It doesn’t seem possible, but summer is winding down. The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. Don’t let summer slip away with unfinished plans! Remind yourself now not to let summer end before doing these great things in downtown Wilmington.

Get to These Downtown Concerts Before Summer Ends

Downtown Sundown: Don’t let summer end without hearing your favorite bands at a Downtown Sundown concert! The shows at Riverfront Park are in full swing every Friday night until Sept. 1, 2017.

Alive After Five: These Thursday night shows at The Shell in downtown Wilmington bring the best of local talent to the stage at 5 p.m. after work. Concerts continue this summer until Aug. 31, 2017.

Shows at The Shell: Wilmington’s new waterfront music venue is bringing in some big names. Before summer ends we will see concerts with:

  • Aaron Neville, Aug. 9, 2017
  • Blue and White Bash with Marc Broussard, Aug. 12, 2017
  • Nelly, Sept. 3, 2017
  • Willie Nelson, Sept. 5, 2017

Ride the River This Summer

Take a Cape Fear Riverboat Cruise before summer ends! Everyone loves a 1-hour narrated sightseeing cruise on the Cape Fear River or a 4-hour Black River Nature Cruise through miles of scenic wilderness.

Summer is the perfect time for a romantic date on the water. Pack a picnic and book a cruise, learning about our natural history and enjoying summer outdoors with your sweetie.

Watch a Summer Sunset in Downtown Wilmington


As the days grow shorter and night falls earlier, make sure you take time to watch a summer sunset in downtown Wilmington. The Riverwalk expansion stretches up to the Port City Marina, allowing visitors to stroll up to the Isabel Homes Bridge and see the sights and the sunsets in downtown Wilmington.

Anne Bonny’s Bar and Grill on the Riverwalk at the foot of Dock Street is the perfect place to slake your thirst and hunger while watching the sun go down. You can’t get closer to the river—you’re aboard a barge with fun pub fare, all adult beverages, and simply the best view of Wilmington’s summer sunset.

Experience History Downtown before Summer Ends

Stroll through downtown Wilmington before the end of summer to enjoy the warm weather and learn a little about our cool Port City. If you haven’t managed it yet this summer, take a tour:

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