Springtime Local Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Now that spring is here those who have spent the colder months in hibernation are arriving for vacations, coming outside, and looking for things to do around the area. We have many springtime local events to tell you about that can only be found right here on the Brunswick Islands off the coast of North Carolina. So read on!


Ocean Isle Beach Wine Fest 2015

The Ocean Isle Beach Wine Festival will take place on April 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd St., in Ocean Isle Beach. The theme for this year’s Wine Fest is New Orleans jazz. This is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Museum and its sister facility, Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

Wine Fest offers provides the opportunity to listen to live music by Wilmington musician Teddy Burgh, taste exceptional wines, sample some awesome food from local restaurants, and participate in the live and silent auctions. Live auction items this year include trips to Costa Rica, Napa Valley, and New Orleans. The auctioneer is also auctioning off some large anchors – the ultimate in coastal “yard art.” This year’s tasty treats are provided by Causeway Gourmet, Pelican’s Perch, and Sharky’s. There is a “Cork Pull” where attendees can purchase one or more wine corks and are guaranteed a bottle of wine in return for each cork purchased. Try your luck at a “Cork Guess” where attendees buy guesses to the number of corks displayed inside a large wine bottle; the three closest guesses are the winners. Most importantly, Wine Fest offers a chance to spend a great evening with neighbors and friends while supporting two wonderful local facilities.

Reservations for Wine Fest are $50 per person and are available now by calling the museum at 910-579-1016. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the event.

Straweberry & Wine Fest

The 3rd Annual Strawberry and Wine Festival takes place on April 26 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at the Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., NW, Ocean Isle Beach to benefit the Old Bridge Preservation Society. Admission is $5. Parking is free.

Enjoy browsing booths featuring items by local crafters, artisans, and other vendors. Celebrate the beginning of spring by sipping award-winning Silver Coast wines and tasting local strawberries and foods made with local berries. Other food, barbeque, beer, soda and water also available.

Please bring your lawn chair but no coolers, outside beverages, or pets. Dance or listen to music by the Mike’s Garage Band throughout the afternoon. For more info call 910.579.9021 or visit oldbridgepreservationsociety.org


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68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

This year why not celebrate spring Southern-style at the 68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival taking place April 8-12, 2015 in nearby Wilmington. The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s outstanding artwork, culture, gardens and rich history during five days that will provide a vast assortment of entertainment including a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and so much more that is Southern. This is an event you must attend if you’re in the coastal North Carolina area.

Since its inception in 1948, the Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people. For more than 60 years, the folks of southeastern North Carolina have been throwing the best party in the South and you’re invited! There’s something for everyone here that includes a rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture. Events Include the Azalea 5k/Walk/Run, the Queen’s Coronation, the concert featuring beloved musical acts, the Circus, Art Show, Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Tour, the Street Fair, parade, coin show, boxing match, the historic home show and so much more!

As much as we’d love to tell you about every event taking place over the five day period, there’s just not enough room here! Here are a few of the popular events. For the full listings check out the Azalea Festival’s website 

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Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

Sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club the tour has been featured in Southern Living magazine and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South. Tickets are $25.00 (plus tax) and are available now in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office.

NC Azalea Festival Street Fair

Azalea Festival Street Fair

Spread out over three days, April 10-12, the North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair is a free, family event with more than 330 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, four stages, a children’s area and tons of fun! The Street Fair is located in downtown Wilmington on Water, Front, and Market Street. This is a free event.

North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour

Historic Home Tour

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour on April 11-12, 2015, is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. You can view the homes here. Tickets are $25 and will go up to $30 on the day of the event. Call the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office at 910-794-4650 to obtain your tickets today.

Happy spring! We hope to see you at the Festival!



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Early Season Vacation Accommodations for the Best Easter

For those who haven’t made their plans yet for where to spend the upcoming Easter holiday, we recommend spending it with us at Ocean Isle Inn on beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Not only is this a gorgeous place with comfortable early season vacation accommodations where you can celebrate this holiday of rebirth but there’s plenty going on in the area as well!

Easter At The Bridge

The Old Sunset Beach Bridge will be holding Easter on the Old Bridge on Saturday, April 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a special event for everyone regardless of age. The afternoon’s activities include an Easter Parade, sack race, Easter egg hunt, egg roll, and face painting – just imagine the photo opportunities! Admission is free and all are invited to attend. To sustain visitors after they have hopped, egg rolled and danced the bunny hop, Old Bridge Preservation Society volunteers will provide ham biscuits, decorated cupcakes and beverages to visitors free of charge.

This all takes place at the Old Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive West, Sunset Beach the day before Easter. If the weather looks questionable, call 910-363-6585 before venturing out. For more information please check the Old Bridge Preservation Society website, oldbridgepreservationsociety.org .

Wilmington Easter

In Wilmington on Eagles Island there will be a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt Carnival in Battleship Park on Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will enjoy the pony rides, eggs, bounce houses, candy, games, and the Buddy, The Battleship Easter Bunny! Egg hunts will be continuous throughout the day. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Offered again this year is a slower paced hunt area for kids who need a less stressful environment or for children with special needs who choose a slower paced environment. Price is $5 per person, children 2 and under free. #1 Battleship Road, Wilmington.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at Bill Smith Park, 4410 Fish Factory Rd., Oak Island. The hunt will be divided into the following age groups: 3 & under, 4-6, and 7-10. Free event.

Ocean Isle Church for Easter Sunday 2015

Ocean Isle Beach Chapel will hold an Easter Chapel Service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. Larry Queen will be officiating at 4 West Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. For more info call 910-579-6222.


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We’re Named as One of the Cool Off-Season Beach Resorts

This month Travel + Leisure named Ocean Isle Inn as one of the best “Cool Off-Season Beach Resorts” in the country! With an eye on what it takes to make a beach resort special enough to visit during the off-season, the publication scoured the country for the very best resorts to fend off the winter blues and we made the list!!

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During the off-season months you still get the great ocean views and sandy beaches but what makes this time of the year extra-special is the low off-season rates on all of our comfortable 70 rooms. This is also your opportunity to see that there’s way more to do at the coast than just the water sports in the ocean and suntanning!

Our off-season rates drop to the $80 range for oceanfront rooms at our Ocean Isle Inn. We’re located on a private stretch of sand halfway between Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC. Winter temperatures hover in the 50s here, but swimming remains a pleasure at the heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi spa.

Take a day and drive to Wilmington to visit Fort Fisher Aquarium, the Battleship Wilmington or take a tour of the historic buildings along the waterfront there. Or go south to Myrtle Beach and experience more than 110 championship golf courses, endless opportunities for shopping and plenty of theatre, concerts and other live entertainment.


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Don’t Miss the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo

If you’ve timed your vacation to coincide with the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo that’s very smart of you — and you’re not alone! So many people are just tired of the shortage of their sunshine in their days that they swarm to the beach this time of year because there’s just overall more of it here than anywhere else it seems.

South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo

The annual South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo is taking place on Sunday, March 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the South Brunswick Islands Center (SBIC). Conveniently located just minutes north of the NC/SC state line, just off Hwy 17at Brunswick Community College.

There will be more than 30 unique vendors set up for the event as well as Redds’ Photobooth, DIY Booth with Becky Smith Little and awesome prizes you can win. The list of vendors follows:

Art Catering & Events Movement Works
Bobvox media Prudential – Maria Denney
Calabash Tea Room Rodan & Fields Skin Care
Cape Fear Yacht Club Shoresound Productions LLC
Coastal Catering & Events Silver Coast Winery
Crow Creek Golf Club Southern Grace – Origami Owl
Grapeful Sisters Vineyard Sweedeepie Cheesecakes
Horry County Parks & Recd. Tangles Salon
Jimmy Jackson, DJ Thirty-One Gifts
Mary Kay Cosmetics Wrappinggirls – It works!
ME Greetings, LLC Yums the Word

The presenting sponsor for the fashion show is Coastal Knot Bridal. Premier sponsors include Coastal Floral Designs, Totally Chic Salon & Spa, and Time 2 Remember Portrait Artists and event photographer. Z107.5 FM will be broadcasting live from the event. Admission is $5 at the door.

South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo
For more information contact Gaye Fulford at 910-755-7419. BCC South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Hwy West, Carolina Shores, NC 28467.

If you’d like more information about weddings and how Ocean Isle Inn can help you with that, check out the Weddings page of our website. Give us a call at 800-352-5988 if you have any questions we can answer for you.

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