Event Calendar July-August 2020

08 Jul 2020

Looking to fill your social calendar? We've got the rundown on what to do this steamy season.

Wilmington Sharks Baseball

July 3 – Aug 15

Celebrate summer with a great baseball game followed by a fireworks display. Bring the whole family and enjoy watching The Sharks battle other top-notch college players from all areas of the United States. Please visit their website and social media for the latest updates with Signature Special Nights like: Jaws-n-Paws (Select Wednesday Admission for your Dog), Friday Night Fireworks, and Saturday Night Giveaways. Gates Open: 6:05pm | Game Starts: 7:05pm | Fireworks after the Game, Legion Stadium, Buck Hardee Field, 910-343-5621,

Boogie in the Park Concert Series

July 5 – Oct 4

No Concert July 5th and September 6th

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes for some free family-friendly entertainment at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. 1st & 3rd Sundays 5-7pm. 910-458-8216.

Turtle Talks

July 6 – Aug 24 (every Monday & Wednesday)

Learn about sea turtles from the experts from the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. Join an engaging educational discussion about local nesting. 7-8pm, Mondays at Kure Beach Oceanfront Park and Pavilion, Wednesdays at Carolina Beach State Park,
888-290-1065, seaturtleproject.org

Kure Beach Market

July 7 – Aug 25 (every Tuesday)

Come out to the Kure Beach Market every Tuesday from 8am-1pm. The market is located at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park where you can shop locally for handcrafted goods while enjoying beautiful ocean views! This year’s Market will look a bit different than Markets past, as we have reconfigured the layout to spread vendors further apart and will be asking visitors to follow a one-way traffic pattern through the event and maintain social distance. Vendors will be discouraged from offering samples, and shoppers will be asked to limit the touching of vendor products. 8am-1pm, Ocean Front Park, 910-458-8216. townofkurebeach.org

Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast

July 9 – Sep 3

Head over to the Gazebo Stage on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a fun summer night filled with music and fireworks. Music starts at 6:30pm and fireworks will follow at around 9pm. You do not want to miss this fun weekly event! This is an event that occurs every Thursday. Carolina Beach Boardwalk,
910-458-8434, pleasureislandnc.org

Jazz at Bellamy Mansion

July 10 & Aug 13

One of downtown Wilmington’s most iconic and historic attractions, Bellamy Mansion is the place to be to enjoy an evening of jazz this summer. In partnership with the Cape Fear Jazz Society, the mansion welcomes guests to relax on the lawn while enjoying music by some of the best local, regional and nationally acclaimed jazz performers.  From duets to big band music, each concert features a new musician. Tickets can be purchased day of at the Bellamy Mansion Museum, with prices ranging from $10 to $20. 6:30-8pm, Bellamy Mansion, 910-251-3700,

Fort Fisher Summer Concert Series

July 10 – Aug 28 (2nd and 4th Fridays)

The Summer Concert Series at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area features beach jams, country, pop and rock music all summer long. Bring chairs, blanket, and picnic basket. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available on site. 2nd and 4th Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm. 910-458-8434, pleasureislandnc.org

Annual East Coast Got Em On King Mackerel Classic

July 10 – 11

Get your rods and lines ready for the Annual East Coast Got Em On King Mackerel Classic! It’s time to fish for your next big catch and bragging rights at this annual fishing tournament. The Captains meeting will take place Friday followed by a concert by The Imitations with Fishing on Saturday and Sunday followed by the celebration at the Awards Ceremony. For a full schedule of events please their website and social media. Sat Scales: 2-5pm | Sun Scales: 12-4pm | Sun Awards: 5pm, Carolina Beach Municipal Docks, 910-470-1374, gotemonliveclassic.com

Christmas in July Market: Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

July 11  

Enjoy Christmas in July by strolling the incredible acre of Historic Gardens featuring over 25 vendors including local authors, artists, food, drinks, handmade crafts and more. The historic house (regular admission charged), jail, visitor center and art gallery will remain open for their regular hours of 10am until 4pm. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at this unique Holiday Market. 9am-3pm, Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, 910-762-0570, burgwinwrighthouse.com

Oakdale Cemetery History Walking Tour

July 18

Enjoy a historical walking tour of North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery led by the Cemetery Superintendent, Eric Kozen.  He will take you on a journey focusing on the beginnings of the cemetery, as well as explaining some of the funerary art with some exciting tales of those who are interred. 10am-12pm, Oakdale Cemetery, 910-762-5682, oakdalecemetery.com

Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

July 31 – Sep 25 (1st & 3rd Fridays)

A summertime staple, the Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series welcomes an impressive lineup of musical performers, many of them returning acts and local favorites. Grab your blanket, pack a picnic, and get ready to enjoy some cool tunes on a warm summer night. 6-8pm, Airlie Gardens, 910-798-7700, airliegardens.org

Umphrey’s McGee

Aug 6

Headlining shows across the globe including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and the Beacon Theatre in New York, this American rock and roll band has also performed at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Rothbury, Bonnaroo, the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the Byran Bay Blues Festival in Australia and the Jam in the Dam in Amsterdam. Magic City Hippies, an indie-funk band, opens the show with their breezy blend of hip-hop, funk, pop, and beach-bum soul. Doors Open: 5pm | Show Starts: 6pm, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 910-343-3614, greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com

Stephen Marley

Aug 14

Headlining shows comes naturally for the eight-time Grammy winning musician and producer who is also the second son of Bob Marley. Stephen's talent for navigating between genres by effortlessly blending reggae with soul, hip-hop and electronic dancehall beats makes his musical appeal universal and timeless. One of the third generations of Marley's, DJ Shacia Payne & Constance Bubble will also be spinning tunes sure to get you moving. Doors Open: 6pm| Show Starts: 7pm, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 910-343-3614, greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Aug 15 – 16

The Wahine Classic, a beloved surfing tradition at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, attracts all levels and ages of female surfers.  Divisions will include: Pro Short and Longboard, and Amateur Short and Longboard. The popular Tiny Wahine Division is a crowd favorite. Please check website for updates, registration, and heat schedules. Check-In Social for Surfers Friday 6-7:30pm | Surfing Saturday and Sunday: 8am, Beach Access at the Oceanic Restaurant, 910-465-9638, wahineclassic.com

Trampled by Turtles

Aug 20

Enjoy the amazing Americana Bluegrass/Folk-Rock harmonies of Trampled By Turtles from Duluth, Minnesota under the stars. With multiple chart busting albums and songs, they are back together again after a lengthy break.  This nationally touring high-energy show is one you will not want to miss. The opening band is scheduled to be Los Colognes. This is a rain or shine event. Doors Open: 5pm | Show Starts: 6pm, Greenfield
Lake Amphitheater, 910-343-3614, greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com

15th Annual O’Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest

Aug 21 – 23

The 15th Annual O'Neill/ Sweetwater Pro-Am held on Wrightsville Beach has grown into one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast and attracts surfers from around the world-- they even have a Guppy Division. In all, dozens of amateur surfers and an average of 96 professional surfers from around the world participate in this exciting three-day event. Some professionals that have won the $20,000 pro purse in the past include Rob Machado, Fisher Heverly and Avon Cormican. Please see website for a listing of all the Surf Festival's Events. Free for Spectators: Surfer Registration Details on Website. Surfing varies by wave conditions usually: Friday (Aug. 21st) 8am until Sunday (Aug. 23rd) 4pm, Wrightsville Beach: Public Beach Access 29, Birmingham Street, 910-256-3821, facebook.com/OneillSWPROAM

Boz Scaggs

Aug 22

Spend an evening with Boz Skaggs enjoying some your favorite tunes like "It's Over," "Lido Shuffle" and the Grammy-winning "Lowdown," "Breakdown Dead Ahead," "Jo Jo" and "Look What You've Done to Me." Scaggs signature sound flows from blues, rhythm and blues, early rock 'n' roll, and jazz, with his latest recording Out of the Blues celebrating the start of his musical career over half a century ago. 7:30pm, The Wilson Center,
910-362-7999, cfcc.edu/capefearstage

Cape Fear 7’s Rugby Tournament

Aug 22 – 23

One of the most renowned Rugby Tournaments in the country, Cape Fear 7's, is one of the nation's largest Summer 7's tournaments. Featuring one of the most competitive premiere divisions and hosting several hundred players from teams from across the country and around the world. Please check their website and social media for a complete listing of events. 2020 TBA Usually Matches kickoff both days at 9am | Finals kickoff Sunday at 1pm, Cape Fear Regional Soccer Complex,
910-264-5277, fearrugby.com

Made in NC 2020

Aug 22 – 23  

Celebrate Wilmington's community of original craftsmen and artisans at this modern handmade marketplace! Made in NC features over 50 of the region's finest artists as they present their work in the historical Brooklyn Arts Center. Explore handmade creations of all kinds: art, clothing and accessories, household and garden items, and more. Food trucks will provide offerings both days while the BAC cash bar will serve liquid refreshments. Sat: 10am -5pm | Sun: 12-5pm, 910-538-2939, brooklynartsnc.com

Billy Strings

Aug 27 – 29  

Enjoy the smooth tunes of Billy Strings under the stars and find out why Rolling Stone named him one of the Top Ten New Country Artists.  This incredibly young second generation blue and new grass guitarist's most recent recording Home (released in September, 2019) has reached number one on both the Heatseekers and Bluegrass Album charts. Come find out why Billy debuted at No. 11 on the Emerging Artists Chart. Doors Open: 5pm | Show Starts: 6pm, Greenfield
Lake Amphitheater, 910-343-3614, greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com

Lumina Daze

Aug 30

Dance the night away to live music from different bands in an elegant ballroom or poolside setting.  Enjoy a cash bar, and more with live music from the Wilmington Big Band in the Ballroom, The Imitations with beach music on the deck by the pool, and the South Hammocks Bluegrass Band. Make bids at the popular silent auction featuring a wide assortment of fine art, services, and special indulgences. Make sure to “seas the daze” and stop by this wonderful annual event in the heart of Wrightsville Beach. 6-9pm, Blockade Runner Hotel, 910-256-2569, wbmuseumofhistory.com

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