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
A five-day festival with musical, theatrical and dance performances, as well as art, literary and film events will be staged at various downtown
nIntercultural Festival – Sept. 8 at Odell Williamson Auditorium
nFounders Day Festival – Sept. 14 at The Village at
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 OfLeland.com
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
The tour features hidden historic gardens in downtown
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
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. NCspotFestival.com
nIsland Day – Sept. 29 at
Have some old-fashioned fun with family activities and games and music. Bring a cooler or buy a hot dog. TownofKureBeach.org.
nRiverfest – Oct. 4-6 in downtown
Annual celebration with arts, crafts, food and music in downtown
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 GardeningNHC.org.
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 Grove.com.
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
Fundraising dinner features oyster, food and drink. Music will be provided by Heartbeat of Soul and Sea Pans. AirlieGardens.org
nAttack of the Killa Beer Festival
Attack of the Killa Beer Festival features beer from more than 90 international breweries, with live music by
nSalty Paws Festival – Oct. 19 at
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
The Oyster Fest includes entertainment, arts and crafts, an oyster shucking contest and N.C. Oyster Festival Road Race. (800) 426-6644 or ncOyster Festival.com
nAutumn with Topsail – Oct. 19-20 at
A juried artists’ court with regional artists displaying and selling their work, musical entertainment, food and more. AutumnWith Topsail.com
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 battleshipnc.com
nTopsail Chili Festival
Topsail Chili Festival will be held Nov. 1 and 2 in Sneads Ferry. Sponsorships, vendor space and chili cook positions available. topsailchilifestival.com
nCape Fear Fair & Expo – Nov. 1-10 at
It’s a fair. Just what you’d expect – rides, carnival food, entertainment and midway games. 313-1234 or CapeFearFair.com
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 StStansPolishFestival.org
nFestival Latino – Nov. 9-10 at
Celebrate the diverse Latino community in
nCucalorus Film Festival – Nov. 13-17 in downtown
The 19th annual non-competitive festival of independent films features more than 100 films screened at various venues. 343-5995 or cucalorus.org
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