What Are the Fun Things To Do in Wilmington NC and Surrounding Areas this February 2024?

Love month is here. We are delighted to share several activities for you and your loved ones to do and strengthen the bond of your relationships.

February 1

NC Jazz Festival 
Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 301 Water St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Enjoy a fantastic musical night in this four and a half hour concerts featuring seven sets of musicians. Event runs from February 1 to February 3.
  • Tickets are sold in various prices. Single Night Tickets: Thursday: $45, Friday & Saturday: $65, Active Military: $25, Students: $15 each night | 3-Day Patron Pass: $240 | 2-Day Patron Pass: $215
  • For more details and to purchase your tickets, visit their website ncjazzfestival.org

February 2

Ellipsis Tasting Adventures 
1502 S Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Explore diverse culinary adventures secreted in the South Front District.
  • 6PM -'Ssam I am' | Book your seats and get your tickets here. 
    • Other dates for Ellipsis Tasting Adventures are: February 3 | 3:30PM to 5:00PM - Queen Esther Teas DIY Workshop; February 4 | 11:00AM to 2:30PM - Champagne Jazz Brunch; February 8 | 7PM - Galentines; February 10 | 3PM to 5PM - Bookworm Pottery Class; February 14 | 7PM to 10PM - Valentine's Dinner; February 16 | 7:30PM - Mariposa Date Night; February 17 | 1PM to 3PM - Fromage A La; February 17 | 6PM to 8PM - Funny Bites Comedy Show; February 23 | 7:30PM to 9:30PM - Dinner with Chef Bobby; February 24 | 6PM - Red Sauce

February 3

8th Annual Bella Italia by the Brunswick Community College
St. James Community Center

  • Enjoy exquisite food and wine, inspiring speakers, music, dancing, and FUN, all in support of the student success at BCC. 
  • 6:00PM-10:00PM | For sponsorship and individual ticket information, contact Teresa Nelson at (910) 755-6530

The Wilmington Farmers Market at Tidal Creek 
Tidal Creek Co-op Café, 5329 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Shop your favorites here at this producer-only market every Saturday from 8AM to 1PM.
  • Stay updated through their Facebook page here.

February 5

Cirque Mechanics: Zephyr 
The Wilson Center
, 703 N Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Be thrilled and awed in this breath taking acrobatics with mechanical marvels and a bit of clowning around for comic relief.
  • Tickets start at $30. Call (910) 362-7999 for inquiries or book your tickets here.
  • Visit their social media for updates.

February 7

Leland Green Sweep 
Sturgeon Creek,
Leland, NC 28451

  • Be part of the community development, and let's have a cleaner and greener Leland. Volunteers are welcome to join from 9AM to 11AM.
  • Register online or in person at the Leland Cultural Center.

February 9

Romantic Valentine Carriage Ride 
Water & Market Streets
, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Activity dates are February 9, February 10 and February 14, 2024.
  • Treat your special someone to this romantic carriage ride for two. Go extra with your surprise.
  • For reservations and to book your carriage, call (910) 251-8889

February 10

Tree Planting Party 
Wilmington, NC

Valentine's Day Painting Class - Birds in Love 
The ArtSea Shop & Studio, 3 South 2nd St., Unit 150, Downtown Wilmington, NC

  • Come paint 'Birds in Love' on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas. All materials will be provided and a dedicated teacher will be assisting you in creating your masterpiece.
  • 6PM-8PM | $50 per single student, $90/couple
  • Purchase your tickets here. Keep posted on their social media here.

Victorian Courtship Tours 
Latimer House Museum
, 126 S Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Explore history in this exquisitely furnished house museum built in 1852. Enjoy the rare chance to see upper-class life in Victorian Wilmington.
  • Tickets price ranges from $7 to $15.
  • For more info, visit their website or call (910) 762-0492

Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run: 5K, 10K, 15K 
Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation
, 321 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Keep your heart pumping in this Valentine's Day themed race with spectacular Wrightsville Beach waterway views. Pick your distance between 5K, 10K or 15K. Visit their website for the schedules and locations.
  • Registration fee starts at $35. Sign-up here.

Parent Night Out 
Studio Twenty Three Dance Company, Unit G 6626 Gordon Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411

  • You deserve an exclusive and relaxing night-out. Have the kids enjoy a fun-filled evening while you enjoy your Valentine's date.
  • 5PM-8PM on February 10. Kids ages 5 to 12 yrs. old will have dinner, dance and watch a movie.
  • Visit the social media page for more info or reserve your spot here.

February 11

Valentine's Day Market 
219 S Water Street, Downtown Wilmington

  • Visit here to buy your valentine gift or celebration gift at The Eclectic Artisans, a home to over 30 local artists. Raffle prizes, free giveaways, drinks and snacks are also available! 
  • Free DIY valentines day card station to keep the little ones busy while you shop!
  • 12NN onwards. Keep posted on their event page here.

February 14

Bugaboo: Wine and Edible Insect Pairing 
Fermental Beer and Wine, 600 S 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Enjoy an entomophagic (insect eating) Valentine's Day delight when Fermental brings free wine and bug tasting. 
  • Tickets and details available closer to the event. Keep posted through their social media here. Must be 21+ years old with ID for wine tasting. Those with shellfish allergies are advised not to consume insects.
  • Event time is from 6PM to 9PM.

Valentine's Date Night Dinner 
Ellipsis Life-Inspired Experiences, 1502 S Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Savor a five course menu filled with delectable dishes and celebrate the night with your valentine.
  • 7PM-9PM | Tickets begin at $105. Book here.

February 17

Run Oak Island 
Oak Island, NC

  • Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities can explore the scenic coastal landscape of Oak Island while enjoying an invigorating dose of activity at the Run Oak Island event from 1 mile fun run or to a full marathon.
  • Registration starts at $25. Price may increase as event moves closer.
  • Register here now.

February 23

Port City Taste Restaurant Week 
Intersection of Front and Market Streets,
 Various locations around Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Celebrate the town's vibrant culinary scene in this 10-day event offering wide selections of the participating restaurants' specialties. Event runs from February 23 to March 3, 2024.
  • Price varies on the restaurant offerings. More details available closer to the event. Keep posted here.

February 24

Tidewater Camellia Club Show & Sale 
New Hanover County Arboretum,
6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Be captivated by the beautiful blooms of Camellia. Take a tour or buy a plant during the event.
  • Family activities will be from 11AM to 3PM. Show 12NN to 3PM. Plant sale begins 11AM. Judged Blooms viewing will be from 12NN to 3PM in the Auditorium.
  • Free for spectators. Know more about Tidewater Camellia Club here.

Wilmington Marathon 
Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC

  • The Wilmington Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event and an USATF-certified qualifier, and features a fun and unique course that starts at the beach and which uncovers all the cool landmarks and landscapes that are found in this coastal corner of North Carolina.
  • To register or to volunteer, visit their website for more details.

February 25

Southport Community Building: Artisan Market and Fundraiser 
Southport, NC

  • Come and take part in this event that combines local artisans with the spirit of community support.
  • 11AM to 4PM. For updates and more info, keep posted through the City of Southport NC page.

February 28

NC Rice Festival 
Leland/Navassa/Supply/Winnabow, NC

  • The NC Rice Festival is a fun and engaging waterfront celebration that features plenty of activities for everyone in the crew. From arts and crafts vendors, to live music, to a cooking contest where rice is the star ingredient.
  • 4 days! 4 events! 4 locations! February 28 | 6:00PM to 7:30PM - "Introducing... The NC Rice Festival"; February 29 | 6PM to 8PM - "Ancestry Reveal" event; March 1 | 5PM to 9PM - Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Gala; March 2 | 10:00AM to 5:30PM - The North Carolina Rice Festival.
  • For more details on the events and the venues, please visit their social media here.

Monthly Bird Walk 
Carolina Beach State Park, 
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Explore Carolina Beach State Park on a guided bird walk lead by park staff along Snows Cut Trail.
  • FREE to attend. Be sure to bring your own sunscreen, binoculars, drinking water, and insect repellent.
  • 8:00AM to 10:00AM | More info here or call (910) 458-8206

Have a month full of love!


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