This Week

Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic

  • Friday, July 10th - Sunday, July 12th
Carolina Beach

Summer is a fine time to drop a line in Carolina Beach, and during this annual fishing tournament, visiting anglers can discover just how much fun the local fishing scene can be while having a chance at landing some incredible prizes. The Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic is held over the course of a July weekend, and it features plenty of activities, comradery, and of course, plenty of exceptional fishing along the Cape Fear coastline.

Week of August 17, 2020 - August 23, 2020

O'Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am

  • Friday, August 21st - Sunday, August 23rd
Wrightsville Beach

Head to the shorelines of Wrightsville Beach – one of the most popular surfing destinations in southern North Carolina – for this annual tournament that has become one of the most anticipated regional surfing events of the year. The O'Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am has grown over the years into one of the biggest surfing tournaments in North Carolina and along the East Coast, and spectators can catch an incredible show as they watch dozens of amateur and professional surfers from all around the world show their stuff on the local waves.

Week of August 31, 2020 - September 6, 2020

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival

  • Saturday, September 5th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oak Island

An annual tradition for more than 25 years, the Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival is a fantastic way for visitors to discover all the talented artists and craftsmen who call this coastal corner of North Carolina home. Held in the heart of town, the festival attracts more than 100 artists and vendors who bring along distinctive wares that are both eye catching and truly one-of-a-kind.

Labor Day Cookout

  • Saturday, September 5th - Monday, September 7th
Bald Head Island

Labor Day weekend on Bald Head Island is truly a celebration, and the annual Labor Day Cookout offers a lot more besides a chance to feast on burgers and beachy fare. With corresponding activities and events held all along the island, and plenty of unique attractions to discover along the way, the annual celebration is a prime opportunity to uncover everything this popular North Carolina vacation destination has to offer.

Week of September 7, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Labor Day Cookout

  • Saturday, September 5th - Monday, September 7th
Bald Head Island

Labor Day weekend on Bald Head Island is truly a celebration, and the annual Labor Day Cookout offers a lot more besides a chance to feast on burgers and beachy fare. With corresponding activities and events held all along the island, and plenty of unique attractions to discover along the way, the annual celebration is a prime opportunity to uncover everything this popular North Carolina vacation destination has to offer.

Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge

  • Friday, September 11th - Saturday, September 12th
Wilmington

Anglers can explore the exceptional fishing of the Carolina Beach inshore waters while hopefully cashing in on some attractive prizes at this annual tournament that reels in local and visiting anglers alike. The Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge is a fun and full-day fishing tournament that targets the waters of Carolina Beach Inlet and beyond to reel in some big rewards.

Week of September 14, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival

  • Saturday, September 19th
Carolina Beach

Both spectators and mariners will have a ball at this colorful celebration that celebrates life on the water in Carolina Beach. The Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival is a fun-filled weekened event that includes plenty of food and entertainment, and a competitive but family-friendly race in the cool waters of the Cape Fear region.

American Craft Walk

  • Saturday, September 19th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wilmington

Shoppers and sightseers can discover a world of goodies while taking in some of the most enticing scenery that Wilmington has to offer with a stop at the annual American Craft Walk. Held in the fall, this popular event features a wealth of local and regional artisans and craftsmen who are selling their wares in the heart of the downtown area.

Week of September 28, 2020 - October 4, 2020

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

  • Thursday, October 1st - Saturday, October 3rd
Southport

The fall season is prime time when it comes to exceptional fishing, and anglers of all varieties can get their lines wet by participating in the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. Based at the local Southport Marina and featuring tons of prizes for anglers who sign up every year, this multiple day fishing tournament is a great way to explore the expansive waters of the Cape Fear region while landing in some big cash prizes along the way.

Riverfest

  • Friday, October 2nd - Sunday, October 4th
Wilmington

Second only to the springtime Azalea Festival in terms of size, activities and attendance, the annual Riverfest is an all-encompassing festival that celebrates life by the water. Featuring a lineup of events that include exhibits, vendors, competitions, kid activities, fireworks, and so much more, this family-friendly event ignites the Wilmington downtown area with miles of fun to go around.

Bark in the Park

  • Saturday, October 3rd
Wrightsville Beach

Celebrating its 27th year in 2020, the annual Bark in the Park is a playful competition that pits high flying canines of all varieties in a number of competitions that will delight participants and their human spectators alike. Featuring a number of activities, and absolutely free to the public, Bark in the Park is a great outing for family members of all varieties, and especially the furry ones who love to make new friends and show off their stuff at one of the coolest parks in Wrightsville Beach.

Week of October 5, 2020 - October 11, 2020

Wilmington Boat Show

  • Friday, October 9th - Sunday, October 11th
Wilmington

Wilmington is known as the “Port City” for a reason, and lifelong local mariners and visitors alike can celebrate this heritage with a stop at the Wilmington Boat Show. Featuring multiple events throughout town over the course of several days, this sprawling event features plenty of ways to discover the past, present, and future of Wilmington’s life along the water.

Week of October 12, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

  • Friday, October 16th - Sunday, October 18th
Carolina Beach

October is prime fishing time on the coastline of North Carolina, and visitors can join in the fun and enjoy a little competition with big potential prizes at the annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. Known as one of the best land-based surf fishing tournaments on the beach, this annual competition is a great way to enjoy the fantastic fall fishing while potentially scoring thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

  • Saturday, October 17th
Wilmington

Known as one of the most-watched and most intense competitions in the Cape Fear area and miles beyond, the Ironman 70.3 North Carolina puts athletes of all ages to the test with an incredible course that requires endurance and massive feasts of strength. Featuring a swim, bike ride, and run, this "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event will wow spectators from all across the Cape Fear region with its incredible course, and incredible athletes who participate.

North Carolina Oyster Festival

  • Saturday, October 17th - Sunday, October 18th
Ocean Isle Beach

Hungry visitors will want to bring along a big appetite for the North Carolina Oyster Festival, which is a popular annual event that offers a whole lot more than the staple shellfish. Featuring everything from BBQ and pizza, to music, arts, and crafts, this extensive festival has plenty of ways to delight attendees of all tastes, and of all ages.

Week of October 19, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Voracious Rare Beer Festival

  • Friday, October 23rd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilmington

Calling all brew fans – the Voracious Rare Beer Festival is the prime opportunity to discover a world of new flavors without ever leaving the heart of downtown Wilmington. Appropriately held in the month of October, this annual festival features plenty of great tastes to go around, with dozens of participating breweries and eateries, and ample reasons to raise a pint and toast the town.

Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival

  • Friday, October 23rd - Saturday, October 24th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wilmington

The world of hops, grapes and grains is at your fingertips at the annual Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival – a fun event that features plenty of delectable tastes from the Cape Fear area and miles beyond. Held at the North Waterfront Park in the heart of Wilmington, this full afternoon-long festival features more than 100 craft breweries and wineries to discover, making it one of the most anticipated events for wine and beer lovers throughout the North Carolina coastline.

Week of October 26, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

  • Friday, October 30th - Sunday, November 8th
Wilmington

Well known as one of the longest running events in the Port City area, the annual Cape Fear Fair & Expo has been going strong for decades, and is one of the most fun celebrations that the town of Wilmington has to offer. Taking over the grounds of the Wilmington Airport, this expansive festival features rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment al all varieties to create a truly memorable experience for fun-loving visitors of all varieties.

Week of November 2, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Cape Fear Fair & Expo

  • Friday, October 30th - Sunday, November 8th
Wilmington

Well known as one of the longest running events in the Port City area, the annual Cape Fear Fair & Expo has been going strong for decades, and is one of the most fun celebrations that the town of Wilmington has to offer. Taking over the grounds of the Wilmington Airport, this expansive festival features rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment al all varieties to create a truly memorable experience for fun-loving visitors of all varieties.

Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

  • Saturday, November 7th - Sunday, November 8th 8:00 AM
Wilmington

Ties up your laces and get ready for one of the biggest running and fitness events that the Cape Fear area has to offer! The annual Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is a popular running event that attracts active visitors from all across the county and beyond, and which provides a perfect opportunity to explore the local landscape of the southern N.C. coastline while enjoying a little competitive fun.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

  • Saturday, November 7th - Sunday, November 8th
Kure Beach

With fall winds at their peak, the annual Cape Fear Kite Festival is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to be awed by a colorful display of kites of all varieties. Held at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on the Cape Fear coastline, this impressive event is always a crowd pleaser, with an unforgettable overhead show that will make everyone look to the skies.

Southport Wooden Boat Show

  • Saturday, November 7th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Southport

Water lovers of all ages and all varieties will have a ball exploring the fun and educational Southport Wooden Boat Show. Held in the peak of fall, this annual celebration brings together talented boat makers and mariners to showcase a stunning display of wooden boats, while providing a little history on Southport’s maritime heritage and life on the water.

Holly Days Arts & Crafts Sale

  • Saturday, November 7th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Southport

Get a jump start on acquiring everything you’ll need to ring in the holiday season with style with a visit to the annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Sale at the Southport Baptist Church. This fun and annual celebration features a host of goodies that are truly one-of-a-kind, and which will be a delight to any lucky recipient on Christmas morning.

Polish Festival

  • Saturday, November 7th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Castle Hayne

The Cape Fear region is a unique coastal community that’s known for its variety of global influences, and visitors can get a first-hand look at this worldly flavor by attending the annual Polish Festival. Held in the smaller region of Castle Hayne, this family-oriented and fun festival features a wealth of food, music, arts and crafts, beverages, and more to provide a hefty sampling of everything this distinctive culture and heritage has to offer.

Week of November 9, 2020 - November 15, 2020

Cucalorus Film Festival

  • Wednesday, November 11th - Sunday, November 15th
Wilmington

The Cucalorus Film Festival has been going strong for 25 years, and this annual film festival is well known as one of the biggest and best of its kind in the Cape Fear region and well beyond. Renowned as one of the largest film festivals in the southern United States, this multiple day event features a wealth of films, shorts, live entertainment, music, and many more ways to celebrate Wilmington’s reputation as the Hollywood of the East Coast.

Taste of Wrightsville Beach

  • Saturday, November 14th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach

The Cape Fear area has its own unique style when it comes to food and fun, and visitors can get a big helping of this food-centric atmosphere by attending the annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Celebrating its 8th year in 2020, this festival that is perpetually growing in popularity features dozens of samples, tastings, contests, and more, which allows newcomers to dive into the local Wrightsville Beach food scene with gusto.

Week of November 23, 2020 - November 29, 2020

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Friday, November 27th
Wilmington

Start the holiday season with style and plenty of community spirit by attending the annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting in the heart of Wilmington. This annual event is a community celebration that features plenty of music, refreshments, and a glittering tree lighting, and is a great opener to the festive spirit of Wilmington during the holidays.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Friday, November 27th - Wednesday, December 23rd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Wrightsville Beach Festival in the Park

  • Saturday, November 28th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach

Serving as a cornerstone of the annual NC Holiday Flotilla, the Wrightsville Beach Festival in the Park is a great opportunity for visitors to explore just how much fun this coastal town can be when the holiday season is in full swing. With a fair-like atmosphere and plenty of activities to entertainment both children and parents alike, this full-day festival is a great way to get out and enjoy a little fun while celebrating the excitement of the holidays.

NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

  • Saturday, November 28th 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach

Get a jumpstart to your holiday celebrations with this annual event that is always a crowd pleaser for visitors and local Cape Fear residents like, The NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach is an enchanting evening that combines holiday celebrations with the allure of the coastline, courtesy of a festive boat parade, fireworks, and so much more.

Week of November 30, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Enchanted Airlie

  • Friday, November 27th - Wednesday, December 23rd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Tuesday, December 1st
Wilmington

Head to one of the Cape Fear region’s most charming and historic destinations just north of the Wilmington city limits for this annual event that adds a little extra sparkle and fun to the holiday season. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is held at the Poplar Grove Plantation, and is a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with a host of holiday activities and events.

Christmas by the Sea Parade

  • Saturday, December 5th 2:00 PM
Oak Island

The small coastal town of Oak Island has a big dose of holiday spirit, and visitors can ring in the Christmas season in style by cheering on the annual Christmas by the Sea Parade. Held in the heart of town, this annual event that features the efforts of local businesses and celebrations is a merry way to enjoy the coastal community while starting off the holiday season with plenty of cheer.

State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest

  • Sunday, December 6th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Southport

Well known as one of the tastiest events to correspond with the annual Southport Winterfest, the State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest is a great opportunity to show off your baking skills, or just enjoy a heavy and delicious dose of these holiday staples. Always drawing a crowd of local bakers and tasters alike, this fun event is brimming with great taste for hungry folks of all ages.

Week of December 7, 2020 - December 13, 2020

Enchanted Airlie

  • Friday, November 27th - Wednesday, December 23rd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 14, 2020 - December 20, 2020

Enchanted Airlie

  • Friday, November 27th - Wednesday, December 23rd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 21, 2020 - December 27, 2020

Enchanted Airlie

  • Friday, November 27th - Wednesday, December 23rd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 28, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

  • Wednesday, December 30th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Discover one of the prettiest regions of the coastal Cape Fear area with this annual event that always attracts runners, walkers and joggers from all across the region and well beyond. The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a fun and yet competitive race that features some of the best scenery on the beach, and which is open to visitors of all ages and abilities.

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