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Lumina Festival: Opera Wilmington Orchestra Concert

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This Saturday the Opera Wilmington’s Orchestra will be performing at Beckwith Recital Hall, located at UNCW. Led by UNCW’s Department of Music Professor, Dr. Joe Hickman, the orchestra will be playing multi-generation music. The music will include Peter and the Wolf, a classic fairy tale, which will be narrated by in addition to the music. Additionally, there will be dance music by Johann Strauss, Thunder and Lighting Polka, Radetsky March, and The Blue Danube Waltz.

This performance is part of the Lumina Festival of the Arts, which is taking place July 12-July 29. This festival involves numerous forms of art including opera, concert, dance/poetry/film, theatre, and children’s entertainment. For a full list of events taking place visit their website

July Fourth at Landfall

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Celebrate July 4th at the Country Club of Landfall! The festivities start on July 3rd with a Buffet Dinner, kids games, music and spectacular Firework show. Dinner is from 6:00-8:00pmwith seatings every 15 minutes, but be sure to make a reservation and slots fill up fast! From 7:00-9:00pm there will kids games, music, and drinking. The fireworks start at dusk, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets to get comfortable while enjoying the show!

The following day, July 4th, there will be a Pool Party! The party includes a DJ, activities with Ms. Judy for the kids, and a buffet from 11:00am until 3:00pm. This is always a fun event, filled with friends, sun, and great food!

Downtown Sundown Concert Series

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It’s one of the premier events of the Summer, the Downtown Sundown Concert series! Enjoy great music while watching the sun set over the scenic Cape Fear River.

The Downtown Sundown Concerts take place at Water St and Princess St every Friday night in the summer from 6:30 until 10:00. This is the 13th year the season-long event will take place. The event is free, but there is beer, wine, and food for sale.

This week’s band is Hey Johnny Park, a Foo Fighters tribute band. Additional bands playing this summer are Satisfaction (a Rolling Stones tribute band), The Core (Eric Clapton tribute), 20 Ride (Zac Brown tribute), Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute), and Abbey Road Live (Beatles tribute).

Downtown Sundown is the perfect opportunity to experience everything Historic Downtown Wilmington has to offer. There are quaint shops, delicious restaurants, art galleries, and historic sites.

For more on the Downtown Sundown Concert series visit their website

Memorial Day Pool Party at Landfall

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Celebrate your Memorial Day at the gorgeous newly renovated pool at the Country Club of Landfall! This is the perfect way to kick off summer! Swim in the azure pool, sunbathe in the warm May sun, and socialize with friends and neighbors. There will be a Poolside Buffet featuring all the Memorial Day classics, including burgers and hot dogs. Additionally, there will be a DJ and activities with Ms. Judy for the kids. You wont want to miss this fun event!

Airlie Summer Concert Series

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It’s time for the Airlie Summer Concert Series! The concert series is an outdoor event open to the public held at the beautiful Airlie Gardens. Airlie Gardens is 67 acres of gorgeous flowers, scenic walking paths, a freshwater lake, and formal gardens along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Performing this Friday is Signal Fire, a reggae and rock group, an ideal band to listen to while enjoying the summer weather! This is the first concert in the series of nine performances, all held on the first and third Friday of every month from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Additional bands that will be performing include Wilmington Big Band. L Shape Lot, Jack Jack 180, and Jim Quick and Coastline. The concert series has something for everyone with music genres ranging from patriotic and big band to beach music and blue grass.

For more information on the Airlie Gardens’ Concert Series visit their website

The Azalea Festival

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The Azalea Festival is here! The annual event celebrates spring and Wilmington. Entertainment is plentiful, with something for everyone! Art, nature, architecture, concerts, parades, contests, parties, fairs, sports, and fireworks are some of the exciting events taking place during the festival! Some of the most popular events are:

The Juried Art Show– It’s an art lover’s paradise. There are works of art from over 100 artists, many of which are for sale. The Art Show is taking place now through Sunday. April 15th.

The Queen’s Coronation– At the head of the festival every year is the Queen. The Queen and her court attend events throughout the week and are featured in the parade. This year’s Queen is Beth Troutman. She is an Emmy Award winning television personality and has appeared on The Today Show, Extra, HLN, Good Day New York, and numerous others. Her coronation takes place April 11th at 3:00pm.

Concerts– One of the main attractions of the Azalea Festival is all the concerts that take place. Billy Currington with Drake White and the Big Fire, and Kenton Bryants are performing on Thursday night. On Friday night there are two exciting concerts! The first is an Old School Concert featuring the Ying Yang Twins, Chubb Rock, and the Hamiltones. Later that night Lucdacris will be performing with Childish Major.

Airlie Luncheon Garden Party– One of the most anticipated events of the festival, you won’t want to miss the garden party. Hosted in the gorgeous Airlie Gardens, enjoy your lunch on the Intracoastal Waterway surrounded by vibrant flowers. The Garden Party takes place on Friday the 13th.

Cape Fear Garden Tour– Sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, this tour is your chance to visit the most magnificent gardens in the area. The tour has even been featured in Southern Living Magazine!

Waterfront Street Fair– Taking place April 13-15 the Street Fair is a popular attraction. There are over 250 vendors selling food, clothes, art, music, and flowers; just to name a few.

Parade– This is one of the major events. The parade takes place Saturday morning in Historic Downtown Wilmington along 3rd Street.

Fireworks – After spending the day enjoying the parade, street fair, and concerts, make sure to watch spectacular firework display. The fireworks happen over the Cape Fear River, making for stunning view.

For more on the Azalea Festival visit their website

22nd Annual Landfall Foundation Gala

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Its time for the Annual Landfall Foundation Gala! Now in its 22nd year, the event will take place this Saturday, April 22. The theme this year is “A Royal Affair” and the enchanting gala will make guests feel as if they have been transported to an classic English garden. There will be all the merriment and sophistication of a Grand English wedding, and guests will wine, dine, and dance all night. Additionally, there will be a live Boy’s Choir and a Silent and Live Auction.

The Annual Black Tie Gala is the Landfall Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, raising 70% of the net revenue. The Landfall Foundation donates and changes the lives of every day people in need in the Wilmington community. There are 74 organizations that receive grants from the foundation; a few include The Cameron Art Museum, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, NourishNC, and the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. Since the Landfall Foundation started in 1995, $4.2 million has been raised and awarded to people in our area. For more on the Landfall Foundation, visit their website

9th Annual Wrightsville Beach Marathon

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The 9th Annual Wrightsville Beach Marathon is taking place this Saturday! Sponsored by New Hanover Regional Medical Center, this fun event brings everyone together. Competitors, volunteers, and spectators all enjoy the race and the excitement. Landfall Realty will be manning the water station on Arboretum Drive right across from Fair Lakes Drive.  Please stop by and help us cheer on the athletes!

Beginning at 6:40am the half marathon and full marathon races start at Wrightsville Beach and end at UNCW. The route takes the race through Landfall, with participants entering the Eastwood Gate around 7:00 and exiting through the Military Cutoff Gate. Landfall residents who wish to cheer on the runners will receive a complimentary breakfast package from Dunkin Donuts as a gift from the Landfall Foundation who appreciates your support. People cheering and holding signs is always a huge motivator for the participants.

The Landfall Foundation is the main beneficiary of the funds from the race. Run by resident volunteers, the Landfall Foundation helps the underprivileged in the Wilmington area by providing food, shelter, health, arts, education, leadership programs, and scholarships to those in need. Last year the Foundation awarded $363,100 to 74 local charities!

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at the Country Club of Landfall this year! With a spectacular menu this is an evening to be remembered. The dinner will take place in the VDR and Grill Room at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. The prix fixe menu includes fried oysters and bacon, contemporary caesar salad, filet mignon and scallop, grouper chowder, bone-in pork chop, and for dessert valrhona chocolate and hazelnut cake, vanilla bean pearls, passion fruit coulis, and candied hazelnuts.

Wilmington International Airport Adds New Flights

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The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) has expanded! Now with flights to more cities, ILM makes its easier than ever to travel. Starting in March flights to Chicago and Dulles International Airport outside of Washington D.C. will be added. These flights are part of the expansion to the airport in an effort to accelerate growth. In 2017, 57,000 aircraft departed or arrived at ILM, transporting 836,000 passengers. In the near future ILM hopes to add nonstop flights to Newark and Boston as well.