Wilmington's Autumn Allure

As Wilmington's recovery is underway and activities begin to resume, look for many of your favorite fall festivals, farm-to-table food, buzzing craft beer and cocktail scenes and more to continue. Whether you're gathering with friends or someone special, take time to experience old traditions and newly sparked interests as there are countless ways to stray off course and join in on these celebrations. Visitors planning future travel to Wilmington and our Island Beaches are advised to check for travel updates and openings here.

Perfect temperatures make it easy to spend a day strolling the River District or getting out and about at local parks. Explore Airlie Gardens or the 250 acres of Greenfield Lake Park and Gardens with miles of walking trails. Catch an outdoor, lakefront show at Greenfield's Hugh Morton Amphitheater. Downtown, historic homes can be viewed on foot or by horse-drawn carriage through the 230-block National Register Historic District.

Wilmington's thriving dining and nightlife scene prompts sipping a handcrafted cocktail at rooftop bars such as Cloud 9 overlooking the river or finding a secret hideaway at local speakeasies like Tails Piano Bar and Lounge or The Blind Elephant. Take advantage of the weather and dine alfresco, with many restaurants offering outdoor seating. Grab dinner at PinPoint Restaurant, named one of Southern Living Magazine's "Best New Restaurants in the South" or keep it fresh with sea-and farm-to-table-restaurants. Visit the emerging South Front District, with Chef Vivian Howard's restaurant Benny's Big Time Pizzeria, a new bakery Love, Lydia, run by PinPoint's pastry chef Lydia Clopton and Satellite Bar and Lounge, a bar with a funky vibe and live music. After dinner, take in a Broadway show at the Wilson Center or a sunset cruise along the river to see downtown from a new perspective.

Signature fall festivals include Wilmington's annual Riverfest with two days of live music, food and street fair fun. Take a walk on the finer side with the annual Fall Wine and Beer Walk. Named "One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World," film buffs flock to local theaters for the Cucalorus Festival. Or experience the local art scene at American Craft Walk, Wilmington's largest outdoor art show.

Named one of the most actively haunted cities in the country, get spooky with Wilmington ghost walks. Get a scare and a buzz at a Haunted Pub Crawl. The little ones have spooktacular fun with the Halloween Ghost Trolley, trick-or-treating on the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA or under the sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

You'll surely fall for the fun festivals taking place at our island beaches. Try over 100 craft breweries at the annual Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival or sample some of the beach's best cuisine at Taste of Wrightsville Beach. See kites soaring high seaside at the Cape Fear Kite Festival or enjoy seafood with a side of soul at the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival in Kure Beach.

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of autumn from a coastal perspective. Choose from one of our many lodging accommodations located from the river to the sea.