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.  

Downtown Alive

The City of Wilmington in collaboration with the Downtown Business Alliance and Wilmington Downtown Inc. is launching the Downtown Alive event allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating to safely serve customers and allowing you to enjoy your favorite restaurants responsibly too.  Use this link to learn more about this event. 

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.  


StarNews 2020 Best of the Best

The nominations are in and Downtown has received 77 nominations in 42 categories.   We invite you to vote for your favorite Downtown Businesses.  Voting ends on September 11th.  For your cheat sheet of downtown nominees, visit this link.  Use this link to cast your vote.  

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

Riverfront Farmers' Market
Sat, Sep 26 - Sat, Nov 21
at Waterline Brewing Company

The Witching Hour
Sun, Oct 18 - Sun, Nov 1
at Xit Rooms

Chris Nash
Friday, October 23
at Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen