Here's a List of Fun and Exciting Things to Do in November in the Wilmington, NC Area.

The holiday cheers and chills are around the corner. It just less than two months until New Year, and it's this time in November to transition into the merry and bright season. Here are fun things to do and exciting events to go to in Wilmington, NC and nearby.


November 4, 2022 Friday

A Night with Kites

  • 7:00PM-9:00PM at the Courtyard by Marriott in Carolina Beach
  • For updates, visit their Facebook page.

November 5, 2022 Saturday

9th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

  • 5:00PM-8:00PM at the Bluewater Grill Parking Lot, Wrightsville Beach
  • Tickets priced at $25 each for under 21yrs of age, $75 each for general admission advanced purchase or $100 at door if available.
  • More event info here. For tickets, click here.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

  • 10:00AM-4:00PM at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach, NC 28449
  • FREE event for two days, November 5-6.
  • Know the more details here.

Southport Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show

  • 9:00AM-4:00PM at the Southport Baptist Church CMC Building 200 N. Howe Street.
  • FREE admission.
  • Early holiday shopping for your gifts and giveaways and much more. 

Polish Festival

  • 11:00AM-5:00PM at 4849 Castle Hayne Rd, Castle Hayne 28429
  • Admission and Parking are FREE.
  • Experience a day of Polish food, dancing, and fun.

November 16-20,2022 Wednesday to Sunday

Cucalorus Film Festival

  • Film screenings take place at Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC
  • See schedules here.
  • For festival passes and tickets, click here.

November 18, 2022 Friday

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

  • 9:00AM-5:00PM until January 2, 2023 Monday at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, NC.
  • Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
  • Aquarium admission gets you access to the festival.

November 25, 2022 Friday

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting

  • 5:30PM at Market and Water Streets.
  • This annual tradition never fades. FREE photo op with Santa following the tree lighting countdown.
  • FREE Admission. FREE hot cocoa while supplies last.

Island of Lights Lighting at the Lake

  • 7:00PM at the intesection of Atlanta Ave and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC.
  • FREE to the public.
  • Know more here.

November 26, 2022 Saturday

Christmas by the Sea

  • 5:00PM at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk
  • Saturdays on December 3, 10 and 17, 2022
  • Read more here.

NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

  • 10:00AM-4:00PM Day in the Park at the Town Complex
  • 6:00PM - Boat parade begins
  • Fireworks after the boat parade.
  • See event details and map here.


Enjoy this month of Thanksgiving and welcome the season of cheer with a grateful heart. Remember to take photos and create memories. Have fun!


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