Li’l Friday: 12 events happening in the Port City in the coming week

Tracy Shedd will play the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar Thursday night with Pinky Verde. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Tracy Shedd + Pinky Verde
Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, 1211 S. Lake Blvd. • Free

Two indie rockers will take over the pier at Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar on Thursday night, offering up live sounds beachside, starting at 7 p.m.

Tracy Shedd has released six studio albums, played with many greats from Iron & Wine to Cat Power to The Magnetic Fields, as well as released music for “Dawson’s Creek,” “One Tree Hill” and “The Rebound.”

Pinky Verde, the name which Heather Jensen performs under, puts out raw punk vibes with mysterious, melodious indie rock. Jensen released a new single “Velour” last month — so expect to hear it.

The show is free at the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar on Lake Boulevard in Carolina Beach. 


Jazz at the Mansion — The last concert of the Cape Fear Jazz Society outdoor season gets underway with Taylor Lee Quartet at 6:30 p.m. at Bellamy Mansion Museum. Admission is $10-$20 at the door; lawn chairs and blankets welcome. Concessions are sold onsite. There will be no rain date.

SUP for Pups Paddleboard and Pet Food Drive will take place Friday, Sept. 10. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


SUP for Pups: A Paddleboard Pet Food Donation Drive
Wrightsville SUP, 96 W. Salisbury St. • $25 rentals

Enjoy paddleboarding to Palm Tree Island and back — with your pups, of course. Rentals of the paddleboard are $25, with funds going to purchase food to help stock the shelves at Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals. The nonprofit organization helps pets who belong to the most vulnerable food-insecure population, including people who utilize government assistance and senior citizens, as well as families struggling financially to feed their animals.

The event takes place at Wrightsville SUP, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; registration is required at

Hobby Greenhouse Club Fall Plant Sale
— Taking place at 2318 Metts Ave. the annual fall plant sale from Hobby Greenhouse is a two-day event — Friday and Saturday — from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All plants sold are propagated or grown by club members.

Zack Bowes — Local musician Zack Bowes brings spunk to his rock and Americana tunes. He will be set up in the Alcove Beer Garden in the Cargo District, starting at 6 p.m. The show is free. 

A vintage market will take place on Castle Street on Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Curated on Castle Vintage Market
604 Castle St. • Free

Monthly, along Castle Street, a vintage market takes place that features one-of-a-kind vendors and businesses in the district. The market takes place at 604 Castle St., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., this Saturday.

Visitors will be able to shop through wares from Gravity Records, Second Skin Vintage, Jess James + Co., Threads By Sydney, The Vintage Cellar, Dots & Doodle, Holly’s Typewriter Poetry, and more.

Luna Caffé is nearby and Catch the Food Truck will be on site. 

Outreach Flag Train — In tribute to first responders, a ride from Bridgewater Wine and Dine (178 Porters Neck Rd.) to Junction 421 Restaurant in Monkey Junction will take place Saturday. Participants are asked to deck out their vehicles and/or motorcycles with the American flag, which will be for sale on site for folks without any. Meetup is 3 p.m. and engines start at 3:30 p.m.

20th Anniversary 9/11 Ceremony — Cape Fear Community College will host a memorial at 8:30 a.m. on CFCC’s North Campus. A 9/11 monument is erected on site — a beam gifted to the college from the World Trade Center, which has 3,000 holes to represent all lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The event is free and open to the public.

20th Anniversary Memorial Service — The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department will host a 45-minute service commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. A vigil will be hosted at 8:46 a.m. through 10:28 a.m. — the timeline of the events that unfolded in New York, DC and Pennsylvania in 2001. Refreshments will follow.

Hi-Wire Brewing is throwing its Oktoberfest on Sunday, an all-family affair from noon to 4 p.m. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Hi-Wire Oktoberfest
Hi-Wire Brewing, 1020 Princess St. 

Hi-Wire Brewing is getting into the Oktoberfest spirit Sunday with a free event for families. There will be games — Stein Hoisting, Brat Toss, Yodeling, and Grain Sack Toss — a costume contest for the best Oktoberfest outfit, plus entertainment with the Little German Band and Dancers. 

Beer and liters will be on sale, as well as Croftons pretzels and WilmyWoodie food truck will be slinging pizzas. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m.

Breakfast with the Birds — Wilmington Water Tours can help your Sunday start off with a calming cruise on the Cape Fear River to birdwatch over a continental breakfast. Binoculars and cameras are welcome; tickets are $15-$29. Masks are required while loading and unloading the boat, and the event takes place 9 a.m. – 10:30 am., 212 S. Water St. Reservations: or 910-338-3134.

Santana will play Live Oak Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 15. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan St. • Tickets: $35 and up

The guitar legend will be shredding the guitar at Live Oak Pavilion in downtown Wilmington on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Santana is a Grammy-winning artist and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer who is currently touring in support of his latest album, “Blessings and Miracles,” which is slated for release on Oct. 15. 

Santana already released a new single from the album; on “Move” he paired up again with Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. The two collaborated in 1999 on “Smooth,” which won three Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

The show starts at 8 p.m.

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