St. Patrick’s Day festivities canceled, but there are still plenty of other happenings around the area this weekend

St. Patrick’s Day festivities canceled, but there are still plenty of other happenings around the area this weekend.

Unfortunately, the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Wilmington this weekend have been canceled amid coronavirus concerns.

“Without knowing the full extent of the current situation locally with the COVID-19 virus, and wanting to err on the side of caution and safety, we regret having to cancel the St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade. We did not make this decision lightly as we know that many of you look forward to it each year,” a spokesperson for the festival said.

But don’t worry. At this time there are still plenty of other happenings around the area this weekend. With that being said, we know events are being canceled left and right so we will do our best to let you know of any future cancellations. Be sure to check,, or your WECT News app for updates on local events.


2nd Annual NC Azalea festival Paws on Parade

Whether its good music, or good times with your four-legged friends, there’s something to enjoy this weekend at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Enjoy a dog-day afternoon at the 2nd annual NC Azalea Festival Paws on Parade. The event is held in partnership with Paws4People. At the event, you can take part in a puppy kissing booth, check out different dog-friendly vendors, enter your pup or watch the Canine Court Pageant, and get professional portraits taken. You can also sign up to run the 5K or Fun Walk with your four-legged friend. Race or Pageant registration includes free admission to the event, otherwise its $10 per person. Kids 10 and under can get in free. Registration and tickets can be purchased at


Stephen Marley in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

On Sunday, Stephen Marley, son of the late Bob Marley, will bring his “Acoustic Soul” show to the amphitheater stage. Tickets start at $35 and $1 from every ticket sold will go to the Ghetto Youth Foundation. Tickets for this and other shows can be found at

“The AristoCats Kids” on the stage

On the stage this weekend, Kathy Snow Productions will present “The AristoCats Kids” at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design in Wilmington. There are three show times scheduled; Friday and Saturday night at 6 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. You can buy them at the door or online at


Run for the Arts 5k Race and mural painting

In Brunswick County, The Brunswick Arts Council will hold its inaugural Run for the Arts 5K. The race starts Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holden Beach Park. Early registration is $25. Runners will have a chance to decorate a paint by numbers mural at the park. A sign-up link is available at


St. Patrick’s Day Trail Rides

Looking for wide-open spaces? On Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m., the Lumber River Campgrounds will be open to riders for their St. Patrick’s Day Trail ride event. It will cost you $10 to ride daily. For more information, Contact the Campground at (910) 654-9985.


Looking for something else? Chick around and discover some unique and cool things to do, whether its Downtown, around the region or in the comfort of your own home.

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