Mid-April 2011  
In This Issue
Riverfront Farmers' Market
Rims on the River: Car Show Moved to Sunday
Downtown Marketplace Opens this Sunday
Featured Property of the Month
Coupon of the Month: 10% off ELLE Jewelry at Finkelstein's
Riverfront Farmers' Market Opens this Weekend!

Great local products including fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts and more. The Riverfront Farmers' Market is held on Saturdays from April 16 to December 17, from 8:00am to 1:00pm in Riverfront Park

Carolina Farmin Wants
Your Feedback!

Carolina FarminCarolina Farmin is an all new grocery store opening up next to the Port City Java at 2101 Market Street! The grocery store will feature fresh products grown in North Carolina. Carolina Farmin wants your feedback regarding what types of groceries you are most interested in purchasing. Click here to participate in a short survey!

Rims on the River

April 15-17, 2011


Car show moved to Sunday, April 17 due to weather forecast. Registration will still begin at 9:00am, with the overall show beginning to the public at 11:00am on Sunday.  

Rims on the River is an annual event that takes place in Downtown Wilmington. Cars and motorcycles dating 1980 and older line the streets of the historic downtown area, with the Cape Fear River and the diverse collection of retail stores as their backdrop. This event has grown into a premier show, drawing a wide array of cars from the entire southeast region of the state, as well as a few neighboring states, totaling approximately 600 vehicles on display last year!

The event will be both on North and South Front Street all the way from Orange Street, heading North to Red Cross Street, near Cape Fear Community College. Admission charge for vehicles is $10.00. Click here for more information about this event.

The Rims on the River Free Concert is being held down at Riverfront Park, beginning at 5:30pm. The headline act this year is Tuesday's Gone, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Please check the event website for updates.
Live Music at Firebelly Lounge

Firebelly Lounge 

10:00pm - 1:00am

No Cover

Friday, April 15:

Tyler and the Sea Devils 

Saturday, April 16:

Josh Popka 

Friday, April 22:

"Good Vibes Friday" with Wilmington Unplugged 

Saturday, April 23:

A Few Good Liars 

Friday, April 29:

T.O.M.D (grateful dead tribute band)

Saturday, April 30:

Funky Cabbage 

Downtown Marketplace
The Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace will open to the public on Sunday, April 17, at the southwest corner of Market and Second streets downtown. Eduardo Somech, a music teacher and steel drum player, will provide entertainment on opening day.

The marketplace will be an opportunity for local crafters and other vendors to showcase and sell their work. It will run every Sunday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm through the end of May, and 4:00pm to 8:00pm June through August.

To determine if you qualify as a vendor or if you want to participate in the Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace, call Kim Adams, City of Wilmington Downtown Services at (910) 254-0907.
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.


Live Music at the Soapbox

The Soapbox 


Friday, April 15:

American Aquarium at 8pm 

Sunday, April 17:

The Whigs at 8pm 

Friday, April 22: 

Leigh Jones at 8pm 

Friday, April 29:

Abbey Road at 8pm 


Fourth Friday Gallery Night
Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights are a free monthly event where several downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Taking place on the fourth Friday of each month, the Art Walk is a self-guided tour featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, wood, metals, ceramics, mixed media and more. Showcasing art and art-related events, Fourth Fridays also include opening receptions, demonstrations, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional and non-traditional art-activities. Click here for a list of participating art spaces.
Visiting Tall Ship: Lynx
Date: April 7-17, 2011
Location: Riverfront Park

Click here to read more about this ship.

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.

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. 


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.  

10th Annual Arts Sensation
Sunday, April 17 at 8:00pm
Thalian Hall

A Benefit performance for the Full Belly Project. This fun and imaginative evening will be filled with lively and entertaining music and an exciting variety of dance performances by area artists. Arts Sensation is sponsored by Forward Motion Dance Company. Click here for more information about this event.
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 



Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room
Ian Salmon
from Showtime at Apollo's

Friday, April 15 &

Saturday, April 16    

8:00pm - 9:30pm



Port City's Top Comic

National Stand-Up Comedy Contest

Preliminary Rounds on April 29-30 & May 6-7

8:00pm - 9:30pm 

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



Lynn Trefzger


April 29 - May 1

Friday: 8pm

Saturday: 7pm & 9pm Sunday: 3pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Joss Whedon's Emmy Award Winning musical

Dates: April 7-10, 14-17 & 22-23
Time: 8:00pm 


Browncoat Pub & Theatre 


More Information 

Mondays at the Mansion
Funerary Art & Rural Cemeteries with Janet Seapker

April 18
at 10:00am

 Bellamy Mansion



Quick Links
Battleship Easter Egg Hunt Carnival

$5 Per Person

Children Ages 2 and Under: Free 


Friday, April 22

10:00am - 2:00pm  

Battleship North Carolina 


More Information 

Bugs & Butterflies Spring Event

Bug Egg Hunt, Face-Painting, Bee and Butterfly Balloon Animals and more! 


Friday, April 22 &

Saturday, April 23

9:00am - 12:00pm

Children's Museum of Wilmington 



18th Annual DILI Dash 5K
5k run/walk in
Downtown Wilmington

Proceeds go to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear Domestic Violence Shelter and the Cape Fear Community College Coast Guard Scholarship

Saturday, April 23   




Murder in the Library Mystery Dinner Theatre
An Evening of Detective Work as You Try to Solve the Mystery and Compete for Prizes

Thursday, April 28 

6:30pm - 9:00pm
Front Street Brewery



19th Annual Silent Auction & Fashion Show
Presented by Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.

Saturday, April 29

Lunch: 11:00am, $40
Dinner: 6:00pm ,$50
Hilton Wilmington Riverside


More Information 

A Ticket to Taste
Proceeds Benefit
Legal Refugees

Saturday, April 29

7:00pm - 9:30pm
St. James Episcopal Church



Thanks to our 2011 Major Partners


Click here for a full list of our 2011 Partners! 
Office Furniture
If you or your business has unwanted office furniture, please contact us! Email Ashley or call (910) 763-7349.
Give to WDI and 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.