Municipal Service District Program Launched to Encourage Giving

Leaders of the Downtown Wilmington Municipal Service District (MSD) have launched a new public education campaign asking local residents and visitors to donate money to local charities instead of giving cash to individual panhandlers.  Visit this link to learn more about the Have a Heart - Give Smart campaign. Donate here.

Matching grant funds available for enhancing the historic character and appearance of Downtown business properties.

Apply here for Façade Improvement Program and apply here for Landscape Grant Program.

Raising the Bar for a Better Downtown

The City of Wilmington recently created a Municipal Service District to provide extra security, cleanliness, marketing and economic development services to Downtown.  City Council selected WDI to manage the new services.  Here is a link for  background information and the MSD overview

Project Grace Report Finds Development Options

WDI partnered with New Hanover County to evaluate the market demand and development opportunities for this government-owned site bounded by Grace, Chestnut, 2nd and 3rd Streets.  Here is the information.  

"My Downtown Because...."  Video Contest

The Wilmington Downtown Municipal Service District (MSD) and Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) are hosting a video contest to highlight places, people or activities in Downtown.  Use this link for an overview of the contest.

Come explore Downtown

The Spring has Sprung Scavenger Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM.   This free event will feature kid friendly scavenger hunts with clues to crack the code at various shops, restaurants and historical sites.   Use this link to learn 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 2,100 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

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk
Fri, Jan 22 - Fri, Dec 21

Shakespeare Brunch
Sun, Jan 21 - Sun, Jun 17
at TheatreNow

Riverfront Farmers' Market
Sat, Mar 31 - Sat, Nov 17
at Riverfront Park

Thu, Apr 19 - Sun, Apr 29
at DREAMS Center for the Arts - Garage

5th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Sun, Apr 22 - Sun, May 6
at Thalian Hall

Historic Downtown Marketplace Artisan Market
Sun, Apr 22 - Sun, Oct 28
at Riverfront Park