September 14, 2014


 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival at Kure Beach
 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
Wilmington, N.C., September 13, 2014: Fall’s bounty brings a banquet of opportunities to savor coastal flavors with culinary events and food tours in Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville. From restaurant tastings and beer walks to oyster roasts and food festivals, there are more than a dozen flavorful happenings that showcase local cuisine and regional spirits. Three signature food events will take place the weekend of October 11-12: the 21st annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival near Kure Beach, the Taste of Wrightsville Beach Festival, and the Back Door Kitchen Tour in Wilmington.

A dynamic dining scene presents a full spectrum of restaurant choices to suit every budget and taste, along with a hardy serving of Southern hospitality.  The week of October 22 through 29 more than 40 area restaurants will offer special menus during the bi-annual Encore Restaurant Week, now in its 6th year.

Farmer’s markets, dinner theatre, theme cruises, and food tours are another way to spice up the season. Foodies can sign up for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours of Wilmington restaurants, bars, and the weekly farmer’s market tour/cooking class. In Carolina Beach Tasting History Tours showcase island eateries with a dash of history for group tours. With outstanding restaurants and chefs serving up fresh seafood and other regional specialties in one destination with four unique settings, visitors will discover that Wilmington and its island beaches will satisfy the palate and feed the soul.

Here’s an appetizing roundup of fall food happenings:

• Sept. 23: A Taste of the Town. Walking tour/tastings. Thalian Hall, Wilmington,
• Sept. 27: Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk. Downtown Wilmington.
• Sept. 26-27: NCBS BBQ Boot Camp. Castle Hayne.
• Oct. 11-12: 21st Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Ft. Fisher Air Force Rec Area, Kure Beach. Seafood & blues/jazz. Robert Cray & Delbert McClinton headline.
•  Oct. 11: Taste of Wrightsville Beach. 5pm-8pm. Showcase of 30+ Wrightsville Beach eateries and beer/wine vendors. Marine Max, 130 Short Street, Wrightsville Beach.
•  Oct. 12: Back Door Kitchen Tour. 9 kitchens + a garden in Downtown Wilmington. This year’s tour is dedicated to the memory of Miss Dolly Pearson.
•  Oct. 17: Airlie Oyster Roast. Airlie Gardens, Wilmington. 910-798-7700;
•  Oct. 17: Voracious Craft Beer Tasting. Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach.
•  Oct. 17: Mellow Mushroom Movie Night in the Park. Movie “Monsters University” & gourmet pizza. Wrightsville Beach Park:
•  Oct. 18: Lighthouse Beer Festival. Battleship Park, Wilmington. •  Oct. 22-29: ENCORE Restaurant Week. 40+ restaurants in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach serve delicious meals at fixed prices. Restaurants/ menus online at
• Oct. 24-25: Oktoberfest. Government Center Complex, Wilmington.
• Oct. 24: The Vintage Event. Fine wines & cocktails, restaurants, caterers. St. Thomas Preservation Hall, Wilmington.
• Nov. 1: St. Stan’s Polish Festival. St. Stanislaus Church, Castle Hayne.
•  Nov. 8-9: Festival Latino. Ogden Park, Wilmington. 910-341-0007. MC900322466
Ongoing - Farmer’s Markets: Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market, Carolina Beach Lake (Saturdays thru Oct. 4;; Riverfront Farmer’s Market Downtown Wilmington (Saturdays thru Nov. 22);;Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market, (Weds. thru Nov. 26; MC900322466
•  Ongoing - Culinary Tours: Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours ( & Tasting History Tours ( MC900322466[1]Ongoing - Dinner Theatre & Cruises: TheatreNOW (weekly shows), 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington, & Henrietta III murder mystery cruise (Tuesdays thru October), Wilmington; & Theme dinner cruises aboard Wilmington Water Tours, Wilmington,

See where the water—and your appetite—take you! For a free official Visitors Guide, call 1-866-266-9690 or visit For seasonal events and special offers, visit;;; and

September 11, 2014


Riverfest in Wilmington, NC
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Wilmington, N.C., September 10, 2014:  October is just around the corner and organizers of the 36th Annual Riverfest wish to invite everyone to visit Wilmington’s historic river district the weekend of October 3-5 to “Rediscover Riverfest” and experience the exciting ways in which the festival has grown and changed in recent years. With the Cape Fear River as its focus, Riverfest captures the river’s heritage, culture, and natural beauty with a schedule of events that all ages will enjoy.  

Since its humble beginnings in 1979, Wilmington’s annual Riverfest celebration has become the area’s largest fall festival. What started as a small cultural street fair to entice residents to venture Downtown now extends from the Coastline Conference & Event Center on Nutt Street all the way to Chandler’s Wharf on South Water Street. Today’s Riverfest remains true to its roots as a family-friendly, cultural festival. It now boasts a half-mile of free entertainment with more than 200 craft vendors and concessions, as well as continuous live music, fireworks, a Kidz Zone, visiting ships, pirates, competitions, and lots of exhibits and special events.

The 36th Annual Riverfest celebration begins on Friday, October 3 with a Garden Party (11am-3pm) at Greenfield Lake’s Rotary Garden, home of the world’s largest rotary wheel. Garden Party tickets ($55 each) are available online at and parking/shuttle service will be at Legion Stadium. At 6pm, the Riverfest concert series jumpstarts Friday evening festivities at Wilmington’s Riverfront Park in the Beer Garden. On Saturday and Sunday, a street fair winds its way through Wilmington’s historic river district with special exhibits, along with vendors selling art and handmade crafts and over 30 food vendors serving festival edibles. Continuous live entertainment is another hallmark of Riverfest with a variety of performances that underscore the influence of arts and culture on the Cape Fear lifestyle. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Main Stage at Riverfront Park and the Beer Garden stage will showcase live bands. The Kid Zone stage also offers family entertainment. And what river celebration would be complete without pirates? The 85-foot pirate ship Liana's Ransom will offer tours (admission charge) both days from the dock behind the Hilton Wilmington Riverside (

Other Saturday events include: the Sun Coast Cruisers Classic Car Show (Sat., 10am-6pm, Market Street), a Standup Paddle Race (10am), and a Kids Pirate Treasure Hunt (1pm-4pm).  At 6pm, the Beer Garden music stage welcomes live bands. Returning this year is the Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla (, a lighted pirate-theme boat parade and competition at 7:20pm, followed by a dazzling display of riverside fireworks at 9pm. Sunday’s special events include the 24th Run the River 8K Race (race at 8am; registration 7am), the Great Waiter's Wine Race (2pm) and the Antique Car Show (10:30am-3pm, Market Street). New this year is a Rowing Regatta (11am) on Sunday.

There are also plenty of free family activities at the ever-popular Kidz Zone at the Cotton Exchange, such as face/hair painting, balloon art, games, amusements, arts/crafts, clowns, rides, obstacle course, mascots, live entertainment, and more. Older kids will enjoy exhibits at the Adventure Zone. Affordable event parking is available in public parking decks located at 2nd & Princess streets, at Front & Market streets; and at 2nd & Chestnut streets.  

See where the water takes you! Annual events like Riverfest afford visitors a great opportunity to experience our region’s traditions. An estimated 200,000 gather at Riverfest to celebrate the heritage, beauty, and culture of the Cape Fear River. Riverfest continues its commitment to Cape Fear Community College with an endowment that helps support its Marine Technology Program studies and environmental efforts.  For more information about Riverfest 2014, visit For visitor information on Wilmington, N.C.’s Historic River District and the Island Beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, visit,,, and Visitors may also call 866-266-9690 or email to request a free Official Visitors Guide.   

September 9, 2014

2014 Round Table Discussion with the New Hanover County Commissioner Candidates


The Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community is proud to host a Round Table Discussion between the 2014 candidates for the New Hanover County Commission and the respective Mayors, Council and Alderpersons of Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beach.

It will be an open format, facilitated discussion between the candidates and elected officials that will allow for an informal ex-change of ideas, concepts and possible solutions to the issues and opportunities facing the Island Beach communities. The open format will be followed by a brief Question and Answer session from the public in attendance. The media has been invited.

Below you will find a list of bullet point topics that will form the basis of the discussion topics. While this list is comprehensive, there may be other questions not identified herein.

Light Hor D’ouerves will be served starting at 5:30pm. The Round Table Discussion will begin at 6:00pm

Date: Wednesday, September 17th 2014
Time:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Kure Beach Community Center; 118 North 3rd Street, Kure Beach NC
Facilitator: Bruce Holsten, President, Pleasure Island Foundation

Commission Candidates
Dr. Derrick Hickey
Patricia Spear
Skip Watkins
Rob Zapple

Island Beach Representatives
Carolina Beach:
Mayor Dan Wilcox, Mayor Pro tem LeAnn Pierce, Councilman Steve Shuttleworth, Councilman Gary Doestch, Councilwoman Sarah Friede

Kure Beach 
Mayor Dean Lambeth Mayor, Pro tem Craig Bloszinsky, Commissioner Emile Swearingen, Commissioner Steve Pagley, Commissionet David Heglar

Wrightsville Beach
Mayor Bill Blair, Mayor Pro tem Darryl Mills, Alderwoman Lisa Weeks, Alderwoman Elizabeth King, Alderman Hank Miller Jr.

For additional information or questions please contact:
R. Bruce Holsten, President
Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community
910-471-1616 (cell)

Round Table Discussion Topics
•Future County funding options and models for beach sand renourishment
•Future County funding options and models for Carolina Beach Inlet dredging
•The use of a Food & Beverage Tax, Sales Tax or Room Occupancy Tax (ROT) for beach community needs
•Current collection and appropriation of County ROT funds
•County’s proposed 2014 Public School Bond
•The County Public Transportation model as it serves the beach communities
•Allocation of County Parks and Recreation funds
•Future County economic development models that might benefit the beach communities

September 5, 2014


During the month of September, Wilmington, North Carolina’s vibrant historic river district will host events that pay tribute to its history, arts, and natural beauty. In addition to daily narrated history tours, cruises and perennial September events, this year an arts-centric birthday bash will commemorate 275 years since Wilmington was incorporated in 1739.

On Saturday, September 27, the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County, and StarNews Media will present Wilmington’s 275th Anniversary Celebration with art and music.  From 10am until 2pm, plein air artists will line the Wilmington Riverwalk with 275 works of art available for show and sale. The art will be the result of artists capturing Wilmington’s rich history and natural beauty on canvas in the days preceding the event. Five local bands and musicians will entertain at the U.S. Coast Guard station against a backdrop that showcases the majestic Battleship North Carolina and the scenic Cape Fear River. Scheduled bands include: Stray Local (Americana), Keith Butler Trio (jazz), Nicole Thompson (jazz, pop), El Jaye Johnson (jazz, funk), and The Clams (electric rock). The Historic Wilmington Foundation will lead free guided historical tours. There will also be a giant community birthday card, a virtual time capsule, food vendors and more.

Recurring September events that embrace Downtown Wilmington’s creative culture include: 11th Annual Secret Garden Tour (Sept. 19-20); A Taste of the Town restaurant walk (Sept. 23); Fourth Friday Gallery Night walk (Sept. 26); and Battleship Alive! (Sept. 27).  September is also shining a light on the arts with theatrical, musical and dance productions in Wilmington’s historic river district at Thalian Hall, TheatreNOW, and Cape Fear Playhouse.

Visual Arts are on display each Sunday at Riverfront Park during the Historic Downtown Marketplace, featuring work by local artists and crafters. On Friday the 26th, join the monthly Fourth Friday Gallery Night Walk from 6pm until 9pm when downtown art galleries stay open late to entice with great art, live music, refreshments and artist receptions. And be sure to check out Cape Fear Museum’s exhibit “WW II: A Local Artist’s Perspective.”

Nature’s beauty is showcased during the 11th Annual Secret Garden Tour on September 19 and 20 when elegantly manicured gardens are revealed in Wilmington’s historic river district. The hidden gardens complement beautiful homes with Old Wilmington charm and are available for touring Friday and Saturday, 10am until 4pm. Tours begin at the Latimer House Museum (126 S. Third Street) and are held rain or shine. For details: 910-762-0492 or  You can also catch daily cruises aboard Cape Fear Riverboats’ Henrietta III riverboat and Wilmington Water ToursFast Cat.

Culinary arts take center stage on September 23rd during “A Taste of the Town,” a downtown restaurant walk that benefits Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. The event begins at 6pm at Thalian Hall where guests receive maps, then walk or ride a free trolley to participating restaurants for food, fun, and voting for their favorites. For details: Each Saturday, there’s the Riverfront Farmer’s Market and weekly gourmet food tours led by Taste Carolina. The bi-annual Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk returns on Saturday, September 27 with spirited tastings for wine and beer enthusiasts from 1pm-6pm. For tickets and event details:

Performing arts include theatrical productions at Thalian Hall (“Into the Woods” & “Peter Pan”); Hannah Block Historic USO (“The Music Man”); and TheatreNOW (“The Bard’s Broads” & “Rude B*s Make Me Tired”); Cape Fear Playhouse (“Hermit of Fort Fisher”) as well as musical performances at Bellamy Mansion (Liz Pena jazz), Brooklyn Arts Center (Marc Broussard), and Battleship Park (California Roots Session - Reggae). The Forward Motion Dance Company will also present their annual show featuring the N.C. Guitar Quartet at Thalian Hall (Sept. 12-13). 

See where the water takes you! Downtown Wilmington’s historic river district offers more than 200 shops, restaurants, attractions, galleries, museums, tours, cruises and theaters, all within easy walking distance. Just minutes away, the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach offer three unique coastal settings and three distinct experiences. For a free Visitors Guide, call 1-866-266-9690, visit for an Event Calendar, or email         

September 4, 2014


Labor Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops in Wilmington and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Visitors who love being outdoors and whose favorite fall colors are shades of blue and green are in luck. One of the best ways to experience fall on the coast is to participate in a nature hike or cruise. Did you know that alligators, bobcats, black bear, river otters, and rare birds can be found in the wilderness in Wilmington and its island beaches? And that common migratory bird species that nest along our beaches include brown pelican, terns, gulls, willets, American oystercatcher, herons, and black skimmers? Did you know that Venus flytrap grows in the wild only within a 60-100 mile radius of Wilmington? You can see these and other carnivorous plants in their native habitat at Carolina Beach State Park, at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, and on Masonboro Island. From the river to the sea, there are many opportunities to explore the coast’s natural wonders, including nature hikes and birding tours at state and municipal parks, bird sanctuaries, botanical gardens and estuarine research reserves. Nature cruises along Wilmington’s scenic rivers and coastal waterways reveal an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Cape Fear Riverboats: Black River Nature Cruise. Wilmington’s original 4-hour Black River cruise offers narrated plant and wildlife interpretation by coastal ecologist and author Andy Wood. Cruisers aboard the Captain J.N. Maffitt will experience the tranquility, breathtaking scenery, and amazing wildlife along the northwest Cape Fear River and the wilds of the Black River. Just minutes after leaving the dock, the river appears almost as it did to early explorers—rich, dark waters surrounded by moss-draped cypresses and other ancient trees. Wildlife may include alligators, snakes, bobcats, river otters, black bear, deer, fox, rare species of fish and neo-tropical songbirds. Cruises board on September 3, 17 and 20; October 8 and 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Battleship North Carolina dock. Cruises may be added; group charters available. Limited seating; pre-paid reservations required. For reservations and information about this and other cruises, contact Cape Fear Riverboats at 800-676-0162 or 910-343-1611 or  

Wilmington Water Tours: Black Water Adventure Cruise/Autumn Escape. Board the Wilmington, a state-of-the-art catamaran, for a memorable fall nature cruise. This is among the captain’s favorite trips! The Cape Fear River and the other “black rivers” that converge in Wilmington, N.C. have a long, rich history. Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from now through October, two-hour nature cruises will feature birds, wildlife, changing leaves, local history, and river ecology. Cruises depart from the Wilmington Riverwalk, 212 S. Water Street (between Orange & Ann sts.). For reservations, tour calendar, and more information about this and other cruises, contact Wilmington Water Tours at 910-338-3134 or    

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Cruises: Eco-Tours. Join Captain Joe, the Cape Fear Naturalist, for a cruise and guided tour of Masonboro Island, a North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. Morning and afternoon eco-tours aboard the M/V Shamrock (a 27-foot motorized catamaran) cruise to Masonboro Island, a pristine, undeveloped 8 ½-mile barrier island just south of Wrightsville Beach. Captain Joe and crew will transport you to this ecological jewel and its miles of unspoiled beaches. Special fall birding, fishing, shelling tours also available. Departs across from the Blockade Runner Resort (275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach). For reservations or details about this and other tours, contact Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Cruises at 910-200-4002 or    

Guided nature hikes are available at Carolina Beach State Park (weekend carnivorous plant hikes:; Halyburton Park (bird/nature hikes:;  Airlie Gardens (2nd Wed. bird hikes:; Greenfield Lake (iPod nature tours:; N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher (salt marsh exploration & canoe trips to Zeke’s Island:; Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (Basin Trail hikes:; N.C. Coastal Federation (birding:; and Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours (explore Masonboro Island: For additional outfitters that offer individual and group tours:

See where the water takes you! From Wilmington’s historic river district to the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, there are plenty of outdoor adventures in store. For seasonal events and special offers, visit For free visitor information and a complete calendar of events, visit, call 866-266-9690, or email       

September 3, 2014

Carolina Beach 3-Mile Paddleboard Race September 6th to Benefit Ocean Cure

Come Paddle Carolina Beach! We will be having a 3-Mile SUP Race and 1-Mile Family Fun Challenge on Saturday, September 6 at the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin followed by awards and socializing at Gibby's Dock and Dine.

All Proceeds from the event will benefit Ocean Cure, an organization dedicated to giving free surf lessons to medically fragile and at risk youth and adults. (

The race starts at 8 am, family fun challenge starts at 9:30, and the after-party starts at 11 am. We also hope to set up some demos in the afternoon. For more information and to register please check out the website at  You can also get information at the event Facebook page.

Please invite your friends and family to join us Our goal is to run a fun and friendly event that will allow novice and experienced Paddleboarders of all ages to come together in Carolina Beach, in order to raise money for a good cause.

Please RSVP on the website and register online if you can make it (or even if you're just considering it). And check the facebook page often for updates to the schedule, sponsors, prizes, etc.

If you have any questions (need advice on board rentals for the day?), or if you would like to volunteer at the race or on the planning committee, or if you or someone you know would like to be a sponsor, please contact the race organizers Christina Dees (919-608-5011) or and Sandy Mitofsky (919-539-3490) or

Photo from the annual Wrightsville Beach Carolina Cup Paddleboard Race.

August 25, 2014

Here's What's Happening this Week on Pleasure Island (8-25 to 8-31-2014)

This week on Pleasure Island August 25th-31st, 2014
Labor Day Week - Pleasure Island style offers a final week of full FREE Summer activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment. There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise. Please plan to join us for FRIDAY (Yes Friday) nights’ FREE concert on August 29th from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring fantastic party selections performed by the BIG TIME PARTY BAND!

BigTime Party Band is celebrating their 10 year anniversary Since their formation in 2003, they quickly became one of the hottest bands in the Southeast. Playing traditional Carolina Beach Music, Rhythm and Blues, Classic Rock and a wide and pleasing variety of party favorites.

And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic FINAL DOUBLE Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting). Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of FREE fun, music and fireworks.

In Carolina Beach, this week’s Family Night will be at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings. Let us not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.

At Kure Beach’s new Oceanfront Park, they have a slew of activities starting with Turtle Talks every Monday from 7:00-8:00 pm, followed by Tuesday’s Open Air Market from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. On Wednesday, bring the young ones to Story Time By The Sea from 10:00-11:30 am.

To close out the week, this Sunday, August 31st, Boogie in the Park present the Cross Over, Variety, Pop, Country and R&B of the 40 East Band at the Ocean Front Park from 5:00-8:00 pm.

And finally, this week’s Final Movie of the year will be Disney’s PLANES featuring the voices of Stacy Keach and Dane Cook about a cropdusting plane with a fear of heights who gets to live his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.The showing will be at 8:45 pm (again – weather permitting) at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.

All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on.

These films are free and open to the public Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.

Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events.

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at

August 24, 2014

6th Annual Salty Paws Festival October 18, 2014 at Carolina Beach Lake

The 6th annual Salty Paws Festival will be held October 18, 2014 at Carolina Beach Lake Park. The event runs from 11:00am to 4:30pm and entry is $7 (children under 10 are free). Be sure to bring your four legged family members so they too can partake in the festivities. The festival raises funds for area animal rescue groups.

For more information: (click on 'News and Events')

November 23, 2013


9th Annual Event Features 300,000 Lights, Music, Santa & Colorful LEGOs  

November 2013, Wilmington, N.C.: Tis the season to be enchanted! And what could be more enchanting than a glittering landscape of lighted oaks and twinkling displays in a coastal garden setting?  Visitors who travel to Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and island beaches during the holiday season will have the opportunity to experience “Enchanted Airlie” each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from November 29 through December 21, with additional dates on Wednesday, December 18 and Sunday, December 22. 

Now in its ninth season, Enchanted Airlie (Nov. 29-Dec. 22) presents a holiday light extravaganza with tastefully decorated gardens, magical evenings and fond memories for visitors and local residents. On select dates beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing into late December, Airlie Gardens is transformed into a visually stunning wonderland of theatrically illuminated large oaks, small native trees, holiday flowers, and elegant displays. Prepare to be enchanted by a world of holiday fantasy that features 300,000 lights and whimsical LEGO exhibits to delight visitors of all ages.  

Always a crowd favorite, the colorful LEGO exhibit returns with more than 250,000 LEGO bricks that set a world record as the largest crowd to see a single LEGO display. Inside the garden services center, guests will marvel at an actual running LEGO train set constructed by NCLUG (North Carolina Lego Group Users). Other highlights include: a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants; live musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Families can also have their pictures taken in Airlie’s 2,400-square-foot floral conservatory. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the Airlie gift shop will be open.  

Want to go? Enchanted Airlie runs November 29-30; December 5-7, 12-14, and 18-22 in two time slots: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m. Enchanted Airlie tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. the night of the event. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors purchase tickets for their preferred dates prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase online at or in-person at Airlie Gardens service center (300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington) between 9am and 4pm. Single admission tickets cost $10 for individuals over the age of 4. Children under age 3 are free. Couples arriving in the same vehicle can purchase a couples ticket for $15. An economical green option is the carload ticket for $22, which will cover as many people as will safely fit into an automobile; no individual tickets or parking passes are required for this option (excludes buses and large, multi-passenger vans).

Airlie Gardens, located at 300 Airlie Road, is a 67-acre historic public garden bordering Bradley Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably for the half-mile outdoor walking tour on gravel, sand, and mulch paths. For details about Enchanted Airlie, please call 910-798-7700 or visit the Airlie Gardens website for event information, rules, restrictions and rain policy.  

Go “coastal” this holiday season! From the river to the sea, more than 50 holiday-themed events celebrate the season in Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. To download a free holiday brochure, visit For seasonal specials and visitor information for Wilmington, N.C.’s historic river district and island beaches, visit For a free official visitors guide, call 1-866-266-9690, email, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 505 Nutt Street, Unit A, in historic Downtown Wilmington.     
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