Wilmington’s Riverfest is November 17th & 18th and takes place in Historic Downtown Wilmington on Water Street from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College.
CELEBRATING LOCAL ARTISTS • STREET FAIR • ARTS & CRAFTS
LIVE MUSIC CONCERTS • AMAZING FIREWORK SHOW
COMPETITIONS • EXHIBITIONS • AND MORE!
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.
Nothing says “festival” like the smell of turkey legs, waffle cones and popcorn. Several vendors come from all over to provide festival-goers with all the gooey, greasy goodness that is festival food.
Along with the food vendors are several artists selling their art and often showcasing their skills. Everything from paintings to woodcarving to jewelry to sculptures can be found in booth after booth for you to take home and treasure.
We purposely keep the number of commercial vendors low so that the artist can be front and center….after all, this is called “Art on the River”!
The Saturday night fireworks display is a family and festival-goer favorite.
Standing on the boardwalk overlooking the Cape Fear River and the Cape Fear Bridge, you will be amazed at the spectacular light show!
So make sure to corral all the kids and head on down to the waterfront for this free show!
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.
If you are classic or vintage car fan, step right up to Market Street.
Dozens of cars and trucks will be on display along with their dedicated owners. Ask questions, get a picture taken with one, and imagine yourself driving down Route 66 in one of these beauties!