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Azalea Festival 2018 Can’t Miss Events


The Azalea Festival Is a big deal come spring time in the Cape Fear region! Here is a list of the events you can’t miss this year!


Juried Art Show and Sale

April 7 – April 15 

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St

Wilmington, NC 28401

“Official Art Show” of the NC Azalea Festival created by the Wilmington Art Association featuring over 100 NC and national artists presenting fine paintings and 3D art creations.


Queen’s Coronation

April 11 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

5 North Water Street, 5 North Water Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Annual event where the Queen of the NC Azalea Festival is officially crowned. In attendance are the Festival Celebrity Guests as well as: City Officials, Board Members, and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles. Exclusive meet and greet after.


Celebrity Reception

April 12 (Private)

Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

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.


Billy Currington with Drake White and the Big Fire, and Kenton Bryant

April 12 | 7:00 pm | $45

CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St, Wilmington, 28401

Possessing one of the smoothest and most distinct voices in any genre of music, Currington is equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems as well as exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad.


Airlie Luncheon Garden Party

April 13

Airlie Gardens, 300 W Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

The premier event in Wilmington, this garden party, you can’t miss! Join 2,500 of your closest friends and kick off Spring with bug hats, seersucker and bowties at the networking event of the year! Features a Citadel Summerall Guards performance.


Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

April 13 – April 15 | 10am-6pm | $25

One of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the south. It has even been featured in “Southern Living Magazine.” Profits are reinvested in the community as be autification and horticultural grants within New Hanover County, scholarships at the university, and conservation efforts at Battery Island.


Waterfront Street Fair

April 13 – April 15

N Water St & S Water St, N Water St & S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Downtown Street Fair featuring over 250 vendors selling food, handmade crafts and fine commercial products. There will be plenty of entertainment between the music and beer garden, children’s area, and multicultural stage.


After Garden Get Down

April 13 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Dockside party at Bluewater open to the public, immediately following the Garden Party. Guests are invited to the waterfront bar and patio to enjoy live music, food and drink specials with a special appearance by the Azalea Queen.


38 Special with Tuesdays Gone

April 13 | 7:00 pm | $23

CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St, Wilmington, 28401

After more than 4 decades together, 38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.


Historic Home Tour

April 14 – April 15 | $30-33

Annual historic home tour held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Proceeds advance the foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of the Wilmington and Lower Cape Fear region.


Patrons’ Party Gala

April 14 (Private)

Grand finale for sponsors of the Azalea Festival. A black-tie event filled with wonderful food displays and dancing to the sounds of the hottest national party bands.


Ludacris with Childish Major 

April 14 | 7:00 pm | $46

CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St, Wilmington, 28401

Ludacris is one a premier entertainer! He has been nominated for 17 Grammy nominations, won 3 of them, and sold over 19.5 million units in the U.S. In addition to his heavily awarded music career, he is also an esteemed actor.



April 14 | 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Free

N Water St, N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401

A favorite festival event, the fireworks are presented over the majestic Cape Fear River!


Festival Finale

April 15 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Free

Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Bluewater kicks off their Waterfront Music Series by hosting the Festival Finale, the last event of the NC Azalea Festival. Featuring food, live entertainment and lots of giveaways.


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