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March 2018

Scholarship Pageant

March 3 @ 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 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Daniel’s Hall, 502 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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$35 - $55

The Azalea Children’s Tea is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. The 2018 theme for the Azalea Children's Tea is UNDER THE SEA!  Join us at Cape Fear Community College's Union Station in Daniel's Hall (top floor of Union Station), as we dive under the sea for a Children's Tea! 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.…

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April 2018

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
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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 @ 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 @ 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 - 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, 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 - 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 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 @ 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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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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