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November 2017

Art Unveiling

November 24 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Expo 216, 216 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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The North Carolina Azalea Festival Art Unveiling is an annual event held in the Fall where we unveil the Official Artwork for that Festival year. 2018 Artist Virginia Wright-Frierson Joining the ranks as official Festival artist is Virginia Wright-Frierson, designer of the beloved Minnie Evans tribute sculpture garden and Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens. Virginia Wright-Frierson earned her BFA degree in painting from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and furthered her studies in Cortona, Italy, New York and Arizona.…

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January 2018

Pre-Festival Party

January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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The Pre-Festival Party is an annual event to kick-off the North Carolina Azalea Festival. With around 600 in attendance…it is an excellent opportunity to mingle with friends as we prepare for the good times Spring will bring. Great party music and free food and drink are on hand to help you dance the night away!  

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March 2018

Scholarship Pageant

March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Kenan Auditorium, 601 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
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Junior high school students from area high schools compete in this annual Scholarship Pageant based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. The winner is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. The 2018 Scholarship Pageant application is now open. Please follow the link to apply. 2018 SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT APPLICATION To view the 2017 North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Presented…

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Children’s Tea

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coastline Conference & Event Center, 501 Nutt St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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The Azalea Children’s Tea is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. The Azalea Children’s Tea is truly an enchanted experience. With the theme changing each year, it is like stepping into a different fairy tale every time. In attendance at this event are the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles, as well as pageant queens and princesses. The Azalea Festival Princess and her Court are in attendance as well. Proceeds benefit the operations of the Cape…

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April 2018

Juried Art Show

April 7, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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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. Please contact springshow@wilmingtonart.org with any questions about this very special event.

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Azalea Sweep

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 610 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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Unity In The Community

April 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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FREE

This is a free, family-friendly event at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater to kick off the North Carolina Azalea Festival! Local churches and performers entertain guests, and concessions are available for purchase.

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Youth Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children’s Services

April 11, 2018 - April 15, 2018

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, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third place) in all…

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High School Writing Contest

April 11, 2018 - April 15, 2018

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 from New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties are invited to submit either a descriptive essay or poem using the prompt:  “Which traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival mean the most to you or the Wilmington, North Carolina community?”  Many thoughtful, interesting, and creative entries are…

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Queen’s Coronation

April 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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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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