Annual Events

Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation organizes several events throughout the year.  See the full lineup below.  Sponsorships are available and volunteers are always welcomed.  Contact Katie Ryan, Recreation Program Supervisor for more details.  

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Movies in the Park


Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation will host three Movie Night in the Park events at Wrightsville Beach Park in 2021! Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of family, fun, food, and entertainment under the stars. Wheelz Pizza and Trolly Stop food truck concessions will be available for purchase.  Contact Katie Ryan for sponsorship opportunities!

Tuesday, September 14, 8:00 pm - Reckless Isolation (some adult language) featuring surfing professional Kolohe Andino who will be on site for autographs beginning at 7:00 pm.  

Friday, October 29, 6:30 pm - Hocus Pocus (PG)

Friday, December 3, 6:30 pm - Elf (PG)

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27th Annual Bark in the Park
October 2, 2021, 11:00 a.m.

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Town of Wrightsville Beach Christmas Kick-Off & Tree Lighting
Friday, November 26, 2021, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.



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North Carolina Holiday Flotilla


Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Wrightsville Beach Holiday Decorating Contest

WB Businesses and Residences! Deck the halls! Light up the Island! Show your holiday spirit! Decorate your home or business and enter the annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Harbor Island Garden Club will tour the island to judge the holiday decorations. You must be registered to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Traditional, Best Holiday Lighting, Most Holiday Spirit, and Best Overall Home and Business. Stay tuned for the 2021 date!

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Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run
Saturday, February 12, 2022


What better way to start off your Valentine's Day celebration than with a heart themed race! You will be able to choose which distance you would like to run: 5k, 10k, or run both - Double Trouble. You'll run through beautiful Wrightsville Beach with waterway scenery along the route. So, wear your red, white, and pink and bring your Valentine for the Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run! Race participants will run both the 5k and the 10k races at their scheduled start times for Double Trouble. 

Please email Katie Ryan for more information about the race and how to become a volunteer or a sponsor (click here for sponsorship opportunities).
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Wrightsville Beach Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 16, 2022


Grab your egg basket and camera and join us to welcome the Easter Bunny to Wrightsville Beach Park!