SOUTHEASTERN NC — Summer has officially arrived and it’s a full-moon Li’l Friday. What could possibly go wrong? Maybe just err on the side of extra caution as you embark on a li’l fun this evening, which can start with a sunset cruise aboard the Henrietta — music and dancing included.
Friday is providing all the Frank Sinatra vibes with a revue embarking on Ol’ Blue Eyes’ catalog of music, as performed by Broadway actors and actresses, nonetheless. Plus, it’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night in downtown Wilmington.
Saturday is bringing together Rugby fans for Cape Fear Rugby 7’s Tournament, not to mention Phantom Playboys will be swingin’ their rockabilly-surf sounds downtown at Marina Grill.
And Sunday Funday is coming in hard with a slew of events to close out PRIDE month.
Whatever you choose to do, cheers to Li’l Friday and all the fun in store!
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Thursday, June 24
WAVES: A Sunset Concert Cruise
Cape Fear Riverboats, 101 S. Water St. • Tickets: $50-$75
A sunset cruise with live music on the Henrietta on the Cape Fear River awaits. There will be music from barnacle boi with DJ Brewtal and Ded Teddy, plus a full-service bar and live art by Zoe Madison.
The official afterparty will be at Pravda downtown Wilmington, which is included in the ticket price.
Other Henrietta cruises can be found here.
MORE THURSDAY HAPPENINGS
• Little Women: The Musical — Opera House Theater Company will feature its apprentice and youth theater production at Front St. Theater (21 N. Front St.). The classic Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women” has become a musical and will run Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $23.
• Summer Evening Nature Series — Have a fascination with bats? Halyburton Park will be your jam tonight! Their nature series will focus on bats from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Myths will be dispelled about the nocturnal, bug-eating creatures. Preregistration required.
Friday, June 25
Wilson Center, 703 N Third St. • Tickets: $23.75 – $43.25
Ol’ Blue Eyes will receive a tribute this week, thanks to the latest musical revue from Opera House Theater Company. “My Way” follows the story of the famed crooner through music, as performed by four Broadway stars, Jeremy Benton, Jennifer Johns, Linda Moshier, and David Schoonover. They will sing through hits like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” and “New York, New York.”
Tickets are $23.75 – $43.25; box seats are priced up to $100. Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 and 26, and on the 27 at 3 p.m. at the Wilson Center.
MORE FRIDAY HAPPENINGS
• Fourth Friday Gallery Night — Various art galleries across downtown will open later than normal tonight, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be new exhibits on display, free refreshments, and opportunities to meet local artists. New shows this week open at Acme, featuring its own studio artists, and Burgwin-Wright House, featuring “Color Splash,” ceramics, paintings and resin works by Todd Lengyeltoti, as well as at Art in Bloom, Aces Gallery and others. Click for full list of participants.
• Regulation Larry — Front St. Brewery will welcome its first live band to its new third-floor taproom. Regulation Larry will play rock, Southern rock, and country classics from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Craft beer and appetizers will be served; it’s free to attend.
Saturday, June 26
Cape Fear Rugby 7’s Tournament
nCino Sports Park, 205 Sutton Steam Plant Rd. • Free
More than 70 teams from across the country and even overseas will be descending upon Wilmington Saturday and Sunday for the Cape Fear Rugby 7s Tournament. More than 70 teams, including men’s, women’s, college and military divisions, will play matches that begin every 20 minutes starting at 8 a.m.
As a bonus on Friday, a kick-off will take place with the Women’s Military 7s Championship at Cape Fear Rugby’s home park, Flytrap Downs.
All tournaments are free!
MORE SATURDAY HAPPENINGS
• An Evening with Birdsong Brewing — Fermental will welcome the folks from Charlotte brewery Birdsong for tastings and special releases, like Fake Plastic Trees Hazy IPA and Lime Rewind Lager, on Saturday. Plus, there will be giveaways, live music from Irish songsters the Blarney Brogues, and a food truck with Pepe’s Tacos. It’s free and Fermental is located at 7250-B Market St.
• The Phantom Playboys — Wilmington’s swingin’-fun rockabilly act will be taking over Marina Grill in downtown on the Riverfront at 6 p.m. The show is free! Marina Grill is located at 18 Harnett St.
Sunday, June 27
PRIDE Month Events
Various locations • Free
At 1020 Princess St., Hi-Wire Brewing will throw a Queer and Here Festival from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. An outdoor market will take place featuring more than a dozen LGBTQIA-owned businesses from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. A drag show will get underway from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. High Wire will release a special can with a portion of proceeds benefiting Port City Pride, and there will be a raffle to benefit the The Frank Harr Foundation.
Wilmington’s Pride Picnic will bring together the community at DREAMS of Wilmington (901 Fanning St.) from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by The Frank Harr Foundation and St. Jude’s MCC. There will be games, food and music by DJ Go Awff, slam poetry with Tim Joyner, and performances from actors with MoB Theater. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. It’s free!
A live show with trans actress B’ellana Duquesne will take place at Bottega at 723 4th St. Duquesne will perform her one-woman show “Close Pride Month With B’Ellana (or Did she really say that?).” It includes stories from Duquesne’s life, old street jokes, monologues, and quips with socio-political flair. The show is free and starts at 4 p.m.
MORE SUNDAY HAPPENINGS
• Tapas and Taps — South Front’s Mariposa Tapas Bar will be partnering up with Outer Dunes Brewing in Ogden for a beer and food pairing. Four pours of North Carolina craft beer beer will be paired with six tapas plates, including dessert. Tickets are $50 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. Outer Dunes is located at 7976 Market St.
• The Groove Market — Wrightsville Beach Brewery (6201 Oleander Dr.) will set up a locals handmade market in the beer garden. Vendors will sell their wares, including candles, jewelry and beauty products. Live music will be played; the market takes place from noon – 4 p.m.
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