SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and more.
All events featured were scheduled as of Thursday; however, it’s wise to check in ahead of attending any one. Inclement weather, changes in schedules and unforeseen circumstances may shift for organizers at the last minute.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Galloway Farm Maze Craze
370 Artesia Road, Hallsboro • Tickets: $14.50
The 2022 season at Galloway’s Farm celebrates the hit Netflix show “Outer Banks,” with the series logo engraved into its 13-acre sorghum maze; a VW bus and “P4L” (Pogues for life) makes up the 3-acre kid’s maze.
Galloway’s opens every weekend through October, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday (reservations can be made Tuesday through Thursday) for the community to enjoy the mazes, as well as farm games, an augmented reality scavenger hunt, tractor and barrel train rides, live animals and more. Tickets are $12 online or $14.50 in person. Read more about the farm here from coverage in 2021.
Macabaret — Jengo’s Playhouse will present a cabaret-style show featuring morbid and macabre entertainment with emcee Phil Graves. Performances include comedy, dance and “deliciously dark songs” — such as “Marriage is Murder,” “Grave Mistake,” and “Dead End Job.” Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Jeep Trunk or Treat — Halloween-decorated Jeeps will align Barr Evergreen Pumpkin Patch, 2715 Shipyard Blvd. at 6 p.m. for a trunk-or-treat event. The holiday welcomes everyone to bring the kids and a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the annual Jeepin’ for Toys event, a Toys for Tots drive.
Friday, Oct. 21
Greek Fest Drive-Thru
608 S. College Rd. • Food individually priced
Though the annual Greek Festival takes place every spring, each fall it hosts a mini drive-thru event so folks can nosh on homemade goods prepared by parishioners of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
This weekend, Oct. 21-22, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., cars can line up at the church grounds. 608 South College Road, to order moussaka, spanakopita, gyros, patstitio, tiropita, dolmathes, and pastries. A platter is also available for those who want a little bit of everything, including pastries. Prices on the menu range from $7 to $25.
OTHER FRIDAY EVENTS
Exploding Math Lab — Local Exploding Math Lab will blow up Reggie’s Friday night with their brand of rock ‘n’ roll, including punchy, frenetic rhythms. Will Copeland, Jeremy Roberts, Stephen Guilliams, and Ben Schachtman take the stage, along with other local bands including Sean and Her Dilemma, Chip Robinson, and Pornbread. Tickets are $7, show starts at 8 p.m. Read our 2021 interview with the EML here.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Carolina Place/Ardmore Historic District • Free; art work individually priced
Annually, the residents of downtown’s historic Carolina Place and Ardmore open their porches, lawns and sidewalks to artists who set up booths to sell their works to the public. From Wallace Park to Wrightsville Avenue, Art-Oberfest will feature over 40 artists — jewelers, painters, ceramicists, glass blowers, even food and repurposed wood crafters — from noon to 4 p.m. All artists keep 100% of their proceeds.
One artist, Cammeron Batanides, will create an original piece to commemorate the 25th anniversary of DREAMS of Wilmington, with all proceeds from the limited-number prints sold to benefit the nonprofit.
The Johnson’s Corner Boys Bluegrass Band will perform, and DJ Professor Dub will spin tunes at event sponsor End of Days’ Castle Street location. Food trucks will be parked, as well including Banh Sai.Learn more about the artists and check out the vendor map here.
OTHER SATURDAY EVENTS
Paint a Pumpkin Par-Tea — Downtown Nutrition is hosting a pumpkin-painting party for kids and adults. Pumpkins and paint will be provided while supplies and specialty teas will be available to sip. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 240 Princess St.
Veg-Out Wilmington — A celebration for healthier living will take place at Riverfront Park this weekend, and the entry is free. Veg-Out will feature multiple vendors selling holistic, cruelty-free products, in beauty and wellness, home goods and diet. There will be guest speakers and cooking demonstrations. Vegan and vegetarian food will be for sale as well, and Tri-Mindfulness will host a morning of running (or walking), yoga, and meditation all while raising funds and awareness for Yoga Village. Learn more here.
Oysterberfest — Wrightsville Beach Brewery welcomes a celebration of the oyster. Steamed and raw mollusks will be for sale, and live music will be performed throughout the day, including by Back Pocket Buddha at noon, and Starlight Speedway at 3 p.m. The brewery is located at 6201 Oleander Drive, and the event lasts from noon to 6 p.m.
Lakefest — The Cape Fear River Watch will host Lakefest at Greenfield Lake at 10 a.m. to celebrate the flora, fauna and history of the area. There will be interactive exhibits by CFRW and other local organizations. plus games, activities, face-painting, paddle boat rides, nature tours, food trucks, and more. Organizations include Airlie Gardens, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, Carolina Beach State Park, Island Wildlife Cape Fear, N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and more. It’s free to attend.
Steep Canyon Rangers — Some UNC Chapel Hill students banded together in the early aughts to form a bluegrass outfit that infused sounds of pop, country folk and folk rock into a unique sound. Ever since, the Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to fame, collaborating with the likes of banjo player Steve Martin, as well as musicians Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. They were nominated for a Grammy in 2013 and won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass album for their solo work, “Nobody Knows You.” The band will perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $30.t at $30.
Howl-o-Ween — Seagate Bottle Shop is hosting a masquerade party for the pups on Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to best pet costumes and best fest family costumes (contest at 3 p.m.). Admission is a donation of cat or dog food, and “items needed” from the list off the New Hanover County Humane Society website. There will be local vendors, ice cream trucks, pup cups, a DJ, and photo-op station.
Bands, Brews, BBQ — Belville is hosting a celebration this weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring live music with The Doorsmen (11:30 a.m.), followed by The Christine Martinez band (2 p.m.). It’s free to attend with BBQ and beer tickets available to purchase. The event takes place at Belville Riverwalk Park (580 River Road).
Halloween Fun at the Farm — Old Mcfaye’s Farm (2814 Peter Springs Drive) in Castle Hayne is welcoming families to enjoy the fall season with a ticketed hayride, opportunity to feed the farm animals, games, prizes, and snacks for sale. The farm is open Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The Queen’s Cartoonists — New York-based The Queen’s Cartoonists consists of six musicians who transform the soundtracks of well-known cartoons into jazz classics. Animations from the Golden Age and cult classics are screened and interact with musicians onstage for a multimedia experience. The Queen’s Cartoonists will be joined for this performance by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, led by its new guest conductor, Dominic Talanca. Tickets start at $25.
Maides Park Halloween Fest — A free community festival will get underway Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Maides Park, 1101 Manly Ave. Activities include trick-or-treating, games, a costume contest, plus food and music.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Phobia Haunted Trail
Maco Road, Leland • Tickets: $20-$30
Tucked into the backwoods of southeastern North Carolina, Phobia Haunted Trail will open 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday through Sunday through October.
The haunted trail began six years ago, centered around Dr. Luke Von Witz — renowned psychiatrist who works in breakthrough aversion therapy techniques specifically to help patients overcome fear and phobias. The testing facility for his patients was shuttered by the government after patients suspiciously disappeared. Yet, the doctor still finds a way to practice.
And this year’ he’s doing so in “The Institute.” Along the trail, the doctor is bringing out every patient’s worst phobia — “pushing the brain to the brink using neuroimaging techniques.” In 2022, Phobia Trail participants become the test subjects.
Oh, and evil clowns also show up.
Tickets are $20-$30; the trail lasts 30 minutes.
OTHER SUNDAY EVENTS
Danny and Olive’s Cabaret — The Blind Elephant (21 N. Front St.) is also hosting a cabaret performance this weekend with Danny and Olive. Dancing, music, comedy and more will be on deck. Tickets aren’t required, but there is a $10 admission; first come, first serve.
Kinky Boots Auditions — The Tony-winning Broadway smash will be scaled by Opera House Theater Company at the beginning of the new year. Taking place at Lucille Shuffler Center (2011 Carolina Beach Road), auditions begin at noon with individual vocal performances at 2 p.m., general dance at 3 p.m. and possible reading for roles thereafter. Interested parties should prepare a short vocal selection for individual vocal audition. The production runs Dec. 30 through Jan. 15, with rehearsals beginning mid-November. The show follows Charlie Price, who inherited his father’s shoe factory, on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.
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