WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) - The first weekend that rolls into October, a fan favorite month that includes pumpkin patches, corn mazes and many Oktoberfest events. This weekend even kicks off a haunted house in Wilmington that was created by people in the film industry, a project they took on together due to the lack of work in the film world.
Thursday, September 28th
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater | 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Kick off your weekend lakeside, under the stars and rocking out with alternative rockers Blue October. Experience the gravely and moving vocals of frontman Justin Furstenfeld as he pours powerful emotion into every song back by the band’s stellar guitar and rhythm work. Be sure to check out their social media for intriguing clues about the storyline, players and spine-chilling horrors that await you.
Chapel of Horrors: Port City Fear Factory
Old Coca Cola Building | 921 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 6:30 p.m.
As this weekend creeps into the start of October, spooky things begin to happen. This is the opening night of an immersive haunted experience that’s unlike the traditional haunted houses. The Port City Fear Factory is ready to open the doors to their Chapel of Horrors. 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.
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. Playing for audiences for over two decades, while they 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.
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.
Continuing with the fall theme, it’s time for Oktoberfest under the bridge at Waterline Brewing. An experience that will transport you to where it all began in Germany! Enjoy some of the best traditional Bavarian Oompah style live music and multiple food trucks serving German style food including brats and schnitzels and my favorite... homemade Bavarian pretzels. Get dressed up, test your skills with stein holding, keg squatting and more under the bridge.
Galloway Farms Maze Craze
Galloway Farm | 372 Artesia Road, Hallsboro, NC 28442 | 10:00 a.m. - 9 :00 p.m.
It’s opening day for a fan favorite corn maze in Southeastern North Carolina. The 13-acre maze has miles of pathways with a challenge, unlike any other maze. Outside of the maze you can experience games, tractor-pulled wagon rides, barrel train rides, live farm animals and more. There’s also a 2.5 acre kid’s maze that contains story trails. Walk along with your children and read several stories such as Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Jack and the Cornstalk. This is a ticketed event and can be purchased on their website.
The Wildwoods at Live at Ted’s
Live at Ted’s | 2 Castle St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 8:00 p.m.
Making their way from the Great Plains of Lincoln, Nebraska, the folk/americana trio is excited to perform for the Wilmington crowd. The Wildwoods’ delicate melodies and descriptive lyrics some from nature, love, expereinces from the road, and growing up in Nebraska. For several years in a row the band was nominated by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards as a top Americana/Folk artist in Nebraska. This is a ticketed event and tickets are $15.
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