A Queen, Wide Spread Panic, blooming flowers, art and seersucker suits can only mean one thing. It’s time for the 2014 Azalea Festival. Meanwhile, the lovely aromas from Pleasure Island promise another great Chowder Cook Off. Over at Legion Stadium the cheers are welcoming Hammerheads Soccer to the pitch. 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 find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging. Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com to learn all about our spot on the lower Cape Fear River. And don’t forget your sunscreen. The beaches are always great.
Wilmington’s Azalea Festival welcomes Spring
From Children’s Art to Wide Spread Panic the
Wilmington Azalea Festival announces and welcomes Spring like no other event. Join the Festival for the Queen’s coronation, the circus, boxing, street fair, tall ships, music, and more. The Festival works because it offers a celebration for everyone. The Children’s Art Contest is this Friday, the Queen’s Coronation is next Wednesday and then non-stop through the weekend. You can find the full schedule at azaleafestival.enjoywilmington.com
And Carolina Beach’s Chowder Cook-Off is a real taste treat
Fans of great food and Chowder will be heading to Carolina Beach for the 18th Annual Chowder Cook-off at Carolina Beach Lake Park. This annual event brings regional restaurants together to offer their best chowder recipes. Music and other festivities accompany the tastings. It’s the afternoon of Saturday, April 12. Find more about this event at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event more for more information.)
Soccer Season Opens, the diamond is active, and foosball
Wilmington’s Hammerheads soccer is back on the pitch with new ownership and a new season. The home opener is this Saturday with a visit by US League Soccer rival Harrisburg. The season runs until September 3, at Legion Stadium.
The following Friday and Saturday brings the NC Open Foosball Championship to Break Time Billiards. Players come from Virginia and the Carolinas. Proceeds will go to the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.
Major League Baseball is opening its season today. At UNCW the men of Seahawks baseball are taking on visitors from Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Hofstra, ECU, Towson and more.
Find details of these and other sports events, including the upcoming Stand Up Paddleboard Carolina Cup Race at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com. (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)
Films and the Silver Screen
Hollywood East brings a film festival and a variety of intriguing films these next two weeks. Wilmington’s first complete three-day Jewish Film Festival runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Thalian Hall. The festival’s films focus on Jewish identify, Jewish rituals, Jewish history and life in Israel.
Cinematique presents The Invisible Woman, the story of Charles Dicken’s muse and Le Passe, the story of complex relationships in modern Iranian society. Find details on these and more films at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com
In Our Abundant Nature
Look for hundreds of butterflies to be released as the Aquarium @ Fort Fisher celebrates their new exhibit. The release set for this Saturday heralds the new Butterfly Bungalow and a focus on an animal with neither scales or fins. Halyburton Park hosts tours focusing on mining. And Cape Fear Museum of History and Science continues with its science exhibit A View From Space. Find details on these and more nature events at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com.
CFCC: Our Community College
CFCC wants everyone to stop by Saturday for their Open House Day as they show off their facilities and programs. It’s 10 am to 2 pm and everyone is welcome. If you haven’t seen the new Union Station building or had a chance to learn about their plans for the performing arts center then this is your chance. Those are amazing facilities for our community.
Castle Street merchants want you to stop by that same day for the Castle Street Block Party. It’s a celebration of some long time merchants and a welcome to some new merchants. Details at Fun.Enjoywilmington.com. Bonus find: the ‘fun’ weblink will take you to a list of wine tastings!
Stuff for the Kids
Kids, of all ages, love our beaches, the river, the sports, nature events and much more. But Wilmington also has plenty of activities just for the younger set. The Children’s Museum, NC Aquarium, RR Museum and other venues all schedule activities specifically for the younger set. You can find details at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.
You’ll also find one 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.
Our American History
Lives large here. The Cameron Art Museum is hosting Civil Rights Day Digitization tomorrow. The CAM will digitize photographs and memorabilia from people who attended high school during the days of school desegregation. The product will be used for a summer exhibit on the Civil Rights Act and a great resource for future historians studying this important era. Later this week the Friends of Fort Fisher will hold Civil War Trust Park Day to clean up the Fort. They’re still looking for volunteers to help out. You can find the details of these and more history events at History.EnjoyWilmington.com.
There’s plenty more on the calendar in the months to come. Rims On The River will be here soon. Look for the little binoculars icon for a search tool that let’s you choose the dates and events that most interest you. 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
Calling all artists. The Wilmington Art Association is holding its monthly meeting on April 10. If you’re an artist then head out and help encourage the Wilmington arts community. Details at Wilmington Art Association.
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