Due to Weather, Wilmington Riverfest has been rescheduled for November 20th – 22nd.

It’s (finally) time for Riverfest! Wilmington, NC’s annual celebration of the Cape Fear River means a fantastic street fair, music, art, and competitions.

We’re hoping for great weather at the 2015 Wilmington Riverfest, but if there is rain, remember you can also ride under cover when you’re aboard the Henrietta or the Captain J.N. Maffitt. Meanwhile here are things you don’t want to miss at the Wilmington Riverfest.


Don’t Miss the FREE Music at Wilmington Riverfest

There’s a full lineup of bands at Riverfest, including classic rockers Snack Cracker and pop dance band Jack Jack 180. Blake Kearney Band play country tunes Saturday night before and after the fireworks, and local favorite Bibis Ellison closes out the festival Sunday evening. And it’s all free! Here’s the Riverfest music schedule.

Friday, Nov. 20th

  • Snack Cracker, 6pm
  • Machine Gun, 8pm

 Saturday, Nov. 21st

  • The Cut, Noon
  • Stereo Type, 2:30 pm
  • Band on Fire, 5pm
  • Blake Kearney Band, 8pm (and again after fireworks)

Sunday, Nov. 22nd

  • Tony Drake Trio, Noon
  • Jack Jack 180, 2:30 pm
  • Bibis Ellison Band, 4:30 pm

Wilmington Riverfest Fireworks Are Not to Be Missed


You won’t get treated to fireworks again until New Year’s Eve, so be sure to join Riverfest’s signature fireworks display Saturday night beginning at 9:05. If you’re bringing the kids along, you can take them to Riverfest’s Kid Zone first for family entertainment, rides, and a Pirates’ Children’s Treasure Hunt.

A Couple of Car Shows Fill Market Street at Wilmington’s Riverfest

The Sun Coast Cruisers will show off their rides at the Sun Coast Cruisers’ Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Cape Fear chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America takes over on Sunday with Corvettes, Model Ts, and more from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both shows are on Market Street and free to attend.

Don’t Miss Seeing Wilmington from the River at Riverfest

All aboard a Cape Fear Riverboat for a view of Wilmington as it’s meant to be seen: from the river! The Captain J.N. Maffitt offers 1-hour narrated sightseeing cruises at 11 a.m. and 12:15, 1:30, 3, and 4:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so when your feet get tired from walking the Riverfest street fair, come aboard and rest your feet. Or take a break after a long day at Riverfest with a dinner cruise aboard the Henrietta III, Wilmington’s favorite riverboat! The Saturday night Captain’s Dinner Cruise offers a delicious buffet with roast beef, shrimp and chicken. Board at 6 p.m. and learn about Cape Fear River lore while you enjoy an evening cruise. Call (910) 343-1611 for more information.


It’s a great time to enjoy fall in Wilmington and celebrate the Cape Fear River. Check out more events here to join the celebration!

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