October 2011
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In This Issue
Downtown Sundown Blog & Survey
2011 Riverfest, October 7-9
Featured Property of the Month
Coupon of the Month: Yosake

Thanks for Rocking Out With Us @DowntownSundown 

The 2011 Downtown Sundown Concert Series, held May 27 through September 10, brought an estimated 25,000+ in overall attendance! We had one cancellation (our first since 2008) due to Hurricane Irene, which moved the Machine Gun concert from Friday, August 26 to Saturday, September 10. The free series was produced by just four staff members and over 20 volunteers each week.

We implemented many new changes this year, such as charging $1.00 per wristband for those who drank alcohol. This program, which is popular in many other downtown communities, allowed us to donate over $8,500 to local charities!

Click here to read more and take our survey for a chance to win a $5 gift card and t-shirt from The Fuzzy Peach!

Cucalorus Needs Your Help

In spite of a very successful local campaign with support from 75 businesses, Cucalorus fell short of their sponsorship goal by $17,000. Please join Cucalorus in cultivating film culture in Southeastern North Carolina by becoming a backer of their Kickstarter fundraising campaign. It's easy, pick your rewards (passes to the festival) and become a backer today. Click here to get started.

Wilmington IT Infusion Networking 

Thursday, October 6 

5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Office of WDI

Join Wilmington IT Infusion, the occassional networking session for IT professionals in and around the Wilmington area.


WDI will be giving away one free conference registration to the Internet Summit November 15 & 16 in Raleigh, NC.


More Information  


Rock for the Cure  

Friday, October 21
7:00pm at The Reel Cafe

Presented by UNC-Wilmington's Communication Studies Society


Breast Cancer Benefit Concert featuring The Schoolboys 

$5 Donation at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation's Pink Ribbon Project


October 7-9

Downtown Wilmington


Wilmington's Riverfest 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.


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 skateboard competitions, street dance, wakeboard competition and a musical Battle on the River by a number of bands, a film festival, and Art in the Garden tours of gorgeous private and public gardens enhanced by art and music.

During Riverfest, the Invasion of the Pirates takes place beginning with the arrival of the "pirate ship" on Friday evening, followed by the Pirates Ball. On Saturday, kids can participate in a treasure hunt and pirate costume contest.

Live Comedy

Mike Burton
Friday & Saturday
September 30 & October 1
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Nutt House Improv Troupe
Every Wednesday at 8:00pm

Open Mic Stand Up
Every Thursday at 8:00pm

Nutt Street Comedy & Improv Room
Riverfront Farmers' Market

Saturday Mornings

8:00am - 1:00pm

Riverfront Park


Spend your Saturday mornings with fruits, crafts, and smiling faces. Curbside market featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Developed to encourage and promote the use of locally grown farm products and to enhance the quality of life in Greater Wilmington by providing a community activity that fosters social gathering and interaction.


Live Music at Firebelly's

Featured Property of the Month

Mitchell-Anderson House - Commercial, For Sale  

102 Orange Street


One of the few remaining 18th-century buildings in the city of Wilmington


Contact: John Horton   

(910) 231-7946  


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.
Coupon of the Month
Yosake Downtown Sushi Lounge
33 South Front Street
(910) 763-3172

Buy one entree, get $10 off a second entree. This coupon is good for the entire month of October. YoSake features sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu. Specials include the popular Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp and Steamed Pork Dumplings. Click the image to download this coupon.
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
Quick Links
Wilmington in
Black and White

8-week History of Wilmington presented by the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear 


Thursdays September 8 - November 3 

6:30pm - 8:30pm 

  Williston Middle School



All Shook Up

Inspired by the rollicking comedies of Shakespeare, the score is wall to wall Elvis


September 29, 30 & October 1 from 8-10pm

Sunday, October 1 from 3-5pm 

  Thalian Hall



"Celebrity Scoop"
at Rita's
Hosted by St. Mary School Athletic Booster Club

Saturday, October 1 &
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Rita's Italian Ice

CFA Allbreed Cat Show
Over 150 cats, Free Pet Communication Consultations, adoptions, toys, grooming
products, pet supplies & more!

Saturday, October 1 &
Sunday, October 2
9:00am - 4:30pm

CFCC Schwartz Center

Pooch on the Porch
Bring your pet for a portrait at the Bellamy Mansion

Saturday, October 1 &
Sunday, October 2
Various Times

Bellamy Mansion

Speed Dating

Meet new and exciting singles in a safe and comfortable environment


Tuesday, October 4

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Front Street Brewery



Live Music
Dr. John
Wednesday, October 5
6:30pm at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Angela Easterling
Wednesday, October 5
7:30pm at Press 102

Yo Mama's Big
Fat Booty Band
Friday, October 7
8:00pm at The Soapbox

Robert Lighthouse
Sunday, October 9
6:00pm at The Reel Cafe

 The Bellamy Ball
A Celebration of 150 Years Black tie, dinner, dancing and silent auction

Saturday, October 8
6:30pm - 11:00pm
Bellamy Mansion

Battleship Reflection
For this day, the ship will open to the public at 1961 prices: 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for kids


Wednesday, October 12 

8:00am - 5:00pm

Battleship North Carolina


More Information 

 North Carolina Jazz Festival Music Preview
Relax, dine and enjoy recordings by 15 of our world's finest Traditional Jazz musicians who'll be appearing at the festival


Wednesday, October 12

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Caffe Phoenix



Thanks to our 2011 Major Partners

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Click here for a full list of our 2011 Partners!