Season-by-Season in Wilmington

From fresh seafood and Southern belles to hand-crafted ales and sweet-scented azaleas, the Wilmington calendar is jam-packed with fairs, festivals, and special events to delight visitors of all ages and interests. We've highlighted a few of our favorites here. Let the planning begin! 

Happening Events

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    March | Cape Fear Craft Beer Week

    April | North Carolina Azalea Festival

    April | Beach, Bacon & Beer Festival

    April | Carolina Cup Paddleboarding Competition

    May | Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

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    June | Wilmington Sharks Baseball

    June | Carolina Beach Music Festival

    June | Cape Fear Independent Music Festival

    July | A Taste of Downtown Wilmington

    August | O’Neill Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest

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    September | Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Festival

    September | Port City Ribfest: BBQ at the Beach

    October | Riverfest

    October | 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

    November | Cape Fear Fair & Expo

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    December | A Merry Little Christmas Festival

    January | Docutine Film Festival

    February | Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival