Celebrate southern style at the 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival going on this week, (April 9-13, 2014) in Wilmington, NC.
This week, hundreds of thousands of folks will descend on the city of Wilmington to help celebrate the community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture through a variety of recreational, family oriented activities.
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Hailed as one of the South’s longest running events, the Azalea Festival’s history dates back to 1948 when Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D wanted to showcase some of Wilmington’s beautiful gardens such as such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens. Over time, the festival has blossomed to become an event many travel to for vacation and this has been a boon to Wilmington’s local economy.
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour – The Cape Fear Garden Club AzaleaGarden Tour is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. The tour has been featured in Southern Living and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South.
Cole Bros Circus 2014 – Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws packed crowds each year. Call (910) 794-4650 for ticket information and show times.
Concerts – Each year the North Carolina Azalea Festival showcases national headliner concerts. This year’s season begins with Justin Moore, Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson for the Off the Beaten Path Tour on the Miller Lite Main Stage playing on Thursday, April 10th. Widespread Panic will be playing for TWO NIGHTS at the Miller Lite Main Stage on Friday, April 11, 2014 and Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Historic Home Tour 2014 – The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation and proceeds from the tour help preserve and protect some of the historic areas of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.
Juried Art Show – Over 100 North Carolina artists and national artists present fine paintings at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale.
Parade – The North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade is an annual event that is viewed by over 100,000 people. Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court await you. Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Third Street, Downtown Wilmington
Street Fair Children’s Area – (321 N. Front Street @ The Cotton Exchange) – Looking for activities for the kids? There is a little bit of everything to see and do at the Cotton Exchange. Free family fun event.
Street Fair Multicultural Stage (N. Front Street & Walnut Street) – 2-day family friendly celebration showcasing the best in contemporary and traditional music, dance and ethnic pageantry from around the world! Click link above for a full schedule of events.
Visiting Ships – Each year different visiting ships from around the world join the North Carolina Azalea Festival. As you enjoy the beauty of downtown Wilmington, take time to explore these visiting ships docked along the Cape Fear Riverside.