The North Carolina Azalea Festival has been throwing the best party in the south for over 70 years!
The Azalea Festival has several events that cover a period of five days – April 3rd – 7th. Events include street fairs, concerts, coin shows, boxing matches, art shows, a parade, and tours of homes and gardens. The main event of the festival is the garden tour that highlights the Wilmington area’s most beautiful gardens.
The Azalea Festival began in 1948 as an idea of Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D. Dr. Moore held a meeting in Wilmington’s Chamber of Commerce with leading civil club representatives to discuss and begin planning for the first Azalea Festival. The festival would take place in April 1948 and would serve the purpose of showcasing the beauty of the local gardens such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens. The first sidewalk show was also held in 1953 and has continued as a tradition since.
A unique tradition held by the Azalea Festival is the Belles. The belles are young ladies serve as hostesses and guides to the gardens in the area. They wear antebellum attire and serve as a traditional accent of the NC Azalea Festival. To become an Azalea Belle, one must apply for the position; however, precedence is given to those girls who are either daughters or granddaughters of Cape Fear Garden Club members. The number of belles needed for each year is dependent upon the size of the gardens in the tour.
The Azalea Festival is a local favorite of Wilmingtonians and visitors alike. There’s an event for everyone. This year’s festival begins April 3rd and goes through April 7th. Tickets and more information can be found on the Azalea Festival’s website www.ncazaleafestival.org
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Complete Schedule of Events:
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.…
Over 100 North Carolina and national artists will present fine paintings and 3D art creations at the 37th 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.
Saturday, March 30th – Wednesday, April 3rd, 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, April 4th – Saturday, April 6th, 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, April 7th, 10 AM – 4 PM
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Afterwards, there is a volunteer after-party with food and refreshments to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers!
Youth Art Contest Presented by The Community Foundation of NC East
High School Writing Contest Presented by Wrightsville Beach Magazine
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!
Parking will be at Legion Stadium. Shuttles will run from 12 PM – 5 PM from the lot to Greenfield Lake on a loop.
CASH ONLY Concessions will be available throughout the event!
Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit
The Azalea Festival is proud to bring Tyler Farr to the Main Stage! Tyler Farr’s a thinker, an observer of the human condition, a man in the middle of a surging testosterone country movement in today’s Nashville who insists on digging a little deeper, getting a little more real and owning how hard it can be. On Suffer In Peace, the son a Garden City, Missouri farmer opens his veins and examines the pain that comes from being truly engaged with living.
Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Suffer In Peace, in 2015 making its debut in the top 5 on both the BILLBOARD Top 200 Albums and BILLBOARD Country Albums Charts.
Previous with the release of his debut album Redneck Crazy, which released in 2013, Farr landed at No.2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and $5 on the Billboard Top 200 making Farr the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Tyler’s first single off the newly released Suffer In Peace album, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” proved to be Farr’s third No.1 hit and is now RIAA Certified GOLD. Farr’s #1, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” projected Farr forward to celebrate back-to-back #1 singles, including his first #1 as a songwriter, with his Gold-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” The Missouri native’s dry wit and energetic live show have earned him industry recognition as a 2014 CRS New Faces of Country Radio and 2014 Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” nominee, as well as rave reviews for his coveted opening slots touring with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Lee Brice.
Josh Phillips will be opening for Tyler Farr on Thursday night on The Main Stage!
Tyler Farr with Josh Phillips
Airlie Luncheon Garden Party
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
Waterfront Street Fair Presented by Wells Fargo
Damn Yankees Performed by Thalian Association Community Theatre
After Garden Get Down
Chalkfest Presented by Harris Teeter
Wilmington Grill Music & Beer Garden
Old School Concert
Hank Williams Jr. with Frank Foster
The Azalea Festival Main Stage is proud to introduce Randall Hank Williams, commonly known as Hank Williams Jr. By the age of 10, Hank never had much in the way of a career choice. The choice wasn’t whether he’d sing, but what, how, and why. “Other kids could play cowboys and Indians and imagine that they’d grow up to be cowboys,” he wrote in his Living Proof autobiography. “I couldn’t do that. I knew that I would never grow up to be a cowboy or a fireman or the president of the United States. I knew I’d grow up to be a singer. That’s all there ever was, the only option, from the beginning.”
At the beginning, mother Audrey Williams worked to mold her son into a miniature version of his late father, and for 20 years he struggled, uncomfortably, to break the mold. When he finally found his own sound and style, he reached sales plateaus that his father never dreamed of: 20 gold albums, six platinum albums (one of which has sold more than five million copies) and 13 chart-topping albums. He has been selling out massive venues for a longer period of time than his father spent on earth. He has done more than honor his father’s legacy; he has extended it, enriched it, enhanced it and elevated it. “My name’s a reminder of a blues man that’s already gone,” he once sang. But the name “Hank Williams, Jr.” is much more than that.
“I’ve been a very lucky man,” he’s fond of saying, but Hank, Jr. has made his own luck, and made his own way. Given a chance to coast on his father’s songs and his father’s royalties, he found a new song to sing, and a new way to sing it.
Hank Williams Jr.’s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Marking 52 years since his first album in 1964, Hank Jr. released IT’S ABOUT TIME (Nash Icon Records) on January 15. In addition to the history-making “Are You Ready for the Country,” the project includes new tunes such as “Dress Like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank,” “It’s About Time,” and “The Party’s On” as well as re-recorded versions of classics “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley on guitar. IT’S ABOUT TIME is Hank’s 37th album in his five-decade career. He continues to add accolades to an extremely impressive resume, which includes ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. As a touring artist, Hank was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values to country music, and he remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music, period, as generation after generation gets turned on to one of the most dynamic live performers ever to take the stage.
Frank Foster is scheduled to open for Hank Williams Jr. at The Azalea Festival Main Stage.
Frank Foster embodies musical independence at its highest level. He not only has taken the road less traveled, but the road almost never traveled. Acting as his own record label, management, booking agency and publishing company, he has managed to find success that some major label artists may never find. This rural Louisiana native and former oil field man has taken his songs from the campfire to the coliseum seemingly overnight, all the while gaining a following of fans whose loyalty is unmatched. His musical journey started in 2011 with the release of his first album Rowdy Reputation. To follow that up, in the late summer of 2012, he released his second album, Red Wings and Six Strings. Each and every song from both of those albums have become nightly sing-alongs at his shows. Foster’s next 5 albums all debuted on the Billboard Country Charts. Southern Soul was released in 2013 debuted at No. 11. Rhythm and Whiskey was released in 2014 debuted at No. 4. His early 2016 release, Boots On The Ground, debuted at No. 7. Later in 2016, he released Good Country Music, which debuted at No.13. In 2018, he released his seventh album, ’Til I’m Gone, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Charts giving Foster his highest mark yet. He’s a singer, a songwriter and his own boss. He refuses to let anyone water down his kind of country music. If he lives it, he writes it; if he writes it, he sings it; if he sings it, he believes it. Frank Foster … a true original.
Historic Home Tour
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Governor Dudley Mansion will kick off…
Patrons’ Party Gala
Waterfront Street Fair Multicultural Stage
MGC Parade Mile
Azalea Festival Parade
Riverwalk Shag Contest…on the Banks of the Cape Fear
|The North Carolina Azalea Festival
P.O. Box 3275
Wilmington, NC 28406
Phone: (910) 794-4650
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