‘Summer time and the livin’ is easy…’ There is lots to do and see in Wilmington and our Region. Enjoy summer time at our four beaches during the daytime and historic downtown Wilmington for dinner and show to celebrate you! We always enjoy getting out on the river on 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, live theater 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!
Cape Fear Blues Jam – Tuesdays 8 pm at The Rusty Nail. A unique gathering of the area’s finest Blues musicians. No cover. www.capefearblues.org
Riverfront Farmer’s Market – Saturdays from 8 til 1 begins March through November; enjoy 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 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 satellitebarandlounge.com/calendar
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. Now offering an Early Flight Excursion on the Northeast Cape Fear River from 9-11 am. Ask your hosts (Margi & Doug) about “breakfast on the river” and we can hook you up! Another 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 www.oldbooksonfrontst.com
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
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. For a complete list of gallery venues visit www.artscouncilofwilmington.org
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.
Ted’s Fun on the River – Offering live, acoustic music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 – 9 pm $3-$5 cover. Wine and beer available for purchase. Ted’s offers a unique experience for tourists and locals alike. It’s “off the beaten path” on the road less traveled. Bike, Kayak, & Canoe Rentals also available. Visit Tedsfun.com for details.
Cinematique of Wilmington – Sponsored by 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 www.thalianhall.org for more Cinematique information.
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. Visit their website here.
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.
Live Acts and Shows and Festivals
Complete 2018 list of outdoor summer concerts in Southeastern NC –
See list here
13th Annual Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Every Friday from May through August at Riverfront Park in front of the Federal Building; 6:30 pm-10 pm. Free. See website for upcoming concerts.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Wilson Center – 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. September 22: ‘High Strung’ Lilac 94, harp duo; October 20: ‘Land and Sea’ See wilmingtonsymphony.org for details or call 910-362-7999.
North Carolina Symphony at the Wilson Center – North Carolina Symphony See ncsymphony.org or call 877-627-6724.
Airlie Gardens – Call 910-798-7700 or visit website.
Thalian Hall – For more upcoming shows, performances and events See www.thalianhall.org or call 910-632-2285.
The Wilson Center Cape Fear Stage – “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons”, Sept. 28. “The King and I” November 9-10. The O’Jays October 10, tickets on sale now. Monty Pythons Spamalot, November 17. The Beach Boys December 18, tickets on sale now! Plan Ahead: Rick Springfield April 25, 2019; tickets on sale now! See their website for all shows and information: 910-362-7999 or www.capfearstage.com
Chamber Music Wilmington – Classical Music for Everyone! Performances at Beckwith Recital Hall on the UNCW Campus. Call 910-962-3500.
Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall – See thalianhall.org or call 910-632-2285.
Big Dawg Productions at Cape Fear Playhouse – Located at 613 Castle Street. (910) 367-5237 Visit website here.
Concerts @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – See website for band names and schedule. www.greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com
Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green – The Merry Wives of Windsor; various dates in June, 8pm (gates at 6:30) at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Free. www.capefearshakespeare.com for dates.
Thalian Association Community Theatre – “Steel Magnolias” Fri-Sun, August 3-12, performed at the Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Academy For more details go to www.thalian.org or call (910) 251-1788.
UNCW Presents – Kenan Auditorium. See UNCW.edu/presents for 2018-2019 calendar. For 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. Visit website for more details
Cape Fear Museum Exhibits –
Visit their website for more information.
Unique Local Shops
Cape Fear Spice Merchants – Spices, Teas, Oils and Vinegars to taste, & Gifts–Always Fresh. Find us on Facebook.
Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts – Unique, Handcrafted Local Art. “Absolutely the most beautiful collection of local 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!