Libation lovers rejoice! The Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival has arrived.
The 12th annual event–held from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at 3400 Randall Parkway–features samplings from more than 100 craft breweries all in one location. New this year is the addition of area wineries with lots of vino to sip.
Food vendors will also be on site. And Knoxville, Tenn.-based Americana band Black Lillies will perform.
Admission–between $45 and $55–includes entrance to the Lighthouse Beer Festival grounds, a drinking glass and more beer and wine than you could ever taste in one day. Lighthouse Beer and Wine has created a downloadable guide to help connoisseurs plot out their routes in advance. A free shuttle service to the greater Wilmington area will be available after the festival.
A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit The Carousel Center, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting victims of child abuse that provides critical care services in 15 counties throughout southeastern North Carolina.
More information about the festival is available here or on The Scene, our online community calendar, where it is free to peruse and post the latest goings-on in and around the Cape Fear.
Below you’ll find more of what’s happening around town this weekend in our arts and entertainment roundup, featured every Thursday.
Brooklyn Arts Center presents the second annual Ras-tober Festival, featuring live reggae music, tonight (Thursday). D.H.I.M. and Signal Fire will perform. DJ Rusty and special guests will spin some tunes. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Local musicians can take the stage during Open Mic night at 8 p.m. tonight with Dennis Brinson at Local’s Tavern. There is no cover charge. A P.A. system and equipment is provided.
Real-life siblings The Wood Brothers bring their Americana-style music to Ziggy’s By The Sea tonight. Tickets are $18. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.
The Calico Room presents a Spooky Jazz Party tonight with the Heter Pan Band, featuring Wilmingtonian Justin Heter of Sci Fi, Singlefin and Dubtown Cosmonauts. Cover charge is $3. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.
The UNCW Communication Studies Society hosts the 7th annual Rock for a Cure Breast Cancer Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Reel Café. The Schoolboys–a band of UNCW professors who play classic rock hits–performs. Admission is $5 at the door and all proceeds benefit the New Hanover Medical Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project. A signed Ryan Lochte poster, a signed Chelsea Handler book, Ghost Walk and Hollywood Location Walk tickets, spa packages, CrossFit Coastal memberships, restaurant gift cards and event T-shirts are up for grabs in the raffle and silent auction.
Stardust performs its brand of jazz pop at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park Friday. The free, outdoor concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Those attending should bring blankets or chairs.
Traditional country music artists The Malpass Brothers perform in concert at Thalian Hall Friday. The show gets underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are between $14 and $28. More information can be found here.
Genre-bending artist Sunny Ledfurd performs his blend of country, rock and rap Friday at Ziggy’s. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. VIP and Gold Room reservations are available. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Funk-rockers The George Tisdale Band takes the stage at The Calico Room Friday. The cover charge is $3. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, under the direction of conductor Steven Errante and Jane Tierney, perform from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNC-Wilmington. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for ages 17 and under. Tickets are available one hour before the show.
Indie pop and punk outfits Borrowed Arts, Dearest We and The Pet Names rock out Saturday at The Calico Room. The cover charge is $3. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Area musicians are invited to join the stage at Locals Tavern for its Open Jam and Hot Dog Extravaganza Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is hosted by Randy O & The Mango Band. A P.A. system, lights, drums, keys and backline are provided.
The Calico Room presents progressive pop-rockers Count to Four with Post Season, The Capitol and The Variance Sunday. The cover charge is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Country singer and songwriter Robert Earl Keen performs with Andrea Davidson Sunday at Ziggy’s. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. VIP and Gold Room reservations are available. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Journey Productions continues its Halloween “spooktacular,” “Cabin Into The Woods,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall. The family friendly play tells the story of the Port City High Cheer Squad and debate team’s trip to a camp on an estate at the edge of town, where they soon realize there are no teachers and Scarlett, the weird loner kid, is acting stranger by the minute. The students must work together to figure out Scarlett’s secret, which ultimately teaches them valuable lessons in self-sufficiency. General admission $13. More information is available here.
Wilmington resident Anthony David Lawson’s “Fright Night,” a creepy retelling of stories inspired by tales of the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington and classic horror movies continues Friday at 7 p.m. at TheatreNOW. Dinner theater tickets are $38 for adults and $28 for children under 12 (this show is not recommended for young children). A limited number of show-only tickets are available for $18. A menu and ticket information are available here.
Super Saturday Fun Time Kids’ Variety Show continues this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at TheatreNOW. The ongoing series features Captain Plunkett, Dock the Dog and the Dock Street Kids as they unravel mysteries tied to Wilmington’s history and local attractions in Scooby Doo-style. A new “episode” happens each week. Tickets are $8.
The third Saturday of the month means it is time again for Bab’s Ballroom Blitz. The ballroom dancing event, open to all skill levels, runs from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at 6782 Market Street. The cost is $10 per person. Those attending should bring a dish to share.
Former NFL World League Football professional cheerleader Inez Eason leads line dancing lessons from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Partners are not necessary. The class is $35 for Wrightsville Beach residents and $45 for non-residents.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or email@example.com.