Throughout the year, Southport and Oak Island highlight a variety of holidays and national observations (as well as the importance of just plain fun with your neighbors) with special events. The most well-known of these events would have to be the North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport. This annual event is the largest 4th of July celebration in the state with various activities and entertainment planned locally for the entire week. (If you haven’t booked your stay for that week, you may want to do so as that week’s rentals fill up fast! On the other hand, don’t worry if you can’t make it to Oak Island in July as there are plenty of events happening all year long.) Be sure to check this page regularly as we will continue to update with event information as it is made available.
EVERY MONDAY & WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Oak Island VFW Bingo | 103 SE 50th Street | Oak Island | 6:30pm to 10:30pm
The public is invited to join the Oak Island VFW for a game (or two) of bingo. A fee is required to participate and cash prizes are awarded to winners. For more information, call (910) 278-9978.
FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, APRIL 5TH TO NOVEMBER 1ST
Wheels By The Sea Cruise Night | Fuzzy Peach | 5130 Southport Supply Road | Southport | 5pm to 9pm
Join the Wheels By The Sea Car Club for a cruise night each month while listening to live entertainment and enjoying some delicious fro-yo! Call (301) 514-5393 for information on this event.
EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
NC Maritime Museum Evening Adult Program | 223 E Bay Street | Southport | 7pm to 9pm
Join fellow history buffs for an evening of educational discussion about North Carolina’s maritime history. Topics vary from month to month.
FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH
First Friday Gallery Walk | 211 N Howe Street | Southport | 5pm to 7pm
Browse and shop the latest creations from area artists at the First Friday Gallery Walk. Wine and appetizers kick off this monthly event where guests stroll through downtown Southport viewing featured artists at Franklin Square Gallery, Art @ 211, Ricky Evans Gallery, Howe Outrageous, Lantana’s Gallery and Southport’s Silver Coast Winery and Gallery. You may even enjoy a bit of live music along the way! For more information, call (910) 457-1129.
EVERY SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
Children’s Petting Farm | Greenlands Farmstore | 668 Midway Road SE | Bolivia | 10am to 3pm
Enjoy a close encounter with a variety of farm animals while learning interesting animal facts with your kids. For more information, call (910) 253-7934.
EVERY 2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
Sale At The Trail | Ocean Trail Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center | 630 Fodale Avenue | Southport | 8am to 1pm
Join Ocean Trail Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for their monthly yard sale. For more information, call (910) 457-9581.
SEPTEMBER – VARIOUS DATES (Check Link for Specific Dates and Times)
2017 Southern Living Idea House Tour | Cape Fear Station | Bald Head Island
Take a self-guided tour of the 2017 Southern Living Magazine Idea House, located at 204 Whale Head Way on Bald Head Island. This home was featured in the August issue of Southern Living Magazine and serves as a means to provide inspiration for prospective and current homeowners. Tickets for the tour are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult. A portion of each ticket benefits the Old Baldy Foundation. Purchase your tickets here.
Golf for Literacy | Carolina National Golf Club | Bolivia | 8am
Grab your clubs and head to Winding River for this 27th annual tournament to benefit the Brunswick County Literacy Council. The event includes Captain’s Choice, lunch, awards reception, and a one-year subscription to GOLF DIGEST magazine. Contact Bob Farrell at (910) 754-7323 for details on how to register.
Scurvy Dogs & Scoundrels: Pirates of the Lower Cape Fear | 203 E Bay St | 10am to 4pm
Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport and the Devil Men of the Cape Fear on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn as they commemorate the scurvy dogs who terrorized commerce and left an indelible mark on the imaginations of people for generations.
Oak Island Beautification Club Fashion Show & Luncheon | Island Way Restaurant | Oak Island | 11:30am
Support the Oak Island Beautification Club with its annual fall Fashion Show and Luncheon at Island Way. The luncheon begins at 11:30am with the fashion show shortly after. The cost for both the luncheon and fashion show is $20. This event is open to anyone with an interest in enhancing the beauty and livability of the island. For information, please call Bobbie Thompson at (419) 303-4362.
SEPTEMBER 29TH & 30TH (Check event description for time specifics.)
Brunswick County Intercultural Festival | BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium | Bolivia
Explore, learn, understand, and celebrate the diverse cultures represented in our Brunswick County communities. This festival will be held at 7pm on September 29th and from 10am to 4pm on September 30th and will include cuisine from various countries and traditional performances. Visit the BCIF Website for additional details as well as a list of participants.
Southport Wooden Boat Show | 107 Yacht Basin Drive | Southport | 10am to 4pm
Grab your favorite boat enthusiast and head down to the Southport Waterfront for this popular event! View boats displayed in and around the Old Yacht Basin while meeting wooden boat makers and owners. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Don’t forget your little sailors who will have the opportunity to build their own boat. This event includes exhibits from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher as well as The Fort Fisher Underwater Archeology Branch.
Kimchi Class | Greenlands Farm | 668 Midway Road SE | Bolivia | 3pm to 4:30pm
If you love kimchi and are curious about how it’s made, head out to Greenlands Farm for a class on this dish. For additional details on this class as well as the others they have scheduled, please call (910) 253-7934.
OCTOBER 5TH TO 7TH
US Open King Mackerel Tournament | Southport Waterfront
Don’t miss this “Granddad of all NC King Mackerel Fishing Tournaments”. Over $100,000 in prizes will be awarded in a guaranteed prize structure. There’ll be plenty of entertainment and delicious food available all weekend. While there is an entry fee for the tournament, spectators are free. For more information on this annual event, please visit http://www.usopenkmt.com.
“Peer Fishin’ Festival” | Ocean Crest Pier | Oak Island | 8am to 4pm
Attend Operation North State’s 4th Annual “Peer Fishin’ Festival” honoring North Carolina’s wounded warriors and disabled veterans as well as their guests. Rod, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided along with lunch, snacks, beverages, t-shirts, and prizes. This is a “dry” event meaning alcohol is prohibited. For more information, please call (336) 764-5967.
Captain Charlie Kids Fishing Tournament | Southport City Pier | Southport | 9am to 12pm
Tell the kids to grab their fishing rods and head down to the Southport Waterfront for this fun-filled children’s event. Registration is at 9am with tournament fun between 10am and 12pm. T-shirts will be passed out while supplies last. You may contact the City of Southport Parks & Recreation Department for additional information.
Sacred Heart Ladies Guild Fall Bazaar | Sacred Heart Catholic Church | 9am to 2pm
Get a jump on your holiday shopping while immersing in full-on autumn spirit at the 25th annual “Street of Shops” Fall Craft Bazaar at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. For information, please call (910) 457-6173.
The Ladies of St. Philips Fall Festival | St. Philips Episcopal Church | 9am to 4pm
Join the Ladies of St. Philips Episcopal Church for their annual fall bazaar. Fine-crafted items, baked goods and a raffle await all attendees. This event is open to the public with free admission. Cash and Check will be accepted as payment and all monies raised will go to local Brunswick County charities.
Annual Fall Farm Tapas Event | Greenlands Farm | 668 Midway Road SE | Bolivia | 3pm to 5pm
Head out to Greenlands Farm for an afternoon of good food, great conversation, and Homestead living. Taste a selection of gourmet farm tapas centered around the harvest of the fields. Wine will also be available for purchase with a portion of proceeds benefitting Helpers Of Our Farm non-profit. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased directly from Greenlands Farm.
For Your Eyes Only | St. James Community Center | St. James | 2pm
Satisfy your spy craving with an afternoon discussing “For Your Eyes Only – Stories of the CIA and MI5” with Carol Cini, author of “The Spy and His CIA Brat” and Dr. Tony Percy, author of “Misdefending the Realm”.
Brunswick Family Assistance Golf Event | Lockwood Folly Golf Club | 9am
Recruit your golf buddies for a day of fun on the links in this Captain’s Choice tournament benefitting the Brunswick Family Assistance programs. The $75.00 per person cost includes your green fee, cart fee, bag drop tip, a goodie bag, and lunch. Space is limited so secure your space before October 1! Contact Brunswick Family Assistance at (910) 754-4766 for additional registration details.
OCTOBER 12TH TO 15TH
Fly On The Ford | Cape Fear Regional Jetport | Oak Island
Grab your aviators and head to the Jetport between October 12th and 15th! Experience air travel as it was in the Golden Age of Aviation on this fully-restored Tri-Motor. Book your flight for Thursday (2pm to 5pm) or Friday through Sunday (9am to 5pm). To reserve, please call (877) 952-5395. Additional events like a Pancake Breakfast and the music of the Brunswick Big Band are also planned. Visit flytheford.org for more information.
Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament | Oak Island | 9am
Get your golf game on in this 3-person Captain’s Choice tourney held at Oak Island Golf Club to benefit the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation. There’ll be four flights (including a women’s flight) with great cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in each flight. The number of players for this event is limited to 132 paid registrations so act fast to guarantee your spot! For more information, contact the Oak Island course at (910) 278-5275.
Fall Farm Fest | Greenlands Farm | 668 Midway Road SE | Bolivia | 10am to 3pm
Join Greenlands Farm as they host their 6th annual fall fundraiser. This family-friendly event includes activities for the kids, live music, and lots of fun for everyone. Meet, learn from, and interact with rescued farm animals, take a hay ride and tour the farm, and get in total fall mood with seasonal activities. For more information, please call (910) 253-7934.
Barktoberfest | Check Six Brewing Company | Southport | 4pm to 8pm
Grab your friends and head out to Check Six Brewing Company for this wonderful fundraising event to benefit paws4vets which provides assistance dogs to veterans living with trauma. With a rain date of October 15th, this is surely one worthwhile event you won’t want to miss! For additional details on the event, contact (215) 262-8612.
Art With Heart | 223 E Bay Street | Southport | 3pm to 6pm
New Hope Clinic will hold its biennial “Art With Heart” art auction, silent auction and raffle at the Southport Community Building. Tickets are $20 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine with proceeds supporting New Hope Clinic’s work to provide free medical and dental care, diagnostic services and prescription medication for the uninsured, low-income residents of Brunswick County. Please contact Karen LeMay at (910) 253-8935 for more information on how you can purchase tickets or donate items to the auction.
Halloween Birthday Bash | Yacht Basin Eatery | Southport | 7pm
Celebrate Southport Magazine’s birthday by donning your ghoulish garb and heading to the waterfront for a costume contest, door prizes, swag, live music and food at this 5th annual event. Visit www.southportmag.com for additional details.
OCTOBER 27TH & 28TH
Scarrison | Fort Johnston Southport Museum | Southport
Be prepared as Fort Johnston and the Southport Museum & Visitor’s Center transform into “Scarrison” for Halloween. This event will be youth friendly from 11:30am to 3:30pm on the 28th with the teen and adult version occurring on the 27th and 28th from 6pm to 10pm. For information on the cost associated to attend this spooktacular event, call (910) 457-7927.
Eggstraspooky Egg Hunt & Flick-R-Treat | Middleton Park Soccer Field | Oak Island | 6:15pm to 9pm
Come dressed in your favorite costume ready to hunt for orange and black eggs! Grab a blanket and your lawn chairs and enjoy the movie, “Trolls”, by the sea!