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Cucalorus Film Festival


Wilmington is home to the well-known film festival, Cucalorus. This non-competitive festival takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in historic downtown Wilmington. Cucalorus showcases bold, innovative filmmaking with programs dedicated to dance, emerging artists, North Carolina, social justice, works-in-progress, and global cinema.

MovieMaker Magazine has recognized Cucalorus as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and the Brooks Institute named it one of the “Top Ten Film Festivals”. It also appeared on Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events” list for the month of November.


This year’s festival will be the 19th annual and will include screenings of more than 200 independent films from around the world, workshops, panel discussions, master dance/film classes, and special events.  The website states that, this year the festival is set to “attract thousands of cultural travelers, creative leaders and filmmakers who descend upon the Port City from Spain, Israel, Brazil and from more than 70 cities across the US.”


The annual festival will be held Wednesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 17


The festival is held at various venues throughout historic downtown Wilmington.  A schedule is listed on the website. The main three venues follow:

City Stage Theater

21 North Front Street | 910-342-0272 | www.citystageatlevel5.com

Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

310 Chestnut Street  | 910-632-2285  |  www.thalianhall.org

Jengo’s Playhouse

815 Princess Street |  910-343-5995


For tickets, schedules, film descriptions, venue directions, and other details, visit www.cucalorus.org

Rooftop Bars in Wilmington

Rooftop Bars in Wilmington NC

Rooftop Bars in Wilmington, NC

The view from the top is always the best! Add a little excitement to your happy-hour cocktail or night out by taking in the views of downtown Wilmington from one of our rooftop bars. You may choose to go early and grab a drink while you catch the sunset over the Cape Fear River, or venture out a little later and experience the city’s nightlife. An open-air, rooftop bar is also a great way to enjoy the fantastic weather we have in Wilmington. Below are a couple of great rooftop bars found downtown.

Level 5

Nestled high in the heart of historic Wilmington, at the top of an old Masonic temple, is one of the best rooftop views in town. Level 5 is a rooftop bar with live music and a fantastic open-air view of downtown Wilmington.  If you are looking to party, this bar has more of a ‘nightclub’ scene at night; with daily drink/shot specials, a DJ, and a dance floor.

Level 5 is open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. and is located at 21 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington.

The Reel Café

This is a bustling three story bar and restaurant in historic downtown Wilmington. There are plenty of options for a fun night out at this establishment. Enjoy dining at the restaurant, listen to live music in the out-door courtyard, play pool on the second floor, and of course, take in the views from the  rooftop bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. Reel Café offers lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. They also have daily drink specials and live music.

Reel Café is open 7 days a week till 2 a.m. and is located at 100 S. Front Street in downtown Wilmington.