Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15


The 2018 Waterfront Street Fair Presented by Wells Fargo will have plenty of entertainment with our special areas such as the Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye, the Multicultural Area, and our new Music and Beer Garden Area Presented by Wilmington Grill!! The Waterfront Street Fair will also provide an array of food options and shopping opportunities with over 250 vendors which include arts and crafts, informational, commercial, and food vendors. The fun begins Friday, April 13th and continues through Sunday, April 15th. The Street Fair is a free, family-friendly event located in downtown Wilmington on Water, Front, Second, and Market Streets.

Pre-Street Fair fun at Chalk Fest Presented by Going Local
Join the local community Friday afternoon from 2-5 pm for a chance to chalk the sidewalks of downtown. This family-friendly fun event will take place in front of Going Local on the corner of Front and Chestnut Street at 208 N. Front Street. This is a BYO (bring your own) Chalk event - bring your own chalk! Festival road closures will create a pedestrian-friendly zone perfect for chalking fun. Create your own inspirational design or chalk something local to share...the goal is to create positive messages to share with all Street Fair guests who will be walking these sidewalks during the Street Fair!

We have over 250 vendors at the Street Fair showing and selling goods from handmade crafts to fine commercial products. We also have tons of food vendors creating the traditional fair favorites such as kettle corn, gyros, and funnel cakes as well as vendors preparing specialties such as Maine lobster rolls, French beignets, fritters, tacos, and BBQ. Most food vendors will be located on Water Street with a few by the Music & Beer Garden on 2nd Street.

You won't want to miss the vibrant fireworks over the Cape Fear River at 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 14th!

Street Closure: 

Begins:  Friday, 4/13 - 6:00am - 5:00pm
Break Down Date/Time:  Sunday, 4/15 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location of Event: 

  • N. Water St. between Market St. & US Coast Guard Diligence mooring.  
  • Front St. between Orange St. & Red Cross St.
  • Market St. between 2nd St. & Water St.
  • Princess St. between N Front St. & Water St.
  • Riverfront Park
  • Ligon Flynn parking lot at corner of S. 2nd St. & Market St.
  • Cotton Exchange Parking Lot