April 2-6, 2025



The Princess Has Arrived!

Festival Day One Recap! We had a blast at the Queens Coronation! We watched the talented kids at the brigade boys and girls club perform and saw the amazing @carli_batson be crowned Azalea Queen! Thank you to Lilly Pulitzer for this gorgeous blue dress!          

Farewell to our 2022 Azalea Princess

Thank you Wilmington, you have all loved me and helped me do my very best this year as your representative! Congratulations Avery! I hope you take every open opportunity you can because the Azalea Festival is the best family out there! Forever and always the 74th NC Azalea Festival princess McKinley Grace Lanier!

Street Fairs, the Tradition Continues

Last year, as we began planning the North Carolina Azalea Festival, we knew the beloved Street Fair would be an event that we would continue to host. Who doesn’t love a good street fair, right? Hearing and seeing the sights and sounds, walking through the streets exploring the vendors booths, watching the entertainers, and seeing […]

Attend the Azalea Festival and Also Enjoy Wilmington’s Beaches!

So you may be planning to attend the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival which is packed with many activities for the old and young alike. However you may want to add a few extra days to your visit and explore Wilmington’s beautiful area beaches. The Wilmington area is home to many beautiful beach areas but […]

The Return of the NCAF as an Economic Driver

What a difference a year can make.  In March of 2020 the alarm was sounded throughout the world as the unwarranted pandemia, Covid -19 had made its way to the United States. Our city, along with the nation, was in shock and disbelief.  We had no idea what we were up against and how our […]

Rashad and Ripa, Past Queen Azaleas

The North Carolina Azalea Festival began in 1948 with a huge fanfare of festivities. One of the main events was the crowning of Jacqueline White as the very first Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. Although there would be many queens to come, Jacqueline set the standards high and paved the wave for all future queens. One […]

Queen Azalea and Invited Guests Named

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is excited to announce the 74th Queen Azalea, the Azalea Festival Princess, and Invited Guests of the 2021 Azalea Festival. Says Festival President, Deirdre McGlone-Webb, “It is exciting to highlight our invited guests, who all have ties to the wonderful city of Wilmington. While it will be a different experience, […]

Parades to Porches

What do Mardi Gras and the North Carolina Azalea Festival have in common? Well, more than you would think! Both festivals, although founded almost 250 years apart, were created to celebrate the beautiful cities in which they occur. Mardi Gras is known for its numerous elaborate street parades which are scheduled throughout the festival. People […]

Main Stage Concert Tickets On Sale Date Delayed

Ticket ON SALE DATE for All New Customers Due to an overwhelming number of ticket upgrade requests from current Main Stage ticket holders, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has decided to delay the on sale date for its rescheduled shows in August. The new on sale date will be Saturday, March 6th, at 10 am […]