Fort Fisher "Beat the Heat" Summer Lecture Series

Saturday, August 1st at 2:00 PM

Author and historian Michael Hardy will present "North Carolina as the Last Confederate Capital."

In the waning days of the Confederacy, North Carolina was the Capital of the Confederacy. Hardy's discussion will focus on this important, but overlooked, part of Civil War History.

Following his presentation Mr Hardy will be available to greet visitors and sign copies of his books.


Fort Fisher State Historic Site's Spencer Theatre
1610 Ft Fisher Blvd
Kure Beach, NC 28449

For more information call 910-458-5538


This Weekend on Pleasure Island

What a great weekend to be on Pleasure Island! There's a little something for everyone...you can listen to some live music, shop for the freshest local produce at the Farmers Market, and watch a movie under the stars! Here are just a few of the events and activities to keep you busy this weekend:

Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Fisher

Featuring South of K

Friday, July 17, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Head down to Kure Beach and the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area - you won't want to miss this popular local band and their great bluegrass sound. Food and beverages available for sale.

Carolina Beach Farmers Market

At the Carolina Beach Lake

Saturday, July 18
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stroll around the Carolina Beach Lake as you shop for local produce, artwork, jewelry, crafts, and even baked goods, coffee, and wine. 

"The Wilmington National Cemetary" at 2015 Fort Fisher "Beat The Heat" Lecture Series

Spencer Theater at Fort Fisher Historic Site

Saturday, July 18
2:00 pm

Superintendent Bill Jayne will discuss the history behind Wilmington’s National Cemetery. Established after the Civil War, most of the original interments were remains removed from the Wilmington City Cemetery, Fort Fisher, Fort Johnson, and the surrounding area.

Please note, all “Beat the Heat” lectures are subject to change or cancellation without notice due to factors beyond our control. We encourage you to call the site at 910-458-5538 to confirm speakers and lecture times.

Boogie in the Park

Featuring Mark Roberts Band

Sunday, July 19
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wind down the weekend with a fun, family friendly concert at Kure Beach's beautiful Ocean Front Park. 105 Atlantic Ave Kure Beach, NC 28449

Sunday Night Movie at the Lake

Featuring Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Sunday, July 19
Dusk (Around 8:45 pm)

On summer Sunday nights the Carolina Beach Lake is the place to be! Watch a family friendly feature film under the stars. Bring a picnic or purchase classic movie concessions to enjoy while you watch the movie. This week's selection, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, picks up with Flint and his friends who, after the disastrous food storm in the first film, have been forced to leave town. Watch what happens when they discover his machine is now creating mutant food beasts...living pickles, hungry tacodiles, and shrimpanzees!


Five Great Places to Eat on Pleasure Island

Whatever your taste buds desire, they’ll be doing their happy dance when you dine on Pleasure Island. Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are loaded with great eateries – each with their own unique atmosphere and culinary flair.

Here are five restaurants to put on your “not-to-miss” list; these Pleasure Island gems are popular with visitors – and the locals adore them, too. Of course this is just the start...explore many more great Pleasure Island restaurants on our website!

Kate’s Pancake House

A great beach day begins with a great breakfast.  At Kate’s you’ll find southern favorites like eggs with country-fried steak, creative benedict plates, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.  Most folks go for the pancakes -- you could try a different flavor stack every day for two weeks and still not have exhausted all the choices. A few favorites are the Caribbean Pleasure stack and Death by Chocolate. Kate’s has that small-town friendly diner feel to it, and it’s evident by the great service that the staff loves working here. There’s a nice sandwich and salad selection for lunch, too.
102 S. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach.  
Open 6:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Gibby’s Dock and Dine

At Gibby’s you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner outside with a water view. Gibby’s deck overlooks the scenic Carolina Beach Yacht Basin on the Intracoastal Waterway, and boaters are welcomed to dock up for free and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, cold drinks and extensive menu. The locals especially love the crab omelet for breakfast, creative burgers at lunchtime, and the decadent seafood pasta for dinner. Gibby’s is open every day from 6am – 2am and features live music on Thursday nights.
315 Canal Dr., Carolina Beach.

Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar

You’ll get an authentic taste of the islands at this iconic spot overlooking the ocean in Carolina Beach.  Enjoy lunch or dinner with panoramic view in the Ocean Grill dining room, or stroll onto the pier and pull up a stool at the Tiki Bar, where you’ll feel like you’re in the tropics as you enjoy a cocktail with the waves lapping just below you. Lunchtime menu favorites include fish tacos and fresh salads topped with blackened fish or fried oysters. For dinner, locals love the calabash-style seafood platters and the catch of the day prepared with an island flair. A creative cocktail menu completes the tropical vibe with drinks like the Mai Tiki Tai and the Sukapunch – a delicious concoction of coconut, pineapple, banana and dark rum. The Ocean Grill is open February through December, and the Tiki Bar opens up in March, weather permitting, for the season.
1211 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach.

Surf House

Surf  House is a breath of fresh air for those craving fresh, locally sourced ingredients presented artfully and changed up seasonally. Critically acclaimed by locals, Surf House serves up coastal fare with a southern flair. Most of the seafood served here comes from the regional south, and local produce shows up in their lunch and dinner creations daily. Farm-built lunch favorites include the shrimp BLT with locally-sourced bacon, arugula and heirloom tomatoes, and a spring mix salad topped with smoked trout. For dinner, you can savor inventive dishes like duck with black forbidden rice and grilled peaches, or the day’s fresh catch and littleneck clams with rustic bread for sopping. Brunch is always a hit – try the redneck benedict with catfish and country ham, or the hippy potato hash bursting with butternut squash, mushrooms and collards. Reservations are suggested, since seating is limited. Surf House is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday. (Hours vary by season.)
604 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach.

Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill

Located in the heart of Kure Beach just steps from the pier, Jack Mackerel’s is a family-friendly restaurant that’s a great place to visit when everyone wants something different. Their extensive lunch and dinner menus include a wide choice of sandwiches, seafood and Caribbean-inspired specialties. The atmosphere is colorful and vibrant, and “Jack Mack’s” is a great place to watch sports with several big-screen TV’s and daily drink specials. They’re open year-round and offer nightly dinner specials that change with the seasons.
113 K Ave., Kure Beach.

Deck House

Gracious coastal dining can be found in this lovely restaurant housed in a renovated 1940’s-era church. The perfect spot for a date night or relaxing family dining, the Deck House specializes in classic seafood dishes and traditional American cuisine. Deck House features hand cut steaks and blackboard specials, and a comprehensive but approachable wine list. This is the perfect place to unwind after a day of enjoying the endless choice of activities Pleasure Island is famous for. Open for dinner daily.
205 Charlotte Ave, Carolina Beach.


Got Em On King Mackerel Classic - July 10 - 12, 2015

Tournament dates July 10th-12th 2015

July 10th 2015
Captains Meeting

July 11th 2015
Scales Open 2 PM

July 12th 2015
Scales Open 2 PM
Awards Ceremony 7 PM

Registration desk opens at noon on July 10th

More info: http://www.gotemonliveclassic.com/


Sip and Paint at the Aquarium

Uncork your inner artist at the new Sip and Paint series at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Painting sessions run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Sessions include paint, canvas and easel use and cost $45 per person. NC Aquarium Society Members receive a 10% discount.  Upcoming themes and schedule is as follows:

July 8 - Sip and Paint (Adults Only)

July 15 - Family Paint Night (No Alcohol)

July 29 - Sip and Paint (Adults Only)

August 5 - Family Paint Night (No Alcohol)


A Great Fall Getaway – The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival - Start Planning Today!

Autumn is a special time of year on Pleasure Island; the weather is warm, the crowds have dwindled, and the island takes on that small-town community vibe again.  October is an ideal time for a getaway to Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, and the Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival helps make it an unforgettable experience.

Held annually the second week in October, the Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival highlights non-stop live music on two stages, lots of great seafood to savor, and a host of other activities on the scenic Cape Fear River in Kure Beach.

Kids stay entertained with magicians, face-painting and inflatables, while grown-ups can meander through the vendor market, sampling a wide variety of food, wine and beer and shopping for unique coastal craft creations.   But mostly, the festival is a great place to set up your lawn chair, sink in and enjoy top-notch musicians who come from all over the globe to perform for you.

Another great perk to a fall getaway to Pleasure Island – the rates are lower at many of our excellent hotels and rental homes and condos.  Check out Where to Stay on our website to find the perfect place to relax and unwind when the festival activities have ended for the day.

Two-day tickets are just $50 in advance.  For tickets, click here. For more information about the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz festival, visit the Official Facebook page or give us a call at (910) 458-8434.

October 10 and 11, 2015
Ft. Fisher Military Recreational Area, Kure Beach
This year featuring Dr. John and the Nite Trippers (Saturday)
Two-time Grammy Nominee Shemekia Copeland (Sunday)
Gates open at 11am


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