Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place around the Port City this weekend

Brett Eldredge will tour through Riverfront Park Thursday night. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Brett Eldredge
Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park, 10 Cowan St. • $25-$39

Country crooner Brett Eldredge will be bringing his sounds to Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park on Thursday evening.

Known for five number-one singles, “Don’t Ya,” “Beat Of The Music,” “Wanna Be That Song,” and “Love Someone,” Eldredge has released five albums since 2013, including 2020’s “Sunday Drive.” The latest release features the hit “Good Day,” which charted on the U.S. Country Airplay billboards.

So far in his career, Eldredge has already taken home numerous awards, from the Country Music Association, BMI and ASCAP country music associations.

Take Back the Night Rally and March — To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the local the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will present the 31st Annual Take Back the Night March, 6:30 p.m. –  8 p.m., at the Harrelson Center courtyard (20 N. 4th St.). This year’s theme is “We Are Enough,” and will feature a rally with survivors, friends, family, and community allies to raise awareness about domestic violence. The family friendly event will feature guest speaker Lisa Brooks and local performers as well. Free to attend.

Nightmares Haunted Trail in Nakina, NC, will welcome horror guests like Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the ‘50s classic “The Munsters,” and R.A. Mihailoff, known as Leather Face of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Oct. 15-16; and Billy Mosley, who performed in Rob Zombie movies, Oct. 29-31. (Port City Daily/Courtesy)


Nightmares Haunted Trail
7027 Sevens Creek Hwy., Nakina, NC • Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-31, Nov. 5-6, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. • Tickets: $20

One hour west in Columbus County, Nightmares Haunted Trail will offer the biggest haunts, shocks and twists this Halloween season, with a Tomb of Darkness and blackout maze included. 

Plus the attraction features well-known horror greats, including Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the ‘60s classic “The Munsters,” and R.A. Mihailoff, known as Leather Face of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Oct. 15-16; and Billy Mosley, who performed in Rob Zombie movies, Oct. 29-31. 

Autumn with Topsail — The fall festival takes place on Topsail Island through Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Historic Assembly Building (720 Channel Blvd.). Rain or shine, the event includes a​ juried artists’ and crafts fair, live music, a kids area, food, wine and beer. Admission is $6 for adults, or $10 for an adult two-day pass (purchase at; children 12 and under and active-duty military with an ID are free. 

Andrew Lopez and Opey Olagbaju — At the newly launched Dead Crow Comedy Room, first-generation Filipino-Korean comedian Andrew Lopez and Nigerian-American performer Opey Olagbaju are bringing laughs to Third Street with a double bill on both Friday and Saturday nights. Lopez has acted in movies like “Blockers,” written for shows like HBO’s “​​The Functional Family,” and has toured as a standup comedian. Actor and writer Olagbaju is currently developing his own show, “Bammas,” for Hulu and has written for “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman” and Comedy Central’s “The New Negroes.” Tickets are $15-$25.

Live at the Apollo — A fundraiser for the vocational rehabilitation nonprofit OOPS Foundation, Live at the Apollo will be a night of standup at Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center. With host and local comedian Dallas Brown Jr. emceeing, comedians Kiki Shepard: LaShawnnna Hayes, Sandman: Calvin Thompson, and Orlando Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) will perform starting at 8 p.m. House band Afta Dark will play and food will be available for purchase from Londyn’s Dream. Tickets are $25.

Ogden Tap Room will host its annual Oktoberfest event on Saturday, Oct. 17, complete with its annual wiener dog races. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Oktoberfest 2021
Ogden Tap Room, 7324 Market St. • Free

The wiener dog races are back!

Ogden Tap Room’s annual Oktoberfest welcomes all the Daschunds to the pub, and their humans, dressed in their Oktoberfest best. The local watering hole’s annual wiener dog races will take place at 4 p.m., with registration opening at 1 p.m.

Live music from the Harbor Townfest Band and German food and beer will be served (cash only). The event takes place outside, from noon to 7 p.m. 

Veg-Out Health & Wellness Festival — Taking place at Riverfront Park (10 Cowan St.), Veg-Out will welcome individuals to learn more about vegetarian and healthy living. There will be organic, holistic, vegan, vegetarian, green, cruelty-free products and information, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, vegan and vegetarian food vendors, and nonprofit organizations on hand to learn about the lifestyle. It’s free and takes place from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In case you can’t get enough of dogs in costumes, head to Waterline on Sunday for the Howl-o-Ween Yappy Hour, for a fundraiser for the New Hanover County Humane Society. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Howl-o-Ween Yappy Hour
Waterline Brewing, 721 Surry St. • Free

Halloween has gone to the dogs at Waterline Brewing. On Sunday, the brewery, located under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (721 Surry St.), will host Howl-o-Ween Yappy Hour, to benefit the New Hanover County Humane Society.

All canine friends are encouraged to dress to the nines in the costume contest. Raffle tickets will be sold benefiting the society and will pay out fun prizes.

Also, Waterline will donate $1 of every beer sold to be donated to New Hanover County Humane Society.

Riff Raff at Coglins — Rapper Riff Raff, who released his debut studio album “Neon Icon” in 2014,” will be headed to downtown’s nightclub Coglins on Sunday night. Tickets are $20; the show is for 21-and-over only and starts at 8 p.m.

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