Friday, September 8, 2017 Noon to 6pm
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10am to 6pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017 11am to 5pm
Two-Day Pass $15.00
Children 15 & Under Free
Seniors (65+) & Military (with ID) $5.00
Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, Pier 33 and Battleship NC
515 Nutt Street and 1 Battleship Rd NE
Wilmington, NC 28401
The Wilmington Boat Show launched September 9-11, 2016. The Port City is renowned as North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal gem will now be home to the annual Wilmington Boat Show produced by JBM & Associates, producers of the Charleston and Savannah Boat Shows.
This destination show will take place in several different venues including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and across the Cape Fear River at Battleship NC Park. Wilmington Water Tours will taxi attendees back and forth for a true boat show experience.
Port City Marina opened in July 2015, and is the home for all in-water displays at the show. There will be a demo dock for serious boat buyers to take a spin. Manufacturers and boat dealers from the Carolinas and beyond will be on hand with their end of season deals as well as the newest models for the upcoming boating season. Pier 33 will have several boat displays along with music and food options. The Wilmington Convention Center will feature boat displays as well as marine industry exhibits. Fishing and sailing seminars and other fun events will take place there as well throughout the weekend. The famed Riverfront will have 70 vendors selling everything you need for your coastal lifestyle.
Park for free at Battleship NC, enjoy the land boat displays, kids’ features as well as food and libations. When you’re ready, take the complimentary Wilmington Water Tours taxi across the Cape Fear River for a brief and fun ride to the Port City Marina where you can access the rest of the boat show. When you’re done for the day, take a tour of the historic Battleship NC, walk to restaurants, check out the thriving downtown art scene, or explore the boutique shops. Make sure to save your energy, the Wilmington Boat Show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
“The Wilmington Boat Show was amazing and the turnout for the inaugural show was huge. I heard so many overwhelming positive comments from vendors, dealers, manufacturers and guest attending the show. The event organizers did an outstanding job with planning and managing of the event. I believe the Wilmington Boat Show will quickly become one of Wilmington’s signature destination events”
“ILM was very proud to be the key sponsor for Wilmington’s FIRST Boat Show. As an exhibitor, we experienced first-hand, the enthusiasm of the guests, vendors and dealers, many of whom traveled from out of the area. We believe the seeds for future attendees and exhibitors to fly, boat, or drive in were planted, and that the economic impact to the Port City will continue to grow. We look forward to being a part of the next Boat Show produced by JBM and Associates.”
“The Wilmington Boat Show was an exceptional venue to display our boats for sale. I was pleased with the small boats in the water as well as our Yachts and there was ample space for trailered boats. They amount of traffic exceeded my highest expectation. We have firsthand knowledge of the Charleston, SC Show and the Annapolis, MD Show our team acknowledged we had more traffic each day than either of these shows on its best day.
What a first class way to introduce a top quality Boat Show at a new venue, in a new city. Not hundreds but thousands of participants were able to view the best brands in boating from the best dealers in the region, while enjoying the beautiful river view of downtown Wilmington, NC”
“We wanted to reach out and say thank you to yourself and the rest of the JBM staff for how wonderful this event was this weekend. Everything was very well organized and the turnout was phenomenal, couple that with the beautiful weather and this weekend was a major success!
We look forward to working with JBM for the 2nd annual Boat Show next year! We will have the paperwork into your office in the coming days.”