Convention District

Wilmington's Riverfront Convention District Connected by a Scenic Riverwalk

Our multi-use Convention District, located along the riverfront within Wilmington’s downtown River District, is connected by nearly two miles of the scenic Riverwalk that makes it easy for attendees to get around. We cater to small businesses, regional associations, large corporations, family reunions or somewhere in between. From state-of-the-art wireless exhibit halls and elegant ballrooms to the irresistible charm of a historic home with soul-stirring porch views as a special event venue option, our variety of venues is unmatched and always appealing.

The sleek, 107,000-square- foot Wilmington Convention Center is the only convention center on NC’s coast. Located downtown, it offers sweeping riverfront views and plenty of natural light that helps bring the outdoors in. Adjacent to the convention center is Riverfront Park, Live Oak Pavilion Amphitheater and the event pier at Port City Marina. Networking and socializing become a breeze when it takes place on or by the water.

Adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center, the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel offers 6,600 square feet of meeting space. Nearby, the Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center offers more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space and the Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection by Hilton offers 20,000-square- feet of meeting space.

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The maritime-themed Wilmington Convention Center offers meeting capabilities up to 2,000 people and a variety of spaces. Its surroundings lead to a positive frame of mind and productivity with access to water views, fresh air and wellness and networking activities offered during breaks.


Wilmington’s Convention District offers outstanding accommodations and meeting facilities. Multiple nearby hotels with nearly 900 rooms and suites are all located within walking distance of the convention center and connected by the Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River. Existing properties include brand-name hotels. In addition to the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel, the Hotel Ballast: Tapestry Collection by Hilton and the Best Western Plus Coastline Inn, new properties include the Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center offering a full-service restaurant, ground-level bar, rooftop bar and outdoor terraces. The Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown and Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown are perfect options for overflow rooms.

We love hosting events in Wilmington because it’s such a beautiful location that boasts a lot of local businesses. The riverfront Wilmington Convention Center is located by the Riverwalk, and over 40 restaurants are within walking distance - along with beaches nearby. Our vendors love the convenience! Attendees love that they can bring their families along with them.

Dona Noblett
North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA)
NCHEA Event Coordinator