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Wilmington, NC 28402
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January 29 (Sunday)
Chinese New Year
Join Sister City members and friends as we usher in the Chinese New Year according to the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year Gala will be streamed live this year courtesy of the Triangle Chinese American Society from 2:00 -5:00 PM. The link will be sent with the SCAW digital newsletter. An in-person event will take place in September in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

SCAW Annual Meeting
*Please note that the SCAW Annual Meeting will not be held in person due to Covid19 restrictions for indoor gatherings. VIEW THE ANNUAL REPORT

March 10 (Thursday)
International Women Entrepreneurs Panel
Join a group of dynamic women entrepreneurs for a round table discussion on what strengths and weaknesses have helped or hindered them in their business ventures; what were the biggest challenges they faced as a start-up; what the greatest opportunities they see in their space, and more. This free online event will be held from 9:30-11:30 AM (US EST) and pre-registration is required. Panelists represent England (UK); Scotland (UK); Nairobi (Kenya): San Pedro (Belize); Bridgetown (Barbados); and North Carolina (USA). To attend, send an email to  [email protected]. Only pre-registered guests will be allowed into the program.



International Women's Day 2022 - Panel / Part One

International Women's Day 2022 - Panel / Part Two

April 9-10 (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.

East Asian-Australian Flyway  
For bird enthusiasts this is a great time to visit Dandong 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. * Travel restrictions may apply if the pandemic remains a public health issue

June 14 Wilmington City Hall Lobby 6:00 - 7:00 PM
35th Anniversary Celebration Wilmington/Dandong
Preview the new art installation at City Hall featuring sister city artists from Dandong and Doncaster, plus a screening of the film, "Emerge" featuring the NJ Symphony performing a piano concerto in one movement and Mozart No. 39 conducted by Dandong native Xian Zhang. Refreshments will be served.  No reservations needed. Please use Chestnut St. entrance to City Hall.

May 10-16, 2023*
Delegation to Doncaster
(New date due to King Charles coronation)
Delegation to Doncaster to celebrate the 400 anniversary of the Mayflower departing Plymouth for America. Full details are accessible from the home page – itinerary may experience some slight changes due to rescheduling. Deadline to register is January 31, 2023.  

July 27-August 2  
Crop Over Bridgetown
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

August 4-6 *(CANCELLED)
Costa Maya Festival
Belize’s largest international event is held on AMBERGRIS CAYE – the International Costa Maya Festival 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 (Monday)
Mid-Autumn Festival
Join Sister City members and friends as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival following Chinese tradition, shorter in length than the New Year celebration, but equally important time for families to come together. The family style dinner 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 September 8 by email – [email protected] *no reservations can be made through the restaurant directly.

Oct 23-30
International Restaurant Week *(New Event)
This new event is a way for us to give back to the many restaurants who have supported Sister Cities over the years and have struggled through the challenges of an extended public health crisis since 2020.  Sample new restaurants and enjoy old favorites with friends and family. * Aromas of Peru; Artisan & Gelato; Big Thai Restaurant; Brasserie du Soleil; and Szechuan 132 are participating so stop by for lunch or dinner that week!   

Nov 16-20
Cucalorus 28
Cucalorus 28 rocks Wilmington once again. Check for festival schedules and updates. Please do not contact Cucalorus about any special sister cities events during the festival. 

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