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Wilmington Free Events: Lumina in July

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Independence, freedom, sparklers, and fireworks are all things that come to mind during the 4th of July. It’s a time for celebrating all there is to be grateful for with friends, family, and the entire community. Here at the Office of the Arts and Kenan Auditorium, we’re grateful for all of the impeccable artists who have graced the Kenan stage and dedicated patrons who make our work worthwhile. In the spirit of the 4th of July, we hope our upcoming free events as part of the Lumina Festival of the Arts will continue to unite and inspire the arts-loving community here in Wilmington.  So, let freedom and free events ring this July! 


Hooked on Arts Street Fair 
July 13-14 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Kenan Auditorium Lawn 

Hooked on Arts Street Fair is all about bringing together the community for a day of family-friendly fun. This two-day street fair will feature art vendors, food trucks, free entertainment in the visual and performing arts, and an opportunity to help the community by raising awareness about arts-based therapy and support of addiction-related services/community partners in the Cape Fear region.  


Opera Wilmington Behind the Scenes 
July 13 • 10 a.m. - noon. 
Mainstage Theatre 

Opera and theatre fans will have the opportunity for a behind the scenes look at how opera comes together with Opera Wilmington.  The tour includes a visit to UNCW’s scene shop, costume shop, and vocal studio as well as a sneak-peek of the company’s next production.  

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Latin Dance Salsa Party 
July 13 • 9 p.m. 
UNCW Amphitheater 

As Arthur Mitchell once said, dance gives us “the freedom to be who you are and do what you want to do.” This salsa party after the production of Footprints will begin with an inclusive dance lesson and short performances by Wilmington Latin Dance, followed by a lively dance party for students, community, and visitors. 

Courtney Johnson Moons.jpgCourtney Johnson: Moons Opening Reception 
July 16 • 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Cultural Arts Building Lobby 

50 years ago this July, the U.S. landed a man on the moon! Moons, a solo exhibition of Courtney Johnson’s photography, will celebrate this momentous occasion. Courtney Johnson specializes in photographic alternative processes and is one of the leading scholars on the photographic cliché-verre technique. 

UNCW Jazz Workshop.jpgUNCW Jazz Workshop Final Showcase 
July 19 • 7:30 p.m.  
Kenan Auditorium  

Music lovers will be delighted with this free performance of the UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Final Showcase. The showcase will feature musicians from the summer-long UNCW jazz workshop, an intensive week-long event of music making and jazz study for middle and high school musicians in North Carolina. 

Celebrate freedom and community all month long with these free events as part of UNCW’s Lumina Festival of the Arts –we hope to see you there! View the entire Lumina schedule of events online here.  

-Lindsay Lake