Downtown Alive

Vote Wilmington – South’s Best City on the Rise

Greetings from the Wilmington and Beaches CVB!

We are reaching out to share that Southern Living has released its list of nominees for the South’s Best 2024. The exciting news is that our destination is nominated in two categories:

South’s Best City on the Rise – Wilmington

Best Waterfront Town – Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach (Of course we love both beaches—you can vote for your favorite!)

Voting is now underway through August 23, 2023.

The more votes our destination receives, the greater our chances of making the coveted Southern Living South’s Best lists for 2024. Winners receive widespread exposure in Southern Living’s popular magazine and website, not to mention the valuable publicity opportunities that a top ranking provides the CVB for inclusion in destination content and press materials.

To cast your vote, here’s the link: On the voting page, Southern Living has set up a survey with the chance to enter a cash giveaway. No purchase is required and completion of the survey is not necessary to enter, though an email address may be required.

Thank you for your consideration.

Vote for Wilmington Riverwalk



Thank You For Supporting Our Downtown!

The Downtown Alive Parklet program for 2020 ended on November 22nd.   DBA is dedicated to working toward a Downtown Alive 2021 Parklet program seeking a long-term solution to allow for attractive extended seating that businesses can opt-in and fund costs associated.
A task force has been created, made up of DBA and WDI leaders, downtown restaurateurs, business owners and even city staff, in hopes of continuing the program.  For Downtown Alive to continue the program at this juncture; DBA wants to turn it over to the city to manage moving forward.
Downtown Alive has remained a silver lining in an otherwise bleak financial year for many businesses and for downtown as a whole to draw back tourist dollars. The mild climate in southeastern NC certainly helps maximize those opportunities with more people spending time outside, which potentially could expand the lifespan of the program beyond spring, summer and fall.

Gallery 2020