Wilmington Weekend Guide: April 15th – 17th

Wilmington weekend guide (10)

Bring The Kids

Star Party: A Stargazing Event

Take in the beautiful night skies at Carolina Beach State Park! Meet at the visitor center, where there will be telescopes set up for night sky observation.

Friday, April 15th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the parks’ website here.

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

Autism Takes Flight

Autism Takes Flight at Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is a special event for children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities. Designed to allow participants and their families to become familiar with traveling through ILM and other airports, participants will have the opportunity to complete a trial-run airport experience, including getting a boarding pass, checking a bag, going through security, waiting at the gate, and viewing a plane. Board Certified Behavior Analysts will be on hand to provide assistance, tips for success and customized material for you to use for future travel.

Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Wilmington International Airport
1740 Airport Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28405

Sailor Saturday

Sailor Saturday at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington features a chance for kids to try on helmets, raise flags, learn how to use semaphore flags and Morse code, and type on vintage typewriters.

Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 AM.
Admission is $6.00 – $14.00.
For more information, visit the Battleship’s website here.

Battleship North Carolina
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Green Thumb

Riverfront Farmers’ Market

The Riverfront Farmers’ Market runs each Saturday through November 19th by the Cape Fear River downtown. Enjoy local produce, foods, and goods!

Saturday, April 16th from 8:00 AM to 1 PM.
Admissions is free.
For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Riverfront Farmers’ Market
North Water and Princess Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401

Master Gardener Fundraiser at The New Hanover County Arboretum

The Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington features more than 450 locally grown varieties of greenery including azaleas, Japanese maples, ornamentals, herbs and vegetables, annuals and perennials. Also includes a seed swap and a native plant information booth. Proceeds benefit NHC Cooperative Extension’s educational programs, the Arboretum, and other community based programs.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th. Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arboretum’s website here.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Pender County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Stop by the Pender Extension Center to browse nursery grown and Master Gardener Volunteer grown vegetables, flowers, houseplants, shrubs, and trees. The event will also include gardening advice and research-based information.

Friday, April 15th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday, April 16th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Pender County Extension Service
801 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425

Horticultural Walking Tour

Oakdale Cemetery presents a Horticultural Walking Tour led by Eelco Tinga and Eric Kozen. Combined, these gentlemen have more than 50 years of horticultural experience and are happy to share their knowledge of the flora of Oakdale. Both Eelco and Eric will tour the grounds showing off the true gems of North Carolina’s first rural garden cemetery.

Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit Oakdale Cemetary’s website here.

Oakdale Cemetery
520 North 15th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Arts, Music, Theater & Comics!

Record Story Day at Gravity Records

Record Store Day is a celebration of independent record stores around the world. There are hundreds of limited edition vinyl releases (made available only in select record stores) that come out on Record Store Day. These titles are in limited quantities and are first come first serve. There are no holds for RSD titles. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 8:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Gravity Records
612 Castle St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear ComicCon

Join Cape Fear ComicCon for all things superheroes, fantasy, and comics! The event features contestants putting individual knowledge of their favorite show, video game, comic, etc against others with their own Nerd Specialty.

Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Wilmington Moose Lodge 343
4610 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

An Evening with David Sedaris

Humorist and author David Sedaris performs his uniquely comical story routine at Kenan Auditorium in Wilmington, NC. Mr. Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker  and to the NPR program This American Life.

Sunday, April 17th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $25.00 – $60.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

Kenan Auditorium at UNCW
515 Wagoner Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Iration in Concert

Hailing from Hawaii and formed in Santa Barbara, Iration brings their reggae rock jams to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this weekend. Listen to their track “Time Bomb” here.

Friday, April 15th at 5:30 PM.
Admission is $25.00 – $100.00.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website here.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Mousetrap at Cape Fear Playhouse

Big Dawg Productions presents Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap at the Cape Fear Playhouse. The play follows a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm: A newly married couple who run the house; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major; a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. In comes a policeman, traveling on skis. When someone is killed, the cop probes the background of everyone present.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th. Shows begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Admission is $16.00 – $22.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

Cape Fear Playhouse
613 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Green Day’s American Idiot at Thalian Hall

Based on the Grammy-winning album of the same name, the musical follows three friends — Johnny, Tunny and Will — struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th. Shows begin at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Admission is $15.00 – $30.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Tempest presented by Dram Tree Shakespeare

Filled with creatures and spirits, the play is a tale of revenge, love and forgiveness, and includes aerial performers, and more than 200 puppets.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $25.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

McEachern’s Warehouse
121 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Get Moving or Just Spectate

30 & Under Tennis League Draft Party

The 30 & Under Tennis League Draft Party at Dig & Dive features a league with matches on Friday nights followed by a group social at a local restaurant/bar. The event includes free food and drinks, ages 21 to 30. Playing begins May 20.

Friday, April 15th at 6:30 PM.
For more information, visit Dig & Dive’s website.

Dig & Dive
3525 Lancelot Lane
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tinted Turtle Trot

This trot features a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Runners and walkers will experience a color explosion at the beginning and end of the race and colorful team names and fun costumes add to the excitement. Proceeds benefit the Island Montessori School FSA.

Saturday, April 16th at 8:30 AM.
Admission is $25.00 – $35.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Mike Chappell Park
501 Dow Road South
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Learn to Curl

Ever wanted to learn how to curl? Coastal Curling will teach you this weekend at Learn to Curl. Beginners start with a half-hour off-ice session going over the basics of the sport: safety, terminology, delivery and more. Then it’s onto the ice for small group instruction on sweeping, delivery, release and finish. Participants will be provided with a half-price return voucher to return for open curling. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and children under the age of 12 are likely to find it difficult to deliver a 40-pound stone the length of the ice.

Saturday, April 16th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is $20.00, spots must be reserved in advance.
For more information and to register, visit Coastal Curling’s website here.

Wilmington Ice House
7201 Ogden Business Lane
Wilmington, NC 28411

SUP Surf Pro-Am

The Wrightsville Beach Museum presents the Hobie & Salt Life SUP Surf Pro-Am at the Oceanic Pier, a two-day Standup Paddle Surfing competition.

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 8:00 AM.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Oceanic Pier Area
Beach Access #36
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

10th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament

The 10th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament benefiting Brigade Boys & Girls Club will be held Saturday at Dig & Dive! Teams of 2 compete in “beach” bocce ball tournament with two flight times available: 10am or 2pm. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 2 games. All players receive tournament t-shirt & goodie bag!

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 10:00 AM.
Admission to the tournament is $60.00, spectating is free.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Dig & Dive
3525 Lancelot Lane
Wilmington, NC 28403

Race for the Planet 5K

The 7th Annual Race for the Planet 5K celebrates Earth Day and begins and ends at the North Carolina Aquarium. The flat, mostly asphalt course offers excellent views of the ocean, maritime forest and the Fort Fisher Civil War site. Runners and walkers receive free admission to the Aquarium on race day, and organic T-shirts for the first 300 registered.

Sunday, April 17th at 8:00 AM.
Admission is $30.00 to $35.00.
For more information ant to register, visit the event website here.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Oak Island Lighthouse Run

The Oak Island Lighthouse Run features a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on all new courses. All races start and end at Middleton Park Extension.

Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 AM.
Admission is $30.00 – $75.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field
46th Street & Dolphin Drive
Southport, NC 28461

8th Annual paws4people 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run

paws4people is hosting its 8th Annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk at Empie Park, Sunday April 17 at 3 p.m. Prizes awarded to top runners and dog/runner teams in each age category! Race Day will also feature Trolly Stop Hotdogs, raffle prizes, and dog giveaways! paws4people is a local non-profit that places highly trained Assistance Dogs with children and veteran clients at no cost.

Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 PM.
Registration is $10.00 -$33.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Empie Park
3405 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Hammerheads vs. FC Montreal

Root for the home team as they take on FC Montreal at Legion Stadium!

Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the Hammerheads website here.

Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Let’s Eat

Phlock to the Beach: A Buffet Style Beach Bash

Phlock to the Beach: A Buffett Style Beach Bash is held on the apron at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island. Bring a chair or blanket. No outside coolers or beverages. Live music schedule: Mango Boys (3:30-6pm); Coco Loco Party Band (6-9:30pm). The event also includes live animals on display, photo cutout, Art on the Apron, food & drinks, Chinese raffle, cornhole, and contests in Mr. Longitude, Ms. Latitude, Jimmy Buffett Look-A-Like, Grass Skirt Hula, and Hula Hoop.

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Cape Fear Regional Jetport
4019 Long Beach Road
Oak Island, NC 28461

Wing Fling

The Wing Fling at North Waterfront Park in downtown Wilmington, NC, features more than 15 restaurants and their best efforts at chicken wings. Sampling occurs from 2-4:30pm, and entry fee equals eight wings. Live music with I Am Dynamite, Signal Fire, 2 Docs & a Box, and The Coastal Collective.

Friday, April 16th at 1:00 PM.
Admission is $20.00 to $25.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

North Waterfront Park
5 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Food Truck Rodeo at Ogden Park (Fundraiser)

Chow down at Ogden Park with food and beverage trucks on site. Enjoy cuisine from local favorites like Catch and Poor Piggy’s, plus several others. A portions of proceed will benefit the Skate Park planned for Ogden Park.

Sunday, April 17th from 12:oo PM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Ogden Park
615 Odgen Park Drive
Wilmington, NC 28411

 

If I Could Turn Back Time

Tintype Portraits Day

Tintype Portraits Day at Burgwin-Wright House Museum in Wilmington, NC, features local photographer, Harry Taylor, creating tintype portraits the way they were done in the 1860s — with an antique camera and historic processes.

Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 AM.
Admission (cost of portrait) is $80.00 – $175.00.
For more information, visit the Burgin-Wright House’s website here

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

Historic Downtown Marketplace

The Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace sets up Sundays through Oct. 26 and features more than 30 rotating artists for an ever-changing collection of locally made art, jewelry, and handmade items.

Sunday April 17th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Historic Downtown Marketplace
Front Street
Between Market and Dock
Wilmington, NC 28401

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