Fall is upon us in Wilmington and it is a great time to ‘fall’ in love with Wilmington. A beautiful time to be in Wilmington. Not quite as many visitors, and the beauty of Fall is all around town. Take a break and come relax in Wilmington. There is so much to do and see in Wilmington and our Region. Spend your days walking in historic downtown Wilmington exploring art galleries, historic home tours and the horse drawn carriage ride or a stroll on the beach. Take in some shopping at our 100 unique shops in downtown alone! After an afternoon rest, plan dinner and a show to celebrate you! We always enjoy taking a river cruise or visiting the Battleship to see the completed Coffer Dam and memorial walkway. There is a culinary food tour option on Saturday mornings and comedy is alive and well in Wilmington. Live theater abounds and many more offerings…absolutely something for everyone. See our calendar below and be sure to ask us what is going on when you make a reservation. We look forward to your visit soon! Here is an article from Carolina Living which touts all there is to do here in Wilmington, NC!
Cape Fear Blues Jam – Tuesdays, 8 pm at The Rusty Nail. A unique gathering of the area’s finest Blues musicians. No cover. More information on their website.
Riverfront Farmer’s Market – March through November; local produce, herbs and plants, crafts and live music. And on Saturdays there is a culinary food tour that brings you through the Farmers Market and then into a restaurant to enjoy your gleanings. Check out A Taste of Downtown Wilmington below:
A Taste of Downtown Wilmington – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours – Saturdays year-round at 10 am, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm. Sample an eclectic assortment of restaurants, enjoy food and drink, meet the city’s best chefs and learn about the historic downtown. The 10 am tour is a Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class. Visit their website to reserve your seat.
Sunday Blue Grass Jam Live at Satellite Bar and Lounge – A lively gathering every Sunday 6 pm – 9 pm visit their website for details. 120 Greenfield St.
Wilmington Water Tours – Daily one hour narrated tours and two hour sunset cruises with live music; private parties, educational cruises, holiday parties and corporate events. A new offering is a triple ticket including an Eagles Island Cruise, tour of the Bellamy Mansion and the Cape Fear Museum for $26.00 Call (910) 338-3134 or visit their website for details and schedule.
The Literary Walking Tour – This tour takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, starting at 1:30 p.m. from Old Books on Front St. $8
Books, Beer and Jazz Piano – Every Sunday afternoon at 3-5 p.m. at Old Books on Front St.
Wilmington History Tours – This is a self-guided tour on your phone with an app with a free sample mini-tour. Old Wilmington I and Old Wilmington II are $3.99 each to download. Check it out at Wilmington.tours.
Tour Old Wilmington – A guided historical tour revealing what life was like in Wilmington during the Civil War from customs and traditions to stories and folklore. $12 for adults, $10 for students. Get more information and tickets on their website.
4th Friday Gallery Walk – 20+ local downtown art galleries and studios open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture from 6-9 pm every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Click for a complete list of gallery venues.
The Art Works…Gallery and Art Studios – Dozens of local artists together in a “village” atmosphere in an old shirt factory, transformed. Open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m and every Fourth Friday 6-9pm.
Cinematique of Wilmington – Sponsored by our local NPR station, WHQR, an assortment of independent, classic, foreign, documentary and notable films shown at Thalian Hall at 7pm, $8. The movies are usually Mon.-Wed. (some Mon.-Fri.) and change regularly. Please call 910-632-2285 or go to Historic Thalian Hall for more Cinematique information.
Monday Wine Tasting – Every Monday from 6-8pm enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at Second Glass a wonderful new wine bar in the cargo district. A little wine, a little education, a little light bite. Enjoy! Check out their menus!
Tuesday Wine Tasting – Every Tuesday enjoy Free Wine Tasting 6-8 pm + Daily Small Plate, Wine & Beer Specials. 60 wines by the glass, 30 craft beers and hundreds of wines by the bottle. The Fortunate Glass, 29 S. Front St.
Thursday Wine Tasting – Our Newest Winebar: Taste the Olive & Vine, 25 N. 3rd Street. Be transported to an elegant, intimate wine bar reminiscent of America’s Jazz Age.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Music Series – Free concerts, events and Music Series. See website for details.
Environmental Activities with Cape Fear River Watch – If you like environmental cleanups and kayak paddles in cypress swamps and creeks, this group is for you; check it out at this link for Cape Fear River Watch. This is one of our favorite non-profits we support in Wilmington.
Live Acts and Shows and Festivals
25th Annual Cucalorus Festival – November 13 – 17. Showcases more than 100 worldwide films alongside performing arts. website
48th Annual Old Wilmington by Candlelight – December 7 & 8. Tickets $40. (early bird Nov. 1-15 $35). website
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the CFCC Wilson Center – 2019 Masterworks Series. POPS! “Aretha: A Tribute”, October 19, 7:30; “Latin Soul”, Nov. 16, 7:30. See their website for details or call 910-362-7999.
Jazz at CAM – Fall brings an eight concert jazz series to Cameron Art Museum–September 2019 through April 2020. Tickets are $25 and concerts are at 6:30 on the 1st Thursday of the month.Click here for more information.
North Carolina Symphony at the CFCC Wilson Center – September 28, Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31”; November 21, An All-American Program including “School for Scandal” overture and “West Side Story”. See their website or call 910-362-7999.
Airlie Gardens – Nov. 29 – Dec. 24. Enchanted Airlie. The gardens are all decked out for the holidays with thousands of lights and decorations, refreshments and Santa! Call 910-798-7700 or visit their website.
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts – October 12, “Harlem 100” created with the National Jazz Museum, this multimedia show captures the sights and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance, 7:30; October 19, “Lords of 52nd Street”; Billy Joel’s Original Hitmakers, 7:30; Nov 3, “The MozART Group”, Classical musicians turned comedy troupe; 7:30; Nov. 9, “The Drifters” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Legends, 7:30; Nov. 21, “Step Crew”, Irish Fusion Music & Step Dancing, 7;30. For more performances and events See their website or call 910-632-2285.
The Wilson Center–Cape Fear Stage – Comedian Bill Engvall, Oct., 3 $51+; Sheila E. (1980s Pop Star) $35+; Cheap Trick, Oct. 8, 7:30; Chick Corea Trilegy, Oct. 23; Fiddler on the Roof, Oct. 26 & 27, 7:30; “We Will Rock You”, Nov. 2, 2:00 & 6:30; “So You Think You Can Dance” Live, Nov. 5, 7:30; Kenny G., Nov. 17; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Nov. 27 3:30 & 7:30; The Illusionists, Dec. 10 & 11; See website for all shows and information The Wilson Center or box office 910-362-7999.
Chamber Music Wilmington – Performances at Beckwith Recital Hall/Cultural Arts Bldg. on the UNCW Campus. An intimate 280-seat venue which hosts classical & jazz concerts for UNCW Dept. of Music and serves as the home base for Chamber Music Wilmington. website or call 910-962-3500.
Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall Mainstage – Visit Opera House Theatre Company or call 910-632-2285.
Big Dawg Productions at Cape Fear Playhouse – Located at 613 Castle Street. (910) 367-5237 Visit Big Dawg Productions here.
Concerts @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Outdoor ampitheatre See Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for band names and schedule.
Brooklyn Arts Center – Located in the beautifully renovated former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the BAC is a concert and event center. See website for performance schedule.
Thalian Association Community Theatre – For more details go to their website or call (910) 251-1788.
UNCW Presents – Kenan Auditorium. The premier performance venue of UNCW. See UNCW.edu/presents for 2019 calendar. For more information and reservations call 910-962-3500.
Bellamy Mansion – Visit the Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture which is located in downtown Wilmington. Open 7 days a week. Visit Historic Bellamy Mansion for more details
Cape Fear Museum Exhibits – Visit Cape Fear Museum for more information and current exhibits.
Cameron Art Museum – Visit Cameron Art Museum for more information.
Unique Local Shops
Cape Fear Spice Merchants – Spices, Teas, Oils and Vinegars to taste, and gifts — always fresh. Find us on Facebook.
Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts – Unique, Handcrafted Local Art. “Absolutely the most beautiful collection of locally handmade art I have seen in Wilmington” Margi Erickson Visit website.
Candles Etc. – High quality, earth friendly candles, accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts. Over 60 unique fragrances. Visit website.
There is even more going on; when you call to make your reservation, just ask us!