Local Events Listings

Local Events Listings

By / Local Events / Monday, 18 March 2019 16:40

Calendar of Events for 2019

• March 23 - 3rd Annual Public Safety Day (910-458-2540)
• March 23 - 2nd Annual Island Men Mac and Cheese Cook-Off (910-508-9075)
• March 30 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 13 & 14 - 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood
Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• April 27 - Kure Beach Street Festival (910-458-8216)
• May 4 - Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival (610-909-7643)
• May 5 – Oct 20 Boogie in the Park Concert Series at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park 1st and 3rd Sundays (910-458-8216)
• May 10 - 21st Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910-612-3407)
• May 11 - 6th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• May 18 - 7th Annual Carolina Beach Jeep “Go Topless” Day (910-617-5710)
• May 18 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• May 18 - 6th Annual Crawl for Paws (www.crawlforpaws.com)
• May 18 - 19 - 26th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 22 – Aug 28 - Wednesday Night Bingo at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 24 – Aug 30 Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 24 – Aug 29 Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 25 – Sept 28 Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• May 26 - Sept 1 Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
June 1 34th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
June 14 – Aug 23 FREE Summer Concerts At Fort Fisher AFRA 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
June 10 – Aug 26 Turtle Talk at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Monday (910-458-8216)
June 11 – Aug 13 Tuesday Family Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-2977)
June 11 – Aug 27 Kure Beach Market every Tuesday (910-458-8216)
June 12 – Aug 14 Story Time by the Sea at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Wednesday (910-458-8216)
June 13 – Aug 15 Up and Active! at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Thursday (910-458-8216)
July 3 Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
July 12, 13, 14 East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
July 13 Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon (www.setupevents.com)
July 14 Swim CB 2019 (www.setupevents.com)
Aug 11 Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
Aug 17 Kure Beach Annual Community Center BBQ Fundraiser (910-458-8216)
Aug 24 Rock the Beach (910-458-8434)
Sept 28 Pleasure Island Day of Hope Pig Pickin’ (910-386-2093)
October 12 2nd Annual Beach, BACON, & Beer Festival at Carolina Beach Lake Park (910-458-8434)
Oct 18, 19, 20 13th Annual Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
Oct 26 Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
Nov 2 2nd Annual Casino Night at the Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach (910-458-8434)
Nov 23 & 30 Kure Beach Holiday Market (910-458-8216)
Nov 30, 7, 14, 21 11th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-2977)
Nov 29 Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
Dec 6 Island of Lights Parade (910-458-2977)
Dec 7 Island of Lights Flotilla (910-386-8081)
Dec 13, 14, 15 Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-458-8216)
Dec 14 Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
Dec 31 Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown & Fireworks Held In Carolina Beach
For more information or updates visit the PICC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues Festival
Postponed to April 13-14

The Legend continues…Over two Decades of Seafood Blues & Jazz at the Beach! The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and Bryant Real Estate are proud to announce the Silver Anniversary line-up for this year’s 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on April 13th-14th, 2019 at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, North Carolina.
The 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is being billed as “The Year of the Woman” featuring International Blues Recording Artist Ana Popovic, Kansas City’s Danielle Nicole and the incredible Heather Gillis Band.  When the weather is warm, the sun is shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your “license to chill” for two music filled days at the world famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival. Now entering its 25th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues & Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier".
 A weekend of non-stop musical talent, headlined Ana Popovic, the Hendrix-inspired phenomenal International Blues Recording Artist,  the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival features 14 bands on two stages over two days. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.
Blues Stage – Saturday, April 13th, 2019: 12:00-1:20 Ladies Auxiliary. 1:40-3:00 Justin Cody Fox. 3:20-4:40 Luxuriant Sedans. 5:20 – 7:00 The Heather Gillis Band. 8:00 Ana Popovic. Blues Stage – Sunday, April 14th, 2019: 12:00-1:20 Polar Bear Blues Band with Harvey Dalton Arnold. 1:50-3:10 Jake HaldenVang. 4:00 Danielle Nicole. Jazz Stage – Saturday, April 13, 2019: 1:00 – 2:20 The Wolfe Gang. 2:40 – 4:00 Nina Repeta. 4:20 – 5:40 Benny Hill Trio. Jazz Stage – Sunday, April 14, 2019: 1:00 – 2:20 Feebs. 2:40 – 4:00 The Rhythm Bones. 4:20 – 5:40 Carl Newton’s Jazzy Review. This two-day festival takes place along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach. Enjoy browsing at the Arts & Wine Garden, shopping for crafts, listening to music, and fine wine tasting. Children will stay entertained for hours as they enjoy performers, face painting, educational exhibits, inflatables and much more in the Kidz Zone. Held at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, this event is sure to sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets ahead of time. Please do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a weekend of music and seafood at the coast.Tickets are on sale on line NOW.   For more information call (910) 458-8434  or PleasureIslandNC.org .  Follow the Pleasure   Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival on    Facebook for exciting updates about the band lineup, seafood vendors, and more!

Parrot Heads GatherSaturday March 23rd in Kure Beach

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads will gather at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at  Jack Mackerel’s in Kure Beach for their monthly social. The club celebrates the island lifestyle and the music of Jimmy Buffett, while also giving back to local non profits through fund raising and volunteering. You don’t have to be a member to check us out, so come make some new friends and learn about volunteer opportunities in the Pleasure Island community. A donation of canned goods for the Help Center, one of the non profits the club supports, is encouraged. For more information, contact Andrea Daniels, club president, at 443-223-7677 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free Tax Preparation
and Electronic Filing
February 1st - April 15th

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) prepares and electronically files Federal and NC state income taxes at an office in Carolina Beach.  All services are free of charge.  IRS-certified volunteers answer questions, prepare tax returns, and electronically file them.
Volunteers are certified to prepare most common personal income taxes.  They cannot prepare returns for businesses with employees or losses, complicated investment reporting, and certain other complicated tax matters.
Taxpayers must bring the following items:
1. Picture ID, address and phone number.  Both spouses must come to the tax center with photo ID, but they may come at different times.
2. Proof of Social Security Number (or ITIN) for self, spouse and all dependents.
A.   Acceptable proof: SS card, SS annual statement, letter from SS with SSN
B.   Not acceptable: Previous tax return, W-2, other tax documents...
3. Wage statements (W-2’s and 1099’s) from all employers for the year.
4. Most recent pay report(s) with tax withholding from all jobs.
5. Retirement, Social Security, and/or Railroad Retirement statements.
6. Interest, dividend, and final brokerage statements.
7. Charitable contributions, medical expenses and real estate property taxes paid in 2018.  (For those who itemize deductions)
8. If you, your spouse or any dependent purchased health insurance on the “Marketplace/Exchange” run by the state or federal government, you must have Form 1095-A issued by the “Marketplace/Exchange.”  If you refused an offer of insurance from your employer, you must have form 1095-C from your employer.  If you, your spouse and all dependents were covered all of 2018 by Medicare, Medicaid, or employer provided health insurance, you do not need any additional documentation. 
9. Please bring your 2017 tax return. It may be required to complete your 2018 return.
10. A copy of your Power of Attorney if you are filing on behalf of another person.
11. Any other tax document related to 2018.
12. Substantial tax savings are possible if parent and college student returns are prepared at the same time.  Students need Form 1098-T from the educational institution and a copy of the itemized student account statement.
VITA will prepare taxes in Carolina Beach from  February 1st to April 15th 300 Cape Fear Blvd., (Old Library) Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Carolina Beach is the only VITA site in New Hanover County with regular Saturday hours.
Monday – Friday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday:        8 a.m. - Noon. Closed on Sunday
The Wilmington Senior Resource Center and the Main Branch of the New Hanover County Library also provide free tax return preparation, with different operating hours.  Call 910-798-6406/910-798-6407 for more information. To find other VITA sites, call 800-906-9887 For AARP Tax-Aide sites call  888-227-7669

Carolina and Kure Beach Ocean Rescue Announce
Lifeguard Tryout Dates

Both the towns of Carolina and Kure Beach have announced their Ocean Rescue tryouts for the 2019 Season. Carolina Beach will conduct tryouts April 28th and May 5th at 10:00am meeting at the Hamlet Avenue Beach Access.
Kure Beach Ocean Rescue will hold their tryouts May 4th at noon and May 11th at 10:00 meeting at the Kure Beach Pier. Expect to swiftly so a 1-mile run followed by a half mile swim! 

FREE Movie at the Carolina Beach Lake Return May 26th

The 2019 Summer Movies at the Lake have been announced! Every Sunday from May 26-September 1, head down to Carolina Beach Lake Park at 8:45 and enjoy a movie with friends and family! Kicking off the season on May 26th will be “The Rack Pack!” The Chamber has created an awesome line up so save the date for your favorite flick: June 2nd: Deep PG. June 9th: Hidden Figures PG. June 16th: The Little Mermaid PG. June 23rd: Mary Poppins Returns PG. June 30th: Lego Movie 2 PG. July 7th: Black Panther PG13. July 14th: Incredibles 2 PG. July 21st: Jaws PG. July 28th: Hotel Transyvania-3 PG. August 4th: Bernie the Dolphin PG. August 11th: Avengers- Infinity War PG13. August 18th: How to Train Your Dragon PG. August 25th: Crazy Rich Asians PG 13. September 1st : Wonder Park PG.  WARNING - Black Panther Avengers-Infinity  War & Crazy Rich Asians are rated PG-13.  We are providing an edited version (known as The Airplane Cut) to provide the best and diverse in family entertainment possible.  Please research this title and make a family decision if your under 13 child should view this particular film. Grab your kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to the Carolina Beach Lake to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie on a 'gigantic' screen.  Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more.  You can also bring your own food and beverages (no glass or alcohol please).  Movies start at dusk.

World Premiere Screening of THE RACK PACK

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Carolina Beach is proud to sponsor the WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING of the locally filmed and produced THE RACK PACK.  Join us on Sunday evening,  May 26th, at the Carolina Beach Lake Park at dusk (about 8:00 pm) to meet the Executive Producer, David Schiffer and other cast members to discuss the making of this unique family-oriented film.  Concessions are available on site and we will have a raffle for various movie 'swag'' 
Bring your own chairs or blankets and watch the World Premiere of THE RACK PACK under the Pleasure Island Night Sky. No alcohol or glass are allowed.

Tech Giants Unite at Cape Fear Museum for Experience STEM-ILM March 21st

Cape Fear Museum is inviting the community to Experience STEM-ILM, an evening to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The event will celebrate STEM partnerships in the Wilmington area and feature hands-on Science Salon experiences, a specialty cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Unique experiences include:
• Explore health through virtual reality with the NHRMC Innovation Team
• Artificial intelligence learning with nCino
• Cyber currency with tekMountain
• Corning’s fiber optics process modeled through candy
• Facial recognition and augmented reality sandbox from Lapetus Solutions
• GE Nuclear Power Plant PRISM mock-up
• MarineQuest underwater remotely operated vehicle demonstration
• Wired Wizards student robot team
• Meet Astronaut Lawrence J. DeLuca
• Tesla Model X
• And more!
Skytown Brewing will be on hand to discuss the science of smoking BBQ and brewing, as well as sample sliders and local craft beer. Pine Valley Market will be catering with fun, STEM-themed hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. Live entertainment will be provided by the School Boys band and the Dance Element of Wilmington. Tickets are $20 for Museum Members and $25 for Non-Members and may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/STEM-ILMtickets.
Event proceeds will bring educational and inspirational STEM programming to more students and families throughout the Lower Cape Fear Region. Recognizing that 80% of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills, Museum education programs are designed to spark curiosity and build enthusiasm for learning, increase familiarity with scientific settings and promote ease of family science discussions.
“Committed to community service and inspiring the next generation through technology and education, nCino is proud to be a part of this local STEM initiative,” said Emily Bogan, director of product management at nCino and Cape Fear Museum Associates board member. “This event is a great way to engage our community and we hope everyone comes out to experience the fun.”
Museum fundraising efforts are governed by Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc. (CFMA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3). CFMA’s purpose is to solicit and receive contributions and donations for the Museum. CFMA ensures the success of the Museum through fundraising, grant writing, programs, membership and promoting the Museum’s mission throughout the community.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission will be FREE until further notice. Standard admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com

24th Annual Orange Street Artsfest Call for Artists
Memorial Day Weekend May 25 & 26, 2019

WILMINGTON, NC –Thalian Association Community Theatre is seeking artists for the 24th Orange Street ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 25th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 26th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair will return to Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some artists inside the building and on 2nd Street. The popular juried festival is the largest springtime arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature over 80 artists from North Carolina and surrounding states, with local entertainment and refreshments.
Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. An early bird entry fee of $135 will be offered until March 1, 2019 and artists will be eligible for awards and $550 in prize money. For complete details about booth rental, deadlines and application process please visit wilmingtoncommunityarts.org or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online registration opens January 25, 2019.
Thalian Association Community Theatre launched the Orange Street ArtsFest in 1995 to promote the arts in Wilmington and the Community Arts Center (CAC), located in the Historic USO building. Thalian Association Community Theatre has managed the Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington since 1994. The 77-year-old landmark building, long recognized as the center of visual and performing arts, was completely renovated in 2008 and is now known as the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. More information about the building and its history can be found on wilmingtoncommunityarts.org.
The Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event for visitors of all ages featuring entertainment from Thalian Association Community Theatre and artists who teach and perform in the Community Arts Center year-round. Another highlight of the festival is the High School Student’s Art Contest Exhibition presented by the Wilmington Art Association. The exhibition features the work of students from public and private high schools in New Hanover County on display with the WWII exhibits in the lobby of the fully renovated Historic USO building.
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to www.thalian.org.


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