Wilmington Weekend Guide: March 4th – 6th

Wilmington Weekend Guide (11)
Music & Theater


The Opera House Theater Company presents Carousel, one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most enduring musicals. Set in small town New England, the story explores the ill-fated love affair between the swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, the trusting mill worker whose heart he steals. The show is ultimately an uplifting story of the power of forgiveness and belief in the human spirit.

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th at 8 pm. Sunday, March 6th at 3 pm.
Admission is $34.00.
For tickets and more information, visit The Opera House Theater Company’s website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD

Enjoy a live, high-definition broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera at Lumina Theater at UNCW featuring Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while tenor Roberto Alagna is the handsome student who seeks her hand. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the score.

Saturday, March 5th at 1:00 pm.
Admission is $20.00 to $24.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Lumina Theater
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403


Break A Sweat (Or Savor Spectating)

Wrightsville Beach Biathalon

The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort features an 8-mile surf-to-sound race (4-mile flatwater SUP followed by a 4-mile beach run.

Saturday, March 5th at 10:30 am.
Race admission is $75.00.
For more information, registration and division information, visit the event website.

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

7th Annual Cardinal Strut

The 7th Annual Cardinal Strut features a 10K, 5K, and a Fun Run (1.2 miles), plus the return of the popular Cardinal Dash –- a competitive 1-mile race. After the race enjoy breakfast from Waffle House, music, awards, and a bounce house. The event proceeds benefit the Holly Tree PTA.

Saturday, March 5th at 8:00 am.
Race admission is $15.00 to $40.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Holly Tree Elementary School
3020 Web Trace
Wilmington, NC 28409

Speed Date & Dance

Enjoy an evening of dancing and perhaps even romance at Babs McDance’s “Speed Date & Dance”.  Addie Sellers of Wilmington Matchmaker facilitating and instructors at Babs McDance teaching at the beginning of event. Food and drinks will also be available.

Saturday, March 5th at 7:00 pm.
Admission is $15.00.
For more information, visit Babs McDance’s website.

Babs McDance Social Dance Studio
6782 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405

Cape Fear Roller Girls Season Opener

The Cape Fear Roller Girls open their season with a doubleheader taking on the Belmont Bruisers and Classic City.

Saturday, March 5th at 5:00 pm.
Admission is $10.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the Cape Fear Roller Girls website.

Schwartz Center
601 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


Get in Tune with Nature

Hobby Greenhouse Tour

The annual Hobby Greenhouse Tour in the Lower Cape Fear region of North Carolina is a free self-guided tour of local greenhouses, including member and non-member greenhouses plus commercial and institutional greenhouses throughout New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.

Saturday, March 5th at 9:00 am.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the arboretum’s website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Bluebird Workshop.

The Bluebird Workshop at Wild Bird & Garden in Wilmington, NC, features a chance to learn about one of the area’s most vibrant songbirds, their habitat and food preferences, and how to attract them to your yard.

Saturday, March 5th at 9:15 am.
Admission is free.
For more information visit Wild Bird & Garden’s website.

Wild Bird & Garden
3501 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403


Bites & Sips

Backyard BBQ Cookoff (Fundraiser for Step Up Soldiers)

The Backyard BBQ Cook-Off at Carolina Beach Lake Park features more than two dozen culinary competitors and benefits Step Up for Soldiers, a volunteer group that works to provide resources and recognition to recently disabled veterans. The event will also feature a raffle, entertainment, and live music by Kenny Reeves & Trainwreck (11am to 1pm) and Gary Lowder and the Smokin’ Hots (2-5pm).

Saturday, March 5th beginning at 10am.
Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQ after the judging ($1 per taste cup).
For more information, visit the event website.

Cape Fear Beer Festival

The 6th Annual Cape Fear Beer Festivalwill feature more than 100 American beers and ciders, along with a few wines.

Saturday, March 5th at 1:00 pm. VIP ticket admission is at 12:00pm.
Admission is $40.00 to $50.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Fermental’s Anniversary Celebration

Fermental is celebrating their 3rd anniversary with tastings, live music, and bites from Catch the Food Truck and Momma Rocks Dessert Truck.

Saturday, March 5th at 4:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

7250-B Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411


Bring the Kids

101 Dalmations

Thalian Association Youth Theatre presents 101 Dalmatians, the story of pet owners Robert and Anita who live happily in London with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita and their puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil, Anita’s former classmate, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat!  The production is directed by Thom Behm and choreographed by Tina Leak & Katie Auletti-Smith.

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th at 7pm. Sunday, March 6th at 3pm.
Admission is $12.00.
For more information, visit the Wilmington Community Arts website.

Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage
120 South Second Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Dog-Gone Good Pancake Breakfast

The Dog-Gone Good Pancake Breakfast at HWY 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Wilmington, NC, benefits Thalian Association Community Theatre in celebration of their performance of 101 Dalmations.

Saturday, March 5th at 8:00 am.
Admission is $6.00.

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries
6331 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

The Little Mermaid & Princess Party

The Wilmington Ballet Company presents The Little Mermaid  & Princess Party, an interactive experience for young audiences at the CFCC Center Studio Theater in downtown Wilmington, NC. After the show, rub elbows with the cast, a great chance for photo-ops with characters, ocean crafts, and other activities.

Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Admission is $15.00.
For more information, visit Wilmington Ballet’s website.

CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center
701 North Third Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


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