April 7 - April 9
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair Presented by Wells Fargo is a free, family event located in downtown Wilmington on Water, Front, Market, and 2nd Streets. Vendor booths cover the entire stretch of the Street Fair, and there are many activities. Vendors include face painting, jewelry (made from sea glass to antique buttons), t-shirts, and photography, but there are also new vendors offering wine, hot sauces, candles, and local honey. The food vendors have the staples- funnel cakes, fresh made lemonade, gyros, kettle corn and ice cream.
2017 Street Fair Hours
Friday, April 7th: 6PM – 10PM (Please note, not all vendors will be open Friday evening)
Saturday, April 8th: 10AM – 10PM
Sunday, April 9th: 10AM – 5PM
Be sure to check out these NEW items at the 2017 Street Fair:
Geico Lounge at the Street Fair
Sit and relax, or find your favorite Azalea Festival merchandise and information at the NEW Geico Lounge at the Street Fair.
Pilot Meet & Greet
Saturday, April 8th 12-1PM
Meet the Pilots of the Bandit Flight Team in the Geico Lounge. The Bandit Flight Team will be doing the Parade Flyover directly after the National Anthem. The team is composed of highly-trained experienced formation pilots combining their love of flying and adding a lasting impression to any event.
Azalea Bonsai Styling Seminar
Hosted by Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura
Saturday, April 8th, 4-6PM (Corner of Water and Princess St.)
The Cape Fear Bonsai Society is pleased to host Arthur Joura for the styling of a Satsuki Azalea Bonsai. Arthur is the bonsai curator for the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina, and has been since 1992. We are fortunate in North Carolina, as we have a state collection of Bonsai Trees that are maintained and regularly on display at the Arboretum in Asheville. The Cape Fear Bonsai Society, now in its 17th year, meets once a month to participate in the Japanese art of miniature trees.
The Festival will be highlighting special hand-selected vendors this year at our Signature Row located on Market St between 2nd and Front St. Some of these vendors will include local artist Allison Ester, Local Jeweler Macon Thornton, Potter Mallorie Terranova with Jars of Dust, pearl and leather jewelry from Sweet Carolina Pearls, and glass blower Colin O’Reilly from Terrane Glass Designs (Garden & Gun Magazine’s Best of the South winner).
This year, take a ride with High Tide Helicopters. The tours will start at $40 per person for a tour around the USS NC Battleship and along the Wilmington Riverfront. Find High Tide Helicopters at 712 Surry Street near the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.
Paint the Town Community Art Project
Join Wine & Design at the North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair on the corner of Front and Market St. to create a collaborative masterpiece. Guests of all ages will have unique opportunity to enjoy a hands-on art experience. Each participant will contribute to a giant mural displayed on the street. Show your community spirit by participating with our artist team to complete a
Wilmington work of art.
Open Mic Night
Saturday, April 8th 6-10PM (Cotton Exchange Parking Lot)
Join us at the Street Fair Children’s Stage Presented by Wilmington Health for the first ever Open Mic Night! Six singers/bands will perform for Street Fair guests from 6-10PM (with a break for the Fireworks, of course!).
Street Fair Hunt
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair Hunt is a social media scavenger hunt with participating local businesses in the street fair zone. The registered hunters will be given a Street Fair Hunt card with participating businesses listed. Along with visiting the businesses, there will be instructions for hunters to complete a social media task for each business. After completing the social media task, the hunter will receive a promotional item and stamp on their card for completion. Upon completion of the entire Street Fair Hunt card, the participants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes donated by the participating businesses. The Street Fair Hunt is an un-timed event- thus, we encourage participants to take their time and look around and shop during the hunt.
Street Fair Hunt FAQs
- Can I play on my own?
Yes! We suggest that you play on your own because each business will be handing out a promotional item per each registered participant.
- What are the age requirements?
The Street Fair Hunt is geared towards the ages 16 or older. Those under the age of 16 are required to have a parent/guardian to participate.
- What if I do not finish the hunt on Saturday?
Since it is an untimed hunt, you are more than welcome to complete the hunt on Sunday, April 9th before 5:00 pm.
- Where do I need to go to get my Street Fair Hunt Card?
You will need to check-in at the Geico Lounge, located between N. Front Street & N. Water Street on Market Street.
- Where do I turn in my Street Fair Hunt card?
You will turn in the Street Fair Hunt card at the Geico Lounge.
- What are the actual times for the hunt?
Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
- When will the winner be announced?
After all Street Fair Hunt cards are turned in at 5:00 Sunday, April 9th, the winners will be drawn from the returned cards. The winners of the raffle prizes will be contacted at that point.
- Do I have to be present to win?
No, the winners will be able to pick up their prizes from the North Carolina Azalea Festival office the week following the Street Fair. If the winner does not live in Wilmington, NC, we will make accommodations for the winner to receive their prize.
Looking for other Street Fair Events? Click below to view event details!
Fireworks Sponsored By AARP
Saturday, April 8th 9PM
A favorite Festival event, the fireworks are presented over the majestic Cape Fear River. Come early to pick out your best viewing spot!
Street Fair Children’s Area
Performances at the Street Fair Children’s Area Stage Presented by Wilmington Health Saturday and Sunday. And join us for the Celebrity Meet & Greet Presented by Wells Fargo at the corner of Water and Princess St. in the Meet & Greet Tent (110 N. Front Street).
Street Fair Music and Multicultural Stage (at the corner of Market and 2nd)
Featuring Multicultural performances on Saturday and Sunday, and local, live music on Saturday night (see below). Click here to view the Multicultural Stage Schedule.
Beatles Tribute Cover Band Liverpool
Friday, April 7th 7-10PM
Liverpool, The Beatles Experience is a five member band paying homage to the music of the Beatles. Liverpool performs mainly at major festivals and corporate concerts and is known for perfect harmonies. The Beatles recorded with and used Vox amps for their true authentic sound…so does Liverpool. The Beatles recorded and played guitars from Hofner, Rickenbacher, Casio, Epiphone, Fender and Gretsch…so does Liverpool. The Beatles recorded and played with Ludwig drums and Zildjian cymbals…so does Liverpool. You will be singing to the first song you hear!
Caroline Dare and Band
Satuday, April 8th 7:00-8:5-PM
Caroline Dare is a 15 year old NC/Nashville, TN based ASCAP songwriter and CMA member. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as “One to Watch” for being a songwriter on the rise. In April 2015 and June 2016, she was featured as the Taylor Guitars “Player and Video of the Week”. She performs both acoustically and with her full band primarily in NC, SC, and Nashville and has played notable venues such as Downtown Disney (Orlando, FL), The Bluebird Cafe & The Commodore Grille (Nashville, TN), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA), MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC), The Evening Muse, Whisky River, The Coca Cola 600 Speed Street Festival (Charlotte, NC), Johnny & June’s (Winston-Salem, NC) and the NC Seafood Festival (Morehead City, NC). Caroline is involved with many charitable events including Tunes for Tots, March of Dimes, and her local Children’s Hospital and Humane Society.
Saturday, April 8th 9:30-11PM
Wilmington, NC based Jack Jack 180 is a multi- genre musical group that specializes in performing a blend of high-energy party, pop, rock covers. The band consists of four members from different locales, musical backgrounds and eras who combine their ideas and talents to showcase a variety of exciting, fun, and energetic music to bring any event to life! At a Jack Jack 180 show you will typically hear a wide variety of music from classic Motown to rock, country, and pop that spans many decades. Jack Jack 180 is a high energy surprise!