For over 30 years, Wilmington’s Riverfest has boasted craft vendors, concessions, booths, a children’s play area, entertainment on various stages, Saturday night fireworks, an exciting acrobatic BMX Bike Show, and many other events. On the first full weekend of October each year, the Riverfest draws nearly a quarter-million people to downtown Wilmington, NC for a free fun-filled two days!
For as delightful as the festival is, the end result is one of the most rewarding gifts; we, the Riverfest committee, award scholarships for marine-related studies to Cape Fear Community College. We also donate to the Cape Fear River Watch. Through the sponsorships and donations from community businesses and organizations, the economic impact of the Riverfest for historic downtown Wilmington has been estimated at over 3 million dollars!
Above everything, the greatest thing stemming from this miracle called Riverfest is the people that come together as one to make it all happen. Our committee is one that is united in celebrating our heritage and the beautiful Cape Fear River.