Orange Street ArtsFest
Among the art works displayed at Orange Street ArtsFest are ceramics, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, cloth goods and much more. Food, a wine tent and a variety of live entertainment are offered also. Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina, produces this first-class event.
For more information visit http://wilmingtoncommunityarts.org/orange-street-artsfest-2.
Wilmington Riverfest in October
Another festival that takes place in downtown Wilmington is the Riverfest, which is scheduled for October 8-9, 2016. Wilmington Riverfest runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing more than 100,000 people, Riverfest began in 1979 as a modest two-day event and has expanded to three fun and food-packed days.
Riverfest has over 200 craft and food vendors plus fireworks, continuous 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 is a kind of festival within a festival, 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.