Name a festival without musical entertainment.

Name a festival without musical entertainment.

Tough, isn’t it?

Without music, it isn't a festival in Eastern N.C. The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival is a perfect example. Combine the music of a legend such as Buddy Guy with some great seafood and a beverage, and you’ve got the makings of a great day (or two).

The cultural festivals might focus more on food, but every one also includes some kind of musical act to convey the message of the culture.

Here are some of the events to look forward to this fall.


nARTblast Festival – Sept. 4-8 in downtown Wilmington

A five-day festival with musical, theatrical and dance performances, as well as art, literary and film events will be staged at various downtown Wilmington venues. ArtBlast

nIntercultural Festival – Sept. 8 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

Brunswick Community College highlights the sounds, flavors and colors of foreign cultures at its annual Intercultural Festival. Exhibits will feature the countries of Argentina, Mexico, Russia and many others.

nFounders Day Festival – Sept. 14 at The Village at Brunswick Forest

The Leland community celebrates with food, vendors, bounce houses, crafts, live music from Jim Quick and The Coastline Band, plus performances by local school choruses and bands, and fireworks. 332-4818 or Town

n[Mini] DocuTime Film Fest – Sept. 14 at King Hall Auditorium, UNCW

[Mini] DocuTime celebrates pioneer 20th century filmmakers, and includes a young Martin Scorsese in “Italianamerican” (1974), prodding his parents to talk about life in New York and about family back in Sicily.

nSecret Garden Tour – Sept. 20-21 in downtown Wilmington

The tour features hidden historic gardens in downtown Wilmington. 762-0492

nBrunswick Waterfest – Sept. 20-22 in Leland

The Brunswick WaterFest is a family-oriented festival featuring guided river tours, birding, a kayak fishing tournament and educational programs. 471-7216

nTaste of Hampstead – Sept. 21 at Hampstead Community Building

The Taste of Hampstead Wine Festival features a sampling of food from area restaurants, plus wine and craft beers. 270-9642

nN.C. Spot Festival – Sept. 28-29 in Hampstead

Live entertainment, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, fireworks and spot dinners (a “spot” is a kind of fish locals fry to a golden brown) highlight the festival. N.C. 17 in Hampstead.

nIsland Day – Sept. 29 at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

Have some old-fashioned fun with family activities and games and music. Bring a cooler or buy a hot dog.


nRiverfest – Oct. 4-6 in downtown Wilmington

Annual celebration with arts, crafts, food and music in downtown Wilmington. 452-6862 or

nArt in the Arboretum – Oct. 5-6 at the New Hanover County Arboretum

Local artists display their works at the arboretum. Painters, sculptors, potters and other artists will have their work available for purchase. 798-7670 or

nHalloween Festival – Oct. 11-13 and 18-20 at Poplar Grove Plantation

Festival includes haunted hayride, haunted barn, rides, games, food, daylight hayride, non-scary Kiddie Funhouse, pony rides, cake walk, fortune tellers and more. 686-9518 or Poplar

nTaste of Wrightsville Beach – Oct. 12 at MarineMax

The event celebrates some of the best food the island has to offer with more than 25 food and wine/beer tasting booths. Celebrity judges will rate the dishes with a “best in show” and participants will select the “people’s choice” award. 262-5998

nOyster Roast – Oct. 18 at Airlie Gardens

Fundraising dinner features oyster, food and drink. Music will be provided by Heartbeat of Soul and Sea Pans.

nAttack of the Killa Beer Festival

Attack of the Killa Beer Festival features beer from more than 90 international breweries, with live music by Americana band The Black Lillies and food from local restaurants. Shuttle service provided. 256-8622 or

nSalty Paws Festival – Oct. 19 at Carolina Beach Lake Park

This pet-friendly event includes arts and crafts, food, music and entertainment plus pet contests, children’s activities, raffles and prizes, as well as rescue animals for adoption. 458-7233

nN.C. Oyster Festival – Oct. 19-20 at Ocean Isle Beach

The Oyster Fest includes entertainment, arts and crafts, an oyster shucking contest and N.C. Oyster Festival Road Race. (800) 426-6644 or ncOyster

nAutumn with Topsail – Oct. 19-20 at Topsail Beach Assembly Building

A juried artists’ court with regional artists displaying and selling their work, musical entertainment, food and more. AutumnWith

nBatty Battleship’s Halloween Bash – Oct. 29 at Battleship N.C.

Trick-or-treating, games, activities, food and storytelling highlight the event at the Battleship North Carolina. Call 251-5797 or visit


nTopsail Chili Festival

Topsail Chili Festival will be held Nov. 1 and 2 in Sneads Ferry. Sponsorships, vendor space and chili cook positions available.

nCape Fear Fair & Expo – Nov. 1-10 at Wilmington International Airport

It’s a fair. Just what you’d expect – rides, carnival food, entertainment and midway games. 313-1234 or

nPolish Festival – Nov. 2 at St. Stanislaus Church, Castle Hayne

For one day, we can all be Polish. Enjoy Polish food, raffles, gifts, dancing and polka music. 675-2336 or

nFestival Latino – Nov. 9-10 at Ogden Park

Celebrate the diverse Latino community in Wilmington. The event features international food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, a Mexican hat race, kids’ area and pinatas every hour. 264-4915

nCucalorus Film Festival – Nov. 13-17 in downtown Wilmington

The 19th annual non-competitive festival of independent films features more than 100 films screened at various venues. 343-5995 or

nArt for the Masses – Nov. 23 at Warwick and Burney centers, UNCW

The centers will be filled with art work by more than 150 local artists, all available for $250 or less. 962-7972