Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina

2018 Azalea Festival in Wilmington North Carolina
April 11-15, 2018

The Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Celebrate the azaleas, artwork, gardens, rich history, and culture that make Wilmington such a remarkable city.  Enjoy five full days of entertainment that will be fun for the entire family. This year is the 70th anniversary of this festival. 
Azalea Festival 
Wilmington, North Carolina 
The Azalea Festival Wilmington, North Carolina features events for people of all ages and interests including the Azalea Children’s Tea, the Azalea 5k / 10K Fun Walk, Historic Home Tours, the Queen’s Coronation, a Street Fair, boxing tournament and more. During these celebrations, visitors can admire the beautiful, blooming azaleas that offer a colorful testimony to the rich heritage of the Carolina coast.

The Wilmington, NC Azalea Festival events are viewed by more than 1,000,000 people every year in person and through media coverage. The parade itself will attract more than 100,000 spectators! Visitors return year after year to enjoy this amazing five day festival. Join us at the 2018 celebration so that you can experience the beauty and entertainment that make the North Carolina Azalea Festival a once in a lifetime experience.
Check out the official calendar of events for the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. If you are visiting from out of town, we invite you to continue exploring to find information on excellent hotel accommodations and attractions in Wilmington, North Carolina. 
2018 Azalea Festival Concert
The North Carolina Azalea Festival will be bringing Billy Currington, Drake White, Kenton Bryant, 38 Special, Tuesdays Gone, Ludacris and Childish Major to the stage.

Azalea Garden Tour
The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour has been featured in Southern Living and is one of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the South. Enjoy the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tours April 11-15, 2018 at the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Street Fair
Join us for a FREE two day multicultural celebration and enjoy the music and dance of some of our best ethnic performing groups and bands while you savor the Street Fair food and visit the arts and crafts booths.

April 14, 2018
The Azalea Festival Parade continues to be one of Southeastern North Carolina’s largest annual event, with over 100,000 viewers each year. Our traditional parade route flows right through the heart of Historic downtown Wilmington. Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court, and the Azalea Festival Princess await you!

Boxing Tournament
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament features some of the finest boxers from the National and International level of competition and from military branches. Queen Azalea and VIP Celebrity Guests have been attending this event since 1978. The 2018 Boxing Tournament will take place April 14-15, 2018.

Join us on April 14, 2018 for this incredible festival event! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show presented over the majestic Cape Fear River. Come out early to find your best viewing spot!

Festival Finale
Bluewater Grill will kick off their Waterfront Music Series by hosting the Festival Finale on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Back of the Boat will provide the entertainment and there will be lots of exciting giveaways. Bluewater takes Sunday Funday to a new level at the best patio party in town!
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The Azalea Festival in Wilmington is one of North Carolina’s favorite annual events. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a week full of entertainment that will entertain all ages and interests. Here is a glimpse of the exciting events planned for the 2018 Azalea Festival:

Queen’s Coronation
The Queen’s Coronation is an annual Azalea Festival event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. Festival Celebrity Guests, City Officials, Board Members and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles will attend this special celebration. Don’t miss your chance to meet the Queen and Celebrity Guests at the free Meet and Greet that follows the Coronation. 

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