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Riding Hide: Doncaster Airfield & Zeppelin Raids
An exhibition revealing how our sister city Doncaster, and South Yorkshire fought for Britain in the skies during WWI and reliving the terror of the Zeppelin air raids on Sheffield in 1916. The exhibition runs through December 2018.

February 21 (Wed) - Chinese New Year
Join Sister City members and friends as we usher in the Chinese New Year according to the lunar calendar.  The festivities will be held at Szechuan 132 on S. College Rd. (University Square) starting promptly at 7:00 PM.  The cost is $20 per person for a 7 course meal (alcohol is separate).  Reservations required by February 18 by email – or phone 910-343-5226.

March 26 (Monday) - SCAW Annual Meeting
The SCAW Annual Meeting will be held in the Lord Compton Room at City Hall and feature a presentation on North Carolina and the Great War 1917-18 in recognition of the centennial of the end of WWI.  The guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Sion H. Harrison II, former State Archives Military Collection archivist.  Open to the public.

April 7 (Sat) - SCI Conference
Wilmington will host the SCI North Carolina-East regional conference. It will be held at the New Hanover County Library - Northeast Extension (1241 Military Cutoff Road) from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  The program will include speakers on fundraising, innovative programming and communication strategies. Information on fees and registration will be available on line in March. Click Here for More Info
April 14-15 (Saturday & Sunday) - Azalea Festival
You will want to be sure to stop by the Multicultural Stage at the Street Fair following the Azalea Festival Parade.  This is a two day family friendly event showcasing the diversity of our own region – traditional and contemporary dance and music performances  representing  a wide range of ethnicities (Native American, Celtic, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Chinese - to name a few).

April 17 (Tues) - International Student Reception
Join Mayor Saffo, City & County elected officials for a farewell reception at City Hall to formally congratulate the 2017-18 international students upon their completion of studies at the University of North Carolina and Wilmington.  The reception will be from 5:30 – 6:30 PM after which you can join the students for the Council meeting in the upstairs Chambers or a walking tour of the Historic District in Downtown.* Members only event

July 6-8 (Fri-Sun) - Rugby Tournament
Cape Fear 7s International Rugby Tournament will host several international teams in Wilmington, including one from Bristol, England. For field locations and more information visit

July 25-August 8  - Barbados Crop Over
Barbados Crop Over is a unique experience that follows a tradition starting in the 1780s to mark the end of sugar cutting season. It is a unique experience featuring music, masquerade, history and culture. For a schedule of daily events go to

August 2-5 (Thurs – Sun) - Costa Maya Festival
Belize’s largest international event is held on AMBERGRIS CAYE – the International Costa Maya Festival .  The main stage features both local and international artists from throughout the Americas (Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama).  It is truly a multicultural extravaganza - two full days of music, food, and pageantry.    You might want to add a couple of extra days to explore the recent discoveries at the Mayan ceremonial center in the Cayo District on the mainland to complete the experience.

Sept 12-15 (Wed-Sat.) - St. Leger Festival
St. Leger Festival – Planning a trip to Europe this fall be sure to visit Doncaster’s St. Leger Festival [DONCASTER, UK] the world’s oldest classic horse races.  The festival includes horse racing, music, fine food, arts and culture.  For more info go to 

Sept (TBA) - WWI Technologies
Join us for a presentation on new technologies that emerged during WWI as part of our continuing commemoration of the war that set the US on a new course in many areas of life locally, nationally and internationally. 

Oct 21  (Sun) - Peace Through Music
Peace through Music Concert will be held at the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary in downtown Wilmington from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Join us for an evening of harmony as we celebrate Daniel Pearl’s World Music Days.  This is a free event and details on the lineup of musicians, singers, and dancers will be available in early fall. 

Nov 3 (Sat) - UNCW International Week
2018 UNCW International Week & Global Citizens Award Stop by and visit the Sister Cities booth during iFest which will be included as the week long special events. Check the UNCW website since several events are open to the public. iFest includes international food and entertainment, and is family friendly; it will be held at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus from 12 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 3.

Nov 7-11 (Wed-Sun) - Cucalorus 24
Cucalorus 24 rocks Wilmington once again. As has been the tradition Sister Cities will host the international filmmakers on November 8 at the Basics Restaurant in the Cotton Exchange from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Reservations must be made no later than November 5 and the cost is $15.00 (members only event). Join Sister Cities for “Lunch & a Movie” program on the last day of the festival. The lunch will be at Steam, the new rooftop restaurant in the Embassy Suites (convention center hotel). The featured film is “You and Me” directed by Alexandra Baack. A young deaf woman meets a recently blinded man and what follows is a funny and moving love story about life’s universal challenges and joy.  “You and Me” is one of the first major films to star disabled actors in both leading roles. The film won the audience award at the Cinequest Film Festival. 

Lunch will be served at 11:30 and the film will be screened at 1:00 PM in the main section at CFCC’s Union Station on N. Front St. Tickets for the package are $35.00 (no refunds) and are payable by cash or check. Reservations will be accepted until November 6.

For more information or to make reservations for either the filmmakers luncheon or the special package on the last day of the festival contact – Do not contact Cucalorus about the special sister cities events during the festival.

Nov 11 (Sun) - WWII Commemoration
Join other North Carolinians from around the state for a solemn ceremony at the NC State Capital in Raleigh at 11:00 AM to commemorate the end of the Great War and the contributions made by the State and its citizens to the war. For other events and locations throughout the year visit The NC Museum of History on Edenton St. (Raleigh) will host a concert featuring the Wake District Pipes and Drums Band at 4:00 Sunday, November 11.

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