Since 1980, the City of Wilmington, with the generous support of local businesses and corporations, have developed a number of events to promote economic development and improve the quality of life for the citizens of the City of Wilmington through the arts, special events and tourism.

Under the direction of Wilmington’s 45th Mayor, Michael S. Purzycki, we are charged with creating opportunities for our residents and visitors to engage in and experience the fullness of Wilmington’s artistic and cultural assets. Through the support of the Office of the Mayor and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Cityfest endorses, supports, sponsors, and produces events and experiences that foster vibrant neighborhoods, downtown and greater Wilmington.

Cityfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation that solicits sponsorships and grants that subsidize the City of Wilmington’s financial and staffing contributions to arts and cultural programs.  The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and other city departments, along with volunteers from the community provide staffing for our events.