Saturday, January 22, 2022

Li’l Friday Roundup: 12 events taking place around the Port City this weekend

Hubb’s Farm has opened its annual corn maze through Nov. 7. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Hubb’s Corn Maze
Hubb’s Farm, 10276 US Hwy 421, Clinton • $14-$20

Fall has officially arrived, which means all the harvest-time activities are in full swing, including at Hubb’s Farm, an hour north of Wilmington. Open through Nov. 7, the Hubb’s Farm Corn Maze includes a 4.5-acre pumpkin patch, farm animals, human foosball, giant slides, wagon rides, duck races on weekends, and of course a 15-acre corn maze.

All tickets should be purchased online in advance. Various events will take place throughout the season as well, such as sip-and-paint sessions, pumpkin painting, an antique festival, and more. Check out the schedule on the website.


Lady A — The country trio once known as Lady Antebellum —they dropped to just “A” after the resurgence of civil rights protests in 2020 — will be touring through Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan St. Opening will be Niko Moon; tickets are $33-$118.

Wilmington Boat Show will return all weekend in downtown Wilmington at the Wilmington Convention Center. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Wilmington Boat Show
Wilmington Convention Center, 10 Convention Center Dr. • Tickets: $5-$15

This weekend welcomes three days of displays, featuring top boat lines, at the Wilmington Boat Show. The event will have demonstrations and seminars on a variety of topics, from inshore saltwater fishing to boating safety. Vendors will be lined up, including Carolina Catch, which will have a catch-and-release fishing area set up Friday through Sunday at CFCC’s Wilson Center parking lot.

Live music will be played by local bluesman Randy McQuay on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


“Friends” Trivia Night —  The one where you slayed all other trivia teams! For those who have an endless scope of knowledge on Phoebes, Joey, Monica, Rachel, Chandler Bing, and Ross, tonight is your night! “Friends” trivia is being hosted … but where else? In a coffee shop, of course. Social Coffee on Wrightsville Avenue will turn into Central Perk with two trivia slots at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A $5 ticket is required for entry and prizes are up for grabs.

Waterline Brewing Company's annual Oktoberfest Under the Bridge features the traditional stein-holding competition. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Waterline Brewing Co.)
Waterline Brewing Company’s annual Oktoberfest Under the Bridge features the traditional stein-holding competition. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Waterline Brewing Co.)


Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St. • Free

October has officially kicked off and Waterline Brewing isn’t wasting any time getting into the beer-season spirit. The sixth annual Oktoberfest will get underway at the brewery at 1 p.m. on Saturday. There will be music from The Harbour Towne Fest Band, with food trucks Bill’s Brew Food, 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine, A&M Red, and Crofton Pretzels parked on site.

Contests will include Best Dressed Costume, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest, Chicken Dance Off, Stein Holding, and Keg Squatting.

VIP packages are available for purchase and include steins, T-shirts, and fill tickets as well as shorter wait times in lines. Otherwise, the event is free.


Red Bull Foam Wreckers — There is a surf contest like no other at Wrightsville Beach this weekend. Only foam (soft-top) boards are allowed, with prizes for those who show off their most creative skills on the waves. It’s the “anti-surf” contest, so to speak, sponsored by Red Bull, with surf-pro personalities Ben Gravy, Blair Conklin and others on hand. All levels of male and female surf enthusiasts are welcome. Registration is at 9 a.m., finals end at 5 p.m. — it takes place near Columbia Street Beach Access.

Merit Pit Bull Foundation — A fundraiser will be held at New Anthem Beer on Greenfield Street Saturday. The Merit Pit Bull Foundation, completely foster-based, helps the beloved bully breed in North Carolina through education, community outreach, owner assistance and more. The foundation needs dog food, treats, training treats, training pads, durable toys, teething rings and other items for its fosters — but they especially need foster parents: Banh Sai food truck will be on hand, vendors will be lined up, and DJ Venus Fly Trap will be spinning tunes. Masks are required indoors when not eating and drinking.

Dead Cool — Rock duo Johnny and Angie Yeagher will bring their darkwave, post-punk vibes to Reggie’s on Saturday night with their latest outfit Dead Cool. The two started the electronic, goth band during the pandemic and have released a few sounds on their Bandcamp. Cover charge TBD.

Leland’s Phobia Haunted Trail is back on Maco Road; this time its theme is “CarnEvil in the Woods,” complete with creepy clowns. (Port City Daily/File)


Phobia Haunted Trail: CarnEvil in the Woods
2859 Maco Rd. NE, Leland •  Tickets: $17

And so the season of haunting is upon us. 

A Phobia Haunted Trail will be set up on Maco Road in Leland, complete with clowns and wicked doctors as part of “CarnEvil in the Woods.” The 30-minute outdoor haunted trail features live actors who will work to instill all your worst nightmares (no worries, though, they’ll keep their hands to themselves).

The attraction is open on weekends only, 8 p.m. – midnight, through Nov. 6. All guests must wear a mask on the trail. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at  The last ticket will be sold at 11:30 p.m.


Galloway Farm Maze Craze — Perhaps one of the coolest corn mazes in the southeast can be enjoyed at Galloway Farm (370 Artesia Rd.) in Hallsboro, NC. Their 2021 maze has been designed with a graphic of Lukas Nelson — his face and name. The fourth generation working cattle farm is 40 miles west of Wilmington. During the fall, the 13-acre maze includes 5 miles of pathways, a QR code hunt, plus games, tractor-pulled wagon rides, barrel trail rides, live farm animals, concessions, and more. It’s open weekends through Nov. 7 and tickets are $12.

Rodrigo y Gabriela — Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, 2019’s Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Album, bring their guitar prowess to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday. The acoustic players blend rock, flamenco and jazz styles, most recently heard on their version of “The Struggle Within,” contributed to Metallica’s “Blacklist” release, which features bands covering iconic songs from “The Black Album.” Tickets to the show are $49-$65.

Belville Seafood Festival — From 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., a festival presented by Seaview Crab Co. will be celebrated on the riverwalk in the Town of Belville (580 River Rd., SE). There will be vendors, raffles, food trucks, pony rides, and entertainment. It’s free and takes place rain or shine. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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