The ever-growing three-day event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with Trey Herring’s Bourbon and Barbecue Derby Cocktail Party. Ladies can don their over-sized hats and men, their bow ties, for this Kentucky Derby-themed event centered around some signature drinks. There will also be competitions for the best barbecue sauce and top cocktail-slinging bartender. Tickets are $35 ($60 per couple).
The featured event is Corks and Forks from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Bellamy lawn. There, you can sample tasty creations from a host of locally owned restaurants, paired perfectly with wine from area vendors. Tickets are $45.
Sunday is Bubbles, Brews and Street Eats on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Local breweries and wineries will come together with the finest of food truck vendors for an afternoon. There will be plenty of beer samples, along with Sunday afternoon favorites champagne and mimosas. Admission is $10.
More than 1,000 people attended last year’s festivities, with a couple of sell-out events. A second tent has been added to the grounds this year to accommodate more people, as well as to create more vendor space. And there will be lots of live music throughout the three days of revelry.
Each year, the festival donates a portion of its proceeds to local nonprofits, and this year’s designated recipients are Nourish NC and the Historic Bellamy Mansion Museum. The festival raised more than $10,000 for local charities in its first two years, according to organizers.
When you’ve had your fill of food and drink, there’s plenty more to keep your creative taste buds sated over the next few days.
Here are our picks for what you’ll do in the Port City this weekend. You’ll find the items listed below, as well as a host of other happenings, on The Scene, our free community events calendar.
Local musician Jesse Stockton performs a free show from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at Flytrap Brewing. Vittles Food Truck will be on site for food purchases.
Greenville-based singer/songwriter and guitarist David Dixon performs a solo acoustic show at Bombers Bev Co. The free concert runs from 9 to 11 p.m.
98.3 FM The Penguin presents the legendary Robert Cray Band, with opening act Shemekia Copeland, Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show gets underway at 6. Tickets are $30-$35.
Uncle Hairy brings its brand of mainstream rock and soul to the kick off of the Boogie in the Park concert series Sunday at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach. The free outdoor show runs from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Cape Fear Comedy Festival, which got underway Wednesday, continues tonight through Sunday at venues across downtown Wilmington. Headliners include Sara Schaefer, Baron Vaughn, Ahmed Bharoocha, Chris Trew and more than 40 other local and nationally touring comedians. Comedians will be performing in various venues throughout the four-day event. Festival passes are $25 and include entry into all events, excluding Schaefer’s shows at Dead Crow Comedy Club.
Brunswick Little Theatre in Southport presents the romantic comedy, “Funny Little Thing Called Love,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. This is the theater’s first Director’s Challenge, featuring three directors collaborating on five vignettes. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students.
Bombers Bev Co. teams up with the Sixth Annual Cape Fear Comedy Festival and Dead Crow Comedy to host an open mic for festival comedians Friday. From 7 to 9 p.m., comedians from all across the country will perform for free. Bombers co-owner Zach Boylston emcees the event and will kick the night off with a few jokes.
Topsail High School’s drama department performs its spring musical production, “Hairspray Jr.,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. This is a family friendly performance. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.
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.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.