Easter is a celebration of rebirth and rejuvenation. The annual holiday—which switches Sundays based on the date of the full moon in March and April, in relation to the Spring equinox—helps us all start anew after winter’s slumber.
Unique opportunities abound to welcome spring: egg hunts, bar hopping, worshipping Christ, or any combination of one, two or all celebrations. No matter how young or wise, churches, organizations, bars and tourist attractions are welcoming all ages to a bevy of events. Let us run down a few on the list …
April 18, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m
& 11:30 a.m. • Free
Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St.
On 17th Street at Halyburton Park, a spring nature hike will take place alongside storytime, “egglympics” and a few Easter egg hunts,. There will be three separate egg hunts between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. Children must pre-register at halyburtonpark.com.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 19, 9 a.m.
Members, free; Non-members, $9.75
Children’s Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange St.
The children’s museum will host their annual Easter egg hunt, in addition to arts and crafts, including slime-making. Two egg hunts will take place: one at 10 a.m. for ages 4 and under, and 11 a.m. for all ages. One child in each egg hunt will win a golden egg and receive a museum birthday party valued at $250. It’s BYOB—“Bring Your Own Basket!” Tickets can be purchased at playwilmington.org.
Easter ‘Bunny’ Drawn
April 19-21, all day
Adult, $12; children, $5
Downtown Wilmington, corner of
Market and Water streets
Easter weekend will have the horses downtown decked out in bunny ears, as they gallop about Wilmington with tourists seeing Mother Nature’s most beautiful colors. There will be a surprise for kids and reservations are not necessary; horsedrawntours.com.
Wrightsville Beach Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 9:30 a.m. • Free
Wrightsville Beach Park
3 Bob Sawyer Dr.
The City of Wrightsville Beach will hold their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning at Wrightsville Beach Park. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will be available to take pictures with the children, so bring a camera and an Easter egg basket.
Easter Hunt in the Trunk
April 20, 10 a.m. • Free
Castle Hayne Baptist Church,
4544 Parmele Rd.
Similarly to Trunk or Treat at Halloween, Castle Hayne Baptist Church in northern Wilmington will host a free “Hunt in the Trunk” on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to noon, Easter weekend. Children will have the opportunity to go from trunk to trunk to play games and collect Easter eggs.
5th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza
April 20, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. • Free
Beach Community Church
5 N. 4th St.
At Beach Community Church, there will be egg hunts and face painting, cake walks and bouncy houses, plus other games. All ages are welcome but separated by age groups. Children will get to experience a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, plus raffle tickets. Every family will receive a free raffle ticket and every child will receive a free hot dog. More info? Contact Jeanne Fitzpatrick at 910-620-9003.
April 20, 12 p.m. • Free
Club Golf Indoor,
109 Pier Master Pt., Ste. 140
One of Wilmington’s newest indoor gold clubs is celebrating the season with games for the family. But they’re amping it up with specialty themed cocktails and “egg-shaped” Jello shots fir adults, plus raffle prizes can be won. All of the golf club’s simulators will be $10 off all day.
Adult-Only Easter Egg Hunt
April 18, 7 p.m. • $10
Leland Municipal Park
113 Town Hall Dr.
The Town of Leland is making sure adults get in on some of the Easter fun. The event will take place at night so be sure to bring a flashlight for the egg hunt. The event will include adult beverages and live music. Folks can register at townofleland.com.
Easter Egg Hunt Bar Crawl
April 20, 2 p.m. • $5
The Pour House,. 103 Market St.
A 21-plus only event, Wilmingtonians interested in a bar crawl and Easter egg hunt combination can head over to The Pour House on Market Street at 2 p.m They’ll venture through 11 bars and discover Easter eggs hidden along the beaten downtown path. All bars will be offering specials from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register on eventbrite.com. Drink responsibly (and enjoy your Easter hangover)!
Adult Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 2 p.m., Free
Edward Teach Brewing
604 N. 4th St.
Edward Teach Brewing in downtown is trading in eggs for Edward Teach Bucks! Folks who find the bucks will be able to them on beer and merchandise—April 20 only.
Easter Celebration Sunset Cruise
April 21, 6:30 p.m. • $27
Wilmington Water Tours,
212 S. Water St.
Why run around chasing eggs and shots when you can relax on a 90-minute cruise? Bring the Easter bonnet, grab the family and friends, and kiss the sun aboard the catamaran. A full service bar will be available serving up drinks for purchase. Tickets are available at wilmingtonwatertours.net.
What is Easter?
April 20, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Free
Valour Ministries of Grace,
414 Southern Blvd.
Young Women of War—a local group focused on women who walk with God—will be hosting their Easter event on Saturday afternoon. For children, an egg hunt will be held, ages 5 to 18. Register for free on eventbrite.com.
Easter Sunrise Service at Kure Beach
April 21, 6:15 a.m., Free
Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.
Set those alarm clocks. As the sun comes up where the waves meet the sand, the sunrise service at the Kure Beach Oceanfront Pavilion will take place, courtesy of Kure Beach First Baptist Church, at 6:15 a.m. They’ll celebrate the resurrection of Christ and welcome family and friends to worship.
Easter Celebration at the Beach
April 21, 7 a.m., Free
Oceanic Pier, 703 S. Lumina Ave.
North Point Community Church on Gordon Road will host their 19th annual “Easter Celebration at the Beach” at the Oceanic Pier on Easter morning. There will be hot coffee, juice, fresh pastries and doughnuts at the breakfast tent. Live music and a challenging Easter message will accompany children’s activities (balloon sculpting, and puppet-toons from Jack the Clown) and surprise Easter treats. Questions? Contact Pastor Jeff Loman at 910-617-0796.
Easter at ROCK Church
April 21, 10 a.m. • Free
5233 Burnt Mill Dr. Ste. 1
Like many churches across Wilmington, the ROCK will offer Easter worship services centered around how Christ is Risen.
Resurrection Sunday with Warriors of Christ
April 21, 11 a.m. • Free
Coastline Convention Center,
501 Nutt St.
Warriors of Christ will host Easter service at the Coastline Convention Center rather than their 23rd Street home. There will be a ceremonial foot washing and a powerful presentation by the Men of WOC. A norm for WOC’s event is for attendees to dress in white, but it is not required. Anyone wanting to come make a stand for their faith is welcome. Register on eventbrite.com.