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Chinese New Year
February 11 (Monday)
Join Sister City members and friends as we usher in the Chinese NewYear 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 8 by email – or questions call 910-343-5226.

SCAW Annual Meeting
April 1 (Monday)
The SCAW Annual Meeting will be held in the New Hanover Room at the New Hanover County Main Library at 6:00 PM and feature a presentation on Brexit. The guest speaker is Andrew Terrell, Trade Representative for the UK serving the southeast. A luncheon program hosted by the Foreign Trade Promotion Council for the business community will be held at noon in City Council Chambers. For reservations for the lunch visit

We will also screen a documentary shortfilm, “Learning to Swim” directed by Ruth Grimberg and filmed in Doncaster.  Open to the public.

Azalea Festival
April 6-7 (Saturday & Sunday)
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).

International Students Reception
April 16 (Tues)
Join Mayor Saffo, City & County elected officials for a farewell reception at City Hall to formally congratulate the 2018-19 international students upon their completion of studies at the University of North Carolina and Wilmington.  The reception will be from 5:30 – 6:20 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

East Asian-Australian Flyway
For bird enthusiasts this is a great time to visit Dandong, China when the mouth of the Yalu River wetlands, an important habitat for migratory birds, is flush with birds. As many as 240 species, including endangered ones such as the Black-faced Spoonbill can be observed.

Crop Over [Bridegtown]
July 22-August 5
Crop Over [Bridgetown] 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 visit

Costa Maya Festival
August 8-11
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.

St. Leger Festival
Sept 11-14
If you're 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

The Culture of Food
Sept (TBA)
Traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to another and is an expression of cultural identity. Join us for a presentation on how food affects our daily discourse in many areas of life locally, nationally and internationally. Details will be available in June.

Human Flow International Film
Oct (TBA)
Human Flow International Film will be screened at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in partnership with the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the United Nations Association from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis - the greatest human displacement since World War II – in this breathtakingly epic film journey HUMAN FLOW.Ai, at once celebrated, persecuted and famed for an outlaw spirit that speaks directly to a world of inequality and injustice, here pushes back against the worldwide tide of fear with a defiant act of gentleness.  His whole career has been about resisting borders of all kinds, about unifying art and activism.  And now, with Human Flow, he again stretches art’s definition to include trying to change the social fabric to which his work responds.

UNCW International Week
November 9
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 9.

Cucalorus 25
Nov 13-17(Wed-Sun)
Cucalorus 25 rocks Wilmington once again. As has been the tradition Sister Cities will host the international filmmakers on November 14 at Steam in the Embassy Suites Hotel (adjacent to the Convention Center) from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Reservations must be made no later than November 9 and the cost is $20.00 (members only event). Join Sister Cities for “Lunch & a Movie” program on the last day of the festival. Film selection and restaurant will be announced in October. Questions concerning either event & reservations must be made via email –  Please do not contact Cucalorus about the special sister cities events during the festival.

Sister Cities Association of Wilmington