Marchtoberfest, a backyard BBQ, and more. Here’s what’s happening in the Cape Fear this weekend

Events happening around the Cape Fear region March 6 - 8.

Fellas, do you like to spend your weekends eating and drinking? Ladies, do you like your guys in lederhosen? These are obscure, yet rhetorical questions, but if you answered “yes” to either, you might consider this weekend in the Cape Fear “Christmas in March.”

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Marchtoberfest

Why wait for October to have a beer fest? Bust out the lederhosen and get ready to “prost on the coast.”

Marchtoberfest is taking over the Wilmington Convention Center Saturday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. You’ll find more than 40 North Carolina breweries bringing their best German-style, and craft brews. Plus, you can gorge on great German food, music, games and more. What do I mean by “more?” Everyone who buys a ticket will be automatically entered to a drawing for a trip for two to the real “Oktoberfest” in Munich, Germany! Costumes are encouraged, so I’m not kidding when I say, bust out the lederhosen. General admission starts at $40, pre-sale VIP tickets are $55, and they will get you in the door at 1 p.m.! Snag your tickets ahead of time at Marchtoberfestilm.com.

(Source: Marchtoberfest)
(Source: Marchtoberfest)

9th Annual Backyard BBQ

Have a stockpile of wet naps from your favorite restaurant? Put them to good use and help area veterans.

The 9th Annual Backyard BBQ is at the Battleship North Carolina Saturday. If you’re curious, this is the same event formerly held in Carolina Beach. You’ll have a chance to sample barbecue from competing teams for $1, while enjoying live music, and local arts & crafts. Also, get in on some great giveaways; and get some great advice with demonstrations and activities for kids. Gates open at 10 a.m. with the tasting starting at 11 a.m. while supplies last. The day caps off with Awards for the best ‘que at 4:30 p.m. To find out more information, or to learn how to support veterans in the Cape Fear, visit stepupforsoldiers.org.

(Source: Step Up for Soldiers)
(Source: Step Up for Soldiers)

Mardi Gras Festival by the Sea

Fat Tuesday is over, but it doesn’t mean the party stops in Oak Island.

Come on down to Middleton park Saturday for a Mardi Gras Festival by the Sea. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. with a parade stretching from S 63rd St. down to the park on SE 46th St. If you want to get in on the parade, it’s free to do so. On the soccer field, you’ll find a family-friendly atmosphere complete with carnival games, food & craft vendors, live music, contests and a car show. Bring your favorite pet and enter them into the Pet Costume Parade with awards for Best Dressed! For more information on entry in the parade or other activities taking place, Saturday, contact Oak Island Parks and Rec at (910) 278-5518.

(Source: Oak Island Parks and Recreation)
(Source: Oak Island Parks and Recreation)

The Snow Queen at the Wilson Center

Show your appreciation of the arts with some classical ballet.

Sunday, at 3 p.m. City Ballet will present The Snow Queen at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington. It’s based on the delightful fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. True friendship is put to the ultimate test and the power of love finds its strength to overcome all evil. You only one chance to take in this performance, featuring elegant and exquisite sets, costumes, and superb classical music. Tickets start around $12. You can purchase them at the Wilson Center Box Office or by going online to wilsoncentertickets.com

(Source: City Ballet)
(Source: City Ballet)

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Looking for something else? Click around capefearweekend.com to see a host of other fun activities that you can do around town or from the comfort of your own home. May your lederhosen be snug and your barbecue spicy this weekend!


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