September events to look forward to as summer comes to an end

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) - The summer chapter is coming to a close as students head back to school, but now it’s time to look forward to fall festivities. A fan favorite for most people with cooler weather, pumpkin flavored coffees, fall decorations and Sunday night football.

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Friday, September 1st

Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast

Carolina Beach Boardwalk | Carolina Beach Ave S, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 | 6:30 p.m.

The last night to watch Pleasure Island’s weekly firework display on the boardwalk. The best place to view this spectacular show is on the beach strand located in front of the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, which is where live music plays at the Gazebo stage. So, pack up the family and head to the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.

The music starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the fireworks at 9:00 p.m.. Please check their website and social media for latest updates.

Friday Night Live!

The Pier at Port City Marina | 18 Harnett Street Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6 p.m.

The last Friday night to enjoy a free live concert riverside at the Port City Marina. Each Friday the concert kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a great local band beginning the celebration. This weeks local band is Worst Case, who is Onslow County’s fast-rising rock band based out of Sneads Ferry, NC. They’re extremely versatile and cover rock from the past five decades. Covering artists ranging from Black Sabbath, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd to Tool, Volbeat, and Rage Against the Machine. They’re followed by a nationally touring tribute band representing some of your favorite artists and playing your favorite tunes. This weeks band is Departure, a Journey tribute band. Visit their social media for video of the concert experience, the musicians, latest updates and list of excluded items.

Tip: Come a little early for the best view.

Moon Taxi in Concert

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

Enjoy an exciting evening under the stars with Moon Taxi, an indie-alternative five-man rock band that rocketed to national fame with songs like “Hometown Heroes” and charting “Say”. The band has also appeared on late night television as well as the Coachella, Lollapalooza, Summerfest and Firefly music festivals. Appearing with them are The Stews. This is sure to be an unforgettable, high-energy evening so grab your tickets now.

Signal Fire in Concert

Airlie Gardens | 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 6 p.m.

The Airlie Gardens Concert Series continues with a unique blend of reggae and rock in the uplifting music and messages of Signal Fire. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs, small picnic-sized tables, blankets, coolers, food and beverages to enjoy an outdoors evening in the music-filled gardens. Visit their website for details on shuttle service and parking. Tickets will become available the week of the concert.

Brown Dirt Cowboys

Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar | 9 Estell Lee Pl, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

Join Brown Dirt Cowboys on the rooftop at Cloud 9 this summer for a rockin’ good time. They’ll be singing their original tunes and dancing to lively covers on the first Friday of each month from April - October.

The Hatch Brothers at Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street | 35 N Front St, Wilmington NC 28401 | 9 p.m.

Check out this popular downtown Wilmington venue, grab a drink, eat some great food and listen to live music from The Hatch Brothers!

Saturday, September 2nd

49 Winchester in Concert

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

Spend an evening under the stars and lakeside with one of the hottest breakout bands! Reinventing Appalachian folk by adding the hard driving sounds of rock and roll with soulful lyrics and a country sensibility, everything about 49 Winchester is authentic. Enjoy songs like " Second Chance,” “All I Liked,” “It’s a Shame” and more. Come see why Rolling Stone refers to these roots rockers as “Country Music’s Hot New Band.” Joining them is special guest Myron Elkins.

Black Water Adventure Cruise

Wilmington Water Tours | 212 S Water Street Wilmington, NC 28401 | 10 a.m.

Start your day floating on the river in search of wildlife while listening about the area’s rich history. This cruise allows you learn about Wilmington and its wildlife while enjoying a peaceful morning ride on a relaxing catamaran. Visit their full bar for a freshly brewed cup of coffee or for one of the best Bloody Marys on the river. The Northeast Cape Fear River is still largely unpopulated, and looks much as it did when Wilmington was colonized in the late 1600s. You will cruise through the Castle Hayne aquifer and by the bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation before returning to the Wilmington Riverwalk.

Bourgie Nights Concerts: Fo Daniels w/ iLLa wiLLa and Doggy Day Care

Bourgie Nights | 127 Princess Street Wilmington, NC 28401 | 9 p.m.

Enjoy an evening like no other at Bourgie Nights (Pronounced “BOO-ZHEE”) as they host an inspired lineup of traveling singers, songwriters and local musicians in an intimate listening room. Their mixologists create uncommon classic cocktails and carefully curated concoctions, as well as serve craft beer, “blue collar beverages” and wine. Boasting state of the art audio and visual, this intimate venue is an ideal space for appreciating incredibly unique music, as well as discovering your next favorite artist.

As for the artistis, Fo Daniels combines the raw intensity of a rock band with a singer-songwriter’s careful craftsmanship, resulting in a sound both powerful and elegant. His quickly growing catalog of music draws influence from many genres while maintaining a common theme of authenticity and rock and roll spirit. Along with his bandmates Grayson Lentz (bass) and Ben Somerville (drums), Daniels is quickly gaining renown for brash and dynamic live performances along the East Coast that leave audiences feeling deeply inspired. His performance is with iLLa wiLLa.

Sunday, September 3rd

The Super Mario Bros. Movie: Movies at the Lake

Carolina Beach Lake Park | 400 Lake Park Blvd S, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 | 8:45 p.m.

Grab your kids, blankets, beach chairs and head to Carolina Beach Lake Park to enjoy a free outdoor animated movie. Based on the classic “Super Mario” video game following the Brooklyn plumber brothers Mario and Luigi as they are working on a water main and suddenly move down a mysterious pipe into a new world becoming separated from each other. The movie continues in an epic quest to reunite the brothers in true cartoon fashion. Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy this last summertime treat.

Sunday Reggae Festivus

Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill | 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 | 6 p.m.

Join the last Sunday Reggae Festivus Concert of the summer at the Lazy Pirate. Enjoy great reggae music accompanied by tasty food, delicious drinks, and an enormous amount of fun! This family-friendly and dog-friendly venue offers fun and games while showcasing all types of Reggae, Roots, Cali Rock, and Reggaeton.

Labor Day Sunday Sundown Concert

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar | 1175 Turlington Ave Suite 101, Leland, NC 28451 | 6 p.m.

Join the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar in Leland for a special Sunday Sundown Concert Labor Day weekend, and be sure to wear your dancing sandals!

Morning Bliss Yoga at Lumina on Wrightsville Beach

Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach | 1706 North Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | 9 a.m.

Come enjoy a blissful morning yoga practice with the beautiful oceanfront backdrop. All practices will be tailored to your needs. The class is open to all, including hotel guests and locals. Feel free to park at the Lumina even if you aren’t staying there. Just let the attendant know that you are attending yoga.

Monday, September 4th


Waterman’s Brewing | 1610 Pavilion Place, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 8 p.m.

Catch Zane Lamprey’s New THIRSTY! Stand-Up Comedy Tour, a night of stand-up and amazing craft beer! As a pre-game, watch Zane’s Amazon Prime stand-up special Tender Looks! Although, the THIRSTY! show is completely different, so watching his special won’t ruin the show. Zane Lamprey is known for being the guy who gets paid to travel around the world and drink, which has lead him to finding himself in many awkward and interesting situations. Come listen to his fantastic stories from his adventures and misadventures! This event is strictly for 21+

Trivia Night at Goat & Compass

Goat & Compass | 710 North 4th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:30 p.m.

Test your knowledge on all different topics and spend your Monday night competed for different prizes. Prizes include concert tickets and other prizes for all trivia winners! Specials at Goat & Compass include $2.50 Hi-wire, 12oz cans $3.50 and Hi-wire 16oz drafts. Come thirsty and come to win!

Tuesday, September 5th

Butterfly Release at Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens | 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403 | 10 a.m.

Experience the joy of a butterfly release with an educator in the Butterfly House discussing the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies present, they will then be released. In case of rain, an educator will be in the classroom and guests will still be able to observe the butterflies. After visiting the Butterfly House, be sure to tour the nearby Pollinator Garden that has been planted with flowering blooms that specifically attract pollinator species year-round such as: butterflies, bees, moths, hummingbirds and more!

Weekly Tuesday Drum Gathering

Barzarre | 1610 Castle Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

A free night of drumming, percussion and dancing in a community drum circle format. There are free drums provided, or just go to enjoy the foot tapping music.

Thursday, September 7th

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Live Oak Bank Pavilion | 10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:30 p.m.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an American blues and blues rock group based in Jacksonville, Florida. Formed in 2010, the band is led by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Bring your own blanket or low lawn chair and come hungry because food and beverages are available for purchase.

Friday, September 8th

Judah & the Lion

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Spend a night under the stars as surreal folk/hop/roll singers/songwriters Judah & the Lion bring their high-energy and genuine ballads celebrating their choice of embracing a positive, uplifting outlook on life to Greenfield Lake. For more than a decade, Judah says that the group continues to seek to “connect with people” and “reflect the reality of the pain and sadness, but also choose to be a person that is filled with hope and love and light.” Come join them as they love music, love life, and love people.

Saturday, September 9th

NC Disc Golf Pro Tour

Northern Regional Park at Castle Hayne | 4700 Old Avenue, Castle Hayne, NC 28429 | 8:30 a.m.

Start your Saturday morning off with an exciting Disc Golf Pro tournament. We often see professional golfers on the green, now see how it’s done with a frisbee. This event is part of the Professional Disc Golf Association, and they chose Northern Regional Park as part of their tour because it’s a nationally recognized and maintained course that proves challenges for the pros. The event is free for spectators to watch. After the fun, you are a few minutes’ drive to restaurants, shops, breweries and hotels for an exciting weekend.

The event is free for spectators, but registration is available on the website.

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass Ft. The Hillbenders

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

A lakeside night under the stars has never been so magical as when Keller Williams, the singer, songwriter who combines every musical genre known to man for a unique musical style he fondly refers to as “Appalachian Psychedelic Bluegrass”. He is joined by The Hillbenders. This concert is expected to be a fast-paced romp with your favorite songs played with joyful abandon. Keller describes his extraordinary performances as “...acoustic picking parties. We vowed from the beginning that we wouldn’t do it often so that when we did, it would be as special, and it is.”

Sunday, September 10th

Pooch Plunge

Legion Stadium Pool | 2131 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wind down your weekend with a Sunday cooldown, but a dip in the pool here at Legion Stadium is for your pooch only! The YMCA is proud to have continued Wilmington’s favorite summer tradition, the Pooch Plunge. This is the last day for people to bring their best friend to the pool to cool down and have some fun. All dogs must be up to date with vaccines and remember... only dogs allowed in the pool!

Tuesday, September 12th

Taste of the Town

Thalian Hall | 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6 p.m.

Thalian Hall’s most delicious event of the year! Sample the fare and ambiance of many of downtown Wilmington’s best restaurants and decide where to eat before the shows. Stroll with a map in hand to each locale or take the provided trolley and enjoy a small taste of the best each establishment has to offer and help crown the best of the best.

Foodies, this is your chance to crown the best in Downtown!

Categories are: best appetizer, best entrée, best dessert, best experience & best overall.

All proceeds benefit Historic Thalian Hall.

This Year’s Restaurants are: Circa 1922, Elija’s, Front Street Brewery, The George on the Riverwalk, The Little Dipper Fondue, Prost Biergarten, Quanto Basta, Rumcow and The Vine.

Thursday, September 14th

The Wailers

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Spend a night under the stars and lakeside with iconic Grammy nominated reggae artists, The Wailers. Don’t miss the chance to experience your favorite tunes with this band formed by the legendary Bob Marley. Featuring incredible selections from Bob Marley’s formidable back catalogue, along with a string of their greatest classic hits, their music continues to be culture-defining and embodies the spirit of the 70s era defining reggae. This will be an unforgettable evening.

Popular Grove’s New Moon Ghost Tours

Popular Grove Plantation | 10200 US Highway 17 North, Wilmington, NC 28411 | 7:00 p.m.

On the evening of the new moon, join a guided tour through the Manor House seeking possible paranormal activities. Deceased members of the Foy family still make their presence known in particular rooms of the house, and there are lots of stories to share of how they have introduced themselves over the years. The former slaves and tenant farmers are no less evident than the trees silhouetting the night sky. A Scroll of the Dead will be provided that includes the names of family members who have passed on in the house. Cameras, cell phones, iPads, and paranormal activity equipment are welcome. Tours fill up quickly and youth are welcome to attend with an adult.

Friday, September 15th

Widespread Panic, Night One

Live Oak Bank Pavilion 10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

Widespread Panic is a southern rock band that has been together for the past 20 years. It was founded by guitarist Michael Houser and singer/guitarist John Bell. The other members are bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, and keyboardist JoJo Hermann. Bring your own blanket or low lawn chair and get ready to rock!

Saturday, September 16th

Widespread Panic, Night Two

Live Oak Bank Pavilion 10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

Night two of the southern rock band, Widespread Panic. If you missed the first night at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion, then this is your chance to rock out with the thousands of others attending the concert.

Haha Davis and Friends Live

Wilson Center | 703 N 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 8 p.m.

Haha is everywhere these days, he’s been featured in an episode of Detroiters, in promos for TBS’s Drop the Mic, in Forbes Magazine, as a character in NBA2k18 video game and recently has embarked on a nationwide tour, to name a few. Up next, he’s developing a web animated series based on his popular character BIG FELLA. Over 2018 & 2019 he launched the “Big Fellas tour” where he would sell out shows all over the country! Now, he’s making his way to Southeastern North Carolina.

This show will also feature the comedy styles of local stand-up comedians Julia Desmond, DramaFunnyA**, Black Barry, and hosted by Dallas Brown. Tickets can be purchased online!

Oakdale Cemetery Flashlight Tour

Oakdale Cemetery | 520 North 15th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the history of Oakdale Cemetery with a unique night tour led by local historians Chris Fonvielle, Hunter Ingram and Robin Triplett. Enjoy stories of the history of Oakdale, Civil War veterans, funerary art and about Oakdale’s prominent citizens during this flashlight tour. People must bring their own flashlight.

Lollipopalooza Kids Festival 2023

Wrightsville Beach Brewery | 6201 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Join Wrightsville Beach Brewery for the annual Lollipopalooza Kids Festival! Enjoy live entertainment provided by Revolver, music and fun activities like face painting and fairy hair. Fresh Start Reptile Rescue will be joining the event as well!

Jack & Oak-Tober Fest

Bull City Ciderworks | 615 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Raise your mugs and loudly say “PROST” at the upcoming Jack & Oak-Tober Fest celebration at the cidery. This free event will entail an unforgettable day filled with laughter, friends, and the crisp taste of autumn with the release of their Jack and Oak cider. This is a pumpkin pie tasting cider with a hint of warm oak in each sip that embraces the coziness of fall.

Activities at the event will be: German style games, live music from The Papa Midnight Band and food truck from Keith’s Memphis Style BBQ from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Embrace the spirit of celebration, don your best lederhosen or dirndl, and come ready to drink and dance the day/night away.

Sunday, September 17th

Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy

Wilson Center | 703 N 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7 p.m.

Get ready to laugh until you can’t! A well-known actor and comedian who is known for the hit TV show Impractical Jokers is making a stop at the Wilson Center.

Joe Gatto, a well-known comedian, actor, and producer, is best known for the hit TV shows “Impractical Jokers” and “The Misery Index.” He is one of the founding members of The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe who has toured with a live comedy show to sold-out crowds across the world, including legendary arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 Arena in London.

Act fast because tickets won’t be available for much longer!

Wednesday, September 20th

Battleship Yoga

Battleship North Carolina | 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Join Yoga Village for an all-levels practice featuring a stunning backdrop of the storied Wilmington skyline with the beautiful setting sun on the deck of the historic Battleship North Carolina. This individually ticketed drop-in yoga series offers a unique place to practice with a never to be forgotten view. Experience zen like never before and bring your own mat or towel. Online registration is required beforehand.

Friday, September 22nd

Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival – Day 1

216 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 | 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the colorful Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival at Carolina Beach. Either form your own team or join a team, which can be formed on their website. Once registered, enjoy being afloat the colorful 45-foot-long watercraft. The fun for everyone starts Friday evening with a kickoff party featuring a free outdoor concert. The race kicks off on Saturday.

Saturday, September 23rd

Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival – Day 2

216 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 | 8:30 a.m.

The colorful Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival at Carolina Beach continues Saturday. Get ready to race or watch and enjoy the gathering of vendors around the starting line at the Carolina Beach Marina. The day entails of fun, food and drink items for sale, or cheer the boats toward the finish line. The award ceremony is held at 4:00 p.m.

Cape Fear Latinos Festival & Parade

Live Oak Bank Pavilion | 10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Live Oak Bank Pavilion with the Cape Fear Latinos Festival! The fun begins with a parade starting at the Cape Fear Community College Parking Lot, continuing down the Riverwalk to Riverfront Park. This family-friendly festival, celebrating local Latino and Hispanic culture, recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month with free entertainment, dancing, music, free children’s games, activities and more. Find pictures from last year’s festival on their website with the latest updates on their social media. Food trucks will also be onsite selling food and drink.

The parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

LakeFest: Greenfield Lake Celebration

Greenfield Park | 298 Park Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join Cape Fear River Watch’s family-friendly festival that celebrates science, nature and wildlife at Greenfield Lake, near the boathouse. There will be a lot of free and fun activities along with live animals like alligators, turtles, snakes and birds of prey. Attendees can also identify animal tracks, fish identification, face painting, water quality, aquatic insects, owl pellets, waterfowl identification, arts and crafts, over 20 nature-themed exhibits. Of course, paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks are also available to rent.

Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race

Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier | 23 E Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | 9:00 a.m.

Accept the exciting open water challenge of the Annual Pier-2-Pier Swim Race at Wrightsville Beach. This annual event entails swimming approximately 2 miles between Johnnie Mercers Pier and the Crystal Pier around marker buoys. The starting point for the race will be determined on race day in accordance with the ocean current. The race starts at 9:00 a.m., swimmers must register beforehand online but the event is free for spectators.

Sylvan Esso, No Rules (tour) with Grrl

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Spend an electric evening under the stars when multiple Grammy nominated husband and wife duo Sylvan Esso come to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Sing along with their latest Grammy nominated project Free Love, which was recorded in a North Carolina studio during the middle of the pandemic. Their popularity has grown mainstream with them performing “Ferris Wheel” on late night television. Come be part of the uplifting celebration of musical rhythm and harmony. Joining them onstage is the talented Grrl.

Oktoberfest at Outer Dunes

Outer Dunes Brewing Company | 7976 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411 | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The 3rd annual Oktoberfest is going to be better than ever with live music from the Sausage Festival Band from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Authentic German Food catering returns with all proceeds benefitting a local non-profit. Four ODB lagers will be on tap plus other awesome German style beers such as Dune Brau Festbier, Italian Pilsner, German Lager and New Zealand Lager. Events will include stein holding, keg lifting, hammer schlager and cornhole with prizes. Come dressed to impress and bring your steins or purchase their logo 1-liter steins at the party. It’s suggested to carpool or Uber and arrive early, also bring your own chairs whenever possible. This event is for 21+ adults only.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” Dance Party

1146 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28412 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Stand In Stand Out is a fundraiser dedicated to serving children with autism and developmental/intellectual disabilities. Join them for a night of fun with raffles, party bags, face paintings, free food and a live DJ. This event is suggested for kids ages 3 to 14 years old.

Thursday, September 28th

Blue October

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Spend a surreal night lakeside under the stars with alternative rockers Blue October. Experience the gravely, poignant vocals of frontman Justin Furstenfeld as he pours powerful emotion into every song backed by the band’s stellar guitar and rhythm work. Come see why their songs like “Fear,” Congratulations,” “Into the Ocean,’ and “Hate Me” have resonated with an impassioned global fanbase. Be sure to plan ahead because this event will surely sell out. Be certain to check social media often for intriguing clues about the storyline, players and spine-chilling horrors that await you!

Friday, September 29th

Chapel of Horrors: Port City Fear Factory

Old Coca Cola Building | 921 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

It’s the opening weekend of an immersive experience unlike the traditional haunted houses with which fans and patrons are familiar. The intent is to create the feeling of being actively placed inside the plot of a horror movie, offering customers far more than the expected jump scares. The attraction will operate weekends through its final night on Halloween and will include extended hours during two “festival weekends” at the end of October. Reserve your ticket for Chapel of Horrors in advance! Event dates may sell out.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Don’t miss experiencing this Grammy winning bluegrass, country and Americana phenomena Steep Canyon Rangers. Entertaining audiences for over two decades, they have recently released three projects Be Still Moses, North Carolina Songbook and Arm in Arm. Rising to international fame for their collaborations with actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, the group continues to gain new followers with their progressive musical style, insightful lyrics and perfectly blended harmonies.

Saturday, September 30th

YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon

321 Causeway Dr, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | 6:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Historically the largest single distance one day race from northern Virginia to Florida, this has been a favorite for both spectators and participants since 1979. A highly anticipated USA Triathlon sanctioned event consisting of a 1,350 meter swim, an 11.5 mile bike and a 5K run in Wrightsville Beach, which makes great use of Wrightsville Beach’s beachy terrain. Youth distances: Swim: 100 meters, Bike: 4 miles and Run: 1.6 miles.

Oktoberfest Under the Bridge

Waterline Brewing Co. | 721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Get ready for Oktoberfest Under the Bridge! Enjoy some of the best traditional Bavarian Oompah style live music from a full-size authentic Oktoberfest Blaskapelle band. Feast from multiple food trucks serving German style food including brats, schnitzels and homemade Bavarian pretzels. Get dressed up in your finest lederhosen for the “best dressed” contest, test your skills with the stein holding and keg squatting endurance contests, and more. Join in a chorus of Ein Prosit and be ready to experience Gemutlichkeit!

Lauren Schuster

Lauren Schuster

Lauren joined WECT in September of 2022 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. Lauren grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Western Michigan in 2022 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While attending school, she interned at WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also worked as a lifestyle reporter for Rose Tv in Rosemont, Illinois.