Events Calendar

Let The Water Guide You To Annual Festivals And Events

Immerse yourself in dynamic cultural, musical, entertainment, and artistic scenes that make Wilmington, N.C., one of America's most creative destinations.

Below is a sampling of the types of events. Enjoy original events year-round and use the search box below to find a complete list.

Indulge in three days of food and fun during Riverfest. Catch an outdoor concert during one of the city's many music festivals, such as the popular Carolina Beach Music Festival and the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival. Enjoy drinks, good times and spirits in the form of ghosts and ghouls during a haunted pub crawl. Sample cinematic work - from thought-provoking to hilarious - of up-and-coming directors during the Cucalorus Film Festival. Breathe in the sweet smell of blossoms during our world-famous NC Azalea Festival.

Recharge your heart and soul - and surround yourself with friends and family - during Wilmington and our island beaches' jam-packed calendar of events.

 

A vibrant arts scene offers year-round arts and entertainment from music to ballet and theatre, from pop, to jazz and folk.

 

Family-friendly attractions and events span an historic downtown riverfront to quaint seaside towns.

 

 

From sweet southern belles to re-living history, experience many authentic and one-of-a-kind events.

 

Hear a variety of live entertainment interwoven throughout the area’s cultural tapestry.

 

From our historic riverfront city to our three island beaches, go hiking at our parks, paddle boating on our lakes, and find many ways to play outdoors.

 

 

Experience extraordinary historic sites and events. By land, seven National Register Historic Districts. And by sea, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

 

 

Featured Events

Apr
18
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Apr
20
RIMS ON THE RIVER: 10th Anniversary Show!
Classic cars from across the nation will line the beautiful Cape Fear River for the 10th…
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May
01
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May
04
Wrightsville Beach Waterman Ocean Festival
Celebrate 50 years of Wrightsville Beach surfing with the inaugural Waterman Ocean…
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May
02
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May
04
Wilmington Wine and Food Festival
The Wilmington Wine & Food Festival will give you the opportunity to experience exquisite…
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May
16
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May
18
Wilmington Greek Festival
The Greek community of Wilmington, NC shares its culture, faith and heritage! This…
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