Round Off a Busy Day in Downtown with Dinner and a Show

Posted May 17th, 2019 in Weekend Wish List

The heat is on in Downtown Wilmington this weekend. Beyond the exciting array of attractions and points of interest available year round, the center city is also hosting the 15th Annual Rims on the River Weekend where you can see some awesome classic cars and enjoy the festivities at various entertainment venues downtown. The tall ship, Nao Santa Maria is also docked at Port City Marina until May 19th and is open from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day for self-guided tours.

To round off your busy day, stay downtown for dinner and a show. With almost a hundred eateries in Downtown Wilmington, there is sure to be something to suit your palate. Many restaurants serve food loaded with southern charm. American and Southern-style restaurants are in abundance. You can get pizza and Mexican food too. From casual to fine dining, the center city has it all.

If you prefer a pre-dinner cocktail or light bite, several restaurants and pubs serve a range of appetizers or tapas-style food. Also, you may find portion sizes at some of the European restaurants are better suited to smaller appetites.

If you have a hankering for Asian food, Downtown Wilmington has you covered and several restaurants have an excellent reputation for seafood. Some of these places are located at the southern end of the Riverwalk so you can dine on an outdoor patio and watch the sunset.

If you plan to see a show after dinner, be sure to check the show times and reserve tickets to collect at Will Call. This weekend, there are some great one-act plays and a musical at Thalian Hall. Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center is hosting The Wilmington Choral Society on Friday for a night of “Mass Appeal” music. On Saturday, it is presenting City Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty.

You can also opt for a Sunday matinée performance of the ballet at The Wilson Center or the musical at Thalian Hall. If you prefer a matinée with brunch, TheatreNow on South 10th Street presents its Shakespeare Brunch series one Sunday a month from March through November. This Sunday, the play is “All’s Well That Ends Well.”

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Parking is easy too—enjoy FREE parking for 90 minutes in the City or County parking decks located on North 2ndStreet (only $1 per hour thereafter up to $8 daytime maximum), or park on-street for $1.50 per hour in metered spots. Private lots are also available. Check the signs for rates. Once parked, ride the FREE Downtown Trolley for a relaxing journey to your dinner and show.

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Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College
703 N 3rd St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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