Week of February 24, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Freezin’ For A Reason Polar Plunge

  • Saturday, February 29th
Oak Island

Brave Cape Fear residents can enjoy an oh-so refreshing dip while supporting a very worthy local cause at the first annual “Freezin’ For A Reason” Polar Plunge fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics Brunswick County. Taking place at Middleton Park on Oak Island, the public is invited to join in the fun and show off their fearlessness with this engaging outing that will literally give participants the chills.

Week of March 9, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • Saturday, March 14th
Wilmington

For 21 years, Wilmington locals and visitors alike have flocked to the edge of the waterfront downtown to enjoy one of the town’s favorite springtime celebrations, the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This yearly celebration has become a favorite way to ring in St. Patrick’s Day with style, and is a wonderful precursor to Wilmington’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which immediately follows the colorful parade.

Week of March 16, 2020 - March 22, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Festival

  • Tuesday, March 17th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wilmington

Head to the scenic Riverfront Park in the heart of Wilmington to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with style by attending the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival. A local tradition for roughly 20 years, this annual event features a world of ways to show your Irish spirit thanks to a bustling combination of food, drinks, music, activities, and plenty of great times to go around.

Week of March 30, 2020 - April 5, 2020

North Carolina Azalea Festival

  • Wednesday, April 1st - Sunday, April 5th
Wilmington

For more than 70 years, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has reigned supreme as one of the biggest and best festivals along the southeast coastline, and newcomers are welcome to join in the fun to experience full days of vendors, live music, parades, and other events that shine a spotlight on the lively city of Wilmington. Founded in 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has emerged as one of the most anticipated events in the state, and the celebration attracts visitors from all over the world who want to discover how enchanting the Cape Fear region can be.

Week of April 6, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Spring Eggventure

  • Thursday, April 9th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilmington

Ring in the Easter holiday with a world of fun for the youngest vacationers in your crew by attending the annual and aptly named Spring Eggventure. Held at the Halyburton Park in Wilmington, which is a beloved spot for exploring the wild terrain of the Cape Fear region, this morning event features an array of games, activities, and a popular Easter Egg hunt to the delight of nature fans of all ages.

Southport Spring Festival

  • Friday, April 10th - Saturday, April 11th 10:00 AM
Southport

Celebrate the arrival of warm weather and sunny days along the waterfront with a stop at the always engaging Southport Spring Festival. This two-day festival that takes place in late March features a wealth of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages, and is sure to be a highlight of any getaway to the coastal Cape Fear region.

Holden Beach Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

  • Sunday, April 12th 7:00 PM
Holden Beach

Both kids and adults alike can join in the fun of this Easter Egg hunt which is a challenging evening treasure hunt that will delight attendees of all ages. Held in the heart of Holden Beach, this annual Easter Egg hunt challenges friends and family members to scour the grounds of a popular public park in search of tons of colorful eggs that will be even more hidden when the sun sets.

Week of April 13, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Oak Island Earth Day Festival

  • Saturday, April 18th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Oak Island

Celebrate the beauty of Oak Island while learning a little bit about what makes this coastal environment and community so unique at this annual festival that features a range of corresponding events for visitors of all ages. The Oak Island Earth Day Festival showcases a wide array of family and Earth friendly activities, and is a great opportunity to learn how to help the environment, while discovering the gorgeous coastal landscape of Oak Island and the Brunswick Islands.

Week of April 20, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Earth Day Trail Hike

  • Tuesday, April 21st
Carolina Beach

Earth Day is a great day to get outside and celebrate the wild Cape Fear landscape, and at this annual guided hike, visitors and locals alike can discover all the amazing things that make the Carolina Beach State Park so special. Winding through a variety of unique habitats and environments, this guided Earth Day Trail Hike is a great opportunity for adventurers of all ages to uncover just how unique the local landscape can be.

Earth Day Celebration

  • Wednesday, April 22nd
Wilmington

Kids of all ages will have a ball while learning a little bit more about our precious planet at the annual Earth Day Celebration which is held in the heart of Wilmington. During this special afternoon event, the Hugh MacRae Park in the central region of the Port City will be transformed into a fun, festival atmosphere complete with exhibits, drinks, food, and live music, which all combine to provide an educational yet entertaining day that kids and adults alike will adore.

Star Party

  • Friday, April 24th - Saturday, April 25th
Carolina Beach

The skies over Carolina Beach are brimming with stars and natural wonders, and visitors and locals alike can learn more about this beautiful canopy by attending the Star Party at Carolina Beach State Park. Free and undeniably fun for stargazers of all ages, the Star Party features plenty of events including outdoor shows, telescope viewings, vendors, and other activities to help starry-eyed visitors discover all there is to know about this distinct and always stunning nightly display.

NatureFest Southport

  • Friday, April 24th - Saturday, April 25th
Southport

Discover the wild side of Southport at this educational and enlightening annual event that puts the stunning landscapes of coastal North Carolina in the spotlight. NatureFest Southport is a fun event that is held during the spring when the weather is ideal for explorations, and which features a wealth of activities to appeal to visitors of all ages who want to learn more about the local Southport environment.

Kure Beach Street Festival

  • Saturday, April 25th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kure Beach

Enjoy a full day of feasting, live music, entertainment, games, food, and so much more with a fun-filled stop at the at the Kure Beach Street Festival. This enticing street fair that’s put on every year by the Town of Kure Beach showcases the beauty of this small coastal town, as well as all the fun things that are found in this hopping vacation destination.

Taste of Calabash

  • Saturday, April 25th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Calabash

Food lovers will have a blast discovering everything that this famed seafood community has to offer at the annual Taste of Calabash. Celebrating its third year in 2018, and quickly becoming one of Calabash’s most popular festivals, this annual event features arts and crafts, children’s activities, music, and plenty of fresh fare to go around, creating a delightful atmosphere that will appeal to everyone in the crew.

Days at the Dock Festival

  • Saturday, April 25th - Sunday, April 26th
Holden Beach

Jump start your Holden Beach spring and summer vacation with this annual festival that provides plenty of good times along the shoreline. The Days at the Dock Festival is an unofficial kick-off to the prime visitor season, and features a wealth of arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, and fun and games for all ages that will make everyone in the family fall in love with the lively and engaging atmosphere of Holden Beach.

Week of May 11, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Family Farm Day

  • Saturday, May 16th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilmington

Kids of all ages can discover how much fun life on the farm can be with this entertaining and educational event that is held at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. During Family Farm Day, kids can meet and greet with local barnyard residents of all varieties, and enjoy plenty of activities that pay homage to the important roles that farms play in everyday life.

Week of May 18, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

  • Saturday, May 23rd - Monday, May 25th
Bald Head Island

Memorial Day on Bald Head Island is a true celebration that will introduce newcomers and longtime vacationers alike to all the amazing things to do and see in this island community. Known as the official kick-off to the summer season, the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration features a wealth of hikes, watersports, art-centric events, and plenty of good food and great times to encourage everyone to escape to the beach and join in the fun.

Week of May 25, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

  • Saturday, May 23rd - Monday, May 25th
Bald Head Island

Memorial Day on Bald Head Island is a true celebration that will introduce newcomers and longtime vacationers alike to all the amazing things to do and see in this island community. Known as the official kick-off to the summer season, the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration features a wealth of hikes, watersports, art-centric events, and plenty of good food and great times to encourage everyone to escape to the beach and join in the fun.

Week of June 1, 2020 - June 7, 2020

Wilmington Greek Festival

  • Monday, June 1st - Saturday, June 6th
Wilmington

A world of flavor and fun is waiting at the Wilmington Greek Festival, which is one of the most unique and anticipated global events of the year in the Cape Fear region. Featuring an abundance of authentic food, music, dancing and more, this weekend-long festival is a fun way to discover the Greek culture while enjoying an engaging time that will delight family members of all ages.

North Carolina Treasures Weekend

  • Saturday, June 6th - Sunday, June 7th
Bald Head Island

North Carolina, and specifically Bald Head Island, is renowned for a wealth of treasures including historical sites and landmarks, a vibrant cultural scene, and plenty of unique things to eat and drink, and visitors can experience all of these treasures and more at the annual North Carolina Treasures Weekend. Traditionally held in early June, this weekend is a toast to the wonderful things that Bald Head Island has to offer, and features a wealth of food, art, history, and spirits to please everyone in the party.

Week of June 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

Jr. Jolly Mon - Rock the Dock

  • Saturday, June 13th
Ocean Isle Beach

Let the youngest anglers in the crew enjoy a special fishing tournament that’s designed just for them with this annual event that ties in with the annual Jolly Mon King Classic. The Jr. Jolly Mon - Rock the Dock event is for anglers who might be too young to compete in the big multiple day tournament, but who still want to drop a line and discover just how much fun fishing can be.

Week of June 22, 2020 - June 28, 2020

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

  • Sunday, June 28th - Saturday, July 4th
Southport

Revered as one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the state, the North Carolina 4th of July Festival is a big event that attracts visitors from all along the coastline and miles beyond to the charming town of Southport. Boasting a parade, a fair-style collection of vendors, a myriad of shows and activities, and a stunning display of fireworks over the water, this annual event lives up to its reputations as one of the most beloved 4th of July celebrations on the coast.

Week of June 29, 2020 - July 5, 2020

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

  • Sunday, June 28th - Saturday, July 4th
Southport

Revered as one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the state, the North Carolina 4th of July Festival is a big event that attracts visitors from all along the coastline and miles beyond to the charming town of Southport. Boasting a parade, a fair-style collection of vendors, a myriad of shows and activities, and a stunning display of fireworks over the water, this annual event lives up to its reputations as one of the most beloved 4th of July celebrations on the coast.

NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day

  • Wednesday, July 1st
Oak Island

There’s plenty of ways to have fun along the coast at the annual NC 4th of July Festival Beach Day – a celebration that takes place in the heart of Oak Island. Held in conjunction with Southport’s 4th of July Festival, which is one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the state, this event features tons of games, activities, contests, and even live music and dancing, to create a festive 4th of Juy that visitors won’t soon forget.

Fourth of July Celebration

  • Saturday, July 4th
Bald Head Island

The Fourth of July is easily one of the most festive days on Bald Head Island, and visitors can join in the fun with a wide array of activities that are found around town. The annual Bald Head Island Fourth of July Celebration is packed with tours, games, food, and fun – as well as a famed annual parade – and is a great way to truly enjoy everything this island community has to offer.

Week of September 28, 2020 - October 4, 2020

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.

Week of October 12, 2020 - October 18, 2020

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 November 2, 2020 - November 8, 2020

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 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.

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

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.