Arts and Entertainment Events

Cameron Art Museum



Cameron Art Museum is sited on a 9.3 acre woodland park known as Pyramid Park, featuring long-leaf pine woodlands, outdoor sculptures, nature trails, a historic Civil War stie and The Clay Studio housed in the Pancoe Art Education Center.

One free ticket per valid UNCW student ID available at Campus Life Office FUU 2041

Hollywood Location Walk




Hollwood Location Walk invites you to join one of the Hollywood East's most entertaining & self-important directors on a name dropping, movie & TV extravaganza through one of America's largest living film sets; Wilmington, NC!


One free ticket per valid UNCW student ID available at Campus Life Office FUU 2041

Airlie Gardens Concerts









The Airlie Gardens Concert Series features an eclectic mix of music performances. Airlie Gardens is a 67-acre seaside oasis of flora and fauna that provides a magical venue for this annual summer entertainment held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month in the summer. Take the FREE TROLLEY from 5335 Oleander Drive, which is the old Cinema 6 parking lot across from Jungle Rapids, near campus.


One free ticket per student. Tickets available at Campus Life Office FUU 2041


Sharky's Game Room


Open for the Summer Session 1 ! Mon-Thurs, 10 am - 4 pm

Sharky's Game Room is UNCW's premiere gaming and entertainment destination. Enjoy playing games on our four billiards tables. Experience Xbox 360 in our large-screen electronic gaming lounge, while selecting from our library of nearly 60 games. Show off your footwork on the Dance Dance Revolution machine (DDR). Bring a friend for a fun round of ping pong. Sharky's sells a variety of drinks and snacks at affordable prices.


Farmer's Markets





Wrightsville Beach Farmer's Market
Mondays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wrightsville Beach in front of the Post Office.


Riverfront Farmer's Market
Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Downtown Wilmington at Riverfront Park on N. Water St. between Market St. and Princess St.

Wilmington Ghost Walk




Each Wilmington Ghost Walk tour is 90-minutes and depart every evening at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm from the Riverfront at Market and Water Streets downtown. Please make reservations for the date you would like to go once you pick up your free ticket voucher (reservations are necessary). Call 910.794.1866 to book your date.

One free ticket per valid UNCW student ID available at Campus Life Office FUU 2041

Jungle Rapids Water Park




Water slides, wave pools, and more! Beat the heat by cooling down at Jungle Rapids Water Park, this summer. 50 discounted tickets are available for students to purchase at Sharky’s Box Office. Tickets: $10 (Limit 2 tickets per registered student).
Jungle Rapids Water Park is located near campus at 5320 Oleander Drive.

Two $10 tickets available per valid UNCW student ID at Campus Life Office FUU 2041.

Summer Movies @ the Lake









The Sunday before Memorial Day something special happens on Pleasure Island - FREE Movies!  Starting May 29th through September 4th, vacationers as well as residents from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wilmington grab their kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to the lake in Carolina Beach to enjoy a FREE Outdoor movie on a 'gigantic' screen!  Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more.  You can also bring your own food and beverages. Movies start at dusk.

Concert Venues


Greenfield Lake Amphitheater                              

Ziggy’s By The Sea               

Ft. Fisher Aire Force Recreation Area                                        

Downtown Sundown Summer Concert Series



Enjoy live music by the Cape Fear River! The Downtown Sundown Concert Series 2016 schedule presents tribute and party bands on Fridays from 6 - 10 p.m. from May 27 through September 2.

31st Carolina Beach Music Festival

 On Saturday, June 4th, ‘shaggers’ of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South.  All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast.  The gates will open at 10:00 am with the first band hitting the stage at 11:00 am.  This year’s line-up: 

11:00 - 12:30


1:00 – 2:30


3:00 – 4:30


This annual, fun filled event is one of the longest running Beach Music festivals in the United States.  Tickets to the 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate (cash only).  Advance tickets are available through EVENTBRITE on-line (credit only).  Beginning May 1st, tickets will be available at  the Pleasure Island Chamber, Island Tackle & Hardware, Siver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach (cash/check only). 

Battleship NC Memorial Day Observance
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA; Free; May 30; 5:45
Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake Park
Sister Hazel $25 - $30 May 13

Doors: 6pm

Show: 7pm

Huka Entertainment Presents: Willie Nelson & Family $72-$99 May 24

Doors: 6pm

Show: 7pm

Peter Frampton $57.50 - $89.50 May 30

Doors: 6pm

Show: 7pm




Wilmington Greek Festival St. Nicholas Greek Othodox Church 

Fri & Sat: 11am - 10pm

Sun: 11am-7pm

May 13 - May 15 $3
Carolina Beach Street Arts Festivals Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach 10am - 5pm May 21 Free
Cape Fear Comedy Festival Various venues in Downtown Wilmington Various times May 18 - May 21 Advanced: $30, Week of: $40
Carolina Pine Music Festival Brooklyn Arts Center, Satellite Bar & Lounge, Waterline Brewing Co. Starts 6pm May 27 - May 29 Free
Orange Street Arts Festival 120 S. Second St. 

Sat: 10am - 6pm

Sun: 10 am - 5 pm

May 28 - May 29 Free
Port City Ribs Festival Corner of Cowen Street & Nutt Street, North Waterfront Park Fri & Sat: 11am - 11pm, Sun: 12pm - 6pm August 5 - August 7 Adults: $7, Children: $1, Special Admission Fri(11am - 4pm): $1
Fireworks by the Seas & Boardwalk Blast Boardwalk at the Gazebo Music: 5:30pm, Fireworks: 9:00pm

May 27

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Aug 4, 11




The Hit Men...Former Stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts May 12 Selective Seating: $40, $32, $22
Boogie in the Park: Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey (Rock, Blues & Soul)   May 15 5pm - 7pm
98.3 The Penguin & Huka Entertainment Present: Buckethead Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews May 17

Doors: 7:30pm

Show: 8pm

Jackson Browne: Solo Acoustic CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center June 1 TBA
Downtown Sundown Presents: Abbey Road Live (Beatles Tribute) Riverfront Park June 3 6pm - 10pm



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