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.

Breweries, Bars, & Distilleries

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


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

Downtown Tours

Take a tour of downtown with an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide, whether it be by foot, horse carriage, or on the water.

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

18 June

Beginner’s Dot Mandala Rock Painting Class at Hi-Wire Brewing

Special class held in collaboration with Hi-Wire Brewing

19 June

WHQR’s Black Music Month Celebration

Black Music Month Celebration with a night of jazz, soul, gospel, and spirituals from local black artists

29 June
13 June

City of Wilmington Juneteenth Events

City of Wilmington Juneteenth Events for Month of June

2 July

Sips & Skyscrapers

The Historic Wilmington Foundation

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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