North Carolina Azalea Festival


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Art Unveiling

The North Carolina Azalea Festival annual Art Unveiling is an exciting event held in the Fall when we unveil the official artwork for that next Festival year.  


Festival Finale

Bluewater Grill kicks off their Waterfront Music Series by hosting the Festival Finale at the last event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Live entertainment, giveaways –  Bluewater takes Sunday Funday to a new level at the best patio party in town! 


Fireworks Sponsored by AARP

A favorite Festival event, the Fireworks Sponsored by AARP are presented over the majestic Cape Fear River on Saturday night of the Festival at 9:00PM. Come early to pick out your best viewing spot! 


Street Fair Music & Multicultural Stage Presented by Piedmont Natural Gas

Join us Saturday and Sunday of the Festival 12:30PM – 5PM for a FREE multicultural, family-friendly celebration on the Piedmont Natural Gas stage that will showcase different cultures flourishing here in the Greater Cape Fear Region. You will marvel at the authentic costumes, dance, and music of some of our best ethnic performing groups.


Street Fair Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye

The Street Fair Children’s Area Presented by Wilmington Eye is  located on Water St. between Walnut and Grace (the parking lot of the Cotton Exchange). Come enjoy family-friendly vendors, FREE, hands-on activities, and performers on the Wilmington Health Stage. 



The Azalea Festival Parade continues to be one of Southeastern North Carolina’s largest annual event, with over 100,000 viewers each year. Our traditional parade route flows right through the heart of Historic downtown Wilmington. Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, Parade balloons, all highlighted by visiting invited guests, the Azalea Festival Princess and her Court, and Queen Azalea herself!


Coin Show

A fun-filled, family event! Children are given free foreign coins to learn about currency and foreign countries, and more than 30 dealers from several surrounding states are on hand to appraise, buy, sell and trade coins, currency and other numismatic items. 



The North Carolina Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament showcases some of the finest boxers from the National and International level of competition & from the military branches. Boxers age 8-16 and 17-34 and Master Boxer 35-up compete in six division from 55lb-201lb+. 


After Garden Get Down

The After Garden Get Down at Bluewater is a fun dockside party open to the public immediately following the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party.  Guests are invited to Bluewater’s waterfront bar & patio to enjoy live music, food and drink specials, and the best view on the Intracoastal.  Attendees also receive a special guest appearance by Queen Azalea!


Street Fair

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. Approximately 300+ vendor booths cover the entire stretch of the Street Fair, and there are many activities including the Children's Area Presented by Wilmington Eye and the Multicultural Stage Presented by Piedmont Natural Gas!


Unity In The Community

This free, family-friendly event is a time for our community to come together as local churches join together in praise and worship.  


Queen’s Coronation

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 Invited 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 Invited Guests.