2019 Catfish Days Schedule


Music & Bands


Catfish Dinners

Would it be Catfish Days without a delicious catfish dinner? Stop in any of these restaurants during the festival and to enjoy mouth-watering catfish meal deals! 

Chick-A-Dee Restaurant
390 W. Baltimore Street
Whole catfish dinner with choice of potato and soup $13.95 catfish dinner with choice of potato and soup $10.95 Dine-In or carry-out available.

Mikki’s Restaurant
1049 South Water Street
Traditional deep-fried, or cooked to order your way. Blackened, on the grill or pan-fried. Your choice of two sides: coleslaw, fries, corn on the cob. Comes with soup or salad. $13.99

Hayden’s Crossing/The Blind Mule Pub
107 N. Water Street
After taking a walk on Water stop by for your choice of: Fried Catfish Dinner with baked beans, corn, hush puppies and cornbread, $15.50; Catfish Po-Boy w/ fries, $9.50;
Catfish Tacos(3), $9.00 and Catfish Gumbo, $8.50

140 Bridge Street
Catfish Nugget Basket with choice of 2 sides from hush puppies, french fries, coleslaw and potato salad. $9.00

Route 66 Bar & Grill
113 E. Baltimore Street
Catfish Nuggets Basket $6.00

The Rustic Inn
108 N. Water Street
Whole farm fresh catfish, coleslaw, potato wedges, and an ear of corn.

Wilmington House Family Restaurant 
210 Bridge Street
Broasted whole or filet catfish dinner with hush puppies, potato salad, and choice of either soup or salad. Dine-in or carry-out.

A Little Catfish Days History

Catfish have long been a specialty of Wilmington. Why? Because they played a large part in initiating the event, Catfish Days, after Forked Creek spilled over its banks and flooded the cellars of a section of Wilmington called, “Catfish Town”. This section was located in a hollow behind the Chicago and Alton railroad depot before the turn of the Century.

The first Catfish Days Festival was held in 1976 as a part of the bicentennial celebration of our country. Because of its acceptance and the enthusiasm it engendered, it had become an annual event. The Wilmington Area Historical Society coordinated the festival the second and third years.

By the sixth year, it had grown so large that a separate Catfish Days Committee sponsored by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce was established.

1985 would hold the last Catfish Days festival, it would be 14 years before it would be revived. In 1999, the city of Wilmington once again celebrated the festival.

To date, Catfish days is running strong with many things to see and do for all ages!

Event Forms

2019 Flea Market form / contract
Click here to download 

2019 Parade form
Click here to download 

WHS Pickleball Tournament
Click here to download 


For information about the Catfish Days flea market on North Water St. please contact The Women of Wilmington via their Facebook page or Cassie at CassBob1@gmail.com

For information about mud volleyball, please visit the tournament’s Facebook page.

For all other festival inquiries, please contact CatfishDays@gmail.com

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