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Some downtown streets closed Riverfest weekend

Wilmington Riverfest takes place Oct. 7-9. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Downtown’s annual fall festival, Riverfest, is returning for the first time in two years due to the pandemic.

Taking place three days, Friday through Sunday, vendors will line streets selling arts and crafts, as well as food. There is a Kidz Zone, street fair, live music, antique and classic car displays, plus fireworks on Saturday evening at dusk (no pets allowed during the event).

According to the city, around 60,000 people are expected downtown. It will result in street closures as well. Below are traffic impacts and parking details.


  • North and South Front Street, between Orange and Chestnut streets will close beginning noon on Friday, Oct. 7 through 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.
  • Princess Street between North Second and North Water streets will close beginning 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, through 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.
  • North Water Street between Chestnut and Princess streets will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, through 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.


2nd Street and Market Street decks:
Friday: Standard rates
Saturday: $10 flat entry, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; standard rates other hours
Sunday: $10 flat entry, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; standard rates other hours

Convention Center Deck:
Saturday: $15 flat entry 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (concert)
Standard Rates other hours

Riverplace Deck, 2nd Street lot & Hannah Block lot:
Friday-Sunday: Standard rates

Friday: Standard Rates
Saturday and Sunday: Parking meters free from Friday, 6:30 p.m., through Monday, 9 a.m.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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