April Events Calendar

 
NC Coastal


Events are subject to changes and cancellations.

April 2011

April   > Camden County
Hiking, biking, birding, boating, fishing the Great Dismal Swamp
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Trails are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The refuge headquarters is located at 3100 Desert Road in Suffolk, Virginia. The headquarters is closed on federal holidays; the hiking and biking trails remain open. Fishing and boating are permitted year-round on Lake Drummond. A Virginia fishing license is required. Access is via the Feeder Ditch, which connects Lake Drummond with the Dismal Swamp Canal. A public boat ramp is located north of the Feeder Ditch on the Dismal Swamp Canal. Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge


April   > Elizabeth City
Arts of the Albemarle Exhibits & Gallery
Visit the Gallery where you will find exhibitions, original artwork, unique handcrafted items and photography. The resident Encore Theatre Company produces three shows per year with about twenty performance nights. Arts of the Albemarle
April   > Wilmington
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Thalian Hall
April   > Wilmington
Cameron Art Museum
The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 special exhibitions annually; monthly family and children's programs (Kids @ CAM); weekly interdisciplinary, public programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics... more info: Cameron Art Museum
April   > Wilmington
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
There are permanent and featured exhibits along with special programs too numerous to list in this calendar. Be sure to check out their exhibits and events calendar when planning your to-do list. Admission charged. Cape Fear Museum
April   > Beaufort
Down East FolkArts Society Contra Dance
The Down East FolkArts Society sponsors contra dances once a month at Duke Marine Lab. Dances include live music (jigs, reels and old time tunes) and a caller who teaches and prompts every dance. www.downeastfolkarts.org
April   > Beaufort and Morehead City
American Music Festival
This multi-concert chamber music series is performed at the NC Maritime Museum and other venues around the Crystal Coast. www.americanmusicfestival.org
April   > Hatteras Island
Guided Bird Walks on Pea Island NWR
http://www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/spec.html#schedule Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
April   > Nags Head
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Jockey's Ridge State Park. Learn more about the natural, cultural and historical history of Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Outer Banks at the park's exhibit hall. Find out what dunes are made of, how they are created and how they are shaped. Contact the park office or check online: http://207.4.179.50/dprcoe/coe_pub.html Jockey's Ridge State Park
April   > Kill Devil Hills
KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios
KDH Cooperative is an artist operated gallery featuring local works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, furniture, candles, pottery, photography, mosaic, glass and metal. There are over 45 juried artists, many of whom assist in running the gallery. The gallery's specialty is art made by local artists on the Outer Banks and nearby areas. Several artists work on site in their studios and our blacksmith can be seen working at his forge outside most days. We offer art classes and workshops for all ages. Check our website for current schedules and to see some of the artists featured at the co-op! www.kdhcooperative.com
April   > Roanoke Island
The Art Gallery at Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island Festival Park. Hosts monthly changing exhibits featuring renowned artists. Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm. roanokeisland.com
April   > Roanoke Island
North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island
The NC Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island will offer a variety of maritime skills, boatbuilding, sailing programs and workshops throughout the year in the Creef Boathouse. Junior Sailing will be offered mid-June through early August ( each is a five-day session). Visit the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and learn the history of the screw-pile lights.
mid-February thru late Dec  > Manteo
History, Arts and Fun - All Rolled Into One!
Enjoy daily programs about the Elizabeth II, in the Settlement Site and in the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. A docudrama in The Film Theatre entitled The Legend of Two-Path, art shows monthly in The Art Gallery, gifts at The Museum Store, picnic areas, marsh-side boardwalks, a fossil pit, and more. Roanoke Island Festival Park
April > Hyde County
Mattamuskeet Lake open to fishing and boating.
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
April   > Windsor
Turkey Hunt on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
April   > Wilmington
Jazz at Airlie
Enjoy First Friday Jazz Series at Airlie Gardens on the first Friday night of each month - April-October. Sponsored by the Cape Fear Jazz Appreciation Society. Airlie Gardens
April   > Jacksonville
Downtown Alive
Free Concert with a variety of bands every friday night at the Old Jacksonville Train Depot. www.bold2000.com
April 02-03 > Southport
Southport Spring Festival
Chili Cook-off, art show, entertainment. www.southportmerchants.com
April 02 > Carolina Beach
Island of Lights Fashion Show
Tickets for the event will be on sale at local businesses on Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. For information visit islandoflights.org
April 02-03 > Nags Head
Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza
Kitty Hawk Kites combines the annual "Fly Into Spring" event with the "Easter Eggstravaganza" to create one large celebration for National Kite Month! The spring event will be held at Jockey's Ridge State Park, home to the largest living sand dune on the east coast, and the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head, located across the street from Jockey's Ridge. Come start off the kiting season right. We will have informal, free kite flying lessons, mass ascensions, and lots of games and demos. This is a fun fly! Kitty Hawk Kites is proud to Kick Off National Kite Month with this great family fun event. Kitty Hawk Kites
April 03 > Ocean Isle Beach
Family Day
Bake sale, face painting, live snakes, and other children's activities. Hot dogs and soft drinks. One block from the beach Museum Of Coastal Carolina
April 07-11 > Wilmington
North Carolina Azalea Festival
A springtime tradition celebrating Wilmington's exceptional artwork, gardens, history and culture. Activities include headline concert entertainment; a three day riverfront street fair with arts, craft and food vendors, continuous live entertainment; a spectacular parade including floats and marching bands. North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 09-11 > Wilmington
Azalea Garden Tour
The Cape Fear Garden Club is celebrating the Azalea Garden Tour. Tickets are valid for use the entire weekend www.azaleagardentour.org
April 09-10 > New Bern
Spring Historic Homes, Gardens & Arts Tour
The New Bern Preservation Foundation and New Bern Historical Society present a Spring tour of historic homes, gardens, arts and craftsmen demonstrations in New Bern's Historic District. The tour also includes Tryon Palace Gardens. Admission charge. Craven County CVB
April 09-10 > Newport
Newport Pig Cookin' Contest
The annual Newport Pig Cookin' Contest is a tradition in eastern NC barbecue. Enjoy the Friday afternoon parade, live entertainment and try the best of eastern NC barbecue cooking. newportpigcooking.com
April 10 > Beaufort
Easter Egg Hunt
Held at the Beaufort Historic Site, Turner Street, Beaufort. Children ages seven and younger are welcome to join the fun. Prizes, refreshments and lots of eggs to find. Just bring a basket. Beaufort Historic Site
April 10 > Atlantic Beach
Fort Macon Civil War Reenactment
The event features civil war period activities performed throught the day by members of the 1st NC Volunteers. Talks on flags, uniforms, and Civil War dress are held, as well as musket firings and drills. Free to the public. Fort Macon State Park
April 12 > Halifax County
Halifax Day at Historic Halifax
The Anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, the 1st official Declaration of Independence from England by any colony. There will be living history demonstrations, children's activities and tours of historic buildings. Halifax County Tourism
Mid-April thru Late November > Rodanthe, Hatteras Island
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Programs
Storytelling, crafts, children's programs, special events, knot-tying and tours are offered. Visit chicamacomico.net for details.
mid-April thru mid-December > Wilmington
Farmers' Market
The City of Wilmington, in cooperation with the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, announces the opening of the Farmers' Market at Halyburton Park. Regional produce, plants, herbs, cut flowers, seafood and more will be featured weekly, with special events and promotions to be held throughout the year. www.wilmingtonfarmers.com
April 17 > Southport
Oak Island Lighthouse 5K & 10K Run/Walk
The Annual Oak Island Lighthouse 10K Run/Walk is a point to point race. It will begin at the Oak Island bridge and follow a very scenic route beside marshlands, beaches and the Oak Island Lighthouse ending at the N.C. Baptist Assembly. Entry fee. www.lighthouse10k.com
April 17 > Carolina Beach
Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
Taste and vote on all types and styles of delicious chowder prepared by some of the finest cooks in South Eastern North Carolina. The daylong event will include live local and regional music. The Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off is about delicious food, good music, and family fun, so bring the kids along to this annual family-oriented event. Children will enjoy the park's playground and activities. Adults will enjoy live entertainment and chowder tasting and voting. Admission fee. Pleasure Island Tourism
April 17 > Beaufort
Publick Day
Bring Out Ye Wares! It's Publick Day at the Beaufort Historic Site. In Colonial Days, the arrival and business of the circuit court judge would draw a crowd including merchants who found the gathering to be good for business. This Colonial-style flea market is done in the same style each spring Beaufort Historic Site
April 18-25 > Nags Head
Annual Outer Banks Bike Week
Miles and miles of beaches, lighthouses, the Lost Colony and so much more were enjoyed by the thousands of riders from up and down the East Coast when they came to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the Outer Banks Bike Week. www.outerbanksbikeweek.com
April 24 > Wilmington
Annual Antique Automobile Show
The Cape Fear Chapter Antique Automoblie Club of America will be presenting the show. Vehicles 25 years or older are allowed. Trophies will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place. As many as 100 cars and trucks are expected. local.aaca.org/northcarolina/capefear/
April 24-25 > Frisco
Dancing Moccasins
Open to the public. Individuals will have an opportunity to spend two days immersed in Native American culture as the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center presents Dancing Moccasins, A Celebration of Native American Cultures - Past and Present. www.nativeamericanmuseum.org
April 27 - May 01> Beaufort
Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend
The Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend showcases great wineries and winemakers from around the world. The synergy between Historic Beaufort, its restaurants, inns, shops and people translates into a first class event for both consumers and the business community. The funding provided to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and The Beaufort Historical Association is an important benefit from this event. www.beaufortwineandfood.com
April 28-29 > Edenton
Pilgrimage Weekend Cupola House

April 29-May 01> Plymouth
Plymouth Living History Weekend
Annual Battle of Plymouth Living History Weekend will take place on the banks of the Roanoke River in Historic Plymouth. This is a unique event, not only because the encampment is on the river, but also because some of the skirmishes and the Torchlight Tour are held in the historic district. www.livinghistoryweekend.com
April 29-30 > Edenton
Annual Hog Fest
Backyard Barbeque Cook-Off, Arts & Crafts Show and Sale, Sanctioned Lawn Mower Races and kids pedal races. chowanfair.com
April 29-30 > Edenton
Edenton Biennial Pilgrimage of Homes and Gardens
Tour of private and public homes within our historic district and countryside. This tour takes place on the ODD-numbered years in mid-April. This event is sponsored by the Edenton Woman's Club and headquartered at the Barker House. Edenton Tourism
April 30 > Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
Paddle For The Border
Kayaks on the Dismal Swamp Canal  Paddle the historic Dismal Swamp Canal between Chesapeake, VA, and South Mills, NC. Canoes or kayak registration is limited and is on a first-come basis. Registration Fee. Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
April 30 - May 01 > Wilmington
Coastal Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament
The tournament is studded with more than 30 celebrities from television, film and sports who take part in the event every year. This year's list of celebrities will be announced at a later date. Past celebrity players include Astronaut Alan Shepard, Actors Dennis Hopper, Hal Linden, Lee Majors, Dan Cortese and Patrick Duffy and sports legends Carlton Fisk, Jim Mudcat Grant, Bobby Cremins and Bonnie Blair. www.nhhn.org
April 30 > Morehead City
Lookout Rotary Spring Road Race
Events of the annual Lookout Rotary Spring Road Race begin at 8:30 AM and include 10-k, 5-k, 1-mile fun run, 5-k and 1-mile fitness walk, 1-mile tot push. All starts are at the Sports Center, 701 N. 35th St., Morehead City. Registration opens at 7:00 AM. Crystal Coast TDA






 

 

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