The heat of summer has ebbed and we’re stepping outside of our air conditioning to enjoy the best of what Wilmington, NC has to offer. Fall activities of all kinds are scheduled for this month, so get outside and enjoy this pretty weather! Here are five fantastic ways to make fall in Wilmington even more fun:

1. Hear the Best Music in Wilmington at an Outdoor Concert

Outdoor concerts are more fun in the fall! It’s not too hot to get up and dance to your favorite bands at Greenfield Lake Ampitheater. Coming up soon are the Infamous Stringdusters, the Steel Canyon Rangers, and JJ Grey and Mofro. Keep an eye out for new concerts—they are added often—and enjoy the fall weather.

2. Walk the Puppers at Fantastic Fall Dog Festivals

Our doggo friends are happy to beat the heat, too. Take your dog to a dog party to celebrate fall. Here are a couple you won’t want to miss:

  • Bark in the Park: 11 a.m. Oct. 7, 2017 at Wrightsville Beach Park. Teach your dogs to fly at the Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Disc Championships. Vote for Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Team, and Best Personality at this fall dog extravaganza.
  • All-Breed Dog Show: Oct. 14-15, 2017 at Legion Stadium. Check out the competition for cuteness at the Hanover Kennel Club AKC All-Breed Dog Show. Some 500 dogs will compete for Best in Show. The event includes food trucks and tours.

3. Lose Yourself in a Corn Maze

When you feel like a day trip, take a short drive to Clinton and wander through Hubb’s Corn Maze. Pick a pumpkin, wander through the corn, and enjoy fall fun on the farm. Special events include Pirate invasion weekend and Smashing Pumpkins Sunday.

4. Take a Cruise on the Cape Fear River

There’s no better way to add fun to your fall than to get out on the water on a Cape Fear Riverboat cruise! The fresh river breezes, amazing scenery, and entertaining captain’s narration make our daily one-hour sightseeing cruises hugely popular in the fall.

Bring along some sustenance (or grog) from Anne Bonny’s Bar and Grill, located just alongside our dock. Enjoy sandwiches, tacos, burgers, and all beverages aboard ship or before or after your cruise. The river view from Anne Bonny’s can’t be beat—except by the boat!

5. Celebrate Fall at the Airlie Oyster Roast

Oyster season opens in the fall, and the Oct. 20 Oyster Roast at Airlie Gardens is a Wilmington tradition that also raises money for Airlie’s Environmental Education Programs. Elijah’s steams the oysters and there are apps, barbecue, fried chicken, and lots of fixin’s from Middle of the Island, plus live music from Band of Oz. Make fall more fun at Airlie, and help a good cause.

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