North Carolina Azalea Festival



Due to increased traffic and road closures to stage the North Carolina Azalea Festival, normal traffic and parking flow will be altered.


Uber is the preferred ridesharing app of the 2017 Azalea Festival. We’re partnering with Uber to help you spend more time enjoying the festival and less time worrying about your ride. Whether you’re headed to the concerts, fairs, or the parade, use Uber to get a safe, reliable, and affordable ride there and back.

Heading to the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party? Uber has a dedicated pickup and dropoff area in front of the Garden Services Center. Head there when you’re ready to leave to request your ride and meet your driver.

For the Festival Concerts, aim to get picked up and dropped off east of 3rd Street to avoid the festival road closures. Don’t forget to call or text your driver to confirm your location!

If you’re new to Uber, download the app and sign up with the promo code AZALEA17 to get $20 off your first ride! Sign up here: If you already use Uber, try referring someone who hasn't tried it yet—you'll both receive your next ride free.

Parking Decks:

  • Wilmington Convention Center – 515 Nutt Street. This deck will have hourly parking with rates posted at entry; cash and bank cards accepted
  • Market Street Parking Deck – 115 Market St, $7/day starting 9AM Friday, April 7th
  • 2nd Street Parking Deck (between Chestnut Street & Princess Street) – 114 N 2nd St, $7/day starting 9AM Friday, April 7th
  • Library Parking Deck – 200 N. 2nd Street, $7/day

Cape Fear Community College Parking Decks will also be available; cash only

  • Nutt Street Deck
  • Hanover/3rd Street Deck (limited public parking available at this lot – this will be the first lot to fill during the Concerts)

Meters: $1.25/hr
Parking meters are free after 6:30 PM on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday (April 9th & 10th) during Azalea Festival weekend.

Wave Transit Parade Shuttle
The Wave Transit runs from Independence Mall (in the parking lot located behind Firehouse Subs and Wells Fargo) to 4th St. between Chestnut St. and Princess St. in downtown Wilmington.

Shuttle service will begin on Saturday, April 8th at 7:00 am and run until the Parade begins. Shuttles will run approximately every fifteen minutes. Following the Parade, express shuttle service will return passengers to Independence Mall until 2:00 pm. The last shuttle will leave the downtown location at 1:45 pm and return to Independence Mall at 2:00 pm.

Fares are only $2.00 per way ($4.00 round trip) and change will be available. Tickets must be purchased with cash and children under the age of five ride free with a fare paying adult. If you need additional Azalea Shuttle information, give Wave Transit a call at (910) 343-0106 or send an email to