Wilmington, NC – May 2012 - Are you looking for an affordable way to jump-start the summer? Look no further than Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Last summer Wilmington, N.C. was recognized as an affordable destination by Orbitz (#1 Late-Summer Beach Bargain) and Bloomberg Businessweek (#7 Most Fun, Affordable City). Wilmington’s historic river district and island beaches are affordable year-round with 50+ attractions, accommodations in many price ranges, and free and low-cost events from the river to the sea. Here’s a sampling of Memorial Day weekend activities:
Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27:
• “La Cage Aux Folles.” 8pm
(Thurs.-Sat.) & 3pm (Sun.). Musical production. Admission charge. Thalian
Hall, Wilmington; 910-632-2285; www.thalianhall.org
• Birding Tours with Audubon North
Carolina. 9-11am. Free. Audubon NC guides lead tour of Mason Inlet Waterbird
Management Area, Wrightsville Beach (North end). 910-686-7527; www.ncaudubon.org
• Downtown Sundown Concert
Series. 5:30pm. Music by “Spare Change”. Free. Riverfront Park, Wilmington.
• Mayfaire Music on the Town.
6-9pm. This week’s band is Dutch Treat (80s rock). Free. Mayfaire Town Centre.
• Fireworks by the Sea. Music
at 6:30pm; fireworks at 9pm. Join us for the first weekly fireworks display of
the summer. This week’s band is Dogs Ave. Free. Carolina Beach Boardwalk,
Carolina Beach. 910-458-8434; www.pleasureislandnc.org/fireworks-by-the-sea
Sunday, May 25 & 27:
• Shakespeare Youth Company
presents Shades of Shakespeare featuring “Twelfth Night.” 8pm. Twelfth Night
will be staged on Friday and Sunday. Free. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater,
Wilmington. 910-399-2878; www.greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com
• Riverfront Farmers Market.
8am-1pm. Free. Wilmington Riverwalk, 910-341-7855; www.wilmingtonfarmers.com
• Carolina Beach Farmers
Market. 8am-1pm. Free. Carolina Beach Lake; 910-431-8122; www.localharvest.org/carolina-beach-farmers-market-M35836
• Todd Snyder in Concert to
benefit Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green. 7pm. Admission charge. Greenfield
Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington. 910-399-2878; www.greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com
Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27:
• Orange Street Arts Festival
2012. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am–5pm. Art, jewelry, pottery, entertainment.
Free. Community Arts Center, Orange & 2nd streets, Downtown Wilmington;
• Free Weekly Movies at the Lake.
8:45pm. Free. Outdoor family films shown Sunday evenings during the summer
months. Tonight’s film: “Puss ‘n Boots”. Carolina Beach Lake Amphitheater.
• 47th annual Memorial Day
Observance. 5:45pm. This year’s Memorial Day service includes military guest
speaker Major General Rodney O. Anderson, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun
salute, the Army Ground Forces Band, TAPS, and a memorial wreath cast onto the
waters. Free (event only; ship admission not included). Battleship North
Carolina, Wilmington. 910-251-5797; www.battleshipnc.com
• Wrightsville Beach Scenic
Tours. Captain Joe is offering all active and retired military and veterans
20% off any fishing, harbor or sunset cruise on Memorial Day. Departs from 275
Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach (across from Blockade Runner Resort). For more
info and reservations (required): 910-200-4002. www.capefearnaturalist.com
• Wrightsville Beach Farmers
Market. 8am-1pm. Free. Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach;
For a complete Event Calendar
For a free Official Visitors Guide, call 866-266-9690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special offers, seasonal events and experiences are listed at www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com;
www.visitkurebeachnc.com, and www.visitwrightsvillebeachnc.com.
Last-minute hotel discounts can be found at www.sunnysavers.com.