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.
EVERY MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, MAY 22ND TO SEPTEMBER 4TH
Oak Island Farmers & Artisans’ Market | Middleton Park Extension | 46th & Dolphin Drive | Oak Island | 8am to 1pm
Take a stroll through the Oak Island Farmers & Artisans’ Market located on the soccer fields just behind Town Hall. Vendors offering local fresh produce, homemade jams, cakes, jewelry, furniture, rugs and potholders among other items are available for purchase. Parking is plentiful so bring the whole family out to support your neighbors. For questions on the market or how to participate as a vendor, contact email@example.com.
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 WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, MAY 3RD TO SEPTEMBER 6TH
Southport Waterfront Market | 203 E Bay Street | Southport | 8am to 1pm
Enjoy the view along the Cape Fear River from the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn while browsing beautiful local produce, baked goods and handcrafted items from various local vendors. The breeze from the river is always lovely and music is in the air as entertainment is always possible. The market is closed July 5th in observance of July 4th activities.
EVERY THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, JUNE 1ST TO AUGUST 31ST
Summer Concert Series | Franklin Square Park | 130 W West Street | Southport | 6pm to 8pm
Bring your chair or blanket and the entire family for some summer fun. Watch the sunset and take in the sounds of live music at this family-friendly 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.
EVERY FRIDAY, MAY 19TH TO SEPTEMBER 8TH
Summer Concert Series | Middleton Park | SE 46th Street | Oak Island | 6:30pm
Grab a lawn chair, bring a blanket and enjoy the sounds of summer every Friday evening at Middleton Park soccer fields.
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.
Adult Spelling Bee & A to Z Silent Auction | BCC Virginia Williamson Event Center | 50 College Road | Bolivia | 6pm
Brush up your spelling skills. Support the Brunswick County Literacy Council at its Adult Spelling Bee and Silent Auction. This event is free and open to the public. Call (910) 754-7323 for additional information.
USCG Community Safety Day | US Coast Guard Station | 300-A Caswell Beach Road | Caswell Beach | 10am to 2pm
Public safety personnel from local, state and federal agencies will be on hand to demonstrate and provide hands-on experiences for attendees. For more information, call (910) 278-1133.
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony | ILA Hall | 211 W 10th Street | Southport | 9:30am
Bring the kids out to enjoy this annual parade and ceremony in Southport. The parade will begin at 10:30am at the ILA Hall and will proceed to Howe Street to Leonard Street along to the John N. Smith Cemetery. Should you have questions, contact (910) 457-1904.
Annual Memorial Day Observance | Southport Community Building | 223 E Bay Street | Southport | 2pm
Join the Southport Junior Woman’s Club and the City of Southport Department of Tourism for Southport’s annual Memorial Day Observance ceremony, “Days of Remembrance”. Contact (910) 515-4550 to find out more on how you can take part in this ceremony.
Half Hell Folk Festival | Greenlands Farmstore | 668 Midway Road SE | Bolivia | 11am to 6pm
Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., Realtors and Helpers Of Our Farm present the Half Hell Folk Music Festival on June 3rd at 11am. Leave your pets, drinks and food at home but bring your chair and enjoy great live music, tasty beer with a “tap take-over” by Waterline Brewing Co., delicious wine and food while helping raise funds for this sustainable farm right in our backyard. For more information, please visit the website here.
Bridge to Pier Triathlon | Oak Island | 8am
Get your tennis shoes ready for the 6th annual Oak Island Bridge to Pier Sprint Triathlon. The race will include 1/3-mile swim, 16.25-mile bike and a 4-mile run. For additional information, call (336) 471-3322.
22nd Annual Lobster Sale | St. Philip’s Church | 205 E Moore Street | Southport | 10am
Enjoy delicious lobster for a great cause! St. Philip’s Church will hold its 22nd annual lobster sale on Saturday, June 10th. Orders must be received by Tuesday, June 6th with live lobster pick up from 10am to 1pm on the 10th. Live or cooked lobsters (with an average size of 1.25 pounds) will cost $18.00 each with all lobsters being cooked at 1pm. Call (910) 457-5643 for additional details or to place your order.
JUNE 15TH TO 18TH
Southport Songwriter Festival | Various Locations | Southport | Check Website For Event Times
The Southport Songwriter Festival returns for a 3rd year as a means of celebrating local, regional, and national songwriters and original music by providing educational workshops and events for songwriters, and to promote the arts, businesses, and amenities of the unique coastal village of Southport. Proceeds benefit ScreenDoor Programs KidsWrite as well as Songwriting with Veterans.
JUNE 23RD TO 25TH
Bald Head Pirate Invasion | 101 Lighthouse Wynd | Bald Head Island
Make your way to Bald Head for a fun-filled family-friendly event celebrating all things pirate. The festival includes live music, a mock sea battle, a ghost walk, food and drink. The kiddos will enjoy a treasure hunt, costume contest and magic show. The festival starts at 5pm on June 23rd.
JUNE 24TH TO 25TH
Sea Notes Patriotic Concert | BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium | 50 College Road | Bolivia | 3pm
The Sea Notes Choral Society presents its 2017 Patriotic concert at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. Times are TBA. Visit http://sea-notes.com for further details or call (910) 253-5965.
60s Oldies Dance Party | BCC South Brunswick Islands Center | 9400 Ocean Highway | Sunset Beach | 6pm
Come support the Brunswick County Literacy Council while dancing the night away to toons by Mike’s Garage Band at the South Brunswick Islands Center in Sunset Beach. Additional details can be discovered by phone call to (910) 754-7323.
NC 4th of July Festival Reading of the Declaration of Independence & Military Band Concert | Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn | 203 E Bay Street | Southport | 2:45pm
Grab the kids, your chairs and a blanket and help the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band kick off the NC 4th of July Festival with a fun-filled, patriotic afternoon of fun! Get there early to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence.