Annual Events


O'Neil / Sweetwater Pro-Am
Surf's up! Head out to the shorelines of Wrightsville Beach for one of the most anticipated surfing events of the year! | Visit Event Website

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival
An annual tradition for over 25 years, visit the heart of town for this one of a kind arts & crafts event. Oak Island Art Guild | Visit Website


Labor Day Cookout
Labor Day weekend, this Labor Day cookout offers burgers, the beach, activities all over the island, and plenty of attractions! | Visit Event Website

Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge
Anglers can look forward to the area's best fishing, prizes, and a fun all-day fishing tournament! | Visit Event Website

US Open Mackerel Tournament
The fall season is prime time for fishing! The local Southport Marina is home to the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, featuring tons of great prizes! | Visit Event Website


Wilmington Boat Show
Celebrate the heritage of "Port City" with the Wilmington Boat Show, featuring multiple events over the span of several days. | Visit Event Website

Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge
The fall season is prime time for fishing. Visitors can join in the fun and enjoy friendly competition with prizes and the annual surf challenge! | Visit Event Website

North Carolina Oyster Festival 
The annual event with more than just incredible shellfish, enjoy everything from BBQ, to pizza, music, arts, crafts, and flavors for all ages to enjoy. | Visit Event Website

Voracious Rare Beer Festival
This annual craft beer festival hosts dozens of craft breweries and eateries. | Visit Event Website

Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival 
A fun event with over 100 craft breweries and wineries for your pallet to discover! One of the year's most anticipated events for wine and beer lovers. | Visit Event Website


Cape Fear Fair & Expo
One of the most fun celebrations the town of Wilmington has to offer! On the grounds of the Airport, this festival includes rides, exhibits, food, shows, and entertainment for fun-loving visitors. | Visit Event Website

Cape Fear Kite Festival
An unforgettable experience, gaze as colorful displays illuminate the sky from the Cape Fear coastline. | Visit Event Website


A Merry Little Christmas Festival
A little extra sparkle in the holiday season, a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with activities and events. | Visit Event Website

Christmas By The Sea Parade
Held in the heart of Oak Island, this parade rings in the
holidays with style. | Visit Event Website

Enchanted Airlie
Get in the holiday spirit with a magical display of lights, greenery, and
gorgeous local scenery! | Visit Event Website