Enjoy the new trolley while exploring Downtown!

Take a leisurely ride through historic downtown Wilmington on the FREE Downtown Trolley! Catch the Trolley at designated stops or, flag down the Trolley to board anywhere along its route. New vehicles are now circulating to connect all the Downtown Districts.  Use this link to download the 2020 route map.  

Have a Heart - Give Smart

"Have a Heart - Give Smart" was created to bridge the gap between the community’s concerted efforts to impact homelessness, alleviate poverty and addiction and to engage the public’s participation in these efforts.   To learn more about the program, visit this link.   Text-a-donation:  text “Heart” to 910.817.4301 or donate online.  


2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Downtown Wilmington is where you'll find just the right gifts to make everyone's holiday more joyful - including yours!  View more

Wilmington, NC

Downtown Wilmington is the economic and social hub for the region. With boundaries spanning from the Cape Fear River to the west, the Isabel Holmes Bridge to the north, to the Memorial Bridge to the south and 5th Avenue to the east,

Downtown is home to about 880 businesses, 10,800 workers, and 3,100 residents. As a hospitality and tourism center, Wilmington also boasts an amazing 1.75-mile long riverwalk, hotels, convention and meeting space, museums, cultural facilities and one of the largest historic districts in the County.

WDI has been a part of the civic infrastructure since 1977. The organization’s visionary and thoughtful approach, ability to forge key alliances and collaborations and responsiveness to constituent needs have all contributed to the growth and development of Downtown Wilmington since WDI’s inception. 

Upcoming Events

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Thu, Jan 2 - Thu, Dec 31

Trivia from Hell's
Thu, Jan 2 - Mon, Dec 28
at Hell's Kitchen

Literary History Walking Tour
Sat, Feb 8 - Sat, Dec 26
at Old Books on Front

Manifestations of Colour and Formations with Gale Smith & Photographer Melissa Wilgis”
Fri, Oct 23 - Sun, Dec 6
at Art in Bloom Gallery

Santa Station ILM
Sun, Nov 15 - Thu, Dec 31
at Xit Rooms

Riverfront Farmers Holiday Markets
Wed, Nov 18 - Sat, Dec 19
at Waterline Brewing Company