Resources for Residents

Music in the Streets

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From Rodney Square down to the Loma District in partnership with Gable Music Ventures, Downtown Visions is creating opportunities for emerging musicians.

Outdoor Concert Venue — Downtown Visions is activating a vacant lot at 407 – 411 N Market Street with live music, food and beverages every Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m. Friday evenings and Saturday daytime may be added. The lot will also be offered to non-profits to stage events and fundraisers. Private companies wishing to stage events that benefit the community are welcome to apply.

Street Musicians — Downtown Visions is authorized by City Ordinance to issue permits for street musicians and other creative entertainment.

Downtown Farmer's Market

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The 2019 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 1st and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 30th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, except for June 19th for the Jazz Fest.

The Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market opens for business every Wednesday in beautiful Rodney Square, between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets. Centrally located, Rodney Square has been the center of great events such as the annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and First Night Wilmington and is the perfect setting for the Farmers Market. The Square comes to life each Wednesday beneath the statue of Caesar Rodney, for whom the park is named. The Farmers Market offers an array of the freshest local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers.

The Market also offers a large assortment of beautiful handmade and other items, including arts and crafts, unique jewelry and delicious home baked goods. Stroll the Square and then relax under an umbrella at one the many café tables. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while listening to a variety of free live entertainment.

The Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market is produced by Downtown Visions, a private, non-profit company which manages Wilmington's Downtown Business Improvement District and facilitated by the City of Wilmington. We are dedicated to the goal of a more vital, vibrant downtown for all.
 

History of the Market

The original Farmers' Market in Downtown Wilmington was an eight block stretch on King Street, one of our major thoroughfares. This market consisted of local farmers selling produce and other goods from the back of their vehicles and dated back to the early 1900s. With the advent of suburbanization and the modern day supermarket, this practice virtually disappeared in Wilmington.

Trying to revitalize this disappearing but critical part of urban life, the City of Wilmington officially sanctioned a Farmers' Market about 25 years ago, relocating it to a small surface parking lot on Orange Street. Over the years the number of vendors fluctuated, but steadily declined until only two vendors remained. At this point, in 2002, Wilmington Mayor James Baker asked Downtown Visions, the management company of Wilmington's business improvement district to assume management of the Farmers' Market. At this point there were only about 9 vendors. Downtown Visions was able to recruit new farmers and other vendors but soon determined that the location lacked the critical pedestrian traffic and accessibility to support the market and to service the community at large.

Continuing to partner with the City, the Market was moved to a beautiful, but underutilized city-owned public space, Rodney Square. This square is centrally located, flanked by a myriad of downtown corporations and within easy walking distance to others as well as to Market Street, downtown's main shopping street.  Nearby downtown residents were now able to walk to and participate in the market and it transformed into a true public market where, every Wednesday, from May to October, people can find an average of forty vendors selling fresh produce, handmade crafts, baked goods, lunch foods and more. Customers can have lunch at outdoor tables, enjoy free entertainment and obtain a variety of information at the information tent.