Small Town.
Smart City.

Find out why Wilson, NC is the perfect place for you to call home.

Baseball Field


No matter the month or season, the charming streets of Wilson are constantly buzzing with events and festivities. For example, every late fall the North Carolina Whirligig Festival takes over, filling the historic downtown with twirling art installations, local vendors, and tons of live entertainment. Springtime brings Gig in the Park, a free, five-concert series held every other Thursday evening, which attracts several thousand attendees each year. Locals and visitors alike flock to Wilson for these seasonal events. Seasonal events aren’t the only thing Wilson has to offer though — there’s always something happening. From farmers’ markets to gallery exhibits to open mic nights and more nearly every weekend, there’s much to explore. Keep up with the city’s bustling events calendar and never miss a beat around the Wilson community.

Experience Wilson

Wilson is a great place to visit, live, or start a business. It’s the type of place where front porch rocking chairs and high-speed internet co-exist. It’s a town of historic back roads and a trailblazer of entrepreneurial pathways. Located in Wilson County, it’s just a 45-minute drive from North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh. Our ideal location places us a convenient distance from the greater Triangle area, without the urban inconveniences of stop-and-go traffic and the high cost of living.

The culture of Wilson exemplifies a town that is firmly planted in local tradition while also being a forward looking Southern city. Located in the eastern North Carolina coastal plain, Wilson participates in the vibrant music, BBQ, and other industries that define this area. As you look for places to go for a day or spots to settle for good, we encourage you to choose Wilson.

Street Whirligigs and Beer


Whirligigs, aromatic flowers, and cold brews are just a few Wilson gems to uncover. Art lovers appreciate the famous Whirligig Park’s unique folk sculptures, while sweethearts enjoy strolls through the Wilson Rose Gardens. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their endorphins at the Buckhorn Reservoir and finish the day relaxing at 217 Brew Works with a craft beer in hand. There is so much to discover in Wilson – we’re sure you’ll like what you find.



Families stay busy in Wilson as we have a very active youth athletics culture. Soccer, football, baseball, basketball and several other sports take place year round, making Friday Night Lights the place to be each week. For an entertaining yet educational day out, Imagination Station Children’s Museum offers fun events year round. The Art Council of Wilson also offers classes to those with artistic interests throughout the year in the historic restored theater downtown. There’s always something going on in Wilson.

City of Wilson's Youth Football team

See for Yourself

Online research only takes you so far. In the end, you’ll have to come to Wilson and see for yourself. Take a historic walking tour of downtown and learn about Wilson’s first settlers. Visit the North Carolina Baseball Museum and reminisce on America’s national pastime or tour Barton College, a 2018 Princeton Review Best Regional Colleges winner. Stay for a day, or if you can, settle in for a weekend. We’re confident that after you’ve visited, you’ll be glad you chose Wilson.