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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