Wilmington Riverfest

Riverfest WIlmington NCWilmington Riverfest

Update: Wilmington Riverfest has been rescheduled for November 20th-22nd. All times and locations will be the same as previously scheduled. We hope to see you there!


*Wilmington’s Riverfest will be postponed until November due to weather from Hurricane Joaquin. We will keep you updated on the event’s future dates.

Riverfest is an annual street fair in historic downtown Wilmington NC and features food, arts and crafts, dance performances, fireworks, children’s activities, car show, street fair with live music, and more. All in a great setting along the banks of the Cape Fear River.

Wilmington’s Riverfest is usually celebrated in October and is held along the riverfront from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Riverfest has about 200 craft and food vendors plus fireworks, entertainment on two stages, the Great Waiters Wine Race, Run the River 8K Race, various exhibits and a children’s area. Additional Riverfest activities include a Stand Up Paddleboard Competition and the Invasion of Pirates

During Riverfest, the Invasion of the Pirates is a kind of festival within a festival hosting a Pirates Ball on Saturday. Kids can pick up a treasure map and participate in a treasure hunt.

This year’s Riverfest will take place from November 20th, 2015 through November 22nd, 2015 in downtown Wilmington at Riverfront Park, and best of all admission is free!

Be sure not miss this fun festival that has become a tradition along the Cape Fear River waterfront in beutiful, Historic Wilmington, North Carolina.

For more information on this event visit https://www.wilmingtonriverfest.com/  or call (910) 452-6862



Riverfest features craft vendors, concessions booths, a children’s play area, entertainment on various stages, Saturday night fireworks, a rowing regatta, and more. 2015 will mark the  debut of the First Annual Miss Riverfest. One well-deserving young lady will be crowned and perform hostess duties throughout the festival.


Although the yearly festival is dependant on sponsorships and donations from community businesses and organizations, the economic impact of Riverfest for Historic Downtown and the surrounding community has been estimated at over three million dollars!

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