Li’l Friday Roundup: 12 events happening this weekend across the Cape Fear

Dubtown Cosmonauts plays Wrightsville Beach Brewery on Saturdays from 3pm to 6pm (Port City Daily / Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN NC – Who has to wait until summer to get up and enjoy the best of the Cape Fear coastal region? Springs originated in all kinds of ways in Wilmington and remote areas as people go to more events to enjoy music, artist markets, theater, film, and fundraisers. This weekend also offers plenty of opportunities.

In honor of Li’l Friday (that’s a local speaker for Thursday), Port City Daily has collected quite a few events that take place through Sunday so readers can take them into account.

Want to learn more about the first African American opera singer to tour with a white company in the US – Caterina Jarboro, born in Wilmington? Covered.

What about CFCC’s rendition of “The Laramie Project” in the open-air theater of the campus? Done.

Or maybe you want to groove with Dubtown Cosmonauts. Of course.

Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of the city. Cheers to Li’l Friday!

Do you have an event that you would like to consider for inclusion in Port City Daily’s Li’l Friday Roundup? Email every Wednesday afternoon.


Born in Wilmington in 1898, Catarina Jarboro was a world-renowned opera singer and the first black to tour with an all-white troupe. (Port City Daily / Courtesy photo)

UNCW presents A People’s History of Wilmington
Virtual discussions • Free • 6.30 pm

UNCW Presents has led a series focusing on the people and culture of Wilmington, specifically addressing the impact of the black community on our region.

“Voices from the Ashes: Black Wilmington Culture of the Early 20th Century” is the final review of the four-part series, hosted by Richard Yarborough. Yarborough is a professor of African American liturgy at UCLA, but is also the great-nephew of one of Wilmington’s cultural icons, Caterina Jarboro. Jarboro was the first black opera singer to tour with an all-white troupe in the 1900s. She was born in the port city in 1898, the year of the country’s only coup d’état, locally referred to as the 1898 massacre.

Yarborough will talk about Jarboro’s life and work as well as other figures who played prominent roles in Wilmington’s cultural history. UNCW Associate Professor Helena Spencer will facilitate the discussion and share some of her research on the legendary singer.

Interested parties can register here.

Also happens:

FlowILM at Cameron Art Museum – A light and sound art installation that combines science and art, created live from dusk, for free! Read more here.

Bloom Boom Festival – Bloom Boom will take place at Flytrap Brewery and will have multiple sustainable suppliers, along with food trucks, as well as new beer releases from Flytrap. The event will also take place through Sunday April 25th until 7pm. Saturday will be a joint block party to welcome the community-driven makers space of the brewery’s new neighbor. Details here.

Moonlit Metals jewelry will be part of the Sundown Maker’s Market that takes place Friday evenings at sunset at Sawmill Point Apartments, 1015 Nunn St. (Port City Daily / Courtesy photo)


Sundown Maker’s Market
Sawmill Point Apartments, downtown • Free • 5 PM – 8 PM

Sawmill Point Apartments in downtown Wilmington (1015 Nunn St.) has partnered with the Downtown ILM Farmers Market to host a pop-up sunset market on Fridays. Ten of Cape Fear’s artisans and craftsmen will have set up stalls to sell wares, including:

Rooted Beauty PotteryAfter The BloomKritter KoutureSun Glitter JewelryMoonlight MetalCabin Girl DesignsHawthorn and OakAmanda Ruth JewelryArt by Lena See Less

On Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Downtown ILM Artisans and Farmers Market takes place at 1801 Market St. in Temple Baptist Church. There will be vegetables, fruits and more crafts for sale.

Also happens:

Earth Day Celebration – The Plastic Ocean Project will meet on Saturday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the grounds of the Tidal Creek Co-op to continue the Earth Day celebration. There will be food, live music, local craft vendors, yoga and more! It is free and takes place from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Read more here.

The theater production of “The Laramie Project” will take place this weekend in the open air amphitheater of the CFCC; Only 25 seats are available per performance. (Port City Daily / Courtesy photo)


The Laramie Project
Cape Fear Community College Open Air Amphitheater • Suggested $ 5 Donation • 7:00 PM

One fateful night in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, a young Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered, drawing worldwide attention for hate crimes against LGBTQIA community members. Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project created a play based on Shepard’s life and the night of the events.

Project members traveled to Laramie to interview residents of the city about the fallout from the hate crime, as the two men who beat Shepard and left him tied to a fence were sentenced to life in prison. CFCC theater students play the drama from April 22-24 at 7pm

Technically free, there’s a suggested donation of $ 5 to go to the community college theater department. There are only 24 seats available per performance and reservations must be made in advance to attend the show by visiting or calling 910-362-7999.

Parking is free on the Hanover Student Parking Deck; rain dates are April 29 – May 1. Masks and social distance are required for all attendees.

The theater performance will also be broadcast via livestream on April 28, 7 pm; Click here for more info.

Also happens:

Dubtown Cosmonauts – Wrighstville Beach Brewery hosts the music collective Dubtown Cosmonauts on Saturday. The outfit brings their electric funk and otherworldly vibes to the Oleander Drive hangout from 3pm to 6pm. The show is free.

The Groove Market – Another local brewery combines local vendors, brunch and beer to bring together the best of all worlds. The pop-up Groove Market at Watermans Brewing features artisans selling jewelry, candles, beauty products, and more in a safe, social way. The brewery’s brunch menu will be available, and their handcrafted beer is ready for you to enjoy. The event takes place from 11am – 3pm; read more here.

Olde Towne Movie Night – The Olde Towne community in Belville is hosting a free 7pm movie night for family and friends at 10171 N. Olde Towne Way in Belville. The ’90s film’ The Sandlot ‘starts at dusk and the experience becomes meta: the film, which revolves around a 1960s kids baseball team, is screened on the backstop of a ball court. Chairs, blankets and picnics welcome. However, concessions are also sold on site. Click here for more info.


Help children beat cancer
Brewing good hops • $ 5 • 11 hours

The Wilmington Cancer Moms will host a fundraising campaign for Reelin ‘for Research, which raises year-round funding for childhood cancer research at UNC Children’s Hospital. On Sundays, there is a Dad Bod car wash at Good Hops Brewing (811 Harper Ave.) at 11am, followed by live music from Just Yesterday at 1pm.

It’s $ 5 admission to go towards childhood cancer research. Good Hops pours beer and Nolli’s Tacos are ready to serve the food.

More information can be found here.

Also happens:

Talley’s Folly – A Pulitzer-winning play by Lanford Wilson, “Talley’s Folly,” follows a Jewish immigrant, Matt Friedman, whose yearning for an “old girl”, 31-year-old Sally Talley. Talley’s family thinks she will never get married because of her political and social views. The play is about connection and romance, and will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday April 22-24 at 8pm and Sunday April 25 at 2pm on the main stage of UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building. Patron must wear a mask and the seating will be socially distanced. Tickets are free but limited to two and must be secured here.

Paradise Cove BBQ Fundraiser – The Pleasure Island Disaster Relief Fund is organizing a BBQ fundraiser Sunday to raise money for the victims of the Paradise Cove fires that took place in Carolina Beach on April 2. The event will take place at The Last Resort (600 N. Lake Blvd.). They also ask for donations, volunteers to serve food and help on the day of, or anyone who has lottery tickets:

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