Show Us Your Blossoms!!

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Announces Second Annual Downtown Window Decorating Competition Each year the North Carolina Azalea Festival bring hundreds of thousands of guests to our downtown business neighborhoods. We want to make sure we do everything we can to ensure these guests cross through YOUR DOORS. The Window Decorating Competition celebrates what makes […]

Don’t Miss Out! Get Your Garden Tour Tickets Early

The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© presents “GARDENING: A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.” The 67th annual Azalea Garden Tour, sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club (CFGC), will take place April 3-5, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Tickets are limited and the public is encouraged to purchase them in advance at or at local […]

Christmas Is In The Air

        Last night may have been one of my favorite parades yet, although I might be biased considering it was in the beautiful home of the Azalea Festival! The Wilmington Christmas Parade really brought the holiday cheer to our port city with streets lined with eager children and cars decked out with Christmas […]

Visit to Benson with Princess Emma Grace

This past weekend, I was able to attend the Benson Mule Days Parade! I rode in style thanks to Capital Ford of Wilmington, who donated a red convertible! Once my dad and I got to the parade, I pinned my crown on single-handedly, (which was not an easy feat), and waited in the lineup for […]

Why Volunteer With The Azalea Festival?

Many people don’t know that the North Carolina Azalea Festival is a year-round organization…it takes 365 days to coordinate and execute a five-day event each April. There is a small staff, but truly the Festival is organized by a corp of dedicated volunteers who LOVE where they live. We’d love for you to join us! […]

Vote “North Carolina Azalea Festival” as the South’s Best!

Our community has an exciting opportunity to vote for the North Carolina Azalea Festival as the BEST Festival in the south! Southern Living is asking you to cast your vote, and we’d love to see Wilmington, North Carolina featured in this nationwide publication. But we need your help! Please note, the North Carolina Azalea Festival is not […]

American Flag In Hand

Some may have celebrated their 4th of July with a BBQ or beach day, but I was fortunate enough to represent the North Carolina Azalea Festival at the 4th of July Parade in Southport! The weather ended up being beautiful after a few showers had passed that morning, so my dad and I enjoyed chatting […]

Confidence & Poise

The weather outside may have been rainy and gray, but the atmosphere in the Miss North Carolina Pageant auditorium was totally electric Saturday night in Raleigh. I was having major throwbacks to the way I felt on the pageant stage back in March.  As the Azalea Princess, I got to attend the 80th annual Miss […]

Harrelson Center Holds Dedication For Mural Donated By Wine & Design

Wilmington, NC – On Thursday, June 1, The Harrelson Center celebrated the dedication of a 12 X 8 wall mural created by Wine and Design artist Michelle Burke and comprised of 162 individual 8×10 paintings done by the community at the 2017 Azalea Festival Street Fair. The mural of Wilmington landmarks is displayed permanently in […]

Just The Beginning: A Look Into Festival Week With Emma Grace Wright

As a little girl, I remember dreaming of what it would be like to be a princess –the crown, the pretty dresses – but I think it was the position of influence that appealed to me the most. Little did I know, I’d have the opportunity to be a princess when I signed up to […]