2019 Show Schedule

The Wilmington Boat Show Battleship Splash Wild Card

DockDogs is the World’s Premiere Canine Aquatics competition. We welcome any breed, mix, or size to come out and jump! DockDogs has multiple disciplines where canine athletes will try and achieve DockDogs Glory! Canine Athletes will compete in Big Air, which is the “long jump” for dogs; Speed Retrieve, the timed swim event; and Extreme Vertical, the “high jump” for dogs. This event being held at Battleship Park and presented by The Wilmington Boat Show will be a last chance qualifier for the 20th Anniversary DockDogs World Championships! We welcome all skill levels to come out and join the DockDogs family!

Friday, September 6th

  • Onsite Registration/Practice – 9am
  • Big Air WAVE #1 – 10am
  • Big Air WAVE #2 – 12pm
  • Big Air WAVE #3 – 2pm
  • Big Air WAVE #4 – 4pm
  • Big Air WAVE #5 – 6pm

Saturday, September 7th

  • Onsite Registration/Practice – 9am
  • Big Air WAVE #6 – 10am
  • Big Air WAVE #7 – 12pm
  • Big Air WAVE #8 – 2pm
  • Big Air WAVE #9 – 4pm
  • Extreme Vertical – 6pm

Sunday, September 8th

  • Onsite Registration/Practice – 8am
  • Big Air WAVE #10 – 9am
  • Big Air WAVE #11 – 11pm
  • Big Air WAVE #12 – 1pm
  • Speed Retrieve (all in one finals) – 3pm
  • Big Air Finals – 5pm

Battleship North Carolina
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Legends of Saltwater Fishing

Fishing Academy

The Legends of Saltwater Fishing Academy at the Wilmington Boat Show takes your fishing skills to the next level. The event features a mixture of the most iconic and experienced saltwater fishing guides in the Carolina’s. This unique approach goes far beyond the basic fishing seminar with it’s greater focus on teaching and the foundation of the most effective fishing strategies and tactics being used today.


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The Cross Creek Band is a critically acclaimed acoustic duo from the Cross Creek region of Hampstead, NC that provides creative acoustic duo renditions of an entertaining mix of cover songs from a wide variety of genres and eras such as classic rock, modern rock, reggae, country, hip-hop/R&B, classic television theme songs, singalongs, and much more. Cross Creek Band is known for fun and versatile performances that may even feature costume changes &/or “special guests”.

Wilmington Boat Show VIP Preview and Party
Thursday, September 5, 6pm-9pm
Located in “The Boatyard” by Marina Grill

Jolly Mon Jams

Jolly Mon Jams based in Wilmington NC, is a steel drum performer with 40 years of music experience. Bill Willetts starting off with brass instruments in high school and college and has honorary seats with the McDonalds All Star Band and the US Navy Band. He is self-taught on the steel drums, “pans” as they are called in the Caribbean, which has long been one of his passions. Today they incorporate “tropical rock” music into their performances like Buffett, Chesney, Zac Brown and even some Beatles and Bob Dylan for good measure! Jolly Mon got its name from a Caribbean folk tale of a musician in the islands that drowned but was saved by dolphins to continue to bring happy music to the people.

Wilmington Boat Show
Friday, September 6th, Noon -5:30pm
Located in “The Boatyard” by Marina Grill


Two of a Kind remains one of the most popular acoustic duos in southeast North Carolina. With both Dave and Beau singing, playing guitar and bass, they provide an almost limitless variety of classics and contemporary songs from pop, rock, country, standards and even TV theme songs!

Wilmington Boat Show
Saturday, September 7th , 11am-5:30pm
Located in “The Boatyard” by Marina Grill


The Earth Cruisers Duo is a dynamic acoustic duo from the coastal Cape Fear region of North Carolina that provides acoustic duo renditions of an entertaining mix of cover songs from classic rock, folk, funk, reggae, and more.

Wilmington Boat Show
Sunday, September 8th , 11am-4:30pm
Located in “The Boatyard” by Marina Grill


Attention all Scallywags and Wenches (and all those in between)!
 Captain Jack and his ladies will be setting their course for the Wilmington Boat Show! Come out and see Captain Jack Sparrow, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read as they make Jacksonville their port for the weekend! Hold on to your wallets, hide the rum, and keep your wenches close as you take pictures with Captain Jack and his crew. There will be lots of pillaging, plundering, and perhaps a hijacking or two! Mark your calendars and set sail for the Wilmington Boat Show! See you there, mates!

Saturday & Sunday
Wherever you can find them!


Come join Captain Jack and his crew for an interactive tutorial on things you should know and do to be a pirate!, followed by a “Find the Captain” Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Sunday 1:00PM and 3:00PM

Located Convention Center Event Lawn

DreamWeaver Face Painting

Face painting at the Wilmington Boat Show!

Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Located in the Convention Center Lobby