“Sailing is one of the greatest sports out there. If you grow up sailing, you’ll be a good person.” It’s a decisive, yet dreamy observation, the kind one might expect from Captain Herb Magney.
Living the good, seafaring, yacht captain life since the late 90’s, Captain Herb continues to hone his life philosophy across the world’s ocean and occasionally, in port, over the course of a long ‘layover’ in Wilmington’s Port City Marina. Continue reading →
Wilmington has several great Farmers Markets where you can buy products and produce from actual local farmers and crafters. These markets serve as a seasonal destination for locals and tourists alike. Here you can meet local farmers and shop a variety of local produce and arts and crafts. The community setting and social atmosphere promote quality of life in Wilmington while offering a venue for local growers and crafters to sell their products.
Open air markets provide a unique summer shopping experience. Spend a few hours outside at one of the following Wilmington Markets browsing the freshest produce around, listening to music and checking out local artists work.
Where: Located along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington in Riverfront Park; 00 block of N. Water Street
Info: Situated in Historic Downtown Wilmington along the scenic Cape Fear River featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products offered include fresh vegetables, fruits and berries, herbs, flowers, plants, eggs, cheeses, farm raised meats, seafood, honey, baked goods and confections, legumes, pickled items, jams & jellies, arts & crafts, and more. Musical entertainment is provided to set the mood and customers can take advantage of special events, activities and seasonal projects.
Where: Lewis Nursery & Farms, 6517 Gordon Road, Wilmington NC
Info: This unique market features “pick your own” blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. You have the opportunity to pick the fruit fresh yourself. In addition to produce, the market also has a great selection of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants including gorgeous hanging baskets and potted plants. Before you leave, grab an ice cream cone or milkshake because this market is known for their homemade blueberry and blackberry ice cream (made with their own fresh berries).
Where: Seawater Lane at the Town of Wrightsville Beach municipal grounds
Info: Provides an opportunity for residents and visitors of Wrightsville Beach to purchase fresh, locally grown produce and meet local farmers. Features vendors offering fresh and local produce, plus flowers, crafts, bread and other baked items, herbs, dairy products, meat and seafood, treats for dogs and more.
Where: Along the shores of Carolina Beach Lake; Highway 421 and Atlanta Ave, Carolina Beach NC
Info: This outdoor “island style” market is right on the shores of the scenic Carolina Beach Lake. There is an abundant selection of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, dairy products, wines, meats, baked goods and natural soaps. Local artists and crafters also have their items on display and available for purchase. Local musicians provide live music while you shop.
Most people will agree that enjoying live music at an outdoor concert is one of the best ways to spend a warm summer evening. Luckily, summertime brings a variety of free concert series to Wilmington, NC. So pack a cooler, grab your beach chairs and head outdoors to listen to some great local music. Here are a few suggestions of places to find outdoor concerts in Wilmington this summer…
Where: Held at Riverfront Park in Downtown Wilmington. Located at 5 N. Water St.
When: May 24th-August 30th, every Friday evening; Music starts at 6pm
Info: This popular Friday night live music entertainment takes place on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington. They usually feature cover bands of various musical genres (Journey, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, etc.). Coolers are not allowed but there is beer and wine available for purchase onsite. This is a picturesque concert venue, as listeners can watch the sun set over the Cape Fear River while nestled in the center of the ‘downtown’ scene. Admission is free.
Where: At the Wrightsville Beach Town Park and Recreation area; 321 Causeway Drive Wrightsville Beach, NC
When: June 13th-August 8th; Thursday Evening from 6:30-8pm
Info: The WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series features live music at the Wrightsville Beach Park. Pack a picnic, bring your beach blankets and chairs, and enjoy an evening of local music with family and friends. Admission is free.
Where: Bands set up on the Mayfaire Event Field located directly behind Ulta and World Market in the Mayfaire Shopping Center; 6835 Main St.
When: May-July; Every Friday evening from 6pm until dark
Info: The series delivers a tremendous line-up of bands appealing to all ages and musical tastes from Classic Rock, Beach, Blues, 80s, funk and everything in between. The kids can enjoy several moon bounce castles, cotton candy and snow cones for a small fee. Additional activities and goodies weekly for all. Bring a blanket or chairs and pack your picnic basket or cooler with whatever you please. You could also grab some food from one of Mayfaire’s restaurants afterwards or catch a movie at the nearby Mayfaire Cinemas. Admission is free.
Where: On the Oak Lawn in Airlie Gardens; 300 Airlie Road
When: May-September; the first and third Friday of every month from 6-8pm
Info: Relax under the oak trees in Wilmington’s historical treasure and well-known formal Garden while the area’s premier musicians perform. The Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series offers wonderful music, including beach music, dance bands and jazz. It also doesn’t hurt that the setting (Airlie Gardens) is arguable one of the most beautiful places in Wilmington. Picnics, chairs, coolers and blankets welcome. Admission ranges from $2-$8.
Port City Marina
10 Harnett Street
Wilmington, NC 28401