Music on the River Returns

Join the fun every Friday night from May 25th until August 31st from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm for a free concert at Riverfront Park at 5 Water Street.   To learn more about the concert and see the schedule, visit this link.  

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.

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.

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.  

Stakeholder Input Survey

The Downtown MSD finished its first year of operations on June 30, 2018.  As the contractor managing the district on behalf of the City, WDI is required to obtain input from MSD property owners about service needs in the upcoming year.  Use this link to participate in the survey.  

2018 Downtown Lifestyle Tour

The 2018 Spring Downtown Lifestyle Tour will take place on Saturday, September 8 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The tour features living spaces and businesses throughout the downtown area.  Visit this link to learn more about the tour.  

Downtown
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

Trivia from Hell's
Mon, Mar 26 - Thu, Aug 30
at Hell's Kitchen

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

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

Shakespeare Brunch
Sun, May 20 - Sun, Nov 18
at TheatreNow

Downtown Sundown Concert Series 2018
Fri, May 25 - Fri, Aug 31
at Riverfront Park