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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. Fireworks! Sounds of Silence. Specials for the family. Take a bike ride. Laugh. Music. See a Show. Look for the locations of a Wilmington movie and a TV show. It’s another great time to visit Wilmington

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America celebrates her birthday next Friday and Wilmington loves a celebration.  Boomers can remember the Sounds of Silence when Art Garfunkel visits.  Two locally filmed shows kick off with Under the Dome’s return next Monday and Tammy’s opening later that week on the silver screen.

What happens when little Junior gets tired of the water?  We look at things for the family to do.  And there’s always more on the full calendar. 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.

Happy 238th America

We celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday Friday July 4.  Carolina Beach celebrates with fireworks over the Boardwalk on Thursday July 3, and Wilmington celebrates with its fireworks display over the Battleship on Friday July 4.  Both shows are at dusk.  You’ll want to arrive early for a good view.Details at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com 

Ideas for the Family

Almost everything you’ll find on Enjoy Wilmington is fun for the family but let’s look at some ideas for little Johnny and Susie when they’re finally tired of the beach.  Our museums, sports venues and nature events be just what you are looking for. Looking for an interactive, educational activity?  The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will bring out that inner biologist with its great display of fish and reptiles.  The Aquarium also offers a wide array of tours and activities. Maybe a class on canoeing? or fishing?  Or head downtown to the Cape Fear Museum and explore our, and everyone’s, early history.  The Children’s Museum emphasizes educational activities.  Most of these activities are found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com The Outdoor concerts downtown, at Mayfaire, CB and KB are also fun for the family.  Downtown’s are better for the older kids.  CB almost screams ‘bring a picnic.’  You’ll find more about these under Music below. And many of the sporting events work too.  Sharks baseball features college players and tickets are just a few dollars or $8 for the deluxe seats.  See Sports below… As do nature events.  Chase a butterfly or look for a carnivorous plant.

The Ball Game

Cape Fear Cyclists want you to join them on a bike ride.  They’ve teamed up with Flaming Amy’s for the Burrito Bike Ride.  It takes off from Flaming Amy’s every Wednesday and promises a gentle pace.  Ask and they’ll hook you up with a more aggressive ride. Sharks baseball features college all stars enjoying their summer at the beach.  They also put on a great game.  It doesn’t get much better than sipping a cold one just a few feet behind home plate.  Get your complete listing and details of the highlighted events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com


It won’t be silent but you might hear the Sounds of Silence when Art Garfunkel appears at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  He’s here next Sunday for one night. The sign says art museum but the Cameron is also the home of some unique music.  Thursday brings Ethiopian melodies and next Sunday brings Sacred Harp singers which invites everyone to join in.  Jazz will return in the Fall. Weekends bring a great collection of free outdoor concerts.  Carolina Beach has L Shape Lot and fireworks on Thursday, Downtown Wilmington has Abbey Road Live a Beatles tribute.  Mayfaire Town Center has local favorite Blivet.  And Kure Beach offers BLP  on Sunday.  The next weekend brings Massive Grass, The Imitations at Airlie Garden and Millenia Funkn Band at Mayfaire. And KB has the Mark Roberts Band. Downtown takes a week off as Friday is Fourth of July fireworks. You’ll find more great bands at area clubs.  Find the sound that works for you at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Home of oldest theater brings…

Lots of theater.  On The Town opens next Wednesday at Thalian Hall.  Three sailors are on the town looking for girls in 1944 New York and accompanied by a great Leonard Bernstein score.  It’s a fun tale from a simpler time. Shakespeare on the Green continues with Comedy of Errors at Greenfield Lake.  It’s free and a picnic is recommended.  Boys Life is on at Brown Coat and The Gentlemen Pirate holds the stage at TheatreNow.  Come back in late July and enjoy Kiss Me Kate. Get the details on our theater at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.comEnjoy our ArtThis Friday is the fourth Friday of the month and that means the Fourth Friday Art Walk comes to downtown.  It’s fun and free.  Details on that, the shows at the Cameron and more at Arts.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 film 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 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.

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We have a wonderful community here in southeastern NC. Forward this email to a friend and let them know how great this place is! They can click on www.EnjoyWilmington.com and find our restaurants, lodging, events and much more. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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 such as the Superbowl or future Olympics that you want to know about when planning your year.

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