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Azalea Festival Schedule 2018


Wilmington NC
Posted: April 03, 2018 by Terry Thompkins

Azalea Sweep

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St 
Wilmington, 28401 United States 
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The Azalea Sweep is an event that takes place prior to the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Officers, committee members, and volunteers get together and clean various places where the Azalea Queen will visit during her reign. Afterwards, there is a volunteer after-party with food and refreshments to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers! Sign up to volunteer!

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Queen’s Tea with VIP Coronation Processional

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States 
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$30.00


Join us for this new Azalea Festival event, the Queen's Tea with VIP Coronation Processional! Tickets include a meet and greet with Queen Azalea and other Invited Festival guests, including the Festival Princess, Miss North Carolina, and the Queen's Court. This is your chance to hold the crown before Queen Azalea's official Coronation! Tickets also include tea, lemonade, and light bites. After this hour-long meet and greet, we will then form a Processional, walking from Hotel Ballast to the Coronation…

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Queen’s Coronation

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
5 North Water Stree, 5 North Water Street 
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401 
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The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are the Festival Celebrity Guests as well as: City Officials, Board Members, and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles.  After the Coronation we have an exclusive free Meet and Greet with all of our celebrities and the Queen…this is your chance to meet the Queen and the Celebrity Guests!

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Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit

April 12
Brigade Boys & Girls Club, 2759 Vance St 
Wilmington, NC 28412 United States 
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Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a community organization to help spread the Festival spirit. Thank you to the children, staff, and Brigade Club Board of Directors for making it such a fun visit. Since 1896, the Brigade Boys & Girls Club has been in the forefront of youth development in the Wilmington area, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Club offers daily access to a broad range of…

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Celebrity Reception

April 12
Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd 
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States 
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The Celebrity Reception provides sponsors of the Festival a close and personal opportunity to see and meet Queen Azalea, Celebrity Guests, and other Festival Dignitaries.  A relaxing luncheon on sprawling country club grounds, this is a great way to start the festivities! The Celebrity Reception is a private function for partners of the Azalea Festival. Partner With Us

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School Visit

April 12


Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a local school to share the Festival spirit.  The school works year-long to prepare a program and showcase their school pride to our Festival special guests. Past School Visits include: 2010: Cape Fear Academy 2011: Myrtle Grove Christian 2012: Snipes Elementary 2013: Roland Grise Middle School 2014: Pine Valley Elementary 2015: Forest Hills Elementary 2016: Ogden Elementary 2017: Parsley Elementary

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Hospital Visit

April 12


Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital to help spread the Festival spirit.

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Airlie Luncheon Garden Party

April 13
Airlie Gardens, 300 W Airlie Rd 
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States


The premier event in Wilmington, the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party is one you can’t miss! Join us and 2,500 of our closest friends as we kick off Spring with big hats, seersucker, bow ties, and the networking event of the year all on the beautiful grounds of Airlie Gardens. Come early so you don’t miss…

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After Garden Get Down

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St 
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 United States

FREE


The After Garden Get Down at Bluewater is a fun dockside party open to the public immediately following the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party.  Guests are invited to Bluewater’s waterfront bar & patio to enjoy live music, food and drink specials, and the best view on the Intracoastal.  Attendees also receive a special guest appearance by the Queen…

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38 Special with Tuesdays Gone

April 13 @ 7:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St 
Wilmington, 28401 United States
$23


Riverwalk Shag Contest…on the Banks of the Cape Fear
Purchase Tickets Here After more than four decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band's performance. Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in…

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April 14
Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 N Water St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
$1.00


The North Carolina Azalea Festival hosts the Riverwalk Shag Contest during the North Carolina Azalea Festival! Join us for raffles, vendors, shag demonstrations, line dancing, and more! Children five and under are free with adult admission.   Riverwalk Shag Contest Rules   Riverwalk Shag Contest Application   Make sure to join us for the very first Riverwalk…

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MGC Parade Mile

April 14 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States


Local law firm McAngus Goudelock & Courie partners with Go Time and the North Carolina Azalea Festival to put on a one of a kind road mile race that takes place ahead of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade. The course is an out and back through a portion of the parade route on 3rd street starting and…

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Parade

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
S 3rd St, S 3rd St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States


The 71st North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 – we hope to see you there! 2017 Parade Highlights The 70th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade was held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, April 8th.  The route traveled north from Market and 3rd Streets straight up…

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Old School Concert

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
$25.00


Ludacris with Childish Major
Join us for some old school jams featuring the Ying Yang Twins, Chubb Rock, and the Hamiltones with Special Guest Othaz Records! Tickets increase to $35.00 at the gate.

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April 14 @ 7:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St 
Wilmington, 28401 United States
$46


Fireworks
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April 14 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
N Water St, N Water St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
FREE


A favorite Festival event, the Fireworks are presented over the majestic Cape Fear River on Saturday of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Come early to pick out your best viewing spot!  

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Juried Art Show and Sale

April 7 - April 15
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
FREE


Over 100 North Carolina and national artists will present fine paintings and 3D art creations at the 36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale.  This “Official Art Show” of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, created by the Wilmington Art Association, is a long-standing tradition within this NC Festival. The Juried Spring Art Show and Sale will be open: 10 am-5 pm Saturday, April 7th - Wednesday,…

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Youth Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children’s Services

April 11 - April 15

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children's Services is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, (and new in 2018 - high school!) students submit their artwork to the contest,…

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High School Writing Contest

April 11 - April 15


The North Carolina Azalea Festival introduced a new contest in 2017, the High School Writing Contest, in an effort to reach out to more youth in the greater Wilmington area. High School students are invited to submit either a descriptive essay or poem using the prompt:  “Which traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival mean…

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Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

April 13 - April 15
Various Gardens United States
$25.00


The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour © is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. The tour has been featured in SOUTHERN LIVING and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South. Profits from the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© are reinvested in the community…

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Waterfront Street Fair

April 13 - April 15
N Water St & S Water St, N Water St & S Water St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States


The 2018 Waterfront Street Fair Presented by Wells Fargo will have plenty of entertainment with our special areas such as the Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye, the Multicultural Area, and our new Music and Beer Garden Area Presented by Wilmington Grill!!  The Waterfront Street Fair will also provide an array food options and shopping…

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Boxing Tournament

April 14 - April 15
Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street 
Wilmington, 28401 United States
FREE


The North Carolina Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament showcases some of the finest boxers from the National and International level of competition & from the military branches. Boxers age 8-16 and 17-34 and Master Boxer 35-up compete in six division from 55lb-201lb . Participation in the past has come from: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New…

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Coin Show

April 14 - April 15
Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Dr 
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
FREE


A fun-filled, family event! Children are given free foreign coins to learn about currency and foreign countries, and more than 30 dealers from several surrounding states are on hand to appraise, buy, sell and trade coins, currency and other numismatic items. If you have a special coin, medal, gold, silver or paper money that you want…

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Historic Home Tour

April 14 - April 15
$30.00


The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Proceeds from the Home Tour advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since 1966, the foundation has successfully saved more than 200 historic…

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Waterfront Street Fair Multicultural Stage

April 14 - April 15
Corner of Market and 2nd Street, Market St & S 2nd St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
FREE


The Multicultural Stage Presented by Piedmont Natural Gas is a FREE multicultural, family-friendly celebration that showcases different cultures flourishing here in the Greater Cape Fear Region. You will marvel at the authentic costumes, dance, and music of some of our best ethnic performing groups and bands. Our Waterfront Street Fair Multicultural Stage line-up features contemporary…

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Waterfront Street Fair Music & Beer Garden

April 14 @ 8:00 am - April 15 @ 5:00 pm

The Wilmington Grill Music Stage and beer garden is a great place to catch tunes day and night.  Entry is FREE.  Beverages available for purchase and outdoor games on site.  Listen to your favorite local and regional musicians playing a variety of rock, blues, and folk. Wilmington Grill will be doing a raffle all weekend…

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Waterfront Street Fair Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye

April 14 @ 10:00 am - April 15 @ 6:00 pm
The Cotton Exchange, 321 N Front St 
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
FREE


The Waterfront Street Fair Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye is a family-friendly part of the Street Fair made just for kids! Guests enjoy family-friendly vendors, hands-on activities, and performers on the Wilmington Health Stage.    

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4:00 PM

Festival Finale

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St 
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 United States
FREE


Join Bluewater Grill as they kick off their Waterfront Music Series by hosting the Festival Finale - the last event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival! The Festival Finale is a free, family-friendly event with food, entertainment, and  plenty of giveaways. Bluewater takes Sunday Funday to a new level at the best patio party in…

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5:00 PM

98.3 The Penguin Presents Dark Star Orchestra

April 15 @ 5:00 pm
Greenfield Lake Wilmington, 28401 United States
$30 - $35


98.3 The Penguin Presents Dark Star Orchestra in partnership with the North Carolina Azalea Festival at the beautiful Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Doors open at 4 pm with showtime at 5 pm. This is an all ages, general admission, rain or shine show. Buy Tickets Here   About Dark Star Orchestra Performing to critical acclaim celebrating…

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