Fall arrives on Friday, September 22nd, accompanied by a variety of annual local fall events.

That doesn’t mean the beach days are gone for 2017. The weather is still pleasant and there are lots of things happening in October to celebrate the fall season and of course Halloween. So whether you look forward to October for the Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween or maybe both, Wilmington and our surrounding beach areas will not disappoint.

When attending one of the fall events listed below, be sure to remember that the parking regulations are still in effect until October 31st in Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Parking rules for Wilmington remain in effect year round.

October 1st

Kure Beach – Boogie in the Park
Featuring Rivermist, performing your favorite classic rock, variety, and R&B tunes.
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Hours: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Event Website

October 6th

Kure Beach Farewell Summer Jazz Funeral
Come join the party for a New Orleans style send off to summer.
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-8216
Hours: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Admission: Free, Mask/Bead pack available for purchase.
Event Website

October 6th – 8th

Wilmington’s Annual Riverfest Festival
Enjoy Wilmington’s annual Riverfest Celebration featuring exhibits, crafts, entertainment, food, a car show, fireworks and more! This is one of the biggest fall events held in Wilmington each year, since 1979.
On Market & Water Streets from Cape Fear Community College to Chandlers Wharf
Wilmington, NC 28401
Hours: Fri: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: General Admission: Free
Event Website

October 6th – 27th (Fridays only)

Poplar Grove’s Paranormal Ghost Tours
Take the tour and hear about (and maybe see one of) the spirits that still haunt this historic home today.
Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Highway 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411
(910) 686-9518
Hours: Tours on the Hour: 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM
Price: $15
Event Website

October 7th

Bark in the Park
Cheer on these canine athletes as they leap to the sky to catch the flying discs.
Wrightsville Beach Park
321 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Hours: 11:00 AM
Price: Free

Fort Fisher Fall Festival
Seasonal activities and fun for the whole family.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-5798
Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Price: Free
Event Website

October 14th – 15th

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
Two days and two stages featuring fourteen bands playing blues and jazz down by the river. The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is one of the area’s premiere fall events.
Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area
118 Riverfront Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-8434
Hours: Gates open at 11am
Price: Varies
Event Website

NC Shell Show
Marvel at the unique and rare shells at this, the largest gathering of shell collections in North Carolina.
Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 798-4367
Hours: Sat: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free with museum admission.
Event Website

October 15th

Kure Beach – Final Boogie in the Park for 2017
Featuring Sonic Spectrum, performing rock, pop and soul.
Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Hours: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Event Website

October 18th – 25th

Encore Fall Restaurant Week
Eat, drink and enjoy some of the finest pre-fixe meals prepared especially for this fall event. Visit the Encore website for a complete list of participating establishments.
Almost 50 participating restaurants throughout the area.
3rd & Market
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 791-0688
Event Website

October 21st

Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s Oysterberfest
This is the inaugural celebration and oyster season kickoff presented by the Wrightsville Beach Brewery. It is sure to become one of Wilmington’s favorite fall events.
6201 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 256-4938
Hours: 11am – 11pm
Price: Free
Event Website

Wilmington Oktoberfest
Live music, activities, food, and Oktoberfest beers.
Ogden Tap Room
7324 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411
Hours: Opens 12:00pm
Event Website

October 22nd

Oakdale Cemetery Civil War Walking Tour
Listen and learn on this historical walking tour of Wilmington’s Oakdale Cemetery.
Oakdale Cemetery
520 N. 15th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-5682
Hours: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: Members: Free, Non-Members: $10
Event Website

October 24th

Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
Family-friendly Trick or Treating on the Battleship North Carolina. Fun for children of all ages with activities, storytelling, games even a petting zoo.
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 251-5797
Hours: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $5 Per Person (Including Adults), Children (2 & Under): Free.
Event Website

October 26th – 28th

Trick Or Treat Under The Sea
A spooky, safe and family friendly way to celebrate Halloween.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 772-0500
Hours: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $13 Per Person, Children (2 and Under): Free. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Event Website

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