April 2011  
In This Issue
Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Mixto
64th Annual Azalea Festival
Visiting Tall Ship: Lnyx
Coupon of the Month: 10% off ELLE Jewelry at Finkelstein's
Riverfront Farmers' Market
Forwarding Contest

Help us spread the word about our newsletter! Whoever forwards our newsletter to the most people before 5:00pm on Friday, April 1 wins a $25 gift certificate to Mixto! Please use the "forward this email" button at the bottom of this newsletter; we are unable to track forwards unless this button is used. Please note, this gift card cannot be used toward the sale of alcohol beverages. The winner will be notified via email on Monday, April 4.  

64th Annual NC Azalea Festival

April 6-10, 2011

Azalea Festival Logo

The 64th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival is a celebration of Wilmington's exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture during its five days of entertainment that includes: a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and all that is Southern. Since its inception in 1948, the Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people.


Click here for information about street closures. For a full list of events and times, click here. Don't forget the fireworks at 9:00pm on Saturday, April 9!

Downtown Wilmington Riverfront
Saturday, April 9
9:00pm - 9:30pm

Come enjoy the fireworks Saturday night; best viewing right on the riverside! FREE event; weather permitting.

Give to WDI & Become a 2011 Partner

Do you want to help promote the growth and economic development of downtown Wilmington? Now, you can join the team that's making great things happen downtown! Click here to view the 2011 partnership brochure. This program, which is designed for all budgets, allows businesses and members of the community to become more involved with our organization.

Ruth's Chris Extends Restaurant Week Special


Good News: If you missed out on encore's Spring Restaurant Week, Ruth's Chris Steak House has extended it's special through Wednesday, April 6. Ruth's Chris is offering a three-course dinner for only $35! Click here to view their Restaurant Week Menu. 

Live Music at Firebelly Lounge

Firebelly Lounge 

10:00pm - 1:00am

No Cover

Friday, April 1:

Dead Sparrow

Saturday, April 2:

Mellinia Funkin Band

Friday, April 8:

Root Soul

Saturday, April 9:

Cosmic Groove

Friday, April 15:

Tyler and the SeaDevils (CFCC Jazz Band) 

Featured Property of the Month

314 Walnut Street

Suite 200


Property Size: 2646 SF

Lease Price: $2600 per month


Contact: Dave Spetrino

(910) 443-0746


Click here for more information about this property.

To view other available properties, click here.

WDI allows REALTORS and landlords to post their listings on our website as a FREE service. Please click here to do so.


Featured Business of the Month:


5 South Water Street

(910) 399-4501


Latin American


Walk-Ins Welcome

Good For Groups

Take Out


Waiter Service

Outdoor Seating


Forward this newsletter to the most people by 5:00pm on Friday, April 1 and win a $25 gift certificate to Mixto! Please use the "forward this email" button at the bottom of this newsletter; we are unable to track forwards unless this button is used. Please note, this gift certificate cannot be used toward the sale of alcoholic beverages. The winner will be notified via email on Monday, April 4. 

Visiting Tall Ship: Lynx
Date: April 7-17, 2011
Location: Riverfront Park

Click here to read more about this ship.

April 7th Schedule:
12:00 pm - Grand Arrival with Cannon Salute

1:00 pm-6:00 pm - Public Ship Tours $5 Donation (12 and under free)

April 8th-17th Schedule:
Closed Monday
10:00 am-6:00 pm - Public Ship Tours $5 donation (12 and under free)

For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit for online ticketing.

Live Music at the Soapbox

The Soapbox 


Tuesday, April 5:

Easy Star All Stars at 9pm 

Saturday, April 9:

L Shape Lot at 9pm 

Saturday, April 9: 

You Hang Up at 10pm 

Friday, April 15:

American Aquarium at 9pm 


Wilmington Railroad Museum World Record Run

Railroad modelers from the Wilmington Railroad Museum will attempt to break the record for the world's longest model train at Wilmington's new Convention Center. A train consisting of 34 locomotives and more than 1700 cars will travel on about 1000 feet of track in the Wilmington Convention Center's main exhibit hall. Expected to measure about 920 feet long, this train will surpass the record set by Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany in 2008.

A special feature of this event is the opportunity to sponsor a limited edition locomotive, custom decorated boxcar, or segment of track and to become a part of this history making event. Rolling stock can be personalized with your message and you get to keep it after the event. As an extra premium, receive tickets to the event and watch a record being made!

Track Sponsor: $10 for one foot, $20 for two feet, $25 for three feet Boxcar Sponsor: $25 each, custom imprinted ($16.50 tax value) 


Event Details:

Saturday, April 23 at 1:00pm 

Wilmington Convention Center 

For more information on the event or sponsorships, call the Museum at 910-763-2634.  

Coupon of the Month
Click the image to download a printable version

6 South Front Street
(910) 762-5662

Finkelstein's has been located in downtown Wilmington, NC since 1906. It began as a general store and was run by Charles Finkelstein. Over the years it has slowly evolved itself into one of Wilmington's biggest musical instrument dealers. Aside from instruments, they also have a large selection jewelry in stock. Whether you are looking for quality guitars and drums or diamond rings, Finkelstein Music and Jewelry can meet all your needs.
Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to promote the economic growth and development of downtown Wilmington.

John Hinnant
President & CEO
Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
P.O. Box 2235
Wilmington, NC 28402
Phone: 910.763.7349
Fax: 910.343.6950

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"Kick Your Booty" Bootcamp

1 hour full body workout


Tuesdays in April  

6:00pm - 7:00pm

The River Room 



Riverfront Farmers' Market

Curbside market featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters 


Farmers Market 


Preview Day:

Saturday, April 2

8:00am - 1:00pm   

Official Dates:
April 16 - December 17
8:00am - 1:00pm
Riverfront Park

More Information
Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room
 Comedian Ryan Singer

Friday, April 1 &

Saturday, April 2   

8:00pm - 9:30pm 

Great Artspectations Art Auction
Art Auction and Gala to raise money for CFCI Charter School's new playground

Saturday, April 2

7:00pm - 9:00pm 

Hannah Block USO Building 


More Information 

Dr. Etta: Family Specialist
Etta May


Saturday, April 2   


Thalian Hall

Wilmington Water Tours

Cruise to Carolina Beach 

Sunday, April 3 

11:00am - 5:00pm 


Cruise During the Azalea Festival Fireworks

Saturday, April 9
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Quick Links
Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale
Free Admission

April 8-9

& April 10

 St. James Episcopal



RBC Client Appreciation Day

Come meet Leo the lion, RBC Bank's mascot, and enjoy some refreshments


Friday, April 8    

9:00am - 3:00pm  

RBC Bank 


More Information 

Music at the Mansion: Beautiful Dreamer Concert

Susan Savia, performing beautiful American and English music circa 1850 through 1920   


Friday, April 8  


Bellamy Mansion 



Battleship Alive

Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties & drills


Saturday, April 9 

8:00am - 5:00pm

Battleship North Carolina 



Azalea Cake Challenge

Professional Vendors: Apple Annie's, Crazy Cake Chicks, Greenlands Farm Store and Just Because Chocolates 


Total of 28 Cakes, including Amateur Categories


Tickets: $5 at the Door 

Saturday, April 10  

12:00pm - 4:00pm

CFCC Schwartz Center 



Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
Friday, April 15


Thalian Hall 


More Information 

Thanks to our 2011 Major Partners


Click here for a full list of our 2011 Partners! 
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