This year why not celebrate spring Southern-style at the 68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival taking place April 8-12, 2015 in nearby Wilmington. The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s outstanding artwork, culture, gardens and rich history during five days that will provide a vast assortment of entertainment including a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and so much more that is Southern. This is an event you must attend if you’re in the coastal North Carolina area.
Since its inception in 1948, the Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people. For more than 60 years, the folks of southeastern North Carolina have been throwing the best party in the South and you’re invited! There’s something for everyone here that includes a rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture. Events Include the Azalea 5k/Walk/Run, the Queen’s Coronation, the concert featuring beloved musical acts, the Circus, Art Show, Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Tour, the Street Fair, parade, coin show, boxing match, the historic home show and so much more!
As much as we’d love to tell you about every event taking place over the five day period, there’s just not enough room here! Here are a few of the popular events. For the full listings check out the Azalea Festival’s website.
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club the tour has been featured in Southern Living magazine and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South. Tickets are $25.00 (plus tax) and are available now in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office.
Azalea Festival Street Fair
Spread out over three days, April 10-12, the North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair is a free, family event with more than 330 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, four stages, a children’s area and tons of fun! The Street Fair is located in downtown Wilmington on Water, Front, and Market Street. This is a free event.
Historic Home Tour
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour on April 11-12, 2015, is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. You can view the homes here. Tickets are $25 and will go up to $30 on the day of the event. Call the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office at 910-794-4650 to obtain your tickets today.
Happy spring! We hope to see you at the Festival!