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Slide Fest Wilmington
Slide Fest Wilmington will feature a slide three blocks long, starting on Third and Red Cross Streets to Water Street. Photo by: Slide Fest USA

For most adults, the thought of a slip-n-slide brings back moments of childhood nostalgia. Throwing some water from the hose—maybe a little dish soap for the extra slide—onto a 10-foot piece of plastic in the backyard on a hot Sunday afternoon could provide entertainment for hours.

What if you could relive the nostalgia with a slip-n-slide way bigger than one you could remember, let’s say about 100 times bigger? Would you buy a ticket to take the ride?

On Sunday, September 20 from noon to 6 p.m., Slide Fest USA and Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) are partnering together to host Slide Fest Wilmington— turning Red Cross Street into a slip-n-slide three blocks long.

According to event organizers, the street will be transformed with safety pads and inflatable siding surfaces into a water slide spanning from Third Street to Water Street, utilizing the street’s natural incline.

“Slide Fest is a fun event that appeals to active kids, young adults and the young at heart,” said Wayne Street, President of Slide Fest USA. “In addition to the water slide, the event will feature music, food and other vendors that will sliders and spectators alike can enjoy,” he said.

According to a written release from event organizers, ticket prices are set at $10 for one slide, $25 for five slides and $35 for an unlimited, all day pass. Discounts are available for bulk purchases and ticket prices may escalate closer to the event date.You must be at least 44 inches tall to slide and participants must use an inflatable tube. Tubes can either be purchased or rented at the event or participants can bring their own.

“WDI is excited to help bring this family-friendly event to downtown,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton. “We believe Slide Fest Wilmington will be a lot of fun for the entire community and help raise money to support our ongoing efforts to promote economic growth and activity downtown.”

Event parking is available on the street or at the Convention Center Parking deck or Cape Fear Community College’s Nutt Street or Hanover Parking Decks. With Red Cross Street closed for the event, these parking decks can be all be accessed from the north side of downtown.

You can check out the promo for the Slide Fest below.

James Mieczkowski is a news reporter for Port City Daily. He can be reached at On Twitter: @mieczkowskiPCD