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What's Happening: October 17th - 19th

READ MORE: What's Happening: October 17th - 19th
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Did someone say festival? Hitch up your lederhosen. If you are hungry for a brat Oktoberfest is this weekend. Enjoy Bavarian cuisine, along with beer and wine imported from Germany. Oktoberfest is Friday, October 17, 2008 and Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Independence Mall in Wilmington. The hours are from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The entry fee is $3. Get ready for a spooky good time. It is Poplar Grove Plantation's 27th Annual Halloween Festival. Along with a haunted barn, house and hayrides there will be carnival rides and games for the kids. Do not forget to dress in costume! The festival runs from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Although Halloween is right around the corner, Carolina Beach is still enjoying summer. All day Saturday it is the Summer Never Ends Celebration at the boardwalk and gazebo. Enjoy music, arts, crafts, and pony rides. While over in Pender County, Topsail Island is celebrating the season with its Autumn with Topsail Festival. There will be music, food, art vendors, games and rides for the kids. The festival is located in front of the Assembly Building in Topsail Beach. Admission price is $3 per person, children twelve and under are free. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy a trip to Hugh MacRae Park on Saturday for the 7th Annual Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival. More than 50 breweries will have more than 150 different beers for you to sample. There is also food, music and a courtesy shuttle. The festival runs from 1:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. Keeping with the flow of festival weekend, it is also the 28th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, a kid's area, oyster shucking and an oyster stew cook-off. The festival will be in front of the Museum of Coastal Carolina both Friday and Saturday. Did you know it is the international year of the organ? The Wilmington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is holding two events to celebrate. An organ and architectural tour begins Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m., an organ concert will take place at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Both events are free. To find other event happening this weekend, visit out Community Calendar.

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I would like to just say, I

I would like to just say, I think the beer festival at the park is an insult. I don't understand how it is okay to turn out a bunch of people that have been drinking for hours into society in the middle of the day. Raining or not, they spill out across Oleander trying to get back to their cars. They are on foot and on their bikes wobbling all over the place. To make matters worse WHERE are the police arresting people who are leaving there drunk driving and public intoxication? It doesn't seem to be right that people at 2 am. downtown get arrested and then you have this festival and people don't get arrested for it. I can't imagine why Wilmington allows this mess to take place. Especially in a park where small children are playing with their families. Ladies and gentlemen, bring your children here and play and then of you look to the left you have the drunkin adults. sets a real good example for our children today who have enough on their plates to worry about. Way to go Wilmington.

"Beer connoisseurs will

"Beer connoisseurs will enjoy a trip to Hugh MacRae Park on Saturday for the 7th Annual Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival. More than 50 breweries will have more than 150 different beers for you to sample. There is also food, music and a courtesy shuttle. The festival runs from 1:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $25." Hope law enforcement picks up the drunks coming out of this trying to hop into their cars.