Lots of Fun Activities for all the Family in Downtown Wilmington

Posted Nov 1st, 2019 in Weekend Wish List

With Halloween over, fall is still here and the holidays are on the horizon. This weekend, Downtown Wilmington has a good cross-section of activities for you to appreciate the changing seasons.

The holiday decorations will start going up around downtown soon so you may need to dust off your home ornaments and consider adding new life to your collection. A Christmas Shoppe on North Front Street is the place to go for decorations and more year-round. A recent collaboration with studio fuzzishu means they now offer workshops to create your own glass ornaments for anyone age nine and over.
Workshop Hours: By appointment.
Cost $25 apiece


Friday marks the start of the three-day, Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show and Sale at the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center. This show features the work of more than 15 Guild members so if you see something you like, you can buy it and get a head start on your holiday shopping.
Hours: Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free entry.

Psychics, healers and vendors come together on Saturday for Wilmington’s Own Holistic and Psychic Expo at the Coastline Convention Center. Enjoy a full day of mystery and magic, learn more about holistic healing practices and listen to exciting free talks from experienced practitioners.
Hours: from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7 at the door


If you’re looking for ways for your children to burn off some excess energy, the Children’s Museum of Wilmington is holding its Fall Festival this Saturday. In addition to all the regular activities, there will be face painting and spice painting, a bounce house in the courtyard and more.
Event hours: 9:00 a.m. – noon.

Also on Saturday, the Cape Fear Museum is hosting the North Carolina Fossil Fair. At this family-friendly event, you can search for fossils, speak with experts, make a fossil ornament, have a chance to win a Megalodon tooth and more. This gathering of fossil enthusiasts will take you back in time and provide you with lots of fascinating facts to share with friends.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


If you’re out and about downtown early Sunday, you can cheer on the runners in the Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. on North Front Street and you can expect to see runners finishing up along the Riverwalk. The event culminates behind the Hotel Ballast and will be over by noon.

Be sure to get your fill of fall fun downtown this weekend!

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A Christmas Shoppe
115 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Cape Fear Museum
814 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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The Children's Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Coastline Conference & Event Center
501 Nutt St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Hannah Block Historic USO Building
120 S 2nd St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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