Throughout the season, Brunswick County, NC fills the air with music. You will find music emanating from the stage in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. You can enjoy the music of the Brunswick Concert Band and Brunswick Big Band or the  Sea Notes Choral Society at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC – or – at the Town of St. James Community Center. You can attend music shows at the Amuzu Theater or musical productions at Brunswick Little Theater, both in Southport, NC. You can find music at restaurants most any night of the week. But during the off season, it all stops – or does it?

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Music never stops in Brunswick County, NC., folks. There is a core of really good local musicians who perform on weekends at a number of local restaurants and night spots. There are restaurants that provide karaoke as well. Some of the places in Southport, NC where you might find live music on the weekends include: Fishy Fishy CafeYacht Basin Eatery, Tiki Tavern, Check Six Brewing Company, Dead End Saloon and Slainte. In Oak Island, NC, check out the Moose Lodge and The Lazy Turtle.

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As you likely know, this is the weekend of the NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. You may ask, “What does the Azalea Festival have to do with events in Brunswick County, NC?” The answer is, “A lot more than you can imagine.” Twenty-four years ago we were traveling through the south looking for a new place to live. We were headed north again after having made several stops in Florida. We were using a book of place recommendations and I was looking forward to seeing Southport, NC. However, my husband had other ideas. He was planning to head straight for Wilmington, NC. We stopped in Shallotte, NC to call ahead and reserve a room. There was no room at the inn. It was Azalea Festival weekend and every hotel was full. The person he talked to suggested that we stay in Southport, NC at a motel that now no longer exists. I have been here ever since that serendipitous day.

The Azalea Festival is filled with fun things to do, however, there are some interesting events happening in Brunswick County, NC this weekend as well. Spring is in the air and music is in the air. Put them together and you get the Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert, A Spring Bouquet, with the first of three performances happening on Sunday at Winding River Plantation.

Also on Sunday, you can stretch your limbs and take you dog with you at The Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle 10K and 5K and 1 Mile Trot with Spot.  Proceeds benefit Brunswick County Animal Services.