Takin’ It To The Streets


On Saturday, April 27th, Historic Downtown Wilson will celebrate its 2nd annual public art day. A collaboration between Wilson Downtown Development, the Arts Council of Wilson, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, and Eyes on Main Street, the all-day event will showcase public art throughout the downtown. The community is invited to join us for a multitude of activities including Paint-A-Hydrant, Artsy Alleys, a blues concert at the Whirligig Park, and the launch of the 2019 Eyes on Main Street outdoor photo festival.

Downtown restaurants, food trucks, breweries, tap rooms and bottles shops will satisfy your cravings while you spend the day in Historic Downtown Wilson. Take a rickshaw ride or a leisurely stroll to view the expanding display of large storefront photos and exhibits from renowned photographers around the world as well as from local schoolchildren. Spread a blanket on the park lawn and chill to the sounds of Marquis Knox. Observe the hydrant and alley teams create authentic art to beautify the downtown and draw visitors.

Take it to the streets then shop downtown galleries and boutiques to see what OTHER kinds of art you can discover!


Schedule for the day: 



  • 8 am – 1 pm Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market
  • 8 am – 1 pm Children’s Activities via Arts Council of Wilson at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
  • 10 am Paint A Hydrant begins for approved paint teams
  • 10 am Eyes On Main Street Van Dolsen Lecture Series: Bieke Depoorter, Belgium at Imagination Station Science & History Museum
  • 11:45 am Eyes On Main Street Van Dolsen Lecture Series: Riccardo Bononi, Italian at Imagination Station Science & History Museum
  • 1:00 pm Artsy Alleys /new Literary Alley unveiling. 120 Tarboro Street. Wilson Downtown Development/Sallie B. Howard collaboration
  • 2 – 4 pm Thomas Taylor Sextet,  Part of the Kaleidoscope Performance Series supported by the N.C. Arts Council at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
  • 3 pm Official Opening of Eyes On Main Street Children’s Gallery located at 203 Nash Street East
  • 5 pm Eyes On Main Street blues concert by Marquise Knox in the beer garden of 217  Brew Works