Timing a vacation with major festivals can transform it from mediocre to memorable -- and we wouldn't want you smacking your forehead if you were to miss something special. If you're relocating, you'll find this chapter useful in familiarizing yourself with the region's more amusing "habits."
We've compiled the region's most popular annual events in one goof-proof, month-by-month list. Each listing provides the event's street location, an information phone number and admission fees. (Naturally, call ahead for events listed with unspecified fees.) All the events take place in Wilmington unless we've noted otherwise.
Should you require further information, call the appropriate chamber of commerce for the location (in the Area Overviews chapter). For events in the greater Wilmington area, you may also contact the Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, (910) 341-4030 or (800) 222-4757. Annual fishing and golf tournaments, sailing regattas and athletic events are listed in their respective chapters.