Sunday, December 30, 2012

January 2013 Wilmington NC Events

Welcome 2013! Celebrate the New Year at these upcoming events in Wilmington North Carolina.

January 2013 Wilmington events include plays, musicals, athletic challenges, fundraisers, shows, and more! Mark up your calendar today so that you can attend as many upcoming Wilmington events as possible during the month of January. Hosting or attending a January event that is not already on the list? Submit your event today!

Visiting Wilmington from out of town this month? Take advantage of excellent hotel discounts from our local partners and explore our website to find information on local attractions, restaurants, and more!

January 2013 Wilmington Events:

Wilmington Jazz at the CAM: Sir Manual & The Weather Channel Boyz, fusion jazz
January 3, 2013 from 6:30 - 8PM
Continue your New Year fun with the return of Jazz at the CAM! A new group to the series will blend smooth jazz and funk into a musical journey comparable to Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, Weather Report, and Foreplay. Call 910-395-5999 for more information. Click here to learn more about Wilmington's upcoming music entertainment.

Monty Python's Spamalot
January 3-6, 10-12, 2013
Cape Fear Theatre Arts presents Monty Python's SPAMALOT this January 2013 at Thalian Hall Mainstage. Lovingly ripped off the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Call Thalian Hall at 910-632-2285 to get your show tickets today.

Hidden Battleship
January 12, 2013
This behind-the-scenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship North Carolina is designed for the explorer at heart! The four-hour tour consists of small groups with guides. guests explore the bow, third deck, engine room #1, the refrigerator compartments, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. Call 910-251-5797 for reservations.

Live Music in Wilmington NC
January 15, 2013 - M.L.K. Gospel Concert
January 25, 2013 - The Marshall Tucker Band
January 26, 2013 - Sir Manuel and The Funk U Orchestra
January 30, 2013 - Jeff Mangum
Wilmington NC venues present a variety of entertaining shows in Wilmington, NC this January 2013. Plan ahead with family and friends so that you can experience these exciting performances. Read our Live Music in Wilmington NC blog for more information about these upcoming Wilmington events!

5th Annual Cold Stroke Classic
January 19, 2013
The 2013 Cold Stroke Classic will take place in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on January 19, 2013. The course will begin and end at the Blockade-Runner Beach Resort for both divisions. All paddling for the race will be on the Intracoastal Waterway. Paddlers can opt to do the 3.5 mile Recreational course or the 7 mile Elite Course. Call 800-383-4443 for more information.

Sheppard's Battery: Defending The Left Flank
January 19, 2013 from 10AM - 4PM
Fort Fisher's 148th anniversary program will focus on the Confederate defenders at Sheppard's Battery and around the 'Bloody Gate' on the left flank of Fort Fisher. Civil War re-enactors will set up displays of camp life, and talk with visitors about the life of the Confederate infantry and artillery troops during the January 1865 campaign. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 910-458-5538 for more information.
Pied Piper Theatre: Dury Lane - A Musical Mother Goose Mash-Up
January 20, 2013 at 3PM
A musical revue featuring the beloved rhymes of Mother Goose from the inventive mind of Steve Cooper. Fractured Fairy Tales meets the Ziegfeld Follies in this fun-filled musical for the entire family. You will not want to miss Georgie Porgie and Jack Horner, Jack Sprat and his Super-Sized Wife, Miss Muffet and the Spider, and more. Call 910-632-2285 to get your tickets from Thalian Hall today.

Martin Luther King Parade
January 21, 2013 at Noon
Join us in historic downtown Wilmington for the Martin Luther King Parade. The parade line-up time is at 9:00AM and the parade will begin at noon.

Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off
January 25 - 26, 2013
BBQ meets the beach at the 2013 Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off coming up January 25 - 26, 2013. Thirty teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they have raised a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers. The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue. Everyone is welcome and admission is free! Call 910-547-0087 for more information.

Bellamy Mansion Museum Preservation Celebration
January 25, 2013 from 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Come and experience the finest Wilmington hospitality! Four magnificently restored houses will be open for a special Preservation Celebration on Friday, January 25th from 6:30 - 9:30PM. Tour the Donald MacRae House, George Washington Williams House, David R. Murchison House and Tuscany, all located within walking distance in the downtown Historic District. Tickets are $35 each and include wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Call 910-547-9592 for more information.

16th Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale
January 26 - 27, 2013
The Original Cape Fear Model Railroad Society presents the 16th Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale January 26 - 27, 2013. Join us at American Legion Post 10 for this exciting event. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, and free for children 5 and under. Enjoy free clinics by Tom Staley of Tom's Train Station in Cary, NC. Call 910-270-2696 for more information.

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Live Music in Wilmington NC

Wilmington music events will feature live entertainment for audiences of all ages at favorite Wilmington NC venues this coming December, January, and February. 

Wilmington NC venues present exciting shows in Wilmington, NC this coming December, January, and February. Plan ahead with family and friends so that you can attend these concerts in Wilmington. Wilmington music features jazz, rock, funk, gospel and more! Plus, big time artists Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Citizen Cope will perform live in cities nearby. Plan ahead so that you can attend all of these exciting events!

Visiting Wilmington from out of town? Take advantage of incredible discount rates from our Wilmington hotel partners.

Music in Wilmington North Carolina:

Keller Williams
December 27, 2012 at 8:30PM
98.3 The Penguin Presents Keller Williams with More than a Little Support and That 1 Guy on December 27, 2012 at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. General Admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of. Get your tickets today to attend this exciting Wilmington concert. Visit for more information.

M.L.K Gospel Concert
January 15, 2013 at 7:00PM
The M.L.K. Gospel Concert at Saint Steven A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, North Carolina will feature various choirs from around the southeast. Join us at 501 Red Cross Street in Wilmington for this special Wilmington concert.

The Marshall Tucker Band
January 25, 2013 at 9:00PM
In the early fall of 1973, Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits. The collective talents of the Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed. More than three decades later, this performance reminds us how it all began. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated.

Sir Manuel and The Funk U Orchestra
January 26, 2013
Music from the 60's, 70's and early 80's with hits from Ohio Players, Commadors, Mass Production, George Clinton, James Brown, Jeffery Osborne, Ray Le'Montagne, Prince, Cameo, Chuck Brown, and many more ol shook funk tunes! Visit for more information.

Jeff Mangum
January 30, 2013 at 8:30PM
Progressive Music Group presents Jeff Mangum with special guests Tall Firs on January 30, 2013 at Brooklyn Arts Center. Buy your tickets in advance and save! $1 per ticket will benefit Children of the Blue Sky. Visit for more information.

North Carolina Jazz Festival
February 7 - 9, 2013
Wilmington, North Carolina welcomes all jazz lovers to the 33rd Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival. Fill your evenings with exciting performances brought to you by some of the greatest jazz musicians from around the globe, and spend your days exploring Wilmington's favorite local attractions.

Julie Rehder and Jack Krupicka Quartet
February 14, 2013
Julie Rehder and Jack Krupicka Quartet invite you to join them for a romantic filled Valentine's Day evening of jazz. This Cape Fear Jazz Society music event in Wilmington is part of the Jazz at The CAM series. Purchase your Jazz at the CAM tickets today for this Valentine's Day performance.

February 26, 2013 at 8:00PM
HUKA Entertainment and Progressive Music Group present LOTUS with special guests Moon Hooch. Lotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all electronic music festival and then the next night crash a traditional rock festival with their dance heavy beats, synths and samples. Visit for more information.

Jeremy Kittel Band
March 9, 2013 at 8:00PM
Jeremy is a full-time member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet - while also touring as the leader of his namesake band. His stylistically diverse, boundary-zapping perspective produces a breathless fusion of musical styles - and an audience response that borders on Kittel-mania. Call 910-632-2285 for more information.

Concerts Near Wilmington NC:

Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley - Locked & Reloaded Tour
January 17, 2013 at 7:30PM | Colonial Life Arena | Columbia, South Carolina
Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will kick off their 2013 Locked & Reloaded Tour on January 17, 2013 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina. Plan a quick getaway today so that you can be part of this exciting event! Purchase your Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley tickets and book a Columbia hotel room today!

Citizen Cope
February 9, 2013 at 9:00PM | Music Farm | Charleston, SC
Citizen Cope will perform LIVE in Charleston, South Carolina on February 9, 2013 at Music Farm. Join Citizen Cope fans at this exciting live concert. Purchase your Citizen Cope tickets and book a Charleston hotel room today so that you can attend this Charleston concert!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events 

Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 New Year's Eve in Wilmington NC

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Wilmington North Carolina at exciting holiday events on December 31, 2012!

Photo of New Year's Eve FireworksRing in the New Year with family and friends at Wilmington's favorite holiday events. Kick off New Year's Eve Day with the kids at The Children's Museum of Wilmington's New Year's Noon event. Countdown to 'midnight' at noon with the kids so that you can enjoy a cruise, masquerade ball, gala, and more when the ball finally drops at midnight! Wilmington NC holiday events are designed to entertain people of all ages and interests. Share these New Year's Eve events with family and friends so that you can make plans today!

Visiting Wilmington from out of town to celebrate New Year's Eve on the coast? Take advantage of excellent discount Wilmington hotel rates from our local hotel partners! If you live in Wilmington, email these discounts to family and friends so that they can join you for these exciting holiday events!

We look forward to seeing you at Wilmington's New Year's Eve Celebrations!

2012 New Year's Eve Events in Wilmington North Carolina

New Year's Noon!
December 31, 2012 & January 1, 2013 from 11AM - 1PM
Celebrate the New Year with The Children's Museum of Wilmington on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This count down to the New Year features confetti, noise makers, and lots of fun! The 'midnight' celebration occurs at noon and it is FREE with regular admission. Call 910-254-3534 for more information.

New Year's Eve Party Cruise
December 31, 2012
Ring in the New Year aboard the 120' Royal Winner Princess II. Enjoy a champagne toast, dessert, and party favors for only $25.00 per person. The cruise will board at 10PM and return at 12:30AM. Call 910-458-5356 to make your holiday reservations.
Save the Night Masquerade Ball
December 31, 2012 from 9PM - 1AM
Join us at the St. Thomas Preservation Hall for a black tie masquerade. An evening supporting the Centre of Redemption, a Wilmington home for underage pregnant girls rescued from sex trafficking. Dance in the New Year and enjoy an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dessert, a champagne toast, and a silent auction. Visit for tickets.

New Year's Eve Gala featuring Spamalot in Wilmington NC
December 31, 2012 at 7PM
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and City Stage Productions present the 2012 New Year's Eve Gala featuring the outrageous musical comedy "Monty Python's Spamalot". The event begins at 7PM with a buffet, open bar, champagne and party favors. Curtain time is at 8:30PM. Desserts will be served at intermission, and after the show, the party runs until 1AM New Year's Morning. Call 910-632-2285 for more information.

New Year's Eve Celebration Cruise in Wilmington NC
December 31, 2012
Cruise into 2013 aboard Henrietta III. This riverboat cruise along the Cape Fear River includes a heavy hors d'oeuvre buffet, entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast! Plan ahead with family and friends so that you can celebrate this exciting holiday together. Call 910-343-1611 to make your pre-paid reservations TODAY!

Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown
December 31, 2012
Celebrate the New Year near the Pier in Kure Beach. Do not miss out on your chance to watch the lighted beach ball drop at midnight, followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. Call 910-458-5507 for ore information about this family friendly, Wilmington NC event!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, November 29, 2012

2012 Wilmington NC Holiday Challenge

Take the 2012 Wilmington NC Holiday Challenge to get in the holiday spirit!

Photo of 2012 Wilmington NC Photo ChallengeExperience the sights, tastes, and smells of Christmas at Wilmington's favorite holiday events. We challenge you to get in the holiday spirit and attend as many Wilmington holiday events as you can this holiday season! Print the 2012 Wilmington NC Holiday Challenge check list and hang it on your fridge today. Check off each holiday event as you go and post holiday pictures on our Facebook page! Share this Holiday Challenge with family and friends so that you can celebrate the holidays together.

Visiting Wilmington NC from out of town this holiday season? Take advantage of special discount hotel rates from our local hotel partners. We look forward to seeing you in Wilmington NC!

Read more about the exciting Wilmington events in the 2012 Wilmington NC Holiday Challenge and get in the Christmas Spirit today!

Visit Santa
November 23 - December 24, 2012
Hours Vary Throughout the Season
Visit Santa in Santa Village at Mayfaire. Children can visit him and have their photos taken by Mayfaires professional photographer. Santa welcomes children, adults, pets, and anyone with a holiday spirit. Call 910-256-5131 for more information.

Enchanted Airlie
November 29, 30, 2012 December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2012  
Enchanted Airlie is voted one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events! Airlie's holiday light display, Enchanted Airlie, runs until just before Christmas. The fantastic LEGOS display is returning this year. Last year's display was made up of over 250,000 bricks and set the record as the largest crowd to see a single LEGO display in the US! Call 910-798-7700 for more information.
It's A Wonderful Life
November 29 - December 2, December 6-9, 13-16, 2012
Take a jump back in time and experience first-hand the MAGIC behind a LIVE 1940's Radio Broadcast with 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play'. This treasured holiday show comes to life right before your eyes as an ensemble of Five 1940's radio players perform a special Christmas broadcast of It's a Wonderful Life, complete with music, sound effects and a Live Audience! Get your tickets to It's a Wonderful Life today.

Train and Light Spectacular in Wilmington NC
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30, 2012
The Wilmington Railroad Museum and WWAY NewsChannel 3 present Wilmington's Train and Light Spectacular. Come down and see the Museum as never before. More than 15,000 lights glisten and sparkle to mark the holidays, Santa is on hand, with cookies from Sugar on Front and cider to sip and enjoy. Call 910-763-2634 for tickets.

Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla
December 1, 2012 at 6PM
Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise from Snow's Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. Watch as the boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. Call 910-458-5507 for more information.

NC Aquarium's Holiday Elf Camp
December 1, 8, & 15, 2012
Kids ages 5-12 are welcome to attend the 2012 Holiday Elf Camps. Elves will be making gifts, wrapping them, meeting other elves, and making some extra special memories here at the aquarium. This fun and educational program gives adult elves guilt-free time for holiday shopping and relaxation. Camps include a pizza lunch, snacks, crafts, holiday gift-wrap, instruction and countless wonderful memories. Call 800-832-3474 for more information.

Holiday Lights By Boat
December 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 21, 22, 2012 from 5:30PM - 7PM
Join Wilmington Water Tours for this special holiday boat excursion. Enjoy holiday punch at the Captains Reception and then depart for the Harbor Holiday Light Cruise. Call 910-338-3134 for more information.

Candyland Christmas Event 2012
December 2, 2012 from 1 - 4:30PM
Celebrate the magic of the season with your entire family and Santa at the 2012 Candyland Christmas Event at The Children's Museum of Wilmington. Children will make candy cottages, enjoy goodies, make handmade ornaments, story time, share wish lists with Santa, mix reindeer food, and enjoy special holiday performances. Call 910-254-3534 for more information.

10th Annual Wilmington Holiday Parade
December 2, 2012 at 6:10PM
Join us in historic downtown Wilmington for the 10th Annual Wilmington Holiday Parade. This Wilmington parade begins at N. Front and Walnut at 6:10PM. Get in the holiday spirit with family and friends at this exciting Wilmington event. Call 910-341-7855 for more information.

Poplar Grove Christmas Crafts Fair
December 2, 2012 from Noon to 5PM
Dressed in its holiday finest, the plantation's Christmas Open House is a charming gateway to old fashioned holiday spirit. Take a self guided tour or shop the Craft Fair. Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A hayride through Abbey Nature Preserve is a wonderful trip for the whole family. As Poplar Grove's way of saying thank you and  Merry Christmas to the community, admission is free today. Learn more about the Christmas Open House and Craft Fair at Poplar Grove today.

Fort Fisher Holiday Open House
December 6, 2012 from 10AM - 5PM
Enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations, and live music by area choral and instrumental groups throughout the day. There will be special one-day discounts in the Museum Shop. Call 910-458-5538 for more details.

Miracle on 34th Street
December 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, & 16, 2012 
The movie opened in 1947 and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Tony Award-winner Meredith Willson created this magical musical adaptation of the beloved film. When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is, in fact, the real thing. And in the process, a cynical single mom and her troubled daughter are changed forever by the power of believing. Call 910-632-2285 for tickets.

The Holiday Flea at BAC
December 7, 8, and 9, 2012
Renowed as the 'ultimate vintage flea' and attended by hundreds and hundreds of shoppers and dozens of vintage vendors from around the region, The Holiday Flea will be a weekend-long event that promises to be bigger and better with a wide array of vintage, retro, and upcycled treasures. Wilmington's finest food trucks will feed holiday crowds and the BAC cash bar serves liquid refreshments. Visit for more information.

Kure Beach Christmas Show
December 7, 2012 at 6PM
The Annual Kure Beach Christmas Show is sprinkled with snow, bright characters, talented singers, and amazing dancers. Lighted holiday floats, live bands, and colorful characters like Santa will be at the annual nighttime Christmas parade to add to the festivities of the season.

Santa Claus Cruise
December 8, 2012
Cruise aboard Henrietta III to the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus! Cape Fear Riverboats presents the 24th Annual Santa Claus Cruise to benefit Wilmington Salvation Army's Food Pantry. Admission price is 6 non-perishable food items per person. Call 910-343-1611 to reserve your spot.

Polar Express Holiday Show
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, & 23, 2012
Shows at 4:30PM and 5:30PM
The classic story returns for the holidays! WWAY NewsChannel 3 and Wilmington Railroad Museum present the Polar Express Family Show. On-air staff read this holiday favorite, followed by a visit from Santa and special 'first gift'. Afterwards, enjoy cookies from Sugar on Front and sip cocoa.Call 910-763-2634 to reserve your Golden Tickets.

Budweiser Clydesdales at Mayfaire
December 9, 2012 from 2PM - 4PM
Welcome the Budweiser Clydesdales on Sunday, December 9th from 2PM - 4PM at Mayfaire. Don't forget your camera so that you can snap pictures of these amazing animals as they walk the Mayfaire streets. Call 910-256-5131 for more information.

North Carolina Symphony Holiday Pops
December 11, 2012 at 8PM
The North Carolina Symphony comes to you this holiday season for a concert of yuletide classics to warm your heart. Along the way, you'll enjoy all-time symphonic favorites and the orchestra's ever-popular Christmas carol sing-along. Join us at Keenan Auditorium for this exciting event!

Santa at the Cotton Exchange
Every Saturday and Sunday until December 23, 2012
Visit Santa at the Cotton Exchange in Wilmington, North Carolina. Santa is available on Saturdays from 12PM - 4PM and Sundays from 1PM - 4PM until December 23, 2012. Bring a camera and make a memory at Santa's Station. Call 910-343-9896 for more information.

Caroling by 'REINDEER' Drawn Carriage
December 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2012 from 6PM - 10PM
Come and sing Christmas carols with Santa and his special 'reindeer'. Snuggle under warm lap blankets while enjoying the beautiful Christmas lights. $12 per adult, $5 per child under 12. Free candy canes for children! Call 910-251-8889 for more information.

Wilmington Trolley Holiday Light Tours
December 14 - 23, 2012
Wilmington Trolley presents the 2012 Holiday Light Tours! Enjoy music, narration, and fun with family and friends. Take advantage of the Holiday Family Special and get 2 adult tickets and 2 children tickets for $25! Visit for more information.

5K Jingle Bell Run in Wilmington NC
December 15, 2012
Join us for a this spectacular holiday event! Race participants are encouraged to dress in holiday apparel including Santa costumes, antlers, and snowmen. There will be a prize for the best costume! Call 910-256-2569 for more information.

Sounds of the Season from Stage and Screen
December 16, 2012 at 4PM
Join us at the Scottish Rite Temple Auditorium in Wilmington, North Carolina for the Sounds of the Season from Stage and Screen. Tickets are $9.99 in advance and $12 at the door. Visit for more information.

Free Baroque Christmas Concert
December 17, 2012 at 7:30PM
Join us at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wilmington, North Carolina for this FREE Baroque Christmas Concert. This holiday event will benefit the Good Shepherd Center. The concert is free, donations are accepted. Call 910-620-7207 for more information.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinners and Events in Wilmington NC

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Wilmington North Carolina with special holiday events and delicious Thanksgiving dinners!

Dress up like a turkey and join us bright and early Thanksgiving morning to kick off the holiday season with an exciting 5K run / walk. Work up an appetite for a delicious Thanksgiving feast and then get lots of rest to be first in line for those Black Friday sales. Continue the holiday celebrations all weekend long at the 29th Annual Holiday Flotilla! Thanksgiving in Wilmington promises to be an exciting holiday weekend for the entire family. Don't forget to share these Thanksgiving hotel specials with family and friends so that loved ones can visit Wilmington, NC for the holidays! Check out the holiday events and feasts happening in Wilmington, North Carolina:

2012 Thanksgiving Events in Wilmington North Carolina:

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the local community at these exciting holiday events happening in Wilmington, North Carolina:

2012 Gallop for the Gravy 5K
November 22, 2012 at 8AM
Gallop for the Gravy is a certified 5K course that starts and ends at the Wilmington Family YMCA. It winds through the Forest Hills neighborhood, has plenty of shade and is flat. There is one water stop at about the 1/2 point. Best costume will win a prize! It's a great way to kick off your Thanksgiving holiday! Learn more about the Gallop for the Gravy 5K and register today!

Wilmington's 8th Annual Turkey Trot
November 22, 2012 at 8:30AM
The 8th Annual Turkey Trot in Wilmington, NC will take place on November 22, 2012. The Turkey Trot is a certified 5K in Wrightsville Beach Park that benefits Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Start your Thanksgiving holiday with an exciting 5K that supports a great cause! Call 910-762-4744 for more information!

29th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach
November 23 - 24, 2012
The 29th Annual Flotilla weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th. Flotilla is one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and a must see family weekend! Weekend events include a Launch Party held at Blockade Runner, a family friendly Festival in the Park, a spectacular lighted boat parade and an increasingly impressive fireworks display! Call 910-256-2120 for more information.

2012 Thanksgiving Dinners in Wilmington NC:

Invite family and friends to join your for a Thanksgiving feast at one of Wilmington's favorite restaurants. From traditional Thanksgiving meals to fancy Thanksgiving menus, Wilmington has it all. You can even order your turkey to go so that you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your own home.

Casey's Buffet Barbecue & Home Cookin'
5559 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC | 910-798-2913
Thanksgiving Menu
11AM - 9PM
Children 3 and under eat free!

Cracker Barrel
21 Van Campen Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403
Thanksgiving Menu
11AM - Close

K&W Cafeteria
3501 Oleander Drive, New Hanover Center, Wilmington, NC | 910-762-7011
Thanksgiving Menu

Oceanic - Oceanfront Dining
703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | 910-256-5551
Thanksgiving Menu
12PM - 8PM

Ruth's Chris Steak House
301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910-343-1818
Thanksgiving Menu
Noon - 7PM

The Bridge Tender
1414 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 910-256-4519
Thanksgiving Menu

Where will you celebrate Thanksgiving 2012? If you know of other Wilmington restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner, please leave a comment on this post so that we can add them to the list!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thanksgiving in Wilmington North Carolina

Find Thanksgiving hotel deals at premier Wilmington hotels this November 2012.

Make hotel reservations today so that you can participate in Thanksgiving activities and shop the Black Friday sales in Wilmington, North Carolina. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, stuffing, apple pie, and more at one of Wilmington's favorite local restaurants. Watch the Thanksgiving day football games, visit the beach, or spend the day exploring downtown Wilmington. After a long day of holiday fun, rest comfortably at a Wilmington hotel so that you can be the first in line for Black Friday deals at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more. For a sneak peak at incredible Black Friday sales, visit

Photo of Happy Thanksgiving Wilmington North CarolinaInvite family and friends to Wilmington so that you can celebrate Thanksgiving with the people that you care about most. Visitors will enjoy the comforts of home at these Wilmington hotels. Check out the Thanksgiving Specials listed below and call them today to make your hotel reservations. Holiday specials are valid Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25, 2012. Availability is limited, so make your reservations today to guarantee these low rates!

Staybridge Suites Wilmington North Carolina - King Studios Only $89.00 per night!

866-875-7770 | 5010 New Centre Drive, Wilmington, NC |
Experience the very same comforts and luxuries of home at the Staybridge Suites Wilmington hotel. The beach and downtown are only five minutes away from this incredible Wilmington hotel. Perfect Thanksgiving accommodations near Black Friday sales.
  • Spacious guest rooms feature fully equipped kitchens and flat screen TV's
  • Free hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, and Business Center located on site
  • Black Friday sales, shopping, and attractions nearby
Just call 866-875-7770 and ask for the Thanksgiving Special to make your reservations!

Holiday Inn Wilmington North Carolina - Only $75.00 per night

866-893-2703 | 5032 Market Street, Wilmington, NC |
The Holiday Inn is a contemporary, full service hotel that is centrally located near Wrightsville Beach, downtown, and Wilmington attractions. Enjoy a peaceful hotel environment with upscale amenities. Excellent Thanksgiving specials near Black Friday sales.
  • Spacious guest rooms feature a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker
  • Free hot buffet breakfast, free wireless internet and free parking
  • Savoy Grill Restaurant, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center and Business Center on site
  • Black Friday sales, beaches, downtown Wilmington, and local attractions nearby
Just call 866-893-2703 and ask for the Thanksgiving Special to make your reservations!

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Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 2012 Wilmington NC Events

Wilmington North Carolina November events include festivals, cruises, art shows, holiday celebrations, culinary events and more. Kick off the 2012 season with your favorite Wilmington attractions. Check out our list of November events listed below and start making plans with family and friends today. Visiting from out of town? Take advantage of excellent hotel deals from our local hotel partners. We look forward to seeing you at Wilmington's greatest local events!

Cape Fear Kite Festival
November 3 & 4, 2012
Visit Wrightsville Beach for the Cape Fear Kite Festival. There will be kite flyers from as far as Chicago, New York, and Florida. Kites include lots of inflatable big ones, so bring a camera and shoes comfortable for walking in the sand.

Truck-a-Roo - Inaugural Downtown Food Truck Cook-Off
November 3, 2012 from 4PM - 8PM
Join us at Riverfront Park in Downtown Wilmington for the Truck-A-Roo Cook-Off. Pruchase a Ballot Card for just $10 to sample a savory selection from each of the trucks and cast your vote for the 'Best in Show'. Admission to the event is free. Regional craft brews and wine will be available for purchase and a great lineup of bands will provide entertainment.

Champagne and Cheesecake Cruise
November 4, 2012 from 2PM - 4PM
Welcome Daylight Savings Time and the beginning of the Holiday Seasons on a Champagne and Cheesecake Cruise with Wilmington Water Tours. Nothing like champagne and sweets to kick off the season! Call 910-338-3134 for more information.

Farmers' Market at Poplar Grove
Every Wednesday from 8AM - 1PM until November 21, 2012
It is the last month to visit the Farmers' Market at Poplar Grove, so plan ahead so you can see what the local growers and producers have to offer the community. Visit and shop with a variety of vendors offering fresh food, beautiful flowers, unique arts & crafts, snacks, cheese & more. Products and produce vary according to availability and season. Free parking! Plan your trip to the Farmers' Market at Poplar Grove today. 

Cucalorus Film Festival
November 8 - 11, 2012
Cucalorus takes place every November in Wilmington, screening over 100 independent and international films in venues like the majestic and recently restored Thalian Hall as well as City Stage Theater and Jengo's Playhouse. In 2009, MovieMaker Magazine recognized it as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals. Call 910-343-5995 for more information.

Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale
November 9, 10 & 11, 2012
The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild will open the annual Holiday Show and Sale with a reception on Friday, November 9 from 5PM - 8PM. The Show / Sale will continue on Saturday and Sunday with ceramic artists from all over coastal Southeastern NC exhibiting their work. Each artist will donate one item for the Sunday raffle benefiting Empty Bowls and other community projects. Learn more about the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show in Wilmington, NC today.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Concert: Patriotic Pops! A Salute to Veterans
November 11, 2012 at 4:00PM
A Veterans Day matinee saluting veterans and a nostalgic tour of the rich legacy of American popular music. This event is sponsored by Brightmore of Wilmington and seating for this concert is general admission. Join us at UNCW Keenan Auditorium for this Wilmington event. Call 910-791-9262 for more information.

Surf to Sound Challenge
November 17, 2012 at 9AM
The Surf to Sound Challenge in Wilmington, North Carolina kicks off at 9AM with a Kids Race. The top three finishers will be awarded race ribbons. Next up is the Elite Surf to Sound Challenge and the Intermediate Harbor Island Outer Loop. Prizes are awarded for both races.

The Lighting at the Lake Celebration
November 23, 2012 at 7PM
The light up ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival. The brief opening ceremony will feature the President of The Island of Lights committee, Pleasure Island Mayors, and musical entertainment. Local Boy Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the Flag for the signing of the National Anthem. Families can walk one mile around the lake to view the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free cocoa and cookies will be served. Call 910-458-5507 for more information.

29th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach
November 23 & 24, 2012
Since the original Flotilla 29 years ago, it has become one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and a must see family weekend. Enjoy a fabulous Launch Party, a family friendly Festival in the Park, the spectacular lighted boat parade, and impressive evening fireworks. Call 910-256-2120 for more information.

Wilmington Art & Craft Show
November 24 - 25, 2012
On Thanksgiving weekend, the Wilmington Art & Craft Show will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center. This carefully juried fine art and fine craft show consists of top-notch artists and craftsmen from Wilmington and around the country. You will find everything from funky pottery to elegant paintings, exquisite jewelry to stunning sculpture, fabulous fiber to vivid glass work. Click here for a discount coupon!

A Carolina Nutcracker in Wilmington, North Carolina
November 30, 2012
Join City Ballet of Wilmington for the holiday event of the season at Thalian Hall. Set in Wilmington in December 1865, A Carolina Nutcracker is a unique blend of Wilmington history and the cherished holiday ballet. This performance is a treat for all ages, so get your tickets today! Call 910-632-2285 for more information.

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Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 2012 Wilmington NC Events

Wilmington NC October events feature haunted Halloween attractions, festivals, theatrical performances, outdoor activities, concerts and more! Kick off your fall season at these exciting Wilmington events. Visiting from out of town? Enjoy incredible discounts from our local hotel partners. Share this list of upcoming events and discounts with family and friends so that you can make your October plans today!

October Discount from Wilmington NC Events:

$1.00 Off your admission ticket to The Lion in Winter
October 4-7, 11-14, and 18-21, 2012 
King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely the country will be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen. Call Big Dawg Productions at 910-367-5237 and mention Wilmington NC Events to get $1.00 off your admission ticket!

October 2012 Wilmington Events:

Wilmington Farmers Markets
There are still a few weeks left to check out the local vendors at Wilmington's very own Farmers Markets. Carolina Beach Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8AM - 1PM until October 13th, and the Farmers Market at Poplar Grove is open on Wednesdays from 8AM - 1PM until November 21st.Visit these local markets to find the freshest products that Wilmington has to offer!

Halloween events in Wilmington NC
It's that spooky time of year and Wilmington, North Carolina is home to some of the most anticipated haunted attractions of the season. Dare to wander the decks of Ghost Ship, explore 11,000 square feet of your worst nightmares at Panic Attack Haunted Attraction, and hop on a Halloween Ghost Trolley Tour. Get ready for the scare of your life at these haunted attractions and enjoy spooktacular family friendly Halloween events as well. Wilmington has it all! Check out our Halloween blog entry for more information!

Bellamy Mansion's Reverse Raffle
October 4, 2012 from 7PM - 9PM
Bellamy Mansion promises an exciting evening with prizes galore. Tickets are $50 each and they include entrance to a fun Reverse Raffle event with hors d'oeuvres, wine, and guest emcee Mayor Bill Saffo. Prizes include up to $1000 in cash and many door prizes including art work, tickets to local attractions, dinner certificates, and much more. Learn more at

October 5-7, 2012
Celebrate Riverfest 2012 in Wilmington, North Carolina with family and friends. Attracting nearly a quarter-million people, Riverfest is an exciting three day event that features about 200 craft and food vendors, fireworks, entertainment, the Great Waiters Wine Race, Run the River 8K Race, a Stand Up Paddleboard Competition and more. Call 910-452-6862 for additional information.

Serve It Up for Autism Volleyball Tournament
October 6, 2012 at 11:00AM
Join us for the 2012 Serve It Up for Autism Volleyball Tournament in Wilmington, North Carolina. 4 person (max 6 person) co-ed teams will play for a great cause and there will be lots of great raffle items. All proceeds benefit children with autism living in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties. OASIS NC offers a variety of programs for kids with autism (ages 3 - 13) and is in the early stages of becoming a private school. Help support this great cause. Learn more about the Serve It Up Tournament today.

Battle In The South
October 7, 2012
Richard Dambakly presents Battle In The South Championship Mixed Martial Arts. On October 7, 2012, the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington, North Carolina will host the 2012 Battle In The South Mixed Martial Arts Championship. Doors open at 3:00PM for this event and the fights start at 4:00PM. Get your tickets today to reserve your seats. This Wilmington event will benefit the American Heart Association. Call 910-270-8888 for more information.

Bark In The Park
October 13, 2012 at 11:00AM
Mighty Mutts and Playful Purebreds will leap to the sky to catch flying discs at Wrightsville Beach Park for the 19th Annual Bark in the Park in Wilmington, NC. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this FREE, unique event and applaud the talented canine athletes. Call 910-256-7925 for additional information.

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
October 13, 2012
The 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival featuring Gregg Allman is scheduled for October 13, 2012. Enjoy music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine and natural beauty. The music can't be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.  

Vanessa Carlton, Edwin McCain & The WSO: Chords for a Cause
October 27, 2012 at 7:00PM
Join us at Trask Coliseum on the UNCW Campus as Grammy award-winning artists Vanessa Carlton and Edwin McCain perform with the Wilmington Symphony. The Chords for a Cause concert benefits Canines for Service and children treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital. Visit for more information.

October Getaway:  

South Carolina State Fair Getaway
October 10 - 21, 2012
Delicious fair food, thrilling rides, exciting games and fabulous live entertainment are just a few hours away from Wilmington at the South Carolina State Fair. Spend a long weekend or even an entire week in Columbia, SC to experience everything that the State Fair has to offer! Learn more about the South Carolina State Fair and make your hotel reservations today!

Happy October Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Events in Wilmington North Carolina

Wilmington NC Halloween festivities include some of the most anticipated scares of the season. Dare to explore the USS Battleship after dark when zombies greet you at the door and it transforms into a Ghost Ship. Visit the Poplar Grove Halloween Festival and Fort Fisher Aquarium's Spooky Critters Camp for some non-scary Halloween events kids will enjoy. Wilmington Halloween attractions promise to entertain the entire family. Visiting from out of town? Stay with one of our local hotel partners to experience all of Wilmington's Halloween celebrations. Halloween events, costume stores, and Halloween getaways are listed below. Continue reading and start making your Halloween plans today. Contact us or leave a comment below if we are missing your favorite Halloween activity so that we can add it to the list!

Wilmington NC Halloween Events:

Panic Attack Haunted Attraction
October 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 & 31, 2012
Wilmington Halloween Attractions include the largest, most elaborate, scariest, bloodiest haunted house the Cape Fear region has ever seen. Panic Attack Haunted Attraction is 11,000 square feet of your worst nightmares come to life. Hollywood quality special effects, elaborate sets, and terrifying live actors will exploit your deepest fears. Call 910-685-6551 for more information.

Poplar Grove Halloween Festival
October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2012
Poplar Grove's Halloween Festival features a haunted barn, a haunted hayride, an afternoon non-scary hayride, a kiddy fun house, a palm reader, a tarot card reader, inflatable rides, carnival games, pony rides, camel rides, and more. Do not miss out on Poplar Grove's biggest event of the year!

Fort Fisher Aquarium 
AquaCamp-Spooky Critters
October 18, 2012
Fort Fisher Aquarium presents AquaCamp-Spooky Critters for kids ages 5 - 12. Meet some slippery, slimy, and cool animals at this fun-filled day camp. Once kids learn about these creatures, they will see that they are not so spooky after all. Live animal presentations, fun crafts, and more will be included in this exciting program. Register your child for AquaCamp-Spooky Critters today.

Ghost Ship   
October 19, 20, 26, & 27, 2012 from 7:00PM - 10:00PM
The USS North Carolina presents the most anticipated scare and haunted house of the season. On October 19th, the Battleship will turn into a foggy shade of green as the vessel turns into Ghost Ship. The ship can terrify any soul that sets out to wander alone through the decks below. Zombies will greet visitors at the door at 6:30PM when the tickets go on sale. Hop in line by 9:30PM to ensure you get a ticket because they are not sold in advance. Read more about Ghost Ship in Wilmington NC and start making plans with family and friends today. 

Halloween Ghost Trolley Tours
October 26 - 31, 2012 from 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Halloween Ghost Trolley Tours are fun for the entire family. Listen to ghost stories tailored for young children and experience the Haunted Barn. Tours are $12.00 per adult and $5.00 per child (under 12). Kids will enjoy free treats on this Wilmington Halloween Tour. Tours start at Market & Water Streets in downtown Wilmington. Reservations are not required. 

Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash
October 30, 2012 from 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Batty Battleship, brother Buggy and their friends have come back for a spooktacular trick or treating time at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Visitors will enjoy tons of funs without the scares at this family friendly Halloween event in Wilmington, NC. Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash features sweet treats, a petting zoo, popcorn, tattoos, caricature drawings, a bounce house and more. Read more about Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash today.

Halloween Costumes:
Find the best Halloween costumes of the season at the following stores in Wilmington, NC:
Halloween & More
420 South College Road, Wilmington, NC

Spirit Halloween
4620 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC

Party City
4715F New Centre Drive, Wilmington, NC

Halloween Getaways:

Halloween in Columbia South Carolina
Halloween festivals, corn mazes, scarecrows, haunted houses, cemetery tours, and more await you in Columbia, SC. Enjoy frightening adventures at Columbia's scariest haunted attractions and bring the entire family to the kid friendly Halloween festivities at Boo at the Zoo. Read more about Halloween events in Columbia SC and start making your travel plans today. Call the Wingate Harbison at 800-826-5570, the Holiday Inn Express Harbison at 877-354-7344, the Hampton Inn Lexington at 800-872-9671, or the Staybridge Suites Downtown at 866-406-4650 to make your hotel reservation at one of Columbia's premier hotels.

Halloween in Charleston South Carolina
Visit Boone Hall Plantation Fright Nights, participate in the rUNdead 5K, and tour haunted sites in Charleston, South Carolina this October 2012. Read more about the spooky Halloween events in Charleston, South Carolina and start making your travel plans today. Call the Staybridge Suites at 866-497-7963 to receive discount rates at this top rated Charleston hotel.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, September 6, 2012

South Carolina Gamecock Football Hotel Special

USC Gamecock football fans here in Wilmington, North Carolina can save big bucks when they visit Columbia for the first two home games of the season! Call the Wingate Harbison today at 800-826-5570 to make a hotel reservation for as little as $70 per night. Wilmington, NC is full of Gamecock fans and we are excited to share this special offer brought to you by one of Columbia's finest hotels. Pull out your tailgating gear and start dressing in garnet and black because the Carolina Gamecocks are gearing up for their first two home games of the season!

Visit Columbia to watch the Gamecocks challenge East Carolina on September 8th or University of Alabama at Birmingham on September 15th and you can take advantage of this special offer from the Wingate Harbison hotel. And guess what? The longer you stay, the less you pay! Spend one night at the Wingate Harbison hotel and get a special USC Football rate of only $85 plus tax. Turn your visit into a weekend long celebration and the discount gets even better. Stay 2 or more nights at the Wingate Harbison and get an incredible discount rate of $70 per night! Free breakfast and free internet are included at this Columbia SC hotel near Williams-Brice Stadium. Spacious guest rooms feature a microwave, refrigerator and flat screen TV. Bailey's Sports Bar & Grill offers a 20% discount to hotel guests and they are located right next door. Celebrate with Gamecock fans in Harbison, the Vista, and Five Points all weekend long and rest comfortably at a luxurious hotel for ONLY $70 per night. Call the Wingate Harbison hotel today at 800-826-5570 to get this special USC Football rate. Rates are available September 7-8, 2012 and September 14-15, 2012.

Check out the game details below and start making your tailgating plans today. We look forward to seeing you at Williams-Brice Stadium!

East Carolina vs University of South Carolina
Williams-Brice Stadium - Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday, September 8, 2012
12:21PM ET

University of Alabama at Birmingham vs USC
Williams-Brice Stadium - Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday, September 15, 2012
7:00PM ET

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events   

Big Dawg Productions

Hoping to catch an entertaining theatrical performance in Wilmington, North Carolina? Big Dawg Productions promises a season filled with exciting shows that will entertain the Wilmington community and visitors from out of town. Watch as interesting characters come to life right before your eyes at the Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Big Dawg Productions is a non-profit theater company that performs captivating shows in downtown Wilmington. Big Dawg Productions is committed to producing entertaining, thought-provoking, and socially responsible theater, with an emphasis on education and the promotion of the performing arts. For the first 12 years, they performed in rented spaces such as Thalian Hall's Studio Theater, but in 2008 Big Dawg Productions decided they needed their own home. After several months of renovating the former Friendly's Department Store located at 613 Castle Street, Big Dawg Productions opened in July of 2009 and they have reveled in their new space ever since.

Big Dawg Productions is looking forward to a bright future. They welcomed new Artistic Director, Steve Vernon, who brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Wilmington theatre community. He has directed over 50 productions, acted in over 60 and produced or co-produced over 60. Big Dawg Productions is not your typical community theater company and Steve Vernon is exploring new ways to help them reach their amazing goals. Their mission goes beyond a commitment to providing leading-edge and critically acclaimed live theater. They also believe in education and outreach to ensure that live theater is successfully woven into the very fabric of society. In addition to a season full of incredible plays, Steve Vernon hopes Big Dawg will offer programs and opportunities for families and individuals in the area to realize their own artistic pursuits.

After a month full of sell-out performances of Dixie Swim Club, Big Dawg Productions is getting ready for the rest of the 2012 season. They plan to host and present unique plays that will entertain the Wilmington community and visitors from out of town. Check out the exciting performances listed below and plan ahead so that you can enjoy these shows with family and friends.

Our One-Night Guest
September 6-9 & 13-16, 2012
Big Dawg Productions is proud to host 'Our One-Night Guest' presented by Bychance Productions. Jack and Lucille Fisher are celebrating their third wedding anniversary when an unexpected visitor from Jack's past calls and needs a place to stay for the night. The visitor arrives and, much to the shock of Lucille, is Jack's ex-wife Greta, who works for a pharmaceutical company and has brought with her an experimental love formula to use on him so she can win him back. Things go awry when nothing goes according to plan and the results are disastrously funny.

The Lion In Winter
Historical Drama by James Goldman
October 4-7, 11-14, & 18-21, 2012
Big Dawg Productions presents The Lion In Winter. King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely the country will be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends again each other and come out on top. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen.

It's a Wonderful Life
A Classic Holiday radio play on stage! Comedy / Drama by Joe Landry
November 29 - 30, 2012 & December 2, 6-9, & 13-16, 2012
Big Dawg Productions presents It's a Wonderful Life. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Mark your calendar and purchase your tickets today so that you can enjoy these spectacular shows at the Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington, NC. Visiting from out of town? Visit our website to learn more about Wilmington's attractions, hotels, and restaurants. We look forward to seeing you in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Vacation

Did you know that Wilmington, NC is just a little over 3 hours away from one of the Top 10 Zoos in the country? Tripadvisor has ranked Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the 4th best zoo in the United States and we are lucky enough to be within driving distance. Imagine our excitement when we learned about a Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Labor Day Special offered by the Wingate by Wyndham Harbison hotel! You and your loved one can enjoy a romantic Labor Day Weekend getaway or you can take the entire family along for a Labor Day vacation. After a day at Riverbanks Zoo, explore additional Columbia attractions such as the beautiful Lake Murray, EdVenture Children's Museum, and the South Carolina State House. Plus, Columbia offers great restaurants, shopping, tours and more. Check out these amazing package details below and start making your travel plans today!

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Package
Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, where you can see more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Hang with the monkeys, watch the 200 pound lions, and take your turn feeding the giraffes. When the sun goes down and the animals are done playing, head back to the Wingate Harbison hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening at one of Columbia's favorite hotels.

The Wingate Harbison Riverbanks Zoo Package includes:
  • 2 Tickets to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
  • A spacious guest room equipped with a microwave & refrigerator
  • Free Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Use of the outdoor pool and fitness center
  • Free access to Gold's Gym
  • Additional discount zoo tickets can be purchased at hotel if needed

Enjoy this special holiday package provided by the Wingate by Wyndham Harbison hotel in Columbia, South Carolina for only $79 per night. That is $30 off the regular $109 package rate. Call the Wingate Harbison hotel today at 800-826-5570 to make your reservation. Mention the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Labor Day Weekend special to get this incredible discount rate. The Wingate Harbison Riveranks Zoo Labor Day Weekend Special is available August 31, 2012 - September 3, 2012. It is not valid with any other promotions or discounts.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wilmington NC Hotels

Choosing the right hotel can be a difficult task, especially when you are visiting a new city for the very first time. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, it is important to find a hotel that offers comfortable and safe accommodations so that you can make the very most of your trip. Wilmington, North Carolina features beautiful scenery, captivating history, and entertaining attractions. Let us help you find a hotel that will meet all of your travel needs and allow you to experience everything that this remarkable city has to offer. Check out the hotels listed below and start making your travel plans today!

Holiday Inn Wilmington
5032 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405 
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The Holiday Inn Wilmington is a contemporary, full service hotel that sits perfectly between six incredible beaches and historic downtown Wilmington. This beautiful hotel provides a central location, great customer service and excellent hotel amenities.

Holiday Inn Wilmington hotel amenities include:
  • Free High Speed Wired & Wireless Internet Access
  • Microwave & Refrigerator in each Guest Room
  • 37" Color HDTV 
  • Evening Reception Monday - Thursday evenings featuring complimentary food and adult beverages to registered guests
  • Morning USA Today Delivered to Your Room
  • Indoor Pool 
  • ... And more! Read this full list of Holiday Inn Wilmington Amenities.
Call the Holiday Inn Wilmington today at 866-893-2703 to make your hotel reservation. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy this Wilmington hotel.

Staybridge Suites Wilmington
5010 New Centre Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
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Looking for a hotel room with a full kitchen or multiple bedrooms? The Staybridge Suites is designed for you! This extended stay Wilmington hotel meets the needs of leisure and business travelers spending one night, one week, one month, or even a year in Wilmington, NC!

Staybridge Suites Wilmington hotel amenities include:
  • Free Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Guest rooms offer a fully furnished kitchen including a microwave, fridge, stove, dishwasher, cooking utensils and pots and pans
  • Evening Social Monday - Friday featuring complimentary hot food and adult beverages
  • 42" LCD Television with Cable
  • Free Newspaper Monday - Friday
  • Indoor Pool & Fitness Center
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free Parking
  • ... And more! Read this full list of Staybridge Suites Wilmington Amenities.

Call the Staybridge Suites Wilmington at 866-875-7770 to make your hotel reservation today. This Wilmington hotel makes the perfect home away from home while you are spending time in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Now that the hard part is done and your North Carolina hotel room is booked, let's start planning the fun stuff! Check out our website to find lists of Wilmington attractions and restaurants. We look forward to seeing you soon in Wilmington, North Carolina! Contact us today if you have any questions about the Wilmington area. 

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Events on Labor Day Weekend in Wilmington NC

Labor Day Weekend is an exciting time of year in Wilmington, North Carolina. After all, who doesn't get excited about a three day weekend? This year, Labor Day will be observed on September 3, 2012 and we want to help you plan a perfect weekend of celebrations with family and friends. Enjoy free local events and activities, visit some of Wilmington's most popular attractions, or plan a weekend getaway to explore a nearby city! Find out what's happening over Labor Day Weekend and start making plans today. Have any questions? Contact us so that we can help you plan a memorable 2012 Labor Day Weekend. 

Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaway
Did you know that Wilmington is only a few hours away from the 4th BEST ZOO in the country? Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden this weekend and stay at a luxurious Columbia hotel for ONLY $79. This great price includes TWO FREE zoo tickets, free breakfast, free internet, and use of the outdoor pool! This special rate is $30 off their regular zoo package rate. Book your travel plans today so that you can take advantage of this awesome Labor Day special! Click here for more information!

Fireworks By The Sea and Gazebo Entertainment
August 31, 2012
Fireworks always add an extra special touch of excitement to North Carolina holiday celebrations. Kick off your Labor Day Weekend with a spectacular and FREE fireworks show near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Gazebo Entertainment begins at 6:30PM and the fireworks show is scheduled for approximately 9:00PM. Eastbound will provide a free, live performance of modern country and blues music for the Gazebo Entertainment. This is the final Fireworks By The Sea show of the season, so do not miss your chance to participate in this incredible Wilmington event!

Carolina Beach Farmers Market
September 1, 2012
Carolina Beach Farmers Market supports grow local, buy local, play local. Both residents and visitors are invited to come together with local food producers and artisans this Labor Day Weekend. Explore the Farmers Market to find a variety of locally grown and produced plants, vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, soaps, dog cookies, baked goods and fine arts & crafts. Learn more at

Free Movies by the Lake
September 2, 2012 - Journey 2
Free North Carolina Labor Day Weekend event! Carolina Beach Lake Park presents a free movie by the lake on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. This summertime treat is perfect for adults and kids alike. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more are for sales at the movies for a very reasonable price. You can also bring your own food & beverages. Call 910-458-8434 for additional information.

Battleship North Carolina
USS North Carolina is one of Wilmington's most popular local attractions. If you have not had an opportunity to visit this wonderful North Carolina attraction, plan your first trip for this long Labor Day Weekend. Battleship North Carolina sits across the river from downtown Wilmington, inviting visitors to walk her decks. This incredible Wilmington attraction allows visitors to envision the daily life and fierce combat that her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Learn more at

North Carolina Beaches
Wilmington is home to several beautiful beaches along the North Carolina Coast. Spend Labor Day Weekend 2012 relaxing in the sun, kayaking, flying a kite, paddle boarding, and more at these popular Wilmington beaches.

Wilmington, North Carolina Visitors
If you are visiting Wilmington for this special holiday weekend, we invite you to stay with our local hotel partners. Centrally located between historic downtown and Wilmington's favorite beaches, these hotels allow visitors to experience everything that Wilmington, NC has to offer at very affordable rates. Call the Holiday Inn Wilmington at 866-893-2703 or the Staybridge Suites Wilmington at 866-875-7770 to make your reservations today.

2012 Labor Day Weekend Vacation Getaway
Time for a weekend getaway? Spend this long holiday weekend in a nearby city with family, friends, and loved ones. Read the Charleston, South Carolina Labor Day Weekend blog entry and the Columbia, South Carolina Labor Day Weekend blog entry to find out what's happening in these nearby cities. Choose the city that interests you and start making your travel plans today!

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wilmington North Carolina Events - August 2012

Events in Wilmington NC this August 2012 feature the very best of Wilmington sports, Wilmington theatre, Wilmington concerts, Wilmington tours and more. Cheer for the Wilmington baseball team, enjoy free Wilmington fireworks and concerts, and audition for one of Wilmington's upcoming theatrical performances. There are activities and events for people of all ages and interests. Take a glance at the list of upcoming events below and start making plans today. We even included a unique Weekend Getaway opportunity to one of our favorite nearby cities! Contact us today if we are missing your favorite Wilmington event or attraction!

Wilmington Sharks Baseball 
August 2, 2012 at 7:00PM
It's the last game of the 2012 Wilmington Shark's baseball season. Grab your friends and join Sharky Shark at Legion Stadium to cheer on the Wilmington Sharks as they challenge the Thomasville Hitoms. Call 910-343-5621 to purchase your tickets today.
Free Fireworks by the Sea
August 2 - Snack Cracker
August 9 - Emily Minor Band
August 16 - Bibis Ellison Band
August 23 - Radio Flyer
August 31 - Eastbound
Carolina Beach Boardwalk presents FREE Wilmington fireworks during the summer months. Weather permitting, visitors will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show and live gazebo entertainment every week during the month of August. Gazebo entertainment begins at 6:30PM and the fireworks start at approximately 9PM. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.

The Dixie Swim Club
August 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 2012
5 Southern Women, whose friendships began years ago on their college swim team, meet for a long weekend every August to catch up. Their lives unfold over a period of 33 years as they rely on one another to get through life's challenges. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends rally 'round their own with strength and love, taking this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. Plus, opening night on August 2nd is Pay-What-You-Can Night. Patrons will be able to choose their own ticket prices with just a $5 minimum so that no matter what walk of life, everyone has the opportunity to purchase an affordable theatre ticket. For more details, read about the current season at Big Dawg Productions.  

Downtown Sundown Concert Series
August 3, 2012 - Yellow Dub Marine (Beatles Reggae Tribute)
August 10, 2012 - The Breakfast Club (America's Favorite 1980's Tribute Band)
August 17, 2012 - Tuesday's Gone (The Ultimate Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd)
August 24, 2012 - The Dave Matthews Tribute Band
August 31, 2012 - Slippery When Wet (The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute)
Free live music in downtown Wilmington will be available every week until August 31st. Beer and wine are available for purchase so bring your ID. Half of the proceeds from wristband sales benefit a different charitable organization each night. Call 910-763-7349 for more details.  

The World Goes 'Round
August 3-5, 2012
Cameron Art Museum presents The World Goes 'Round. 'Sometimes you're happy and sometimes you're sad - but the world goes 'round'. Life (with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams) is the subject of this stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The vast range of human experience is explored in song after impeccable song by one of Broadway's most daring and successful teams and masters of the heart-grabbing Broadway showstopper. Call 800-595-4849 or 910-264-2602 to get your tickets today.

Free Wilmington Movies by the Lake
August 5 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 12 - Mars Needs Moms
August 19 - Happy Feet Two
August 26 - Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
Free Wilmington movies are offered Sunday nights throughout the summer at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Bring your chairs and relax on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. This summertime treat is perfect for adults and kids alike. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and more are available for sale. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.

The Lion in Winter Auditions
August 6 - 7, 2012
Want to participate in one of Wilmington's local productions? Auditions for 'The Lion in Winter', directed by Robb Mann and produced by Big Dawg Productions, will be held at 7PM on August 6th and 7th at the Community Arts Center at 120 South 2nd Street. Call 910-540-4962 with questions.  

Jazz at the Mansion - Dixieland All Stars
August 10, 2012
Jazz at the Mansion is a local favorite that you will not want to miss! Concerts take place behind Bellamy Mansion with the porch and patio as the stage. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Check out the Bellamy Mansion calendar for more information.

Brooklyn Arts Wedding Show
August 12, 2012 at 4PM
Get ready to hang with Wilmington's brides-to-be! The Brooklyn Arts Wedding Show will have 4 shows - every hour on the hour, with a limit of 75 brides per show. Everyone will have ample time to meet the vendors, find inspiration, hear live music, taste fabulous food, and see the latest wedding fashions, trends and styles presented as actual weddings throughout the venue. Check out the Brooklyn Arts Wedding Show schedule for more information.

Oakdale Cemetery Tours
August 18, 2012 at 10AM
Take a step back in time to a pivotal moment in Wilmington's history 150 years ago on this day when the Yellow Fever Epidemic began. This is a Wilmington tour that you will not want to miss. For more information, read the Oakdale Cemetery Tour Schedule. 

16th Lumina Daze
August 26 2012
The Lumina Daze Festival in Wilmington, NC features shag, jazz, and big band music including the Wilmington Big Band, Dixieland All-Stars, and The Imitations. Enjoy a live auction that includes a UNCW Seahawk Mascot for a party, Stand Up Paddleboard, Golf Lessons with Pro Drew Pearsall, Shrimperoo with Walt Lackey for 10 people and more. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Lumina daze event page for more details.

Weekend Getaway 
August 24 - 26, 2012
Visit Columbia, South Carolina for the Famously Hot Music Festival coming up this August 2012. Enjoy three days of live music in the heart of Columbia at Finlay Park. Make a reservation today at one of these Columbia SC hotels and then purchase your Famously Hot Music Festival Tickets. Here is a quick glance at the concert schedule:
  • August 24, 2012 - EOTO, Savoy, Eliot Lipp, Archnemesis, and Minnesota 
  • August 25, 2012 - Collective Soul, Buckcherry, Filter, Seven Mary Three, and Eve 6 
  • August 26 2012 - Lonestar, Corey Smith, Pat Green, Josh Thompson, and Julie Roberts

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Monday, July 23, 2012

Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington NC invites visitors to explore 67 acres of beauty that includes picturesque walking trails, historic sculptures and breathtaking scenery. From azaleas and camellias to a 467 year old Oak tree, you can really relax and enjoy the old fashioned pleasures of nature as you explore these incredible gardens by the sea. In addition, Airlie hosts spectacular Wilmington events throughout the year. Check out the unique tours and Airlie sites listed below and visit our website for a list of upcoming Airlie Gardens events.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Upcoming Airlie Gardens Events

Airlie Gardens Tours & Tram
Airlie Gardens is primarily a self-guided, walking tour experience. The walking tour is .9 miles, and an unimproved nature trail adds an additional .3 miles, for a grand total of 1.2 miles. It takes most visitors an hour to an hour and a half to complete the leisurely walking tour. While admiring the beautiful scenery, visitors can stop to rest at the benches and picnic tables located throughout the gardens. In addition, Airlie offers a nine-passenger accessibility tram service and wheelchairs can be checked out on a first come, first serve basis.

Airlie Gardens TV & Movie Sets
Movie and television producers are attracted to Airlie's beautiful scenery and ideal filming locations. As visitors stroll through the gardens, they will have the chance to see spots from some of their favorite movies and television shows including One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song, 28 Days, Black Knight, and more.

Airlie Gardens Butterfly House
The Airlie Butterfly House is the region's first permanent butterfly house. It is home to 11 native species of butterflies and allows Airlie to provide visitors with a hands-on, face to face experience with some of nature's most delicate and ephemeral creatures. As visitors explore the butterfly house, they will learn about the lifecycles of butterflies, and find out how they can help provide the environment butterflies need to thrive in our area.  

Minnie Evans: The Artist of Airlie
Airlie Gardens was the inspiration for the vibrant, colorful, and intricate paintings of Minnie Evans. She painted her delicate scenes as a result of a divine vision when, in a dream, God told her she must paint or die. She once said, 'God has some 600 shades of green, and He dressed the world with them'. Local artists created a memorial sculpture garden within Airlie in her honor.

Airlie Gardens Membership
Membership at Airlie Gardens offers excellent benefits and it helps to support the important programs and services they provide to the community. Members get free admission to the Gardens whenever the grounds are open to the public, and also receive advance notice of special events.

Airlie Gardens Gift Shop
At the end of a spectacular trip through the gardens, visitors are encouraged to stop by the gift shop where they can find books and DVDs about Airlie Gardens. The gift shop also features works by local artists, great garden inspired gifts, and educational items.

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Attractions in Wilmington NC

Wilmington, North Carolina activities and attractions feature the fascinating history, beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine, vibrant community, and pristine beaches that make Wilmington such a remarkable city. You name it, Wilmington's got it! Take a look at the various types of attractions that Wilmington has to offer and visit Wilmington NC Events for a list of local favorites.

The Cape Fear Coast is home to some of the most popular attractions in Wilmington, NC. Explore six amazing beaches that feature breathtaking views and activities that will entertain the entire family. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, fishing and more at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Bald Head Island.

Family Fun Parks
Seaside amusement parks and local water parks entertain adults and children alike with exciting rides, games, water adventures, and more. Enjoy delicious treats, challenging games, and thrilling rides at Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park. Then spend a day at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park to experience Wilmington's water slides, mini-golf, laser tag and more.

Explore Wilmington mansions, houses, and plantations to take a step back in time and experience Wilmington's fascinating history. Tour these incredible attractions to learn more about life in Wilmington during the 1800's. Admire the beautiful architecture and historical exhibits at these Wilmington museums. Wilmington is home to one of America's oldest peanut plantations and one of North Carolina's best examples of antebellum architecture. People of all ages and interests will enjoy the fascinating museums that Wilmington has to offer.

Outdoor Recreation
From local interest groups to the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, there are outdoor recreational activities for people of all skill levels and interests. Take a guided kayak tour or embark on a camping adventure with Mahanaim Adventures. Looking for things to do at Wilmington beaches? Swim, fish, fly a kite or soak in the sunshine at one of Wilmington's six incredible beaches. Challenge yourself by signing up for a 5K, triathlon, or full marathon. Create wonderful memories and go on fun filled adventures with your entire family in this beautiful coastal city.

Performing Arts
Get your tickets today for Wilmington's upcoming concerts, ballets, comedy shows, theatrical performances, and more. If you are hoping to laugh, cry, dance, or sing along, Wilmington has a show or event designed for you. Sit in suspense as a murder mystery unfolds before your eyes or watch your favorite musician perform live in Wilmington. 

Cheer for Wilmington's local sports teams including the Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer Team, the Wilmington Sharks Baseball Team, and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs Basketball Team. Keep an eye out for their mascots Sledge, Sharky, and Salty Dawg at the games.

Wilmington, North Carolina tours explore stately mansions, museums, Civil War Shipyards, TV & movie locations, and more. Enjoy a romantic cruise along the Cape Fear River or a Wilmington Trolley Tour with your entire family. Interested in learning about Wilmington's spooky past? Take a walking ghost tour or hop on a haunted pub crawl to hear the tales of murder and mayhem that cause many to consider Wilmington, NC one of the most actively haunted cities in the world.

Wilmington, North Carolina attractions entertain people from all over the world, year after year. Visit our Wilmington Attractions page for a list of favorite Willmington NC tourist attractions so that you can start planning your next adventure today!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events