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November 2019

Art Unveiling

November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
theArtWorks, 200 Willard St
wilmington, NC 28401 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 the ArtWorks (200 Willard Street, Wilmington, NC 28401). The event will coincide with the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk from 6-9 pm.  Join us at the ArtWorks from 6-7 pm for a glass of wine and the official unveiling of the…

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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 fine 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 2020 Chefs' Showcase will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020. 2020 Chef Line Up Chef Matthew Register of Southern Smoke in…

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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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$20

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. BB&T has been a proud supporter of this event for over 10 years.   2020 Scholarship Pageant Application   2019 Princess The 2019 Azalea Princess, Claire-Emma Britt. 2019 Princess…

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Paws on Parade

March 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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PAWS ON PARADE The Azalea Festival partners with paws4people® to host 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. Food and concessions will be available. This is…

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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 present fine paintings and 3D art creations at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale.  This Official Art Show of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, hosted by the Wilmington Art Association, is a long-standing tradition with the North Carolina Azalea 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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Azalea Festival Pops

March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College, 703 N. 3rd St.
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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$25

The North Carolina Azalea Festival and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra are collaborating for the first time ever in the second Pops concert of the 2019-2020 Reed M. Wallace Wilmington Symphony Pops Series. AZALEA FESTIVAL POPS, conducted by Dr. Steven Errante, will pop on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 5:00 pm at the Wilson Center (703 N. 3rd St.). The concert will feature light classics, film scores, and the premiere of Azalea Suite commissioned by the North Carolina Azalea Festival and composed by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s…

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April 2020

Youth Art Contest

April 1, 2020 - April 5, 2020

  The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, and high school students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third place) in all divisions receive various notable prizes, and some schools…

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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 Invited Guests as well as City and County 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 Invited Guests!

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