Sure, most people are hashing out plans for Halloween, however, there’s a lot more going on in ILM besides haunts of All Hallow’s Eve. Basically, there are tons of ways to get out and about this week before the monster mashing and candy stashing begins.
We have culled a few local events (OK, yes, a couple more Halloween treats as well) to help us unwind for the weekend, as the last days of warm weather come to a close…
Beach Bagels’ Grand Opening
October 26-28, 10 a.m.
5226 South College Road, Suite 7
A Wilmington favorite, Beach Bagels will open a third location in Monkey Junction after a bit of delay from Hurricane Florence. Three full days of carb-filled events will be held to celebrate food—with candy and giveaways. Friday kicks off with a BYOP party: bring your own pumpkin, that is, for spooky-themed painting. Saturday’s Dog Pawty features toys and treats for furry friends, as well as human food, and even adoptable dogs. On Sunday, arrive in costume for a contest that could change a diner’s November for the better: Best costume receives a free bagel all November long!
WellRED Comedy Tour
October 27, 8 p.m.
703 North Third street
At a time where our country is so divided between red and blue, this year’s WellRED comedy tour, “From Dixie With Love,” reminds us things aren’t always so black and white. Writing partners Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester have created a night of laughter that highlights everything great about the South—and it comes from a place of love and acceptance. From dancing to country music at a gay wedding to only judging your neighbor for the football team he roots for, the giggles will come in roves at the Wilson Center—and without bigotry.
Read encore’s interview with Trae Crowder HERE.
Ultimate Beach Music Festival
October 28, 12:15 p.m.
1941 Amphitheater Drive
If you need a break from listening to “Thriller” on repeat, the Ultimate Beach Music festival will be tuning in to old classics from The Embers, Band of Oz and Chairman of the Board at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. It’s a family-friendly affair, too, as kids 10 and under enter free. Bring a picnic and enjoy the surroundings of Greenfield Lake while listening to some familiar beach tunes. It’s general admission, so arrive early for the best seats.
FUNDRAISER: Low Country Boil
October 28, 5 p.m.
601 South Lumina Avenue
Bring out the newspaper. The North Carolina Coastal Federation will host a low-county boil in partnership with WARM NC (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) to benefit local work volunteers have done to upkeep homes for the elderly and others in need. In the wake of the hurricane, they’ve been even busier, so funds will help them continue their efforts. The event at Hanover Seaside Club features local shrimp and refreshments from Waterman’s Brewing Company and SeaGlass wines. Live music will be performed by band Sound Side, and a coastal-themed silent auction will be held again due to last year’s success. Come out for a night of down-home eats with a down-home cause.
HEAL ILM: A Music Festival and Silent Auction Benefit
October 28, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
721 Surry Street
Free; donations welcome to Port City Proud and #OverFlo
Waterline Brewing Company will be raising funds for benefit Port City Proud and #OverFlo. A mini festival, with performances by Striking Copper, The Possums, Stray Local, Justin Cody Fox Duo, Cassandra House, and Rebekah Todd, will be held Sunday along with a silent auction. Check out Waterline’s local brews, listen to great music and help #OverFlo and Port City Proud continue their relief efforts for our community at large affected by Hurricane Florence. Poor Piggys food truck will be on site for some delicious barbecue.
Great Pumpkin Festival
October 28, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
4830 Randall Parkway
$5 donation or $20 for a family of five.
Wilmington Cooperative School has assembled the ultimate kid-friendly Halloween celebration, complete with face painting, a petting zoo, a costume contest, a photo booth, and the chance to pick your own gourd. At sundown, grown-ups can reflect on the fall classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” while tots enjoy seeing it for the first time. The Great Pumpkin Festival is, ironically, a great chance to soak in all the nostalgic things remembered about Halloween and to make new memories at the same time.