This Week

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

  • Friday, May 24th - Monday, May 27th
Bald Head Island

Memorial Day on Bald Head Island is a true celebration that will introduce newcomers and longtime vacationers alike to all the amazing things to do and see in this island community. Known as the official kick-off to the summer season, the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration features a wealth of hikes, watersports, art-centric events, and plenty of good food and great times to encourage everyone to escape to the beach and join in the fun.

Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

  • Saturday, May 25th - Sunday, May 26th
Wilmington

Going strong for more than 20 years, the Annual Orange Street ArtsFest is a great way for newcomers to discover the myriad of talented artists who live, work and thrive in the coastal Cape Fear region. Featuring dozens of artists, live entertainment, food, and many more enticements, this annual festival that celebrates its 24th year in 2019 is a must for art lovers everywhere.

Week of May 27, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Battleship North Carolina Memorial Day Observance

  • Monday, May 27th
Wilmington

Head to the deck of one of the most famous landmarks in coastal North Carolina for a Memorial Day observance ceremony that won’t soon be forgotten. The Battleship North Carolina Memorial Day observance is an annual event that pays tributes to the men and women who bravely served our country, and which features a patriotic service on board one of the most impressive American battleships to sail the seas.

Memorial Day Observance and Parade

  • Monday, May 27th 10:30 AM
Southport

Honor the veterans and military members of the community of Southport and all across the country at this annual event that pays tribute to American heroes. The Memorial Day Observance and Parade is a celebrated annual event that takes place in the heart of downtown Southport, and which is open to anyone who wants to show their appreciation for our military members.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

  • Friday, May 24th - Monday, May 27th
Bald Head Island

Memorial Day on Bald Head Island is a true celebration that will introduce newcomers and longtime vacationers alike to all the amazing things to do and see in this island community. Known as the official kick-off to the summer season, the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration features a wealth of hikes, watersports, art-centric events, and plenty of good food and great times to encourage everyone to escape to the beach and join in the fun.

Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament

  • Wednesday, May 29th - Saturday, June 1st
Wrightsville Beach

Head to the heart of Wrightsville Beach for this popular fishing tournament that will thrill participants and spectators alike. The annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament features multiple days of exceptional fishing, as well as an opportunity for visitors to learn about the conservation, protection, and preservation of valuable marine resources.

Bridge to Bridge 4.0

  • Thursday, May 30th
Wilmington

Enjoy a lightly competitive run that features some of the most spectacular scenery in the Wilmington area at this popular annual event that attracts runners from all across the Cape Fear region and beyond. The Bridge to Bridge 4.0 features a roughly four-mile long course that extends from the famed Isabel Holmes Bridge to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and which presents plenty of opportunities along the way to admire the historic streets of downtown Wilmington.

Carolina Beach Music Festival

  • Saturday, June 1st 10:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Going strong for more than 30 years, the Carolina Beach Music Festival ushers in the summer season with a full day and night of great music that is just steps away from the sand. Billed as the "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast" by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, this annual festival is a great way to experience the sights, sounds, and all-around fun of this popular beach town while enjoying some great music along the way.

North Carolina Treasures Weekend

  • Saturday, June 1st - Sunday, June 2nd
Bald Head Island

North Carolina, and specifically Bald Head Island, is renowned for a wealth of treasures including historical sites and landmarks, a vibrant cultural scene, and plenty of unique things to eat and drink, and visitors can experience all of these treasures and more at the annual North Carolina Treasures Weekend. Traditionally held in early June, this weekend is a toast to the wonderful things that Bald Head Island has to offer, and features a wealth of food, art, history, and spirits to please everyone in the party.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Masterworks: Strings & Harp

  • Sunday, June 2nd 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilmington

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series opening night concert featuring harp duo Lilac 94 on Saturday, September 22, 7:30 pm at the Wilson Center.  The program includes Karl Jenkins’ Over the Stone, and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2.  Pre-concert festivities begin in the lobby at 6:30 pm.

Week of June 3, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival

  • Friday, June 7th - Saturday, June 8th
Wilmington

The Cape Fear area and Wilmington in particular is known as the “Hollywood of the South” due to its massive movie studios and many productions, and movie fans can explore this inherent star quality in depth by attending the annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Showcasing films from regional, national, and international artists, this unique multiple day festival is a great way to discover talented new filmmakers while exploring Wilmington’s inherent love of film.

Week of June 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Jr. Jolly Mon - Rock the Dock

  • Thursday, June 13th
Ocean Isle Beach

Let the youngest anglers in the crew enjoy a special fishing tournament that’s designed just for them with this annual event that ties in with the annual Jolly Mon King Classic. The Jr. Jolly Mon - Rock the Dock event is for anglers who might be too young to compete in the big multiple day tournament, but who still want to drop a line and discover just how much fun fishing can be.

Flag Day at Battleship NC

  • Friday, June 14th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wilmington

Celebrate fly flag by flying your own colors on board one of the biggest landmarks in downtown Wilmington with this special event that combines history and patriotism with ease. The annual Flag Day at Battleship NC is a prime opportunity to celebrate the holiday while exploring one of the most impressive battleships to come out of the WWII era.

Week of June 17, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Cape Fear Blues Festival

  • Saturday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 23rd
Wilmington

The Cape Fear Blues Festival is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated music festivals of the summer season in North Carolina, and newcomers will find plenty of reasons to celebrate at this multiple-day event that has plenty of soul. Featuring local musicians as well as national headliners, the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival lights up the town with plenty of great music at multiple venues, and ample fun to go around for music fans everywhere.

Week of June 24, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Fourth of July Celebration

  • Saturday, June 29th - Thursday, July 4th
Bald Head Island

The Fourth of July is easily one of the most festive days on Bald Head Island, and visitors can join in the fun with a wide array of activities that are found around town. The annual Bald Head Island Fourth of July Celebration is packed with tours, games, food, and fun – as well as a famed annual parade – and is a great way to truly enjoy everything this island community has to offer.

Week of July 1, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Fourth of July Celebration

  • Saturday, June 29th - Thursday, July 4th
Bald Head Island

The Fourth of July is easily one of the most festive days on Bald Head Island, and visitors can join in the fun with a wide array of activities that are found around town. The annual Bald Head Island Fourth of July Celebration is packed with tours, games, food, and fun – as well as a famed annual parade – and is a great way to truly enjoy everything this island community has to offer.

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

  • Tuesday, July 2nd - Thursday, July 4th
Southport

Revered as one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the state, the North Carolina 4th of July Festival is a big event that attracts visitors from all along the coastline and miles beyond to the charming town of Southport. Boasting a parade, a fair-style collection of vendors, a myriad of shows and activities, and a stunning display of fireworks over the water, this annual event lives up to its reputations as one of the most beloved 4th of July celebrations on the coast.

Week of July 8, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic

  • Friday, July 12th - Sunday, July 14th
Carolina Beach

Summer is a fine time to drop a line in Carolina Beach, and during this annual fishing tournament, visiting anglers can discover just how much fun the local fishing scene can be while having a chance at landing some incredible prizes. The Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic is held over the course of a July weekend, and it features plenty of activities, comradery, and of course, plenty of exceptional fishing along the Cape Fear coastline.

Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon

  • Saturday, July 13th
Carolina Beach

Renowned as the first “Formula 1” or super-sprint style of triathlons in the nation, the Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event that will thrill participants and spectators alike. Featuring an ocean swim, bike ride, and a 1.5 mile run, this annual competition tests limits across the board, while allowing participants to discover the best of Carolina Beach and miles beyond.

Swim Carolina Beach

  • Sunday, July 14th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Swimmers who want to tackle the ocean waves of the Cape Fear shoreline can join in the fun of this annual race that launches from the heart of Carolina Beach. Featuring a 1.5 mile swim into the ocean, this competition that takes place on the sand is always a popular and entertaining event that will engage participants and spectators alike.

Week of July 29, 2019 - August 4, 2019

National Lighthouse Day Weekend

  • Friday, August 2nd - Sunday, August 4th
Bald Head Island

The Bald Head Island or “Old Baldy” Lighthouse is distinguished along the Carolina coastline as one of the oldest lighthouses still standing in the country, and visitors can learn all about this history while having a ball at the annual National Lighthouse Day Weekend. Generally held in early August, this weekend-long event features an array of corresponding activities and attractions that shine a light on this special local landmark, and which provide hours of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Week of September 2, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Wilmington Boat Show

  • Thursday, September 5th - Sunday, September 8th
Wilmington

Wilmington is known as the “Port City” for a reason, and lifelong local mariners and visitors alike can celebrate this heritage with a stop at the Wilmington Boat Show. Featuring multiple events throughout town over the course of several days, this sprawling event features plenty of ways to discover the past, present, and future of Wilmington’s life along the water.

Week of September 9, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Port City Ribfest

  • Friday, September 13th - Sunday, September 15th
Carolina Beach

Quickly becoming one of the most beloved fall events along the Carolina Beach shoreline, the Port City Ribfest welcomes thousands of people from all across the country who are eager to dig their teeth into some of the best BBQ on the beach and miles beyond. Featuring BBQ teams from all across the nation, this popular and famed festival is a great way to explore all the great flavors that flock to the coast, while having plenty of family fun just steps away from the sand.

Week of September 16, 2019 - September 22, 2019

Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival

  • Saturday, September 21st
Carolina Beach

Both spectators and mariners will have a ball at this colorful celebration that celebrates life on the water in Carolina Beach. The Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival is a fun-filled weakened event that includes plenty of food and entertainment, and a competitive but family-friendly race in the cool waters of the Cape Fear region.

American Craft Walk

  • Saturday, September 21st 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wilmington

Shoppers and sightseers can discover a world of goodies while taking in some of the most enticing scenery that Wilmington has to offer with a stop at the annual American Craft Walk. Held in the fall, this popular event features a wealth of local and regional artisans and craftsmen who are selling their wares in the heart of the downtown area.

Week of September 30, 2019 - October 6, 2019

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

  • Thursday, October 3rd - Saturday, October 5th
Southport

The fall season is prime time when it comes to exceptional fishing, and anglers of all varieties can get their lines wet by participating in the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. Based at the local Southport Marina and featuring tons of prizes for anglers who sign up every year, this multiple day fishing tournament is a great way to explore the expansive waters of the Cape Fear region while landing in some big cash prizes along the way.

Riverfest

  • Saturday, October 5th - Sunday, October 6th
Wilmington

Second only to the springtime Azalea Festival in terms of size, activities and attendance, the annual Riverfest is an all-encompassing festival that celebrates life by the water. Featuring a lineup of events that include exhibits, vendors, competitions, kid activities, fireworks, and so much more, this family-friendly event ignites the Wilmington downtown area with miles of fun to go around.

Bark in the Park

  • Saturday, October 5th
Wrightsville Beach

Celebrating its 26th year in 2019, the annual Bark in the Park is a playful competition that pits high flying canines of all varieties in a number of competitions that will delight participants and their human spectators alike. Featuring a number of activities, and absolutely free to the public, Bark in the Park is a great outing for family members of all varieties, and especially the furry ones who love to make new friends and show off their stuff at one of the coolest parks in Wrightsville Beach.

Captain Charlie Kids Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, October 5th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Southport

Encourage the youngest folks in your crew to foster and grow a love of fishing along the North Carolina coastline with this annual tournament that is designed with the area’s youngest anglers in mind. The Captain Charlie Kids Fishing Tournament is a fun and exciting fishing tournament that highlights the great catches of the fall, and which gives kids an opportunity to drop a line in the hopes of reeling in some great catches, and hopefully some great prizes too.

Week of October 7, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival

  • Saturday, October 12th 11:30 AM
Carolina Beach

Get ready to indulge your senses with the three B’s – beach, bacon and beer - at this event that is loaded with great tastes and ample ways to dive in and feast with decadence. Held in the heart of Carolina Beach, the Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival is a friendly and competitive event where local chefs will whip up a host of bacon-inspired dishes to the delight of judges and the general public alike.

Fire in the Pines Festival

  • Saturday, October 12th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wilmington

Come explore Wilmington’s wild side while garnering a little knowledge about fire safety at this annual event that features ample ways to explore, learn, and have fun – especially for the Port City’s youngest residents and visitors. The Fire in the Pines Festival is a full day of activity and entertainment, with crats and games for kids, hayrides, food trucks, live music, animals, and so much more.

Week of October 14, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

  • Friday, October 18th - Sunday, October 20th
Carolina Beach

October is prime fishing time on the coastline of North Carolina, and visitors can join in the fun and enjoy a little competition with big potential prizes at the annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. Known as one of the best land-based surf fishing tournaments on the beach, this annual competition is a great way to enjoy the fantastic fall fishing while potentially scoring thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

  • Saturday, October 19th
Wilmington

Known as one of the most-watched and most intense competitions in the Cape Fear area and miles beyond, the Ironman 70.3 North Carolina puts athletes of all ages to the test with an incredible course that requires endurance and massive feasts of strength. Featuring a swim, bike ride, and run, this "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event will wow spectators from all across the Cape Fear region with its incredible course, and incredible athletes who participate.

North Carolina Oyster Festival

  • Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, October 20th
Ocean Isle Beach

Hungry visitors will want to bring along a big appetite for the North Carolina Oyster Festival, which is a popular annual event that offers a whole lot more than the staple shellfish. Featuring everything from BBQ and pizza, to music, arts, and crafts, this extensive festival has plenty of ways to delight attendees of all tastes, and of all ages.

Week of October 21, 2019 - October 27, 2019

Voracious Rare Beer Festival

  • Friday, October 25th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilmington

Calling all brew fans – the Voracious Rare Beer Festival is the prime opportunity to discover a world of new flavors without ever leaving the heart of downtown Wilmington. Appropriately held in the month of October, this annual festival features plenty of great tastes to go around, with dozens of participating breweries and eateries, and ample reasons to raise a pint and toast the town.

Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival

  • Saturday, October 26th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wilmington

The world of hops, grapes and grains is at your fingertips at the annual Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival – a fun event that features plenty of delectable tastes from the Cape Fear area and miles beyond. Held at the North Waterfront Park in the heart of Wilmington, this full afternoon-long festival features more than 100 craft breweries and wineries to discover, making it one of the most anticipated events for wine and beer lovers throughout the North Carolina coastline.

Classic Cars n’ Rock n’ Roll Cruise-In

  • Saturday, October 26th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Southport

There’s a lot to enjoy at the annual Classic Cars n’ Rock n’ Roll Cruise-In – a cool car show that’s held in the heart of Downtown Southport, and which features much more than the array of gorgeous and vintage automobiles. Featuring activities and attractions for visitors of all ages, this annual event that is brimming with live music, contests, and other activities is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the car lovers in your crew, and anyone who wants to dive into the community spirit of this coastal town.

Week of October 28, 2019 - November 3, 2019

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

  • Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 10th
Wilmington

Well known as one of the longest running events in the Port City area, the annual Cape Fear Fair & Expo has been going strong for decades, and is one of the most fun celebrations that the town of Wilmington has to offer. Taking over the grounds of the Wilmington Airport, this expansive festival features rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment al all varieties to create a truly memorable experience for fun-loving visitors of all varieties.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

  • Saturday, November 2nd - Sunday, November 3rd
Kure Beach

With fall winds at their peak, the annual Cape Fear Kite Festival is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to be awed by a colorful display of kites of all varieties. Held at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on the Cape Fear coastline, this impressive event is always a crowd pleaser, with an unforgettable overhead show that will make everyone look to the skies.

Southport Wooden Boat Show

  • Saturday, November 2nd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Southport

Water lovers of all ages and all varieties will have a ball exploring the fun and educational Southport Wooden Boat Show. Held in the peak of fall, this annual celebration brings together talented boat makers and mariners to showcase a stunning display of wooden boats, while providing a little history on Southport’s maritime heritage and life on the water.

Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

  • Sunday, November 3rd 8:00 AM
Wilmington

Ties up your laces and get ready for one of the biggest running and fitness events that the Cape Fear area has to offer! The annual Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is a popular running event that attracts active visitors from all across the county and beyond, and which provides a perfect opportunity to explore the local landscape of the southern N.C. coastline while enjoying a little competitive fun.

Week of November 4, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

  • Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 10th
Wilmington

Well known as one of the longest running events in the Port City area, the annual Cape Fear Fair & Expo has been going strong for decades, and is one of the most fun celebrations that the town of Wilmington has to offer. Taking over the grounds of the Wilmington Airport, this expansive festival features rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment al all varieties to create a truly memorable experience for fun-loving visitors of all varieties.

Week of November 11, 2019 - November 17, 2019

Cucalorus Film Festival

  • Wednesday, November 13th - Sunday, November 17th
Wilmington

The Cucalorus Film Festival has been going strong for 25 years, and this annual film festival is well known as one of the biggest and best of its kind in the Cape Fear region and well beyond. Renowned as one of the largest film festivals in the southern United States, this multiple day event features a wealth of films, shorts, live entertainment, music, and many more ways to celebrate Wilmington’s reputation as the Hollywood of the East Coast.

Week of November 25, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Friday, November 29th 8:46 AM
Wilmington

Start the holiday season with style and plenty of community spirit by attending the annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting in the heart of Wilmington. This annual event is a community celebration that features plenty of music, refreshments, and a glittering tree lighting, and is a great opener to the festive spirit of Wilmington during the holidays.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 2, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Christmas by the Sea Parade

  • Saturday, December 7th 2:00 PM
Oak Island

The small coastal town of Oak Island has a big dose of holiday spirit, and visitors can ring in the Christmas season in style by cheering on the annual Christmas by the Sea Parade. Held in the heart of town, this annual event that features the efforts of local businesses and celebrations is a merry way to enjoy the coastal community while starting off the holiday season with plenty of cheer.

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Saturday, December 7th - Sunday, December 15th
Wilmington

Head to one of the Cape Fear region’s most charming and historic destinations just north of the Wilmington city limits for this annual event that adds a little extra sparkle and fun to the holiday season. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is held at the Poplar Grove Plantation, and is a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with a host of holiday activities and events.

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Saturday, December 7th - Sunday, December 8th
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

WinterFest Festival

  • Saturday, December 7th - Saturday, December 14th
Southport

Join in the fun of the season and enjoy a days-long festival that highlights the community spirit of Southport by attending the highly anticipated WinterFest festival. This annual celebration features a wealth of activities at landmarks and popular spots throughout the coastal town, and is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the holidays while taking in everything this popular vacation destination has to offer.

Week of December 9, 2019 - December 15, 2019

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Saturday, December 7th - Sunday, December 15th
Wilmington

Head to one of the Cape Fear region’s most charming and historic destinations just north of the Wilmington city limits for this annual event that adds a little extra sparkle and fun to the holiday season. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is held at the Poplar Grove Plantation, and is a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with a host of holiday activities and events.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

WinterFest Festival

  • Saturday, December 7th - Saturday, December 14th
Southport

Join in the fun of the season and enjoy a days-long festival that highlights the community spirit of Southport by attending the highly anticipated WinterFest festival. This annual celebration features a wealth of activities at landmarks and popular spots throughout the coastal town, and is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the holidays while taking in everything this popular vacation destination has to offer.

WinterFest Tour of Homes

  • Saturday, December 14th 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Southport

Southport is brimming with enchanting residences that have been standing for hundreds of years, and during this special holiday tour, visitors will be treated to an inside look of some of the community’s most famed and eye-catching homes. The WinterFest Tour of Homes is a delightful tour that takes place in conjunction with the annual WinterFest Festival, and which presents a chance to see some of the most stunning local homes decked out in holiday style.

Week of December 16, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 23, 2019 - December 29, 2019

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

  • Saturday, December 28th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Discover one of the prettiest regions of the coastal Cape Fear area with this annual event that always attracts runners, walkers and joggers from all across the region and well beyond. The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a fun and yet competitive race that features some of the best scenery on the beach, and which is open to visitors of all ages and abilities.

Week of March 16, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • Tuesday, March 17th
Wilmington

For nearly 20 years, Wilmington locals and visitors alike have flocked to the edge of the waterfront downtown to enjoy one of the town’s favorite springtime celebrations, the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This yearly celebration has become a favorite way to ring in St. Patrick’s Day with style, and is a wonderful precursor to Wilmington’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which immediately follows the colorful parade.

St. Patrick's Day Festival

  • Tuesday, March 17th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wilmington

Head to the scenic Riverfront Park in the heart of Wilmington to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with style by attending the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival. A local tradition for roughly 20 years, this annual event features a world of ways to show your Irish spirit thanks to a bustling combination of food, drinks, music, activities, and plenty of great times to go around.

Wrightsville Beach Marathon

  • Friday, March 20th - Saturday, March 21st
Wrightsville Beach

For more than 10 years, runners from all across the country have stormed the beach for this annual event that presents a great opportunity to explore all the gorgeous waterfront scenery that the Cape Fear coastline has to offer. The Wrightsville Beach Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event and an USATF certified qualifier, and features a fun and unique course that starts at the beach and which uncovers all the cool landmarks and landscapes that are found in this coastal corner of North Carolina.

Week of March 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020

US Open Fat Tire Cross Beach Championship

  • Saturday, March 28th 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach

Bikers who love a challenge and who don’t mind a little sand in their spokes will want to sign up for this annual competition that’s unlike any other sporting event on the beach. The US Open Fat Tire Cross Beach Championship pits big-tired bikes against each other in a challenging course along Wrightsville Beach that will thrill spectators and participants alike.

Week of April 20, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Earth Day Celebration

  • Wednesday, April 22nd
Wilmington

Kids of all ages will have a ball while learning a little bit more about our precious planet at the annual Earth Day Celebration which is held in the heart of Wilmington. During this special afternoon event, the Hugh MacRae Park in the central region of the Port City will be transformed into a fun, festival atmosphere complete with exhibits, drinks, food, and live music, which all combine to provide an educational yet entertaining day that kids and adults alike will adore.