There's no place like Wilmington and Beaches to celebrate all fall has to offer. With mild temperatures and fewer crowds, set out to explore from city to sea. Embark on a Cape Fear River cruise, search for the Venus flytrap at Carolina Beach State Park or paddle out on an eco-adventure along the Intracoastal Waterway. Tour historic homes and gardens or wander through local museums. Dine on fresh-to-table fare with river or ocean views or find your new favorite fall brew on the Ale Trail. Redefine your fall in Wilmington and Beaches.

Concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre.

Find Your Jam
From waterfront concerts featuring award-winning artists to spine-tingling ghost tours, Wilmington's unique neighborhoods and our island beaches deliver fantastic fall entertainment. Enjoy live music by the river at the brand-new Live Oak Bank Pavilion or bring your four-legged friends for a dog-friendly concert on a local patio. Prepare to be scared for a hauntingly good time on a hallo-scream getaway to one of the most actively haunted cities in the South. Embark on a haunted pub crawl or go on a guided Ghost Walk Tour. Explore Wilmington spots where horror movies like "The Conjuring" or the upcoming "Halloween Kills" and more were filmed. Follow the sights and sounds to our vibrant entertainment scene.

Taste the Season
Plenty of scenic views and a year-round mild climate make outdoor dining a must on your getaway here. Sip local libations at the Voracious Rare Beer Festival on Oct. 29 and the Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival on Oct. 30. Get a taste of our island flavors at the Taste of Wrightsville Beach on Nov. 6 and the Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk Nov. 13. Savor finger-lickin' good barbecue and drinks at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Nov. 13. From feasting on seasonal farm-to-table ingredients at a Market Street café to savoring seafood specialties at the Port City Marina while watching boats on the Cape Fear River, you can find plenty of ways to dine alfresco in Wilmington and our island beaches.


With a diverse coastal ecosystem home to a variety of flora and fauna, there's no shortage of serene settings found in Wilmington and Beaches. Explore Airlie Gardens, one of the South's premier gardens and home to walking paths, beautiful blooms and towering hundred-year-old live oaks. Take a moment to meditate under shade trees in an island garden or take a stroll along walking trails at a historic site to reconnect with nature. Kayak at a lake park or try yoga on an oceanfront pier. With so many ways to relax, it's guaranteed that you'll leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

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