North Carolina Azalea Festival

Brand An Event

Over 300,000 visit Wilmington, NC for the North Carolina Azalea Festival every April. Take advantage of this springtime celebration and partner with us to brand an event with your business!

Attend as a VIP

Get tickets to our exclusive, VIP events - including our signature event, the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party.

Advertise Your Business

See you logo on our website, Facebook page, Main Stage Concert Venue...we have opportunities for businesses of all sizes!

See What We’re About

The mission of the North Carolina Azalea Festival is to be nationally recognized as a showcase for our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as it contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community. The North Carolina Azalea Festival has many opportunities to get your business or organization involved in the festivities. Whether you are looking for Festival-wide corporate recognition, event-specific corporate recognition, or simply a ticket package to all of the great events, we have you covered!
Volunteers to stage over 50 events
Festival attendees
Local and Visitor Spending ($USD)

Partner with a Successful Organization

The North Carolina Azalea Festival has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 1948. The community of Wilmington, NC has been supporting this community event for over 70 years, and we want to highlight key program successes from the past few years:

Award-Winning Volunteers

In May 2017, our volunteers were honored by the State of North Carolina with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

New Opportunities

In 2017, the North Carolina Azalea Festival introduced the High School Writing Contest. This opportunity enabled high school students to get involved with the Azalea Festival, and promoted our mission of showcasing our community’s artwork and culture through educational and family-oriented events.


Each year, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has awards over $12,000 in scholarship money through the North Carolina Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant. These scholarships enable young women to continue their education at top universities nationwide.

Youth Development

In 2016, we expanded our youth  development program, the Azalea Festival Youth Committee (AFYC) to focus on supporting the Festival’s mission and to promote volunteerism. AFYC members earned over 60 volunteer hours and raised $18,670  through ad sales and fundraising opportunities.

Community-Driven Events

With the support of sponsors and community partners, were were able to make key program enhancements to our largest free public events, the Parade and Street Fair. Parade Balloons were introduced to the Parade in 2015 and have grown in quantity each year since. We added several new components to the Street Fair in 2017, such as the Wine & Design Community Art Project, the Geico Lounge with charging stations, and increased opportunities for local performers and organizations to showcase their talent at the Street Fair.

See All Opportunities

Click Below to view our Sponsorship Kit.

2018 Sponsors & Partners

Thank you for your support of the North Carolina Azalea Festival!

Encore Sponsors

Major Sponsor

Glen Dale Azalea Event Sponsors

Community Partners

Legal Representation By: Ward and Smith, P.A.

Transportation Sponsor: Platinum Limousine

RV Transportation: Rex and Sons Rvs

Official Hair and Make-Up Team: Harbour Club Day Spa & Hair Salon

Official Stylist For Our Royalty: Camille’s of Wilmington

Official Ridesharing App of Choice: Uber

Diamond Patrons

Atlantic Packaging
Fern Bugg
Cape Fear Engineering
Carolina Marine Terminal, Inc.(2)
Coastline Mortgage/John & Jolie Russ
Collins & Collins Law Offices, PLLC
Diesel Parts of Carolina, LLC
Ferguson Enterprises
First National Bank
Rod Flinchum
Frank Carter Enterprises, Inc.
Industrial Machine & Welding, Inc.
Sandra and Joseph Kittinger
Deirdre McGlone-Webb
Will Mullinix
The Overholt Law Firm, PC
Barbara & Bubba Rawl
John Scholz
South Atlantic Services, Inc.
Southern Bank & Trust Company
Jim and Fran Summerlin
SunTrust Bank
Denise Szaloky - Advantage Farms
TowneBank Mortgage
Berry & Beth Trice
Wilmington Gastroenterology
Wilmington GI
Virginia Yang


2018 Patrons - To Date January 9, 2018
Tiara Atkins
Karl Blackley
Donna Cameron
Kathy Esposito
Sharon Evans
John Flanagan
Bill Gierie
Linda Kalnen
Michael Kuzma
Katie Lange
Jean Lawler
Lindsey McDermott
Mary Margaret McEachern
Cyndi & Ronnie McNeill
Andrew Nettleman
Susan Nettleman
Jeff Phillips
Jordy Rawl
Carrie & Jeremy Roberts
Robin Rose
Beck Smith
Kevin Thompson
Jessica Williams
Acupuncture Associates
Airmax Heating & Cooling
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. - Steven D. Felton
Arthur J. Gallagher
AT & T
Ballantine Company, Inc.
Baugh Consulting
Bayside Electric Co. 
BB&T - Woodbury
Bob King Buick-GMC, Inc.
Bordeaux Construction Company, Inc.
Carolina Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery
Carolina Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery
Civil Works Contracting, LLC
Coble Law Firm, PC
Copley Investment Management
Corporate Resources
Earney & Company, LLP
EastCoast Research
Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate
Element One, Inc.
Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Fetzer Strategic Partners
First Bank       
Harris Services; Ben & Stephanie Harris
Independence Mall
King Law Firm, PA  
L. McNeil Chestnut, Government Relations
Lanier Property Group
Liz Carroll Interiors
Longley Supply Company
Lucien Wilkins MD Consulting
Mark Steelman Photography
North State Bank
North State Bank Mortgage
Park Sterling Bank
Ross Marino, CFP
Saffo Contractors, Inc.
Sea Horse Management, Inc.
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
South State Bank
Swain & Associates
The Oleander Company, Inc.
Thomas Construction Group
UBS Financial Services
Ward & Smith, PA
Wilmington GI
Wilmington Plastic Surgery, PA
Wolfe Wealth Management
YS Companies, Inc.

Get Involved

Browse our partnership options below! For a comprehensive list of opportunities, view our Sponsorship Kit by clicking the gold “Partnerships” button near the top of the page. We’re always willing to customize your partnership to ensure you receive the benefits that matter most to your organization. The buttons below are quick links to three of our more popular options.

See Our Favorites

Below are three favorite ways to partner with the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

2018 Patron Sponsor

  • 2 Tickets to the Celebrity Reception
  • 2 Tickets to Headliner Concert A with Hospitality Suite & VIP Preferred Parking
  • 2 Tickets to the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party (opportunity to purchase more!)
  • 2 Tickets to Headliner Concert B with Hospitality Suite & VIP Preferred Parking
  • 2 Tickets for the Parade Bleachers OR 1 Azalea Festival Decal
  • 2 Tickets to the Patrons’ Party Gala
  • 1 Unframed Limited Edition Commemorative Print

2018 Donor Sponsor

  • 4 Tickets to the Celebrity Reception
  • 4 Tickets to Headliner Concert A with Hospitality Suite & VIP Preferred Parking
  • 6 Tickets to the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party (opportunity to purchase more!)
  • 4 Tickets to Headliner Concert B with Hospitality Suite & VIP Preferred Parking
  • 4 Tickets for the Parade Bleachers
  • 4 Tickets for the Patrons’ Party Gala
  • Framed Limited Edition Print
  • 1 Case of Festival Souvenir Books
  • 4 Tickets to the Pre-Festival Party
  • Marketing & Sponsor Recognition (Click Below For Details)

Advertise With Us

  • Logo on Visitor's Page: $500
  • 3 Social Media Mentions: $500
  • E-Newsletter Mention: $250
  • 1/8 Page Souvenir Book Ad: $200
  • 1/4 Page Souvenir Book Ad: $400
  • 1/2 Page Souvenir Book Ad: $800
  • Full Page Souvenir Book Ad: $1,200
  • Digital Billboards (costs vary)

Request More Information

Let us know how you’d like to partner for the 71st North Carolina Azalea Festival, April 11-15, 2018! Fill out the contact form below or send an email to We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about getting involved with the Azalea Festival.

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