Aquarium Outreach

June

3 & 17: Paranormal Ghost Tours. 8-9pm. Visit Poplar Grove Plantation on the night of new and full moons for guided paranormal tours of the manor house. Tickets are $15. Details: 910-686-9518.

4, 11, 18, 25: EMA Community Program. 1-2pm. Ecological Marine Adventures offers a free weekly program for youngsters of all ages. Learn about the marine environment, participate in hands-on experiments and get a free introduction to the many programs offered through Ecological Marine Adventures. Meet at 106 N. Topsail Drive in Surf City. No registration is necessary. Details: www.ecologicalmarineadventures.com.

5, 12, 19, 26: Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove. 8am-1pm. Guests can expect fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, peanuts and a variety of handcrafted items from regional artisans. Details: 910-686-9518.

6, 13, 20, 27: Summer Plunder Days Craft Market. 10am-3pm. This Topsail Beach arts and craft sale showcases the work of a variety of vendors, all hand selected based on the quality and variety of their work. Visitors can expect to find stained glass, hand-carved fish, paintings, pottery, jewelry and much more.

6 & 20: Summer on the Square. 6:30pm. Randy Knight and Parrot Party (6th) and The Imitations (20th) perform at Courthouse Square in Burgaw. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs and relax for the free performance.

13, 20 & 27: Bingo. 6:30pm. This popular fundraiser helps support the Missiles & More Museum and the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail, where it is held. Snacks and soft drinks available.

14, 21, 28: Movie in the Park. Dusk. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for an outside viewing of a family-friendly movie at Soundside Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and other comfort items. No alcohol is allowed. Rain location is the Surf City Community Center. This month's movies include “Sgt. Stubby” (14th), “Mary Poppins Returns” (21st) and “Bernie the Dolphin” (28th).

14-15: NC Blueberry Festival. Celebrate in Pender County, known as the first cultivated blueberry producer in the 1930s and currently ranked second in blueberry production in the entire state. The festival celebrates the historic, economic and cultural significance of blueberries in this region and attracts more than 30,000 people to enjoy entertainment, artisans, antique cars, food vendors and plenty of blueberries at the Pender County Courthouse, 100 S. Wright St., Burgaw. Runs from 10am-10pm on Friday and 9am-910pm on Saturday. Details: www.ncblueberryfestival.com.

Sat. 15: NC Blueberry Festival 5K Run 1-Mile Walk. 7-9am. Offered in conjunction with the NC Blueberry Festival in downtown Burgaw. This race gives runners the option of running or walking a 5K route. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. Details: its-go-time.com/nc-blueberry-festival-5k.

Sat. 15: Father’s Day Youth Fishing. East Coast Sports sponsors this annual family day of fishing at Soundside Park for up to 250 youngsters. Rods and reels are provided. Free. Details: 910-328-1887.

20 & 27: Concert in the Park. 7-9pm. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free family-friendly concert. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed. This month's performers include Soul on the Beach (20th and Heads Up Penny (27th). Details: 910-328-4887.

Wed. 26: Aquarium Outreach Program. 1-2pm. Programs are designed for families with children age 4 and up at the Missiles & More Museum. Enjoy live animals, engaging activities, costumes, props and hands-on learning to foster the naturalist in everyone. This month's topic is “Hermit Crab’s Friends.” Free. Details: 910-328-8663.

28-29: Topsail Inshore Challenge. This annual fishing tournament is sponsored by Fisherman’s Post. Registration will be held at East Coast Sports and weigh-ins will be held at Sloop Point Marina Entry fee is $125-$150. Over $15,000 in cash and prizes awarded. Captain's party and awards dinner planned. Details: www.fishermanspost.com.

July

2, 9, 16, 23, 30: EMA Community Program. 1-2pm. Ecological Marine Adventures offers a free weekly program for youngsters of all ages. Learn about the marine environment, participate in hands-on experiments and get a free introduction to the many programs offered through Ecological Marine Adventures. Meet at 106 N. Topsail Drive in Surf City. No registration is necessary. Details: www.ecologicalmarineadventures.com.

2, 16 & 31: Paranormal Ghost Tours. 8-9pm. Visit Poplar Grove Plantation on the night of new and full moons for guided paranormal tours of the manor house. Tickets are $15. Details: 910-686-9518.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove. 8am-1pm. Guests can expect fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, peanuts and a variety of handcrafted items from regional artisans. Details: 910-686-9518.

Mon. 3: Independence Day Celebration. 7pm. Concert, fireworks & children’s activities at Soundside Park, Surf City. Fireworks start at 9pm.

4, 11, 18, 25: Summer Plunder Days Craft Market. 10am-3pm. This Topsail Beach arts and craft sale showcases the work of a variety of vendors, all hand selected based on the quality and variety of their work. Visitors can expect to find stained glass, hand-carved fish, paintings, pottery, jewelry and much more.

4, 11, 18, 25: Bingo. 6:30pm. This popular fundraiser helps support the Missiles & More Museum and the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail, where it is held. Snacks and soft drinks available.

4-7: Ocean City Jazz Festival. 5pm. Celebrating its tenth year, th Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in historic Ocean City in North Topsail Beach. Gates open at 4pm. Advance ticket prices are $50-$60 for one day or $160 for all three days. Tickets at the gate will increase by $5. Details: www.oceancityjazzfest.com.

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Aquarium Outreach Program. 1-2pm. Programs are designed for families with children age 4 and up at the Missiles & More Museum. Enjoy live animals, engaging activities, costumes, props and hands-on learning to foster the naturalist in everyone. Topics this month include "Fantastic Fish” (3rd), “Turtle Time” (10th) and “Jammin’ Jellies” (17th) Free. Details: 910-328-8663.

Thur. 4: Holly Ridge Fireworks. 6pm. Spectators will gather at Holly Ridge Municipality Park for children’s rides, concessions and fireworks. Details: townofhollyridge.net.

Thur. 4: Children's Fishing Competition. The Surf City Pier opens for a free day of fishing for youngsters age 16 and under in a fun, educational and safe environment. Must pre-register. Details: 910-328-3521.

5, 12, 19, 26: Movie in the Park. Dusk. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for an outside viewing of a family-friendly movie at Soundside Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and other comfort items. No alcohol is allowed. Rain location is the Surf City Community Center. This month's movies include “Captain Marvel” (5th), “Lego Movie 2” (12th), “Fantastic Beasts – Crimes of Grindelwald (19th) and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (26th). Details: 910-328-4887.

11, 18, 25: Concert in the Park. 7-9pm. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free family-friendly concert. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed. This month's performers include Turnbridge Band (11th), The Carolina Band (18th) and Imitations (25th). Details: 910-328-4887.

Thur. 18: Summer on the Square. 6:30pm. Soul on the Beach performs at Courthouse Square in Burgaw. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs and relax for the free performance.

Sat. 20: Food Truck Round Up. 4-8pm. Food trucks and arts and crafts vendors come together for this fundraiser at Poplar Grove Plantation for The Stables Equine Rescue Program. Wine and beer available. Live music provided by the Folkstone Stringband. Admission is free. Details: www.poplargrove.org.

August

1, 8 & 15: Bingo. 6:30pm. This popular fundraiser helps support the Missiles & More Museum and the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail, where it is held. Snacks and soft drinks available.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Summer Plunder Days Craft Market. 10am-3pm. This Topsail Beach arts and craft sale showcases the work of a variety of vendors, all hand selected based on the quality and variety of their work. Visitors can expect to find stained glass, hand-carved fish, paintings, pottery, jewelry and much more.

Thur. 1: Summer on the Square. 6:30pm. The band British Invaders performs at Courthouse Square in Burgaw. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs and relax for the free performance.

Fri. 2: Movie in the Park. Dusk. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for an outside viewing of a family-friendly movie at Soundside Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and other comfort items. No alcohol is allowed. Rain location is the Surf City Community Center. This month's movie is “The Little Mermaid.” Details: 910-328-4887.

6, 13, 20, 27: EMA Community Program. 1-2pm. Ecological Marine Adventures offers a free weekly program for youngsters of all ages. Learn about the marine environment, participate in hands-on experiments and get a free introduction to the many programs offered through Ecological Marine Adventures. Meet at 106 N. Topsail Drive in Surf City. No registration is necessary. Details: www.ecologicalmarineadventures.com.

7, 14, 21, 28: Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove. 8am-1pm. Guests can expect fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, peanuts and a variety of handcrafted items from regional artisans. Details: 910-686-9518.

9-11: Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival. The Shrimp Festival is a long-running (it turns 49 this year) festival celebrating the area’s bountiful seafood in a family-friendly street-fair atmosphere. There is live music, arts and crafts, a beverage tent, rides, games, shrimp heading contest and fireworks. Details: www.sneadsferryshrimpfestival.org.

15 & 30: Paranormal Ghost Tours. 8-9pm. Visit Poplar Grove Plantation on the night of new and full moons for guided paranormal tours of the manor house. Tickets are $15. Details: 910-686-9518.

16-17: Sneads Ferry Rotary King Mackerel Tournament. Sponsored by the Sneads Ferry Rotary Club, anglers will vie for over $40,000 in prizes during this Southern Kingfish Association sanctioned event. Details: 910-546-0331, www.sfkmt.com.

September

3, 10, 17, 24: EMA Community Program. 1-2pm. Ecological Marine Adventures offers a free weekly program for youngsters of all ages. Learn about the marine environment, participate in hands-on experiments and get a free introduction to the many programs offered through Ecological Marine Adventures. Meet at 106 N. Topsail Drive in Surf City. No registration is necessary. Details: www.ecologicalmarineadventures.com.

4, 11, 18, 25: Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove. 8am-1pm. Guests can expect fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, peanuts and a variety of handcrafted items from regional artisans. Details: 910-686-9518.

Thur. 12: Historical Society Luncheon. 11:30am. The Historical Society of Topsail meets at the Missiles and More Museum for lunch and a speaker. Lunches are available for purchase, or guests may attend the lecture without lunch at no charge. Reservations required. Meetings are held at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail. Details: hstiluncheons@gmail.com.

14-15: Summer Harvest Festival. This two-day event at Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington, celebrates the southeast's popular harvests, including peanuts and sweet potatoes. Open from 9am-5pm on Sept. 14 and 10am-4pm on Sept. 15. Details: www.poplargrove.org.

14 & 28: Paranormal Ghost Tours. 8-9pm. Visit Poplar Grove Plantation on the night of new and full moons for guided paranormal tours of the manor house. Tickets are $15. Details: 910-686-9518.

27-28: NC Muscadine Harvest Festival. Celebrate the nation’s first cultivated grape and state fruit at the Duplin County Events Center, 195 Fairgrounds Drive, Kenansville. Sample more than 250 wines and enjoy tailgating with friends as you listen to live entertainment featuring Spare Change, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot and the Band of Oz. The festival runs from 5-9pm on Friday and 10am-7pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance for Friday, $20 in advance for Saturday, $25 for a two-day pass and slightly higher at the gate. Children under 5 are free. Details: www.ncmuscadinefestival.com.

October

2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove. 8am-1pm. Guests can expect fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, peanuts and a variety of handcrafted items from regional artisans. Details: 910-686-9518.

4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26: Paranormal Ghost Tours. 7, 8 & 9pm. Tour the manor house at Poplar Grove Plantation for a little ghost hunting. Details: 910-686-9518 or www.poplargrove.org.

Thur. 10: Historical Society Luncheon. 11:30am. The Historical Society of Topsail meets at the Missiles and More Museum for lunch and a speaker. Lunches are available for purchase, or guests may attend the lecture without lunch at no charge. Reservations required. Meetings are held at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail. Details: hstiluncheons@gmail.com.

19-20: Autumn with Topsail. 7:30am-8:30pm. Enjoy the autumn air and the salty sea breeze at this Topsail Island festival featuring live musical entertainment, food and over 100 regional artists showing and selling their wares. The festival is held near the Assembly Building on Channel Blvd. and Flake Ave. Be sure to start each day with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast. Admission is $6 per day, or $10 for both days. Children 12 and under and active duty military are free. Details: www.autumnwithtopsail.com.

Sun. 27: Brews & Broomsticks Food Truck Bash. 3-7pm. Poplar Grove Plantation hosts this late afternoon event just in time for Halloween. Plenty of food options will be available along with beer and wine and a costume contest for the young – and the young at heart. Details: 910-686-9518 or www.poplargrove.org.

November

1-3: Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge. Entry fee is $60-$70 per angler for this tournament. All fishing must be done from the beach - no boats, no piers. Junior, lady and senior angler categories included. Details: 910-452-6378.

2-3: NC Spot Festival. Hampstead is home to the NC Spot Festival. Enjoy music, games, a pageant, vendors and a traditional Southern spot meal, served from 11am to 6pm, Saturday and 11am to 5pm, Sunday. Fireworks start at 9pm on Saturday. All proceeds go to Topsail schools and the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department. Details: www.ncspotfestival.com.

Thur. 14: Historical Society Luncheon. 11:30am. The Historical Society of Topsail meets at the Missiles and More Museum for lunch and a speaker. Lunches are available for purchase, or guests may attend the lecture without lunch at no charge. Reservations required. Meetings are held at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail. Details: hstiluncheons@gmail.com.

Sat. 23: Surf City Tree Lighting. 6pm. Join the town of Surf City at Soundside Park as it lights its holiday tree and kicks off the Christmas season. Santa will be there to welcome the youngsters and cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Fri. 29: Topsail Island Flotilla. Dusk. Add an island vibe to your holiday season and enjoy this annual parade featuring decorated and lighted boats as they sail down the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats will start in Surf City at the bridge and continue to the south end of Topsail Beach. Best views are at the Assembly Building, any sound dock or beach and Soundside Park.

Sat. 30: Topsail Tree Lighting. 6pm. The town of Topsail Beach welcomes the seasons with the lighting of the official town tree at 820 S. Anderson Blvd. Details: 910-328-5841.

December

6-8 & 13-15: A Merry Little Christmas Festival. Listen to holiday stories and see the 1850 manor house at Poplar Grove Plantation decorated in its seasonal best before taking a walk down the Trail of Lights in the woods. Classic holiday movies will be presented on outdoor screens and a bonfire will be maintained for roasting marshmallows. Activities run from 5-9pm on Friday, 1-9pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is $5. Details: 910-686-9518 or www.poplargrove.org.

6-7 & 13-14: Candlelight Tours. 5, 6, 7 & 8pm. Enjoy an evening of candlelight and outdoor festivities as you celebrate the season at Poplar Grove Plantation. Reservations required. Details: www.poplargrove.org.

Sat. 7: Jingle Bell Ball. 6:30pm. Dress in your best and enjoy an evening to support the Historical Society of Topsail Island. The event includes a catered meal, cash bar and entertainment for dancing at the Topsail Island Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. Details: 910-547-8312 or Michael@landmarksothebysrealty.com.

Sat. 7: Topsail Beach Christmas Parade. 11am. The Topsail Beach Christmas parade fills the streets in honor of the season. Details: 910-328-5841.

Thur. 12: Historical Society Luncheon. 11:30am. The Historical Society of Topsail meets at the Missiles and More Museum for lunch and a speaker. Lunches are available for purchase, or guests may attend the lecture without lunch at no charge. Reservations required. Meetings are held at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail. Details: hstiluncheons@gmail.com.

January 2019

Dolphin Dip. Noon. Virtually thousands of people gather at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in Surf City each Jan. 1 for this chilly dip to help raise money for Hospice. The swim is scheduled for noon. Details: 910-526-3788.

February 2019

Battle of Moores Creek Anniversary. 9am-5pm. Moores Creek was the location of one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War and the first patriot victory of the war. Step back in time and enjoy reenactments, military camp life, musket and artillery firing and broadsword use at the Moores Creek National Battlefield, Currie. Details: 910-283-5591, www.nps.gov/mocr.

March 2019

Surf City Women’s Expo. 10am-2pm. Join Surf City Parks and Recreation as it showcases local business and the regions women. Cost is $3. Details: 910-328-4887.

Herb & Garden Fair. Held annually at Poplar Grove Plantation.

April 2019

NC Azalea Festival. A celebration of Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture and its favorite flower stretches through five days of entertainment that includes a parade, street fair, circus, concerts and pageant. Details: www.ncazaleafestival.org.

May 2019

Pender County Spring Fest. Meet at the Pender County Courthouse Square in Burgaw on the first Saturday in May for this festival featuring local vendors offering homegrown and handmade goods. Join friends and family from 6-10pm on the Friday before for an evening of dancing. The festival runs from 9am-4pm on Saturday and includes arts and crafts and children’s activities. Details: www.visitpender.com.

For more information on Topsail area events, contact the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-329-4446 or visit www.topsailchamber.org.

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