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'Tis The Season Wilmington loves this time of the year.  We have tree lightings, special seasonal shows, exhibits and a host of seasonal activities for young and old.   Looking for a new idea for your Christmas Tree?...

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Very Special Around Here Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  It's a good time to take a moment and thank a Veteran for his or her service to our nation.  The folks at South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach will be doing this on a grand...

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Horror and laughs and art, oh my Halloween is in the air.  The Cape Fear Playhouse has all kinds of scary shows and the ghost walk takes on special spice.  Downtown holds its Art Blast.  And there're plenty of places to laugh. Enjoy...

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Celebrating the River, Cool Kitchens and a whole lot... The next fortnight is highlighted with a celebration of the river, a tour into some of our historic homes' kitchens, and North Carolina art.   Riverfest comes to town this weekend and the Back Door Kitchen...

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Special Fall Events Keep Rolling Out Some of our highlights this week and next The Best of the Best ArtistsState of the Art/Art of the State returns to Cameron Art Museum next weekend.  Folks who enjoyed this exhibit in 2011 will be sure...

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Happy Birthday America, and more

Category : Featured Post, What To Do

Our founding fathers wanted us to celebrate the Declaration of  Independence.  John Adams said we should celebrate the 4th with fireworks
from sea to sea.  We’ll try our best to comply.  We have  fireworks on Wednesday and Thursday night.  Head to Carolina Beach on
Wednesday for their show and then head to Downtown Wilmington on Thursday for  their show.  We also remember the Declaration  itself.
Local radio station WHQR 91.3 will read from it at 5:10 am and 7:10 pm.  And we’ve got other happenings this week.  We’ve also got some
great kids events, fun sports, amazing music, wonderful theater and more  history all around NH County.  Read on for highlights of all that or
just go straight to the website and look over the entire schedule.  Find  all your events, restaurants, lodging and fun on the website at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And
don’t forget your sunscreen.

Celebrating Independence Day

Start your celebrations with the NC Symphony Tuesday evening.  They’ll be performing a special “Stars and Stripes” concert at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNCW.

Carolina Beach showcases its Fireworks at the Boardwalk Wednesday, the eve of the 4th.  Begin with the music at 6 pm.  Or begin even earlier with a tour of Fort Fisher, a nature walk at Carolina Beach State Park, the beach or any of the many fun things that make Carolina Beach famous.

Downtown Wilmington hosts its Fireworks with the Battleship Blast display at 9 pm.  Preliminaries and the street faire begin before that.  You can view the fireworks from downtown streets or the river tour folks.  Henrietta III paddle wheeler hosts a fireworks watching dinner cruise and Wilmington Water Tours will be out on the water for a close up view of the fireworks and a taste of their special rum punch.   The Children’s Museum has a special set of activities for the younger set and will be open until 8 pm. Find details on all of these at Independence Events  (hint: click on the little magnifying glass for more information.)


Not only do we celebrate Independence Day in grand fashion but we remember all the events that followed and kept the independence.  Fort Fisher features walking tours by Mary Holloway, The Historic Wilmington Foundation features walking tours looking at the expansion out of the City and into the suburbs, and the Battleship NC holds its Battleship 101 tour and Legacy Series: Submarine USS NC, a look at the newest military ship North Carolina.

You can find details about these events at Our History Events .

Music makes the world go ’round

Between the fireworks and Independence Day celebrations be sure to check out some of our music.  Downtown has its Sundown Concert Friday with an Allman Brothers tribute band, Bellamy Mansion has its Jazz at the Mansion featuring The Jeff Sipe Trio, Airlie presents Cosmic Groove Lizards, Mayfaire has local favorite 40 East, and there plenty more at a wide variety of private venues.

Find the details about the shows and their schedules Our Music Events.    


RENT opens at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts this week.    It is passionate and joyous, a pop culture phenomenon set in the East Village of New York.  Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme it tells the story of a group of young bohemians finding their way in life.  TheatreNow offers Murder on the Set an interactive murder mystery dinner show.

You can find details about these at Our Theater Events .

For the Youth & their parents 

This area is very welcoming to the young ‘uns.  The beach is obvious.  But such venues as the Cape Fear Museum, the NC Aquarium, the Kids Museum and more offer events just for the under 18 set.  There’s also a special option for parents.  Carolina Gymnastics will take your kids in the evening Fridays and Saturdays with their Parents’ Night Out program so mom and dad can have a night out on their own.  You can find details on all of this at Our Kids.  Be sure to use the Search function to look at Sports items, Nature items and other events for folks of all ages but which will appeal to the kids.


Wilmington’s fine nine will be on the diamond at Legion Park as the Sharks take on visitors from Catawba Valley, Edenton, Peninsula, Florence, Morehead City and more.  The Hammerheads will be on the soccer field to take on Orlando and Harrisburg.  Ready for a run?  The Tri-Span 10K/5K will be here next weekend.  Sign up, get some exercise, and support a good cause.

Find the schedule at Our Sports.

And there’s more to do

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here.  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Wilmington’s Children’s Museum will be opening its new Imagination Playground on the 10th.  And they’ve invited everyone to come over and see their newest feature.  Find details at Playground Inauguration.

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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A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

Enjoy Wilmington is clearly a great planning tool for your time in New Hanover but did you know it can help you all year around?  Visit Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com to find a calendar of holidays, famous birthdays, and special events like the Superbowl that you want to know about when planning your year.

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