Oak Island Area | Events

Events Around Town

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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.

ON-GOING EVENTS

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.


NOVEMBER EVENTS

NOVEMBER 17TH
Oak Island Country Boys | Oak Island Recreation Center | 6pm
Join Oak Island Parks & Recreation for this free concert featuring the Oak Island Country Boys. Visit the Oak Island Parks & Recreation website for more information.

NOVEMBER 18TH
Brunswick Concert Band Fall Concert | Hatch Auditorium | Caswell Beach | 3pm to 4:30pm
The Brunswick Concert Band will perform “Masters of Melody” for it’s free fall concert. Donations are greatly appreciated.

NOVEMBER 18TH TO 19TH
Christmas Gift Show | St James Community Center | St James
Benefit from the convenience of having local retailers and restaurateurs all in one location! The Christmas Gift Show comes to Southport and Oak Island. Admission is free and guests will have a chance to win $300 in cash just for registering! Visit the Chamber website for more information on becoming a commercial participant or registering for the event.

NOVEMBER 19TH
Brunswick Concert Band Fall Concert | Odell Williamson Auditorium | Bolivia | 3pm to 4:30pm
The Brunswick Concert Band will perform “Masters of Melody” for it’s free fall concert. Donations are greatly appreciated.

NOVEMBER 24TH
Southport Tree Lighting Ceremony | Franklin Square Park | Southport | 5:30pm
Join Mayor Dove and other Southport revelers in Franklin Square Park as they kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the Southport tree. For more information, visit the City of Southport website.

NOVEMBER 25TH
Shop Small Saturday – Open Houses | Area Wide
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Chamber member businesses will host an open house in conjunction with the day from 9am to 1pm.


DECEMBER EVENTS

DECEMBER 1ST
Oak Island Tree Lighting | Middleton Park | Oak Island | 5:30pm
Grab your santa hat and head out to Middleton Park for live entertainment followed by the annual tree lighting at 6pm.

DECEMBER 2ND & 3RD
SeaNotes Christmas Concert | BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium | Bolivia 3pm
The 2017 SeaNotes Choral Society Christmas Concert entitled “Peace On Earth” will be held on Saturday and Sunday at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium. Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying this lovely show. For more information, visit the Sea Notes website.

DECEMBER 2ND
Oak Island Holiday Craft Market| Oak Island Recreation Center | Oak Island | 9am to 2pm
Still looking for some great holiday gifts? Head out to the Oak Island Holiday Craft Market to see (and purchase) work from local artists, craftsmen, and vendors at this 1-day event!

DECEMBER 2ND
Southport Nutcracker Tea | 223 E Bay Street | Southport | 2pm
Join the City of Southport for traditional “high tea” complete with tea sandwiches, sweet treats, tea and entertainment with a historical holiday theme. The cost is $35 per person.

DECEMBER 2ND
Christmas By The Sea Parade | Oak Island | 2pm
After stocking up on all those Christmas goodies at the holiday craft market, stay for this annual celebration of the season! The parade will start at SE 46th Street and will head east on Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street.

DECEMBER 3RD
Merry Eats & Treats | Oak Island Recreation Center | Oak Island | 12pm to 4pm
Join the Oak Island Beautification Club as well as bakeries like The Confectionary, Gabriela’s, Staarr Cakes, and Swain’s Sugar Shack for their 4th annual bake sale and craft bazaar.

DECEMBER 6TH
Supper with Santa’s Elves | 209 Atlantic Avenue | Southport | 5pm to 7pm
Children 4 to 10 years old will enjoy supper with Santa’s elves while Santa and parents enjoy holiday shopping and dining in Southport. $5.00/child fee.

DECEMBER 7TH
Polar Express Movie | Ft Johnston Garrison Lawn | Southport | 5pm to 8pm
Pack your blanket, lawn chairs, snack and the kids and head out to the Garrison Lawn for an evening showing of “Polar Express”. Hot chocolate will be served while supplies last. This event is free and open to the public.

DECEMBER 8TH
Holiday History Tour | NC Maritime Museum | Southport | 3pm to 5pm
Join the NC Maritime Museum for a costumed-interpreted tour of the museum’s exhibit gallery while learning about the maritime heritage of the Lower Cape Fear.

DECEMBER 8TH
Supper With Santa | 4601 E Oak Island Drive | Oak Island | 6pm to 8pm
Enjoy a spaghetti dinner with seasonal craft stations, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and a special visit from dear old St. Nick! $10/resident

DECEMBER 8TH
Light Up The Night | Downtown Southport | 6:30pm
This 100-year old tradition of the Southport Fire Department is alive and well! Bring the kids to the Southport Fire Station where they’ll be loaded onto the fire engines for a parade downtown.

DECEMBER 9TH
Friends Of The Library Book Sale | Southport Realty | Southport | 9am to 12pm
Join the Friends of the Library for their book sale – a great time to stock up on books before Christmastime.

DECEMBER 9TH
Santa’s Elves Workshop | 209 East Nash Street | Southport | 10am to 11:30am
Bring the kids out for a fun-filled event where children’s crafts are magically created with the help of Santa’s Southport Elves.

DECEMBER 9TH
WinterFest Tour Of Homes | 111 South Davis Street | Southport | 1pm to 6pm
This year’s Southport Historical Society WinterFest will feature several beautiful Southport homes on its annual tour. The cost is $15.00 per person, $20 per person day of the tour.

DECEMBER 9TH
Christmas Flotilla | Waterfront | Southport | 7pm
Celebrate Southport’s nautical history! View boats of all sizes, power and sail, all dressed up in their holiday best (weather permitting).

DECEMBER 15TH
Candy Cane Flashlight Hunt | Bill Smith Park | Oak Island | 6pm to 8pm
Don’t miss out on your opportunity for great family fun! Bring the kids for an evening of hunting candy canes, glow-in-the-dark eggs and enjoy hot chocolate and a visit from Santa!