Spring Time in Wilmington: A beautiful time to be in Wilmington. Not quite as many visitors yet, and the beauty of Spring blooming 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. 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 – Closed for Winter; will reopen in 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 at Satellite Bar and Lounge – A lively gathering every Sunday 6 pm – 10 pm visit their website for details.
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.
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
Brooklyn Arts Center – Yonder Mountain String Band, June 7, 7 pm, $25. Info here.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Wilson Center – 2019 Masterworks Series. June 2, High Strung–Strings & Harp, Lilac 94 is a harp duo will play with the Symphony. See their website for details or call 910-362-7999.
North Carolina Symphony at the Wilson Center – North Carolina Symphony See their website or call 877-627-6724.
Airlie Gardens – Call 910-798-7700 or visit their website.
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts – “OTHELLO”, April 26-May 12, in the Stein Theater, 7:30 pm. “Union Duke”, a Toronto-based folk quintet, May 10, 7:30 pm. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” by Thalian Association, May 17-26. “Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies” Cajun Country, May 23, 7:30 pm. Plan Ahead: “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” performed on the fantail of the USS North Carolina. Special performance July 4th with fireworks at 9 pm. For more upcoming shows, performances and events See their website or call 910-632-2285.
The Wilson Center–Cape Fear Stage – “Kinky Boots”, May 21 & 22, $46. “Boyz II Men”, May 31, $46. “The Lightning Thief, The Percy Jackson Musical” June 4 & 5, 7:30 pm $29. The Wilmington Ballet Company will perform “A MidSummer Night’s Dream”, June 9. Neil Sedaka, June 21, 7:30 pm $48. Don McLean, June 29, 7:30 pm $32. The Italian Tenors, Sept. 24, $35. 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. Call 910-962-3500.
Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall Mainstage – 42nd Street, June 6-23. Five Guys Named Moe, July 4-23, A musical by Clarke Peters Featuring Louis Jordan’s Greatest Hits. Billy Elliott, the Musical, August 1-18. Shakespeare in Love, The Play, August 29-Sept. 8. Puccini’s La Boheme, July 19, 21, 26, 28, 2019. Visit Opera House Theatre Company or call 910-632-2285.
Big Dawg Productions at Cape Fear Playhouse – 2019 Season includes: “Men on Boats” Aug. 14-18, 22-25 and 29-Sept. 1. and “The Exonerated” Sept. 11-15, 19-22 and 26-29. Located at 613 Castle Street. (910) 367-5237 Visit Big Dawg Productions here.
Concerts @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – June 4, Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Mettavolution Tour, 5 pm. June 18, The Record Company with guests, 5 pm. 910-214-2858. See Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for band names and schedule.
Thalian Association Community Theatre – For more details go to their website or call (910) 251-1788.
UNCW Presents – Kenan Auditorium. 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!