Flashback to 1978.. Downtown is deserted… retailers have moved to “The Mall” and other shopping centers, with only a few old-timers remaining on Front Street. Farsighted developers have made stores and warehouses on the northern end of town into the Cotton Exchange, a collection of specialty shops, pubs, and restaurants. Old abandoned homes and shops [...]
The Old Wilmington Riverfront Celebration, Inc. the organization responsible for the Annual Wilmington Riverfest, has been established as a charitable organization to benefit the Cape Fear River environment. To that end, it is our goal to actively participate with the community to raise capital for reinvestment in the human resources necessary to research and develop [...]
Wilmington’s Riverfest is celebrated in October and runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, Riverfest began in 1979 as a modest two-day event and has expanded to three fun and food-packed days. This year we have expanded the festival down Water Street all the [...]
Today Riverfest has evolved into a three-day celebration with 150,000 visitors. It’s a family-fun shindig along the Cape Fear River with live music, arts and crafts, exhibits, dance performances, contests, children’s activities, food, river events, friendly competitions and fireworks.