It's never a dull moment...

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

Dining

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

Shopping

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

Attractions & Entertainment

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

Meeting & Event Spaces

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

Breweries

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

Accomodations

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

Living

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

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Business

Bring your innovative business to our passionate local community.

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Upcoming Events

17 November

WDI Downtown Economic Development Series Luncheon

Project Grace: Transforming our Downtown. Redevelopment project by New Hanover County & Zimmer Development Company.

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 our WDI 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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