October Happenings not to be missed:
Farewell Summer Jazz Funeral
October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ocean Front Park
Say goodbye to Summer in a New Orleans-Style Jazz Funeral. The procession will be led by the Smokehouse Ramblers band, with a concert to follow. T'Geaux Boys Food Truck
Will be serving New Orleans cuisine. The Town will provide beads and masks!
Matilda: The Musical
October 4, 2019 to October 6, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Thalian Association Community Theatre presents a production of Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical. The story follows a gifted girl who with her powers, imagination she can overcome awful situations and finds happiness and a better life.
Carolina Surf Film Festival Wilmington
October 4, 2019 to October 5, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
2019 Carolina Surf Film Festival at Waterman's Brewery! See amazing surf films under the stars, great food and drinks, local vendors and an amazing family friendly event!
26th Annual Bark in the Park
October 5, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach Park
Check out this fun and free event. Dogs compete in different events and the one with the most points in distance/accuracy will be declared winner! Extra points awarded for air catches. Also, help by casting your vote for the Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Team, and Dog Displaying the Most Personality Title!
40th Annual Riverfest
October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Downtown Wilmington (Market and Water)
Annual street fair features street food, arts and crafts, dance performances, fireworks (Saturday at 8pm), children's activities, car shows, stand-up paddle (SUP) race, live music and other attractions such as Adventure Zone, Kidz Zone, Skateboard Tournament, Wakeboard Competition, Film Festival, Motocross, and Great Waiters Wine Race.
Women to Watch Awards
October 11, 2019 @ 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Wilmington Convention Center
Wilma Magazine’s The Women to Watch Awards features food, wine and beer, live music with Lunar Tide, an awards ceremony, and a special reveal of the overall category winners.
2nd Annual Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
October 12, 2019 @ 10:45 AM to 8:00 PM
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church
The 2nd Annual Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival features four bands, and food and drinks Kids Only Zone includes magic shows between sets. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs (outside food and drink are not permitted).
Fire in the Pines Festival
October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The annual Fire in the Pines Festival at Halyburton Park features an appearance by Smokey Bear; fire truck tours; live animals; hayrides; scavenger hunts; hands-on activities with more than 40 environmental and youth organizations; and a controlled burn.
October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Harlem 100 at Thalian Hall is a multi-media show that captures the sights and sounds of the best of Harlem.Music from Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters.
Port City Rumble Hot Rod and Custom Car Show
October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Waterline Brewing Company
The Port City Rumble Hot Rod and Custom Car Show at Waterline Brewing in Wilmington features vintage vehicles from 1969 and before; plus live music.
Fort Fisher Fall Festival
October 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
The Fort Fisher Fall Festival at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach features Halloween games, arts and crafts, a magic show, bounce house, and food trucks.
3rd Annual Wilmington Oktoberfest
October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve
The 3rd Annual Wilmington Oktoberfest at Palate Bottle Shop features German food and drink, and the 17-piece Little German Band & Dancers.
L.A. Theatre Works: Seven
October 16, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Seven is a documentary play by seven female writers is based on personal interviews with seven women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia.
Quattroberfest & Q3/e-tron Launch Party
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM
Audi Cape Fear
What happens when you mix October, beer and German superior ingenuity? A party, of course.
To celebrate the launch of the 2020 Audi Q3 and the new, all-electric Audi e-tron, we invite you to come party with us, Quattroberfest-style, Saturday, October 19th from 6-10pm.
We're partnering with Wilmington's only solar-powered brewery, Mad Mole Brewing, and the folks at The Foxes Boxes to throw the (2nd) party of the year this fall. And, we'd love for you to join us. Good music, amazing food, some of the best micro-brews in town, and activities for kids AND adults promised.
October 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach Brewery
Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live
October 20, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
The evening includes creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, in his final tour with those movie riffing robots -- Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy.
31st Annual Autumn with Topsail Festival
October 19, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Historic Assembly Building
See the arts & crafts court with more than 100 regional artists displaying and selling their work, plus live music, beer & wine garden, food court, bouncy fun and crafts for kids, and more.
Voracious Rare Beer Festival
October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Battleship North Carolina
The event features 50 breweries with their favorite limited release beers, appetizers, and live music on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina
Monster Movie Madness
October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Bellamy Mansion Museum
A double feature screening of Night of the Living Dead (1968) and House on Haunted Hill (1959). Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, beer and wine available to purchase.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea
October 24, 2019 to October 26, 2019 @ 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
A family friendly event featuring diving skeletons, sunken jack-o-lanterns, stalking dinosaurs, games, live animal encounters, magic show, and candy. Trick or Treat with the fish!
10th Annual Zombie Fest
October 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Satellite Bar & Lounge
The 10th Annual Zombie Fest is a Wilmington Halloween tradition and features a costume contest, live music, horror movies, and a Zombie Dance Cage.
Fiddler on the Roof
October 26, 2019 to October 27, 2019
The classic story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter. The musical is rich with Broadway hits, choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli Hofesh Shechter; and musical direction by Ted Sperling.