Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place in the Cape Fear this weekend

Wilmington Sharks will taking over Buck Hardee Field all weekend long at Legion Stadium, starting Thursday night against the Morehead City Marlins. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Wilmington Sharks)

SOUTHEASTERN NC — One quick probe of #LittleFriday on Google, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or other search engines and social sites will pull up multiple selfies, videos, food pics, business profiles, and animal photos boasting the kickoff to the weekend — or midweek, depending on where you are in the world.

After all, Li’l Friday isn’t only relegated to this corner of southeastern N.C. The idiom is global.

In Denmark, it’s called “lille fredag.”

In Poland, it actually means Wednesday.

In some European countries and South Africa, there’s even a “Little Saturday” — also meaning Wednesday, in essence giving folks permission to enjoy mid-week drinks.

Whatever you choose to call Thursday, we’re here for it — and all the fun in store as the weekend commences. On deck over the next four days is baseball, a plant sale, a fashion show and fundraiser, ballet, a community celebration for Cape Fear River Watch, and lots of music.

Here’s the rundown of events. Cheers to Li’l Friday!

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Wilmington Sharks Baseball
Legion Stadium Buck Hardee Field, 2149 Carolina Beach Rd. • $8-$10

And a new season is now in full swing.

Wilmington Sharks take on the Morehead City Marlins Thursday night. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at Legion Stadium’s Buck Hardee Field. Also, it’s dollar beer night at the stadium, so there’s that.

If you can’t get enough baseball after having been deprived for a year through Covid, you’re in luck. The weekend is packed: June 4 the Sharks will play Palmetto Pirates at 7:35 p.m. and on June 5 they will take on the Morehead City Marlins again at 7:05 p.m., and June 6, the Florence Redwolves at 5:05 p.m. 

Little Mermaid Ballet — The U.S. International Ballet is producing “The Little Mermaid” at Wilson Center, June 3, 6:30 p.m. Audience members will watch the dancers move through the mermaid’s journey with her friends from under the sea as she finds true love. Tickets are $25-$35; the ballet is also available for livestream for only $15.

The Hobby Greenhouse Club will host a summer plant sale this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Carolina Place neighborhood. (Port City Daily/Photo by Brianna Martinez)


Hobby Greenhouse Club Summer Plant Sale 
2318 Metts Avenue • Plants individually priced

After a year of having to pause both its spring and fall sales, the Hobby Greenhouse Club will welcome the community back to purchase hand-grown and cared-for plants this weekend.

The sales are hosted in the Carolina Place neighborhood on Metts Avenue, both June 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All sales benefit horticulture scholarships at Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.

Information will also be available to join the club, which meets once a month to hear a guest speaker talk about gardening and horticulture. Refreshments are served after the presentation. Members are welcome from across the tri-county region.

Josh Solomon —  The local singer-songwriter will take over Shuckin Shack with his acoustic tunes, June 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Solomon and local musician Adam K. Carswell also have a standing gig on Wednesdays at Reel Cafe’s Courtyard, 8 p.m. – midnight.

Concert tickets — Tickets to local shows featuring Band of Horses, GRiZmas in July, and Infamous Stringdusters all go on sale Friday.

The Cape Fear River Watch will host a community celebration on Saturday, featuring arts and crafts vendors, music, food truck, as well as raffles from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. at Waterline Brewing under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Cape Fear River Watch)


Cape Fear River Watch Summer Celebration
Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St. • Free to attend

The Cape Fear River Watch, a local nonprofit organization that works toward conservation of the Cape Fear River, is having a community celebration on Saturday down the street from its headquarters at Waterline Brewing. 

The event will have arts and crafts vendors lined up — Amalia Rose Ceramics, Plants for Progress, Bones Soap Co., MaggieB’s Home-Baked Treats and others. Plus, community partners, like Northside Food Co-op, Plastic Ocean Project, Keep New Hanover Beautiful, and New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, will be there.

Live music from The Smoky Dunes will take over the beer garden stage. Pepe’s Tacos will be operating on site. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and there will be raffle prizes with proceeds benefiting Cape Fear River Watch.

Meet the Artist: Debra Bucci —  From noon to 4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, Art in Bloom in downtown Wilmington (210 Princess St.) will host a meet-and-greet with one of its featured artists, Debra Bucci. Bucci’s abstract and nature-based, layered oil paintings are featured in “Canvas and Clay: Creating Art with Expression,” on display through June 20, 2021.

Sunday’s fashion show at Front Street Market will feature various designs, including those by Zmear Kalle, out of Fayetteville, NC. The Melanated Unicorn Fashion Show and Brunch is a fundraiser for Offering Optimistic Plans for Success. (Port City Daily/Photo by Tyree Thomas)


Melanated Unicorn Fashion Show and Brunch 
Front Street Market and Produce, 604 S. Front St. • $25, brunch and drinks separate

Philanthropy has never been more fashionable than at Sunday’s Melanated Unicorn Fashion Show and Brunch. The show will feature designs by Zara, as well as brand makers Zmear Kalle, OPPO Suits, Vintage Wendy, and Jan Wutowski. Local band Afta Dark will provide the soundtrack for the catwalk, and the show will be hosted by actor Orlando Jones and local fashionista Toni Melvin Whittaker. 

The fashion show is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Offering Optimistic Plans for Success. OOPS helps individuals gain a high-school diploma, while also offering employability classes.

Entry is $25 (cash only, tickets available first-come, first-serve at the door) and will take place at Front Street Market and Produce. Brunch and drinks are sold separately. Brunch will be served by Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch the Food Truck and will feature items like chicken and waffles, soft-shell crab po’boy — to be preordered here. Chef Phillip Jones will provide desserts and Front Street will have all the mimosas ready to go.

Sundown Sundays — Downtown at Front Street Theater’s Rooftop Bar, live music will play as the sun sets over downtown. Of course, the community is welcome to grab a drink and enjoy the view overlooking the Cape Fear River. Joey and Joel of Azalea Roots will be playing acoustic country and rock from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Port City Music Festival — The Port City Music Festival is launching as in-person event again but will livestream the concerts for those who would still rather watch from the comfort of home. The six-day festival highlights classical music played across local venues, from UNCW to Cameron Art Museum, Kenan Chapel to Church of the Good Shepherd. The festival kicks off today with violinist Luigi Mazzocchi, violist Sarah Sutton, cellist Stephen Framil, mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler, and pianist Daniel Lau. Though free, there is limited seating. The full festival lineup can be found here.

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