April 6-10, 2016- Azalea Festival: Wilmington, NC
The North Carolina Azalea Festival has been throwing the best party in the south for over 60 years!
The Azalea Festival has several events that cover a period of five days – April 6th – 10th. Events include street fairs, concerts, coin shows, boxing matches, art shows, a parade, a circus, and tours of homes and gardens. The main event of the festival is the garden tour that highlights the Wilmington area’s most beautiful gardens.
The Azalea Festival began in 1948 as an idea of Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D. Dr. Moore held a meeting in Wilmington’s Chamber of Commerce with leading civil club representatives to discuss and begin planning for the first Azalea Festival. The festival would take place in April 1948 and would serve the purpose of showcasing the beauty of the local gardens such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens. The first sidewalk show was also held in 1953 and has continued as a tradition since. For more information, check out their website at http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/
April 24, 2016- Strawberry & Wine Festival: Ocean Isle Beach, NC
The 4th Annual Strawberry & Wine Festival at Silver Coast Winery - 12 noon--5 pm will be a fun day with lots of strawberries, fried chicken, barbecue, hot dogs, wine, beer and sodas. Enjoy Mike's Garage Band in concert when you join us at Silver Coast Winery. Our outstanding vendors will delight you with a variety of offerings. Admission is $5.00 at the door. Please, no pets, coolers, or outside beverages. You can find more information here: http://www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org/strawberry--wine-fest.html
May 5-8, 2016-Wilmington Food & Wine Festival: Wilmington, NC
The 4th Annual Wilmington Wine & Food Festival at Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington, NC features local and statewide culinary masters, special guest chef dinners, bartender challenges, wine and food samplings, live music, and a food truck rodeo with local breweries. - See more at: http://www.wilmingtonwineandfood.com/
May 12, 2016; June 9, 2016; July 14 2016; August 11, 2016; September 8, 2016- Jazz at Bellamy: Wilmington, NC
Join the Cape Fear Jazz Society and the Bellamy Mansion Museum in kicking off summer with Jazz at the Mansion. Wine and beer available for sale. Tickets are $12 for general admission. Bring a picnic, a lawn chair, and the kids and have a great time! Concerts start at 6:30pm. For more information visit: http://www.bellamymansion.org/upcoming-events.html
May 14 & 15, 2016-35th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival: Little River, NC
Located on the beautiful Grand Strand; the Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast with attendance of more than 50,000. The festival will feature approximately 300 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, tremendous entertainment and a phenomenal children’s area.
Further details at http://bluecrabfestival.org/
June 21, 2016-Shell Sleuths: Ocean Isle Beach, NC
From 11am until noon at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, learn about the different types of shells that you can find on NC beaches. - More details at: http://museumplanetarium.org/
July 4th, 2016-Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Old Bridge: Sunset Beach, NC
Start the holiday right with a parade over the Old Bridge! Beginning at 9:00 a.m. members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society have planned fun and festivities
for visitors and residents of Sunset Beach. With patriotic music playing and flags waving at the Old Bridge Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W, Sunset Beach, there
are a number of activities planned that are kid-tested and approved. Event's include a Children's parade over the Old Bridge, games and activities, and free refreshments.
This event is weather dependent, so for the latest
October 1, 2016 - 10th Annual Sunset at Sunset: Sunset Beach, NCSunset at Sunset is the town of Sunset Beach's Community Block Party! This will be its 10th year and will have more than 100 vendors, crafters, food-services, and non-profit organizations participate in the days events. Throughout the day, high quality bands entertain as attendees browse the vendors. A photography contest is held each year, and a 5K Walk/Run over the Mannon C. Gore Bridge is the highlight of the day. For more information go to www.sunsetatsunset.comOctober 15 & 16, 2016 - 36th Annual NC Oyster Festival: Ocean Isle Beach, NCWith food ranging from oysters to BBQ and pizza to desserts, you will not be lacking in treats to try. Specialty beverages to accompany your choices abound. Enjoy a lineup of great beach music bands, as well as arts& crafts. This festival has something for everyone! The festival will be held rain or shine. More information about the event can be found at www.ncoysterfestival.comOctober 8 & 9, 2016 - Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach 2016!: Sunset Beach, NCBike MS: Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach 2016 is a 2 day fundraising cycling event. There are multiple route options, all of which are well supported with fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by medical personnel, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts. The ride begins Saturday morning at 8am at Seatrail Resort in Sunset Beach, NC.
Bike MS: Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach 2016 proudly raises over $300,000.00 every year! Your fundraising supports programs and services that help people affected by MS live their best lives.
For more information about this event, please visit: http://bikenct.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=27693&pg=informational&sid=13240