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Friday, November 12
Groove & Grub
901 Fanning Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 |6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Details
Don’t feel like cooking dinner Friday night? DREAMS of Wilmington, an organization that provides free arts programming to children in the community, has got you covered. Cape Fear Boil Company will be serving a low country boil at DREAMS’ Groove & Grub fundraising event. The delicious seafood meal will be accompanied with live music performed by Jared Sales with Medicated Sunfish and The Cajammers. Fresh beer from Waterline Brewing Co. will also be available.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fundraising event will last until 9 p.m. Dinner tickets cost $125 which includes two servings of the low country boil meal. Drink tickets are also available for $25. Check out WECT’s preview of the event here.
27th Annual Cucalorus Festival
Downtown Wilmington |Nov. 10 – Nov. 14 | Details
Movies buffs should get psyched because the Cucalorus Film Festival is back in person this year with a line up of over 100 indie films premiering in various locations around downtown Wilmington. Genres range from emotional dramas to thrilling horror to generally weird pieces. Screenings will be happening all week at Thalian Hall and Jeno’s Playhouse starting on Wednesday and ending on Sunday. Live music will be performed every night at Hi-Wire Brewing.
Individual screening tickets are $10 and can be used to get into individual events. Full access festival passes are $200 and they come with some special perks. All attendees must show proof of vaccination before they are admitted into festival events.
Saturday, November 13
“Boundless” Community Celebration
3201 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28412 |Nov. 13 – Nov. 14 | Details
The Cameron Art Museum will have free admission all weekend to celebrate the unveiling of a new exhibit, Boundless. The life-sized statue sculpted by North Carolina artist Stephen Hayes honors the United States Colored Troops (USCT). CAM is located on the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a civil war battle that was won by the USCT. To commemorate the unveiling there will be a two-day celebration starting at 11 a.m. Saturday with a procession of USCT reenactors and statements from local leaders.
There will be a variety of family-friendly programs happening from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Some highlights include living history demonstrations, food trucks, storytelling, and live performances.
2221 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Details
The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees has a mission to beautify the greater Wilmington area by planting trees in the community. To encourage that idea, the environmental non-profit organization is giving away one thousand 3 gallon trees for free. Some of the species available include willow oak, sycamore, and southern red oak. Professional arborists will be on site to answer questions and to help with tree selections.
This free event will start at 9 a.m. at Legion Stadium. There is a limit of two trees per person and they are given away at a first-come first-serve basis.
Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk
Pavilion Ave S, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 |1 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Details
Taste your way around Pleasure Island this Saturday by attending the Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk. This annual event showcases the top venues in Carolina Beach and it also highlights the local flavors found around the coastal town. Attendees will be given a map with a route to all of the businesses that are participating. At each stop, there will be two samples of a specialty wine or beer.
This year’s culinary event is the perfect opportunity for to expand your palette and experience the best craft brews and vino that Carolina Beach has to offer. Tickets are $16 each and attendees must be at least 21 years old to participate. A valid I.D. must be presented at each stop on the walk.
Science Cycle in the Park
814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 |2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Details
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Cape Fear Museum is hosting a free, educational event that celebrates and informs about indigenous communities. Before corn could be bought in the grocery store, it was domesticated by native people living in the Americas. Kids can make a cool corn necklace while they learn about local Native American history.
This free program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Cape Fear Museum in downtown Wilmington. It is a family-friendly attraction is perfect for children and families of all ages.
3rd Annual Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival
10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401 |2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Details
Barbeque is taken very seriously in the south and the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival is coming to Wilmington ready to impress with an impressive selection of food, drink, and entertainment. Vendors will be on site cooking mouth-watering pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and more with all the fixings. A souvenir glass is included with each ticket, and it can be used for unlimited samples of local beer and bourbon. In addition to the flavors, there will also be a carnival with games, live rock and blues music, shopping, and a cigar smoking area.
This outdoor event will be taking place at the downtown at the Wilmington Riverfront. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend this festival; however, those who may not be feeling well are encouraged to stay home. General admission tickets cost $39.
113 Town Hall Dr, Leland, NC 28451 | 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Details
After not being able to host events for a year due to the pandemic, the Town of Leland is having an exciting fall event to connect with the local community. The free, outdoor event held at Founders Park is a celebration of the town’s roots and the organizers’ goal is to bring Leland natives together. Live music will be performed by The Graes and The Hatch Brothers. In addition to the sounds, there will be other forms of entertainment including a community art project, children’s activities, fireworks, and more. Food trucks will also be on site.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. While the program is catered to Leland residents, all are welcome to attend. Parking is available at no charge.
Sunday, November 14
Battleship Half Marathon
N Front St & Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401 |7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Details
Debuting in 1998, this famed race is one of the South’s oldest half marathons. Take a run through the historic and scenic downtown Wilmington with spectacular views of the Battleship North Carolina. There are three distances offered at this year’s Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon; a 5K, a 10K, and the premier half marathon. Runners will receive a long sleeve race t-shirt and a finisher medal. Awards will be given out as well.
Registration for the half marathon costs $95 and the race will last from 7 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and there will be half marathon events for people with disabilities as well as duo-team races. Registration for the 5K is $40 and the race for that distance goes from 7:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
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