Friday, April 4, 2014

Wilmington NC April 2014 Events

Wilmington North Carolina April 2014 events include the North Carolina Azalea Festival, Easter celebrations, The Carolina Cup, expos, shows and more.

Enjoy an entire week of natural beauty and exciting entertainment at the North Carolina Azalea Festival, sample delicious chowder at the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off and hunt for Easter eggs at popular Wilmington attractions including Fort Fisher Aquarium and the USS North Carolina this April 2014. Get together with family and friends at the Rims on the River Vintage Car Show, race in the Carolina Cup and enjoy special performances at Thalian Hall. These are just a few of the exciting events coming up this April 2014 in Wilmington, NC. Mark your calendar so that you can join us at these spectacular Wilmington events.

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Wilmington NC Events in April 2014

North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 9 - 13, 2014
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s premier annual event! Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. Enjoy concerts, fairs and special events at this incredible Wilmington event. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina. The Southeast Tourism Society selected the North Carolina Azalea Festival as one of its Top 20 Events, for the second year in a row. Call 910-794-4650 for more information.

18th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off
April 12, 2014 from 11:30AM - 5PM
The 18th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off features chefs from the restaurants of Pleasure Island, Monkey Junction and Wilmington. Bring your family and your appetite because YOU vote on the Best Chowder! Spend the day at the beach sampling delicious chowder, listening to live music and playing games with the kids. There will also be hotdogs, funnel cakes, soft drinks, beer and wine for sale. Come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day at the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook Off. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.

City Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty
April 12, 2014
Visit Thalian Hall April 12th for City Ballet of Wilmington's Sleeping Beauty at 2:30PM and 7PM. This original version will be a beautiful fully staged production with gorgeous costumes, backdrops, and some exciting new twists to the story. City Ballet's Sleeping Beauty will inspire all ages and instantly transports you into a magical world of fantasy and adventure. A beloved fairy tale where a kingdom is challenged and virtue is put to the test. Call 910-632-2285 for tickets.

Easter Egg Hunt Carnival
April 18, 2014 from 10AM - 2PM
Hippity Hoppity down the Battleship trail for a fun Spring event with continuous games and egg hunts throughout the day. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Offered again this year is a slower paced hunt area for kids who need a less stressful environment or for children with special needs who choose a slower paced environment. Admission for the Easter Egg Hunt Carnival only $5 per person, kids 2 and under are free. Call 910-251-5797 for more information.

Alligator Egg Hunt at Fort Fisher Aquarium
April 18 - 19, 2014
Join us at Fort Fisher Aquarium for the 2014 Alligator Egg Hunt. Kids get to see a live baby alligator and learn about these fascinating animals. They create their own special alligator egg basket and then search for candy filled “alligator eggs.” Limited space is available. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 800-832-FISH for tickets.

Easter Bunny Drawn Tours
April 18 - 20, 2014 from 10AM - 10PM
Experience the picturesque beauty of Spring 2014 in historic downtown Wilmington. Our world's largest 'Easter Bunnies' will take you on a 'Bunny' drawn tour of Wilmington. Tours start at Water & Market Streets and they include free surprises for children. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 per child under 12. Reservations are not required. Call 910-251-8889 for more information.

Rims On The River Vintage Car, Hot Rod, & Motorcycle Show
April 18-20, 2014
Rims on the River is an annual event in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Cars and motorcycles dating 1980 and older, line the streets of the historic downtown area, with the Cape Fear River and the diverse collection of retail stores as their backdrop. The event has drawn a wide array of cars from the entire southeast region of the state, as well as a few neighboring states, totaling approximately 600 vehicles on display last year and approximately 40,000 attendees. As always the event is free and open to the public. Musical entertainment will be welcoming this year’s attendees to our event, as well as to our downtown area. For more information, visit

The Carolina Cup
April 23-27, 2014
The 2014 Carolina Cup kicks off the race season with 4 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, a Money Island open race and the dreaded Graveyard Elite Race. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, we had over 600. The Ocean of Hope Cancer Awareness Paddle will be on Sunday. Expect clinics by Danny Ching, Jimmy Terrell, Larry Cain, Jaime Mitchell and PaddleFit. Plan a 5 day weekend and bring the whole family!

2014 Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo
April 25 - 27, 2014
The Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo is becoming one the Carolina's cornerstones in artistic exhibition. The 4th Annual Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo will be centrally located in historic downtown Wilmington. Enjoy dining, museums and of course the Carolina Beaches! The Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo has fun for the whole family all weekend. This convention is open to the public. There will be tattoo contests, art showcases, seminars, art fusions and much more.

Making Legends Local Gala
April 26, 2014
You are invited to attend the 11th Annual Making Legends Local Gala to benefit the Carousel Center, Inc. The Red Carpet Reception begins at 6PM and the Stage Show begins at 8PM. Visitors can expect both live and lip syncing performances that will span the Broadway's spectrum. The Making Legends Local gala is the Carousel's Center's largest fundraising event of the year. Join us at Thalian Hall for this exciting Wilmington event. Call 910-256-9888 for ticket information.

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events