Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC

Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC
Jarabe De Palo in Concert
April 21, 2015
Thirty two concerts in the USA, more than 40 in Latin American, three nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards and SOMOS selected by NBC News as one of the Top 10 Latin albums, 2014 was a great year for Jarabe De Palo. In 2015, Tour Americano brings Jarabe back to America playing a set of their best known hits across the US. 2016 will mark a new album, the 20th anniversary of the band and the 50th birthday of Dones, its leader. Click here for tickets.

5th Annual Carolina Cup
April 22-26, 2015
The 5th Annual Carolina Cup is a week-long festival with clinics, races, surf, and fun. Join the world's best paddlers in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for this 3 day expo featuring paddleboard and equipment demos, clinics and certifications. Plus there will be 4 races, one for every level.

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
April 23 – 26, 2015
Join us for 4 days of festivities and commemorations at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. 
We are honoring all veterans, all wars to celebrate the unity and strength of all veterans. “Never Again Shall One 
Generation Of Veterans Abandon Another”. Please join us at the following 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War 
events taking place at Hugh MacRae Park, the Coastline Convention Center, the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 
and the Battleship:
April 23, 2015 at 9:30AM: Registration at the Coastline Convention Center
April 23, 2015 from 1PM – 4PM: Vietnam Remembrance Ceremony
April 24, 2015 from 1PM – 3:30PM or 3:30PM – 5:30PM: Movie Screening “To Heal A Nation”
April 24, 2015 from 6PM – 8PM: Welcome Aboard Reception
April 25, 2015 from 10AM – 4PM: Concert in the Park
April 25, 2015 from 6PM – 9PM: Veterans Appreciation Reception & Banquet
April 26, 2015 from 7AM – 10AM: Breakfast On The Battleship
To register in advance for 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War events, please click here.

Cape Fear Comedy Festival
April 29 - May 2, 2015
The Cape Fear Comedy Festival is a four day Independently run live comedy festival held each spring in Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The event takes place at multiple venues all within walking distance of one another in the heart of the city. The home base of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival is Dead Crow Comedy Room. Comedians from all over the country come to Wilmington to perform during the course of the festival. Click here for additional information.

Topsail Island Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge
May 1 - 3, 2015
Welcome to the 1st Annual Fisherman’s Post Topsail Island Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge (technically second annual for surf, but first for the combined event), a spring event that we’re thrilled to be expanding to include not only Topsail’s many miles of ocean beachfront perfect for surf fishing, but now our participants can fish from the island’s three fishing piers as well. This year’s schedule of events will follow the model of last year’s Topsail Island Surf Challenge, with round-the-clock fishing from the piers and sand starting at midnight on Friday, May 1, and wrapping up at noon on Sunday, May 3. Click here to see a full list of 2015 Wilmington fishing tournaments.

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
May 12, 2015
Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. Today, the band shares the first taste from the album called “Come People.” Click here for additional information.

Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament
May 15, 2015
Got-Em-On Live Bait Club provides a day of fishing, food and fun for those with disabilities on the Kure Beach Pier. There will be an awards ceremony at the end of the event for participants. Over the past 16 years this event has grown such that we accommodate about 275 participants with the only limit being the size of the pier! Click here for additional information.

Rims on the River 
May 15 - 17, 2015
Welcome Friends to another Rims On The River Vintage Car, Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show! This year marks the 11th annual event that takes over Downtown Wilmington, NC. As in previous years, it is sure to please both the nostalgic on-lookers and the motorheads alike. Vehicles will be on display throughout the downtown area vying for several trophies given out for different classes. Rims On The River kicks off on Friday with our "Welcome To The Rims On The River Weekend" parties. Several of our downtown venue partners will be hosting parties as participants and spectators roll into town. Be sure to check out our Bands page for updating entertainment information. Saturday is the big day with our anticipated car show. Parking of participating vehicles begins at 9:00AM. Click here for additional information.

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival
May 16, 2015
This festival is a celebration of the arts with a mission to provide, free to the public, the highest quality arts in many forms. The Festival’s objective is to increase appreciation, support and sales of art by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations, hands-on-programs and access to art in different media. The Festival has three themes – Visual art, Performing art, and Culinary art, with a “main event” that involves selected artists and is interactive with the public. Click here for additional information.

22nd Annual KickBack Jack's Seaside Soccer Classic
May 16 & 17, 2015
Welcome to the 22nd KickBack Jack's Annual Seaside Soccer Classic! Over 300 teams participated in the 21st Annual Seaside Soccer Classic last year. Last May 2014 roughly 50 teams were placed on the waiting list. Teams traveled from all over North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Virginia. This tournament is only open to USYS/Affiliate State Associations that play Challenge, Select, Classic and Premier Boys U10-U18 league play and USYS/Affiliate State Associations that play Challenge, Select, Classic and Premier Girls U10-U15 league play.

Orange Street ArtsFest
May 23 - 24, 2015
This celebrated street fair is held on Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building. The popular juried show is the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature over 60 artists with $550.00 in prize money. The Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event for visitors of all ages also featuring entertainment from Thalian Association and their Children’s Theater, old fashioned fair food and the signature cuisine of celebrity chef Keith Rhodes and the Catch Food Truck. Click here for additional information.

Carolina Beach Summer Movie Series - May Showings
May 24, 2015 - Planes Fire & Rescue
May 31, 2015 - Matilda
Carolina Beach Lake invites you to enjoy a FREE movie with your family every Sunday from May 24, 2015 to September 6, 2015. Concessions will be available on site or you can bring your own food and beverage. Bring your chairs and blankets and kick back for any evening of fun. Movies are subject to change. Click here for the full movie schedule.

Wilmington Sharks Baseball Home Games
May 26, 28 & 30, 2015
June 1, 3, 5, 9, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25 & 26, 2015
July 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30 & 31, 2015
Wilmington’s 56 games will be played in just 68 days from late May to early August before the Petit Cup Playoffs begin on August 5th. During the 2015 season, the Sharks will host 27 contests, including seven “Thirsty Thursday” games, during which fans can spend an evening at the ballpark while enjoying $1.00 beers. Don't miss your chance to see the Wilmington Sharks Baseball team compete at home! Click here for additional information.

42nd Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament
May 27 - 30, 2015
Registration for the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament is Wednesday, May 27th from 3PM - 5PM at the Wrightsville Beach Marina. There will be a Captain's Party from 6PM - 10PM featuring an open bar, food and live music. Fishing Days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a party under the gazebo at the Wrightsville Beach Marina on Thursday, May 28th. The Awards Ceremony will be Saturday, May 30th at 7PM featuring an open bar, food and live music. Click here for a full list of 2015 fishing tournaments.

Inshore Tournament Trail
May 29-30, 2015: Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge
June 19-20, 2015: Southport Inshore Challenge
July 17-18, 2015: Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge
August 21-22, 2015: Topsail Inshore Challenge
September 11-12, 2015: Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge
Welcome to the 2015 Fisherman’s Post Inshore Tournament Trail! Each event is a solid standalone tournament, but each one also allows participants to accumulate points towards our crowning of a pair of 2015 Inshore Champions at the culmination of our Carolina Beach event. Anglers can expect food, beverages, raffles, camaraderie, and more surrounding the Registration and Awards Ceremonies of each of the tournaments. Of course, the backbone of any tournament is the competition, and to that end, there will be over 20 ways to take home a check from the leaderboard of any of the event. 

Carolina Beach Music Festival
June 6, 2015
For one of the longest running beach music festivals in the United States, you'll want to attend the historic 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival held on the first Saturday in June each year in Carolina Beach. Enjoy a full day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South. For over 29 years each June, thousands of Beach Music Fans head for Carolina Beach, for "Sun, Music & Beer." with a little "Shaggin" thrown in. For more information about the festival, call the Chamber at 910-458-8434.
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50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
April 23 – 26, 2015

Join us for 4 days of festivities and commemorations at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. We are honoring all veterans, all wars to celebrate the unity and strength of all veterans. “Never Again Shall One Generation Of Veterans Abandon Another”. Please join us at the following 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War events taking place at Hugh MacRae Park, the Coastline Convention Center, the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 
and the Battleship:

April 23, 2015 at 9:30AM: Registration at the Coastline Convention Center
April 23, 2015 from 1PM – 4PM: Vietnam Remembrance Ceremony
April 24, 2015 from 1PM – 3:30PM or 3:30PM – 5:30PM: Movie Screening “To Heal A Nation”
April 24, 2015 from 6PM – 8PM: Welcome Aboard Reception
April 25, 2015 from 10AM – 4PM: Concert in the Park
April 25, 2015 from 6PM – 9PM: Veterans Appreciation Reception & Banquet
April 26, 2015 from 7AM – 10AM: Breakfast On The Battleship

To register in advance for 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War events, please click here.
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