May 17, 2010

5th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival Rocks The Carolina Beach Strand in North Carolina

Carolina Beach, N.C.: Do you love beach music? Do you enjoy shag dancing? Then Carolina Beach, North Carolina is the place to be during the 25th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 5th. Held on the beach between Harper and Hamlet Avenues, the annual summer music extravaganza features the best in beach music, a laid-back style of rhythm & blues with roots on the Carolina coast. The fun begins on Friday night with a free kickoff party at the Gazebo stage at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

The Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival takes place on Saturday beginning at 11:00am with continuous live music until 5:30pm. This year’s bands include: The Holiday Band (11:00am); Mark Roberts & Breeze (12:30pm); The Magnificents Band (2:15pm); and The Fantastic Shakers (4:00pm). Gates open at 10:30am, so bring your chairs, sunscreen, and dance shoes so you can spend all day on the sand listening and dancing to classic beach tunes. A shag dance contest follows at Shanty’s II Beach & Blues Club.

The 25th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival is presented by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are now on sale and cost $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.) and at Linda’s Fashions in Carolina Beach. For details and online ticket purchases, please visit www.pleasureislandnc.org/beachmusicfestival.asp or call 910-458-8434.

Make a weekend of your visit to Pleasure Island. Jump-start the weekend on Thursday evening (6:30pm-9:30pm) with live music by Mark Roberts & the Breeze followed by fireworks over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. On Friday night, there’s a free festival kick-off party with live music by Sea Cruz (6:00-9:00pm) at the Boardwalk’s Gazebo stage. Spend all day Saturday dancing on the sand at the Beach Music Festival (10:30am-5:30pm). Later Saturday evening, shag dancers and beach music lovers will compete for prizes during the Shag Dance Contest at Shanty’s II Beach & Blues Club (103 N. Lake Park Blvd., behind El Zarape restaurant) in Carolina Beach. Doors open at 7:00pm; contest begins at 8:00pm (admission is $5 in advance; $8 at the door). Dancers of all ages can sign up for the competition in three categories: Pro, Non-Pro and Club-Social. Or, just have fun watching as serious shag dancers kick up their heels and boogie the night away. Wind down on Sunday evening with a Free Movie by the Lake at the Stingray Amphitheater at Carolina Beach Lake. This week’s family film is “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian” (begins at 8:45pm).

Discover Carolina Beach’s simple pleasures and unexpected treasures, such as the Venus Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park. Cast your rod and reel from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Venture out on a kayak/canoe nature tour; check out daily catches at the Carolina Beach Marina. Just minutes away, explore Kure Beach-North Carolina’s small wonder-where you can fish from the state’s oldest fishing pier and meet a rare albino alligator and a loggerhead sea turtle, or observe sharks and marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. You can also stroll along a 5-mile stretch of undeveloped beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, explore Civil War history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, or take a ferry across the Cape Fear River. Relax on the wide sandy beaches of Carolina, Kure and Fort Fisher. Shop the island’s beach boutiques for souvenirs and summer fashions. Dine at restaurants specializing in fresh seafood and regional fare. At day’s end, bunk in at one of the island’s accommodations that range from oceanfront hotels and condominiums to independently-owned motels, beach cottages, or a bed-and-breakfast inn.

For a FREE Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast, please contact the Visitors Bureau at 866-266-9690 or visit www.gocapefearcoast.com for a complete online calendar of events. For travel packages and specials, visit www.capefearcoast.com/specials and for last-minute hotel discounts, visit www.sunnysavers.com
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