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ymca new logoThrifty shoppers take note–you can find a good deal for a great cause this weekend.

The Wilmington Family YMCA holds its second annual community yard sale Saturday in the Market Street facility’s gymnasium.

The event will support the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign in support of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

This year’s sale features an array of items–from clothing and collectibles to housewares and home decor, and much more in between. Score a thrifty price on electronics, furniture and tools, as well.

The sale runs from 8 a.m. until noon. Those who thrive on the thrill of the hunt can get into the special sneak preview sale from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Admission to Friday’s sale is $5.

Before or after your shopping excursion, unwind with a little live music–or an art show or two.

You can find lots to stay busy this weekend listed below in our arts and entertainment roundup. You’ll find most of the items on The Scene, our free community events calendar.


The Downtown Sundown Concert Series at Riverfront Park continues Friday, rain or shine, with U2 tribute band, UV, at 6 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. No outside beverages, dogs or coolers are allowed. Click here for details.

The Performance Club presents its seventh Children’s Theater in the Park–a free sing-along of “Mamma Mia!”— at 6 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater in Wrightsville Beach. The sing-along is from the classic musical based on songs by ABBA. Those attending should bring a chair or blanket. Local food vendors will be onsite.

The Wilmington Big Band plays a free outdoor show in Kure Beach Friday. Photo courtesy Wilmington Big Band.
The Wilmington Big Band plays a free outdoor show in Kure Beach Friday. Photo courtesy Wilmington Big Band.

The 17-piece Wilmington Big Band plays a free show at 7 p.m. Friday as part of Kure Beach’s Friday Variety series at Ocean Front Park. The band will play timeless standards and pop tunes. Those attending should bring a beach chair or blanket.

98.3 The Penguin presents the Second Annual Penguin Music Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cape Fear River Festival Grounds between PPD and the Isabelle Holmes Bridge downtown. The all-ages event features live music from Leftover Salmon with Billy Payne of Little Feat, Keller Williams, Jeff Austin Trio, Mandolin Orange, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Mac & Juice Quartet and Nick and The Babes. Tickets are $35 in advance for general admission ($45 day of) and $70 for VIP. Children under 10 years of age are admitted free. VIP tickets include a VIP lounge area, air-conditioned tent, discounted beer and wine and a festival poster. Proceeds benefit Chords For A Cause.

Old Books On Front St. presents jazz pianist James Jarvis live each Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Boogie in the Park concert series continues this Sunday with free live music from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kure Beach’s Ocean Front Park. Those attending should bring beach chairs or blankets.

Fermental presents its weekly jazz music series every Sunday in the beer garden, featuring a rotating cast of local musicians performing an early evening acoustic set of originals and traditional styles. The event is free and gets started at 5 p.m.


TheatreNOW hosts a Magic and Variety Show, featuring Special Head and his Emergency Circus, at 7 p.m. tonight. Special Head is best known for levitation performances on “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Emergency Circus, a non-profit that brings performances to children’s hospitals and group homes across the country. Details can be found on TheatreNOW’s website.

The Burgwin-Wright Paint-Out will feature artists painting live in the gardens this weekend. Photo courtesy Burgwin-Wright House.
The Burgwin-Wright Paint-Out will feature artists painting live in the gardens this weekend. Photo courtesy Burgwin-Wright House.

Thalian Association presents “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Red Barn Studio. The award-winning play by Christopher Durang deconstructs Chekov in its story of middle-aged siblings sharing a family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Tickets are $25.

The Shakespeare Youth Company kicks off the 22nd season of Shakespeare on the Green with “As You Like It” at 8 p.m. tonight at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Admission is free.

City Stage’s production of “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,”continues at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The the edgy hit Broadway musical reinvents “Old Hickory” as a modern emo rock star. Tickets are $18 to $22.

Super Saturday Fun Time Kids’ Variety Show continues this Saturday from 3 to 5 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 Black Arts Alliance and the New Hanover County NAACP present the next film in their Moral Movies Series, “American Winter,” at 7 p.m. tonight at the Hannah Block Second Street Stage. The documentary explores poverty in the U.S. Admission is free. Click here for more information.


The Burgwin-Wright House hosts its Paint-Out Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to watch artists the gardens paint en plein air from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and a reception is held from 6 to 9 p.m. Paintings will be on sale, with 30 percent of proceeds benefiting the Burgwin-Wright House and gardens. Guests will vote on the People’s Choice Award, and a jury will select a painting to be featured in the poster for the next Paint-Out.

The Riverfront Arts Festival gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday at Belville Park in Brunswick County. Free waterfront festivities include music, children’s events and activities, storytelling about the region’s history, a 50/50 raffle and food vendors. Local artists, crafters and vendors display their wares alongside local businesses.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or