Spring has officially sprung! This is a great time of year in the Southport / Oak Island area because we are ready to get outside and have fun! There are tons of great April events – from the Southport Spring Festival to the Phlock to the Beach festivities and much more.
First Friday Gallery Walk / Downtown Southport / 5pm-7pm
First Friday Southport Gallery Walk. First Friday of Each month all year. Partial List of Participating Galleries: Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery (211 N. Howe Street), Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts(113 S. Howe Street), Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room(105 S. Howe Street) & Franklin Square Gallery(130 E. West Street).
Southport Spring Festival / Franklin Square Park, Southport / Times Vary
This festival features a wide variety of activities such as musical entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, azaleas and other plants for sale, and food vendors. Included is a Chili Cook-off, so get your taste buds ready to vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be a 5K Run/Walk.
Southport Oak Island Kiwanis 5K Run-Walk / Waterfront Park, Southport / 8am-9:30am
Scenic 5k run/walk through downtown Southport starting and ending at Waterfront Park in conjunction with the annual Spring Festival.
NC Azalea Festival / Downtown Wilmington / 10am-Until
For more than 60 years, the folks of Southeastern North Carolina have been throwing the best party in the South and you’re invited! There’s something for everyone among our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture. (910) 794-4650.
Dive Into History Symposium / Maritime Museum, Southport / 10:30am-3:30pm
Cape Fear is home to some of the most interesting wrecks in North Carolina history and the panel discussion will be engaging and exciting. Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, as we welcome a series of professional divers to share fascinating moments in history through their eyes.
Oak Island Lighthouse 5K-10K-1/2 Marathon / NC Baptist Assembly, Caswell Beach / 8am-Until
Picturesque routes along the beachfront and past the Oak Island Lighthouse. The Half Marathon route will include crossing the G.V. Barbee Bridge to Oak Island, twice and tree lined streets in Caswell Beach and Oak Island. Please check the run website for additional details. www.lighthouse10k.com
Phlock to the Beach a Buffett Style Beach Bash / Oak Island NC / Times Vary
Dig out your Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats and join us for a weekend celebrating the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle on Oak Island. A full weekend of Jimmy Buffett inspired high spirited merriment at the beach. Events include a Art on the Apron, Concert at the Airport with entertainment by Party of Two and Chllin’ Dixie, Food, Beverages & Contests; Oak Island Lighthouse 10k, 5k & 1/2 Marathon; EAA Wings & Wheels and EAA Pancake Breakfast.
Phlock to the Beach Concert / Cape Fear Regional Jetport / 4pm-9pm
Live Music from 4pm-6pm by Party of Two and Trop Rock/Country Entertainment by Chillin’ Dixie. Food, Beer, Wine, sodas, bocce ball and corn hole available. Contests (Mr. Longitude, Ms. Latitude, Jimmy Buffett Look-A-Like, Grass Skirt Hula,and Hula Hoop).
Wings & Wheels / Cape Fear Regional Jetport / 8am-3pm
There will be a car and plane show. Airplane Contests: Best High Wing, Best Low Wing and Spot Landing Contest. Car Show Contest: Open to all cars. Class and Special Awards, Top Twenty.
NC Maritime Museum @ Southport Annual Golf Classic / The Members Club, St. James / 12pm-6pm
This event has proven to be an enjoyable and entertaining day of golf for its participants and promises to be so again this year. The event will include 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, a hole-in-one prize, skill awards, prizes in various categories, happy hour, dinner, raffles, and live and silent auctions.
Women Angler’s In Training / Oak Island Parks & Rec / 7am-Until
For you ladies who want to learn more about saltwater fishing and don’t want to be bothered by your husband or boyfriend, the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department have just the thing. The Women Anglers in Training Program, or WAIT for short, is a two day fishing seminar.
Plein Air Paint Out / Southport Waterfront / Times Vary
Southport Plein Air paint-out is an exciting OUTDOOR event, sponsored by the City of Southport as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets. Our area’s most talented painters will paint Plein Air (in the open air). The public is invited to stroll our streets and watch as each artist turns a blank canvas in to a “one of a kind” piece of Southport art that will be available for purchase.
Oak Island Beach Preservation Society Wine Tasting / Island Way Restaurant, Oak Island / 12pm-2:30pm
Sample the wines, enjoy tasty treats from local sources, and bid on fabulous silent auction items at the 16th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction hosted by the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society. All proceeds from the event fund beach preservation projects and education.
If you aren’t already vacationing in Oak Island NC, we invite you to visit us anytime of year! There are great things going on in our area throughout the year. Margaret Rudd & Associates has the perfect Oak Island NC beach rentals for the vacation you deserve. Whether you need a large beach house, a simple cottage or a convenient condo by the week, by the night or even monthly, we offer the best of Brunswick County beach vacation rentals, at great rates. Visit our website today atwww.rudd.com or call to speak with one of our friendly reservation specialists at 800-486-5441!