The historic downtown is the host of several events throughout the year. With the background of the Cape Fear River and the architecture of the history buildings, street festivals and fairs can wind around the many shops and restaurants.

DBA sponsors several events on an annual basis; The Wine and Beer Walk in February and September, St. Patricks Day Festival, Rims On The River, American Craft Walk Wilmington, and the Holiday Window Decorating Contest.

The first week in April Wilmington celebrates Azalea Festival ending with the Azalea Street Festival downtown. Look for Riverfest each first week in October held at the River’s edge. Downtown kicks off the Holly Jolly Season on the day after Thanksgiving each year with the annual tree lighting at the base of Market Street on the Riverfront.

During the high season you will find the weekly Farmer’s Market and Friday night’s Sundown Concert Series along the river.

Downtown is rarely uneventful. Every week it is the host to shows at music venues, a comedy venue, plays and productions at Thalian Association, Thalian Hall, Wilson Center and the Convention Center.