North Carolina Azalea Festival

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Art Unveiling

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.

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Juried Art Show and Sale

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. 

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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! 

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Fireworks

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

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Waterfront Street Fair Music & Multicultural Stage

Join us Saturday and Sunday of the Festival 12:30 PM – 5 PM for a FREE multicultural, family-friendly celebration on the multicultural 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.

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Waterfront 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. 

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Parade

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!

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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. 

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Boxing

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+. 

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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!

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Waterfront Street Fair Presented by Wells Fargo

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!

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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.