Wilmington Fall Festivals 2021

Muscadine Festival - Kenansville, NC - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Celebrate North Carolina’s State Fruit at Duplin County Events Center. Amateur wine making contest, cooking contest, live music, food, arts, crafts, fun and over 30 local wineries.

BFF Pink Ribbon Run - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
This family friendly event has walking and running events, and raises funs for breast cancer research and treatment. Celebrate with those who are fighting and surviving breast cancer, and honor those who have passed on. Pick your BFF (Breast Friend Forever) and run with a purpose! This 5K and 10K run/walk will inspire you, and you’ll inspire others

Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Waterline Brewing Company brings back the huge tent, the region’s best Oom-pah band, games (including the famous Stein holding competition), food, liter steins, their annual Oktoberfest Beer, “Most Festively Dressed” contest and more

Swansboro Mullet Festival - Swansboro, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
The Swansboro Mullet Festival, the oldest festival in the Crystal Coast, began in 1954. The weekend centers around the small, bony fish that appears as having a purplish-blue tint when found in Eastern North Carolina waters. Swansboro natives remember days long ago when mullets were hauled to shore in nets hooked to tractors along the beach. Today, the Swansboro Mullet Festival has expanded into a two-day festival that offers locals and visitors a glimpse into history combined with a modern celebration of all things mullet. The festival is free and visitors may enjoy a parade, entertainment featuring beach music and live bands, children’s activities and a lot of food, especially fried mullet.

Columbus County Fair - Whiteville, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 17, 2021
Acrobatic thrill shows, live music, Old McDonald’s Farm, hypnotist shows, horticulture and livestock exhibits, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks, contests and midway rides for all ages. Held at the Columbus County Fairgrounds.

Autumn with Topsail - Topsail Beach, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
Over 100 regional artists in a juried Artists and Crafts Court, plus exciting live entertainment, amazing food plus beer and wine, inflatables and crafts for children, and more!

NC Oyster Festival - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, oyster stew cook-off and the oyster shucking contest. Describes itself as a food festival, arts festival, oyster festival and a music festival. Admission is $5 (cash only) and free for children.

Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2021
This annual Oktoberfest will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music and kids zone. Admission is $5.

Calabash Oktoberfest - Calabash, NC - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
Activities include Bavarian costume contest, arm wrestling contest, horse drawn carriage, best bier stein contest, and children’s entertainment. Enjoy authentic German food and Munich beer.

Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2021
Sample from 100 craft breweries and wineries in one place. Held for over 15 years in Wrightsville Beach. Don’t miss the Voracious & Rare Beer Festival on Friday night!

Lighthouse Voracious & Rare Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2021
They’ve selected 50 breweries through a rigorous selection process, selected to pour their favorite limited release beers [read as: beers you’ll never have otherwise]. Also included in the evening is dinner, delightfully rare voracious brews, and live music. Followed by the larger Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival the next day.

North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival - Whiteville, NC - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2021
Events to kick off the festivities occur throughout the week. Highlights include the Celebrity Queen’s Luncheon, tour of the elegant homes of Whiteville, parade, live entertainment, 5k walk/run, pecan cooking contest, kids block, car show, antique tractor show, art show, and more, plus of course, pecans and other food offerings!

Cucalorus Film Festival - Wilmington, NC - Nov 10 to Nov 14, 2021
Founded in 1994 this annual festival screens over 200 films at several area venues. Dress up for the red carpet and enjoy your nights out. Recent addition can help venture capitalists and entreprenteurs meet at the Cucalorus Connect conference, which featured more than 50 events (in addition to the film festival) such as panels and workshops.

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival - Oak Island, NC - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2022
Come on down to the soccer field behind Middleton Park and Town Hall for over 100 arts and crafts vendors, as well as festival food! This event offers free admission and benefits the Art Guild’s philanthropic activities

Wilmington Riverfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2022
250,000 visit the two-day celebration located from Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Take in live music, dancing and more on multiple stages. The kids zone includes facepainting, airbrush tattoos, mardi gras mask making, inflatables and more. Other offerings include craft vendors, concession booths, fireworks, Miss Riverfest, and more.