ATTRACTIONS, TOURS & FUN

The Oak Island Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station

This post is for locals and visitors alike. Many times when you live in a pace for a long time you tend to get into a routine and forget about all the good things available in the area. Let this serve as a reminder to you as a local and to you as a visitor to get out and enjoy the many offerings available in Brunswick County, NC.

TOURS
Golf cart tours are a great introduction to the area history and attractions. Two offered in Southport, NC are: Southport Fun Tours and Southport Tours. Bald Head Island, NC offers the Bald Head Island Historic Tour. If you prefer walking around Southport, NC, you might consider Historic Southport: A Self Guided Tour, using a brochure provided by the Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center or take part in a Historical Southport Walking Tour. The Adventure Kayak Company also offers bicycle and kayak tours. If you love old cemeteries, you might want to wander around the Old Smithville Burying Ground. If you like them scary, you can take part in the Ghost Walk Tour provided by the Old South Tour Company. Do you love flying? You can tour the area by air with Brunswick Air and High Tide Helicopters.

Fishing at Bald Head Inlet

ATTRACTIONS:
When was the last time you had an old fashioned Picnic? You can have one with a blanket on the ground in Franklin Square Park, at a picnic table in Waterfront Park or in the gazebo in Keziah Park – all in Southport, NC. Oak Island, NC is filled with parks as well, as is Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. You can also visit Fort Johnston, the Maritime Museum, the Old Brunswick County Jail, Franklin Square Gallery or go sky diving at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. These are only a few of the many fun things you can do. Take your pick.

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MUSIC, MOVIES & MARKETS

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July 4th week has come and gone but summer is not over yet. There are still many enjoyable events scheduled in Brunswick County, NC thanks to Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and the towns of Southport, Oak Island and Shallotte, NC. In fact, you can enjoy outdoor music and/or movies every day of the week and sometimes both these and markets on the same day – and best of all – they are free. Here is a list of those events for your convenience.

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On Sunday evenings, you can enjoy the Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series at the Pavilion in Holden Beach, NC.

On Monday mornings, you can take in the Oak Island Farmers Market, held in the soccer field behind Middleton Park.

On Tuesday evenings, you have a choice between the Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series in Calabash, NC at the Calabash Town Park or in Southport, NC on the lawn of the Garrison House.

Wednesday mornings bring you the Southport Waterfront Market, also held on the Garrison lawn.

On Thursday evenings, you again have a choice of attending the Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series in either Leland, NC at the Leland Municipal Park or in Shallotte, NC at Mulberry Park.

You choice of Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series on Fridays is between Ocean Isle Beach, NC at the Museum of Coastal Carolina or in the Town of Oak Island, NC at the Middleton Park Soccer field.

On Saturday morning, you have another chance to explore a farmers market at the Shallotte Farmers Market  held at Mulberry Park.

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NC 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

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And that can mean only one thing – the NC 4th of July Festival is imminent. There will be crowds and traffic to rival any other time of the year in Brunswick County, NC, but with patience and good humor we can all enjoy great fun.

The 2018 event will begin on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Oak Island, NC with the Beach Day events and in Southport, NC with the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition. Beach Day events will begin with a Horseshoe Tournament at 8 AM and end with a Concert by the Holiday Band from 6 PM until 9 PM. In between you can participate in youth activities and contests, a sand sculpture contest, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and Volleyball Tournaments, a skateboard competition (at the Kevin Bell Skate Park), and a Shag Contest. In addition to the Fire Fighters Competition on Saturday, you can also view the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile exhibit and tour the Old Brunswick County Jail.

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July 2, 3 and 4 offer Arts and Crafts in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 6 PM and food concessions from 11 AM until 10 PM in the Waterfront Park area. Other events on Monday, July 2, include children’s entertainment in Keziah Park from 12 Noon until 2 PM and a Salute to Veterans in the Southport Community Building at 6 PM. On Tuesday, July 3, registration for Children’s Games at the waterfront begins at 8 AM and games begin at 9 AM. The Brunswick Big Band will play on the Fort Johnston lawn followed by the naturalization ceremony at 4 PM. From 4:45 PM until 5 :30 PM you can register to vote at the Southport Community Building and at 6 PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets.

You can start you day on Wednesday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast from 7 AM until 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church. At 10:30 AM there will be a flag raising ceremony at the corner of Moore and Howe streets and the parade will begin at 11 AM. From 11 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy Shine & Show Classic Cars on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. Fireworks will begin at 9 PM and there will be an encore musical performance afterward.

Throughout the days of the festival you can tour the Maritime Museum; take in the Summer Regional Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery (and take part in their art raffle and win prizes yourself); tour the Chapel of the Cross; tour the Old Jail; and enjoy the Waterfront Stage Entertainment. What more could you want?

FOOD TRUCK FUN, 4TH KICKOFF & HOT MIKADO

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Start your weekend tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 21) with the weekly Southport Summer Concert in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. Soul on the Beach will entertain you from 6 PM until 8 PM.

Hot Mikado will be showing tomorrow evening, as well, at Brunswick Little Theatre in Southport, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. If you can’t make it then you will have more chances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM. The scene is set in a Japanese Garden with music from the 1940s and the story includes love, a beheading and someone being buried alive. But don’t worry, the ending is happy.

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On Saturday, June 22, you might want to check out the first Food Truck Rodeo and Jam in Oak Island, NC at Middleton Park. It will run from 11 AM until 8 PM so you could enjoy lunch as well as dinner in the park if you choose. You will find homemade ice cream, too. There will also be music throughout the day with four bands scheduled to play. Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department is hoping you will want to make a donation of $5 at this event so they may raise funds for an amphitheater, a modern playground and a splash pad pay area.

On Sunday, June 24, there will be more music available for your entertainment and to kick off the July 4th Celebration. The 208th Army Band will perform on the Fort Johnston Lawn beginning at 3 PM. Bring your chairs, bring your blankets, bring your snacks and enjoy jazz, rock, marches, and a brass quintet.

Christine Martinez (l) as Yum Yum with other Ladies of Japan

JOLLY MON, SONGWRITING & PIRATES

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Fishing and pirates and songs, oh my! And the fun begins at 6 PM today, Thursday, June 14, in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC with the first event of the Southport Songwriter Festival. At this event you can enjoy the music of Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction with Jeanette and Johnny Williams until 8 PM.

Registrations for the Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament also begin this evening in Ocean Isle Beach, NC . The tournament runs through Sunday and offers a Junior Jolly Mon as well.

Tomorrow evening (Friday, June 15) check out the scenes in the free movie, Safe Haven, and see if you can match them to your surroundings. Yes, the movie will be shown outdoors on the Garrison Lawn in Southport, NC beginning at 8:45 PM. Bring your own chairs or a blanket to sit on and some snacks – and enjoy.

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Bald Head Island, NC will be the place where the action is this weekend and the action will begin on Friday. What action? Why, the Pirate Invasion, of course. Aargh! Don’t miss out on the adventure – food, fun and games – activities, music and magic. (If you have a choice, always choose magic in your life)

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FISHING, FLYING AND SHRIMP

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Calling all flounder fishermen – the Sudan Daredevils Shallotte Point Flounder Tournament will begin on Friday, June 8 in Shallotte, NC. There will be two days of fishing and a fish fry open to the public all day on Saturday.

Once again the Experimental Aircraft Association offers a day of flying and fun at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC. The flying will begin on Friday, June 8 and the plane will be a B-17 Aluminum Overcast bomber from WWII. Saturday’s fun will begin with a $5.00 Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 AM until 11 AM. Be sure to bring your own chair and you dancing shoes to enjoy the Brunswick Big Band beginning at 3 PM. From 10 AM until 1 PM there will be flight tours (for a fee). From 2 PM until 5 PM you can take part in aground tour of the plane for $10 for individuals, $20 for an family and free of charge for military members and veterans.

The Saturday night adult program on Friday at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport in Southport, NC offers a Sizzling, Sassy Shrimp class for a fee of $12.50 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The students will also create shrimp dip and a shrimp boil.

If you have been thinking of taking an art class – you can take one for free on Friday, June 8. The Oak Island Art Guild meets monthly at 9 AM at the Oak Island Recreation Center and offers an art workshop after each meeting. This month the workshop will be led by Richard Staat who will teach brush techniques for watercolor.

Don’t forget Thursdays in the Park at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC, where this Thursday, June 7, from 6 PM until 8 PM you can enjoy music by the NC Blues Kings. Bring a blanket or a chair and maybe even a picnic.

More music can be found on Friday at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. Beginning at 6:30 PM you can enjoy the music of Carolina Line Bluegrass band.

GALLERY WALK, BANDFEST & COUNTRY MUSIC

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It’s First Friday again and the weekend will kick off with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Franklin Square Gallery will feature artist Marta McCallum and Potter, Dona Kanich, this month. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the unique style of Susan Dade and at Lantana’s, you will find original art by Jillian Boivin. Each location will offer snacks and drinks as well.

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

If country music is more your style, you can find that on Friday evening as well. The Oak Island Country Boys will be playing and singing at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak island, NC beginning at 6 PM. This also is a free event.

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On Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 PM, you can enjoy the Paws-Ability BandFest in Sunset Beach, NC until 6PM. This event will take place at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Park and will include food and fun in addition to the music. You might even decide to adopt a pet. Proceeds will support local animal welfare.

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