Painting inside Thalian Hall


While we all love summer, pretty much everywhere, in Wilmington locals tend to celebrate the month of September almost as much. Kids are back in school, vacationers have settled in at home, and the weather and the beach are in their most delightful state. It also happen to be an event-rich month filled with opportunities to get out on the town. See a few of our favorites below and plan to join us there! 


September Happenings not to be missed: 


Wilmington Boat Show

September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019

Various Venues 

For the high seas-lover, the Wilmington Boat Show features over 80 boat brands with boat displays, exhibits and seminars at the Wilmington Convention Center. For in water displays and demos head down to the Port City Marina and Point Harbor Marina.


The Gipsy Kings in Concert

September 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Wilson Center

The Wilson Center, downtown presents The Gipsy Kings. This band has been touring the world together since the 80s and is considered to be largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world.


Bellamy Birthday Bash

September 7, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington, NC was built in 1859. In 1994 it was made into a museum. Come and celebrate the museum's 25th birthday with music, dancing, birthday party games, a photo booth, a silent auction and birthday cake.


2nd Annual Rock the Beach

September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The 2nd Annual Rock the Beach at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, NC, features performances by live bands, bring your own coolers (no coolers or hard liquor) and also enjoy local breweries and vineyards offering their best craft beers and vino specialties on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. “Drink YOUR own beer & listen to the songs you KNOW”


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

September 9, 2019 to September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Cinematique @ WHQR/Thalian Hall

WHQR Radio and Cinematique present a screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Amat Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. The documentary examines the storyteller’s life, her works and powerful themes such as race, history, America and the human condition in an intimate and artful way.


Wilmington Life Expo

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wilmington Convention Center

The Life Expo at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, with Special guest is actress Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley on the 1970s TV show Laverne & Shirleywill feature resources for you to live your best life. Exhibits will showcase health & wellness, health screenings, assisted living, real estate, travel, financial planning, shopping, food, entertainment, fitness and more.


Summer Harvest Festival

September 14, 2019 to September 15, 2019

Poplar Grove Plantation

The Summer Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features local artisans and crafters, a special row designated just for local farmers, food, games, bounce house, and live entertainment.


The Main Event Band in Concert

September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Leland Cultural Arts Center

The Leland Cultural Arts Center presents The Main Event Band in concert. They are a great party band ready to make you dance to the classics! Come enjoy an evening of good music and dancing.  


American Craft Walk

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Downtown Wilmington (Front Street)

Come enjoy six blocks lined with beautiful handmade art with over 90 local and reginal artists in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, NC.


FUNDRAISER: A Taste of the Town

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall and the finest restaurants in downtown. Wilmington have partnered together to present an evening that is sure to make your taste buds happy. Grab your map at Thalian Hall, of all participating restaurants and take off to enjoy appetizer portions of each of the restaurant’s best dishes.


Wine & Beer Walk

September 28, 2019 @ 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Various Venues 

The fun semi-annual Wine & Beer Walk is a self-guided tasting tour where you will receive two samples drinks per restaurant/drinking establishments participating in downtown Wilmington, NC.


Feast of the Pirates Festival

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville

Yo Ho Ho it’s time for the Feast of the Pirates Festival at Brunswick Riverwalk Belville. The festival features pirate encampments, cutlass play, comedy skits, black powder demonstrations, mermaids, vendors, games and so much more. These pirates are no joke- Pirate groups include Crew of the Scarlett Dragon, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group, Pirate Trading Co., and the Tryon County Militia of North Carolina.


Oktoberfest 15K & 5K

September 29, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Brunswick Forest Fitness and Wellness Center

The Oktoberfest 15K & 5K course travels through the beautiful master planned community of Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC along paved running trails, through picturesque Meadow Park, across wooden bridges and over a 1/3 mile boardwalk through a nature area. After you run enjoy post party which includes awards with free beer, good snacks, exhibitors and prize drawings for gifts from our sponsors.