Not only is Wilmington a hub for rockin’ live music, the riverfront destination also offers a host of other ways to be entertained. Whether you are looking for a laugh, a captivating show or another unique experience, you’ll find it in Wilmington!
Spend the night laughing and drinking with friends at Dead Crow Comedy Room, Wilmington’s only full-time comedy club. Dead Crow hosts new comedians almost every night, promising a fresh experience with every visit. Notable comedians who have graced the stage at Dead Crow include Todd Glass, who appeared on NBC’s “Last Comedian Standing,” and Sarah Schaefer, an Emmy-award-winning comedian. Dead Crow will also be hosting critically acclaimed comedian Steve Hofstetter who has written humor columns for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated. The comedy club shares its space with Lush Lounge & Garden Bar, where you can indulge in draft beers, wine, spirits and specialty cocktails like their Jalapeño Margarita.
Guests can enjoy a little bit of everything at The Wilson Center, the largest performing arts center in eastern North Carolina hosting performances ranging from comedy to theatre, dance and more. The diverse offerings include upcoming shows such as “Anastasia the Musical,” the Blue Man Group and “Annie.” Check out the full list of upcoming performances on the center’s website.
Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts, a historical city hall built in 1858, now hosts film series, plays, comedians and even magic shows. The theatre once served as both the cultural and political center of Wilmington, though it has since undergone serious renovations. Book a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic building to see parts of the original hall as well as the renovations over the years. Or, snag tickets to one of the more than 400 events it hosts annually, including Haunted Illusions starring David Caserta, film screenings such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” and live theater performances like “The Philadelphia Story."
Coolest Film Festival in the World
Recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as "one of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World," the Cucalorus Festival draws international acclaim and attendees from around the world. Featuring more than 100 films, stage performances and conference events, the non-competitive festival is held annually in November and is one of the largest American film festivals in the South. Film enthusiasts love attending Cucalorus for its unique riverside setting, as well as its laid-back atmosphere and outstanding lineup of events. Legendary actress Isabella Rossellini, of filmed-in-Wilm cult classic "Blue Velvet," headlines the 2022 festival (Nov. 16-20) with a performance of her new one-woman show, "Darwin," Nov. 19 at Thalian Hall.
Unique and Bizarre Experiences
Wilmington is home to attractions like no other such as The Sorrow Drowner, which is much more than simply a bar. The experience is designed by a former Disney Imagineer and will transport you into a new world. Step into the grand meeting hall of historians and adventurers, where you can inspect “antique” artifacts, interact with lively characters and enjoy a wide selection of unique craft cocktails – and don’t miss the monthly live entertainment!
The Museum of the Bizarre, located in the heart of historic downtown, offers exhibits sure to amaze and excite the whole family. Among the oddities, discover the Fort Fisher Mermaid, a Bigfoot imprint and Houdini’s Ouija Board. Put yourself to the test with the interactive laser vault maze, or dare to explore the mirror maze.
Live tunes aren’t the only thing serving up fun around here. Wilmington is home to plenty of entertainment – from the traditional to the bizarre and everything in between – so be sure to plan your getaway to Wilmington to experience it all.