What to do? Where to go? Check out our Out & About calendar for listings of fun events around town.
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What’s Brewing in Science: Artificial Intelligence
Cape Fear Museum presents What’s Brewing in Science: Artificial Intelligence at Waterline Brewing in Wilmington, a discussion about the consequences of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Will there be massive job loss? Or will we all work in new productive ways that give us a better quality of life? Admission is FREE! Event starts at 7pm.
Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market
The Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market in Wilmington, NC, meets Wednesdays through Oct. 25, and features fresh local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats and seafood, baked goods, and sweets, plus arts & crafts, cut flowers, wine, and more. Admission is FREE! Market starts at 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Jamestown Revival in Concert
Appearing at The Throne Theater in downtown Wilmington, NC, Jamestown Revival was named iTunes “Best of 2014: Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year” with their CD Utah. Opening is Ghost of Paul Revere. Admission is $18.00 to $35.00. Concert starts at 7pm.
Bluegrass Bash at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC, features performances by local bands Massive Grass and the Folkstone Stringband. Both mix the roots of bluegrass with a unique mix of rock and roll. Admission is $10.00 to $20.00. Event starts at 7:30pm.
Kids Making It Breakfast Fundraiser: Building Brighter Futures
The Kids Making It Breakfast Fundraiser: Building Brighter Futures takes place at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. Guests will be invited to make a donation at the event. Proceeds benefit the organization’s Skilled Trades Program, and helps lead more students toward sustainable careers and financial self-sufficiency. Admission is FREE! Breakfast starts at 7:30am.
Volunteer Open House
Bellamy Mansion Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents a Volunteer Open House. Admission is FREE! Open house starts at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Little Explorers at Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, is for ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers, and features hands-on activities, interactive story time, exploration stations, and experiments in Museum Park. If the weather interferes, the program is moved inside. Adult participation required. Admission is FREE! Program starts at 10am.
4th Friday Gallery Night
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. HOURS: 6-9pm. 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. Admission is FREE! Event starts at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Live Music: The Sean Meade Trio
Waterline Brewing presents live music with the jazz jamming Sean Meade Trio. Admission is FREE! Concert starts at 7pm.
Healthy Kids Day
The City of Wilmington and the YMCA present the 6th Annual Healthy Kids Day at Empie Park featuring a variety of activities including tennis, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and lacrosse sports stations; face painting and bounce houses; jump rope and hula-hoop contests; information booths and vendors; and games and prizes. Local food trucks on premises. Admission is FREE! Event starts at 9:30am.
The Spring Fling at Parents’ Community Preschool in Wilmington, NC, features live music, games, silent auction, refreshments, and more. Admission is $5.00. Event starts at 10:00 AM.
The Myrtle Grove Market
The Myrtle Grove Market features more than 30 local vendors with handmade, vintage, antique and repurposed items. Admission is one canned good or a $1 donation. All canned goods and donations go to The Mission in downtown Wilmington, NC. Market starts at 9am.
Pineapple-Shaped Lamps presents King Kirby at the Red Barn Studio Theatre in downtown Wilmington, NC. The production, directed by Blake Howard and written by Crystal Skillman and comic book author Fred Van Lente, follows legendary artist and storyteller, Jack Kirby, including his humble beginnings in a New York street gang, his success with Captain America and Silver Surfer, and ultimately his reign as the “King of Comics.” Please note: The Sunday show is a matinee beginning at 3pm. Show starts at 8pm. Admission is $18.00 to $20.00.
History Up-Close: Hats
History Up-Close: Hats at the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, features a chance to take an in-depth look at a collection of stylish and not-so-stylish hats, plus learn how hats can help us understand the past with Historian Jan Davidson. Then, go behind-the-scenes with Curator Heather Yenco in collections storage. Registration limited to 15. Must be 12 or older. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $8.00 to $12.00. Event starts at 2pm.
A Chorus Line
Thalian Association Youth Theatre presents A Chorus Line at the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage in downtown Wilmington, NC. The musical explores ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. The unforgettable score includes I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation), and I Hope I Get It. Please note: The Sunday show begins at 3pm. Admission is $12.75. Show starts at 7:30pm.
FUNDRAISER: Bidding Fore Change
The Wells Fargo Championship presents Bidding Fore Change at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, featuring live music with Two Cents Worth, dinner, beer & wine, cash bar, and silent auction. The event benefits A Safe Place, an empowerment organization focusing on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic minor sex trafficking. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. Admission is $45.00. Event starts at 5pm.
Wilmington Railroad Museum Story Time
The Wilmington Railroad Museum Story Time features a story or two, songs, creative activities, and time in the Children’s Hall. Admission fee is per family. Admission is $5.00. Program starts at 10:30am.
Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament
The Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC, features the top touring professional golfers in the world in a PGA Tour event. The schedule includes a Pro-Am and a four-day tournament. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. Admission is $30.00 to $165.00.
Dawes in Concert
The Penguin and Huka Entertainment present LA-based folk rock band Dawes in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC. Doors open at 6pm. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. Admission is $27.00 to $32.00. Concert starts at 7pm.
FUNDRAISER: 16th Annual Golden Hammer Breakfast
The 16th Annual Golden Hammer Breakfast at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington marks Cape Fear Habitat’s 30th Anniversary, and helps raise funds for building homes, hope and community. The event features Habitat Homeowners, Board Members, the Executive Director, and special Guest Kendall Alley, Regional President of Wells Fargo and Executive Host for the Wells Fargo PGA Championship. REGISTER ONLINE. Fundraiser starts at 7:30am.
4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
The 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival takes place at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. SCHEDULE OF FILMS: Tuesday, May 2 at 7pm, Fever at Dawn — The story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the hell that was the Holocaust. Set in the Swedish rehabilitation camps during the autumn and winter of 1945. Dessert reception follows; Wednesday, May 3 at 7pm, Remember — With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. Dessert reception follows; Thursday, May 4 at 7pm, The Women’s Balcony — An accident during a bar mitzvah leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in a tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. Dessert reception follows. Admission is $17.00.
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The 7th Annual Bow Wow Luau & The Cat’s Meow will be on Saturday, June 13 at 7pm and once again held at Banks Channel Pub & Grille in Wrightsville Beach.
Sunday Funnies with Orlando Jones
March 1, 2015; 6:00pm
On an unseasonably warm December night, my husband and I walked a few blocks to the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage.
If you often find yourself coordinating evenings out on the town that include drinks, dinner, and a show, I highly recommend trying the one-stop-shop option at TheatreNOW.
JJ Grey at Greenfield Lake, 2011
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater lends its aesthetics to many great performers, but few better than JJ Grey & Mofro.
Have you heard of Lump to Laughter? We sat down with co-founder Connie Hill a few weeks ago to talk about their ongoing mission to help women get through the trials of breast cancer, as she
Summertime is the BEST time to live in or to visit Wilmington.