WILMINGTON — Those who need some local, alternative vibes while Ice Cube, Hank Williams Jr., and others play downtown Wilmington for the North Carolina Azalea Festival, look just north to the Brooklyn Arts District.
The fourth annual Alt-Zalea Fest begins Saturday, April 6, at noon as local musicians hit the stages across various bars, cafes, and restaurants in the neighborhood.
This year’s free, volunteer-driven festival will also feature a new lighted bike parade to raise awareness for bike safety, “human-scale transportation”, and local non-profit A Bike for Every Child. Cyclists must decorate their bikes with lights to participate, according to parade organizer Hope Sutton.
The two-mile route will begin and end at Brooklyn Cafe (704 N 4th St) and will include sections of Fourth and Fifth streets between Grace and Swann streets.
Musicians will begin playing on the hour, every hour from noon to 8 p.m. at Goat & Compass, Edward Teach Brewing, Brooklyn Cafe, Detour Deli & Cafe, Bottega Art Bar & Gallery, and The Foxes Boxes restaurant.
“It aims to highlight and honor local musicians, their original music, and their connection to this city during a time of massive import and tourism,” Mann said.
Participating musicians include Subtle Fuzz, Laura McLean, and instrumental band soleil novus.
Updates on venues and lineups can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
Each musical act will start on the hour. Bottega, Brooklyn Cafe, The Foxes Boxes, and Edward Teach Brewing will begin at noon; Goat and Compass will begin at 1 p.m. and Detour Deli at 2 p.m.
Bottega (723 N 4th St): The Waking Life, Jeremy Mathews, Jim Ashley, Subtle Fuzz, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes, Some Are Travelers, soleil novus, Infinity Fortress.
Brooklyn Cafe (704 N 4th St): Clouds Make Shapes, Annie McLelland, Soul-R Fusion, Yard Doggs, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen, Ed Pickett, Team Player.
Detour Deli & Cafe (510 Redcross St): Laura McLean, Seeking Madras, Lauds, Tumbleweed.
Edward Teach Brewing (604 N 4th St): Ed Pickett, CB Johnson & Danica Fletcher, Eat the Label, Ben Bonham, The Caroliners, The Frondeurs.
The Foxes Boxes (622 N 4th St): Patrick Carr, Kevin Earl, Delia Stanley, Vicki Burton, Cara Schuable, Joshua Marquez, Rosemary, Reef Blower.
Goat & Compass (710 N 4th St): The Waking Life, Jeremy Mathews, Jim Ashley, Subtle Fuzz, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes, Some Are Travelers, soleil novus, Infinity Fortress.
Lighted Bike Parade
Those with light-decorated bikes should meet in the rear parking area at Brooklyn Cafe (704 N 4th St) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. The 2-mile ride will begin at 8 p.m. and will include Fourth and Fifth streets between Grace and Swann streets. All ages are welcome.
All bikes must have lights and children must wear helmets. Registration is not required and donations will be accepted to benefit local non-profit A Bike for Every Child.