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., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, solicits sponsorships and grants that subsidize the City of Wilmington’s financial and staffing contributions.  It uses funding to improve the quality of life for citizens of Wilmington, primarily through cultural and arts programing; promoting economic development; promoting City life; and all other charitable purposes.  The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and other city departments, along with community volunteers, staff the corporation’s projects.