Wilmington Weekend Guide: April 22nd – 24th

Wilmington Weekend Guide (12)

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, April 22nd beginning at 6:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arts Council website.

Various locations in Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Jazz Society Scholarship Concert

This jazz performance features vocalist Beth Crookham and the UNCW Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Jerald Shynett. Proceeds go to scholarships for Department of Music jazz students.

Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW
5270 Randall Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Season Finale

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is ending the season with Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant Symphonic Dances  from West Side Story and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, a colorful early work brimming with American tunes.

Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $6.00 – $27.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website.

Kenan Auditorium atUNCW
515 Wagoner Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight brothers from the south side of Chicago, all sons of jazz legend Phil Cohran.

Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $22.00 – $38.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Earth Day

DIY Recycled Coasters

Learn how to easily recycle magazines for coasters that make a perfect home accent or gift! Bring used magazines, no special skills required.

Friday, April 22nd at 3:00 PM.
This is a free event.
For more information, visit the Library’s website.

Northeast Regional Library
1241 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Earth Day Seed Bomb Bonfire

Tidal Creek presents an evening of music, food from the Co-op Cafe, local and organic beer, a bonfire, and a DIY seed bomb workshop.

Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Tidal Creek Co-op Food Market
5329 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Preservation Celebration

Join Next Glass in downtown for hors d’oeuvres by Milner’s Café and wine and beer tastings provided by A Tasting Room. Proceeds benefit Bellamy Mansion Museum and Preservation NC.

Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $35.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Next Glass
21 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

4th Friday Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens featuring depictions of flora and fauna from the museum’s collection of 18th and 19th-century art. In tandem, the museum exhibits contemporary paintings of flowers and birds by local artist Roslyn Hancock. Hancock’s paintings will be on display through May 13. The historic items will be showcased on 4th Friday Gallery Night only.

Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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

Earth Day at Airlie Gardens

Join Airlie Gardens Earth Day Celebration featuring yoga on the Oak Lawn (8-9am; $10-$15) and a special All About Birds program with live birds from the Cape Fear Raptor Center (2-4pm; $3-$9).

Friday, April 22nd.
Admission to events is above.
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Earth Day Festival

Celebrate Earth Day Festival at Hugh MacRae Park with more than 50 environmental exhibits, drinks provided by Broomtail Craft Brewery and Noni Bacca; and food from La Bella Airosa and T’Geaux Boys food trucks. Guests can also enjoy live music and kids activities. There will be free water on site, so bring your re-usable water bottle!

Saturday, April 23rd from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Hugh MacRae Park
314 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Work on Wilmington

Work on Wilmington is the annual day of volunteering to help improve our community and features projects all over town.

Saturday, April 23rd. This is a full day event, register for a project here.

Various locations in Wilmington

Brewtastic

North Carolina Beer Month with Mother Earth Brewing at Fermental

Fermental celebrates Beer Month with Kinston, NC brewery Mother Earth Brewing, live music from the Keith Butler Jazz Trio, and the Vittles food truck.

Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Fermental’s website.

Fermental
7250-B Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411

NC Beer Month & Earth Day Celebration at Flytrap

Flytrap Brewing is celebrating  North Carolina Beer Month & Earth Day with special release beers, food trucks, and live music by Masonboro Sound (2-5pm) and Paleo Sun (8-11pm). Ride your bike to the brewery and get entered into a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local environmental group the Cape Fear River Watch.

Saturday, April 23rd at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Flytrap’s website.

Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

Wilmington Hammerheads vs. New York Red Bulls

Kick back and watch our home team take on the New York Red Bulls at Legion Stadium!

Friday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $12.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the Hammerhead’s website.

Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

JROTC/ROTC 100th Anniversary 5K Run

The North Brunswick High School JROTC Battalion host the JROTC/ROTC 100th Anniversary 5K Fun Run at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt celebrating 100 years of JROTC service to America. Proceeds go towards JROTC programs.

Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.
Race admission is $24.00, spectating is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Brunswick Forest
1007 Evangeline Drive
Leland, NC 28451

Carolina Beach Longboard Surf Club Contest

The Carolina Beach Longboard Club presents the inaugural Carolina Beach Longboard Club Surf Contest at the Hamlet Avenue access in Carolina Beach, NC.

Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach (Hamlet Ave Beach Access)
Hamlet Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Carolina Cup SUP Race

The Carolina Cup SUP Race in Wrightsville Beach features a Harbor Island 3.5-mile race (Saturday, 9am), a Money Island 7-mile race (Saturday, 9:30am), the Graveyard Elite 13-mile race (Saturday, 10am), and Kids Races (Sunday, 11am, and 1pm).

Saturday, April 23rd – Sunday, April 24th, see event times above.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wrightsville Beach (Banks Channel)
Banks Channel
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

7th Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls

The North Carolina Chapter (Wilmington area) of the US National Committee for UN Women presents the 7th Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls at Hugh MacRae Park (Shelter #5).

Sunday, April 24th at 1PM.
Admission is $15.00 to $20.00, kids 12 and under are free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Hugh MacRae Park
314 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Shopping & Expos

The Myrtle Grove Market

This bi-annual event features more than 30 vendors selling everything from plants, handmade jewelry, home goods, vintage, antiques, repurposed items and other goodies.

Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.
Admission is one canned good.
For more information, visit the event website.

Myrtle Grove Market
6334 Myrtle Grove Road
Wilmington, NC 28409

Spring Bridal Mixer

The Spring Bridal Mixer at the New Hanover County Arboretum features vendors, tours of the gardens, and prizes.

Saturday, April 23rd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arboretum’s website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Bring the Kids

The Little Mermaid

Coastal Christian High School in Wilmington, NC, presents The Little Mermaid, a musical including a cast of approximately 45 actors, crew and musical accompaniment students.

Friday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 24th at 7:00 PM. Sunday’s performance is at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $8.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the school’s website.

Coastal Christian High School
709 George Anderson Drive
Wilmington, NC 28412

Brits at the Beach Car Show

The 18th Annual Brits at the Beach Car Show at Wrightsville Beach Park features classic and vintage vehicles.

Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wrightsville Beach Park
321 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Relay For Life Carnival

Join the Relay For Life Carnival for carnival games, food, live entertainment, chance drawings and more. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer.

Saturday, April 23rd at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy
Wilmington, NC 28412

Butterfly Bungalow Grand Opening

The Butterfly Bungalow Grand Opening at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a chance to view exotic butterflies from all over the world, see a butterfly release (11am), and go home with a butterfly friendly plant.

Saturday, April 23rd beginning at 9:00 AM.
Admission is $8.95 – $10.95.
For more information, visit the Aquarium website.

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

Coastal Carolina Trainfest

The Coastal Carolina Trainfest features examples of model railroads from six participating clubs including more than 15 operating layouts, clinics, demos, and vendors.

Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 24th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Coastline Convention Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Flytrap Folic

This event features educational and family-friendly tours, interactive touch boxes to learn how different carnivorous plants hunt their prey, guest predator appearances by local raptors and snakes, flytrap crafts and face painting. Named an official event of the N.C. Science Festival. Free parking at Alderman Elementary School.

Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden
3800 Canterbury Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

7th Annual Family Fun Day at Bellamy Mansion

The 7th Annual Family Fun Day features games, crafts, pony rides, costumed reenactors, storytelling, live music, face painting, puppies, balloon animals, and more. Refreshments, snacks and popcorn for sale.

Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Bellamy Mansion website.

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

Touch-a-Truck Event

Touch-A-Truck at Independence Mall parking lot features a chance for kids to have a hands-on opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect, and serve the Port City community.

Sunday, April 24th at 12:30 PM.
Admission is $6.00 to $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Independence Mall
3500 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

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