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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.
The 2018 Street Fair Vendor Application will open October 1, 2017. Please click the button below to sign up for notifications regarding the Street Fair.
Street Fair Vendor FAQs
When is the 2017 North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair?
The 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival is April 11-15, 2018. The Street Fair takes place that weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). See schedule below:
Friday, April 13th: 6pm-10pm (Food Vendors only, others optional)
Saturday, April 14th: 10am-6pm (All Vendors)
Saturday, April 14th: 6pm-10pm (Food Vendors only, others optional)
Sunday, April 15th: 10am-6pm (All Vendors)
Where is the Street Fair?
The Street Fair is located in downtown Wilmington, NC on Front and Water Streets.
Can I bring my pet with me?
Sorry, no pets or animals are allowed for any purpose at the Street Fair due to city ordinance.
What is your expected attendance?
We anticipate over 200,000 visitors and residents enjoying the Street Fair this year.
How does weather affect the Street Fair?
We will try and continue the Street Fair in rain and wind unless it becomes hazardous. In hazardous situations, we recommend vendors shutting down their booths temporarily.
How do I apply to be a part of the Street Fair?
In order to be considered as a vendor for the Street Fair, applicants must complete the online application, which is submitted to the North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair Committee, along with a non-refundable $25.00 mandatory application fee. Upon completion of the online application, you will receive a confirmation email. All requested documentation can be sent to the email address provided, and an application will not be considered unless all documents and photos are submitted. Please note, current insurance information is not needed until you receive an acceptance notification. The 2018 Street Fair Vendor application will open October 1, 2017.
How do you choose vendors for the Street Fair?
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair Committee is made up of volunteers who donate their time, energy, and resources each year to make the Street Fair a success. Ultimately, the decision to accept vendors comes from a combination of the volunteer Street Fair Committee, staff, and interns. Applications are reviewed in order, and we give preference to vendors that have all documentation and photos submitted.
I sell ________________. Will the committee accept me?
We have a variety of vendors at the Street Fair. If you believe you have a unique, well-made product, we absolutely encourage you to apply.
How can I perform at the Street Fair?
There are both roving and stationary performers like jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, and musical groups (drums, guitar soloist, chorus, etc.). If you are interested in performing, please email email@example.com.
I don’t have access to a computer. Can I complete a paper application?
The Street Fair application is solely an online application. If you don’t have a personal computer at home, we recommend your local library. If you absolutely can’t access a computer, please call our office and we would be more than happy to help you complete the application on our end.
Do I have to have an NC sales tax ID?
Yes, every vendor is required to have a NC sales tax ID whether you live in North Carolina or another state. To get a NC sales tax ID, please fill out the NC-BR form with the North Carolina Department of Revenue. This can be done online at www.dornc.com or by calling 1(877) 252-3052 for more information.
What if I don’t have insurance/what is a COI?
Every vendor is required to provided up to $1 million in event insurance. If you don’t have insurance, Harold Wells Insurance will provide you with coverage for the three day Street Fair during the Azalea Festival. They can be reached at (910) 762-8551. You will be required to submit your Certificate of Insurance (COI) once you have been accepted as a vendor.