Fans of classic cars will gather in downtown Wilmington this weekend for Rims on the River, our annual homage to the great cars of days gone by.
Ready to give up cutting the grass every weekend? Like to step outside to a selection of restaurants? Urban living may be for you. Find out more at the Downtown Lifestyles Tour set for next weekend. 12 lofts, condos and ‘above the store living’ spaces will open their doors to show off a lifestyle that has restaurants within a few steps and doesn’t require mowing the lawn.
Wrightsville Beach will be the center of the Stand Up Paddleboard world next week when SUP races and clinics
come to town. It’s a great chance to find out more about one of the fastest growing sports.
And there’s plenty more to do with our sports, art, theater, tours, dining, wine tasting and all the fun stuff here for you. Read on for details of these and more events around Wilmington or find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com. You can also check out our restaurants 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.
Art for everyone
Early humans painted on the walls of caves in the Dordogne region of France. Its the earliest known human art. What prompted their painting and what can the drawings tell us about their lives and our ancestry? Visual artist and instructor Kirah Van Sickle was given unprecedented access to six of these sites and will talk about her finds at a Cameron Art Museum talk Thursday evening. While you’re there be sure to visit their exhibits, Brady’s Greenhouse and the Artwork of James Grashow.
Next week brings another great Fourth Friday Artwalk. Dozens of galleries open their doors Friday for a festive evening of art and art lovers. You can find the full schedule for all these and future art events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com
It goes without saying that the confluence of land, a river and the ocean make for a delicate but complex ecosystem. We celebrate that fact. Halyburton Park is examining fossils from this area. The Park is leading a tour of a nearby quarry designed to find fossils, fossils the finder will be able to keep. Maybe you’ll turn out the be the next Indiana Jones?
The NC Aquarium always celebrates the sea life part of the area ecosystem but is also taking a look at the fascinating and beautiful butterfly. Their Butterfly Bungalow will delight visitors with their exotic butterflies from around the world. Get the details for these events and more, including nature walks at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event more for more information.)
Enjoy Your Music
From Greenfield Lake Park Amphitheater to Ziggies by the Sea to offerings at the University there’s an amazing array of musical options around Wilmington. Tomorrow evening, a Tuesday, finds Benny Hill the popular local piano player and jazz artist performing at Rucker John’s; The Rusty Nail holding its Blues Jam; and Stephen “Ragga” Marley in concert at Greenfield. Later this week the Met Opera is broadcast live at Lumina Theater, Harp has Karaoke, the Symphony puts on a free family concert, the Cameron hosts a group sing and a host of performers will be at Ziggies, Costellos, Ted’s and more cool venues.
Find details of these and other music events Music.EnjoyWilmington.com. (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)
Have you tried Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)? Here’s your chance. The fourth SUP Carolina Cup Race is coming to the Blockade Runner next week. Four different races plus clinics and certification opportunities make this one of the biggest SUP events on the east coast and makes Wrightsville Beach the center of the SUP world for most of next week.
Baseball fans will be headed out to Brooks Field on the UNCW campus. Cheer on the Seahawks as they defend the field against ECU, Towson, Elon, and College of Charleston. Hammerheads Soccer hosts Charlotte and Rochester.
Get off the couch, pull out your bicycle and enjoy the River to the Sea fun bikeride. 200 riders are expected to gather in front of Bailey Park for the journey.
Find details on these and other sporting events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Try a Tour
Some folks like guided tours. Some don’t. The tour folks will definitely find a tour to suit their ‘likes’ around here and the naysayers probably will, too. From a horse drawn carriage, to a paddlewheeler on the river, to ghost walks, movie walks, a pub crawl, and more there’s something for everyone. This week we’re focusing on the horse drawn carriage tour. It leaves from Market Street near Front and follows a leisurely path through our beautiful historic neighborhood. It’s relaxing, has a bit of history and gossip and is unique. Find details on these and more tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Here’s a cool little feature of Enjoy Wilmington. It lists holidays and other celebrations. Ever forget one of those? Or wonder who shares your birthday? Check Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com for help in planning your own events and getting that birthday matchup. Upcoming, you’ll see Easter, Earth Day, Willie Nelson’s birthday and much more.
Stuff for Kids
There’s always plenty for kids. You can find details at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com. This category is programs just for kids so be sure to look at sports, nature, history and all the other categories for more kid friendly events.
You’ll also find one event on that 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.
Just For Fun
Remember the glory days of big metal from Detroit. A Prius makes a lot of sense but it’s not the same as having 350 C.I.D. under the hood. Those days of big Detroit engines are celebrated every year with the Rims on the River classic car gathering. Front Street in downtown Wilmington will be filled with great cats next Saturday. And its all free (unless you buy one.) Find the full schedule of this three day event at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com
And there’s more in the weeks to come. Burgwin Wright house brings back their popular art event, Cameron has a group singing, the summer baseball league starts up and our summer concerts and movies fill the parks. It’s a great time to be in Wilmington. Find all the events at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.
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 Newcomers Club of Wilmington meets Thursday and I’ll be their guest. I’ll be talking about the two websites, EnjoyWilmington.com and WilmingtonGivesBack.org Should be interesting. Details at Newcomers Club of Wilmington.
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