Three annual events held in Wilmington, North Carolina have been selected as Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Events for the months January through March, 2013. The Cape Fear Model Railroad Society’s Model Railroad Show & Sale (January 26-27), the North Carolina Jazz Festival (February 7-9) and the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo (March 15-17) make return appearances on the prestigious STS Top 20 Events list.
Indulge in the model railroading hobby and enjoy the operating O, O27, HO and G scale layouts at the annual Cape Fear Model Railroad Society’s Model Railroad Show & Sale. Vendors offer trains, scenic supplies and railroading memorabilia. Free clinics are offered by Tom’s Train Station in Cary, N.C. There will also be door prizes and raffles.
This year's North Carolina Jazz Festival kicks off on Thursday night February 7 with a concert featuring "Jazz Strings" performances, including a duet with Bucky Pizzarelli and Jonathan Russell, followed by a tribute to “Charlie Parker with Strings”. The festival features 16 renowned musicians and others. Cabaret-style seating and all-star musicians distinguish this as one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast. Other highlights include workshops, master classes and an all-star jazz brunch.
The 2013 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is a family event that features wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters. Kids will enjoy interactive activities such as Sensory Safari, Aquatic Trailer, Mallard Madness Laser Shoot, and Kids Gone Wild academic workshops. Celebrity guest Randy Edwards from the History Channel’s “Swamp People” will be on-hand each day for autographs.
These are examples of the quality annual events that make Wilmington, North Carolina's Historic River District and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach a fun year-round destination.
For more information about top events in North Carolina take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in North Carolina