Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue Beach Sweep

Come join your fellow community members and beach lovers with the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue Beach Sweep!

You're invited to assist Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue in conducting a sweep of the main beach strand. Come work hand in hand with Carolina Beach Lifeguards to help clean and preserve our beautiful beach so everyone - including future generations - can continue to enjoy it.

WHAT: CB Ocean Rescue Beach Sweep

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016; 8:30 to 11 am

WHERE: Meet at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage at 8:30 am

Contact Cpt. Soward at (910) 458-2985 with any questions.


Community Blood Drive

The Masonic Lodge #753 will be holding a Community Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross on Monday, July 18 from 2:00 - 6:30 pm at 415 Harper Avenue in Carolina Beach.

According to the American Red Cross, there is an emergency need for blood, and community blood drives like this one help build the organization's blood reserves and save lives. You can learn more about donating blood, find out if you are an eligible donor, and schedule a donation time online by visiting http://www.redcrossblood.org/ and entering sponsor code: Lodge 753 in the search bar.

You can also complete your pre-reading and donation questions online with RapidPass, which helps speed the process along and reduces wait times. Simply visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass the day of your donation, read the information, answer the questions and print the pass.

On behalf of the Masonic Lodge #753, and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, thank you for your consideration and support!


July 2016 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has some really exciting programs this month! Take a look at the following events and be sure to pre-register, as they fill up quick!


Aquarist Apprentice
Wednesdays, July 20 & 27 at 2 pm

Check out a dirty job you're sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live and how to care for them. Assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $28 for ages 13 and older, $26 for ages 10-12.
Pre-registration required.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Fridays, July 15, 22, 29 at 3:00 pm
Saturdays, July 16, 23, 30 at 1:30 pm
Sundays, July 17, 24, 31 at 1:30 pm
Monday, July 25 at 3 pm


Experience the Fourth of July Pleasure Island Style

Why limit the Fourth of July to just one day of celebration? Revelers can show their patriotic love at The Independence Day Weekend Fireworks By The Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo festivities July 1 through July 3 to celebrate our country's birthday.

What Pleasure Island has to Offer

Pleasure Island is home to some of the loveliest beaches in North Carolina, and this Fourth of July it's going to rock one awe-inspiring Independence Day tribute. From a fish fry to a pancake breakfast, from performing arts to live music, and of course breathtaking fireworks, come experience the three-day fun-filled festivities. Here are some event highlights of the Fourth of July weekend in Pleasure Island. Visit the Pleasure Island website for more information.


The Boardwalk at Carolina Beach: Where Summer Memories Are Made

The Carolina Beach oceanfront comes alive in the summer months along the boardwalk located just off the beach between Cape Fear Blvd. and Harper Ave. A treasured part of Pleasure Island history for more than eighty years, the boardwalk is a favorite entertainment and dining destination for locals and visitors alike. It's no surprise Food & Wine magazine ranked Carolina Beach Boardwalk one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country. Dotted with amusement rides, restaurants, watering holes, shops, live music, and exciting weekly events, the boardwalk is home to all things fun this summer.

Dining on the Boardwalk

From restaurants to taverns to decadent sweet shops, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk has something to satisfy everybody's appetite. Whether lunch, dinner, or late night bites, Shelby Jean's Restaurant on the boardwalk has favorites like burgers, wings, sandwiches, crab dip, steaks, and seafood...and don't forget their nightly drink specials!

Head over to Hurricane Alley's and enjoy a steam pot from their oceanfront rooftop deck, or venture to  Silver Dollar, another fun place to hang out on the boardwalk. This laid back  bar and grill in inviting and the food is fresh.  Follow up dinner and drinks with some grab-and-stroll goodies from Britt's Donut Shop, Krazy Kones, New Orleans Snowballs, The Fudgeboat, or the Island Ice Factory.

After Dinner Extravaganzas

Ferris wheel, carousel, trampolines, a big slide, miniature golf, and carnival games and prizes - the attractions at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park offer a variety of family-friendly (and budget-friendly) ways to play in a safe, fun environment. Thrill seekers and old-school merry-goers alike will find something to satisfy their adrenaline rushes with more than 25 amusement rides. Park goers can purchase single-ride tickets or an all-day pass. For more information, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org 

What would a beachfront boardwalk be without live music, entertainment, and fireworks? The Carolina Beach Boardwalk hosts a music concert series at the Gazebo Stage every week at 6:30 beginning Friday, May 27th, followed by fireworks on the beach at 9:00 pm.

The boardwalk is the best 'seat' in the house to rock out to reggae, blues, pop, classic rock, and country. Visit our concert website for the full music line up.

Something for Everyone

Entertainment at the Boardwalk doesn't have to be all fast paced. Every Wednesday night beginning May 25th, Cash Bingo takes place at the Boardwalk Gazebo from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. For less than $20.00 participants can play all games, including specials. Cash prizes are awarded for each game, up to $1,000 each night. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.

The 800 feet of Boardwalk at Carolina Beach might not be the longest boardwalk in the country but it's packed with more fun than imaginable.  From the amusement park rides to the restaurants and live entertainment, this is where summer memories are made.

For more information on what to see and do at the boardwalk, visit us at www.pleasureislandnc.org/carolina-beach-boardwalk/


23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Headliners

Twenty-three years strong, the annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival comes to town once again on October 8th and 9th. Park your chair along the Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach and enjoy two fun-filled days of seafood, arts and crafts, wine-tasting, and of course, music.


What's Going On This Weekend in Pleasure Island?

Need some ideas for things to do this weekend? Pleasure Island has plenty of fun and exciting events going on, from concerts to movies and much more! Take a look at what's happening in Pleasure Island June 10, 11 and 12...

Friday, June 10

FREE Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher Featuring SOUTHERN TROUBLE!

Don't miss this fun and free concert with country/rock group Southern Trouble! Their style is a mix of contemporary country, country rock and southern rock and is sure to get you on your feet and dancing! If you like artists like Keith Urban, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones or Lynyrd-Skynyrd, you'll surely become a fan of Southern Trouble!

Show starts at 6:30 pm and takes place at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.

ARTISTRY IN JAZZ BIG BAND CONCERT - Friday Performing Arts Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

From big bands to solo acts, the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee brings you a variety of live performances at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk throughout the summer! This Friday, enjoy the Artistry In Jazz Big Band Concert, featuring incredibly talented musicians as they perform a repertoire consisting of arrangements by Stan Kenton, Lennie Niehaus, Bill Holman, Gene Roland, Bill Russo, Bill Mathieu, Hank Levy and others.

Saturday, June 11

Come browse the many booths of local produce, handmade goods, arts and crafts and more at the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market! The market takes place every Saturday from May 28 to October 1, 2016 at the Carolina Beach Lake Park. Hours are 8 am to 1 pm.

Sunday, June 12

It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

Starting May 29th through September 4th, vacationers as well as residents from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wilmington grab their kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to the lake in Carolina Beach to enjoy a FREE Outdoor movie on a 'gigantic' screen!  Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more.  You can also bring your own food and beverages. Movies start at dusk.

Adaptive athletes, families and hundreds of volunteers come together for an epic day in the ocean. Registration has closed for participation in this event; however, visitors are welcome and encouraged to come down to Carolina Beach Access 2 to meet the athletes, participants, and volunteers and get inspired.


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