It’s another great couple of weeks around Wilmington
- Rims On The River will bring large numbers of antique autos to Front Street and Southern Kulture on the Skids to Water St. this weekend
- Get your Baklava, Greek Dancing and more at the Greek Festival
- Sundown Concerts and Boogie Nights return next week as the summer season ramps up
- Carolina Beach goes to the Arts
- Chris Fonvielle tells us what happened in the past to celebrate Historic Preservation Month
- And there’s plenty more for kids, sports fans, bookies, foodies, oenophiles, thespians and all the rest. Read on and Enjoy Wilmington!
Find more on all of these events as well as our Arts, Theater, Sports, Books, and celebrations below or find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.) Find your restaurant at restaurants, and find your places to stay at lodging. Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com to learn all about our wonderful spot on the lower Cape Fear River. And don’t forget your sunscreen. The beaches are always great.
Rims on the River Celebrates 10 years
Every year it’s gotten a little bigger and a little better. This year the 10th Anniversary promises one of the best Rims On The Rivers as hundreds of antique cars line Front Street Saturday afternoon and a free concert breaks out Saturday evening. The cars will show off the loving care of their owners. The concert brings regional favorite Southern Culture on the Skids, area favs Skye Page and Phantom Playboys to the stage on the corner of Princess St. and Water St. Motorcycle Riders will want to check out the runs Saturday morning and Sunday Morning. In Chris’s words “Long may the car and motorcycle kulture live.” Details at Fun.
Celebrate Greek Culture
Three days of culture, faith, heritage, music, dancing, food, demonstrations and baklava will make everyone happy. Head over to St. Nicholas Greek Church on College Rd. this weekend for the 2014 Greek Festival. You can get the schedule for all of this at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com. You’ll also find free wine tastings around town. Talk about a deal!
Arts in Carolina Beach
Are all out on the Boardwalk this Saturday. The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm featuring batik, dueling pianos, jazz, cooking demonstrations, artist demonstrations and any other kind of art they add to the lineup. Best of all its Free. You can also check out the Orange Street Art Fair at the Hannah Block Center the following weekend. Find details of these and other Arts events Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com. (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)
We Love Our Outdoor Concerts
Ready to Boogie? Kure Beach kicks off its Boogie In The Park summer concert series this upcoming Monday with The Mako Band. It’s a different band every Monday from now until mid-September. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy the music from 5 to 8 pm in the new Kure Beach Park. Or, celebrate the arrival of the weekend with Downtown’s Sundown Concerts. Satisfaction covering the Rolling Stones ignites this summer’s lineup on the Cape Fear riverfront. A local band warms up the crowd at 6 pm with the main act jumping in a bit after 7 pm. It’s free every Friday until August 29, save for July 4th. Additional concerts will start up later this summer at Carolina Beach, Airlie and elsewhere. Find all the free concerts on our Music at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com .
It’s Preservation History Month
Which makes it a great excuse to check into our history. And we’ve got just the guy to talk about it. Chris Fonvielle will get even the most history phobic person interested in what he’s talking about. This year he’s talking about “Colored Troops Role in the Civil War.” The talks are tomorrow May 13, and next Tuesday May 20 at the Cape Fear Museum with a walk of the Forks Road Battlefield on the 18th. Here’s a write up of one of his prior talks, Defending the Cape Fear. Get all the details of these and other history events at History.EnjoyWilmington.com.
We have great tours. There are ghosts, movie sites, pubs, and sites to see from a horse drawn carriage around here. Check out the Ghost Walk for all the ghostly remains one might expect in a tumultuous port city. Try a Hollywood Location Walk to see where everything from Blue Velvet to One Tree Hill to Under the Dome was filmed. You might even see a current filming. Or have a horsedrawn carriage with rescue horses show you some of the beautiful homes in our historic district. Maybe you’ll enjoy the EUE studio tour. You can find them all at our Tour list at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass for all the details.) You’ll find more tours under History. The Historic Wilmington Foundation offers two historic architecture tours. One covers the Streetcar Suburbs and the other covers Forest Hills. You’ll find the details at History.
Try The Stage
If Chris Fonvielle is going to give us very carefully researched history (see History above) then our theater gurus are going to provide a much more imaginative take, particularly on our 7th President. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson reimagines Old Hickory as a butt kicking rock star that you’d really want to have a beer with. Side note: the fellow directing this play will be the new head of the Performing Arts Center coming to CFCC later this year. He’s going to have an impact. The show runs through June 1, at City Stage Theater. It won’t take you long to figure out what City and club this is based on. Murder at the Country Club is an interactive comedic dinner theater looking at murders at the Tumbling Meadows Country Club. It’s on stage through the 31st at Theatre Now. Looking for something from the Golden Age of Broadway? Wonderful Town features one of Bernstein’s most effervescent scores as the tale of two sisters seeking success and romance in New York unfolds. It’s at Thalian Hall through the 25th. Look for The Wizard of Oz, Dearly Departed, the Gentleman Pirate, children’s theater and more for June. Find details of all these shows and more in our theater listing: Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Memorial Day Two Mondays from now is Memorial Day. For many of us it’s the kickoff to summer. But it is also a day to remember those that have put their life on the line to assure our freedom. The Battleship NC holds a very nice ceremony remembering the day and the people who have served. It’s at 5:45 pm on the fantail. You can find a whole list of upcoming holidays and special events that will help you with your planning at Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com. For the Kids If you’ve got the young ‘uns with you then be sure to check out the kids calendar. You’ll find plenty of kid only events at the Railroad Museum, Kids Museum, Cape Fear Museum, NC Aquarium and other venues. Those are all at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com. And be sure to check out the sports listing at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com or nature listing at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com for more events that will appeal to them. You’ll also find one event on the kids list that is really for the parents. Parents’ Night Out at Carolina Gymnastics is designed to entertain the kids while mom and dad have a night out. Details on that program and the kids events can be found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.
And there’s more in the weeks to come. Baseball comes to Wilmington for the summer when The Sharks open their season against Florence on the 28th. Burgwin Wright house hosts a very cool art event the Artist Paint Out when artists fill the grounds painting and welcoming visitors to observe their technique on the 30th and 31st. And gardeners will want to check out the Hobby Greenhouse’s plant sale on the 30th.
And that’s not all
You can find the whole schedule on the website. It’s at Our Events. You can find Dance events HERE. You can find comedy events HERE. You can find our Sports at Our Sports. You can find Art events at Our Arts. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet. You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area). And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.
Find your nonprofit
We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina. You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.
Our Nonprofit Event of the Week
The NC Aquarium hosts the Disney Institute next Tuesday. It introduces attendees to the Disney way to thinking about organizational effectiveness. Read more on the event page at Disney Institute.
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