2023 Festival Information:


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



We encourage guests to utilize ridesharing services, so you can 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 ridesharing services to get a safe, reliable, and affordable ride there and back.

Heading to the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party? Ridesharing services 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 at 201 Harnett Street to avoid the Festival road closures. Don’t forget to call or text your driver to confirm your location!

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, $10/day starting 9AM Friday
2nd Street Parking Deck (between Chestnut Street & Princess Street) – 114 N 2nd St, $10/day starting 9AM Friday
Library Parking Deck – 200 N. 2nd Street, $10/day

Cape Fear Community College Parking Decks will also be available; cash only. These lots are currently posted at $15/hour.

Nutt Street Deck
Hanover/3rd Street Deck 

Meters: $1.50/hr

Parking meters are free after 6:30 PM on weeknights, and FREE all day Saturday and Sunday 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 at 7:00 am. 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 rides 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