Kure Beach Vehicle Re-Entry Decals To Go On Sale Jan. 3

According to a news release from the Town of Kure Beach, the 2017 Kure Beach Vehicle Re-entry Decals for residents and non-resident property owners will go on sale at Town Hall beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

These decals are not mandatory, but serve as an aid to identify Kure Beach residents and property owners in order to expedite the re-entry process over Snow's Cut Bridge onto the island in the event of a natural disaster.

Between January 3 and March 31, a re-entry decal costs $5. After March 31, the cost of a re-entry decal increases to $15, so it's best to get one before spring.

For more information on obtaining a decal, click here.


Local Holiday Gift Ideas for Pleasure Islanders

Uh oh...did you know there are only 12 shopping days 'til Christmas!? Not to worry! We've got some great holiday gift suggestions for Pleasure Islanders that might help you finish crossing off your list. From baskets of fresh fruit to local restaurant gift cards to unique hand made items only found on Pleasure Island, we're pretty sure you'll find something that will bring a smile to your friend's or family's face!


Island of Lights Holiday 2016 Schedule of Events

The Island of Lights holiday celebration is a Pleasure Island tradition not to be missed! Be sure to mark your calendar for the following...

Island of Lights Holiday 2016
Schedule of Events

The Lighting at the Lake Ceremony - November 25 @ 7 pm
Come see the beautiful light displays surrounding Carolina Beach Lake illuminate, officially starting the month-long Island of Lights Festival. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the flag for the signing of the National Anthem.


Big Daddy's Restaurant in Kure Beach Now Open Year-Round

Big Daddy's, a favorite Kure Beach restaurant for visitors and locals, will now be open all year long!

Now no matter what time of year your craving for seafood hits, you can head to Big Daddy's at 208 K Avenue in Kure Beach (across from the Kure Beach Pier) and indulge in some of their signature dishes. From grilled fresh catch-of-the-day to golden-fried flounder to an assortment of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, there's something for just about everyone at Big Daddy's. Even if seafood isn't your thing, their ribs, steaks and wings will have you coming back for more.

Did you know Big Daddy's also does brunch on the weekends? Join them for for a casual and delicious brunch Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy traditional breakfast items or try one of their specialty omelets (the Carolina Blue Crab Omelet features blue crab meat local to our NC waters), Southern Style Biscuits & Gravy, a BLT, or maybe something light like a yogurt parfait.

Are you hungry yet??

Make plans to head to Big Daddy's tonight! They're new year-long (off season) hours are...

  • Friday: 4 pm - until...
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - until...

  • Saturday Brunch: 9 am - 1 pm
  • Sunday Brunch: 9 am - 2 pm


Kure Beach Holiday Market & Toys for Tots Donation Drive

Tired of the big box stores with the same ‘ole ho-hum gift ideas year after year? Shop local this year at The Kure Beach Holiday Market, your one-stop holiday shopping experience by the sea for unique gift ideas. Come browse for spectacular presents from over 35 amazingly talented local designers, artists, crafters, and merchants offering hand-crafted fashions, jewelry and accessories, soaps, skin scare, décor, gourmet foods, sweets, and wine.


Registration Now Open for 2016 Christmas Flotilla

See more photos of previous Flotilla participants here.
Ready to deck the masts and stern with boughs of holly and strands of light to give spectators an ooh-la-la experience they’ll be glad to skip the neighborhood light tours for?

Boat parades are big part of holiday celebrations along coastal communities, and the annual Pleasure Island Christmas Flotilla is no exception. The flotilla means gathering together along the banks of the basin with friends and family watching fishing boats, pontoons, sail boats, and the like light up the waterway as part of the 25th annual Island of Lights celebration. And now is your chance to be part of the action.


A Pleasure Island Holiday Getaway

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do on Pleasure Island. Quite the contrary! Pleasure Island is renowned for great entertainment, great food, and great experiences all year long. So whether you’re footloose-and fancy-free empty nesters, or a young family looking for a holiday adventure away from the house, make Pleasure Island your holiday getaway destination where you’ll find no shortage of fun ways to celebrate the season.


A Girl’s Weekend Guide to Pleasure Island

From the beach to the boardwalk and everything in between, Pleasure Island is already a family vacation destination. Now that the season is changing and the rates are lower, it’s the perfect time for a girl’s weekend get-away. With spas, shopping, sight-seeing, and dining experiences extraordinaire, Pleasure Island offers a weekend full of girl time adventures.


Early Voting on Pleasure Island

Exercise your right to vote!

If you're eager to cast your ballot and make your voice heard, be sure to take advantage of early voting on Pleasure Island! There will be early voting opportunities now through Saturday, November 6th, 2016 at the Carolina Beach Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room. See below for times and details.

EARLY VOTING 2016 - Pleasure Island

Thursday, October 20th to Wednesday, November 2, 2016

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday, November 3rd and Friday, November 4th, 2016

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

FINAL DAY OF EARLY VOTING, Saturday, November 6th, 2016

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, November 8th

6:30 am - 7:30 pm

*Please note, the voting location for ELECTION DAY will be at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center. EARLY VOTING will be at the Carolina Beach Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room

To see a sample ballot, click here.


Revised Line-Up for the Rescheduled 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on April 23, 2017

We are very excited to announce the revised line-up for the 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blue & Jazz Festival originally scheduled for October 8th and 9th that had to be rescheduled for Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC due to Hurricane Matthew. We are beyond thrilled to offer 12 of the original 14 bands, including the phenomenal Jonny Lang and the dynamic Samantha Fish.


Island Women Flip Flop Ball

On Pleasure Island we love to have a good time, and love to support a great cause...and flip flops are the ideal footwear for any occasion!

Don't miss the Flip Flop Ball hosted by the Island Women to benefit The Help Center of Federal Point.

Friday, November 4th
8:00 - 11:00 PM
At the Marriott Courtyard Carolina Beach
Tickets are $25 per person

Enjoy great music from DJ Mike Worley, a Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle as well as Lite Desserts, Snacks, and a Cash Bar.

The dress? Beachy chic of course, and don't forget those flip flops!

Tickets are on sale at the following locations:

Jeanne's Jewels in Carolina Beach, Hours 10 am - 5 pm
Cut-N-Up Salon in Carolina Beach, Evening hours are available.

We hope to see you there!


Mind Body Soul Health Fair and Blood Drive

Focus on your health and helping others at this free, family friendly event.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

1328 North Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach Pavilion

Health screenings will be available including:
  • Blood Pressure
  • Sugar
  • Dental
  • Cholesterol
  • and more...
The American Red Cross will be on hand holding a Blood Drive. Volunteer to donate and provide life saving blood to someone in need.

A Kids Zone will feature a Bouncy House, Face Painting, and Apple Bobbing. Come enjoy live entertainment from the CCVC Praise Band, Two Docs and a Box, and Beach Billy Brothers.

For for more information visit Facebook or call 910-368-8022.



The 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival originally scheduled for October 8th and 9th has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC due to the approaching Hurricane Matthew and the current State of Emergency. We will welcome the fabulous Jonny Lang finally to our stage at 9:00 pm on the rescheduled date. We are working on the remainder of the line-up and it looks like we will be able to have a similar line-up to the one we originally planned for this weekend. Please check our social media outlets for the latest Festival updates.


Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Switches to Off-Season Schedule

Residents and off-season visitors of Pleasure Island should note that the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry will be switching over to its fall and winter schedule on Saturday, October 1st.

The Southport-Fort Fisher ferry, the only ferry that services New Hanover County, will put the seasonal change into effect tomorrow morning, with the first departure leaving Southport at 5:30 am.

While the off-season schedule won't differ very much from the peak season schedule, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will not be offering 10 am and 12:15 pm ferries leaving Southport, and there will be no more 10:45 am and 1 pm ferries leaving Fort Fisher during the weekdays.

The Saturday and Sunday schedules will remain the same throughout the year.

To view the entire schedule for the Southport-Fort Fisher line, as well as schedules for other ferries in the state, click here.

Jonny Lang and Samantha Fish Headline 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

The 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is excited to announce the musical headliners for 2016: Jonny Lang and Samantha Fish!

The Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival will take place at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area on October 8th and 9th this year. As expected, the Festival organizers are again bringing two internationally renowned artists on both Saturday and Sunday.


Turn off the Stove! Flaming Amy’s and See Bee Subs are now Delivering

If you live in Pleasure Island, you’ll be interested in this delicious good news - Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn and Sea Bee Subs in Carolina Beach are now delivering. Forget about over-crowded grocery stores, standing in line at restaurants, or the same old same old pizza delivery. Flaming Amy’s and Sea Bee Subs can help make your meals hassle- and travel-free.


Ocean Rescue and Life Guard Services Come to an End with the Season

As the season comes to a close, so does the end of ocean rescue and life guard services in the Pleasure Island area. The regular lifeguard season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with limited guards on patrol through mid-September. While the beach is still plenty enjoyable this time of year, it’s extremely important for swimmers and surfers to use caution while being active in the water as there is no one on duty to watch over them.


The Carolina Beach Police Department Annual Bicycle Rodeo

On Saturday, September 10th, the Carolina Beach Police Department (CBPD), in conjunction with the Town of Carolina Beach, hosts their annual Bicycle Rodeo, a free event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach. The event features bicycle safety information and demonstrations, safe riding habits, bicycle repairs, bicycle registration, raffles, free t-shirts, entertainment, games, and food.

Last year’s Bicycle Rodeo began with fittings for brand new bike helmets for kids, provided free of charge. Then they got to test their bicycle safety skills on an obstacle course with real-life situations that teaches kids to look all ways before crossing streets, walking their bikes safely across cross walks, recognizing traffic lights and stop signs, identifying rail road crossings, handling their bicycles correctly, and avoiding obstacles like stray dogs. The skills kids learn at the Rodeo help inspire confidence to ride their bikes safely and have fun doing it.


Don't Miss Your Last Chance for the Kure Beach Market!

While fall brings with it enjoyable cooler temperatures, quiet beaches, and patio fire pits, it also means the weekly Kure Beach Market comes to a close for the season.

Tuesday, August 30th is your last chance to shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, hand crafted goods, jewelry, cooking sauces and spices, fine art, and much more, at the Ocean Front Park. Visiting the open air market is a favorite activity for visitors and residents alike.

From mid-June to the end of August, the Kure Beach Market is open every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Shoppers can browse products from more than thirty vendors while taking in the amazing Atlantic Ocean views at the popular Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion. Local farmers and culinary professionals sell fresh baked goods, local wine, fresh peaches, watermelon, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and a variety of other fresh, seasonal produce to encourage and promote locally grown, sustainable, healthy eating. North Carolina artisans are also on hand with their homemade crafts, jewelry, pottery, painted glass, textiles, and metal art.

The Kure Beach Market brings awareness to our southern history of agriculture, supports the local economy, and promotes the spirit of community. Admission is free, and the venue is pet-friendly and family-friendly. The park itself features a playground, benches, swings, raingardens, and a “tot lot” playground for small children. So come help support our local growers and artisans. Don’t miss out on the last chance of the season! On August 30, visit the market as you take in the fresh air and breathtaking water views while you shop, wander, and enjoy!

For more information, please visit the Kure Beach Market’s Facebook page here.


Charlie Grainger's Coming Soon to Carolina Beach

Charlie Grainger's, the popular hot dog shop in Wilmington, is getting ready to open the doors at their new Carolina Beach location. The grand opening has been delayed, so we'll have to wait just a bit longer to get our hands on those awesome dogs, but more information is coming soon. We don't know about you, but we'll be keeping a close eye on when those doors officially open!

Recently featured in Our State magazine, the original Charlie Grainger's in Wilmington, NC has been a popular lunch spot for locals since opening in 2013. Less than three years later, 250 new Charlie Grainger's franchises are getting ready to open, in nine different states. The Carolina Beach location is sure to be a hit, as residents and visitors alike will get to enjoy the mouth-watering hot dogs, brisket and barbecue that has made Charlie Grainger's a household name.


Town of Kure Beach Now Accepting Vendor Applications for Holiday Market

Did you know the Kure Beach Holiday Market is only two months away?! If you're interested in being a vendor at this popular 2-day event, be sure to review the rules of the event and submit your application before September 30, 2016.


2016 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Deadline for Artists is Approaching!

Are you an area artist with a passion for the Pleasure Island community? Could you use an extra $200? If so, we want to see your skills! The 2016 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is looking for artists to design this year's event poster, but the deadline to submit is quickly approaching!

The winner of this year's poster contest will be awarded $200, plus the following:

  • $1.00 commission for all posters sold at the festival.
  • VIP treatment at this year's festival.
  • Recognition for 23rd Annual Seafood, Blue & Jazz Poster Graphic
  • Complimentary booth and opportunity to sign posters at the festival in the Arts & Wine Garden


Join us at the 2016 Boogie in the Park Concert Series

On the first and third Sundays, from May through October, the Ocean Front Park at 105 Atlantic Avenue in Kure Beach hosts a free summer concert series from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, featuring some of the area's most talented entertainers in rock, pop, jazz, and crossover country.

Bring the family, bring your guests, or just come by yourself with your chair or blanket and park it by the sea. The 2016 concert lineup features performers to suit every musical taste, and those in between. For more details visit us at www.pleasureislandnc.org. Here is what's in store for the next few weeks...


Moving to Carolina Beach or Kure Beach? Here's what you need to know

Want to experience that laid-back beach attitude on a permanent basis?  Our community has grown by nearly 30% since the millennium. There is a reason for that. Visitors come to our beautiful beachfront towns for a summer getaway, and then get bitten by that magical beach bug.

Who wouldn't want to watch sunsets and sunrises over the beautiful coastal waters of Eastern North Carolina every day? Or take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic anytime you want? Or stroll the boardwalk at Carolina Beach every weekend? Or visit the amazing restaurants, art galleries, and cultural amenities the Pleasure Island communities have to offer?  Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are not only great places to visit and vacation, but they are wonderful places to live, work, or retire.


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.

Art Appreciation Along Pleasure Island…

Many are often surprised to discover that Pleasure Island is a mecca for artists and those in search of artistic pursuits.


Enjoy Free Summer Concerts Coming to Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area!

Often referred to as one of the military's 'Best Kept Secrets', Fort Fisher is home to the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, a carefree family vacation spot for active duty military, reservists, national guard, coast guard, retired military, DoD civilians, and disabled veterans.

Situated a little over a mile south of the Kure Beach stoplight at 118 Riverfront Road in Kure Beach, The Fort Fisher AF Recreation Area plays host to a free summer concert series featuring some of the area's most popular rock, blues, beach, country, dance, and bluegrass bands.

Bring the family by on the second and fourth Fridays this summer beginning June 10th through August 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The 2016 concert lineup includes genres for all generations. For more details visit us at www.pleasureislandnc.org

Here's a sneak peak of what this summer has to offer:

  • Southern Trouble kicks it all off Friday, June 10, putting their unique style and experience to work on contemporary country, country rock, and rock covers by artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and many more.

  • On June 24th, it's a southern-style British invasion with Liverpool, Carolina's Beatles experience. This 5-man Beatles tribute band hails from Raleigh and entertains fans with favorite Beatles hits like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," "Ticket to Ride," and "I Need You," as well as songs by Paul McCartney.

  • Justin Cody Fox wows audiences with his southern rock and alt country repertoire on July 8th. Justin has shared the stage with greats like David Lee Roth, Cowboy Mouth, Lynyrd Skynrd, and Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few.

  • Party band Bounce! from Burlington, NC gets the crowd on their feet and singing along on July 22nd. From standards like Soul Man and Love Train, to dance favorites like Footloose and Brick House, to 80's rock and pop hits, this band will get you dancing.

  • South of K, an acoustic band from the Kure Beach, electrifies audiences with its un-plugged, un-packaged bluegrass brand of musical storytelling on August 12th. Influenced by performers like Balsam Range, Flatt and Scruggs, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, and The Infamous Stringdusters, South of K will have your feet tapping.

  • Closing out the concert series at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area on August 26th is The Cut, a four-man power popular rock band covering some of the greatest rock hits from the 90s and beyond.


Where to Find Your Beach Vacation Essentials

With Memorial Day behind us, summer is officially here! If your thoughts have turned to how you are going to make the most of those beach days - fishing excursions, barbecues and more - we can help. Although this list certainly does not represent all of our members, here are a few suggestions aimed at guiding you where to find just what you’ll need for those lazy, crazy days ahead! We encourage you to visit our member page in order to view individual websites.

Gather up your gear…

Pleasure Island Rentals is a great spot to get key items for your coastal adventure. Beach chairs-check/umbrellas-check/beach cruisers-check/boogie boards, surfboards and SUPS-check! They even provide a convenient delivery and set-up service! Find them at 2 N. Lake Park Blvd. or call 910-458-4747.

Wheel Fun Rentals is another Chamber member that can help you maximize your free time. We encourage you to check out their impressive fleet of bikes, low-slung sports models and the unique surrey bikes, which can accommodate up to six folks - it's a beach party on wheels! They also coordinate bicycle tours and rent beach toys as well. Find them at 107 Carolina Beach Avenue N. or call 910-458-4545.

Sun Fun Rentals offers a variety of popular vehicles, from jeeps to scooters and a few others in between. They also feature Bazen rods and can set you up for a day of fun and fishing at Freeman Park or anywhere else the sea breezes take you. Located along N. Lake Park Blvd., call to reserve your top choices today: 910-707-0926.

Bame Ace Hardware has the things that will help you make the most of your island time. Invest in a few key items that will last forever, such as grills, Yeti products and Leatherman tools that will ensure you are truly prepared for whatever you catch. Pay them a visit at 1201 N. Lake Park Blvd. or call ahead: 910-458-8266.

Plan your adventure…

Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp may possibly be the best place around to get in shape for all of your upcoming escapades! They believe in the group motivation experience rather than the one-on-one personal trainer option. Not only is this method of getting in shape more affordable, it’s also way more fun! Give them a call to find out more: 910-471-0234.

Island Hopper Tours takes care of the planning for you. Their private charters get you out on the water for both full and half-day trips. There are several different excursions to choose from, so see what’s scheduled by calling 202-330-8382.

Hot Ticket Fishing Charters is not just for avid anglers and sport fisherman. Along with their half-day Spanish, Blues and Shark-fishing trips they also offer Dolphin-Spotting cruises for the nature lovers in the crowd. Get the details when you dial this number: 910-619-1729.

Tony Silvagni Surf School is a Pleasure Island institution. From private to group lessons and special events, Tony and his crew have got your covered. Let this be the summer to discover why, "only a surfer knows the feeling."

Pack your picnic…

From the time you cross the Snow’s Cut bridge until you breeze into charming Kure Beach, you’ll be tempted by edible delights every step of the way. Be sure to check out the icons like Britts Donuts and A&G Barbeque as well as a few more.

Don’t miss one of the area’s newest and most popular stops: Wake N Bake Donuts. Located at 1401 N. Lake Park Blvd. their offerings include classic glazed donuts, plus fritters, vegan donuts and donut waffles! Come early because they often sell out. Their hours are: 6:30 am – 10 pm Mon.-Sat. and 6:30 am until 5 pm on Sundays. They also accept preorders, so just call 910-707-0166.

For some of the best subs this side of the Cape Fear River, we suggest provisioning at Sea Bee Subs, which is right on the boardwalk at # 11 Boardwalk Ave. They offer hot and cold subs, plus Paninis.

Island Beverage not only has your favorites ready to ice down, they also have a cute wine bar and great atmosphere. Stop by 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. Unit C, and check them out.

You know what they say, "YOLO!" - so don’t miss The Fudgeboat! With 30 different types of fudge, 16 flavors of ice cream, chocolate-dipped strawberries plus freshly roasted nuts, they certainly cover all of the bases. Find the 38-foot “yacht of fun” on the boardwalk at 107 Carolina Beach Ave.

To give your picnic or barbecue that “wow” factor, a visit to Go Sauce Yourself is a must. Featuring plenty of made in the Carolinas BBQ sauces, hot sauces, rubs and seasonings, they also have Marie Sharp’s Belizean Heat that takes your grilled creations straight to the Caribbean!

Fido is on vacation too…

Of course our four-legged friends love the beach too, however, they can not always participate in all of the fun. That’s where The Dog House comes in. Bella and Buddy will have a blast at their playtime sessions or be in excellent hands for an afternoon of doggie daycare or even a sleep-over. Located at 115 Cathay Rd. call to learn more: 910-547-1568.


Test Your Pleasure Island IQ!

1. In what year was the high-rise bridge built over Snow’s Cut to connect the island to the mainland?


2. What local dancer is credited with developing and popularizing the dance known as the “shag”?

Chicken Hicks
Shaggie Smith
Rooster Parker

3. Kure Beach takes its name from one of the first families to visit and buy property in the area. It is pronounced “Cure-ee” and the family was originally from:


4. The man, Robert Harrill, who became known as the legendary Fort Fisher Hermit was originally from:

Athens, GA
Gaffney, SC
Lincoln, NE

5. In its heyday during the Civil War, Fort Fisher was known as:

The Gibraltar of the South
The Sand Castle Fortress
The Iron Mermaid

6. When the Astor Hotel burned to the ground in 1985, it was how old?

42 years
69 years
120 years

7. Kure Beach boasts its own natural wonder. What is it?

An artesian well
A coquina outcrop
A rocky sea cave

8. Which hurricane did the most recent damage to the Kure Beach Pier?


9. Which Native American tribal group predominately populated the area now known as the Cape Fear Coast, which includes Pleasure Island?


10. What is the name of the albino alligator at the Fort Fisher Aquarium?

Jack White

(answers: 1962, Chicken Hicks, Denmark, Gaffney, SC, Gibraltar of the South, 69 years, coquina outcrop, Bertha, Tuscarora, Luna)


2016 Boardwalk Blast Summer Events

Summer is fast approaching, which means soon the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will be abuzz with fun, family-friendly events, live music, and more!

Take note of the upcoming Boardwalk Blast events this summer and mark your calendars! All events are free and open to the public!


Island Greenway Will Make It Easier to Navigate Pleasure Island By Bike and On Foot

Walk and Bike by the Sea!

All across America, folks are recognizing the importance of having protected, ample space in which to exercise and connect with nature. In fact, many communities are even rated on their "walkability" and level of bike safety.

The Island Greenway Project is aimed at developing 1.2 miles of 10-foot wide pavement that will serve as a multi-use path. The plan is for that section to begin at Mike Chappell Park and continue south to Alabama Ave.


Coming Soon, In June! 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival!

Some pretty epic things happened in 1985, but around these parts, 1985 marks the year that the Carolina Beach Music Festival was created. Who could have predicted then what an incredible event it would become?

Just as the Cape Fear Coast has experienced tremendous growth, so has our homegrown beach music festival! Of course, we are not surprised by its increasing popularity or by the fact that it is the longest running music festival of its kind!


Golf Car Raffle!

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community is holding a raffle fundraiser in which the grand prize up for grabs is a fully "tricked out" 2012 Club Car "Precedent" street-ready, four-seat golf car!

Raffle tickets are on sale now through October 9, 2016. The cost of tickets are $20.00 each or you can get 3 tickets for $50.00. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold so hurry and get yours today!

The winner of the raffle will be announced on October 9, 2016 at the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival. You do not have to be present to win.

Here are the details of the fundraiser, along with the specs for the grand prize golf car!


Boardwalk Blast Set for Friday-May 27th!

We’re pretty excited about the Grand Opening for the Carolina Beach Boardwalk’s Amusement Park that is just weeks away!

The kickoff will take place on Friday evening, May 27th at 5:00 pm. This event also marks the first Boardwalk Blast of the summer and will include free live music at the Gazebo by local party band favorite, Jack Jack 180. They will play from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

Of course all of the arcade games, rides and food vendors will be open for business!

Since we’re kicking off summer, you know what that means! As the official main sponsor, The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you and your friends and family to stay for the first “Fireworks by the Sea” program that will take place at 9:00 pm.

Please help us spread the word!


Vote for Carolina Beach Boardwalk in USA Today's 10 Best Boardwalks

Photo courtesy of Southern Digital Art.com
We're so excited to see the Carolina Beach Boardwalk as a nominee for USA Today's list of the 10 Best Boardwalks in America! And what's even more exciting? You get to vote for your favorite boardwalk every day, now until May 23, 2016! And not that we're biased...well, maybe a little...but we sure hope you vote for our very own Carolina Beach Boardwalk!

Right now, our beloved boardwalk is ranked second out of 20! Share this with your friends to help get  the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to the number one spot!

Click this link to cast your vote: 

The Current Leaderboard (as of May 9, 2016)

1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, Calif.

2. Carolina Beach Boardwalk - Carolina Beach, N.C.

3. Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, Md.

4. Wildwoods Boardwalk - Wildwoods, N.J.

5. Virginia Beach Boardwalk - Virginia Beach, Va.

6. Jenkinson's Boardwalk - Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

7. Seaside Heights Boardwalk - Seaside Heights, N.J. 

8. Atlantic City Beach and Boardwalk - Atlantic City, N.J.

9. Old Orchard Beach Pier - Orchard Beach, Maine

10. Hampton Beach Boardwalk - Hampton Beach, N.H.


Summer Movies at the Lake

Don't miss this year's Summer Movies at the Lake! This free, family-friendly event will feature some great movie selections playing on our big, outdoor screen at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Movies will be shown Sundays from May 29 through September 4, 2016.

Grab the kids, a few blankets and beach chairs, and head to the lake in Carolina Beach to enjoy one of the following FREE outdoor movies! There will also be cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and more! Want to bring your own snacks and beverages? That's fine! Just no alcoholic beverages, please!

May 29 - MINIONS (PG)


June 12 - RIO 2 (G)


June 26 - HOME (PG)





July 31 - INSIDE OUT (PG)




September 4 - THE PEANUTS MOVIE (G)


2016 Ocean Front Park Summer Events

There's no excuse to be bored when you spend the summer in Pleasure Island! Just look what all will be going on in the next few months!

Weekly Events

1st & 3rd Sundays, May-October: Boogie in the Park Concert Series
From Reggae to Rock 'n Roll and many musical genres in between, the Boogie in the Park Concert Series is a favorite among locals and visitors alike! Check out the full schedule here. 

Mondays, 6/13-8/29 (skips 7/4), 7 pm-8 pm: Turtle Talk
Learn about local nesting sea turtles with Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project.


Kure Beach Street Festival

Spring is in full swing, and in Kure Beach that's reason enough to celebrate! But just in case you needed another excuse to get outside and enjoy all that this lovely beach community has to offer, the Kure Beach Street Festival will be taking place on Saturday, April 30 at Ocean Front Park. There will be plenty to see and do, including arts & crafts booths, food vendors, live music, and children's entertainment.

The festivities will go all day from 11 am to 5 pm at the picturesque Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave., which offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kure Beach Fishing Pier from its open-air pavilion. Both residents and visitors are invited to spend some time by the sea soaking up the sun and fun. We hope to see you there! 



It's that time of year again! Time to start gearing up for the annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blue & Jazz Festival, and we're calling all artists to come out and show off their creative skills! Specifically, we want to discover an artist who has the vision to convey the festival in an outstanding artistic form, through our Poster Design Contest. 

Do you have an idea that you need to get down on paper? Is there a creative doodle that just will not leave your mind? Take a few minutes and review the Entry Form and requirements and sign up! Come October, your creation could adorn the popular event t-shirts as well as the Commemorative Posters that have become highly collectible. You will also receive a CASH stipend as well as a complimentary booth in the Arts & Wine Garden and the honor (and bragging rights) of being THE ARTIST of the 2016 Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival!

Past winners include great talents such as Barton Hatcher, Ivey Hayes, Robert Knowles and Kelly Hawes. If your name is added to the list of festival winners, your art will adorn many t-shirt backs and living room walls! 

Interested in applying? The deadline is August 17, 2016. 

Have Questions? 

Call the Chamber at (910) 458-8434 or email greg@pleasureislandnc.org.


New Businesses in Pleasure Island - Sea Bee Subs & Go Sauce Yourself

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome two new businesses to the community! Sea Bee Subs, and Go Sauce Yourself, both located on the Carolina Beach boardwalk, offer up some mouth-watering grub and smokin' hot sauces to satisfy residents and visitors alike.

Sea Bee Subs, located at 11 Boardwalk #140, is a fantastic spot for fresh, delicious carry-out  subs in Carolina Beach. According to their website, Sea Bee Subs prides themselves on "serving great food with quality ingredients while providing fast & friendly service." They offer signature subs and panini sandwiches, wraps, and soups and salads, using all natural Metro Deli sliced meats, fresh produce, and a variety of toppings. They also offer special combos, including the Sea Bee's Beach Picnic Pack - your choice of any 4 signature paninis/subs, plus 4 drinks and 4 chips for just $29.99. Perfect for your family day at the beach!

Want to see what else they've got? Check out their menu here and then head to the Boardwalk to pick up your fresh-made order!

Feeling saucy? Another new business we're very excited about is Go Sauce Yourself, a specialty store for all things hot! Located at 11 Boardwalk #130, Go Sauce Yourself has hot sauces, barbecue sauces, wing sauces, seafood sauces, rubs, snacks, and much more! They even carry an assortment of North Carolina-made products like Wilmington's Addiction Sauces and Pittsboro-based Cackalacky brand sauces and snacks.

Are you a barbecue aficionado? Be sure to stop in on Saturday, May 7 for their Dimples BBQ sampling event. You can get the details on their Facebook page here.


31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival

It's almost that time again! We're so excited to be celebrating 31 years of the longest running beach music festival in the United States that's still on the beach! And we want you to come celebrate, too!

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2016 on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.

On Saturday, June 4, 'shaggers' of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South. All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast.

Gates will open at 10:00 am with the first band hitting the stage at 11:00 am.

Take a look at this year's impressive lineup:

11:00-12:30 -- North Tower

1:00 - 2:30 -- The Band of Oz

3:30 - 4:30 -- Jim Quick and Coastline

More on the festival...

This yearly event is one of the longest running beach music festivals in the country. Any fan of beach music should not miss this fun-filled event! 

Tickets to the Carolina Beach Music Festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate (cash only). Advance tickets are available through EVENTBRITE online (credit card only). Beginning May 1, tickets will also be available at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, Island Tackle & Hardware, Silver Dollar and Olde Salty's in Carolina Beach (cash/check only).

This annual event brings together a multi-generational family crowd, where people of all ages are sure to enjoy the festivities. Please note there will be no glass, no pets and no refunds allowed. 

Be sure to bring your own chairs, towels, and plenty of sunscreen. And yes, COOLERS ARE PERMITTED. Bring an Anheuser-Busch product (no glass, please) and register to win some Budweiser swag! Please remember to always drink responsibly!


Tinted Turtle Trot - April 16, 2016

Don't miss the Tinted Turtle Trot -- a fun and unique race experience with a color twist! Runners and walkers in this 1 mile/5k will experience a color explosion at the beginning and end of the race. Colorful team names, crazy photo opportunities, and fun costumes will add to the excitement!


Entertainment Lineup Announced for 2016 Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

The 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival recently announced the lineup for this year's event, taking place Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

With 14 bands in the lineup, there's sure to be something to get everyone's toes tapping! Take a look at who's playing and be sure to mark your calendars for this fun, family-friendly festival!

Blues Stage - Saturday, October 8

12:30 - 1:50 Urban Hill
2:10 - 3:30  Gate City Divas
3:50 - 5:10  David Gerald
5:40 - 7:00  Kara Grainger
8:00  Jonny Lang


Planning Your Pleasure Island Wedding

As wedding destinations go, Pleasure Island is tough to beat. With the stunning Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, picture perfect weather and friendly locals to handle all of the details, it’s no wonder that scores of happy couples are choosing to tie the knot right here. Boasting a pristine beach strand, charming cottages, quaint churches, island inns, party boats and elegant hotels, there are plenty of enchanting settings to choose from. There are also an amazing number of venues for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and send-offs.

Regardless of what you’d like, from a down home oyster roast to a champagne brunch or bridesmaid’s luncheon-no problem! Another big plus is that friends and family love it here too. After the bouquet has been tossed and the newlyweds are sailing off into the sunset, many guests often prefer to stay awhile, soak up some sun and explore the area.


Island of Lights Spring Fashion Show

Save the date for the 2016 Island of Lights Spring Fashion Show!

This popular event will return on Saturday, April 16 from 11 am to 2 pm at the American Legion on Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach.

Come support the annual Island of Lights Festival, local boutiques, and your friends and neighbors on Pleasure Island by attending this year's luau-themed show!

Learn more about the Island of Lights and see photos from last year's Fashion Show, click here: http://www.pleasureislandoflights.com/fashion-show.html


Easter Egg Hunt

Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation invite all children ages 12 and under to hop down to Mike Chappell Park for a fun and family-oriented Easter Egg Hunt!

This FREE event will take place Saturday, March 26 from 11 am to 12 noon. The hunt will start promptly at 11 am so it may be best to arrive a little early and don't forget to bring a basket!

Other fun activities will include games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Be sure to "like" the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation department's Facebook page to stay up-to-date on this and other events. In the event of inclement weather, any changes to the event will be posted there.

Any questions? Call (910) 458-2977 for more information.


Two New Businesses Come to Pleasure Island

Two new businesses have come to our little corner of Coastal North Carolina, and we wanted to make sure everybody knows about them!

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Holy Smoke (that's) BBQ and Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp - two very different but very exciting businesses!

Let's start with Holy Smoke (that's) BBQ, where residents and visitors can get a taste of slow smoked, NC style barbecue pork and brisket. Smoked for 16+ hours on the sweet, mellow flavor of oak, the barbecue here is sure to satisfy your cravings for true North Carolina cuisine.


Dinosaurs Take Over Annual Egg Hunt!

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher's annual egg hunt will be one to remember this year!

For 2016, the annual Alligator Egg Hunt officially becomes the Dinosaur Egg Hunt, in honor of the new animatronic exhibit, "DINOSAURS!" opening March 19. The Dinosaur Egg Hunt will take place March 19, 25 and 26.

"While the reptiles are bigger, the fun remains the same with children learning, creating and playing during this much loved tradition," the Aquarium stated in a press release.

Here's what to expect at this year's fun, family-friendly egg hunt:

Aquarium educators will introduce children to a live baby alligator and share fun facts about reptiles, both prehistoric and ones living today.

Kids will create their own dinosaur egg basket and search for candy-filled "dinosaur" eggs in the Aquarium garden, where six new animatronic dinosaurs make their home.

The Dinosaur Egg Hunt is recommended for children ages 3-10 (children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult) and limited space is available. This events sells out quickly every year, so reserve a space now!

Dates and Times:

Saturday, March 19 at 10 am and 1 pm
Friday, March 25 at 10 am and 1 pm
Saturday, March 26 at 10 am and 1 pm


The program fee is $20 per child; $11 for N.C. Aquarium members. Regular Aquarium admission applies to adults accompanying program participants. Preregistration is required by March 16 for March 19 programs and March 23 for March 25-26 programs. Register for the Dinosaur Egg Hunt online at http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher or call (910) 772-0500.


20th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off Restaurant Contestants Named

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to officially announce the contestants of the 2016 Chowder Cook-Off!

Congratulations to all the contestants! 

Buzz's Roost CB
8 Pavilion Avenue South on the Boardwalk
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Havana's Fresh Island Restaurant
1 North Lake Park Boulevard
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


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