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Summer Festivals in Wilmington NC

Summer Festivals in Wilmington NC

Wilmington has the distinct pleasure of not only being a wonderful place to live, but it sits right on the Atlantic Ocean. That means people want to flock to the scene all year long. However, there's something about summer that makes it an even more attractive destination.

Having such close proximity to beaches is always going to be a tourist magnet. But what Wilmington might have over other beach towns are the festivals. There are plenty of outdoor concerts happening all summer. Several of which are on the beach or within walking distance of the water. What else can you expect from festivals in Wilmington? Food and music because nothing goes better with the open air than wafting festival food and wind that carries tunes.

Join us as we share a list of several reasons why you'd want to come to Wilmington for more than just the sand.

Wilmington Hippie Fest

When: July 24th from 3 to 7 pm

Where: Waterline Brewing Co.

Cost: FREE

It's time to get the groovy feelings going smack dab in the middle of the summer. There will be free-flowing clothing, hip sounds, a choice of snacks, and beverages of every sort. Oh, let's not forget to mention that Hippie Fest is family and dog-friendly! Bring everyone you love, fur and all, to soak up the sunshine and sodas while swaying to The Number Nines or Free Drinks Band.

In between sets, there are 26 local vendors with tables and merchandise to take home. Perhaps you'll find a bra to burn or a flower headband to match the latest swimsuit. You won't want to miss the chill vibes.

Mimosa Fest

When: August 7th from 1 to 3 pm

Where: Reggie's 42nd Street Tavern

Cost: $15 General Admission, $35 VIP

Sometimes you want to do something a little more grown. This annual event is 21+ only, so this is an adult festival that is named after everyone's favorite brunch beverage. Perhaps it's tough to imagine a whole event dedicated to mimosas, but now that you know it exists, it's almost hard to imagine there not being one.

Anyway, as you probably could have guessed, there will be a course served at that time after breakfast but before lunch. Doors open at noon or 11 am if you're VIP.

Each ticket comes with a voucher to redeem a $5 food or drink item. There will be a continuous flow of live music and the option to invent a mimosa to be brought to life. Don't be afraid to tell the bartender to keep them coming!

Carolina Beach Boardwalk Summer Concert Series

When: August 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: 100 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

Cost: FREE

Want a trip overseas but lack the budget? Get a taste from across the pond right here on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The British Invaders have come to turn back time as well as make you feel like you've left the country to experience the reversal.

Throughout the evening, the popular band will be performing the biggest bops of the 60s. Music will be featured by these top British bands:

  • The Beatles
  • The Who
  • The Monkees
  • The Kinks
  • The Animals

Surrounding the area will be food trucks and activities for the little people in your life. If you really enjoy the British Invader's set, they will be back over Labor Day weekend!

Live Acoustic Music: Oceanic

When: August 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: 703 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach

Cost: FREE

Alright, maybe reminiscing about a long time past isn't your thing. Perhaps you're just sore because you actually wanted to be in England. Either way, that's okay. There's another beach with more live music just down the street. Come give a listen to soothing sounds on Oceanic Pier. Not only will the music be laid back, but there will also be plenty to keep you hydrated and nourished throughout the night.

End of Summer Block Party

When: August 28th from 3 to 7 pm

Where: Waterline Brewing Company

Cost: FREE

It's not just you. Waterline Brewing does seem to be going the extra mile when it comes to doing things differently. No need to wait until Labor Day to celebrate a great summer. This is the best time to reflect on what wasn't accomplished and do that next weekend. For this weekend, it's time to soak up the rays once more!

The day's activities include:

  • Pop-up vendor market
  • Ice cream, no screaming needed
  • Food trucks
  • Live music
  • Opportunities to make friends

Finding an Interest in Wilmington

See, there's way more to this coastal North Carolina town than meets the eye. Perhaps Wilmington caught your eye for a number of reasons, but the festivals might be what keeps you coming back! If you're local, hopefully, you learned about a fun activity you hadn't heard of and now will be checking out next time it comes around.

Either way, we look forward to hearing all about how much you enjoy the summer festivals in Wilmington NC.

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