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Wilmington Events Rate High

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The Southeast Tourism Society recently ranked two Wilminton events within its listing of the top 20 events in the Southeast.  The annual Jazz Festival, scheduled February 2-4, is in its 32nd year, and feastures 15 musicians.  The 4th annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, scheduled March16-18 at the Wilmington Convention Center, features book signings, hunting and fishing products, boats and accessories, as well as truck and ATV displays.

And don’t forget the Azalea festival in April, usually Wilmington’s premier annual event to kick off warm weather season again.  There seems to be no end to the reasons to visit or live in Wilmington, and Landfall remains Wilmington’s prime residential destination.  If you know of an event that is of interest, please reply to this blog, so we can let our readers know about it!

Lumina Station in Wilmington, NC is “ARTRAGEOUS”

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ArtrageousLandfall, NC residents and the entire New Hanover County area already know about the many delights available at Lumina Station (right across the street from Landfall’s Eastwood Gate), but on June 19 Lumina will host its first annual “Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk.”  The festival includes an art show and sales, art demonstrations, Lumina sidewalk shopping, sales and much, much more all to support the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington and it’s FREE and open to the public on Saturday June 19th from 10AM to 6PM. 

And for those of you looking for something different to do on a Friday evening, you can participate in the kickoff event by attending the Artrageous Preview Party (admission by ticket only) featuring selected pieces from local area artists as well as one selected for auction. The Preview Party is hosted by Fountain Side Fine Art Gallery and your ticket price includes food along with 4 tickets for wine tasting.  For all the details and information on a fabulous giveaway you can enter to win a Lumina Station Shopping spree and Bald Head Island Weekend Retreat go to and then head on over to  Lumina Station at 1900 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC. What better way to spend the weekend than perusing marvelous boutiques and art galleries, and enjoying great food all while supporting an excellent Wilmington Community organization.

The 18th Annual Greek Festival Is Coming Up May 14-16 in Wilmington, NC

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The Greek festival began in 1992 and has been growing every year.  The average attendance reaches around 20,000 and includes not only Wilmington and New Hanover County residents, but folks from Pender and Brunswick counties as well as visitors from out of state.  The proceeds from the festival directly benefit the church and local area charities. This year the Food Bank of  Central and Eastern North Carolina will be the recipient of the churches generosity, so in addition to having a great time and enjoying some of the most fabulous food of the year, you can feel even better about spending that cash ‘cause it’s all for charity!

The festival includes tours of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Greek dancing performances, Greek cooking demonstrations (yum) and both traditional and popular Greek music.  The menu for this event is as extensive as you’d find in any Greek restaurant and the prices are more than reasonable.  Fill up at the fest and make sure you take home desserts for the week, heck, take home dinner, too!

St Nicholas is located at 608 S College Avenue and admission is free before 5pm on Friday.  After that it will be $3 for Adults, $2 for Seniors and Students, 12 & under free, and one admission covers the entire weekend; do these folks know how to entice us to get to the fest or what?  For more information, click on the logo to the left and wave if you see us while you’re there!

Welcome! It’s the 63rd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

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Azalea in Bloom

Azalea in Bloom

The North Carolina Azalea Festival runs from April 7th through April 11, 2010 and celebrates Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture with five days of entertainment that includes a plethora of activities and events for all ages and interests.   These include the Cole Brothers Circus, a Goo Goo Dolls Concert with Collective Souls, as well as a Montgomery Gentry Concert, ( both concerts taking place at the UNCW Trask Coliseum), the ever popular NC Azalea Street Festival that runs for 3 days downtown (and let’s not forget the parade), and of course the famous Azalea Garden Tour now in its 57th year!  There is also a juried art show and sale and the Historic Home Tour, along with dozens of other happenings that will surely keep you busy all weekend long.  From flowers to fashion, crafters to clowns, and the queen and her court, be a part of the pageantry and all that is Southern by participating in one or more of these activities occurring at various locations throughout the city during the upcoming weekend.  Please log on to or call 910.794.4650 to find out all the details and costs associated with the many different programs  that aren’t mentioned here.    This is North Carolina’s biggest festival of the year and Wilmington, NC pulls all the stops out to ensure that everyone has a great time!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and a Whole Lot More in Wilmington, NC

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Sun Coast Cruisers

Sun Coast Cruisers

Back to the Beach 2010 Car Show

– Sun Coast Cruisers present their annual Car Show Preview and Cruise (FREE to the general public). Saturday, March 13 we will display plenty of vehicles at Fort Fisher Recreation Area. Registration is from 8am until noon, but the show opens to the public at 9am. This is a rain or shine event. There will be plenty of parking for trailers. For more information call 910.231.6877 or 910.452.3211.


6th Annual Lo Tide Run

6th Annual Lo Tide Run

6th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patricks Lo-Tide Run

– The proceeds will be given to one or more cancer patients and their family. Registration will begin at 7am at Cabana Suites, located at 222 Carolina Avenue North. The 10K Run and the 5K Run, Walk, or Shuffle will start at the Pavilion, and end on the beach in front of the Boardwalk. This is a Flat PR course with USTAF Certification. Please see for more information.

leprachan11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Groups and organizations are invited to show their community pride, imagination and Irish spirit. There will be a luncheon at the Hilton following the parade, $25 per person. Irish DJ and dancers will entertain and there will be a raffle for 2 trips for 4 to Ireland, tickets are $100 each with only 150 available. For details, please contact Steve McEnaney at or 910.686.5498. Presented by Friends of the Hibernians

 Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival – follows the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is free and open to all. Live music, Irish dancers, cultural vendors, and food & beer sales. This is a “Rain or Shine” event. For more information on the Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival contact Chris Andrews at 216.374.8884 or

26th Holiday Flotilla November 27th in Wrightsville Beach, NC

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There are a multitude of reasons to love living the Landfall, NC life, and being so close to Wrightsville Beach is right up there, espcially this time of year!  November 27th is the date for the start of the 26th Annual Holiday Flotilla, a three day event that includes a myriad of events.  There’s a Tree Lighting Ceremony, Captain’s Meeting, and Flotilla Holiday Party hosted by the Blockade Runner and featuring Jim Quick & Coastline (a Wilmington, NC Blues, Soul, and R&B group).  On Saturday there’s the Festival in the Park with food, crafts, and entertainment for kids, along with celebrity guest Trot Nixon, long time major league baseball player.  The famous Parade of Boats is a vision of holiday excitement in their sometimes over-the-top decorations, and the fireworks that follow once the last ship has made it to safety are spectacular.  Sunday morning the Blockade Runner once again hosts the Awards Ceremony when one super creative and lucky entrant will win the grand prize of a 4-night stay at The Reefs Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. 

 The Flotilla truly is a “Spectacular  Light Show” on the waters of the Wrightsville Beach area and a once a year tradition you really have to see!  For more information on the schedule of events and associated costs for participation in the party and the parade, please visit their website at and join the rest of us in Wilmington, NC for the season’s kick off event!!

Wilmington, NC Hosts the 15th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival – November 11 through 14!

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CucalorusLogoYou don’t have to be a film buff , but, if you enjoy watching thought provoking material,  you do not want to miss this fabulous event  kicking off  on Wednesday, November 11.   Landfall, NC property owners and our friends and neighbors, as well as visitors from around the world, will get the chance to participate in a 4 day viewing of over 130 documentaries, features and shorts. Included in this mix is the recently released and Oscar buzz creating Precious.  Along with a  Hal Holbrook piece, some horror, and a few risqué movies you’ll find plenty of  films to choose from and all  worth your time and attention!  This creative exploration of independent films, held annually in our historic port city, has been named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.   Wilmington, NC, for those who might not be aware, is also one of the leading film production locations in the country and home to EUE Screen Gems Studios.  The Cucalorus Film Festival runs through Saturday November 14, 2009.  You can get updates on festival planning from director Dan Brawley by calling 910.343.5995 or log onto for more information on events and ticket sales.

You and your children can also be a part of the festivities at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, NC when the Cucalorus Film Festival presents KIDS-A-LORUS where there will be films for kids, by kids on Saturday, November 14.  Please call 910.254.3534 for more information.

8th Annual Wilmington Octoberfest Is This Weekend, October 16 and 17

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Just down the road a piece from Landfall, NC at Racine Commons you’ll find a bit of Bavaria in Wilmington, NC this Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th.  The first keg of Octoberfest 2009 arrives amongst all the fanfare of parades and processionals and after the horse drawn wagon delivers the German brew, Mayor Bill Saffo will tap that first keg and the fest will officially be underway.  Those attending the opening ceremonies will enjoy Friday night’s festivities for free!

The 8th Annual Octoberfest is bigger and better with additional events and an expanded KidsZone including the Home Depot tent, always a big hit for kids who want to make a wooden project.  They’ll bring all the tools and supplies — and even some of those fancy orange aprons to use.  They’ll also be free pumpkin painting, Fire Department Obstacle Course, Firetruck visit, tricks by the wizard, and much, much more.

Lest parents need prompting to attend, there will be plenty of great food, beer, and music to keep the adult folks entertained!   All of this for a minimal charge for adults, and kids under 10 are free.

The Wilmington Ocktoberfest benefits the Child Advocacy and Parenting Place (CAPP) Center, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect by focusing on parenting skills.  This is not only a great fun way to spend part of your weekend, but a very worthwhile one.  Please visit the Octoberfest website at for more details and make sure you bring your Oom Pah with you!

Come On Down to Wilmington, NC Riverfest 2009

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As most Landfall, NC property owners already know,  this event is held annually to benefit the Cape Fear River environment and this year it kicks off with the Meka II Pirate ship (sponsored by WHET) exchanging fire with the Southport Cannon Group at 5PM on Friday, October 2nd.   Riverfest continues  October 3 and 4 with  activities, shows, competitions, a street fair and much, much more happening throughout the weekend.  Beginning at 10AM  on Saturday  you can take your little ones to the Kid Zone (a freebie at The Cotton Exchange), then over to the Adventure Zone (ride Fees), cruise through the Classic Car display (free), or visit the Exhibits and Displays (free).  You will have ample opportunity to peruse Arts & Crafts from around the country while keeping hunger at bay with the many food vendors.  Anxious for more?  You can wander along all evening stopping at the Rail Jam (free), enjoying the Street Dance (free), and watching the fireworks.   

Riverfest Art  2009 by Magon Dew

Riverfest Art 2009 by Magon Dew

If you’ve got the energy on Sunday you can head on back downtown and catch all the events, shows, vendors, and competitions you didn’t have time for on Saturday!   And don’t forget to pick up your Riverfest T-Shirt featuring this year’s art work winner by Magon Dew. Please call 910.452.6862 or log onto their website at for all the details, times and events of  this fabulous Wilmington, NC event.  You’ll find us on Water Street (where the food is)!