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What to do?  Where to go? Check out our Out & About calendar for listings of fun events around town.

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March 29

Leadership Lecture Series: Dr. Bennet Omalu

The Leadership Lecture Series at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW features Dr. Bennet Omalu, a physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist, and the man who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after examining former professional football players. Admission is $10.00. Lecture starts at 7:00pm.

Live Music: Zach Deputy

The Calico Room in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents live music with Zach Deputy. Opening is L Shape Lot Duo. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. Admission is $12.00. Music starts at 7:30pm.

Art Opening: A Show Of Hands

A Show Of Hands at the Wilmington Tasting Room is Anna Mann’s first photography show in the Port City and features black and white portraits including a wide range of personalities from around the Cape Fear area. Music provided by Vicki Burton, Callan Trippe with Patrick Carr, Margot Beberaggi, and more. Admission is FREE! Starts at 6pm.

March 30

The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things

Screening at Union Station in downtown Wilmington, NC, The Empowerment Project  is a documentary featuring eight women who have achieved their dreams (some by breaking the glass ceiling). The film crew is all-female also. The goal of the film is to ask, “What would you do if you knew you would succeed?” Admission is FREE! Screening starts at 9:30am.

WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo

The WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo at the Convention Center features a Keynote Lunch, Expo Hall with more than 100 exhibitors, Strategy Seminars and an After Hours party for more casual networking. Keynote Speaker is new CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, John Gizdic. Admission is $5.00 to $40.00. Expo starts at 11:30am.

Live Music: Mechanical Boulevard

Burnt Mill Creek Billiards & Wine Bar in Wilmington, NC, presents live music with the folk/Americana of Mechanical Boulevard. Food truck on premises. Admission is FREE! Starts at 7pm.

Flytrap Brewing Presents: The Singing Butcher & Yeh Mon Food Truck

Every Thursday at Flytrap Brewing, pair local beer with dinner and music! On March 30th, Flytrap welcomes The Singing Butcher, butcher and rock musician from Nashville, TN. Yeh Mon Food Truck will be serving up fresh and flavorful island style food.  More at http:/ https://soundcloud.com/thesingingbutcher


March 31 

Family Workshop: Lego We-Do Robots

Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, presents a Family Workshop featuring Lego We-Do Robots. Appropriate for kids aged 5-7 years old and adult helpers. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Admission is $5.00 to $8.00. Workshop starts at 2pm.

Little Explorers: Super Hero Science

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! Starts at 1oam.

Stoned Cold Sober Comedy Competition

The Stoned Cold Sober Comedy Competition at Bombers Bev Co in downtown Wilmington, NC, features a yuck-fest  involving varying levels of inebriation. The crowd votes as comedians go head-to-head to see who’s the best, whether they’re sober or drunk. Admission is FREE! Competitions starts at 9pm.


The Bellamy Mansion Art Show

The Bellamy Mansion Art Show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit ORIGINAL two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) work. 70 percent of the proceeds of the sale will go to the artist, with 30 percent donated to the Bellamy Mansion. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 for non-students and $10 for part-time or full-time students of an accredited school. More information and applications can be found HERE. Please visit the Bellamy Mansion Museum website www.bellamymansion.org or email info@bellamymansion.org for more information.

April 1

The Market

The Market at Home Design Outlet of Leland features an upscale flea market and tag sale. Starts at 10am.

Blossoms & Butterflies

Blossoms & Butterflies at the Fit for Fun Center in Wilmington, NC, features games and snacks for the 5 and under crowd, and the release of native butterflies. Admission is $5.00. Starts at 9am.

UNCW PrintFest

UNCW PrintFest at the Cultural Arts Building features a Large-Scale Woodblock Printmaking Extravaganza. The event includes a full day of public printmaking using a two-ton construction paving roller and an unlikely press bed and a team of artists and volunteers (16 artists and four colleges from across North Carolina will carve a design into wood, which will then be inked and printed before a live audience). The theme of the woodcut designs this year is based on the work of local non-profit, Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association. The large, unique prints will be for sale during the event. The blocks will be printed in a limited edition of three for each of the artist’s woodcut. A percentage of proceeds will go directly to Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem. Admission is FREE! PrintFest starts at 10am.

April 2

Mid-Century Driveways and Developments: Suburbanization and the City

Mid-Century Driveways and Developments: Suburbanization and the City at Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington features historian Jan Davidson as she explores 1950s and 1960s New Hanover County, and the neighborhoods that developed outside of the city limits. Admission is FREE! Starts at 3pm.

Concerts on College Series: Girls’ Choir of Wilmington

Wesley Memorial United Methodist continues its Concerts on College series with the Girls’ Choir of Wilmington. Directed by Sandy Errante and accompanied by Steven Errante, the program includes music ranging from Mozart to Les Mis, with some gospel and John Rutter along the way. The Girls’ Choir of Wilmington, formed in 1997, features more than 70 girls ages 9 and older representing a cross-section of the population of the Lower Cape Fear Area. Donations gratefully accepted. Admission is FREE! Concert starts at 5pm.

Radio Suspense Theatre

Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents Radio Suspense Theatre, featuring two plays that follow characters preparing for their weekly 1940s radio show. The new girl, Jessica, is shown the ropes by the bubbly Morty Sparks. Behind-the-scene lives of the performers become entangled as they present on-air songs, commercial ads, and two mysteries — Fear Between Floors and Lost & FoundPlease note: The Sunday show begins at 3pm. Admission is $5.00 to $10.00. Production starts at 8pm.

April 3

Good Shepherd Center Games Day and Sports Evening

The Good Shepherd Center Games Day and Sports Evening features Duplicate Bridge, Party Bridge, Mah-Jongg, Mexican Train, Poker or Hand & Foot, plus a Silent Auction with an assortment of items and door prizes. Lunch optional. Admission is $16.50 to $46.50. Starts at 11:30am.

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. Story time starts at 10:30am.

Azaleas, Bees, and Trees, Oh My!

Azaleas, Bees, and Trees, Oh My! at Bellamy Mansion Museum in downtown Wilmington features a talk with ecologist, author, and conservation educator Andy Wood. The program introduces some of the biologically diverse coastal plain habitats found in southeastern North Carolina. Donations requested. Admission is FREE! Program starts at 6:30pm.

April 4

Bird Hike

Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC, presents a Bird Hike, a chance to join park staff on a leisurely bird-watching stroll in search of migrants, winter residents, and year-round species. Aimed at beginner birders, these hikes are for ages five and older, and otherwise all are welcome. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Admission is FREE! Hike starts at 9am.

UNCW Baseball vs. Campbell

The UNCW Baseball Team squares off against Campbell in a non-conference game at Brooks Field in Wilmington, NC. Admission is $5.00 to $11.00. Game starts at 6pm.

Farmers’ Market, Music, and Book Talk

Waterline Brewing in Wilmington, NC, presents a Farmers Market (4-8pm), live music with Mark Herbert (5-7pm), and a Book Talk with Frank Amaroso (7-8pm), author of Wopper: How Babe Ruth Lost His Father and Won the 1918 World Series Against the Cubs. Admission is FREE!