Fall Feasts & Festivals

Join in the celebrations of the season with popular festivals and events featuring wine and beer, street fairs, a world-famous triathlon and a spooky lineup of Halloween events and haunts for all ages. Whether you're gathering with friends or someone special, take time to savor the sights, sounds, tastes and sips of Wilmington and our Island Beaches.

Fall is the perfect time to visit with big festivals and events where you can walk around downtown Wilmington to pick up one-of-a-kind local pieces at the American Craft Walk September 23 and experience the ultimate Riverfest celebration October 7-8. Take in one of the many wine and beer events, including the self-guided Wilmington Fall Wine & Beer Walk September 30. Check out the new restaurants and breweries featuring a barge bar and grill and a pub on the Cape Fear River, coastal-themed breweries and more. Catch up with friends over drinks and enjoy a vibrant nightlife at cozy wine bars or island tiki bars, and listen to live music under the stars.

Visit our island beaches for colorful annual festivals like the Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival October 14-15 in Kure Beach and the Taste of Wrightsville Beach October 21, where you can sample from over 30 food, wine and beer vendors on the island. Race, paddle and roll with the many competitions and outdoor adventures that await. Watch as athletes compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina October 21 and bring your lucky fishing rod for the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge October 21-22.

Book your fall getaway now and choose from a variety of accommodations from historic homes and inns to full-service hotels and vacation rentals.