Fun Things To Do In Wilmington NC and Nearby Areas This Labor Day Weekend 2023

It is that time of the year to unwind and reward yourself for all the hard work you have done. Check out these fun activities and things to do here in Wilmington, NC and surrounding places.

September 1

Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast

Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Cape Fear Blvd and Carolina Beach Ave North, Carolina Beach. NC 28428

  • Enjoy live music at the Gazebo and the fireworks display on the beach strand in front of the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk with the whole family.
  • Music starts 6:30PM and fireworks will be at 9:00PM.
  • Visit their Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

Friday Night Live! on the Pier

The Pier at Port City Marina, 18 Harnett St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Enjoy free live concert with great local bands and touring tribute bands while having some food and refreshments with your family and friends.
  • Concert is free. Live music starts after 6:00PM. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
  • For more information and updates, check their social media page here.

Night Tour at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, 224 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Experience a glimpse of the Colonial nightlife at the Historic Burgwin-Wright House together with interpreters who will unveil the rituals and superstitions of the old times.
  • Nightfall tours are usually in between 8:00PM and 9:00PM. Visit their website for more details.
  • $15 per person. Space is limited. Call 910-762-0570 for advance registration.

September 2

Black Water Adventure Cruise

Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Get out and enjoy the wildlife while learning about Wilmington.
  • Take this cruise through the Castle Hayne aquifer and by the bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation and then returning to the Wilmington Riverwalk.
  • $30 for adults. $15 for 4yrs. old to 12yrs.old. Children 3 and under are free.
  • 10:00AM until 11:45AM. Book your slot here or call 910-338-3134 for inquiries.

Riverfront Farmers' Market

Dock Street and S Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • On its 20th Anniversary this year, come over to this pedestrian market with lots of fresh food and goodies to choose from.
  • 8:00AM to 1:00PM. For updates, please check their social media page here.

Carolina Beach Farmers' Market

Carolina Beach Lake Park, Atlanta Avenue and Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Take a stroll around the lake park and pick locally produced fruits and vegetables, and more here in Carolina Beach Farmers' Market.
  • 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Stay updated. Go to the social media page here.

The Wilmington Farmers Market at Tidal Creek

Tidal Creek Co-op Cafe, 5329 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Experience alternative grocery shopping and find food grown and sold with you in mind in this producer-only market. They only sell what they produce.
  • 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Be updated here in the social media page.

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival

Cape Fear Jet Port, 4015 Airport Rd, Southport, NC 28461

  • Come and see this annual tradition for more than 25 years, and discover talented local artists and craftsmen.
  • 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Visit their website for more details.

Labor Day Surf Off (16th Place East)

Ocean Crest Pier, 16th Place East, Oak Island, NC 28465

  • Celebrate with the Oak Island Recreation Department this Labor Day Weekend with the 2023 Labor Day Surf Off! Categories available for youth girls and boys, teens, and adults men and women.
  • $40 registration fee for 1st Division participants and $30 each additional division. Register here. For questions, call 910-278-4747
  • Free for spectators of all ages.

Oak Island Summer Concert Series

Middleton Park, SE 46th St., Oak Island, NC 28465

  • Enjoy an evening to rock, groove, swing, and be swooned.
  • FREE. 6:30PM to 8:30PM

History & Architecture Walking Tour of Wilmington

Wilmington Walking Tours, 1 Orange St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Enjoy a 1 1/2 mile stroll through the National Register Historic District while seeing the towns' most notable homes and churches.
  • $25 General Admission. Get your tickets here. Stay updated through their Facebook page here.

Kayaking the Creeks

Village Creek Access, 111 North Bald Head Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461

  • Explore the unspoiled creeks of Bald Head Island on this guided trip.
  • Tickets are available through Eventbrite at $58.50 to $65. For more details, check here.

Bald Head After Dark

Bald Head Island Conservancy, 700 Federal Rd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461

  • Explore the island and see creatures that come out at night while learning some techniques in the Conservancy.
  • Meet at the Conservancy. Personal golf cart transportation is required.
  • $40 per adult and $25 per child. Tickets can be booked here.

September 3

New Hanover County Resident Free Day

Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Get your tickets before they sold out. Book here.
  • Valid ID or proof of residency is required. One New Hanover County ID is valid for 2 adults and accompanying children.
  • $5 for non-resident adults. | $3 for non-resident children ages 4yrs old to 12yrs old.

HDWM Artisan Market

South Front Street and Dock Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Leisurely stroll through Historic Downtown Wilmington Artisan Market to find hand-crafter creations by our area's best local artisans while enjoying the musical entertainment.
  • 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Stay updated in their social media page here.

Oceanic Summer Music Series

Oceanic Restaurant, 703 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Breathe in the sea breeze and enjoy wonderful live music on the beautiful pier of the Oceanic Restaurant.
  • Food and drink are available for purchase.
  • Event time 12:00NN to 3:00PM

Outlander in the Cape Fear Water Tour

Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Aboard a special river cruise, learn fascinating history, and  cruise up the Northeast Cape Fear River.
  • Cruise departs at 10:00AM. Approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.
  • $35 for adults | $15 for children ages 4yrs old to 12yrs old. Call 910-338-3134 for booking questions.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie: Movies at the Lake

Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation, Atlantic Avenue and S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Bring your chairs or blankets and find your spot on the lawn for the whole family to enjoy this classic adventure movie for free.
  • Food and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Movie starts at 8:45PM

Holden Beach Summer Concert Series

Holden Beach Pavilion, 0 Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach, NC 28462

  • Come and see North Tower for this free music event. Bring a friend, bring a chair and get ready to dance.
  • 6:30PM to 8:00PM

Morning Bliss Yoga at Lumina on Wrightsville Beach

Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, 1706 North Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Savor your break from all work and worries. Enjoy a blissful morning yoga practice with the oceanfront backdrop.
  • 9:00AM to 10:00AM. Price ranges from $10 to $30. Get your tickets here.
  • Free to park at Lumina. Just let the attendant know that you are attending yoga.

September 4

Labor Day Crab Derby

Old Yacht Basin City Dock, Southport, NC 28461

  • Celebrate Labor Day in Southport with the annual Children's Crab Derby.
  • Open for ages up to 16yrs old to win prizes for the largest crab and largest number caught. Prizes are per age group.
  • 8:30AM. FREE to join. Call 910-457-7945 for more details or visit their website.

Oak Island Farmers and Artisans Market

Middleton Park, E Dolphin Dr. and 49th St. SE, Oak Island, NC 28465

  • Come on out and shop local fresh produce, pastries, crafts and more.
  • 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Located near the Kevin Bell Skate Park, Pirate Ship Playground, Oak Island Splashpad and the beach.
  • Call 910-278-5518 for any inquiries.

Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market

Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, Seawater Ln, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Grab your favorites from this unique Farmers' Market with a variety of vendors.
  • 8:00AM to 1:00PM. To know the latest updates, visit their Facebook page.

Have a great long weekend! You deserve the break!


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