Easter weekend is almost upon us, bringing all the colorful eggs, pretty pastel baskets, Sunday services and family time that come along with it.
Whether you are in search of a religious observance or on the trail of secular traditions a la Peter Cottontail, the Port City has no shortage of activities for celebrants of all ages.
To get you ready, we’ve compiled a short list of some Easter-themed events coming up over the next few days.
Not for the kiddos, Leland Parks and Recreation sponsors an adults-only flashlight egg hunt at 7:30 tonight at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.
Scour the park for prized eggs, some of which will be filled with goodies like passes to the Airlie Gardens Concert Series, a kayak rental from Hook, Line and Paddle and paddleboard lessons from Carolina Paddleboard Co. Local favorite L-Shape Lot will bring the live music, and there will be plenty of food and drinks on hand. Admission is $5.
Come back to Leland Saturday with the little ones in tow for the town’s free children’s Easter egg hunt.
Children will be divided into four age groups (0-1, 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10) to search for eggs and prizes. The Easter Bunny himself will also make an appearance.
The hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. Age groups will continue in five-minute increments until all groups have gone.
The Easter Bunny will head over to Wilmington Saturday afternoon for the VFW’s Easter “Eggstravaganza” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Manley Reece Long Post 2573, 2722 Carolina Beach Road.
This free, family friendly event will include an egg hunt and crafts. Admission is free, but donations for the Post’s building fund are cheerfully accepted.
On Easter Sunday, Lifepoint Church holds two waterfront worship services at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt St.
And Taste the Olive Market and Café, 1125 E. Military Cutoff Road, will celebrate with Sunday brunch, featuring live jazz from Wilmington icon Benny Hill, along with Ryan Woodall and Jerald Shynett.
Brunch starts at 11 a.m., with the trio’s performance from 1 to 3 p.m. Bottomless Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be offered up beginning at noon.
There’s plenty more to do and see around town this weekend, as highlighted in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.
Most of the items below can be found in more detail on The Scene, our free community events calendar.
Cameron Art Museum continues its Jazz at the CAM series tonight. Tonight’s performance features El Jaye Johnson and the Port City All-Stars. The concert runs from 6:30-8 p.m., and admission is $5-$12.
UNC-Wilmington’s resident pianist, Norman Bemelmans, performs solo works at 8 p.m. tonight at Kenan Auditorium as part of the university’s Piano Masterworks Series, featuring classical repertoire for the keyboard. Bemelmans’ performance, “The Romantic Impulse,” includes selected works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Liszt. Tickets are $18 ($15 for faculty and staff; $8 for students and youth).
The Juggling Gypsy hosts “Fire and Drums” at 8 p.m. each Thursday. The event is a meet-up of fire dancers and area drummers, with deejays spinning tunes beginning at 10 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their percussion instruments and fire and juggling toys. A Tarot card reader will be on hand between 6 and 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Wilmington-based singer/songwriter Vanessa Lynch celebrates the release of her album with a show at Bourgie Nights Friday. Local hip hop fusion group Temple 5 is the opening act. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.
Wilmington’s own Coleman Daley performs a free show at 9 p.m. Friday at Bombers Bev. Co. Daley will perform a variety of tunes, from 90s hip hop and reggae to new age funk.
John Fonvielle plays a free show at Flytrap Brewing at 8 p.m. Saturday. Vittles Food Truck will be on hand and Flytrap will be slinging local brews.
Thalian Association Children’s Theater performs “Around The World: A Musical Revue” at 7 tonight and Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. The production features 40 local young talents singing a variety of tunes, including “Roam,” “Wagon Wheel,” “Rock the Casbah” and “We Are the World.” The production also pays tribute to North Carolina with James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” and the show closes with the pop hit, “Party In the USA.” Tickets are $12.
TheaterNOW presents “Still Bitchin’: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired 2” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This comedic etiquette dinner theater features author Celia Rivenbark and is adapted for the stage by Zach Hanner. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18-$28.
Comedy Central and Showtime regular Quinn Dahle brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room Friday and Saturday. Dahle has also appeared on “The Tonight Show.” Show times are 8 and 10:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $13.
Dead Crow Comedy Club presents Wilmington’s only live late night talk show, “Late Fear with Wills Maxwell,” at 11:55 p.m. Saturday. Recorded the first and third Saturday night, “Late Fear” is a showcase for Wilmington’s comedians, musicians and business owners. Admission is $5.
Thalian Hall presents two special screenings of the classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. This 1939 film has been digitally remastered. Admission is $10.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or email@example.com.