Having World Cup withdrawal? Looking for a new sport to try? Fan of the Blues? Wondering what’s up with turtles? History buff? Like to laugh or look at the silver screen? We can help with all of that when you Enjoy Wilmington. It’s ‘where the cool stuff is.’ Read on for the highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com for all the events (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.) Find your restaurant at restaurants, and 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.
Sing the Blues
The 19th annual Blues Festival kicks off this Friday with the Blues Cruise aboard the Henrietta Riverboat, followed by the after party at The Rusty Nail; a full day on Saturday with a Lee Oskar harmonica workshop at the Hannah Block Center, acoustic blues at Ted’s On The River and a Saturday Night Blues Concert at the Art Factory; and a great all day blues jam at The Rusty Nail on Sunday. If that’s not enough music there’s also plenty of options at area night spots. And there’re our great Outdoor Concerts…Outdoor ConcertsDowntown Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Mayfaire Town Center all want to entertain you and have FREE outdoor concerts to prove the point. Downtown’s is the Sundown Concert. This Friday features 20 Ride a Zac Brown cover band with a Dave Matthews Tribute Band next week. Mayfaire wraps up its concert series with 40 East on stage this Friday. Carolina Beach offers a band and fireworks Thursday evenings. This week it’s JackJack 180 on stage and next Thursday it’s The Mark Roberts Band. Kure Beach wants to see you on Sundays for their Boogie in the Park series. This week Selah Dubb hits the stage with Seneca Guns up next week. Get the details of the Blues Festival, the outdoor concerts and all the musicians at area clubs at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass for more information.)Mother Nature She’s pretty amazing everywhere and particularly around here. But that’s not too surprising. Combine land, a major river and an ocean and you get some complex environmental systems. It’s also a pretty cool thing to check out when you visit. NC’s Aquarium at the tip of Kure Beach has activities most every day looking at the ocean and river critters that populate this area. The State Park at Carolina Beach has regular walks and talks on the topic. Kure Beach does a special Turtle Talk every Monday. Get the schedule and details at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com Cape Fear River Watch also offers nature events. Second Saturdays bring a nature talk (with breakfast!) and once a month brings a canoe/kayak event. Find their events at CFRW.
Ever tried Stand Up Paddleboard? Our friends at the Blockade Runner hotel want to introduce you to the sport. They have an inexpensive lesson package with a board, instruction, practice and free ride. Could be your newest passion! Missing the World Cup? Check out our version when the Hammerheads hit the pitch. They host Phoenix this Friday at Legion Stadium. You can also catch Sharks baseball at Legion Stadium. These college all stars host Petersburg Thursday and Fayetteville on Saturday. Find details on these and other sports events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.
From low brow to high brow, we’ve got the movie for you. Brown Coat continues their Camp B-Move series tonight with The Blob and Cinematique kicks off three nights of The Immigrant. One is a cheesy 1950s Sci Fi flick and the other a moving story about two early 20th century immigrant sisters. Carolina Beach continues with their Summer Movies series on Sunday nights. This week brings Hoot to the Lake and The Lego Movie assembles next week. Fans of Mr. Will Shakespeare will want to check out Coriolanus next week at Thalian Hall. Get the details on these and other films at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Opera and Theater
The Merry Widow comes to UNCW, Broadway fave Kiss Me Kate bickers at Thalian Hall and local story Hermit of Fort Fisher hangs out at Cape Fear Playhouse. Kate tells the story of two divorced and egocentric performers telling their raucous story through 18 Cole Porter songs. Hermit is the story of Robert Harrell who lived his life as a hermit while also touching 1000s of other lives near Kure Beach’s Fort Fisher. It’s the southeast premier of this play. Find a complete schedule of these shows at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com Walk for Art Arts mavens and folks who wonder what art is all about will like this Friday. It’s a fourth Friday which means the Fourth Friday artwalk comes to downtown. Head downtown and visit our galleries as they show off their latest acquisitions. There’s truly something for every taste. Details on this and other art events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com
And much, much more
You can find the whole schedule on the website. It’s at Our Events. You can find history events HERE. You can find Dance events HERE. You can find our books and talks at Books and Talks. You can find Comedy events at Our Comedy. You can find wine tastings and other fun at Our Fun. You can find nature events at Our Nature. We have restaurants for every palete 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.
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