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2018 Wilmington Riverfest

11/17/2018 - 9:00am to 11/18/2018 - 9:00pm
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Wilmington’s Riverfest celebrated on the first full weekend of October(rescheduled to Nov. 17th due to Hurricane Flo), runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington on Water Street from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, this free, family-oriented celebration is a two-day event and has grown to be a widely anticipated annual celebration.  Riverfest was created in February 1979, by a group of Wilmingtonians interested in showcasing downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear river and  has since resulted in a cultural street festival that entices locals and tourists alike to our amazing Historic Downtown.

2018 Wilmington Riverfest


Riverfest boasts craft vendors, concessions booths, a children’s play area, entertainment on various stages, car shows, Saturday night fireworks, and more!

2018 Wilmington Riverfest Fireworks

What's better than listening to live music on the river?

Oh, yeah....FREE live music on the river! Showcasing local musicians and bands, Riverfest makes it a point to provide all different styles of music. Dozens of bands will be performing everything from bluegrass to classic rock to jazz. Come support our local artists.

Nothing goes better with live music and fresh air like a good cold beer! Riverfest provides a Beer Garden where you can mingle with your friends and sing a long to the great music.

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Come on down to beautiful, Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC and spend a couple of days by the Cape Fear River where we will be celebrating our amazing community. See you there!