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November 2019

Art Unveiling

November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC United States

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. The unveiling for the 2020 year will take place on November 22, 2019 located at theArtWorks (200 Willard Street, Wilmington, NC 28401). The event will coincide with the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk from 6-9pm.  Join us at theArtWorks from 6-7 pm for a glass of wine and the official unveiling of the new artwork by Todd Carignan.…

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February 2020

Chefs’ Showcase: a Kick-Off Event

February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
$75

The Chefs' Showcase was a new event to the Festival in 2018. This afternoon culinary adventure is a seated, 5-course meal with wine pairings, light entertainment, high-end silent auction items, and a luxury vacation raffle. Notable chefs from our region (and beyond!) work together to prepare the dishes...they always cook up something exciting! 2020 Chef's Showcase The next Chefs' Showcase will take place on February 1, 2020!  We will have more information this fall on the 2020 Chefs, menu, silent…

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March 2020

Scholarship Pageant Presented by BB&T

March 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kenan Auditorium, 601 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
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Junior high school students from area high schools compete in this annual Scholarship Pageant based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. The winner is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival.       2019 Princess The 2019 Azalea Princess, Claire-Emma Britt. Claire-Emma will be accompanied by her 2019 Princess Court; Ella Rogers, Jessi Hoadley, Elissa Hall,  and Shoshana Stowe…

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Paws on Parade

March 14, 2020
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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$10

PAWS ON PARADE NEW in 2019, the North Carolina Azalea Festival is partnering with paws4people® to create our first Paws on Parade, the Official Dog Party of the Azalea Festival! This is a doggy-fun day in the park, complete with a 5k, 1 Mile Fun Walk, a Canine Court Pageant, a puppy Kissing Booth, professional dog portraits, and more! Held at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, bring your family (including your four-legged, friendly, leashed family members) for a day filled with fun.…

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Juried Art Show and Sale

March 28, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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FREE

Over 100 North Carolina and national artists will present fine paintings and 3D art creations at the 38th 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. Please contact springshow@wilmingtonart.org with any questions about this very special event.

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Azalea Sweep

March 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St
Wilmington, 28401 United States
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The Azalea Sweep is an event that takes place prior to the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Officers, committee members, and volunteers get together and clean various places where the Azalea Queen will visit during her reign. Afterwards, there is a volunteer after-party with food and refreshments to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers!

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April 2020

High School Writing Contest Presented by Wrightsville Beach Magazine

April 1, 2020 - April 5, 2020

  The North Carolina Azalea Festival introduced a new contest in 2017, the High School Writing Contest, in an effort to reach out to more youth in the greater Wilmington area. High School students are invited to submit either a descriptive essay or poem using the prompt:  “Which traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival mean the most to you or the Wilmington, North Carolina community?”  Many thoughtful, interesting, and creative entries are received and judged by a local team…

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Queen’s Coronation

April 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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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 Celebrity 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 Celebrity Guests!

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Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit

April 2, 2020
Brigade Boys & Girls Club, 2759 Vance St
Wilmington, NC 28412 United States
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Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a community organization to help spread the Festival spirit. Thank you to the children, staff, and Brigade Club Board of Directors for making it such a fun visit. Since 1896, the Brigade Boys & Girls Club has been in the forefront of youth development in the Wilmington area, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Club offers daily access to a broad range of…

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Celebrity Reception

April 2, 2020
Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
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The Celebrity Reception provides sponsors of the Festival a close and personal opportunity to see and meet Queen Azalea, Celebrity Guests, and other Festival Dignitaries.  A relaxing luncheon on sprawling country club grounds, this is a great way to start the festivities! The Celebrity Reception is a private function for partners of the Azalea Festival. Partner With Us

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