Goodbye Halloween and hello pre-Thanksgiving events, here’s what’s happening this weekend

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) - Halloween festivities have come to an end, but the holiday’s are just getting started. We start this new month off with friendsgivings, a kite festival and multiple other festivals celebrating the Latin and Polish heritage. Something else to keep a look out for this weekend... is the One Tree Hill cast! The actors and actresses are back in town celebrating the 20th anniversary of the hit tv show that was filmed here in Wilmington.

To see what else is happening this month, here’s a full list of our November events.

Thursday, November 2nd

NC Combo State Tennis Championships

Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park | 3405 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 8:00 a.m.

All weekend long, cheer on the athletes who made it to the state tennis championships! The Althea Gibson Tennis Center has 24 lighted hard courts and a clubhouse. The City of Wilmington offers recreational programs throughout the year and the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association uses the courts for tournaments and league play. Adaptive Tennis, Junior Tennis and Try Tennis Adult clinics are offered year-round.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Thalian Hall | 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:30 p.m.

Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966, nearly half a century ago. Now, they’re taking the stage in Wilmington.

The Fab Four

UNCW Kenan Auditorium | 601 S College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 7:30 p.m.

Be instantly transported to the mid-60s when the EMMY Winning Fab Four takes the stage. Enjoy their live performances of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”. A night that’ll make you think you are watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing the major eras of the Beatles music. This tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world.

Friday, November 3rd

A Holiday in Wilmington: Giving Back Celebration

TRIC Tours | 1121 South Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

If you aren’t sure which famous movies and tv shows were filmed in Wilmington, all you need to know is that One Tree Hill is one of them. It’s now the 20th anniversary of the show and the cast is coming back to town to celebrate, all weekend long. Join the fun when the Holiday in Wilmington Giving Back Celebration (formerly known as Friendsgiving) offers a chance to tour the actual filming location of TRIC nightclub as well as special events like concerts or a book signing as well as mingle with cast members at catered banquets and afterparties. Grab a ticket and meet your favorite One Tree Hill cast member.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area | 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449 | 11:00 a.m.

Come see serious kite flyers share their sky art at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area for the Cape Fear Kite Festival. This is the final kite event of the professional kite flying season with more than just your average kites filling the sky on the seashore. See incredible shapes, sizes, styles and of course colors and they float, soar and ride the air. Friday festivities begin with a sneak peek of kite flying fun at the Kure Beach Pier from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and later at the Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach on Friday after dark for a special “Night with Kites.” Keep the weekend going and continue both Saturday and Sunday in Kure Beach with live bands, food trucks and other vendors at the festival.

Night Tour at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

Burgwin-Wright House | 224 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 8:00 p.m.

Come experience a rare glimpse into colonial nightlife at the Historic Burgwin-Wright House. Guided by interpreters who will reveal the rituals and superstitions of bygone times, experience a glimpse into a life without electricity and modern conveniences. Space is limited, so advance registration is required, each ticket is $15.

Paranormal Investigation: Haunted Rooms of America

Bellamy Mansion | 503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:30 p.m.

Come experience the Bellamy Mansion Museum at its spookiest during the dead of night. With reported unexplained noises, sightings, happenings and temperature shifts, this is the perfect opportunity to join Haunted Rooms of America for a rare overnight investigation of this Antebellum mansion. Included in your entry are snacks and drinks as well as the use of their traditional and state-of-the-art paranormal equipment, tickets are $109 each.

Saturday, November 4th

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Wrightsville Beach Park | 321 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | 10:00 a.m.

Walk one or two miles to support the Alzheimer’s Association. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration for the day of the walk is at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremony and walk start at 10 a.m. Strollers are allowed, but skateboards, bicycles, inline skates and wheelies are discouraged. You can also register for the walk online, which includes 1-mile and 2-mile walk route options.


Waterline Brewing Co. | 721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Join Waterline Brewing Co. for their first ever Spacegiving music festival and fundraiser. It’s an evening of jamtronic-fun with music and artists getting together to spread love. Light and a sense of community. There will also be live painters, Seoul Sushi food truck and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

10th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

Bluewater Waterfront Grill | 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy the flavors of Wrightsville Beach restaurants on the waterfront. The 10th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach festival celebrates the island’s diverse and delicious foods on and around the beach with over 35 food, wine and beer tasting booths under a heated tent. Celebrity judges will rate the dishes with a “Best in Show” while the public will select the “People’s Choice” award. This evening of sampling and sipping is not to be missed! Tickets are $100 for 21+, $25 for ages 5-21 and free for children 5 and under.

Battleship North Carolina Ghost Hunt & Tour

Battleship North Carolina | 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Investigate paranormal activities on the majestic Battleship North Carolina. If you already are a paranormal investigator or someone who has never experienced the thrill before, you don’t want to miss this event. Be sure to bring your equipment and get ready to hunt. Tickets include daytime tour tickets of the Battleship North Carolina, exclusive access to the most haunted areas, VIP access to the torpedo area, psychic medium access, use of paranormal equipment, snacks and refreshments. Tickets begin at $129.

Festival Latino

Ogden Park | 7069 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28411 | 11:00 a.m.

On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a multi-cultural weekend of celebration when Festival Latino returns. A weekend filled with family fun, music and terrific food. The Kids Fiesta Area will keep the little ones entertained for hours, while others enjoy the food courtyard with delicious dishes from all over Latin America. We can’t forget about the live Latin music and dance lessons. Dance your heart away, eat delicious food and celebrate the Latin culture.

John Brown Big Band w/ Nnenna Freelon

Wilson Center | 703 N Third St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a swinging musical with this lively large jazz ensemble specializing in traditional compositions from the golden age of American songs as well as legendary popular musicians, all performed with cutting-edge arrangements. Formed with top musicians by renowned bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown who also actively performs both as leader and band member. They are accompanied by the sultry vocal stylings of the internationally lauded, GRAMMY nominated Nnenna Freelon, creating a magical performance that is not to be missed!

Latimer House Night Tour

Latimer House | 126 S Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Experience authentic Victorian living during a night tour of the Latimer House. Guided by interpreters, witness 19th century gaslight ambiance (without electricity), learn the history of their version of technology, how gaslight functioned, and what it meant to people of all levels of society who lived and worked under its “lurid glow.” This tour is especially poignant since there are so many original pieces of furniture and artifacts owned by the Latimer family still in the residence. Supernatural interactions are not guaranteed but have been reported. Tickets are $20 per person.

Outlander in the Cape Fear Walking Tour

Burgwin-Wright House | 224 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Turn back time with a special walking tour of historic downtown as seen through the events depicted in the beloved book and tv series Outlander. Walk in the footsteps of the main characters Claire and Jamie Fraser, led by local historian and Assistant Manager of the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens Hunter Ingram on a tour based on his hit podcast Burgwin-Wright Presents... Outlander in the Cape Fear. The ninety-minute tour will depart from the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, cover historic streets and return to the starting place. Tickets are $20 each.

Polish Festival

St. Stanislaus Church | 4849 Castle Hayne Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429 | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This family fun filled afternoon features authentic Polish food, lots of kid’s activities and entertainment including a full size authentic Blas kapelle band, a craft sale, raffles and more. You are invited to try delicious Polish Foods: Kielbasa, Pierogi, Golabki, Placki Ziemiaczane, Kruschiki, Kolachki, Nut Rolls, Poppyseed Rolls and Strudel. Domestic and Polish beer will be served, including Wilmington’s own St. Stan’s Baltic Porter, brewed especially for this day by Front Street Brewery. Admission is free for this event.

Sunday, November 5th

Celtic Thunder Odyssey

Wilson Center | 703 N Third St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a powerful theatrical experience taking you on a sweeping voyage through the heartlands of traditional Irish music. Lead Celtic Thunder vocalists Ryan Kelly, Damian McGinty, Neil Byrne, and Emmet Cahill, perform the Odyssey songbook steeped in Irish heritage. Listen to Irish favorites from the Celtic Thunder Band spanning generations from nostalgic classic tunes, fun retro classics, 1980s dance tunes, to contemporary Celtic tunes, which is sure to delight all ages. Of course, there will be kilts!

Pilobolus Dance Company: Creation Tour

Thalian Hall | 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy an exciting evening as the internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus uses mixed media to explore the tragicomedy of human existence. Presenting three New York premieres featuring collaborations with Darlene Kascak of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, Jad Abumrad (composer and founder of Radiolab and Dolly Parton’s America), and choreographer Madison Olandt. This self-described “rebellious dance company” continues to amaze audiences. They have performed on Broadway, at the Oscars and the Olympic games. Incorporating animation, video and live shadow theater, all their performances are madcap adventures dipping into the multiple genres of science fiction, film noir and romantic comedy.

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 Wilmington skyline and the beautiful setting sun on the deck of the historic Battleship North Carolina! This ticketed drop in Yoga Series offers a unique place to practice with a never to be forgotten view. Experience zen like never before. Bring your own mat or towel and online registration is required, drop-in tickets begin at $20.

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.