In the heat of July, we're reminded, yet again, that we live in heaven. Beach days, family and friends surrounding us, and all the adventures, activities and good times that summer brings are on, and we're all in. 

 

We've got a month full of plans in and around town, with a little vacation time sprinkled in. Check out our list below, then let us know what you're up to in comments! 

 

July 1 - July 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

Southport Waterfront
Yacht Basin Drive
Southport,
 NC 28461

Southport is famous for its 4th of July celebration. The North Carolina 4th of July Festival in features Parade, over 100 Arts & Craft Booths, Live Entertainment, Fireworks, and much more.

www.nc4thofjuly.com

 

July 3

Free Wine Tasting at Sweet n Savory

(with optional $25 food pairing)

7:00pm

Sweet N Savory

1611 Pavilion Pl, 

Wilmington, NC 28403
Sample some delicious wines for FREE with an optional $25 food pairing. Food pairings are designed specifically to go with each wine to bring out the fullest flavor of both. While listening to some cool jazz by Benny Hill Jazz.

https://www.sweetnsavory.cafe/wine-tasting-n-food-pairing/

 

July 3 

Independence Day Boardwalk Blast: Live Music and Fireworks

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428 

Carolina Beach presents a 4th of July Boardwalk Blast featuring live music with the Polar Bear Blues Bandand fireworks over the ocean.

www.pleasureislandnc.org

 

July 4 

4th of July Celebration

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park
Water Street at Princess
Wilmington,
 NC 28401 

The City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park features live entertainment, food vendors, and a fireworks display beginning at 9:05pm. Special music provided by WGNI 102.7 (6-7:30pm) and headlining the event is the United States Air Force, Full Spectrum Rock Band from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA (7:30-9pm).

www.wilmingtonnc.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1410/429

 

July 4 - July 7

Five Guys Named Moe

7:30 PM

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington,
 NC 28401

Opera House Theatre Company presents Five Guys Named Moe. Down-and-out Nomax slumps in his chair, drowning his misery at 5am. Suddenly, the greatest band around -- Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, Little Moe, and No Moe -- appear to deliver the lessons Nomax needs, lessons in the mysteries of life and love. For the next two hours, they comfort and jazz him with the classic songs of Louis Jordan, the King of the Jukebox.

http://www.operahousetheatrecompany.org/five-guys-named-moe  

 

July 6

Astronomy Program 
8:00 PM

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach,
 NC 28428 

The Cape Fear Astronomy Society presents an Astronomy Program at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center. Learn about the night skies by using telescopes set up for viewing planets, stars and more.

www.ncparks.gov/carolina-beach-state-park/events-and-programs

 

July 6

Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival

2:00 PM- doors open at 12:30pm

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington,
 NC 28401

The Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington features performances by Inner Circle, Edge Michael, Signal Fire, Of Good Nature, Danglin, and Sons Of Paradise. As well as live art by Cammeron Batenides, comedy by Ali Coleman, arts & crafts, and Jamaican food.

www.portcityreggae.com

 

July 6-7

45th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament 
5:00 PM
 to 6:00 PM

Ogden Park
615 Odgen Park Drive
Wilmington,
 NC 28411

The 45th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament features a few hundred players from teams from around the world. Games run every 20 minutes all day long. The championship match begins at 1pm on Sunday.

www.fear7s.com

 

July 7

Ocean Life Project

7:00 PM

Kure Beach (N Avenue Beach Access)
N Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach,
 NC 28449 

The Ocean Life Project in Kure Beach, NC, come meet KB Ambassadors for a family- friendly beach walk and educational talk. Topics include town history, beach safety, wildlife education, shell and fossil finding tips, and beach activities for children. Bring shovels and buckets.

 www.townofkurebeach.org

 

 

July 7

Movie at the Lake

Carolina Beach Lake Park
Atlanta Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach,
 NC 28428 

The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features Black Panther, the action adventure film that follows T'Challa, heir to the hidden, advanced kingdom of Wakanda, who must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past. Concessions available. No alcohol or glass allowed. Film begins at dusk. Running time: 2 hours, 14 minutes. www.pleasureislandnc.org

 

 

July 8

Great American Poetry Crawl 
7:00 PM

Old Books on Front Street
249 North Front Street
Wilmington,
 NC 28401

The Great American Poetry Crawl at Old Books on Front Street in downtown Wilmington, NC, features Florida-based poet and educator Brendan Walsh and local authors Melissa Crowe and Khalisa Rae in an evening of literary work and 

www.brendanwalshpoetry.com/livingthings

 

 

July 10

Jazz at the Mansion

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
Wilmington
 , NC 28401 

Bellamy Mansion Museum presents Jazz at the Mansion featuring a performance by the Duke Ladd Band. Bring blankets and chairs. Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase. 

www.bellamymansion.org/jazz-at-the-mansion.html

 

July 12

Lumina Festival of the Arts: Opening Night Poetry Jam

7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium
UNCW
515 Wagoner Drive
Wilmington,
 NC 28403

The Lumina Festival of the Arts in Wilmington, NC, presents the Opening Night Poetry Jam at Kenan Auditorium, hosted by "Bigg B" and Sandra “The Mid Day Miss" of Coast 97.3. 

www.uncw.edu/arts/lumina/2019/dance-poetry-film19.html#jam

 

 

July 17

Lumina Festival of the Arts: UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band

7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium
UNCW
515 Wagoner Drive
Wilmington,
 NC 28403

The Lumina Festival of the Arts presents the UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band featuring special guest Michael Mossman, a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated hard bop jazz trumpeter, in a performance that includes swing through bebop and modern style.

www.uncw.edu/arts/lumina/2019/concerts19.html#mossman

 

 

July 20

FUNDRAISER: Food Truck Roundup

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington,
 NC 28411

The Food Truck Roundup at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features 16 vehicles offering a variety of culinary delights, live music with the Folkstone String Band, and two bars serving wine/beer and specialty cocktails.

www.poplargrove.org

 

 

July 21

Shakespeare Brunch

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

TheatreNOW
19 South 10th Street
Wilmington,
 NC 28401

TheatreNOW in Wilmington, NC, presents Shakespeare Brunch featuring an abridged reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

www.theatrewilmington.com

 

 

July 26

4th Friday Gallery Night
Around Town
Wilmington,
 NC 28401

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County presents 4th Friday Gallery Night, a monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more. 4th Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other art-related activities. Participating venues include Aces Gallery, Acme Art Studios, The Art Factory, Art in Bloom Gallery, The Golden Gallery, The ArtWorks, New Elements Gallery, Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, Expo  216, Flytrap Brewery, River to Sea Gallery, The WHQR Gallery, Crescent Moon, and The Daniels Gallery.

www.artscouncilofwilmington.org/four-fridays