Friday, March 24, 2023

Here are seven free things to do in Wilmington as school wraps up

WILMINGTON — With classes for traditional-schedule schools wrapping up next week, thousands of students are about to have a lot more time on their hands. For children and parents alike, it couldn’t hurt to have a few free events lined up.

Port City Music Festival

The 11th Annual Port City Music Festival features world-class chamber, orchestra, and opera performances in venues around Wilmington, NC. Music Director Stephen Framil welcomes back festival favorites including mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler, pianist Daniel Lau, violinist Luigi Mazzocchi, double bassist Jim Candido, violinist Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi and introducing tenor Perry Brisbon. The festival will take place June 2 – 9.

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers at Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC is family-tailored event for kids ages 3-6. Featuring hands-on activities, interactive circle time, experiments and games related to a weekly theme. This week’s theme is Under My Feet. The event will take place June 7 and June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Cape Fear Museum on 814 Market St.

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Downtown Sundown

The Downtown Sundown Concert Series is a free, family-friendly event that attracts both local residents and out of town visitors.  The concerts are designed to provide interesting and fun entertainment for attendees, spur interest and activity to Downtown during the early evening hours and to raise funds for WDI’s downtown development programs.  Last year, over 26,000 people attended the concerts.

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Riverfront Farmers’ Market

The Riverfront Farmers’ Market has been a stable in the downtown Wilmington community for years.  Featuring local farmers, produce, arts and crafts, music, and more. Items include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables and herbs, eggs and cheeses, plants and flowers, meat and seafood, doggie treats, tea, honey, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, wine, art, music and more. The event will be held June 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dock Street and Front Street.

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Movie at the Lake

The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features Hidden Figures, the inspirational true story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA who serve as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film begins at dusk with a running time of 2 hours, 7 minutes. Rated PG. The screening will take place June 9 at Atlanta Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd.

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Carnivorous Plant Hike

The Carnivorous Plant Hike at Carolina Beach State Park features an outdoor trek guided by a park ranger to learn about plants that bite back such as sundews, bladderworts, butterworts, pitcher plants, and the famous (or should we say infamous) Venus fly trap. The hike will take place June 8 and June 9 (and every weekend through the end of October) starting at 10:00 am at 1010 State Park Road.

The park also offers the “Sea Turtle Talk,” led by a Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project volunteer on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at the park visitor center. The free talks run through the summer until August 28.

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Boardwalk Blast: Live Music and Fireworks

Carolina Beach hosts the Boardwalk Blast, a seaside event featuring live music with the Southern rock of Trainwreck. When the sun sets, stick around for a fireworks display over the shimmering Atlantic Ocean.  The event will take place on June 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at Cape Fear Blvd.

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