Motor Running, a chance to investigate what happens between the ignition and the wheels when you operate an automobile. Guests can also explore the metal parts, wires and cables, tubes, and hoses that make a car move, along with different types of engines.

Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $5.00 – $8.00.
For more information, visit the Museum’s website.

Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

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Derby Days: Celebrating the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is almost here so pass the mint juleps, y’all!

Derby Days: Celebrating the Kentucky Derby

(Images from top: horse drink stirrers, golden horse DIY, individual salad cups, mini bourbon set upbenedictine sandwiches, pimento cheese).

I grew up not knowing very much about the Kentucky Derby. I knew what horse races were, but the big hats, seersucker suits, and the sophisticated parties were lost on me. It wasn’t until a coworker told me that she attended Kentucky Derby parties hosted by Garden and Gun that I truly started to grasp the Derby Culture.

“Garden and Gun, that’s a real magazine?” I asked her. (I did not grow up in the South and thought she may have been pulling my leg. She wasn’t.)

I was then presented with photos of Garden and Gun’s Derby Party which included pristine mint juleps, ladies in big hats and pastel summer dresses, and men whose attire looked like they just came from a quick game of croquet in a J.Crew store. It looked perhaps a little extravagant, but it also seemed like a fun way to spend an afternoon: drinking bourbon, mingling with friends, and watching races.

While I never went to a Garden and Gun Derby party or any similar event, I do now watch the derby and take advantage of the mint julep specials. This year, I’ll be hosting a small derby get together with some friends, so I’m sharing some easy ideas for a Kentucky Derby party below! And, if you’re really getting into the Derby celebrations, you can find the official Kentucky Derby Party Planning guide here or see our Wilmington Weekend Guide for Derby events and parties around town.

Easy Kentucky Derby Party Ideas:

  • Fun straws and swizzles.
    Make your cocktail extra glam with decorative straws or swizzle sticks, like the colorful horse ones above.

 

  • A build your own julep bar.
    Set up a build your own julep bar for guests with mini bottles of bourbon, superfine sugar, crushed ice, and fresh mint. You could also up the cute factor by framing a copy of the mint julep recipe by the bar area.

 

  •  Serve some classic hors-d’oeuvres.
    Serve up some Derby classics like pimento cheese and finger sandwiches. We also love the idea of fresh spring vegetables and dip served in a small clear cup!

 

  • DIY some winning prizes.
    Use old horse toys sprayed with gold spray paint to create a prize for guests who correctly predict the winners. You could also create winning bows with old ribbon.

 

  • Wear your best hat or dapper look.
    Half the fun of Derby parties is dressing up, but you don’t have to shell out big bucks to look the part. Grab a big hat and decorate it as you like, or simply throw on your favorite suit and break out a fun pocket square.

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 6th – May 8th

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 6-8, 2016

Music & Arts

Airlie Summer Concert Series

The Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series kicks off with Signal Fire. Concerts are performed in front of the famous Airlie Oak the first and third Friday of every month, May through September.

Friday, May 6th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $2.00 – $9.00.
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Ladies of Laughter

Each year the Ladies of Laughter hold a comic competition for the best emerging female comedians in the country, and the finalists hit the Mainstage at Thalian Hall. This evening features performances by Alycia Cooper, Robyn Fox, and Chris Rich.

Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $22.00 – $40.00.
For more information, visit Thalian Hall’s website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Big Something in Concert

98.3 The Penguin presents Big Something live in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington. The six-piece alt rock, funk and jam band from Burlington, NC, was named Best Rising Artist of 2014 by Live Music Daily.

Saturday, May 7th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $15.00 – $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Bites & Sips

Cape Fear Mix and Mingle

Stop by Ironclad Brewery for a showcasing of locally owned, family-friendly businesses! Guests can also enjoy  non-profit raffles, food, drinks and shopping.

Saturday, May 7th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Ironclad’s website.

Ironclad Brewery
115 North 2nd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

The 4th Annual Wilmington Wine & Food Festival at Bellamy Mansion features local and statewide culinary masters, special guest chef dinners, bartender challenges, wine and food samplings, live music, and a food truck rodeo with local breweries.

Thursday, May 5th – Sunday, May 8th.
Admission is $15.00 – $85.00.
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the event website.

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

Green Thumb

National Public Gardens Day

Enjoy complimentary admission to Airlie Gardens on National Public Gardens Day! Visitors can also view the new Ribbit the Exhibit, a collection of more than 20 copper frogs by local sculptor Andy Cobb. Local writer Anne Russell will also debut her new book, The Mystical Magical Amazing Fantastical Gardens of Airlie (readings at 11am and noon).

Friday, May 6th beginning at 9:00 AM.
Admission is free!
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tulips & Juleps: Pop Up Market

Tulips & Juleps: A Pop-Up Market at Seaglass Salvage Market in Leland features indoor and outdoor vendors and a celebration of Mother’s Day and the Kentucky Derby!

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Seaglass Salvage website.

Seaglass Salvage Market
1987 Andrew Jackson Hwy
Leland, NC 28451

Get Moving (Or Just Spectate)

Grand Opening of the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville

Join the Town of Belville for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Boardwalk at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville. The event features live music, food, beverages, pirates, and free balloons for the kids. Come see the 1/3-mile long boardwalk, fishing pier, 1/2-mile nature trail, picnic grounds and more!

Saturday, May 7th from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the town’s website.

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville
580 River Road
Belville, NC 28451

Cape Fear Roller Girls Double Header

The Cape Fear Roller Girls Doubleheader at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington features the team’s last home bout until September. Kids under 7 get in free. A portion of proceeds helps Paws Place, a local dog rescue organization.

Saturday, May 7th at 4:30 PM.
Admission is $5.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the Cape Fear Roller Girls website.

Schwartz Center
601 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Baseball: UNCW v. Charleston

In a Colonial Athletic Association clash, UNCW hosts Charleston at Brooks Field in Wilmington, NC, for a three-game homestand. GAME TIMES: Friday, 6pm; Saturday, 4pm, Sunday, 2pm.

Friday, May 6th – Sunday, May 8th. See game times above.
Admission is $5.00 – $11.00.
For more information, visit the UNCW sports website.

Brooks Field at UNCW
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

NCHS Teacher Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

The New Hanover County Schools Teacher Trot 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC, encourages wellness for students, staff, and the community. The 5K begins and ends at the track and loops around the Halyburton Parkway area around Anderson Elementary and Ashley High School.

Saturday, May 7th beginning at 8:00 AM.
Admission to the race is $10.00 – $30.00. Spectating is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy
Wilmington, NC 28412

River-to-Sea Bike Ride

The River-to-Sea Bike Ride is a 20-mile (round-trip) casually paced bicycle ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on the Port City’s River-to-Sea Bicycle Route (Bike Route #1). All ages are welcome and registration is from 8-8:30am (for safety reasons, late arrivals will not be able to join the ride). Helmets required. Departure is at 8:30am from Bailey Park.

Saturday, May 7th at 8:30 AM.
Admission and spectating are free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Bailey Theatre Park
12 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fundraisers & Community Focused Events

Wilmington Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Historic Wilmington Foundation 50th Aniversary Celebrations include a Student Art and Photo Exhibit (10am to 2pm at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street); a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Residential District; a Tour of Landmark Houses; and a Ticketed Reception (6-8pm at New Elements Gallery, 201 Princess Street).

Saturday, May 7th.
For more information and event information, visit the event website.

Various Venues
Around Town
Wilmington, NC 28401

Derby Days

3rd Annual Derby 4 Dogs

paws4people’s 3rd Annual Derby 4 Dogs at Porters Neck Country Club is presented by Patricia Collie, First Vice President/Financial Advisor of Morgan Stanley, and features a Garden Party with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a live viewing of The Kentucky Derby. Prizes awarded for best hat and bowtie. Proceeds benefit paws4people.

Saturday, May 7th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is $50.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Porters Neck Country Club
8403 Vintage Club Drive
Wilmington , NC 28411

Kentucky Derby Party at Coastline Convention Center

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra hosts a Kentucky Derby Party at Coastline Convention Center featuring a chance to wear big hats and seersucker suits and view “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The other 178 minutes include hors d’oeuvres by Bon Appetit, bluegrass music by Massive Grass, a drawing for a 2016 Audi raffle, and the announcement of its 2016-17 concert season. Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Symphony and its youth education programs.

Saturday, May 7th at 5:00 PM.
Admission is $45.00.
For more information, visit Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s website.

Coastline Convention Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Kentucky Derby Party at Poplar Grove

The Kentucky Derby Party at Poplar Grove in Wilmington, NC, helps support its Animal Sanctuary and raise awareness for the efforts of the Cape Fear Equine League. The event features traditional Southern food, a simulcast of “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” plus attendees showing off stylish (and outlandish) hats, playing lawn games, and sipping Mint Juleps. Live music provided by The Phantom Playboys.

Saturday, May 7th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is $50.00.
For more information, visit Poplar Grove’s website.

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411

Bring the Kiddos

Family Farm Day

The Children’s Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Family Farm Day, a morning where kids can get up-close-and-personal with favorite barnyard animals including chickens and rabbits, plus pony rides, milk and cookie time, stories, and Gardening 101 with herbs.

Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Admission is $8.75 – $9.75.
For more information, visit the event website.

Children’s Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

A Day on the Oleander Express

A Day on the Oleander Express at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington features a chance to ride on the Shriner’s ChooChoo for a fun-filled day of adventure with interactive and educational stops around the gardens. The event includes a model train display from Wilmington Railroad Museum, food from Trolley Stop Hot Dogs, Iron Clad Brewery, and more.

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit the Arboretum’s website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Lakefest at Greenfield Lake Park

Cape Fear River Watch presents LakeFest, an annual celebration of the history, plants, animals, and water quality of Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, NC. Attractions include face painting, casting clinics, fish identification, boat displays, games, live animals, eco tours, and displays.

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Cape Fear River Watch website.

Greenfield Lake Park
301 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Movie in the Park

Enjoy a screening of Minions at Municipal Park in Leland! Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. No pets or alcohol, please. The film begins at sunset.

Saturday, May 7th.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Leland Municipal Park
102 Town Hall Drive
Leland, NC 28451

Family Fun Day

Cape Fear Museum educators and community organizations meet in the Museum Park for Family Fun in the Park, a chance to explore the sights and sounds of the natural world, get creative with art and poetry, and enjoy hands-on activities.

Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Cape Fear Museum’s website.

Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Wilmington

Ready for Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo arrives tomorrow and we’re ready to celebrate! While many celebrate with Mexican cuisine and a margarita (or two) the holiday really commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. If you’re looking for a good bite to celebrate, see our favorite Mexican spots in the Wilmington area below!

Cinco de Mayo in Wilmington: Our Favorite Mexican & Mexican Inspired Bites

 

1. Taqueria Los Portales

If you’re looking for simple, authentic tacos, most Wilmington residents will point you in the direction of Taqueria Los Portales. Don’t miss the tacos al pastor.

1207 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403. Find them on Facebook here.

2. Live. Eat. Surf. Restaurants

Live Eat Surf has locations throughout the Port City area including K38, Las Olas, and Tower 7. No matter how far you are from the beach, Live Eat Surf locations will make you feel like you’ve just walked from the ocean to a to a beachside hangout. Each restaurant offers unique Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired dishes with some Baja flair, along with great margaritas.

Various locations in the Port City area. Check out their website here.

3. Flaming Amy’s

Flaming Amy’s is a Wilmington classic, and for good reason. Customers can choose from a variety of specialty burritos, soft tacos, or nachos, or build their own with a wide range of proteins and ‘goodies’. You certainly won’t leave hungry. There’s also great folks behind this business: the owner, Jay Muxworthy, is being celebrated as a local hero after he recently risked his life while saving a woman from a burning car.

Locations in Wilmington and Carolina Beach. Check out their website here.

4. Wilmington Taco Factory

If you’re looking for delicious quesadillas and stellar service, Wilmington Taco Factory is the place to go to. The staff is helpful and friendly, and the restaurant serves sandwiches for those in your party who are more in the mood for American fare. (If you are, try the meatloaf sandwich).

1051 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403. Find them on Facebook here.

5. El Arriero Taqueria

This Taqueria is easy to miss, tucked off of Market Street and at the end of a shopping center, but it’s well worth the hunt. Enjoy their taco bar, variety of salsas, and kick-butt micheladas.

6932 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411. Find them on Facebook here.

6. La Guera

Another hidden gem in Wilmington, La Guera is also tucked away in a strip mall, but deserve high praise for their authentic Mexican dishes. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend the tamales and the carne asada torta.

6620 Gordon Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411. Find them on Facebook here.

7. Eatery 17

Don’t let the fact that there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options fool you, Eatery 17 offers burritos and tacos with serious flavor. The cafe also serves south pacific fare (try the pulled pork!) in addition to its southwestern offerings.

2547 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28401. Check out their website here.

8. Taco Point

Taco Point literally has the BEST carnitas tacos outside of SoCal. And they make their corn tortillas by hand in the restaurant. Enough said.

13732 NC-210 #100, Rocky Point, NC 28457. Find them on Facebook here.

9. Mama Rosa’s Bakery

This bakery has awesome Mexican pastries. Some of our favorites are the Marranitos (a molasses, pig shaped cookie) and the apple empanadas. And of course, the tres leches cake! They have a little tienda in there, too.

7316 Market St #6, Wilmington, NC 28411. Find them on Facebook here.

 

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We can help you find your new home.

Did you know that your property managers are also real estate agents? Dianne, Jill, and Amanda are licensed agents who have several years of experience working with sellers and buyers in the Wilmington area. If you’re ready to transition from renting to owning, our agents can help with a smooth transition. We also guarantee personalized service to our tenants who buy a home with us!

If you have put serious consideration into buying a home, you should speak with a realtor about real estate options! If you have been watching your finances, if you are committed to your neighborhood, and if you are looking for a place to truly call your own, buying a home is a great option.


 

If you are currently renting but looking to buy a home within the next year, we can assist with this transition!

At Dianne Perry & Company, we have over 30 years of experience as agents in the Wilmington area and can help you find the perfect home. Here’s what you can expect when you work with our agents:

  • Pre-qualification in 15 minutes.
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  • We specialize in first-time home buyers! We will walk you through every step of the home buying process and guarantee personalized service. If you’re a first time home buyer, learn more about the process here.
  • As an extra incentive, we offer a $500.00 Lowe’s gift card to current tenants who buy with us!

 

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: April 29th – May 1st

WILMINGTON WEEKEND GUIDE

Bring the Kiddos

Board Games at the Beach

Calling all board game lovers: Cape Fear Games presents Board Games at the Beach featuring a board game convention beginning on Friday and can continue 24 hours each day until Sunday evening at 6pm.

Friday, April 29th – Sunday, May 1st.
Admission is $25.00 – $40.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park
2320 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Outdoor Movie: Finding Nemo

College Acres Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC, presents an outdoor screening of the classic animated film, Finding Nemo. The evening also includes bounce houses, crafts, popcorn, and snow cones.

Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is free!
For more information, visit the College Acres website.

College Acres Baptist Church
702 Eastwood Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Healthy Kids Day

The City of Wilmington and the YMCA present the 5th Annual Healthy Kids Day  at Empie Park featuring a variety of activities including tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, T-ball, soccer, laser tag, and basketball sports stations; face painting and bounce houses; information booths and vendors; a Family Fun Run; plus games and prizes.

Saturday, April 30th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Empie Park
3405 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Kure Beach Street Festival

The Kure Beach Street Festival takes place within a few yards of the beach near Ocean Front Park and the Kure Beach Fishing Pier and features food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. Kids’ activities include face painting, balloon shapes and crafts (Noon to 4pm). Please, no coolers, alcohol or pets. The Schedule of Stage Events is as follows: 11:30am, No Sleeves Magic Show; 12:30pm, Jolly Mon Da DJ; 1pm, Junk Yard Mama; 2:30pm, Jolly Mon Da DJ; 3:30pm, Overtyme Band.

Saturday, April 30th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the town website.

Ocean Front Park
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Music & Arts

Live Blues: Randy McQuay

Flytrap Brewing in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents live music with award-winning bluesman Randy McQuay. Pepe’s Taco Truck sells local street food, 7-11pm.

Friday, April 29th at 8:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Flytrap’s website.

Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Relaunch Party for Cape Fear Living Magazine

Join Cape Fear Living Magazine for their re-launch party at Dan Beck Fine Art Gallery in Wilmington. Guests can enjoy prizes and meet with local writers Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, author of Three Minutes to Midnight; and Fanny Slater, author of the cookbook Orange, Lavender & Figs.

Friday, April 29th beginning at 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Dan Beck Fine Art Gallery website.

Dan Beck Fine Art Gallery
545 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

15th Annual  Arts Sensation: A Benefit Performace for Cape Fear River Watch

The 15th Annual Arts Sensation features performances by The Midatlantic, which specializes in a blend of progressive folk, Americana, and bluegrass with a hint of rock and jazz; Trashcan Therapy, music from 7th and 8th grade students from Roland-Grise Middle School directed by Pete Frank; the Company Tap Dancers; and a variety of dance from local choreographers and dancers from The Dance Cooperative, The Dance Element, the Wilmington School of Ballet, and Forward Motion Dance Company.

Friday, April 29th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $15.00.
For more information, visit Thalian Hall’s website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Carolina Black Film Festival

The Black Arts Alliance presents the North Carolina Black Film Festival, which will be screening more than 20 independently made features, shorts, animation and documentary films. Each piece of work is written, directed or produced by a person of color. A prize of $500 is awarded in each category, provided the category has at least three juried entries.

Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st.
For more information, visit the event website.

Various Venues in Wilmington

Album Release Party for The Phantom Playboys

Come to Fat Tony’s Italian Pub and join local rockabilly band The Phantom Playboys playing from their second full-length album, Bartender, Leave the Bottle!

Saturday, April 30th at 9:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the band’s website.

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub
131 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Book Reading with Maggie Mitchell

Pomegranate Books presents a Book Reading with Maggie Mitchell, author of Pretty Is, a novel about two women who were kidnapped together when they were 12. The New York Times  calls the work a “stunning, multilayered debut.”

Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Pomegranate Books’ website.

Pomegranate Books
4418 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Annie Moses Band: Rhapsody in Bluegrass

Appearing at Thalian Hall, The Annie Moses Band features fiddles and voices, an innovative sound that has delighted audiences around the world — in record-breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $22.00 -$40.00.
For more information and tickets, visit Thalian Hall’s website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 Musical Tribute to Ben Privott

Like many others in the community, we were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Ben Privott. Satellite Bar & Lounge is hosting a Musical Tribute to Ben Privott, a local musician and friend.

Sunday, May 1st, at 3:30 PM.
Admission is free. If you are interested in supporting Ben’s family, a YouCaring page can be found here.

Satellite Bar & Lounge
120 Greenfield Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Bites & Sips

Wine Not… It’s Friday

Wine down at Whole Foods with wine samples and food pairings set up throughout the store. Proceeds benefit the NC Coastal Land Trust in support of the Flytrap Frolic.

Friday, April 29th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00, 21 and older only.
For more information, visit Whole Foods’ website.

Whole Foods Market
3804 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Culinary Techniques: Small Plates

Stop by Union Station (Room 517) in downtown as they cover a variety of tapas-style plates, including a cheese board, along with sweet and savory appetizers and desserts.

Saturday, April 30th at 9:00 AM.
Admission is $50.00, registration is required.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Union Station at Cape Fear Community College
502 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Get Moving (Or Just Spectate)

Self-Defense Class at Confidence Martial Arts

Confidence Martial Arts in Wilmington, NC, and Krav Maga host a Self-Defense Class open to everyone regardless of current training status or training background. The class focuses on handgun threat.

Friday, April 29th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Confidence Martial Arts website.

Confidence Martial Arts
3538 South College Road #2
Wilmington, NC 28412

32nd Annual Eastern Surfing Association Mid-Atlantic Regional

The 32nd Annual Eastern Surfing Association Mid-Atlantic Regional convenes near the Carolina Beach pier and features more than 200 competitors!

Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st.
Spectating is free.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier
1810 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Topsail Young Life Tint Sprint

The Topsail Young Life Tint Sprint at Surf Side Park in Surf City features a low tide color run/walk on the beach. Proceeds benefit Young Life’s work in Topsail High School.

Saturday, April 30th at 9:00 AM.
Admission is $25.00 – $40.00, spectating is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Sound Side Park
517 Roland Avenue
Surf City, NC 28445

Walk MS Wilmington

Walk for a good cause at Greenfield Lake Park! Walk MS Wilmington raises funds for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society.

Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 AM.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Park
301 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fundraisers & Community Focused Events

Communities in Schools Spring Fling

Communities in Schools, a dropout prevention organization that supports students and our community, is hosting a spring fling at the Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. The event will feature food catered by the City Club, an open beer and wine bar, live music by Overtyme Duo, and a performance by Snipes Academy of Arts and Design Shining Stars. Proceeds benefit Communities in Schools.

Friday, April 29th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $60.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Saint Thomas Preservation Hall
208 Dock Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Stand Against Racism

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear, presents the annual Stand Against Racism, an event that raises awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it should no longer be tolerated. This event is followed by an outdoor carnival and celebration until 4:30pm.

Friday, April 29th beginning at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the YMCA’s website.

YWCA Lower Cape Fear
2815 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Habitat For Humanity ReStore 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Leland, celebrates their one year anniversary with activities for children including a Leland fire and police vehicles exhibition, food from Duke’s Old South BBQ and Papa John’s Pizza, music, giveaways, and more!

Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Habitat website.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
414 Village Road NE
Leland, NC 8451

3rd Annual Pawz in Park

The 3rd Annual Pawz in Park at Battleship Park features a family- and dog-friendly event with food, vendors, raffles, silent auction, pet contests, DJ, dog parade, dog splash, police K9 presentations, an appearance by Netop the Painting Dog, and contests. Proceeds benefit participating non-profit animal rescue partners.

Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Battleship Park
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Corn Hole Tournament at Liberty Tavern

The Corn Hole Tournament at Liberty Tavern benefits Make A Wish Eastern NC and includes at least two games and a T-shirt. Overall winners earn a corn hole set and cold hard cash!

Saturday, April 30th at 3:00 PM.
Admission to the tournament is $30.00, registration is requested.
For more information, visit Liberty Tavern’s website.

Liberty Tavern
2976 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411

Fore Our Furry Friends Golf Tournament

The 7th Annual Fore Our Furry Friends Golf Tournament at Castle Bay Country Club in Hampstead, benefits the Pender Humane Society (a no-kill animal shelter) and features $10,000 hole-in-one, $50,000 shootout, golf clubs, electronics, auction items, raffles.

Saturday, April 30th at 8:00 AM.
Admission to the tournament is $80.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Castle Bay Country Club
107 Links Court
Hampstead, NC 28443

Spring Cleaning

Brunswick County Shred-A-Thon

Safely dispose of your personal and confidential documents at the Brunswick County Shred-A-Thon!

Friday, April 29th beginning at 10:00 AM.
Shredding is free. Admission to view shredding is also free.
For more information, visit the Brunswick County website.

Brunswick County Government Complex
30 Government Center Drive NE
Bolivia, NC 28422

Building A Compost Bin

Legacy Architectural Salvage presents Building a Compost Bin. Bring your own battery powered hand drill. Groups will work in teams to construct compost bins.

Saturday, April 30th at 9:30 AM.
For more information, visit the event website.

Legacy Architectural Salvage
1831-B Dawson Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Less Clutter, More Life

Less Clutter, More Life: A Business Productivity Workshop at Artful Living Group in Carolina Beach, NC, features Productivity Consultant Bernadette Michaels teaching systems that will save participants time, money and energy.

Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 AM.
Admission is $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Artful Living Group
112 Cape Fear Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

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