It's never a dull moment...

…with micro-breweries, live music and more just steps away from the Riverwalk.


Whether you’re looking for a cozy B&B or a high rise hotel, you’re invited to live like a local.

Attractions & Entertainment

From live music, enchanting museums, and stories of mystery, experience the excitement and adventure only found Downtown.


Pour yourself a good time and a local brew at some of the city's best breweries.


Satisfy your appetite with local hot-spots or classic favorites. Start your search here.

Meeting & Event Spaces

Whether you’re planning your special day or hosting your next company conference, we’ve got spaces that fit the bill.

Personal Services & Care

From some of the best salons and barbershops around to tattoo parlors and medical spas, Downtown Wilmington is a great place for your personal services business.

Professional Services

Our city is full of great employers and a variety of professional services. Come conduct your business in Downtown Wilmington today!


Elevate your look with fashion-forward shops and artisan products only found in the Port City.


From riverfront living to historic homes, discover what Downtown living has to offer.

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Bring your innovative business to our passionate local community.

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Upcoming Events

21 May

Create Waves

Enjoy an eventful sunset cruise on the water!

20 May

Uptilt Film Fest

Jengo's Playhouse is hosting the 6th annual Uptilt Film Fest May 20-22!

22 May

Plant Palooza

Waterline Brewing has teamed up with Emtentions and Downtown ILM to host the first ever Plant Palooza!

22 May

Local Vintage Fashion Show & Pop-Up Market

Flytrap Brewing will be hosting a local vintage Fashion Show & Pop-Up Market on Sunday, May 22.

27 May

Fourth Friday Gallery

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, an after-hours celebration of art and culture held 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on the fourth Friday of each month!

27 May

New Art Exhibition

A new art exhibition “A bit of this, A bit of that” from local pastel artist Terri Moore will take place at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens.

28 May

Mark Koenig Book Signing

Book signing and reception for Mark Koenig's new book, The Wilmington, Brunswick and Southern Railroad on Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 1 - 3 PM at the Wilmington Railroad Museum.

28 May

The 26th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest (OSAF)

Come downtown for the 26th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest!

29 May

Wilmington Wellness Round Up

Waterline Brewing Company is hosting a collection of Wilmington's health and wellness focused brands, as well as a food truck and live music!

About WDI

Wilmington Downtown, Inc’s roots go all the way back to when it was formed as D.A.R.E. (Downtown Area Revitalization Effort) in 1977 as a public-private partnership between the City of Wilmington and the private sector. WDI has been providing excellent – and evolving – economic development services to Downtown for over 40 years. Today, the three main areas of focus for WDI are business recruitment and retention, developer services and public outreach. If it has something to do with economic development and our Downtown, you can bet that WDI is involved!

WDI is partially funded by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County but also relies heavily on private donations. Our organization is able to operate with the support of our partners. WDI is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. We encourage you to invest in your Downtown, and we are proud to call anyone donating $100 or more a WDI Partner! Click here to learn more about WDI and our Partnership program.

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About MSD

Ever noticed our Ambassadors walking around Downtown? They work for the Municipal Service District (MSD), which is managed by WDI. The Downtown Wilmington MSD was originally created by City Council on December 6, 2016 and began operating at the start of the new City fiscal year on July 1, 2017. As per the State enabling legislation, MSD’s allow local governments to increase the assessments on real and personal property within a defined district to pay for an enhanced level of “clean and safe” services, over and above what is normally provided.

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Head down to Front Street this weekend and visit the Cotton Exchange as well as the many shops, bars, and eateries between Chestnut and Walnut streets! With all the construction going on, all these fantastic establishments would greatly appreciate your business. Pick a spot and...

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Help WDI make an impact! We’re now accepting applications for the WDI Board of Directors. Deadline is May 25 at 4 p.m.

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We are still accepting applications for Phase 2 of the Business Recovery Grant program. Since the application process opened on May 2, the we have received more than 7,000 applications. For more info on this great opportunity please visit #BRG #NCDOR
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